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UPDATED: Celebration of life for Charissa Kolich will overlook ocean that she loved

SAN DIEGO -- A celebration of life has been planned for a much beloved member of the San Diego LGBT community who died this week after a long bout with inoperable brain cancer.

Charissa "Chazzy" Kolich died peacefully at home Monday, surrounded by her immediate family and her longtime partner, Cortney Reno. She was 36.

A friendly and welcoming face to all who came in contact with her at San Diego International Airport, where she worked for the last six years, Kolich spent her social time with family, her partner and her many adoring friends.

With them she enjoyed camping, sailing on San Diego Bay, attending FlawLES events, playing basketball, refereeing games, and shooting photography around the community.

Since her death, dozens of people have taken to Charissa's Facebook Page to share condolences, memories and photos of the woman who has inspired hundreds of people around the world with her courage, her spirit and her smile.

A celebration of Chazzy's life will be held at 5 pm on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at Bali Hai Restaurant on Shelter Island, overlooking the ocean that she loved so much.

For more information about the celebration and to RSVP, click HERE.


Charissa’s wish was to bring everyone together to celebrate her life, and this Saturday, all those whose lives she touched are asked to visit Bali Hai between 5-10 pm.

Please be aware that there will be a special tribute to Charissa and her life between 5:30-8 pm.

Vibrant attire is encouraged!!

Bali Hai Restaurant is located at 2230 Shelter Island Dr. San Diego, CA 92106 | (619) 222-1181.

As a special way of sharing all the memories we have of Charissa, we are inviting people to bring a picture or written note along with them to the celebration to help create a scrapbook for her family.

Anyone wishing to personally send flowers are asked to contact Susan at Daves Flower Box. When ordering please give either Charissa’s name or Charissa’s celebration.

Dave's Flower Box
2405 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92104

If you would like to make a special donation to "Team Chazzy," please visit this site. We would like to continue our support in the fight against cancer. Especially in honor of our beloved Charissa.