Peggy Colleen â€˜Coco' Stricker January 9, 1957 - April 11, 2017 Oceanside - We lost our beautiful and brilliant Colleen on April 11, 2017. She was born in San Diego, California and passed away in Oceanside after a five-year heroic battle with cancer. She lived an exciting and fascinating life. She travelled all over the world and made an incredible impact wherever she went. She inspired her family and friends with her intelligence, warmth, sense of humor, style, charm, resilience and strength. Colleen had an amazing affinity for learning new languages, cultures and culinary skills. She was able to relocate to entirely new environments and adapt effortlessly. Her sense of wonder and enthusiasm was infectious. Her global background included years spent in Germany, Italy, and Beijing as well as Southern California. She moved to Sylt, Germany with her first husband Frank Stricker, where she had her son Gerrit. After her divorce she lived in Hamburg for ten years where she met her lifetime partner Giorgio Ronzani. They later moved to Genoa, Italy where she raised Gerrit and tutored students in English while writing an online column on arts and culture. She and Giorgio then moved to Beijing where she started an art collective that sponsored and supported young Chinese artists. She lent visibility and opportunity for aspiring artists that did not exist before. Her vision and ability to ignite excitement and enthusiasm for her projects was a force. She changed lives in an incalculable way. Colleen then moved to Southern California and completed her Master's Degree in Comparative Literature. She taught classes at Cal State San Marcos in English Composition. She was a teacher and learner and a travel guide for everyone who visited her wherever she resided. She knew the most amazing restaurants, shops, and artist colonies in pockets all over the globe. We are all blessed to have known her and share so many incredible experiences with her. She is in our hearts and minds always. In addition to her partner Giorgio and son Gerrit, she leaves behind her mother Barbara Carter, brothers Jack (Chau) and Michael Carter (Madeleine), her Aunt Elaine and Uncle William (Buzz) Lenhart, and dozens of close cousins and their families. Donations to the American Cancer Society can be made in Colleen's name in lieu of flowers.
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