In Loving Memory of Ms Erika Poeche

Erika Poeche who worked in the SJIS office for thirty two years between 1969 and 2001, sadly passed away on the 15th of July 2021, due to cancer. She was 80 years of age at the time of her passing

Erika moved from Germany to Australia, and was the first (and female!) SJIS school bus driver. In addition to being a bus driver, she did many other jobs such as overseeing the Tuck Shop, being a Caretaker, and various administrative tasks. She loved children very much and was very proud of the school. She went on many school excursions with the children, dressed up as a Japanese princess in a Kimono on Sports Day, and at the SJIS School Concert she conducted and dressed up as Mozart! She always loved to entertain the students.

Since she left SJIS, Erika enjoyed travelling, and lived a very happy life surrounded by her beloved family and friends in a beautiful house built by her husband.

I would like to express my deepest condolences to her family, and share Erika’s happy loving smiles and
memories with all the former students, teachers and staff.

Tamami Richardson (SJIS Office)


さよなら、 エリカ・ポーシェさん

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