Curran Jera Teigan Cicchetto, 45, of El Cajon, CA, passed away on
September 19, 2022, surrounded by her husband Sean, her 5 sons, Lennon,
Conall, Dolan, Keaygan, and Tiernan, her family and her friends.
Curran was many different things to many different people, but to herself, her
hearts-roll in life was being mother to her house-full of boys.
Curran’s wit and sarcasm were legendary, wherever she went, and
were exceeded only by her deep capacity for love and compassion for her
fellow humans. Her heart just naturally gravitated to those most in need and
suffering quietly. Curran was so many things to the many people who were
lucky enough to be a part of her life. She gave life, saved lives, and lived life,
with love and laughter, courage and strength.
Curran was a fierce lover of animals, sharing it with her family by having cats,
dogs, chickens, a horse and being involved in 4-H with her boys. She loved
family trips to Big Bear and apple picking, then making jellies and apple butter.
She loved watching all the boys’ sports: volleyball, soccer, football, swim, and
Curran had a passion for knitting. In the last two years she learned to take a
raw fleece, clean it, comb it, break it down, and spin it into the yarn she would
use for her knitting, spinning was her happy place.
You could also find her working out every day. She would follow along to
workout videos at home, usually working out with small hand weights and
stretch bands. She would go for runs or walks at work on her lunch break,
even in 100 degree heat!
Curran was a devotee of all holiday celebrations, but especially Halloween
and Christmas. For her, decorating was mandatory. From the house to the
workplace, she decorated EVERYTHING! And it seemed to bring a smile to
her face, and it definitely brought smiles to others faces, and that is what
made Curran happy.
Curran was a dedicated ER nurse who lit up the hallways, nurses stations,
and patient rooms with her huge smile, positive attitude, and always-on-point
accessories. She was a solid rock for her many friends and family, always
ready with a hug, a joke, a shoulder, or a cookie, depending on what they
needed most at the moment.
Most of all, Curran was inspired beyond measure by her role as a wife to her
husband of 18 years, Sean, and as mom to her five beautiful sons. They were
her passion and her joy, her reason for everything. Curran’s own words
summed it up: “I am a mom, a wife, and a nurse; happy … that’s what I am.”
Curran was born on February 26, 1977, in San Diego. She was a source of
joy and laughter from the day she entered this world. Being the oldest of 5 she
chose to help her brothers and sisters with every facet of their upbringing. She
helped them with their homework, their meals, their sports and life in general.
She tried to inspire each of them to live their best life.
She was herself, a storied athlete, graduating from El Capitan High School in
1995, earning 2 varsity letters in basketball, was team captain and earned 1
varsity letter in water polo, 4 varsity letters in Track and field making all league
in the Triple Jump, and 1 varsity letter in Swimming. She continued her
athletic and academic careers in college, first at Grossmont with 1 varsity
letter in water polo and 1 in swim, making All American in Breaststroke and
the Medley Relay. She then transferred to San Diego State University
graduating in 2000 where she earned her degree in Women’s Studies, with a
minor in Spanish. She played water polo all 4 years during which time they
were ranked in the top 5 of Division 1 schools. She earned 4 varsity letters in
water polo, was Team captain, MVP, and All American. Her last 2 years of
college she was also a member of the Women’s National Water Polo Team. In
2019 she was inducted into the El Capitan High School Hall of Fame for
After college Curran spent time working as a lifeguard on the beaches of San
Diego. While training for cliff rescue, she and a group of guards earned a Unit
Life Saving Citation for rescuing a man who had jumped into the water, hit his
head and was unconscious. Later In her career on the beaches, she, along
with 2 other guards, made over 100 rescues in one day, one of them a critical
rescue, earning them a nomination for Rescue of The Year. Later Curran
decided that nursing was her calling and obtained her nursing degree from the
University of Oklahoma in 2009.
Curran loved listening to and singing with Frank, and Dino, and even some
Bing! Curran had the voice of an angel, and now she is one of them. She will
be missed always. In addition to her husband and sons, Curran is survived by
her father and stepmother, Kirk and Dianna Teigen, her mother and
stepfather, Jeralyn and John French, her brothers, Taylor, Dennin, and Gentry
Teigen and her sister Lyric Malloy.
A mass will be held for Curran at 10am on Saturday, November 5th, 2022, at
Santa Sophia Catholic Church, located at 9800 San Juan St, Spring Valley,
CA. The mass is open to all who wish to attend. Mass will be followed by a
Celebration of Life at El Monte Park, 15805 El Monte Rd., Lakeside, CA.