Susan Hatch was born Susan Kiyo Hirozawa on July 25, 1951 in Watsonville. Known as “Suz” to her family and many friends, she passed December 31, 2020 at UC Davis Med Center in Sacramento after several weeks of illness. She attended California State University, Stanislaus, graduating in 1974 with a B.A. in English. She met her future husband, Stephen Joel Hatch at the university. They were married in Dec. 29, 1973. She moved with her husband to Lodi in 1974.
Suz was employed by several merchandising companies to stock their wares at Longs Drugs, later CVS, in Lodi from which she retired in 2014.
She had many interests, including crafts and charitable activities. She was a long-time member the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA), the Tuleburg Chapter, holding a number of offices. ABWA promotes improved business skills and giving back to the community. Suz especially enjoyed participating in ABWA’s annual scholarship program for promising young people. She supported a number of charities, including those that defended the environment.
She was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, and mother. She was a loving aunt and grandmother, who will be remembered with affection and respect for her many acts of kindness.
Suz was preceded in death by her parents, George and Nasue Hirozawa.
She is survived by her husband Stephen Joel Hatch, sister Naomi (David Kinoshita), son Kristopher, daughter-in-law Margarita, and grandchildren Jovita, Isamu and Leonardo, and cousins, nieces, and nephews and their children. She will be missed by her many friends.
Those who wish to honor Suz are encouraged to donate to the ABWA Tuleburg Chapter Scholarship Fund. Checks should be made out to ABWA with Memorial Scholarship Fund in memo section and mailed to Dixie Waechter, 19 Whispering Way, Lodi, CA 95242 .
Plans for a memorial service are pending.
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