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Catherine Loraine Tsuma


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Catherine Loraine Tsuma Obituary
Catherine Loraine Tsuma

(Age: 62) Cathy tranquilly left her suffering from Pancreatic Cancer on April 18, 2018. Despite months of medical treatment, she went to hospice care just 3 days before her passing. Cathy was born on October 11, 1955 and spent her early years in Chimayo, New Mexico. She was a descendant of the Padrinos that cared for El Santuario de Chimayo.
Her grandparents Manuel and Victoria Chavez are interned in the courtyard of the Chapel and Cathy recalled selling fruit from the orchards to the faithful who would pilgrimage there. Her parents, Filaberto and Flora Chavez moved to Los Angeles in 1962. In 1968, the family moved to Inglewood where Cathy graduated from Morningside High School in 1973 and attended classes at Pierce College.
Cathy began her healthcare career working as a scheduler at Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital in Inglewood. In 1980, she started in the front office as a receptionist, for Brandwein Medical which grew to become Lawndale Orthopedic Group. It was then that Cathy first met her amor, Wayne and they wed on October 10, 1985. She left that facility to work for Little Company of Mary Hospital Care Center in Torrance, as the medical billing supervisor. In 2000, she followed her husband to Las Vegas where she re-established herself at Fremont Medical Group. She started out overseeing the Front office and eventually distinguished herself as the Medical Referral Supervisor for Healthcare Partners – Davita Medical Group. She was recently awarded the First Lifetime Appreciation Award for her dedication and achievements with the Referral Team. Cathy's main activity was cultivating her teammates at Healthcare Partners. Her other loves were her family and husband. She enjoyed reading novels, traveling with family, going camping, and watching the Dodgers play baseball. She was a huge Dodgers fan. Cathy was able to cheer enthusiastically at Game 2 of the 2017 World Series, a heartbreaking 11 inning loss. She believed the meaning of life was to live it, and one of the last things she said was not to take tomorrow for granted.
Cathy leaves behind the love of her life – Wayne, whom she was married to for 32 amazing and adventurous years. The children she nourished and loved, Florcita Jewell (Dustin), Hernan Sanchez (Kriseyda), Yoshie Tsuma, and Casey Tsuma (Rebekka). She also leaves her greatest joys, her beloved and cherished grandchildren – Shane Jewell, Kyara Sanchez, Dominic Sanchez, Ian Jewell, and Tatiana Jewell; her mother, Flora Chavez, 89 yrs old; siblings, Grace Trujillo (Eddie), Manuel Chavez (Rosa), Oliver Chavez (Chris), and Pauline Chavez; and nine nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held at Palm South Jones Mortuary, 1600 S Jones Blvd., Las Vegas NV 89146 on Saturday, May 19th at 10:00 AM. A celebration of life will be held afterwards at the recreation center at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter - Day Saint's, 1801 S Monte Cristo Way, Las Vegas NV 89117.
Condolences can be offered at: www.palmsouthjones.com
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Published in Daily Breeze on May 5, 2018
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