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Hattie H. Hada

Hattie H. Hada passed away peacefully on May 27, 2018 at the age of 98 in Roseville, California.

Born in Placer County in 1920 to parents, Moriichi and Mitsuyo Hada, who emigrated from Japan and settled in Newcastle, CA, Hattie was the eldest of 8 children. The family worked hard clearing land with horse-drawn plows, creating a plum orchard and a packing shed. In 1934, Hattie's father passed away at 48 years due to bleeding after a dental procedure; paved roads and fast cars weren't available to get prompt medical treatment. At 14 years old, Hattie took on new responsibilities to take care of and help raise her younger siblings while her mother worked in the orchard with the older siblings before and after school.

Hattie attended Loomis Grammar School, and graduated from Placer High School in Auburn, CA in 1939. The Hada family, along with other West Coast Japanese American citizens, with only days' notice, was forced into incarceration at the Tule Lake Internment Camp from 1942 to 1945 during WWII. Upon release, the family returned to Newcastle to find their home destroyed by fire.

Hattie was eventually able to leave the family ranch and became a long-time resident of San Francisco. Hattie lived independently in a 2nd story apartment without an elevator or a car. Anywhere she needed to go was within reach by foot or public transit. She had a 40-year career as Bookkeeper for Tokyo Sukiyaki restaurant at Fisherman's Wharf. In her later years, she made daily treks to senior lunches. She completed many jigsaw puzzles, played Yahtzee, and collected lucky frogs and elephants. She could sew, crochet, and knit garments and blankets for herself, family, and friends. And she was fast, like a machine, without looking at her stitches. She donated her handiwork as well. She became a worldwide traveler, an accomplished bowler with 300-game pins and trophies from league play and tournaments, an avid SF Giants fan, a horse race fan, and a regular to the casinos – she LOVED to gamble. She traveled by bus from San Francisco to Reno into her 90's. She hit her last jackpot within a few weeks of her passing.

After 96 years of living a fulfilling life, she graciously accepted and adapted to assisted living in Roseville, CA, near family members. A special thank-you to the "cousins" for their caring attention to "Auntie Hattie" the past two years. These cousins proudly accepted the privilege of returning care to the matriarch of the family.

Hattie was predeceased by her parents, brothers Mori(Toshi), Letto(Pauline), Aki(Clara), Mitsuo(Jane), Yoko(Chiyo) Hada, and sister, Mary(Henry) Tsukimura. She is survived by sister Juliee(Bob) Blake, sisters-in-law Jane, Clara, and Pauline Hada, and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and one great grandnephew.

No services are planned, and inurnment will take place at a later date.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on June 17, 2018
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