Meriko Hirata

23 January, 19293 June, 2021

Meriko Hirata, age 92, passed away peacefully the evening of June 3, 2021.

Meriko (Meri) was born in Yakima to Hatsugoro and Same Toda on January 23, 1929. She was the younger sibling of Terrance, Katashi, and Tokiko. She enjoyed her childhood in Yakima, helping run her father’s vegetable stand.

After spending a short time at the Heart Mountain Internment Camp, Meri and her family moved to Seattle where she graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Nursing.

In 1952 Meri married Satoshi Hirata and had three children (Gary, Dale, and Diane). She worked in nursing for many years as she balanced her career with the raising of her children. After retirement, Sat and Meri traveled to many places around the world and enjoyed their life together.

Meri’s family would like to thank the staff of Brookdale Alderwood for their great care and kindness over the years. Even though she wasn’t memory impaired Meri chose to remain at this memory care facility after her husband’s passing because of her love for the employees there. Meri is survived by her son Gary Hirata, daughter Dale Hazapis, daughter and son-in-law Diane and Victor Bogstie, sisters-in-law Michi Hirata, Mary Hirata, and Kiyo Toda, grandchildren Kevin and Kristin Hirata, and numerous nephews and nieces. Meri’s parents, husband, and siblings preceded her in death.

A graveside memorial service will be held June 17 at 3:00PM at Evergreen Washelli, 11111 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133. In lieu of flowers, please send remembrances to the Alzheimer’s Association of Western Washington, in Memory of Meriko Hirata.


  • Memorial Service

    Thursday, 17 June , 2021


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Gayle Sreibers

17 June 2021

To Gary, Dale and Diane,
With much sympathy and love in the passing of your sweet Mom. Meri had such an immeasurable impact on my life and I will always treasure the memories we made together. I will forever hold both your mom and your dad, as well as each of you, close to my heart.


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