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Yao Lin Hsu

August 17, 1943September 7, 2020
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Yao Lin Hsu, 77, died in her home in Renton, WA on September 7, 2020 surrounded by her children, grandchildren and sister.

Yao Lin Hsu was born August 17, 1943 in Taipei, Taiwan. She was the daughter of Ching-Huah Lin and Fumei Lin and married to Dr. Cheng-Hsien Hsu on October 27, 1967. In addition to being survived by her husband, she is survived by her children Cassandra Lin Hsu of Renton, WA, her son Michael Norris and Tanya (Novak) Hsu and her grandchildren, Mia, Isaac, and Calvin of Vancouver, BC, Canada; sisters Tzu Lin and Ching Lin of Bellevue, WA and brother Jack Lin who lives in China. She also leaves behind many family members from the Hsu Family and the Lin Family including many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Yao graduated with a Bachelors degree in History from Fu-Jen Catholic University of Taipei, Taiwan in 1967 and immigrated to Chicago, IL in 1968 with her husband. In 1974, she moved to Topeka, KS with her family. For more than 29 years, Yao worked as the business manager of her husband’s clinic, Topeka Urology Clinic. In 2016 she and her husband moved from Topeka, KS to Renton, WA to be closer to family.

Yao enjoyed music, which included taking piano lessons again later in life. She also enjoyed art, reading, her investment club, gardening and skiing in the Colorado Rockies. She adored her three grandchildren. She also had an adventurous spirit loving to travel around the world, including tours to both the Arctic Circle and Antarctica.

She always looked her best, whether she was gardening, playing with her grandchildren, or attending one of the many musical concerts she enjoyed. She was a loving and selfless caretaker of her family, including visiting her husband daily at his assisted living facility until she became too sick to do so.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made online at https://secure.seattlecca.org/ (Note: please designate Yao Hsu in the Tribute Information box) or sent to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, PO Box 24385, Seattle, WA 98124-0385. Checks may be made payable to SCCA with indication that they are in memory of Yao Lin Hsu. Donations will go to support cancer research. SCCA is where Yao received her cancer treatment with world-class care and a wonderful medical team.

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Yao Lin Hsu

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Emmie Hsu

September 18, 2020

Dear Dr. Hsu, Cassandra and Michael,

I’m so sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. I’ve always admired her kindness, graciousness, beauty and elegance. She was so nice to us, and visits with your family in Topeka were lovely times. We will miss her, and will always have great memories of her and of you all.

Thank you for sharing your moving memorial service.
Emmie Hsu

Marisa lin

September 17, 2020

Dear Uncle Cheng, Cassandra, and Michael,

It was a lovely memorial that you had for Auntie Yao, who I called Acco. I will miss her dearly. She was my father's cousin though I thought of her as if she was my father's sister. They grew up together and I benefited from that close relationship.

Acco was the first family member to visit me after I was born. We lived in New York and many family members were in Taiwan so it was not common to travel so far. I believe Acco and you, Uncle Cheng, traveled from Chicago and it was the year that you married. I don't remember all this but I fondly look at the pictures of Acco and me as a baby. Acco, with her big, beautiful, radiant smile lovingly holding me.

All of you and I were blessed to be loved by her.
Sending you much love and peace,

Claire Phillips

September 17, 2020

My daughter, Rebecca, and I are so grateful for the friendship with Yao when the Hsu's lived in Topeka. We remember her kindness, her wisdom, her generosity-- and these qualities were expressed in a multitude of ways as we got to know her. We have been deeply touched by the service that we just watched. I can't express the depth of our appreciation for all of you who participated and shared. May the God of all comfort be with you in a special way in the days ahead.

Tina Miller

September 17, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families during this time. Auntie was a wonderful caring person and I always remember feeling her warm welcome each time we visited. The service was beautiful and your words are a reflection of all of the love and warmth Auntie brought to this world. I found this picture of Auntie looking beautiful as always and wanted to share it with you. Please know we are thinking of all of you. Love, The Millers (Tina and Aiden)

Freeman Sun

September 17, 2020

Dear Cheng,Cassandra,Michael &family:
With deepest sorrow to learn that we lost a wonderful friend Yao, it is time to commemorate the life of a wonderful person who,from school days to the years followed,blessed us with so many beautiful memories.
Thought Yao became a memory now,
The memory become a treasure
Therefore,she didn’t go alone for our memory went with her, the day God welcome Yao home !
Classmates of 1967 in USA
Dept. of History
Fu Jen University, Taiwan. R.O.C.

Nason Lui

September 13, 2020

Dear Cheng, Cassandra, Michael and Family,
it is with much sorrow that we hear of the passing of the matriarch of your family. We share your grief over the loss of our extraordinary HIL “upstairs neighbor” and friend 😊, whose visits we fully cherished. Yao and Cheng will always be a part of who we are. May your abundance of memories comfort you, as Yao embodied a life well lived. 💛 We should all take a page from her book.

Nason Lui and Monique Pittman-Lui

Shinfu Hsu

September 13, 2020

We are very sorry to learn the passing of Yao Lin.
She was one of the kindest and most gracious individuals we have met. She was very intelligent and took care of everything very efficiently. She raised a beautiful family and ran Dr. Hsu's Topeka Urology Clinic very successfully. She was well loved and respected in Topeka community. She gave our family very sincere friendship , we appreciate all her help over the long years in Topeka.
She and her husband, Dr. Hsu are also strong supporters for the democratic movement back in Taiwan.
Rest in peace, God be with her.
We will miss her the rest of our life.
The Hsu's family ( Shin-fu, Ming-feng, Jenny, Emmie and Annie )

Nadyne Hagmeier

September 13, 2020

Cassandra, Michael and family,
I am saddened to hear of the loss of your mom. From the days of babysitting you two and those spent working in your dad’s office, I will always remember her as you and your dad’s protector. She made sure everything was always in its place, but I could never figure out what was in your fridge because she always wrote it in Chinese! Hugs and prayers for you all. Please tell your dad hi for me.

Nadyne Hagmeier


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