OBITUARY

Shirley Hoch

Passed away on June 2, 2020

On the evening of June 2, 2020, Shirley J. Hoch of Maple Valley, WA passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer. She was born on December 10, 1948, to the proud parents of Aldo and Delores Turri and was raised in San Francisco, with her sister, Joann and brother, John. Shirley married William Hoch, Jr and eventually settled in South San Francisco, where they raised their 6 children, Angelique, Crystal, William III, Marcus, Desiree, and Zachary. After the sudden passing of her first husband, Shirley married Romolo Braschi, and in 2015 relocated to Washington.

While in SSF, Shirley was heavily involved in the community. She was active in the local PTA and was elected to the South San Francisco Unified School District in the early 90’s, a position she held for over 20 years. Her passion was serving the people of SSF and making sacrifices to help those in need. Shirley recognized that the community needed more, thus creating a non-profit, The Foundation for Youth, which raised money to support local community programs.

Shirley has touched countless lives during her years of service with her dedication and perseverance. However, the role she cherished the most was being a mother to her 6 children and grandmother to her 15 grandchildren, Khaiel, Kiyani, Rebecca, Andrew, Brianna, Aaron, Marcus, Mason, Charles, Tyler, Jaden, Shiloh, Sophia, Sydney, and Scott Jr.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 pandemic, the family is unable to host a memorial service for Shirley at this time.

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Danielle Govier

June 28, 2020

Shirlee is my Grandfather’s, sister’s daughter. Although as a kid I had a few encounters with Shirlee, I really didn’t know her. What memories I did have were all favorable and I knew she cared for her family greatly.

I remember a day cruise to Ensenada where Shirlee got mobbed by kids when she started handing out dollar bills. I remember a road trip to Vegas and meeting family. I remember a ride on the indoor roller coaster at Circus Circus after doing the buffet. I’m pretty sure I rode the roller coaster with my brother but think her kids were riding too. I can not say for sure. I remember Shirlee at Mom’s house after my Grandma has passed. Shirlee was telling my Mom about how she was looking after her Mother and ordering groceries to be delivered through the grocery store. I was always a listener, so it’s not strange that I would remember conversations.

A few years ago, I was privileged to spend more time with Shirlee & we became friends. It all began when Shirlee moved to the Puget Sound, where I also lived, and my Mother came for a visit. Mom and I stayed with Shirlee and Zach for a week. After that visit, I made some weekend visits of my own.

One of those visits started with me driving to Maple Valley after work on a Friday evening. We were going to spend the evening having dinner at the casino and doing some gambling. This was Shirlee’s favorite activity when not spending time with her Grandchildren. Zach was meant to come with us, but Shirlee and I made this Casino adventure solo.

I had only been to Muckleshoot a few times and had never driven there on my own. Shirlee had been there a bajillion times but didn’t really have to think about how to get there. Needless to say, we were having a great time chatting and I missed the exit. I know, could have pulled out my cell phone and got directions but I do not multitask with my phone well. I took the next exit. Shirlee and I spend the next hour cruising around /1

Danielle Govier

June 28, 2020

Shirlee is my Grandfather’s, sister’s daughter. Although as a kid I had a few encounters with Shirlee, I really didn’t know her. What memories I did have were all favorable and I knew she cared for her family greatly.

I remember a day cruise to Ensenada where Shirlee got mobbed by kids when she started handing out dollar bills. I remember a road trip to Vegas and meeting family. I remember a ride on the indoor roller coaster at Circus Circus after doing the buffet. I’m pretty sure I rode the roller coaster with my brother but think her kids were riding too. I can not say for sure. I remember Shirlee at Mom’s house after my Grandma has passed. Shirlee was telling my Mom about how she was looking after her Mother and ordering groceries to be delivered through the grocery store. I was always a listener, so it’s not strange that I would remember conversations.

A few years ago, I was privileged to spend more time with Shirlee & we became friends. It all began when Shirlee moved to the Puget Sound, where I also lived, and my Mother came for a visit. Mom and I stayed with Shirlee and Zach for a week. After that visit, I made some weekend visits of my own.

One of those visits started with me driving to Maple Valley after work on a Friday evening. We were going to spend the evening having dinner at the casino and doing some gambling. This was Shirlee’s favorite activity when not spending time with her Grandchildren. Zach was meant to come with us, but Shirlee and I made this Casino adventure solo.

I had only been to Muckleshoot a few times and had never driven there on my own. Shirlee had been there a bajillion times but didn’t really have to think about how to get there. Needless to say, we were having a great time chatting and I missed the exit. I know, could have pulled out my cell phone and got directions but I do not multitask with my phone well. I took the next exit. Shirlee and I spend the next hour cruising around 1/

Danielle Govier

June 28, 2020

I think I was a bad minder this evening. Shirlee ran out of money twice and asked me to help her use the ATM, I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to do that, but I did anyway. It wasn’t for me to tell her “No.” As the night progressed, I saw my phone lighting up through the pocket of my handbag. Hearing in the casino can be a challenge. Apparently I had missed a check in text and it was now just after 10:30. We had left for the casino five hours earlier. Shirlee was doing fine and was showing no signs of being tired or worn out, but it was much later than I thought when Zach called to check in on us. We finished up and came home. Zach’s first words were, “You were in the smoking section.” I have to admit, we smelled like ash trays.
It was a fun evening for Shirlee and I. The time I got to spend with her over the past few years is precious. Shirlee had a big heart and I am sure everyone who got to know her, got the experience of her generosity. /3 end (2000... pshaw)

Danielle Govier

June 28, 2020

Auburn on a Friday night, talking and gossiping like teenagers. I’m sure we were on the wrong side of the tracks before we got back to the right side of the tracks but the most important thing is Shirlee was having so much fun.

Not all the conversation was happy and cheerful. Shirlee shared many worries, fears and regrets. I listened. I assured her that I thought she was a great caretaker and provider, when she was in the position to be those things. She really appreciated me listening to her and validating her. It was my pleasure to give that to her. Eventually we found our way to the casino. Shirlee was so excited to be out & she felt like she was out on her own.

First let me say “Thank You” to the valets that helped me when we arrived and at the end of the evening when we left. I am challenged with operating mechanical things and I also may have struggled getting Shirlee safely in and out of her chair. Dinner for Shirlee consisted of carrot cake. She knew how to prioritize getting what was most important, first.

We ate, we gambled, we lost money, we lost track of time. I never managed to find the non-smoking section. In fact there was one place we sat, where I am sure the guy who decided to sit next to me was one of Satan’s minions. Before he got there, the air next to me seemed much hotter than anywhere else. Once he arrived, it was like he was radiating pure sulfur. I was glad for him to go, but the sulfur remained. It was weird! /2

Danielle Govier

June 28, 2020

Shirlee is my Grandfather’s, sister’s daughter. Although as a kid I had a few encounters with Shirlee, I really didn’t know her. What memories I did have were all favorable and I knew she cared for her family greatly.

I remember a day cruise to Ensenada where Shirlee got mobbed by kids when she started handing out dollar bills. I remember a road trip to Vegas and meeting family. I remember a ride on the indoor roller coaster at Circus Circus after doing the buffet. I’m pretty sure I rode the roller coaster with my brother but think her kids were riding too. I can not say for sure. I remember Shirlee at Mom’s house after my Grandma has passed. Shirlee was telling my Mom about how she was looking after her Mother and ordering groceries to be delivered through the grocery store. I was always a listener, so it’s not strange that I would remember conversations.

A few years ago, I was privileged to spend more time with Shirlee & we became friends. It all began when Shirlee moved to the Puget Sound, where I also lived, and my Mother came for a visit. Mom and I stayed with Shirlee and Zach for a week. After that visit, I made some weekend visits of my own.

One of those visits started with me driving to Maple Valley after work on a Friday evening. We were going to spend the evening having dinner at the casino and doing some gambling. This was Shirlee’s favorite activity when not spending time with her Grandchildren. Zach was meant to come with us, but Shirlee and I made this Casino adventure solo.

I had only been to Muckleshoot a few times and had never driven there on my own. Shirlee had been there a bajillion times but didn’t really have to think about how to get there. Needless to say, we were having a great time chatting and I missed the exit. I know, could have pulled out my cell phone and got directions but I do not multitask with my phone well. I took the next exit. Shirlee and I spend the next hour cruising around 1/

Connie Johnson Govier

June 24, 2020

I miss and love my Cousin Shirlee so much. She is my first remembered childhood friend.. There are so many wonderful family gatherings or reunions and cruises and visits to the San Francisco home of my Aunt Dolores. I'm so glad that my daughter and I were able to visit her in Washington before they closed everything down for the Corona virus. We had a big dinner with her children and grandchildren and a few trips to Muckleshoot Casino, that she dearly loved. My daughter Danielle and I have gone there with her for the last three years.
Shirley was the most energetic, loving, generous and fun person that I've ever known. I am blessed to have so many decades of memories of her. Although I know she suffered these past 5 years, it's amazing that she didn't focus on that. She more than outlived the doctors predictions of her passing, and she did it with such determination and joy and grace. Love you Cousin. You are my role model; my heroine.

Jan Seewald

June 21, 2020

Remembering my Cousin Shirlee - beautiful smile, big laugh and generous loving spirit. She is surely still watching over her many friends and beautiful family. Our condolences - Jan (Johnson) & Roger Seewald

Carol Blank

June 17, 2020

To Shirley’s family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you for your loss. My Mother-in-Law (Marge Blank) was a good friend of Shirley’s and you could find them on the phone talking about something (usually school related) just about every day. I’ve worked at SSFHS for 22 years and I remember coming home one day and telling Marge that the copy room didn’t have any paper. The next day there were boxes and boxes of paper. No one knew where it came from. I found out that Shirley ordered paper for both SSFHS and El Camino. She was one of the kindest people I knew. When she found out that I needed a larger computer monitor due to my visual needs she gave me a grant to buy one. (From The Foundation of Youth) She also included enough money to get a projector for our special Ed room. My husband (Rich) and I used to bump into her at District functions and she always made a point to come talk to us. She was a very special person and will be missed. RIP Shirley!
Rich and Carol Blank

Kris Peradotto

June 17, 2020

To all the Family
Sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
It was an honor for me that I got to meet some of you and especially Shirley... I enjoyed working all the bingo game, it was more than just a job it was fun...
How funny to know years before bingo that we were neighbors up the river...
Rest in peace Shirley
Kris P

Karen Johnson

June 17, 2020

Cousin Shirlee was one of the most generous, fun-loving people I've known. My fondest memories of her are at the big family reunions, which she was usually heavily involved in planning. She amazed me with the devotion she showed her Mom and her Uncle, Eugene, in their declining years, plus her brother with special needs. Obviously she set the bar high and provided a good example for love and perseverance for her children, especially Zac, who took such good care of her and Rom during their time of need.

My heart and prayers go out to you all. May you feel her presence watching over you.

FROM THE FAMILY