Felicita Chieko (Kato) Moriguchi

Born: Sat., Dec. 30, 1933
Died: Fri., Jun. 11, 2010

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Sat., Jun. 19, 2010

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Felicita Chieko (Kato) Moriguchi
Resident of Pleasant Hill  Dec. 30, 1933 – June 11, 2010

Felicita “Chie” Moriguchi passed away unexpectedly on Friday, June 11th. Throughout her life, she encountered many struggles but never lost her generous, loving and kind spirit.
Chie was born in Lima, Peru on Dec. 30, 1933 as the third of eight children. The family was relocated during WWII to an internment camp in Crystal City, TX. Following the war, the Kato’s moved to Stockton, CA where they were able to work and live on a farm. Eventually, the family migrated to San Francisco, where Chie graduated from Washington High School. In 1956, she met Richard Moriguchi and they wed in January of 1957. Shortly afterwards, Richard was drafted into military service. During this time, Chie gave birth to a daughter, Karen and a son, Ron. After fulfilling his military obligation, Richard and family bought a home in San Bruno. Their third child, Timmy, was born in 1963. Tragically, Timmy passed away due to a congenital heart defect in 1964. Chie gave birth to her fourth child, Jeffrey, in 1970.
The family relocated to New York for Richard’s job in 1975. It was during this time that she worked towards and received her U.S. citizenship. In 1978, the family moved back to San Bruno. Chie worked several jobs over the years in the San Bruno area, while raising the family.  In 1986, the family moved and settled in Pleasant Hill. Chie was deeply involved with the Redress Bill passed by Congress and signed into law in 1988, and provided key documentation that allowed many Japanese Peruvians to be included.  She retired from her favorite job with the San Mateo County Mental Health Division in 1996.
Chie is survived by her loving husband, Richard; devoted children Karen Griffiths (David) of Waco, TX; Ron Moriguchi (Maelene) of Pleasant Hill, Jeffrey Moriguchi of Pleasant Hill and grandchildren Matthew & Elysse Moriguchi and Miles Griffiths.
Family and friends are invited to a memorial service to celebrate the life of this truly special individual on Saturday, June 19 at Christ the King Church, 199 Brandon Rd, Pleasant Hill at 11:00AM.

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Geeti & Shoilen Ghose
   Posted Wed June 16, 2010
Our deep condolence Richard, to you and your family, at the sudden and tragic death of Chie. She was indeed a beautiful and "gentle" lady and we were privileged to have known her. She was warm and loving and had a great sense of humor, and we have fond memories of her during the hikes we made with the Pleasant Hill Explores. She will be greatly missed by all those who knew her. God bless her noble spirit, she will be remembered in our prayers.

In deep sympathy,
Geeti & Shoilen.

Laurel Winter
   Posted Wed June 16, 2010
Dear Richard:

I was so sorry to hear of your sudden loss. It was such a pleasure to have known Chie. I really enjoyed listening to all the beautiful stories she had to tell during our walks. I cherish the sticky chicken recipee she gave me and will never forget the time when she gave me a seseme seed grinder (I shall think of you both each time I use it.) She was generious, warm and loving. She will be truly missed. God bless you both.

With sympathy,
Laurel Winter

David & Vickey Bruzzone
   Posted Wed June 16, 2010
Dear Mr. Moriguchi & Ron& family,

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. While we only knew Mrs. Moriguchi briefly she most certainly impressed us with her kind spirit, always offering a warm greeting and friendly smile. God be with you & may the memories and love you have for Chie touch your heart gently.

With sympathy,
David & Vickey Bruzzone

Patt Black & family
   Posted Thu June 17, 2010
Mr. Moriguchi and family
We were very sorry to hear about your loss. I was very honored to have met Chie and spend some time with both of you during my visit to the San Fransico area a few years back. Seeing the bay area through her eyes is something I will always cherish. My family and I have you in our thoughts and prayers. And I know that He will get you through this difficult time and you will smile again.
Know that I will do my best to take care of Karen. She is like another sister to me and I cherish our friendship. Her entire Baylor/Waco family will help her through her grieving process and she too will smile again.
If there is ANYTHING I can do, please let me know.

With sympathy,
Patt Black & family

Isaac Aronow
   Posted Fri June 18, 2010
Dear Mr. Moriguchi,
I am very sorry about the loss of your dear wife. I enjoyed meeting Chie at some of the Pleasant Hill Explorer events, and was impressed by her warmth and friendliness.
May Chie's memory live for ever and be an inspiration to you and your family.
My sincere sympathy is extended to you and your family.

Isaac Aronow

Mirako (Ohashi) Ogata
   Posted Fri June 18, 2010
Moriguchi Family,

The Kato and Ohashi families are forever connected due to our days in Crystal City. We have unfortunately lost contact over the years, except for brief occasions when meeting at Perukai functions. At these meetings, Chieko always greeted me as a true friend. It was a privilege to know her. I will miss her endearing presence.

May your family find solace in the good memories.

Mirako (Ohashi) Ogata

Betty Ferguson
   Posted Fri June 18, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Darlene Dranzik
   Posted Sat June 19, 2010

I just heard this evening from Geeti & Shoilen about Chie. I am so sorry! She was a really special lady; she always had a big smile and something nice to say to everyone. She loved her family, her home and you very much. I enjoyed talking to her on some of the hikes, picnics, and parties with the Explorers. I feel privileged to have known her; she will be missed by all.

Sincerely Darlene

Sarah and Dave Eary
   Posted Sun June 27, 2010
Richard and family

We are so sorry for your loss. We will never forget how brave and selfless Felicita was the night of our house fire. She came running over in the middle of the night to try to make sure we were safe. She a a sweet lady and a wonderful neighbor. We will miss watching her putter in the garden and waving as we strolled past the house. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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