Susan Ulrich Metheny
September 24,1937 - June 25, 2016
We lost a wonderful mother, grandmother, and special friend to many when Susan Ulrich Metheny passed away on Saturday, June 25th. Typical of the only way she would have it, she was surrounded by loving family singing Cal songs as they gave her their blessings and love. Born on September 24th, 1937 in Alameda to Francis and Virginia Ulrich, Susie and her sister Sally Lowry (Bob) were raised in Oakland and Piedmont. She also dearly loved her younger brother Steve Ulrich (Mary). Susie built endearing friendships that lasted her lifetime while attending Piedmont High, Dominican Convent High School, and UC Berkeley where she was active in the Alpha Phi Sorority. Susie married Dr. John Metheny and went on to raise 4 children in Piedmont – Alan (Kathleen), Johnny “Love”, Molly Lewis (Tye), and Anne Bone (Jon). Susie was one of the founding members of the Alameda County Cancer League and was proud of the funding they achieved for cancer research. She had a love for travel that then led to her second marriage with Dr. James Hogan. Together, they traveled the world from Russia to Machu Picchu to Montreal. Jim’s family included his 3 children – Betsey Hogan (David Fraser), Stephanie Hogan, and Catherine Hogan (Darryl Edwards). Susie loved that Jim previously worked as a Cal Professor, and together they loved sunny days watching Cal football and evenings at the Cal basketball games. Her favorite spectator sport was Cal Rugby when both Johnny and Alan played, and she remained a loyal fan for many national championships. Susie was proud of being a 3rd generation Cal Grad and was thrilled when all 4 children and now grandchildren have followed in her foot steps as the 4th and 5th generations. Susie had a deep love for her many grandchildren – Ellie, Matt and Joe Metheny, Emma and Erin Lewis, AJ Gosling, Michael and Sarah Bone, Jack, Tom and Matt Fraser, and Gracie and Tess Edwards. She was also very close with her nieces and nephews, along with many of her children’s friends that called her their “adopted Mom.” Susie was “Momma Love” to all and will be forever missed.
Mass will be held at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, 30 Mandalay Road, Oakland, California on Thursday, June 30th at 10:00am. Susie would love to see everyone in bright or Cal colors!