Su­san Ul­rich Metheny

Septem­ber 24,1937 - June 25, 2016

San Francisco Chronicle - - BAY AREA -

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!

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