Stasia Hyatt

Stasia Hyatt

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Stasia was a quiet woman. A principled, practical woman who delighted in making people laugh. Stasia lived a humble life, but was a generous, kind woman who was devoted to her family and her dogs. Born in Rhode Island to Eastern European immigrant parents, Stasia was the middle child to four brothers and one older half-sister. She was smart and excelled in school; she even skipped two grades. Her dream was to become a teacher, but she graduated from high school in the midst of the Great Depression. This meant her dream would not actualize, but she found a sense of pride in working. Her first job was at a downtown 5 & 10 cent store and there she took pride in her ability to earn an income to help her family during those tough times. In 1942, Stasia married Harry Hyatt and had two girls, Sheila and Lois, but continued to work to help support the family. Working the swing shift at the local textile mill meant late night walks alone from the bus stop in blizzards, rainstorms and below freezing New England weather, but she never complained. In the fifties the family moved to Southern California. Here she learned to sew on an old treadle sewing machine. She created beautiful dresses for her daughters and later for her grandchildren. She continued to sew well into her 90s. Stasia decided to enroll in East Los Angeles JC to develop typing, communication and office management skills that would help her be successful in a new work environment. She started as a clerk typist and eventually became the office manager for ITT’s Los Angeles office. For twenty years, she took the bus from the San Gabriel Valley to downtown LA. She never missed a day of work. In 1976, ITT announced that they were closing the LA office and offered her a transfer to D.C., she told corporate management she would retire instead. She had given an age ten years younger when she was hired; so she retired at 62 much to the surprise of her co-workers, because Stasia looked young. Her hair didn’t start to gray until her 90s. Her skin was beautiful; soft like a baby’s to her last day. Stasia had no secret for her longevity; because she never saw herself as “old”. When the responsibilities of keeping house got too much, Stasia moved to Santa Rosa in 2008 to live with her daughter, Sheila. Stasia leaves her daughter Sheila Bell and three grandchildren in the north, her daughter Lois Alva and one grandchild in the south and one great-granddaughter in the east bay. She dealt with life as it came. She was contented to her last day. A devoted Catholic, her remains will be interred at Calvary Cemetery in Santa Rosa, CA. No formal services will be held.
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