ForeverMissed
This online memorial was created to celebrate Carol Hatch, who passed away after a long decline brought by Alzheimer's disease. She was lovingly cared for at home by her husband, Richard, with the support of her large family, who were with her through her final moments.

Photos from Carol's life are posted here under the "Gallery" tab, where you may also view video of Carol's memorial mass and burial. The family hopes you will add photos and video of your own and take a moment to share a personal tribute or story about Carol.

Carol was dearly loved by her family and many friends, and she is greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Hospice of Amador & Calaveras or the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.
Posted by Loanne Kuller on May 15, 2021
My parents, Les and Shirley Kuller, were best of friends along with many others of Dick and Carol Hatch. They were introduced to each other in Hayward, CA I believe in 1957 by neighbors Carol and Ron Pacheaco. Bridge was often played on weekends and we kids were thrown in bed together and had constant reminders that we needed to stop giggling and sleep. They remained friends for their lifetime.

As a child of the mid 50’s and 60’s I would say that the Hatches and the Kullers were like the Ricardos and the Mertz. And for those who are younger, they were the two families of the I Love Lucy TV show which was full of antics that brought laughter into the homes of America. We shared so much laughter and many good times together.

The richness of our family lives could never be measured in a monetary way and It was from Carol and my mother that at a young age I learned that you don’t need to be blood related to be family. Carol and my mother explored their young motherhood days together coming up with some of the craziest theories and adventures, fortunately there were plenty of kids to test them out on. Some theories succeeded and some failed, hence the character building of the Hatch and Kuller kids.

So many fond memories of time spent at Rancho Hatcho, Sky Ranch Swim Club, heading over to the hatches in our station wagon with the ironing board and ironing to be done while we kids explored the Birch Street neighborhood in Hayward.

My last visit with Carol was right before the Covid restrictions were put in place. I brought the Kuller family movies which had many scenes of the Hatch family in them that we were able to watch on Carol’s TV. I’m convinced that Carol had moments of familiarity with the movies playing on her big TV as we visited. I’m so glad I got to hold her hand and tell her that I loved her, I always will.
Posted by Daniel Brown on May 14, 2021
I met Carol at an Oakland A’s game on a cold San Francisco summer evening. The whole family was in tow, in celebration for Dick’s birthday. I sat next to Carol for the game, and she spent the whole game helping me memorize the large family tree, and sharing stories about everyone. One of her refrains that game was telling me, “It’s a big family. A good one.” In the years that followed, I saw her cling to that mindset, even as she slowly lost a grasp of some of the other points in her life. Sometimes when her children, or grandchildren helped her, Carol’s eyes would open and sparkle and she would exclaim in appreciation, “Wow! What a good family.”

Accordingly, I remember and miss Carol as a proud and loving matriarch.
Posted by Mariah Tate on May 13, 2021
Carol was such a fantastic woman and always showed me great kindness. She was always so welcoming to me and my family and showed us lots of love. I am so grateful to have known her and to have had her in my life.
Posted by Nancy DeGuire on May 13, 2021
Heartfelt condolences from the Brentwood Jan/Rob/Caitlin Gemetti and Nancy DeGuire clan to our loving family of Uncle Dick, Hatch cousins, second cousins, and nieces and nephews. Our memories of spectacular family events will keep Auntie Carol's memory alive in our hearts forever. We wish you all peace and God's blessing. Now the Gemetti siblings are all together with their parents and aunts and uncles again, imagine the conversations they are having around that heavenly campfire. We miss them all and remember them fondly.
Posted by Genevieve Micheletti on May 13, 2021
Grandma Cuckoo nurtured my love of books, letting me read anything I could get my hands on. She was unflappable, totally accepting of my wild childhood antics and the silly nickname I gave her. She inspired a love of nature with days at Tiger Creek spent picking wild blackberries, and taught us to recognize the less friendly mountain misery and poison oak. Grandma knew the lyrics to every show tune ever written, though anything by George Gershwin was a special favourite. I miss her enthusiastic rendition of “Oh, What A Beautiful Morning,” and I often hear it in my memory.
Posted by McDonald Robinson on May 11, 2021
I became acquainted with Carol in 1955 when she became my sister-in-law on the occasion of the marriage of my mother (Elizabeth Crosby Robinson) to Carol’s father-in-law (Dr. F. Oliver Hatch). Over the years, Carol’s warmth and humor added much to the large “blended family” that was created by that marriage. We always looked forward to seeing Carol and Dick, as well as their great kids and grandchildren, at family gatherings. We especially enjoyed seeing Carol and Dick honored at their 50th wedding anniversary gathering by their large and loving family. We miss Carol, but will always have a place in our hearts for her.

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Posted by Robin McLean on May 8, 2021
Carol and I went all through school together. We graduated from high school in the 1951 class. She and I both played the violin. Our teacher lived near her home. She became an RN influencing others in her family to follow in the medical profession. She was a special smart and warm friend and became part of family through her marriage to a Hatch. RIP Carol.

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Posted by Loanne Kuller on May 15, 2021
My parents, Les and Shirley Kuller, were best of friends along with many others of Dick and Carol Hatch. They were introduced to each other in Hayward, CA I believe in 1957 by neighbors Carol and Ron Pacheaco. Bridge was often played on weekends and we kids were thrown in bed together and had constant reminders that we needed to stop giggling and sleep. They remained friends for their lifetime.

As a child of the mid 50’s and 60’s I would say that the Hatches and the Kullers were like the Ricardos and the Mertz. And for those who are younger, they were the two families of the I Love Lucy TV show which was full of antics that brought laughter into the homes of America. We shared so much laughter and many good times together.

The richness of our family lives could never be measured in a monetary way and It was from Carol and my mother that at a young age I learned that you don’t need to be blood related to be family. Carol and my mother explored their young motherhood days together coming up with some of the craziest theories and adventures, fortunately there were plenty of kids to test them out on. Some theories succeeded and some failed, hence the character building of the Hatch and Kuller kids.

So many fond memories of time spent at Rancho Hatcho, Sky Ranch Swim Club, heading over to the hatches in our station wagon with the ironing board and ironing to be done while we kids explored the Birch Street neighborhood in Hayward.

My last visit with Carol was right before the Covid restrictions were put in place. I brought the Kuller family movies which had many scenes of the Hatch family in them that we were able to watch on Carol’s TV. I’m convinced that Carol had moments of familiarity with the movies playing on her big TV as we visited. I’m so glad I got to hold her hand and tell her that I loved her, I always will.
Posted by Daniel Brown on May 14, 2021
I met Carol at an Oakland A’s game on a cold San Francisco summer evening. The whole family was in tow, in celebration for Dick’s birthday. I sat next to Carol for the game, and she spent the whole game helping me memorize the large family tree, and sharing stories about everyone. One of her refrains that game was telling me, “It’s a big family. A good one.” In the years that followed, I saw her cling to that mindset, even as she slowly lost a grasp of some of the other points in her life. Sometimes when her children, or grandchildren helped her, Carol’s eyes would open and sparkle and she would exclaim in appreciation, “Wow! What a good family.”

Accordingly, I remember and miss Carol as a proud and loving matriarch.
Posted by Mariah Tate on May 13, 2021
Carol was such a fantastic woman and always showed me great kindness. She was always so welcoming to me and my family and showed us lots of love. I am so grateful to have known her and to have had her in my life.
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Carol Rae Hatch

Carol was born to Robert and Dora Gemetti of Martinez, California on December 27, 1933.  She was the fourth of their five children, born between Robert Jr., James, Gloria and Thomas, and she was the last surviving sibling. 

Carol was raised in Martinez, where she attended Alhambra High School.  After graduating in 1951, she attended Nursing school in Oakland and then married her high school sweetheart, Dick Hatch, in 1954. She traveled about the country as an Army wife to Dick during his service years. They started their own family with the birth of their daughter Clarice at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Their second daughter, Christine, was born at Fairbanks, Alaska. They eventually settled in Hayward, California, where they welcomed three more children, John, Dorothy and James.

Carol was at home with her children until the youngest, Jim, began school. She then began her career with the California Employment Development Department, where she worked as a judicator and retired after 25 years, in 1995. After helping her five children through college, she began her busy retired life in Pioneer, California, where she and Dick were longtime shareholders of the Mace Meadows Golf and Country Club and active members of the Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church. She was a friend to many in the community and held the distinction of being Fairway Ladies Golf Champion twice during her golfing years. Carol enjoyed reading, hiking and travel with family and friends.

Anyone who was fortunate to spend time with Carol will remember her for her warmth and her dedication to her family.  She was a tireless supporter to all she loved, and she demonstrated a spirit of service, education and love of the arts that is embodied in her children and grandchildren.  She was sharp witted, exacting and, to everyone who could accept her unsolicited advice well, fun to be with.  Through her final years, she accepted her infirmity with marvelous grace and serenity and her character remained true to the end.

Carol is survived by her husband of 66 years, Dick Hatch of Pioneer; daughter Clarice (James) Ward, their children James (Debbie) Ward and daughter Ciara, Sean (Sarah) Ward and children Sophia and Mack; daughter Christine (Charles) Anema and children Rachael and Charles; son John (Richard) Hatch; daughter Dorothy (Patrick) Micheletti and children Genevieve (Daniel) Micheletti and their son, Gil, and Gabrielle; son James and children Kristen and Alexander.

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Shared by Cathy OConnor on May 17, 2021
A quick hop over the back fence was all it took to get to the Hatch’s backyard and find Carol at the kitchen table or sink doing dishes. It really was a great way to grow up with ten kids between the Hatch and O’Connor families. I have vivid memories of Carol driving us to school in the VW bus, baking Christmas cookies, endless piano recitals, playing in the tree houses and “knacking” almonds in Martinez. She was a second mom to all of us, and made our childhood seem so simple but complete. Her grand smile and laughter are forever in my memory.

Sending thoughts and prayers to Dick and family, miss you all.

Shared by Terri Woods on May 16, 2021
I am truly sorry that I was not able to attend this beautiful celebration of Carol's life. I did not know her well personally, but through the stories Chris shared with me over the years...she seemed like "family"! Of course, I will be forever grateful to Carol, Dick and Chris for entrusting me with the pure joy of becoming Zoe's "3rd" Mom!! I love this little dog with all my heart and can't imagine life without her, she will always make me think of Carol. I remember when Chris, Zoe and I went to visit Carol when she was in Sutter Creek at the assisted living facility....Zoe jumped up on her lap immediately and it wasn't long before Carol was letting Zoe lick cookie crumbs from her fingers!! LOL. I've never known a family like the Hatch's that somehow were able to instill the true meaning of the "Golden Rule" into their children, I've watched my best friend Chris live by this for over 30 years...This speaks to the wonderful person and mother Carol was.....
Shared by Shauna Buchanan on May 15, 2021
What a blessing it is to read all of the tributes and stories of Carol.  Though I did not know her well, the times I was with her, I admired her welcoming smile, and her beautiful, friendly spirit. She left a legacy of some pretty amazing children and grandchildren.  I pray that your time together at her memorial sharing your precious memories, will be etched into your hearts and the love she shared with her family will live with you each and every day.  Love and prayers to you all, Shauna