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Suzuko Nakai Alves
  • 87 years old
  • Date of birth: Oct 22, 1926
  • Place of birth:
    Oxnard, California, United States
  • Date of passing: Feb 16, 2014
  • Place of passing:
    In her home in Daly City where she wanted to be, California, United States
Mom, Granny, Wife, Aunt, Friend, You will be in our hearts forever.This is only goodbye until we meet again.We will have an informal celebration of life for Mom on Sunday, March 16th from 1 to 4p at Susan's. Please let me know if you'd like to join us

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Suzuko Alves, 87, born on October 22, 1926 and who passed away on February 16, 2014. We will always remember her smiles, worrying, love for her grandchildren, and generosity forever.

We thank everyone for sharing their beautiful tributes about Mom. Don't forget to hug your loved ones! XXOO

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Keira Robalino on 17th February 2017

"Thinking of Grandma Sue today.  I can hear her voice and see her smile and wicked chuckle.  I always wished my kids had a grandma like you. Sending love to all those who miss you every day."

This tribute was added by Susan Alves-Rankin on 16th February 2017

"Dear Mom,
Not a day goes by when we don't think about you, love you, and miss you. Thoughts of you make us all smile and also make us tear up at the same time.  Please know that you truly will be forever missed. We love you. Thank you for being such a fierce, loving and fun force."

This tribute was added by asao masumiya on 28th October 2016

"Happy Birthday, Aunt Sue!  We're happy to have Connor in L.A.!  



This tribute was added by Nomi Harper on 18th February 2016

"Hi Sue, it's been two years already? Time flies too swiftly.  I think about you often, remembering you each time I pass by your address, and every time I visit my mom whom I am still blessed to have in my life.  I wonder if you know how much you are loved. Miss you very much. I miss Bob too. Thanks for being such a huge part of my life.  
xoxo Nomi/, Connor reminds me so much of my son, Ben."

This tribute was added by asao masumiya on 16th February 2016

"Love to you Aunt Sue and to all of your family and friends there with you."

This tribute was added by Irene Zbiczak on 16th February 2016

"How fast the time passes...You are not forgotten, and more in our thoughts each day."

This tribute was added by Susan Alves-Rankin on 16th February 2016

"Hi Mom,
On this 2nd Anniversary of the day you journeyed to heaven, know that your light shines brightly every day and your spirit surrounds us always!   We think of you often and smile imagining what you would say or do in different situations!  We all miss you and love you! ❤️❤️❤️❤️"

This tribute was added by Susan Alves-Rankin on 22nd October 2015

"Hi Mom,
I am sending you this Birthday Candle today to let you know that I am thinking about you on this special day and missing you and our many years of celebrating your Birthdays. I love you. XXOO"

This tribute was added by Susan Alves-Rankin on 12th July 2015

"Hi Mom,
I am still missing you very much.  I am sorry to tell you that one of your favorite cousins, Yoshiko Golden passed away last year.  I was just notified about her but  you probably knew that before I found out.  I bet you two are singing and laughing away up there!  Love to you and Dad!  I miss you both sooo much!  XXOO Susan"

This tribute was added by Nomi Harper on 16th February 2015

"Dear Susan and Scott,
I can't believe it's been a year.  Your mom was loved by many indeed.  She was such a huge influence in my life as I was growing up and she was a place of sanctuary for me as I was in her presence.  I will always have her close in my heart and your dad too, and all the times spent at your house as we grew up and shared so many memories.  Love to you both, Na/ Nomi"

This tribute was added by Irene Zbiczak on 16th February 2015

"Dear Susan,
Thinking of you and your family this day.  How fast the year has gone by.  May the memories you have of your parents keep you and bring you comfort."

This tribute was added by Aunt Lorraine Alves on 16th February 2015

"A year has already passed, but the wonderful memories are ever present of Bob & Sue. Each time I speak with Susan, Connor or Bryce reminds me of the great times spent together. Time does help heal the wound, but it never closes. It seems that time passes so much more quickly as I grow older, but family memories grow warmer & fonder. I am so blessed with my California family; thank you for all of you.

Love you "bunches""

This tribute was added by Susan Alves-Rankin on 16th February 2015

I miss you and Dad everyday. I look at the many pictures of many memories and I can't believe that I can't see you or talk to you and that a year has already passed. I am so grateful for all the times and years we had and so grateful that my sons were lucky enough to have such loving grandparents in their lives everyday. Thank you, Mom and Dad for the fun, laughs, and love. I miss you. XXOO"

This tribute was added by asao masumiya on 22nd October 2014

"This morning on my drive to my weekly golf game I was stopped at a signal and the license on the car in front of me had a Serramonte license frame.  While sitting at the signal, I thought of Auntie Sue and the wonderful memories and visits with her and the family up north.  
How appropriate on her 88th birthday!  Miss you, Sue, and Uncle Bob.
Love always"

This tribute was added by Susan Alves-Rankin on 22nd October 2014

"Hi Mom, Granny, Lady Samurai,
We are thinking of you today!  We had a cake with birthday candles for breakfast in your honor, sang Happy Birthday to you and dedicated a few "Banzais!"  We miss you every day! This is the first birthday where we don't get to see you blow out the candles. We miss you and Dad and are all so grateful for the wonderful, fun, love, and happy times that we all shared together. Thank you, Mom and Dad!  We love you!  Happy Birthday, Mom! Xxoo"

This tribute was added by Mimi Applegate Elder on 22nd October 2014

"Dearest Big Sue,
I'd like to think that you and my Mom are shopping at Tanforan today, laughing together and going out for a Birthday Luncheon afterwards. Have a great time and get good bargains!
I love and miss you both, Mimi"

This tribute was added by Irene Zbiczak on 22nd October 2014

"Thinking of you on your day.  While I did not have the honor of meeting you.  I have learned about you through Susan.  Susan is a testament of your strength, humor and generosity.  Thank you."

This tribute was added by Aunt Lorraine Alves on 22nd October 2014

"Happy Birthday Sue - sure do miss you - time surely does fly
Love Lorraine"

This tribute was added by Craig Kusumi on 25th May 2014

"My very dear and special friend Sue,

You are a one of a kind person with all the best qualities one could possess.   Sue, you always had such a beautiful smile – a smile that was infectious.

Our family was so saddened by the news of your passing.  Our heartfelt thoughts are with Susan, Scott and their families.

Yo first met Bob at Percy’s in L.A.  Lucky for us, that’s how we became friends forever with you and Bob.  You were a great couple.  You both were so warm and kind to Yo and I and our kids whenever we visited.  Many years have passed since then, but the special person that you are will always live in our hearts.

I’ll miss you and all the talks we shared over the phone.  You’ll always be in our family’s hearts and thoughts!  Thanks so much for the wonderful years of friendship!

Love, Sachi of Norwalk"

This tribute was added by Mimi Applegate Elder on 8th March 2014

"Since learning of the passing of Big Sue, Grandma-san Sue, and my friend, Sue, my mind has been swirling with so many memories:

• Her crinkled brow as she listened to me during one of our very profound
        conversations, seemingly always ever so slightly worried.
• Her giant welcoming smile and hugs as I/we arrived at # 7 Montebello.
• Her evident pride in each and every accomplishment of Bob, Scott, and
        Susan; later in Jerome, Bryce and Connor.
• The delighted faces and gracious welcoming smiles of Sue and Bob on
        their daughter’s wedding day. One would think that they had “discovered”
        Jerome and arranged the marriage all on their own.
• The epic level of worrying that accompanied preparations for
        Susan’s Graduation Party after attainment of her MSN. Were the flowers
        really the correct colors of UC Blue and Gold?!
• Sue’s enormous pride and interest in all of her grandchildren, both real
        and “adopted”.
• How my kids shrieked with delight at the arrival of yet another amazing,
        thoughtful, and personalized holiday gift from Grandma-san Sue and
        Grandpa-san Bob (a.k.a. “Grumpy”). To this day, my kids think that they
        are part Japagese!
• The furious packaging that preceded one of our trips back home. We were
        not allowed to leave without enough food, beverage, and entertainment
        items to traverse the Mojave Desert by wagon train—even though we were
        only driving from Daly City or Pacifica to Santa Barbara.
• Sue’s tremendous kindness in befriending my widowed and lonely Mom,
        becoming her NBF and taking her on so many wonderful adventures, to
        Tanforan/JCP, and Beyond!

Most of all, my family and I will always remember Sue as the embodiment of love, family, and caring.

Susan, Jerome, Bryce, Connor, and all of the rest of your family and extended family, you truly were and are blessed to have had such an enduring force of love in your lives. Together you allowed Big Sue to stay at home and to live her remaining days on her terms, despite so many obstacles.  We salute you for this, and we grieve with you in your loss. We can just see Sue in Heaven now, whipping up a little snack for Bob as he reclines in his favorite chair.

Love always, Mimi, John, Evan and Erin"

This tribute was added by Lee Yonemura on 6th March 2014

"The world has lost a genuinely kind and caring soul, whose impact was felt all who came into contact with Auntie Sue.  Although it'd been some time since I visited with her and Uncle Bob, I'll always warmly recall my family's visits to Daly City.  Scott and Susan, my thoughts and prayers are with you."

This tribute was added by Tonia Webb on 6th March 2014

"Dear Scott and Susan,

For four years, a long long time ago, your Mom and Dad were like my Mom and Dad, and I have never forgotten how blessed I felt then.  I am still blessed having been a part of your family and though my heart feels a little less full tonight, I am smiling at the memories we shared and the love I will always carry for all of you no matter where I go.  My prayers are with you, that you may find solace in knowing how much your Mom and Dad were loved by so many.  

Plus, they were pretty funny!  Somewhere, I have a photo of your Dad walking by with a saucepan on his head and one of your Mom with a bunch of Christmas bows piled on top of hers!  I laughed a lot at your house....thank you for that!!


This tribute was added by Loretta Nekota on 5th March 2014

"Sue......There is such and emptiness in our hearts every time we look at your house from our bedroom and know that you are no longer there.  We know the last few weeks of your life were difficult but you always managed to give us a smile when we visited and we thank you for that.  You were our perfect friend and neighbor for the past 45 years.  Our families were like one and the same.  We miss you a lot and look forward to being with you and Bob again in the future.  So until then, we send you our love.    Harold and Loretta"

This tribute was added by Carole Roels-Whiting on 1st March 2014

"Susan & Scott, Though it has been many, many years since I last chatted with your mom I still have vivid memories of her from childhood. She was always kind to me and had such a nice laugh. I remember how she loved to roam the flea markets...something I still do to this day. She always called me Fritzi, even long after I had grown up and nobody called me that anymore and that made me smile. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family."

This tribute was added by Yuji Masumiya on 27th February 2014

"Susan, Scott & Family…
We wanted to let you know how much we loved and will miss your
mom.   Auntie Sue and Uncle Bob, the two of them will always
remain in our hearts and memories forever !!!  We have many fond
memories of all the times we spent reminiscing and sharing all our
life experiences together.  We have to be truly grateful to their
generation for the life they have provided us.  How fortunate we
were to have them in our lives.  Family the ultimate riches in life !!!
Cousins…Yuji and Meiko"

This tribute was added by Ken Helmes on 27th February 2014

"Auntie Sue!  What a journey she had in life and what a trip she was!
I always looked forward to any visit with Auntie Sue as I never knew what she would say, do and tell me during that time.  Down to earth, genuine, and speaking her mind, she was never one to mince words, she "told it like it was" and I loved that about her. Most of all, was her compassion and understanding of things that you could talk to her about for hours and she "got it". I loved her insight and her curiosity about life, and issues in it and her ability to have a grounded opinion on lots of things. And when she didn't know she would just give that little chuckle of a laugh.  Ah yes, that Nakai chuckle and the Nakai furrow of her brow and that look on her face which was priceless.  I am going to miss Auntie Sue, but she will never be forgotten, (nor will Uncle Bob); they were pioneers in life who left a deep impression on me that will always be within me and i am a better man for having had them in my life."

This tribute was added by Keira Robalino on 26th February 2014

"Oh Susan.  It is so sorrowful to know that Granny Sue is not here anymore.  From the tiger cub days where Granny Sue would come hang with all of us while our wild ones played to when all the wee ones were entering the world as adults, she was such a constant presence.  I often marveled at her...complete "grannieness" and envied your children so.  I wished she could be my mom and that my children could be her grandchildren.  She loved her grandchildren so but somehow managed to make any stray child in her vicinity feel just like one of hers.  She always treated me like a family member and gathered my grandparentless children to her so easily.  Love and giving came so easily to her and your father.  I know family sees everything, warts and all, but from the outside looking in, you were so blessed, always.  You were a wonderful daughter and oh, you are your mother's daughter!.  May we both grow old with the same grace and continued lust for life that she had."

This tribute was added by asao masumiya on 26th February 2014

"Thanks, Auntie Sue, for being a wonderful and special part of my life and our family.  And, thanks for your love, inspiration, and presence."

This tribute was added by Michele Shields on 25th February 2014

"Dear Susan,  I was very sorry to hear about the death of your mom. I know you were very close to her.  I hope you find comfort in your family, friends and your faith.  Here's a prayer you might appreciate:
O God who brought us to birth,
and in whose arms we die;
in our grief and shock
contain and comfort us;
embrace us with your love,
give us hope in our confusion,
and grace to let go into new life,
through Jesus Christ. Amen.

This tribute was added by Amy Hyams on 25th February 2014

"Susan, I never met your Mom, but heard about her from you.  I know that the love that you had for her means that she will live in your heart forever.  What a wonderful place to live!  You also share her smile and what a gift that is for you and for those you smile at.  You and your family are in my thoughts during this hard time."

This tribute was added by Deborah Avakian on 25th February 2014

"Dear Susan.  Though I never met your dear mom, I know she was someone special.  Just look at the wonderful daughter she raised. And I know she was proud of you until the very end and forever. You are in my heart during this sad time of her passing."

This tribute was added by Vicki Kleemann on 24th February 2014

"Dearest Susan  -  I only met your Mom once, but will always remember her for the warmest smile, and her bright, sparkling eyes.  Your tribute and sharing of her journey is a gift to all.  I am keeping you and all those you love in my good thoughts and prayers.  Please take good care of yourself during this difficult time."

This tribute was added by Julie Brucia-Morello on 24th February 2014

"My dearest "Granny", you will be forever thought of and missed!  You hold such a special place in my heart, my family and my memories!  You will always be my four children's "Granny"  and I love you for that!  All the time spent with you and memories made at soccer tournaments, baseball fields, basketball courts, special "granny dates out", family gatherings, etc...will never be forgotten!  I'll always think of you when I see anything origami and especially when I eat the special "granny cookies" (Julie's love letters) you would always buy for me and my kids. I feel so blessed to have known such a kind, loving, outspoken, fun and most of all, generous person!  I am forever grateful to you and Bumpy for creating and raising such an amazing daughter (Susan) who I think of as my sister and love dearly and (Connor) who is my fourth son that I will always be there for!  I know you are at peace and in a better place with Bumpy.  I love you and miss you.  oxox"

This tribute was added by Irene Zbiczak on 24th February 2014

"Dearest Susan, Although I did not have the honor of meeting your mother, I feel that I knew her through you and  I see her in you.   I know your mother loved you very much and your boys.  My thoughts and prayers are with you all and may her memory give all of you peace."

This tribute was added by karin wini on 24th February 2014

"Mrs. Alves "SUZUKO" always had her door open to anyone whom needed to feel like they belonged. She was there for all of us whom were having an emotional time going through adolescence. She listened, gave guidance, gave us acceptance, confidence, understanding and inspiration.  I visited Susan, Mrs. Alves and family almost everyday in my youth (my 2nd family) and when I ran home at night, in the darkness, we would yell out "Bye" back and forth to one another all the way until I made it safely home around the corner. It always made me laugh. But she was looking out for me as she did so many others! Mrs. Alves, You have left an imprint on all whom have been fortunate enough to have known you. Love and Peace to You Always,   "Wini""

This tribute was added by Aunt Lorraine Alves on 24th February 2014

"Sue was my sister-in-law for 60 years & treated me & John over the years as one of her own. She taught me about antiques, Japanese food, culture, & movies. What fun we had when she & Bob came back East for vacations, our trip to the Azores &  the fun trips we shared around California, especially going up to Wine Country.I have missed Bob terribly & will miss Sue as well. The pictures that you posted brought back such wonderful memories. Scott & Susan I will always love you & be here for you & your families should you ever need me."

This tribute was added by Nomi Harper on 24th February 2014

"Susan, when we met in the 4th grade at the age of nine, little did I know how my life would be impacted. I loved your mom and dad so much. I have hundreds of memories from our childhood and beyond.  As a teen, I loved sitting at your mom's kitchen table watching her bake her tiny chocolate chip cookies as she listened to my tales of woe or as we discussed the many topics of spiritualism. She taught me so much and I loved being in her company.  Whenever I was near her, I felt a sense of comfort and security- like I was home. Sometimes, I just wanted to hang w/ your mom and you were cool with that. She saved me in many ways and I am blessed to have been a part of your lives.  She always supported and encouraged my music and listened appreciatively to my songs. She made me feel special as I know others felt around her.  I loved her happiness and warmth, her kindness, patience and her voice of reason. You were all such a gift to me in my life. I will never forget her. Thanks Susan and Scott, for sharing your precious mom (and dad) with me. She was awesome and will live in my heart forever."

This tribute was added by sheree leonard on 23rd February 2014

"Peace be with you mama you"

This tribute was added by Susan Ashworth on 23rd February 2014

"Like many others, I was "adopted" by Bob and Big Sue when I moved to California and left my own family on the opposite side of the country. I shared many Thanksgiving dinners with the Alves family, played poker with them, enjoyed both of their cooking, and always envied Susan having her family be close by so she could see them often and have them be a part of her everyday life. Big Sue was a wonderful, warm, loving person with a sense of humor and I will always remember her fondly."

This tribute was added by Francie Souza on 23rd February 2014

"I never met "Big Sue" but have learned about her over the years from her loving daughter and my friend, Susan. The story of her life, struggles and how this family was formed is inspirational. My hope is the foundation she created for her family will support you all during your lifetime. I know that her spirit will live on through all those she's loved!"

This tribute was added by Linda Rosendorf on 23rd February 2014

"Big Sue and Bob welcomed me as family during my years in San Francisco.  Big Sue was a wonderful friend as well as surrogate mom.  Susan, thank you so much for sharing your mom's history and love story.  They were such special people who will be remembered and missed by so many of us -- both real family and all of us "unofficial" family whom they welcomed into their fold."

This tribute was added by pamela wiston charbonneau on 23rd February 2014

"We first met Granny Sue & Bumpy  when Bryce was born... You
Loved Eve and she lived your rice ! You went
Out and bought me a rice cooker that I still use today
... Your generosity was was instilled In Susan
And is still giving ..."

This tribute was added by Susan Alves-Rankin on 23rd February 2014

"I love you and miss you, Mom.  I'm sorry it was such a rough road for you in the end but I am glad that you were able to spend much of your life being outspoken, having fun, feeding the world, and being very loved by many."

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