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January 21, 1931 ~ January 22, 2024 (age 93) 93 Years Old


Virginia Hiatt, Age 93, passed away on Jan. 22, 2024, at her home in Riverside, California. She was born on Jan. 21, 1931 in Riverside to Mariano and Mary (Candida Grillo) Garcia. She attended Riverside Polytechnic High School and graduated in 1949. She continued her education at Riverside City College and went on to become a bookkeeper and legal secretary to Donald F. Zimmer, attorney at law, until her retirement in 1996.

In Aug. 1955 she married Roger Hiatt at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, and together they had two sons, Kenneth Allen and Thomas Brian whom Virginia raised as a single parent. She joined the Ave Maria Sorority in 1952 where she formed many close and lifelong friendships. She was a devout Catholic, attending St. Francis de Sales and St. Catherine of Alexandria Catholic churches throughout her life and participating in bible studies as well as church choir. Besides her deep faith, she was dedicated to helping those less fortunate than herself, giving generously to charitable causes and volunteering for many years at Riverside Community Hospital.Her passions included extensive travel, at home and abroad, as well as arts experiences, especially music. She enjoyed gardening and was deservedly proud of her flower gardens and trees. She loved creating tasty and healthful food, and sharing her labor of love with family and friends.

She is survived by sons Kenneth (Vickie) Hiatt and Thomas Hiatt; granddaughters, Melissa Hiatt and Amanda Hiatt; great-grandchildren, Karissa and Robbie Ramos; sisters, Vera Henry, Rachel Kukuk, and Loretta (Robert) Ingvalson; sisters-in-law, Beverly Garcia and Georgiana Garcia; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings, Rita Turner, Marion Garcia, Rudy Garcia, Marie Feltman, and Richard Garcia; and brothers-in-law, Charles Henry, Lester Kukuk, and Gerald Feltman.

Mass will be held Thursday, Feb. 29 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Olivewood Cemetery at 11:30 am. A lunch and Celebration of Life will take place after the interment.

Virginia will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. May she rest in eternal peace. The family would like to thank family members and the entire caregiving team who provided compassionate care for Virginia in her final weeks of life. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Church or to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Arrangements entrusted to the care of Akes Family Funeral Home, Riverside, California.

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Mass of Christian Burial
February 29, 2024

10:00 AM
St Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Church (Riverside, California, Riverside National Cemetery)

Graveside Service
March 1, 2024

11:30 AM
Olivewood Memorial Park
3300 Central Avenue
Riverside, CA 92506

Celebration of Life
March 1, 2024

12:30 PM
Riverside Elks Lodge #643
6166 Brockton Ave
Riverside, CA 92506


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