Woman, 97, dies weeks after eviction notice
Weeks ago, 97-year-old Marie Hatch received an eviction notice, informing her she had to leave the suburban San Francisco house where she lived for the last 66 years.
Friends and neighbors — and a high-powered law firm — became her advocates, and her plight received national media attention.
Efforts were under way to stop Hatch’s eviction when she was sickened by a respiratory virus.
After a brief hospitalization, Hatch died at home Thursday night, one of her attorneys confirmed to The Washington Post.
Hatch, who was battling cancer and had agoraphobia, died from apparent natural causes after a severe cold, family friends told the San Francisco Chronicle.
“It’s so sad — we will miss Marie,” Hatch’s next door neighbor Cheryl Graczewski told the Chronicle. “She was a real sweetheart. There was a lot of spirit in that woman.”
Hatch, a retired bakery worker, had lived in the two-bedroom cottage in Burlingame for decades with her roommate, 85-year-old Georgia Roth-rock. The notice came on Feb. 11 to move within 60 days or face eviction by sheriff’s deputies from the $1.2 million home in a Northern California neighborhood where property values and rents have skyrocketed.
“They’re trying to take away everything from me here,” Hatch told the Chronicle last month. “Gee whiz, I don’t know what I’ll do if I have to leave.”
She added: “I have a lot of tears, a lot of happiness, a lot of memories in this house. It is my home. Where can I go?”
Neighbor Lisa Krieger suggested an assisted living facility as an alternative for Hatch. But, Krieger told The Post last month, she received a typical response.
“She says she’d rather go across the street to the train tracks,” Krieger said at the time. “Meaning, she’ll let a train hit her.”