Assisted Living Story: Sue

The Story of our Senior Resident 'Sue Sachs'

Frontline Stories from Assisted Living at Stellar Care

Written by Mai Truong

Stephen Hawking once said that we should “look up at the stars and not down at [our] feet.” He encouraged all to “be curious.” Sue Sachs is someone who values the importance of being curious about the world and people around us. Sue was born on August 9th, 1945 in Eagle Rock, CA. She and her two brothers enjoyed an active and happy upbringing. Sue spent years dancing ballet and staying busy at school. She was in several societies in high school and the school flag team.

After graduating from high school, Sue moved toward the coast to study history at UC Santa Barbara. One day, at a social function, she met Steve Sachs, who would later become her husband. Upon graduating from college, she and Steve got married and started a family together. They enjoyed living on Balboa Island for some time, and then moved to Santa Rosa before settling in San Diego. Sue became a teacher for elementary school children while working with Steve to raise their two daughters. Sue was a wonderful teacher and would focus on multicultural events for her students. She helped to organize festivals at the school and had an activity where she would analyze the “Cinderella Story” from different countries around the world. She enjoyed her work and made a difference in the lives of her students for more than twenty years.

In raising their daughters, the Sachs placed importance on making time for family, working with their daughters on homework and also setting time aside for fun. The family enjoyed yearly ski trips to Mammoth Mountain in the winter. They also enjoyed going camping or up the coast in the summertime. Even when both daughters married and started their own families, the Sachs would continue to take their annual ski trip. They thoroughly appreciated making precious memories as a family.
Sue and Steve retired at the same time and decided to spend more time traveling. They explored Europe, Alaska, Hawaii and many more locations. They also took regular hiking trips to enjoy being outdoors. When not traveling, Sue loved having a variety of hobbies. She and Steve were in a book club for over thirty years. She would also spend time making delicious meals for friends, painting, making jewelry and even arranging flowers.

Sue’s fifty years of marriage, twenty years as an educator, two daughters and three grandchildren are all a testament to the fulfilling life she has led. May her positivity, curiosity and warm heart encourage us all to spend a little more time looking up at the stars.

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