- April 26, 1920 - February 1, 2017
- Laytonsville, Maryland
of Olivia's Passing
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“Rosa & family-Please accept our heartfelt sympathy. We are very sorry for your great loss. It is important that you all know that your Mom...Read More »
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“It has been a privilege to have met Olivia during the last 15 yearswhen she visited in the Summer months her daughter Mimi at the WestCoast. We...Read More »
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“Olivia was an extremely fascinating person. When our daughter joined the family we were thrilled to meet you all. My husband always enjoyed his talks...Read More »
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“I am a dance friend of Belinda Lee and I wanted to send my condolences to her and the family on the passing of your beautiful matriarch. I did not...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: susan dickerson - clinton, MD
“Dear Rosa and Family, I was very saddened to hear of the passing of your beloved mother and grandmother. I recall meeting your mom a few times at...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Marlene Ruf-Berman - Owings Mills, MD
Olivia C. Hsiung was born on April, 26, 1920 and she passed away on February 1, 2017. Olivia was a resident of Laytonsville, Maryland.
Olivia was born in Hangzhou, China. She had one sister and five brothers. She lived through the Sino-Japanese war and World War II; often separated from her family, moving from one place to another, seeking safe haven. After graduation, she moved to Fujian province in the south, passed her civil service examination and began her career in Fuzhou, the provincial capital. There, she met her future husband, Tow Hsiung.
Olivia's long and winding road continued with many moves as her family grew and her husband entered The Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Back to Hangzhou, then Nanjing the capital of the Chinese Nationalist government, Tokyo, Taipei, and finally Washington, DC.
Along her journey, Olivia learned to speak Japanese, earned a baccalaureate in Sociology from Japan University, achieved an advanced degree in Ikebana-the Japanese art of flower arrangement, worked with the United States Military Assistance Group in Taipei, settled in the United States, entered a career in data processing-rising to the position of supervisor, bore four children in three different countries, and helped raise three of her grandchildren.
Olivia is survived by her four children, Mimi Chen, Richard Hsiung, Belinda Lee,and Rosa Hsiung; eight grandchildren, Tony Chen, Derek Chen, Karen Nicole Hsiung, Alex Lee, Chris Lee, Anika Schneider, Kyla Schneider, and Cole Schneider; seven great-grandchildren, Amelia Chen, Alexander Chen, Olivia Chen, Owen Chen, Hayden Chen, Mason Lee, and Matthew Lee; two brothers: SJ Chou and SK Chow; daughter-in-law Shirley Hsiung; son-in-law: James Schneider; Belinda's partner: Mike Daly; granddaughters-in-law, Catherine Wang Chen, Huiya Wu Chen, and Amber French Lee.
Following the Celebration of Life for Olivia C. Hsiung, there will be a reception at 2:30pm, Black Rock Center for the Arts, Terrace Gallery, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, Maryland, 20874.