South San Francisco, CA December 11, 2015 Submitted by John Horgan
More than 250 people attended a noon December 11th funeral Mass at All Souls Catholic Church in South San Francisco to pay their final respects for the late Rick Ochsenhirt. He was a member of the South San Francisco Unified School District Board of Trustees, as well as an ex-member of the South San Francisco Parks and Recreation Commission and the Planning Commission, who died Dec. 6 after a lengthy struggle with cancer.
During the service, Mr. Ochsenhirt was praised for his commitment to his community and his selfless devotion to the people of South San Francisco.Former South San Francisco Mayor and California State Assemblyman Gene Mullin eloquently lauded Mr. Ochsenhirt for having “all of the qualities that define friendship,” adding that he was “indefatigable” and always upbeat and positive, even as his illness worsened.
“Rick had an unparalleled devotion to this city,” declared Mr. Mullin. “He was a great role model for students.” And, he concluded, “South San Francisco is a better place because of Rick Ochsenhirt.
In January, he said, the state Legislature will adjourn a meeting in Mr. Ochsenhirt’s memory.
Resident of South San Francisco
Richard (Rick) Alan Ochsenhirt, age 61 of 400 Magnolia Ave., South San Francisco, died Sunday morning, Dec. 6, 2015. Born Oct. 14, 1954 in PA, son of the late James Ochsenhirt and Magaret (Ochsenhirt) Miller. He graduated from SF State University in 1980 where he earned a Bachelor of Art in Psychology. His enthusiasm in social services is very evident in the number of positions he held over the many years he lived in SSF. Some of the many positions include, past president Historical Society of SSF and SSF Lion Club, member Sister City, and Day In The Park, Chairman of the SSFUSD Citizen Bond Oversight Committee, past president of YMI Council #32 All Souls Church and Peninsula Council of Lions, IACC and ICF Clubs and Board SSF Chamber of Commerce. Most recently a member of the SSF School Board. His professional career as a real estate agent for Prudential/Better Home Real Estate.
Surviving are his wife, Karen Lindsay Ochsenhirt, two brothers, Robert (Roxann) Ochsenhirt, Butler and Ralph Ochsenhirt, Georgia and several aunts, uncles and cousins and their families.
Friends will gather to celebrate his life at a memorial mass at All Souls Church on Friday, December 11th at noon. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Rick’s name to All Souls Church Memorial Fund, 315 Walnut Ave., South San Francisco, CA 94080. COLMA CREMATION & FUNERAL SERVICES. 650/757-1300 colmacremation.com.