Violet Setsuko Pollock, 85, of San Jose CA passed away in her home on July 9, 2018 as she was preparing to leave for a Slot Machine Tournament in Las Vegas Nevada.
The memorial service will be held at St. Lucy’s Roman Catholic Parish at 1:00PM August 6, 2018 followed by a reception in the church hall. The Rev. Father Steve Kim will be officiating.
Known by family and friends as “Vi,” she was active in many civic and religious activities. She was an active member of the Democratic Party and campaigned for the rights of senior citizens and public education. She served as an ombudsman for seniors negotiating the social security system. She was also a strong advocate of Asian American Concerns, Women’s Issues and Women’s reproductive rights.
She was a graduate of the University of Hawaii, the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Santa Clara. Vi was also known as “Mrs. Burch” before 1976 and then as “Mrs. Pollock” after 1976 when she married her second husband, Dr. David A Pollock, a detective with the San Jose Police Department after a seven-year affair. Mrs. Pollock had a career as a Juvenile Probation Officer and later as a Public School Teacher (38 years) with the San Jose Unified School District.
Vi also volunteered regularly at the Yu-Ai-Kai senior feeding program in Japan town in San Jose. She was also active at her church, serving as a Eucharistic Minister and as a Lector. She enjoyed fellowship with her friends in the Young Ladies Institute (YLI), a Roman Catholic philanthropic organization. She also actively supported the Sisters of the Holy Family in Mission San Jose as they had cared for her three children when she was an independent divorced mother in the 1960’s. Recently, she also supported the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary and their work with social justice ministry.
Very active in her retirement, Vi was an avid gambler who enjoyed twice monthly trips to Las Vegas for slot machine or black jack tournaments. She had Diamond or Platinum status at all the casinos between Reno and Las Vegas, She enjoyed a good concert or magic show as much as a buffet dinner. She also enjoyed world class traveling and taking an occasional cruise, especially if there was a casino on the ship.
She is survived by her daughter, Charlene T. Burch-Heinzig, L.P., an animal rights advocate and life coach of Kihei, Maui, HI; her eldest son Charles J. Burch, a retired biochemist, and grandson Lukas Burch, an LGBTQ+ Youth rights advocate of Vallejo CA; and her youngest son, The Rev. Dr. Kyle E. Burch, university articulation officer, California State University, and his husband, Kyle Lye, PhD, Software Engineer of San Jose, CA.
Vi is preceded in death by her second husband Dr. David A. Pollock and was interred with him at Oak Hill Memorial Park in San Jose CA on July 16, 2018.
Vi would have much preferred you spending your money on a good time with your sweetheart and a steak dinner with a good bottle of wine but if you really want to send flowers, they may be given to St. Lucy’s Roman Catholic Parish 2350 Winchester Blvd, Campbell, CA 95008. She would have preferred it if you called the church office at (408) 378-2464 and check if there is a Sunday that is short on flowers if you want to make a donation.