Chie Sugaya

1925 ~ 2022

Our beloved Chie Sugaya passed away very peacefully on Monday, August 22, 2022, from issues associated with age. She was 97 years old. She was born on April 2, 1925, in San Diego, California to Ryotaro Sugaya and Yone Hayashi Sugaya.

During World War II, her family was sent to the Santa Anita racetracks then to Poston III, the internment camp in Poston, Arizona. After the war, she came to Utah. Her life changed forever when she had the good fortune of meeting the Ingebretsen family. Through her work, she helped raise two generations of children and blessed the next two generations beyond that.

Chie loved to read, do puzzles, go out to eat, and travel with her sister Setsuko. She was incredibly thoughtful and would always call and send gifts and cards for birthdays and holidays.

Every single person who knew Chie felt her warm heart and giving spirit. We will forever be thankful for the kind love and care that she gave.

Chie is survived by her cousins, Taka Sawasaki and Hiro Sawasaki, as well as several nieces and a nephew. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Shigeru, Takeshi, and Shioji, her sisters Setsuko Yoshisato, Yoshie Kariya, Mary Hirase, and Ryo Hashiguchi, cousins Kiyoshi Nakagawa and George Nakagawa, and her nieces, Kathy Kariya and Linda Kariya Arita. Also preceded in death by her Salt Lake family, Robert Ingebretsen, Mary Ingebretsen, Lynne Ingebretsen, Robby Ingebretsen, and James Ingebretsen, and survived by Ann Roberts, Susan Ingebretsen, Richard Ingebretsen, and David Ingebretsen.

A funeral will be held on Friday, September 30th at 11 am at the Salt Lake Buddhist Temple located at 211 W 100 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101. Chie will be buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery afterwards.

We would like to thank the wound care staff and medical professionals at LDS Hospital and for CNS Home Health that provided such excellent care to her and to Capitol Hill Senior Center where Chie lived. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Salt Lake Buddhist temple in her name.


Chie was the most remarkable person I’ve ever known and I feel she played a big part in shaping me into who I am. She was an example of service, forgiveness and love. I feel honored that I was lucky enough to be a part of her life.

- Alyson Ingebretsen