We Remember

TANAKA, Chiyoko “Kathy”

January 30, 1929 — October 22, 2020

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts we announce the passing of Chiyoko “Kathy” Tanaka on October 22, 2020 at the age of 91. Chiyoko was born on January 30, 1929 in Vancouver, BC. She was sadly predeceased by her loving husband of 62 years, Shigeru “Shig”, in 2017; her parents Yojiro and Hatsu Kondo; and brothers Yoichi, Hisashi, and Satoshi. She is survived by her daughters Wendy (Pat), Linda (David) and Naomi; her grandchildren Caitlyn (Jordan), Mariko (Paul), and Emily (Jeremy); and many relatives and friends.

Mom loved to cook, bake, sew, knit, crochet, and fish at Spencer’s Bridge. She cooked many delicious meals and made the best pastries and manju. She enjoyed going to the casino and restaurant outings, especially Quails Gate with her favourite server, Christian.

The family would like to thank Dr. Linda O’Neill, Dr. Frank Halperin, and Linda Shusheski for showing mom genuine care and concern over the years.

All are invited to the online Livestream Funeral Service for Chiyoko on November, 12, 2020 at 1:00 pm (see below). Due to Covid-19 restrictions, attendance in person will be by invitation only.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kelowna Buddhist Temple, www.kelownabuddhisttemple.org.

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  • Richard Rolke says:

    Wendy, Linda and Naomi
    We are extrmely sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom as we have wonderful memories of her and your Dad. They were extremely giving and caring we will always remember them. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
    Maurice, Richie and Jim Rolke

  • Shirley Sellers says:

    Dearest Linda, Naomi and David,
    Please accept our sincere sympathies on the loss of such a sweet Mom.
    Virtual hugs from across the street, Syd, Shirley, Odie, Ginger and Spice

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