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TANAKA, Chizuko – Updated Service Information

July 13, 1940 — May 18, 2024

It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of Chizuko Tanaka, who passed away peacefully, while surrounded by family, on May 18, 2024, at the age of 83.

Left to treasure her memory are her children, Alan (Alison) and Elaine (Shawn); sister, Kimiyo; and brothers, Yuichi and Katsumi; along with all those whose lives were touched by Chizuko. She now goes to join those who went before her, including her husband Kiyoshi “Frank” Tanaka and her brothers who had lived in Japan: Shusaburo, Toshihiro, and Richiro.

Chizuko, a long-time member of the Kamloops Buddhist Church, was a beloved figure in her community. For 20 years, she co-owned and operated Fujiya Foods Grocery Store in Kamloops, where her dedication and hard work left a lasting impact. Chizuko had a deep love for nature, animals, and gardening, often finding joy in the simple pleasures of life. She was known for her selflessness and genuine care for others, always ready with a warm smile and a helping hand. Her sense of humour and wit brought light to those around her, and she was an amazing cook, whose skills were celebrated by all who had the pleasure of experiencing her food that was made with true love.

The family would like to thank Three Links Manor for the wonderful care that they provided.

There will be a service to commemorate Chizuko’s remarkable life held at the Kelowna Buddhist Temple on TUESDAY, JULY 16, 2024, at 1:00 PM. 

In lieu of flowers or koden, memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson Foundation, Canada.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2024, at 1:00 PM

Kelowna Buddhist Temple

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The service for TANAKA, Chizuko – Updated Service Information is scheduled for Tuesday, July 16, 2024, at 1:00 PM. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

Address & Contact for Service Location:

Kelowna Buddhist Temple

1089 Borden Ave, Kelowna, BC V1Y 6A7


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  • Mary Power says:

    Our family were all saddened to hear of Chizuko’s passing. She certainly was a fun, loving and kind lady who loved to laugh with a great sense of humour. She lived life to the fullest. We have many fond memories of Chizuko and the Tanaka families while living in Kamloops. We would often go boating, have picnics at Kamloops lake, dancing at the Obon festival in Kamloops and of course the many nights our parents would stay up to play that Japanese card game with pictures on it.
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you during this saddening time, but hold on to those wonderful memories of your Mom and know that she had many friends who loved her and shared some fun times together. Chizuko was a very special lady.
    In loving memories,
    Frank YOSHIOKA
    Daughters: Fran (Stephen Hill) , Mary (Wayne Power), Diane (Darrell Brucks)

  • John Inouye says:

    We send our sincerest condolences for your loss. Our family spent many occasions enjoying Chizukos company. She was always cheerful, caring and loving. She will be missed by my entire family.
    Farewell Chizuko.
    Ammie, James, Tim and John Inouye.

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