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May 18, 1941 — April 5, 2023

It is with deep sadness that the family of Taeko Watanabe, of Kelowna, BC mourn her passing, on April 5, 2023, at the age of 81 years. She passed peacefully from complications of Alzheimer’s; her long struggle has come to an end, and we will miss her dearly.

She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 57 years, Chuichi Watanabe; her son, Jun (Sharon) and grandchildren, Tracey, Kristin, & Adam; her son Patrick (Sonya) and grandchildren, Sydney, Jayda, & Peyton; her son Dan (Akiko) and grandchildren, Dion & Anela.

Taeko was born on May 18, 1941, in Yokohama, Japan. Her parents were Tokichi & Hana Minamihashi, and her older sister, Etsuko. Taeko trained as a beautician and was running a beauty shop in Sagamihara, Japan, when she married Chuichi in 1966. The couple immigrated to Canada in 1967. They lived in Vancouver, BC and Abbotsford, BC before finally settling in Kelowna, BC.

Taeko enjoyed gardening, cooking, shopping, and caring for her family. She was known for her kindness, and for her selfless & respectful personality.  Taeko was a gentle yet strong spirit who put other’s needs before hers.

We thank Dr. Paul Hart, and all the staff at Mountainview Village in Kelowna, for their kindness, concern, and assistance to Taeko for the past eight years of her life.

In lieu of flowers, or to honor her life, donations may be sent to the Alzheimer Society of Canada.

A private cremation ceremony will be held on April 12, 2023, to honour Taeko. She will be laid to rest at the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery on April 13, 2023 at 2:00pm. 

April 13, 2023 at 2:00pm

Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery

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Service Information

Service Details

The service for WATANABE, Taeko is scheduled for April 13, 2023 at 2:00pm. 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 Memorial Park Cemetery

1991 Bernard Ave Kelowna, BC


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  • Marjie and Shawn Th.Amberman says:

    Words fail to express our deep sorrow for your lost Pat and family. Please know that we are with you and only a phone call away.”

  • Dwayne & M-J Williams says:

    Our sincerest condolences to you Jun and your family. Wish we were closer for you, Sharon and family. Thinking of you. Take good care.

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