With great sadness and sorrow we announce the peaceful passing of our dear and loving Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother at the wonderful age of 94 on January 8, 2011. She will be missed and remembered with a lot of love by her children: Tosh (Marilyn), Ak (Mia), Taeko, Sachie (Harold), Yosh (Sharon), Julie, Ken and Len; grandchildren: Michael (Sarah), Katie (Ryan), Kyle (Shannon) and Ryan; great grandchildren: Alefa, Kai and Oliver. Her greatest pleasure was being with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and getting together with family on special occasions.

Mom was predeceased by her husband Kaiji in 1974 and son Hiroshi in 1947, sister Chieko, brother-in-law Tom Chiba and brother Tony. She is survived by her sister-in-law Natsuko Ogata, and many nieces and nephews who will miss her dearly.

Mom was born in Armstrong, BC on August 25, 1916 to Toyozo and Tori Ogata. She lived in Enderby and attended the old red brick school in Armstrong. She moved to Vernon when she married Dad in 1933. They had a farm on Bella Vista Road where they lived and raised 8 children.

A Celebration of Mom’s Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Tsutako Sakakibara to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation, 2101 – 32 Street,Vernon, BC V1T 5L2

Cremation arrangements are in the care of Vernon Funeral Home 250-542-0155. Condolences may be offered at www.vernonfuneralhome.com

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