Sachiko Tanaka

Sachiko Tanaka



It is with profound sadness that

the family of Sachiko Tanaka

announces her passing into

Nirvana on June 29, 2011, at the Kelowna General Hospital.  Mom

was born in Kelowna on

February 5, 1922, the second

child of Tokuichi and Ine

Tomiyama.  She travelled to

Japan with her parents and two brothers when she was four years of age and attended school there.  She returned to Kelowna along with her older brother,

Norihisa (Tommy) to assist their father on the family farm when she was fifteen years old.  They both attended

Benvoulin School to continue their educations in Kelowna.  Mom married Yukihisa (Roy) Tanaka on November 16, 1948 and together they farmed with Tokuichi until his passing on March 25, 1958.  Mom and Dad continued to farm until the mid 1990s.  For many years leading up to their retirement and beyond, Mom diligently supported Dad with his many civic volunteer duties.  Together they were actively involved with the Kelowna Buddhist Temple, the Kelowna – Kasugai Sister City Association, the Kelowna Multicultural Society, Kelowna Folkfest and the Kelowna International Regatta among other activities.  She was truly the woman behind the man.  Mom performed and taught Japanese Odori (dance) and Tea Ceremony for many years and was an

accomplished Kimono maker.  Mom led by example and taught us, her children, a strong work ethic and the

importance of living life with integrity and service to others.  Mom was predeceased by her loving husband, Yukihisa (1995), parents Tokuichi (1958) and Ine (1968) and siblings, Norihisa (1991), Mitsuhisa (1996) and Meriko (2009).  She is lovingly remembered by her children, Reiko, children Dan, Neal and Angie (Darren), Keiko (Gary), children Riley, Nikki and Cody, Peggy (Rick), Herb (Cheryl), children Brad and

Darren and Dorothy (John), great-grandchildren Dayton, Kaito and Kimora, as well as her faithful companion dog, Sandy.  We would like to thank Dr. Shari Claremont and Dr. Daphne Green for their kind care for Mom during her years of declining health.  Your efforts enhanced the quality of her life immeasurably.  A Funeral Service in honour of Mom’s long life will be held at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, July 6, at the Kelowna Buddhist Temple, 1089 Borden Avenue,

Kelowna, BC, V1Y 6A7, with Reverend Yasuhiro Miyakawa officiating.  We will all miss Mom’s gentle smile and

steadfast guidance.  Thank you Mom and Sayonara, until we meet again.  NAMO AMIDA BUTSU. 

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