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Yumiko "Mary" Osaka
May 23, 1928 ~ November 6, 2023 (age 95) 95 Years Old
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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Yumiko Mary Osaka - on November 6, 2023.
Yumiko was born in British Columbia and was the daughter of Sumi and Sakuji Kanegawa of Hiroshima, Japan.
She was predeceased by her parents, her beloved husband Hughie, in addition to her four sisters and two brothers: Shizuko, Sadako, Misako, Yoshiko, Stanley, and Richard.
She is survived by her sisters-in law Suyeko Kanegawa (Richard) and Eleanor Katakami (Kozie) and by four generations of nieces and nephews.
Despite the hardships she endured, especially during the years of the Japanese Canadian evacuation, she was grateful for her life and talents.
She was praised for her baking of pies and jelly rolls, cooking mochi, manju, and flower sushi.
Her singing was admired by the community. Her proudest moment was being requested to sing anthems. She sang with the church choir, Red Hat group, and at Palliative and Senior Centres. She was an entertainer!
She was bilingual. She travelled to many countries with her Hughie, but her pride was hiking Machu Picchu, Peru.
Our memory was that she was fun and fashionable. She will be remembered for her humor, enthusiasm, and her love of bling.
Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at 10:30 A.M. at the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta.
In lieu of flowers and Koden, donations to the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta, 470 - 40 Street South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 3Z5 or Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation, 960 - 9 Street South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 1W5 in Yumiko’s honour will be greatly appreciated.
To watch the funeral service, the live stream link is