Haruko Helen Kishida, born February 7, 1917 , passed away peacefully on March 7, 2015 at the age of 98 years. She was born in Lodi, and attended local schools. In 1933 she married Shigeo Kishida, and together they raised their three children in Lodi. During World War II they were interned to Rohwer Relocation Camp in Rohwer, Arkansas. In 1943 they moved to Spanish Fork, Utah, and returned to Lodi in 1946.
Helen worked as a housekeeper for a teacher, doctor, and at a furniture store before retiring. She was a member of the Lodi Buddhist Women’s Association, Lodi Japanese American Citizen’s League, and the Lodi Buddhist Church.
She enjoyed many trips with her daughter to the East Coast, to enjoy the “Fall Colors”, Niagara Falls, and to Japan, where she got re-acquainted with some of her relatives and always made new friends along the way.
Helen’s greatest passion was growing plants and flowers. She had one tangerine tree which was tendered with loving care. Her many friends and relatives were recipients of its fruit. Her ready smile, laugh, love of family parties, and generous nature will be greatly missed by family and friends. She provided us with many happy memories.
She is preceded in death by her husband Shigeo, son Howard, her parents, Kaichi and Shinayo Sakoda, brothers Kazuo, Gunji, Shigeo, and Tom Sakoda. She leaves behind her daughters, Barbara Daijogo (Tom), Patricia Kishida, granddaughters, Lori Hirasawa and Kendra Daijogo, great grandchildren, Tyler, Spencer, and Alyssa Hirasawa and numerous nieces and nephews.
A private service was held with Rev. Kusunoki officiating. In lieu of koden or flowers, contributions may be made in Helen’s memory to Buddhist Church of Lodi, 23 N. Stockton St., Lodi, CA 95240-2214 or the charity of your choice.
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