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Yoshiko HIRANO

Yoshiko Teresa Hirano (nee Maeda) was born on February 14, 1920, and peacefully embarked on her final journey to Heaven on September 24, 2023. Surrounded by her loving family, she passed away at Robert Nimi Nikkei Home. We are grateful to have had her in our lives for such a long time. Her wise and gentle guidance will always be cherished and held close to our hearts. Just days before her passing, she delighted in dancing and fist bumping with her granddaughters and great grandson, demonstrating her thoughtfulness and generosity towards her family.

Yoshiko left behind a legacy of selflessness and generosity. Despite her initial plans to attend the Royal Columbian School of Nursing, she became a teacher and influenced the lives of many now successful professionals. While she raised her family in Toronto, she returned to British Columbia after retiring at the age of 78 to be closer to her daughters and their families. Yoshiko was a lifelong learner and shared her artistic and creative talents, such as Sumie, Ikebana, Bunka Embroidery, Origami, cartooning, balloon animal making, and cake decorating, with everyone. Family and friends’ gatherings, particularly the New Year’s Open House, were always joyful and unforgettable occasions. Her cooking skills were legendary, transforming simple ingredients into magnificent feasts. Playing card games and visiting the casino brought her great joy.

Yoshiko is survived by her children and their families. Her eldest daughter, Terry (Ken), Tam (Francois), Craig (Miranda), Isaiah, Ethan, and Mylie; Marcia (Brian), Melissa (Sean), Melanie (Al), and Keanu; Robert, Colin, and Graham; Cathy (Shawn), Adrienne, Alexander (Natalie), Niko, and Ayla; Gord (Ursula), Mariko, and Natalie will continue to carry on her life lessons. The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Dr. Davidicus Wong (FP), Dr. Peter O’Connor (geriatrician), and their staff for their exceptional and compassionate medical care. They also extend a special thank you to all the staff at Robert Nimi Nikkei Home for providing Yoshiko with extraordinary care and enhancing her quality of life during her 15 years there.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations in Yoshiko’s memory to Nikkei Home or Nikkei Seniors Health Care and Housing Society. A Celebration of Life will take place at Nikkei Cultural Centre, Ellipse Lobby (6688 Southoaks Cres, Burnaby, V5E 4M7) on October 15, 2023, from 1-4 p.m. Our love for Yoshiko will endure forever. Online condolences can be left at valleyviewsurrey.ca.

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