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Jane Kimiko Izumi Jane Kimiko Izumi (nee Sumimoto), 97, spent her last earthly moments at St. Matthew's Center for Health, Park Ridge, Tuesday evening, Nov. 6, 2012, with her children by her side. She is survived by her sister, Akiko, and family in Hiroshima, Japan; her devoted children, Steve (Ann) Izumi, Crystal (Lance) Domke, and Cheryl Tempo; her loving grandchildren, Kathleen (Jaime Rosario), Steven Tempo, Raymond Shimizu, Suzanne (Roberto Caldero), Shelly Shimizu, Mark (Sheila) Izumi, Richard (Christy) Tempo, Jason (Amber) Domke, Kevin Izumi and Vincent (Stephanie) Tempo. Jane, or Grandma Izumi as everyone calls her, has 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, Nathan, with many more relatives in Hawaii, other States, and Japan. Grandma was born in beautiful Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii on Sunday, Jan. 10, 1915, to Kumakichi and Mitsuto Sumimoto. There she spent some of her formative years until the family returned to Hiroshima, Japan where she attended high school, proudly graduating at age 16. Because of the shortage of employment, Grandma was sent by herself back to Hawaii to live with relatives. She eventually ended up in Los Angeles where she met her husband, Andre Izumi. They relocated to Iowa because of his business and remained there until shortly after the war, when they moved to the south side of Chicago. Grandma remained in her home for 50 years before being "coaxed" to move to the northwest suburbs of Chicago. In Chicago, she held various jobs to support her three children, some of which included clerking at RCA and as an administrative assistant at Illinois Bronze Powder Co, where lifetime friendships were formed. Some of her proudest achievements were letters of commendation from company executives for work well done, and the Bronze and Silver medals she garnered at Arthur Murray Studios competitions. Grandma led a simple, frugal life except for occasional trips to the casino. Her wooden ladder was one of her best friends for she became quite adept at household repairs. She was a "doer" in all respects and couldn't stand to sit idle. She was a woman of absolute integrity, with a warm heart and deep convictions. In 1990, she survived colon cancer, thanks to the medical staff at Alexian Brothers and the University of Chicago. She truly had that survivor mentality - never quit! She was a lover of animals, in particular, cats, and was especially devastated by the passing of her last and favorite cats, Clarence, Ernie and Rusty (and Cheryl's cat, "Mama Cat"). As she wished, Grandma is to be cremated and her ashes spread by her children. Friedrichs Funeral Home, 320 W. Central Road, Mount Prospect, has been entrusted with final arrangements. No visitation is planned. A private memorial service for family, to celebrate Grandma's long life, will be held, Sat., Nov. 10, 2012. Memorial contributions may be made to the , , or your local animal shelter.
Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Nov. 9, 2012
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