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Dora T. Iwasaki


1925 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Dora T. Iwasaki Obituary
Dora T. Iwasaki
1925 ~ 2014
Dora Teruko Iwasaki passed away quietly on Wednesday morning February 26th, 2014. Even with closed window shutters, the sun's rays found a way to shine upon her face greeting her to heaven. Dora was born on April 17th, 1925 in Clearfield, Utah to Ikuno Ichikawa and Masakichi Kuwabara. She was the second youngest of four children. Her family lived in Westpointe, Utah where her parents pursued farming sugar beets. As a young teenager, Dora & her family moved to California. During WWII, Dora's family was forced to move to Gila River War Relocation Camp in Arizona with over 13,000 other Japanese American people. Dora graduated high school while she was in camp. After the war, Dora's family moved to Salt Lake City where she met Fujio Iwasaki. Fujio (Fudge) and Dora were married in May of 1947, which lasted 62 years. Even before they were married, they began a family venture of opening a restaurant- the Pagoda. It was the beginning of long lasting friendships and generations of families who shared many meals and memories. Dora loved music, Jazz basketball, planting flowers, trips to California to visit her brother and sister, going to the theatre, and mostly spending time with her grandchildren and grand-dogs. She will always be remembered as a hardworking, unassuming, caring, and generous person, who always put others before herself.
Dora is survived by her three children: Sandra Lynn, Paul (Sandy), Mark (Jodi); two grandchildren: Michael & Emily, two sister-in-laws: Mitsue Sugimoto & Sumi Iwasaki, and many loving nieces and nephews, and her two grand-dogs: Hewitt and Winnie. Dora is preceded in death by her husband Fujio, brother Hank Kuwabara, baby brother George Kuwabara, sister Mary Toyoda and her parents.
The family wishes to thank the caring & compassionate hospice staff at CareSource. A special heartfelt thank you to her personal caregivers: Marilou Hays, Jean Cottam, Railene Silva, Rachelle Allred, and her physician Miriam Beatty.
A visitation will be held in her honor on Friday, March 21st from 6-8 p.m. A memorial service will follow on Saturday, March 22nd with a visitation one hour prior to the service at 11:00 a.m. Both visitations & service will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Salt Lake City located at 12 'C' Street (on South Temple & 400 East). Funeral Directors: Neil O'Donnell and Sons.
Published in Deseret News from Mar. 15 to Mar. 16, 2014
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