HARUKO KAWASOYE was born in New York City, on April 1, 1913. Mom left us one month shy of her 96th birthday on February 28, 2009. She is preceded in death by her husband Thomas Kawasoye, daughter Reiko Schellinger and husband Joseph Schellinger of Long Island, New York. She is survived by daughters Suzi Green, and son-in-law Dave Green, of Sugar Land, Texas, Vicki Steel and Dr. Richard Steel of Newtown Square, Pa. and Mineko Nakazawa and Dr. Hiroshi Nakazawa of Stevenson, Md. She is also survived by ten grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. Haruko was known best for her artistic ability most notably her love of Bonsai trees and designing Japanese gardens. She loved to sew, knit and crochet, and designed many of her own fashion apparel. She was a true artist at heart and masterfully painted in various mediums. Her talent of cooking was the envy of many chefs. As a young girl living in Japan, she competed in junior tennis tournaments, winning several titles. She maintained the love of the sport all her life and especially enjoyed the Sampras-Agassi rivalry. She also competed in track and field and excelled in the triple jump. It is no wonder that at the time of her death, it was so noted by family and medical professionals how incredibly strong her hands were. Haruko loved animals and she took care of her Toy Poodle, Trina, until the end. The family is particularly indebted to Suzi and Dave Green for their commitment in providing Haruko with a safe and fulfilling lifestyle. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Houston Chapter of the ASPCA. A memorial service will be held in Newtown Sq., Pa for family members and friends.
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Published in Houston Chronicle on Mar. 4, 2009