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Catherine Yoshinaka

Catherine Yoshinaka passed away peacefully on June 5, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. Cathy was born in Seattle on March 5, 1948. She was preceded in death by her parents Kazuo and May Yoshinaka of Seattle. Cathy is survived by her brother Marvin Yoshinaka (Pat) and sister Carol Fenoli (John). Cathy was a loving aunt of nephews Brian Yoshinaka and Jeffrey and Ryan Fenoli and great aunt of Marina and Mitchell Yoshinaka.

Cathy graduated from Cleveland High School and earned a degree from the University of Washington. Cathy worked for the Seattle School District for forty years, thirty of which were last spent at Hamilton International Middle School. At Hamilton, Cathy was dedicated to teaching and nurturing children with special needs. She enjoyed coaching Special Olympics and cheered her athletes to many victories.

Cathy leaves behind many lifelong friends whose lives she has enriched with her kindness, thoughtfulness, and sense of humor. Her greatest joy was spending time with her friends and family. Cathy was a kind and caring sister, aunt, sister-in-law and friend. She will be greatly missed, but will live on in the hearts of everyone who knew her.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at the Seattle Buddhist Church, 1427 South Main Street. Remembrances in honor of Cathy may be made to the .
Published in The Seattle Times from June 29 to June 30, 2013
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