KAYOKO "KAY" SHIMODA

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KAYOKO "KAY" SHIMODA JUNE 2, 2012 Passed away peacefully at home in her favourite knitting chair, Kay...sister, mom, baa-chan, hi-baa-chan, auntie and friend to many. Kay has been described as "...small in stature but a powerhouse in so many ways...". She demonstrated, time and time again, diligence, courage and strength in her fight for quality of life. Kay, lovingly, led by example in her quiet, gentle yet determined manner. Along with her dear husband Mits (predeceased 2004), she raised five children: Shirlene Vella (Bert), Mel (Julia, nee Kawaguchi), Darlene French (Carey), Bruce (Karen, nee Rose) and Roger. Born to Rikima and Kiyomi Nakano, Kay was sister to Koichi (predeceased), Stony Nakano (Joan predeceased), Ken (Marion predeceased), Jack (Eleanor), Kiyoko Oikawa and Norm (both predeceased), Aya Kondo (Harry predeceased) and Mary Umetsu (Joe). Kay enjoyed many wonderful events and celebrations with her close-knit family. She very much appreciated all their love and expressions of kindness during her difficult periods of illness. Kay always felt fortunate to have the love and support of her in-laws, especially since the passing of Mits. They include Robert Shimoda (predeceased), Fumiko Kanbara (Tameo predeceased), Harold and Norah Shimoda, Emiko and Takeo Maikawa (both predeceased), Min and Anita Shimoda, Kimiko Grant (Ron predeceased), Frank and Miyoko Shimoda. Great joy and pleasure for Kay came from activities and daily events of her 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. She was Baa-chan to Ryan and Adam Vella, Mark, Craig and Kaylen Shimoda, Evan and Kiyomi French, Kimiko and Cameron Shimoda, Lucas and Molly Rose and Brennan Shimoda. She was also Hi-baa-chan to Julian and Kiley Vella and she was Auntie Kay to many nieces and nephews. Special thanks to the medical teams at MCMaster Health Sciences and St. Joseph's Healthcare, as well as to Drs. Nair, Khalidi, Whitehead, Noronha, El-Rabba, Keith and M. Sullivan; Yolanda PSW; the staff at ProResp; and E. Boles, pharmacist. Kay taught us all the value of giving of oneself to others. For the past 8 years, she knitted finger puppets and bereavement blankets for MCMaster Children's Hospital, dishcloths and scrubbies for the Church Bazaar, family and friends. Her ability as a seamstress delighted not only family members but also provided expert work for small community businesses. Her leisure time was well spent as a "super" fan for her children and grandchildren. Be it a sports event, theatre or music concert, dance recital or skating show, she was front and center, cheering them on and enjoying herself immensely. Kay was a dedicated Blue Jays fan and she took great pleasure in watching them play. Kay will be sadly missed by all who knew her! The powerful message of her love of and devotion to family will always be cherished. Visitation will be held at DODSWORTH and BROWN Funeral Home, ANCASTER CHAPEL, 378 WILSON Street East, Ancaster (905-648-3852), on Thursday, June 7th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the funeral home Chapel on Friday, June 8th at 10:30 a.m. A procession and brief service will follow at Mits' and Kay's final resting place at White Chapel Memorial Gardens. Cremation will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Japanese United Church would be appreciated. The family invite friends and relatives to sign the book of condolence at www.dbancaster.ca NOTE: If travelling on Hwy. 403, Rousseaux Street exit off the 403 is the best option due to local road construction.

Published in the Toronto Star from June 5 to June 6, 2012
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