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Junko Blovat


1933 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
JUNKO BLOVAT (WATANABE)
Junko Blovat was born on September 29, 1933 to the late Mitsue and Kiyona Watanabe in Yamagata, Japan. She entered eternal life on Friday, September 15, 2017 with her husband at her side.
She met her husband, Frederick, at Showa Air Station, Japan in 1956 where they were avid opponents in table tennis tournaments at the base. They began dating and their love blossomed into Holy Matrimony on October 21, 1958.
Junko accompanied her husband to various duty stations throughout his Air Force career of over 20 years.
In 1975 she accepted a position of pre-school teacher at March Air Force Base, California where they were stationed at the time. It was a job she loved intensely because of her involvement with children. She loved all her pupils and each one was special. Upon the downsizing of the base she accepted a similar position with the City of Riverside, retiring in 1977 after 22 years in her dream job.
Junko and her husband took three or four trip annually to Laughlin, Nevada. While not engaging in serious gambling, they enjoyed the river, feeding the fish, the food, relaxing and watching other people gamble. They had planned another trip for her birthday this month.
Junko is survived by her brothers: Norituna, Toshio, and niece, Aya Watanabe of Japan; her husband, Fred and their children, grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. David (Rose) and their daughter, Sarah; Frederick Jr. (Sonia) and their son, Frederick III (Shaelee) and their daughter, Adalynn; Paul; and Gina Gonnello (Mark) and twins, Marks and Jaymee and many other close friends and relatives to include brothers-in-law: Harold (Eileen) of Ilion, New York, and David (Evelyn) of Syracuse, New York, and their children and grandchildren and numerous relatives in Japan.
Visitation will be at Miller-Jones Mortuary in Perris on Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 9:00am to 1:00pm with services at Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd. Riverside, CA at 1:45pm. A reception will follow the services at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 8547, 22616 Alessandro Blvd., Moreno Valley, CA.
Published in Press-Enterprise on Sept. 21, 2017
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