Fusako Matsumoto Petrus
1930 - 2017
Born September 7, 1930 in Kyoto, Japan, Fusako Matsumoto Petrus died in North Highlands CA on April 26, 2017 at the age of 86. In the early 60's Fusako got a job at the base exchange (BX) in Tachikawa, Japan where she met Alfred "Pete" Petrus who was stationed at the Airforce base. They married in 1962 and in 1964, when Pete was transferred to McClellan AFB they moved to North Highlands, CA. Fusako again got a job at the BX where her co-workers nicknamed her "Pete." She received awards for being the friendliest cashier and worked at the BX for 20 years before retiring. In 1985, Fusako received her naturalization status and was proud of her US Citizenship. She was a steadfast friend who developed her extended United States family, which included other Japanese women who had married servicemen, as well as her coworkers and neighbors. One of her favorite activities began in the '70s when she began walking with neighbors at the local high school track. The Japanese women became a tight knit group, always getting together to share Japanese food, holidays and life events. Fusako was always available to drive her friends who didn't drive. She avoided freeways but could get all over Sacramento with a little planning. Fusako and Pete did not have children, but shared their love and kindness with many of their friends' children as their own extended family. Fusako's husband died in 1997. When her doctor told her to lose weight she took it to heart, because she wanted to be able to care for herself as she got older, always thinking, "I am on my own here with no children or family." She cut back on sweets and senbei, though never giving them up. Fusako continued to walk the HS track with her friends six days a week except when it rained. Fusakos' commitment to being independent and healthy helped her lose weight. She made many friends walking in her North Highlands neighborhood over the last 40 years and was proud that she and her current walking partners were so international, representing 3 different continents. She often commented on how diverse her walking group was and how well they got along. Her walking in the neighborhood and at the high school track is one of the familiar pieces of the fabric of her community tragically lost in her death. Fusako is survived by her niece Kaoru Imai who lives in Osaka, Japan, as well as her chosen US family of friends. Fusako lived and lost her life being a dedicated friend. She is missed but will not be forgotten. A celebration of life will be held for family, friends and the community at the North Highlands Park & Recreation Community Center located at 6040 Watt Avenue Saturday June, 3 at 11am. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Meals on Wheels by ACC, 7675 Park City Drive, Sacramento, CA 95831 would honor Fusako's caring of her friends and her enjoyment of a good meal.
Published by The Sacramento Bee from May 6 to May 7, 2017.
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Celebration of Life
North Highlands Park & Recreation Community Center
6040 Watt Avenue, CA
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My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this time - although I didn't know her, she seemed to be a beautiful human being, and one who was taken much too soon.
Cindy Sanchez
May 26, 2017
Fusako Petrus is more than a neighbor. She is family. I've had the honor and pleasure of knowing this awesome and humble woman for over 50 years. My heart aches that she is no longer with us, but I can find joy, because of the many memories I have of living around her. I am so thankful of the time. Throughout my life she was there from time to time. The fond memories of a young child being sent to her house by my mom to borrow sugar, milk, butter, or when we used her freezer to store our frozen foods because we didn't have room in our small refrigerator. (Lol) The fun times of riding our bikes on her driveway, because she had a 2 car garage and ours was a single. And many memories of her watching me bounce around the neighborhood as a young teenager. The most cherished thoughts are as an adult, listening to her words of wisdom, as I laid both of my parents to rest. Fusako is such an awesome person, in so many ways. Her road has been traveled and now her journey is complete. Say hi to mom and pops for me. :) I will love you always and forevermore. NeeNee
Denise Gore
May 10, 2017
Like others who never knew Mrs. Petrus, I have been touched by her and her life. I cry every time I see this lovely photo and wish someone was able to help her when she needed it the most. How fortunate her friends and family were to have known such an honorable soul.
May 8, 2017
I too never met this beautiful soul, but she certainly has touched the lives of many people in her community. For those who are her friends and loved ones, please know we all mourn with you. She will be remembered as a GOOD person and role model to many. God Bless Her.
May 8, 2017
You will always be remembered and will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace. I know you are now walking with the angels above.
Laura Whitt
May 6, 2017
Although I never met this beautiful woman I am totally touched by the amazing person she was. I believe she is in Heaven now with her beloved husband. Rest in peace sweet Fusako.
Terri Caesar
May 6, 2017
May the peace of our heavenly Father rest upon you "Pete" You were one of our mother's dearest friends. May God comfort your family and give them peace through this heartache. You will never be forgotten.
Annette Ashe-Montgomery
Family Friend
May 1, 2017
May the God of all comfort strengthen the family during this time of deep sorrow. Those who pass on, God keeps in his memory because they are precious in his eyes. My sincerest condolences. (Psalms 116:15)
April 30, 2017
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