Sachiko Oue (née Takimoto), age 95, of Stratford, passed away at her home on Wednesday June 6, 2018. Born in Vancouver, daughter of the late Fred Naokichi and Tsuchi (Miwa) Takimoto, beloved wife of the late Sidney Shigeru Oue (predeceased in 1978), Sachi is survived by her daughter, Glenna (Oue) Theurer, and her husband Britt Theurer, and by her son Gerry Oue, and his wife Joan (Ross) Oue and by her cherished grandchildren, Greg Oue (Stephanie [Mashinter] Oue), Cathy Oue (Dave Gill), and Michiko Theurer. She also leaves behind her great-grandson Thomas Gill, who lit up her life with joy on his every visit. Sachi leaves her sister-in-law Alice Takimoto, and brother-in-law Fred Azuma. Sachi was preceded in death by her brothers Albert Takimoto and Dick Takimoto, sisters Kimi Takimoto and Frances Yoshida, sisters-in-law Gladys Takimoto and Aiko Azuma, and brother-in-law Tom Yoshida. She will be remembered by her many nieces and nephews.
After the evacuation of the Japanese-Canadians in 1942, Sachi moved to Ontario, accepting a work/study position at Alma College. She also worked at Prudhommes Farms and as a seamstress at Minden’s Ladies Wear until she graduated from McMaster University with a degree in Social Sciences in 1948. After her marriage to Shig, she lived in Toronto and later in North York, where she worked as a social worker with the YWCA for almost 10 years. Because of Shig’s work with the Japanese Consulate, the Japan Trade Center, and JETRO, and due to her ability to speak Japanese, she was also very involved helping families of Japanese diplomats and businessmen who were establishing business ties and homes in Canada, adjust to their new culture. Later she volunteered for many years with the Momiji Kai and with the Momiji Seniors Centre, and also wrote about her experiences teaching children in the evacuation camps. She spoke to numerous groups about her experiences in the internment camps and the impact it had on her life. When she was not busy volunteering she loved playing bridge, reading, and creating beautiful Japanese “Bunka” artwork. In 2003 she moved to Stratford to be closer to her family.
Visitation will take place at the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford, on Wednesday June 13 from 7-9 p.m. A private family funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday June 14 with interment in Resthaven Memorial Gardens, Toronto. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice directly or through the funeral home. 519.271.7411. www.wgyoungfuneralhome.com
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