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Kazuko Uyeda

Posted By DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On August 13, 2021 @ 9:34 am In Obituaries | 6 Comments

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Mrs. Kazuko Tochigi Uyeda of Lancaster Pennsylvania recently residing in West Newton Massachusetts passed away peacefully of natural causes on August 6, 2021 in the presence of her family.

Born in Honolulu Hawaii on September 6, 1922, Kazuko moved to Japan when she was 12 years old and resided there until meeting her future husband, the late Yoneichi “Bill” Uyeda, while both were serving with the U.S. Army in Tokyo after the end of World War II.  Returning to the United States after their marriage, Kazuko resided in Cambridge, MA where she worked for the Harvard University Library; moving to Lancaster, PA with her family in 1951 where she lived until 2020.  She was a graduate of Jissen Women’s College in Tokyo, with a degree in English.

Her husband of 73 years, Yoneichi Uyeda, preceded her in death on April 30, 2020.  She is survived by sons Allen B. Uyeda (affianced to Eimi Zecha) of Honolulu, HI and William S. Uyeda (Marcia Burkey) of Clyde Hill, WA, her daughter Leslie J. Uyeda (Arthur Jackson) of West Newton, MA and two granddaughters, Hanae S. Uyeda and Sabrina M. Uyeda of Clyde Hill, WA.  She was predeceased by her daughter, Elizabeth N. Uyeda.

Primarily a homemaker and mother to her four children, self-effacing Kaz was a fierce, self-taught competitor on the tennis courts and enemy of weeds in her yard and flies in her house, brandishing her tennis racquet, garden tools and fly swatter to equally devastating effect.  She was an avid reader, particularly of quality fiction but also of biographies of her favorite women, including Eleanor Roosevelt, and other historical figures, and of general history.  Kaz was also a nightly fan of Jeopardy, enjoyed watching NFL games and major tennis tournaments on TV and listening to classical music (particularly operas) and popular musical soundtracks.  More recently, Kaz also enjoyed working on the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal crossword and other puzzles, learning about the local birds and, especially, keeping-up with family via video conference.

Having worked for a time at ATC in Lancaster, she occasionally treated herself to Lancaster area auctions and swap meets which she enjoyed immensely.  Initially appreciating the affordability of kitchen tools to enable her excellent, self-taught cooking and baking skill, she also acquired collectibles and some furniture at such events. Kaz grew to admire Pennsylvania Dutch quilts and (again self-taught) became an accomplished quilter.  A perfectionist, many of her quilts were repeatedly dis-assembled and re-assembled to the never-ending bemusement of her family.

During her children’s sports events, an already petite Kaz could be spotted hunched-over and peeking through her fingers both wanting to see and not wanting to see.  This exemplified the stoicism that marked her character.  Having surely been witness to many horrifying events and troubled times in her younger years which were “too painful” to talk about, she was always dignified and seemingly calm.  She passed away as she lived.  Kazuko will be interred by her husband, Yoneichi, and their daughter, Elizabeth, at Conestoga Memorial Park in a private service.

A Graveside Service is scheduled for Wednesday, August 18th, 2021 at 1:00 PM at Conestoga Memorial Park.  To view the service virtually, please click the following link:   https://my.gather.app/remember/kazuko-uyeda


Condolences for the family of “Kazuko Uyeda”

Condolence from Pat Lichty kerr on August 15th, 2021 7:02 am

Dear Allen, Leslie and Bill.
I am so saddened to hear of your mother’s passing. But happy for all the memories as she and your dad and your whole family were such an important part of my childhood on Horseshoe Drive. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you
Pat Lichty Kerr

Condolence from Pat Benjamin on August 15th, 2021 12:20 pm

I played tennis with both Kaz and Bill and what a wonderful couple they were! Fond memories and my sympathy goes out to the Uyeda family.

Condolence from Frank Carano on August 16th, 2021 6:09 pm

I want to extend my deepest sympathy to all of the Uyeda family. I was a high school classmate of Bill and am so sorry for his, and all of the Uyeda family loss.

Condolence from Harry & Donna Meyer on August 19th, 2021 12:46 pm

We were saddened to learn of the passing of your Mother. She & your Dad were a treasure in Homestead & are missed dearly. Our deepest sympathy is extended to the entire family. Kaz & Bill are reunited once again & walking together, hand in hand, as they used to do. You all are in our thoughts & prayers.

Condolence from Roger and Johana Thornton on August 19th, 2021 6:43 pm

To the Uyeda Family, We were so sorry to hear of your Mpother’s passing. What a wonderful friendship we had with them for many years. Roger enjoyed working with Bill and I so enjoyed playing tennis with Kaz.After the men retired, we did not see them as often, but when we moved to Homestead, we were able to visit with them a few times. They were such a delight. You all are in our prayers.

Condolence from Jenny Long Braas on September 6th, 2021 8:42 am

Very late in seeing this- stumbled upon it. I’m so sorry for your loss, Leslie and family . What a lovely tribute to an amazing woman.

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