Hatsue Yoshida 1929 — 2021

Hatsue Yoshida

March 26, 1929 – April 17, 2021

It is with great heartfelt sadness that the family of Hatsue Yoshida announce her passing on April 17, 2021. She will be deeply missed by her sons and grandchildren, Don of Virginia, Granddaughter and Grandson-in-law Shena and Ryan of Brooklyn NY, Ken of Kamloops BC, and Gary (Suzanne), Granddaughter Lyric and Grandson Rohan of Whistler BC, and many nieces and nephews.

Surviving Mom is her brother Jenji (Joanne) of North Saanich BC. Niece Sandi of Sooke BC, nephew Jason of Victoria BC and Niece Laura of Portland OR. Sister In-law Anna (Barry) of Kamloops, Brother in-laws Tetsuo of Calgary AB and Hidewo (Setsuko) of Winnipeg MB and nephews Blair, Kent, and niece Erin. Nephews of Vancouver Rick (Diane), Abe (Pamela), nieces Evelyn and Linda (Mike) of Kamloops BC.

Haddie was predeceased by husband Yoshio, sons Stanley and Patrick, parents Kumajiro and Chiyoko Konishi, sister Setsuko Iwasaki (Yataro), brother Fiko (Shirley) Konishi, brother in-law Suyeki Yoshida (Lorna), sister in-laws Jean Yoshida, Midori Yoshida, and Haruka Yokome (Mitsuo).

Haddie was the eldest of four children to Kumajiro and Chiyoko Konishi. She was born on Mayne Island, British Columbia on March 26, 1929. Haddie and her family were relocated to the Skimikin/Turtle Valley area in April 1942 during World War II. She cherished the 11 families that lived alongside her own in Skimikin/Turtle Valley area.  She possessed an encyclopedic knowledge of their many histories. After the war, Haddie’s family rebuilt and settled in Tappen BC to farm strawberries and tomatoes. In November 1954, she married the love of her life, Yoshio. She would go on to be blessed with five sons and prosper in the City of Kamloops.

Haddie was extremely resourceful, wise and endearing. She was blessed with a green thumb and maintained a luscious garden year after year. She had delicate hands that allowed her to create dresses that could be worn to celebrate any occasion.

Her dedication to her family and friends knew no bounds. She would often have friends stay overnight, and she would take great joy and pride in cooking them carefully crafted Japanese meals and making sure they went home with plenty of her fresh vegetables.

She had so much love to give. We are deeply saddened by our loss.

Funeral for Hatsue is scheduled for May 1, 2021  at 11:00 a.m. at Kamloops Funeral Home, 285 Fortune Drive, Kamloops BC.   For attendance please RVSP with Kamloops Funeral Home at home@kamloopsfuneralhome.com or (250) 554-2577.

In lieu of flowers for Haddie and family please donate to the Kamloops Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temple or a charity of your choice.

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4 Tributes

  1. Jo-Anne Matsushita
    Posted April 22, 2021 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    My deepest condolences to you all on the loss of Hatsue-san.

    When I envision her, I’m filled with: Pure, loving, warm, inclusive—beautiful inside and out.

    I think that she had known me ever since I was born almost 74 years ago; I remember her from ever since I can remember anything.

    I saw the Konishis only sporadically after moving from Chase to Vancouver. With marriage, those times lessened as I spend much time in Japan. Despite distance, family has always kept me abreast re Konishis.

    On our rare meetings, despite time and distance, Hatsue-san’s heart was ever welcoming and loving.

    I shall dearly miss her presence in this world.

    Jo-Anne (Fukuhara) Matsushita

  2. Kathy & Sian Upton
    Posted April 24, 2021 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    Please accept our condolences on the passing of Hatsue-san.

    Like Auntie Jo (above), Mum knew Haddie for the whole of her life. She remembers loving to go over to the Konishis in Tappen when she was little, because they were such loving and kind people. Later, Mum remembers visiting Haddie and Yosh in Kamloops. They always shared amazing vegetables from their garden – Haddie really did have a green thumb. Mum also learned family history from Haddie, who had an encyclopaedic knowledge of the families who were moved from the coast to Skimikin during the war.

    Still later we remember visiting between Vernon and Kamloops, and how Haddie always gave us vegetables and pickles. We are still enjoying her homemade umeboshi!

    Thank you for making it possible for Mum and I to visit with Haddie on video these past few months, and for calling us when the time came. It meant a lot.

    We will miss her warm smile and kind nature.


    Kathy Yoshiko (Fukuhara) Upton & Sian Upton

  3. Hiroko Yamagami
    Posted April 30, 2021 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    We are deeply sorry to learn of Hatsue-san’s passing.

    Our deepest condolences to you all on the loss of Hatsue-san.

    Her warm smile and soft voice were very impressive.
    It must come from her tender heart and made us comfortable.

    I remember the wonderful times when Hatsue-san visited Japan with her husband Yoshida-san and stayed at my house,
    and when I visited Kamloops to see her with my parents.

    Thank you for inviting me to video meetings. I was able to see Hatsue-san just few weeks before she past away.

    I was going to visit Hatsue-san last year and so seeing her on video relieves me a little.

    We will miss Hatsue-san.

    May she rest in peace.

    Hiroko yamagami & the Hotta family.

  4. Stan Ashbee
    Posted May 10, 2021 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    Our condolences to Ken and the Yoshida family. We remember your mother as a friendly and dignified lady. She always asked how we and our children were doing every time we went into Yosh’s fly shop. Again our sympathies to you and your family.
    Stan and Doris Ashbee

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