Sekiguchi, Yoshiko

Yoshiko Sekiguchi

Deceased: April 21, 2016

Service Information:

Memorial Ceremony: on May 10, 2016 at the Midwest Buddhist Temple, 435 West Menomonee Street
Visitation: 5:00 pm, Ceremony: 6:00 pm,
Memorial Reception: 7:00 pm
Interment: Private

Obituary

Yoshiko Sekiguchi, 79, passed away peacefully on April 21, 2016 after a sudden and unexpected recurrence of gastric cancer. Yoshiko was born in Nagoya and spent her childhood and early adult years in Japan. She studied ikebana, winning several awards. After a brief time spent modeling for TV and magazine print ads, she joined her husband in Chicago in 1965 to make a new life there, raising three daughters and adopting new hobbies, such as tennis. She was a gifted athlete and a fierce but good-natured competitor. Often admired for her great beauty and remarkable taste in fashion, she designed bespoke tennis wear and spent many years as an assistant alterations manager at a designer boutique, where she gained a devoted clientele. Her beauty and grace never fadedóbut was only heightenedóas she aged. She loved making people happy, and entertained frequently at her home in Highland Park. A world traveler, she made many trips to Japan and across Europe, yet her favorite place to refresh her soul was a tiny, pine-studded island in Michigan, where she spent many happy vacations and weekends with her family. She was a loving and caring mother and a doting grandmother; her face lighting up every time she saw her three grandchildren. She led by example, and was always charming, gracious, kind and morally pure. Her spirit touched a great many people, and she will be missed.

She is survived by her husband Yoshi Sekiguchi, sister Tomiko Salzman, daughters Risa, Chika and Juri Sekiguchi, sons-in-law Kirk Vuillemot, Tom Daniel, Tom McCampbell and grandchildren Ellie, Aidan and Kiyumi. Memorial ceremony on May 10, 2016 at the Midwest Buddhist Temple, 435 West Menomonee Street, Chicago. Visitation: 5:00 pm, Ceremony: 6:00 pm, Memorial Reception: 7:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Midwest Buddhist Temple in memory of Yoshiko Sekiguchi.

Messages

May 2, 2016

Yoshi, We are so sorry to hear about your loss of Yoshiko.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
I know you have endless, loving memories to cherish.

Bruce & Kathy Hansen