Cherry Tsuruko Fujioka


Posted: Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Juneau resident Cherry Tsuruko Fujioka, 84, died July 29, 2005, at her son's home in Juneau. She was cared for by her children and grandchildren after falling ill last month.

She was born to Sen and James K. Tatsuda on May 27, 1921, in Ketchikan. She played the piano and sang in the choir at St. Elizabeth's and St. John's Episcopal Church. She graduated in 1939 from Ketchikan High School and attended the University of Washington until she returned home to be with her family at the start of World War II.

In 1942, her family was evacuated from Ketchikan to an internment camp in Minidoka, Idaho. While still in camp, she married Tad Fujioka on Feb. 5, 1943, and in December 1943, she gave birth to their first child.

After the war, the couple raised two daughters and another son in Seattle. She was involved in her children's school activities. The family enjoyed camping, road trips and clam digging.

In 1983, the couple moved to Juneau to be near children and grandchildren. She enjoyed outings with her grandchildren picking seaweed, blueberries, collecting herring roe and digging clams. They were members of St. Brendan's Episcopal Church. She sang in the choir and played piano. She was a volunteer in the Senior Service Corps.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tad; her sister, Jean Higashi of Seattle; and brothers, Bill and Jim Tatsuda of Ketchikan.

She is survived by her sons, Jeff (Carol) Fujioka of Juneau, and John Fujioka of Seattle; her daughters, Sarajean (Tim Maguire) Fujioka of Juneau, and Barbara (Roger) Edwards; her four grandchildren, Tad J. (Sara) Fujioka of Sitka, Kerry (Andrew) Hill of Portland, Ore., Jessica Edwards of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Stephen Edwards of Seattle; and her brother, Charles Tatsuda of Minneapolis, Minn.

A communion service will be 2 p.m., Aug. 6, at St. Brendan's Episcopal Church in Juneau.

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