OBITUARY: Takanishi Tamae Tufts

TUFTS, TAMAE TAKANISHI, 68, passed away on November 11, 2009, surrounded by her daughters and grandchildren. Born in Hiroshima, Japan in 1940, she was an atomic bomb survivor and later attended The Sogetsu-ryu Academy School of Ikebana in Tokyo.

Tamae (Tammy) was an avid gardener, loved to read, cook and sew. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, caregiver and friend.

She has joined her parents Harumatu Takanishi & Kiyoe Fujikawa who preceded her in death. She is survived by her former husband Gerald E. Tufts, her daughters Marian Sachiko Tufts & Pauline Michiko Tufts, grandchildren Mallory, Maia and Liam Tufts, her 2 sisters Kikuko Takatsuna and Chieko Onari, 3 brothers Hideo Kotani, Shigeru Takanishi and Akira Takanishi and many nieces and nephews throughout Japan.

Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 11:30 a.m. at the Church of the Chimes, 1447 Bryan Ave., San Jose, CA 95118. In lieu of flowers the family kindly requests a donation be made to: Hakone Foundation – Hakone Japanese Gardens P.O. Box 2324 Saratoga, CA 95070 in her name.

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