OBITUARY: Grace Sugawara

Grace Sugawara

Grace Sugawara

SUGAWARA, GRACE, 95, passed away peacefully on May 31, 2016 at the age of 95. Grace’s compassion for others, her kindness, generosity, self-effacing humor, her beauty, attention to detail, thoughtfulness, love of animals, and her Christian faith are just a glimpse of what she meant to those who knew her best.

From her years as a Brownie Scout Leader for Troop 527 and Girl Scout Leader for Troop 97, to the time she spent volunteering at Hamilton Pool teaching blind children to swim, to caring for loved ones and friends, Grace believed strongly in giving back to others.

Grace loved taking care of her pets and especially enjoyed walks with Aki and later with Manju. Grace would often walk with them through Golden Gate Park, the Panhandle, and the streets of San Francisco. She found this to be a therapeutic way to unwind and relax. Grace also loved to swim. Many in the community would comment on how beautifully she swam and how graceful she looked.

Her devotion to the human spirit, her appreciation for life, and her desire to be kind to all creatures great and small are what touched the hearts of her family and friends. Grace was an angel among us.

Grace was born on January 28, 1921, in San Francisco, California, to Gentaro and Kirie Sakanari. Gentaro and Kirie had three children, George, Helen, and Grace. Grace was a graduate of Roosevelt Junior High School and Commerce High School and received a diploma from Gallagher-Marsh Business College as a young adult.

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Grace Sugawara

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