In Memorium

Nobuko Leone

1938 – 2021

Nobuko Hentona Leone, age 83 of Huber Heights, passed away on July 22, 2021. Nobuko was born on the island of Okinawa on June 24, 1938 to the late Chojun and Hatsu Hentona. Meeting and marrying Carmen in Japan during his military service, she raised her family at a succession of US Air Force bases until retiring at Dayton, Ohio in 1981.

In Loving Memory of

Kiyo Dent

1936 – 2020

Kiyo Dent, 84, of Columbus, passed away September 2, 2020. Kiyo will be deeply missed by her children Melvin Dent, Teresie Sanchez, Andrew Dent and Vince Dent. Special thanks to life long friends, family, Brenda and Donald Kinser and to Friendship Village for their care. 

Kyoko Lockwood

Lockwood, Kyoko

Kyoko Lockwood, age 75 of Huber Heights, passed away Friday, January 11, 2019 at her daughter’s home, surrounded by her family. She was born October 20, 1943 in Gushikawa, Okinawa, the daughter of the late Sosei and Fumi Chinen.

Fumiko Clarke

Clarke, Fumiko

Lancaster – Fumiko A. Clarke, 77, of Lancaster, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Arbors at Carroll. She was born in Okinawa, Japan on March 30, 1941 and came to the United States in the early 1970’s. She was retired from Columbus Industries.

Tom Phillips


Tom, 86, passed away peacefully in Enon, Ohio surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, May 24, 2018. Tom was born on August 1, 1931 in Kinston, North Carolina. He was the son of John Curtis and Mamie Dawson Phillips. Burial with military honors will follow at the Byron Cemetery.

Kayoko Longbottom

Deceased Longbottom, KayokoKayoko was born on July 12, 1935 on Tinian Island which is part of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

She passed away on Friday, May 15, 2015.  Kayoko was a resident of Anderson, Ohio at the time of her passing.  She is survived by her husband Charles.  A celebration of her life will take place on her birthday July 12, 2015 at 2 PM at Woodland Mound Park.

Kayoko was active with the Okinawa Tomono Kai of Ohio.   She did line dances with her friends from Cincinnati.  Kayoko danced at the 2014 Spring Celebration. Kayoko bright, cheerful and was a loving mother and grandmother.  She frequently visited her children in Florida.

Emiko Mayfield

Deceased Mayfield, Emiko

Emiko was born on 6 May, 1934 and passed away on May 11, 2015

Survived by Kenneth Mayfield.

Sumiko Phillips

Deseased Phillips, Sumiko

Sumiko Kawasaki Phillips 84, passed away peacefully at her home in Enon, Ohio, surrounded by her loving family, on Monday, January 26, 2015. Sumiko was born on December 10, 1930, in Okinawa, Japan. She was the daughter of Saburo Itokazu and Yasu Kawasaki (Itokazu). She had two brothers, Seigo Kawasaki (Akiko) and Mitsuo Kawasaki, and two sisters, Setsuko Tokuyama (Seitoku) and Fujiko Kyan (Hideo). She was the beloved wife, companion, and friend to her husband of 62 years, Tom Pete Phillips; devoted mother of Nelda Phillips Burd (James), Judith Phillips Campbell (Richard), Tom Pete Phillips, Jr. (Karen), Barbara Phillips (Derek Ernest), and Christa Phillips Czyzak; loving grandmother to Desere’ (George), Jennifer (Jon), Christopher, Nicholas (Sheena), Drew, Ryan (Michelle), Joshua, Alyssa, and Colin; and proud great-grandmother of Ellie, Makenzie, Makayla, George, Alexander, Charlotte, Isabelle, and Everett. She also leaves behind numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Seigo, and sister Setsuko. Sumiko was a kind, loving, and generous soul. She always looked for the good in people and served as an inspiration and positive role model for her family and friends. She was a member of Byron Church and the Ladies Guild, enjoyed participating in the Okinawa Tomonokai of Ohio, and loved to bowl in the Kittyhawk Military Wives Bowling League. She especially cherished her many friends from Okinawa and Japan. Sumiko was a loving and hardworking mother to her five children as they lived in Okinawa, North Carolina, Montana, Texas, New York, and Ohio during her husband’s service in the Air Force. She was an accomplished seamstress and cook, and loved playing piano, gardening and ikebana (Japanese flower arranging). She loved to share flowers, fruits and vegetables with friends and family from her beautiful gardens, and she never missed an opportunity to see a grandchild’s sporting event, play, or recital. A devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and aunt, Sumiko leaves a legacy of love to family, friends and all who knew her.

 Ume Fumiko Miller

Deceased Miller, FumikoUme “Fumiko” Miller, passed away at Good Samaritan Hospital on Saturday, November 30, 2013.   She was born in Okinawa, Japan to the late Kamasuke and Kamato Kakazu.

She is preceded in death by her 5 brothers and 2 sisters.

Ume loved to garden and sew. She loved spending time with her friends, and singing karaoke. She was a friend to everyone she met, and generous with all.

Fumiko is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Bob Miller; daughter, Barbara Miller and sister, Toyo Miyagi.

Tomiko Fifer

Deceased Fifer, Tomiko 03

Tomiko Fifer, 63, passed away peacefully on November 4, 2012, at Heartland Hospice of Waterville surrounded by family and friends. She was born September 26, 1949 in Okinawa to Chishin and Hatsu Shimabukuro.  After coming to United States, she continued to be involved in her Japanese Culture by playing music, singing, dancing, making origami and cooking food. She loved flowers especially dahlias and would have plants all around the house and a garden in the summer. She loved playing with her grandkids and spoiling them. She worked as a seamstress at Superior Uniform, and worked at S & K Menswear until it closed in 2009.


トミ子は 8人兄弟の4女として恩納村にうまれ 大家族の中で苦楽を共に過ごしました。  学生時代はスポーツマンで足が速くいつもー位 また美術の大会で入選を果たすー面もあり、刺繍や絵画に意欲的に取り組む姿が今も心に残るます。

トントンミーというニツクネームで元気者で ユーモアにあふれ チャレンジ精神旺盛な  トミ子は高校卒業後 東京で着物の着付けや琴を学び資格を取得しました。

当時家族の同意をなかなか得られない中アメリカへ渡ってからは 慣れない環境で様々な苦労を重ねながら子育てをし 洋裁や三線、琉舞の習得に励み精一杯前向きに出来ることを見つけ 謳歌している頑張り屋でした。

病いに見舞われてからは 弱音を口にすることもありましたが 孫達を可愛がりその成長を いつくしんでおりました。まだまだやり残した思いがあったでしょう。

訪れた別れは悲しくてなりませんが充分頑張ってくれましたので これからはどうがゆっくり休んでほしてと願ってやみません。






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