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Yukiko Kawamura

February 14, 1938 — June 13, 2024

Yukiko Kawamura, a resilient soul who embarked on a remarkable journey from Japan to embrace a new life in a distant land, passed away peacefully on June 13, 2024, at the age of 86. Her life leaves an indelible imprint on those who had the privilege of knowing her.

Born in Kesennuma, a small fishing village in northern Japan, Yukiko Onodera was one of six children. She and her siblings worked hard to help with the daily chores of running their fishing business. She told stories of how they farmed scallops and wakame (a form of seaweed). Whether digging for clams or diving for octopus, they took every opportunity to harvest what they could from the sea. Yuki later moved to Tokyo where she was trained as a nurse. This is where she met her beloved husband of over sixty years, Yoshiki Kawamura. 

Her ambitions and dreams stretched beyond the horizon of her homeland, prompting her to embark on an adventure that would redefine her life. In 1967, Yuki and her two very young sons, Ken and Koji, immigrated to the United States leaving behind the familiar comforts of Japan in pursuit of new opportunities and experiences. The first stop on this journey would bring them to Aberdeen, South Dakota, to meet up with her husband then eventually lead them to Denver, Colorado. This transition marked the beginning of a new chapter filled with challenges and triumphs. Despite struggles adjusting to a new culture and language, Yuki's resilience and adaptability shone through, as she forged meaningful connections and established herself within her adopted community.

Throughout her life, Yuki remained deeply rooted in her Japanese heritage, sharing its rich traditions and values with those around her. She cherished moments spent participating in traditional dance, music and meals. She celebrated and performed in numerous Japanese festivals in Denver, where she fostered a sense of unity and understanding among her diverse circle of friends and family.

Beyond her cultural contributions, Yuki was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, who enriched the lives of her loved ones. Her home was a sanctuary of warmth and hospitality. She always welcomed visitors with a warm meal and drink – no matter the time of day.

In her leisure time, Yuki found solace in dancing, playing shamisen and gardening particularly roses, which reflected her appreciation for beauty and simplicity. Whether tending to her roses or exploring nature's wonders, she found joy in the tranquility of her surroundings. She also loved to travel and together with family visited nearly every state of the Union. Later as her children became independent, she traveled to many European countries over multiple trips. Though she traveled the world her favorite destination was always “Home” to Japan to be with family and friends and the culture she holds so close to her heart. She was particularly close with her youngest sister Masako, where they would chat for hours as if no time has passed between them.

Yuki's legacy transcends borders and generations, embodying the spirit of courage, resilience, and compassion. Her journey from Kesennnuma, Japan to the United States serves as a testament to the enduring strength of the human spirit and the boundless possibilities that await those who pursue their dreams.

She leaves behind a cherished legacy in the hearts of her family, friends, and all who were fortunate enough to cross paths with her during her remarkable journey through life.

Yuki is preceded in death by her husband, Yoshiki Kawamura, her parents Genshiro and Kiyo Onodera, her brothers Sadakichi and Koki Onodera, her sister Toshiko Kato. She leaves behind her brother, Shoji Onodera and sister, Masako Onodera, sons, Ken-ichi (Shelley) and Koji Kawamura (Carolyn) and grandsons, Kainan, Gabe and Jack.

A celebration of Yuki's life will be held at Buca di Beppo, 615 Flat Iron Marketplace Dr., Broomfield, Colorado on June 30, 2024, at 1 pm. Please RSVP by June 28, 2024, to Yuki@booksend.net – so we can have an accurate count for lunch. 

Yuki's spirit will continue to inspire and uplift those who carry her memory forward, reminding us all to embrace each new day with courage and gratitude.

Rest in peace, Yuki Kawamura. Your light will forever illuminate our hearts.

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