Yoshiko "Yoshi" Tani,
Age 101 passed away peacefully surrounded with the love of her family on Saturday, December 3, 2022.
She is preceded in death by her husband George, and her brothers Aiji and Hiroshi Uchiyama.
She will be sadly missed by her children Paul(Barb), Douglas(Linnea), Kay(Tom Winegarden); her grandchildren Sarah(Alex), Karen(Sean), Ellen(Aaron), Jessica, Stephanie(Pierre), Autumn(Daniel), Emily(Charlie); great grandchildren Georgia, Henry, Isabelle, Sloane, Tighe, Kaito, Alex, Lilly, Maria, Maeve; And many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Yoshi was born July 19, 1921 and grew up in Seattle, WA. Following graduation from Garfield HS in 1939 she enrolled at the Univ of Washington where she studied dietetics. During WWII, Executive Order 9066 (Feb 19, 1942) forced Yoshi and her family to relocate to Minidoka Relocation Camp in Idaho where she met her future husband, George. She graduated from Milwaukee-Downer College with a BS in Foods and Nutrition. George and Yoshi were married at Ft. Snelling Chapel on February 10, 1945. Following WWII, they settled in St. Paul. While George served in the US Army and subsequently studied to obtain his Medical Degree and specialization in Ophthalmology, Yoshi worked to support their family. She was involved in her childrens' activities including baseball, hockey, football, dance, skating, music and golf. Yoshi was a lifetime volunteer in many organizations, including the St. Paul YMCA, Ramsey County Medical society, Metropolitan Committee on Aging, the Red Cross, and worked as a Consultant
Dietitian for Nursing Homes. She took pride in supporting activities of the St. Paul/Nagasaki Sister City Comm., the Japanese American Citizens League, and the JASM. She was a member of Centennial United Methodist Church for 60 years. Golf was one of her passions and many hours were spent at Mendakota CC. Her other hobbies were china painting, writing Tanka and Haiku poetry, and travel.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Centennial United Methodist Church 1524 County Road C2 W, Roseville on Wednesday, December 14 at 2 p.m. with a visitation an hour prior and followed by a reception until 4. Memorials are preferred to Centennial United Methodist Church or the Twin Cities Japanese American Citizens League.