January 12, 1919 ~ February 6, 2008
Hatsuko was born in Japan to Mr. and Mrs. Ishimaru. A war bride, she came to the United States, with Arthur Ray Bethune Senior and her only son, Arthur Ray Bethune Junior in 1951.
She resided in San Diego, California until her decline in 2007.
Upon arriving to the United States she began working as a seamstress.
Hatsuko remarried Andrew Maxwell Takaki in February of 1961 until his death in 1976.
In 1973 Hatsuko became a Junior of the Nichiren Shoshu Academy. The Japanese culture and traditions she believed in have been a prevalent and integral part of her life. Hatsuko missed Japan and her home. She soon began working with other Japanese in the community.
She gave many hours of service to several organizations.
On December 20, 1995 The Union of Pan Asian Communities recognized Hatsuko with appreciation for her years of dedication and service to the Pan Asian Senior Nutrition Program.
Hatsuko cooked for and served Japanese men and women healthy meals everyday at Kiku Gardens.
Hatsuko received a second award from The Pan Asian Nutrition Program, May 17, 1999 in recognition of outstanding and individual service to the community.
Until her decline in 2006, Hatsuko would continue to cook traditional Japanese meals. She would always send you home with a bag full of goodies. Her weekly outings with Timothy brought her much happiness. They always included a visit to the Japanese market, Costco or a lunch date.
Hatsuko was a private, strong minded woman. She demonstrated her care and love by cooking traditional foods and maintaining her cultural traditions. She enjoyed eating these meals too, however she would always wit for her family to be fed before she would sit at the table to join them.
Hatsuko is survived by three grandsons, Timothy, Andrew and John Bethune.
Hatsuko may the angels embrace you and bring you happiness as you are reunited with the son you have always loved.
There will be a Rosary and Memorial Service to honor the life of Hatsuko Takaki at American Martyrs Church on Sunday, Febuary 10, 2008 at 7:00pm.
For further information call 310-318-5219
Burial at sea to follow at later date.