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Service: March 19, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. (Saturday)
Location: Geneva Presbyterian Church
On February, 10, 2016, Asako �Susie� Ichiuji passed away peacefully at her home after a long battle with cancer. She was the beloved widow of Joseph �Joe� Ichiuji, loving mother of Karen Ichiuji Ramone and Douglas Ichiuji; proud grandmother of Stacy Ichiuji Pillersdorf, Julie Ichiuji Cyr, B.J. Ramone, and Alex Ichiuji. She is also survived by brother George Tsuda, sister Rose Tsuda Tanaka and many dear friends.
Susie was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming on August 27, 1921 where she grew up and graduated high school. At the start of WWII, Susie moved to Washington, DC and avoided the internment of Japanese Americans into concentration camps. As a volunteer of the U.S.O., she met Joe who had just retuned from serving in the U.S. Army�s 552nd Field Artillery Battalion of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and they married in 1948.
In 1979 Susie retired from the Federal government after 37 years of distinguished service with several agencies, most notably NASA, U.S. Peace Corps, and the General Services Administration. Following her retirement, she devoted her time to traveling the world with Joe and friends, but primarily spending time nurturing and helping manage her grandchildren�s activities. In her �spare� time, she loved making Japanese dolls, partaking in weekly dolls classes for over 30 years.
Susie was also very generous with her time. She was always willing to lend a helping hand to family and friends in need. She especially enjoyed volunteering at her grand daughters� high school and organizations such as the Japanese American Citizens League and the National Japanese American Memorial Foundation.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 19 at 11:00 a.m. at the Geneva Presbyterian Church, 11931 Seven Locks Road, Potomac, Maryland. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the National Japanese American Memorial Foundation, 4200 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Suite 106-236, Washington, DC 20016.
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