Tsune “Keiko” Wilson, 86, of Fairfield, passed away Dec. 15, 2012, at her home.
Tsune was born on April 9, 1926, in Naname-go, Arikawa Village, Japan. Her mother, San Hamada, died when she was 3 years old. Her father, Chiyokichi, died when she was 17. At the age of 18, Tsune left her island for the first time for Fukuoka, where she met her husband, a soldier in the U.S. Army. She emigrated to the U.S. in 1955 with her husband, son and first daughter.
Tsune’s hometown was on a small fishing island off the southern coast of Japan. She went up into the mountains every day to fetch firewood and water, and she also helped with the gardening. Even though her father was a fisherman, she became sea sick whenever she went on a fishing trip. Her father also made tofu for a living.
Tsune’s brother, Toshiko, was in the Japanese Navy during World War II. His ship was sunk during a large battle with the U.S. Navy in the south Pacific. Of all his shipmates, Toshiko was the sole survivor.
Tsune has been a resident of Fairfield for 23 years. She practiced TM for 37 years and attended the group program in the Ladies Dome for 14 years. She was a homemaker, and her hobbies include gardening, flea markets and collecting dolls and Depression glass.
Tsune is survived by her husband, Edward Wilson of Fairfield; one son, Ronald Wilson of Fairfield; two daughters, Katharine S. Macauley of Pueblo, Colo., and Sue A. (Anthony) Knopp of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and one granddaughter, Emily S. Knopp.
Tsune was a simple, kind and good mother who loved her family as much as her own self.
Private graveside services will be held at a later date.
Visitation for family and friends will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Behner Funeral Home in Fairfield.
Memorials can be made to the University of Iowa Foundation or M.U.M. in Fairfield. Cards and memorials can be sent to 608 S. 2nd St. Fairfield, Iowa 52556.