Hana W. Kinoshita of Hood River passed away on Monday, June 21, 2010, at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital in Hood River, Ore.
She was born in Sumner, Wash., on July 15, 1921, to Eitaro and Hisa Wakamatsu. She moved to the Hood River area in 1924, attended Barrett Elementary School and graduated from Hood River High School.
She met her husband, Fred, while roller-skating and they were married in 1941.
In June of 1942 Hana and all of the Hood River Japanese were put in American concentration camps. She gave birth to her first daughter, Corinne, while still in camp. After the war, she and her husband returned to Hood River, where they worked hard and saved enough money to purchase their first piece of property in Parkdale, where they cleared the land, built a house and planted their first orchard.
Hana continued to work hard, packing fruit seasonally at Pooley’s which later became the Duckwall-Pooley Fruit Company. She made many friends while working at the packing house and cherished those relationships throughout her life.
She and her husband had three more children and in 1972 they moved to the Oak Grove area of Hood River. Her husband passed away in 1976, leaving her to raise her three teen-aged children, while continuing to work the family farm. She retired from Duckwall-Pooley in 1984.
She enjoyed collecting antiques, gardening, knitting, spending time with her friends and family and supporting the Portland Trail Blazers and the Seattle Mariners. She won many homemaker awards at the Hood River Country Fair and donated her time and talents knitting hats and booties for Hood River’s newborn children.
She is survived by her brother, Jim Wakamatsu, and her sister, Mary Ishimaru, both of Hood River. She is also survived by her daughter Marianne Anderson, of Auburn, Wash., her son, Rick Kinoshita, of Hood River, her daughter Rachel Kinoshita, of Menlo Park, Calif., and eight grandchildren.
Her funeral will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Monday, June 28, at 11 a.m., followed by an interment at Idlewilde Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family. Donations may be made to one of Hana’s favorite charities, the Hospice of the Gorge or the Heart of Hospice.
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