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KATSUTA, Martha

KATSUTA, Martha

November 27, 1939 - December 13, 2018

Martha was born in Vancouver, B.C. and was John & Misa Katsuta’s only child. The Japanese family was forced to move to Raymond, Alberta in 1942. Martha attended school in Raymond and after graduation attended Montana State University in Missoula, Montana. On graduation Martha worked for Eaton’s in Lethbridge, Department of Justice in Ottawa and the United Nations from 1964 to 1995 in the Division of General Assembly Affairs. She retired to Kelowna, B.C. and knew how fortunate she was to be living in the Okanagan valley after seeing all the suffering, poverty and destruction in other countries that have so many political, economic and social problems.

Martha has established an endowment fund with the Central Okanagan Foundation for the support of women and children around the world. She has also supported a room in JoeAnna’s House with the Kelowna General Hospital and helped support a soup kitchen in New York run by the sisters at Fraternite Notre Dame. She had a wonderful sense of humor and accepted her fate with apraxia, her only complaint was “Getting old sucks!”

Martha, always frugal, requested that final expenses be minimal, that she be cremated with no service and her ashes placed beside her parents in Raymond. In lieu of any flowers or cards, donations may be made to any charity of your choice.


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