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Born: Jun 28, 1938

Date of Passing: Nov 15, 2021

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June 28, 1938 - November 15, 2021

Daughter, wife, mother, baachan, aunt, retired teacher, matriarch, and maker of turkey dinners (each year better than the last), Christmas crepes, heavenly pies, and divine ice-cream – it is with deep sorrow that we announce your sudden death at the Winnipeg Heath Sciences Centre. Despite the best efforts of everyone in the operating room, your lung cancer and the surgery we thought would save you were trumped by the too-thin walls of the artery to your generous heart.
Predeceased by father David Kiyoshi Mizobuchi; mother Sadako (Inouye) Mizobuchi; and brother John Jun Mizobuchi (Minori).
Those left behind to ponder the mystery include: husband Norm; daughters, Naomi (Hiroshi Koshiyama) and Kimi (Steve Lawrie); grandchildren, Tomi and Remi Lawrie and Josie Smith-Weir (daughter of Megan and Jen); nephews Robert, Norman (Leila Wright) and Andrew Mizobuchi; grand-nieces, Rebecca and Allison Mizobuchi-Wright; best friend Jeannine (Dumont) Christopherson; the Borys Family, (Gladys, Greg, Sheila, Kelsey and Taryn); fine neighbours and many acquaintances.
We will remember you - your fondness for food, travel and tai chi, your Nordic walking poles, your generosity, fierceness and passionate denouncement of prejudice and discrimination, your (sometimes) reluctance to forgive or apologize (you had your reasons), your appreciation for honest, plain speaking, your laugh, your hospitality and your deep, deep love for your family. We are grateful for your 83 years on this sometimes turbulent earth and for your presence in our lives. May we live in your absence in ways that would make you continue to want to claim us.
Thank-you to all the health care practitioners over the years who enabled Sachi to live an active and joy filled life.
In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to the University of Winnipeg's Model School Program.
Cremation and private funeral have taken place. A memorial service and interment will be held on or around July 13, 2022. Details to be announced.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 20, 2021, Nov 20, 2021

Condolences & Memories (12 entries)

  • I’m so sorry to have heard only just now of your loss. My mother spoke often and fondly of Sachi, and treasured her friendship even though they no longer saw one another. My mother also passed on this December, and I like to think they are in heaven together, singing and laughing as they did when they were girls. - Posted by: Mary Mazur (My mother Louise (Stadelmeir) Mazur was a close childhood friend) on: Mar 12, 2023

  • NORM, Naomi and Kimi and family, we are extremely shocked to hear of Sachi’s passing, truly a major loss to everyone who knew her. She had a great sense of humour and always ready to help out with any situation, a great friend indeed. Our thoughts are with you during this time. We are so sorry for your loss. John & Bev Pellick - Posted by: John & Bev Pellick (colleague and friends) on: Nov 24, 2021

  • Dear Norm & family, so sorry to hear of Sacchi’s passing. She was always such a friendly person with a huge smile for everyone. We were together throughout all of our high school years. This is a very difficult time for you & the family. Please know that my thoughts & prayers are with you. With condolences. Lorraine - Posted by: Lorraine Kovachik (School chum) on: Nov 22, 2021

  • To: Norman & family, So sorry for your loss. Sending this with sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathy. Regards, Margaret Benoit - Posted by: Margaret (McDougald/Antonation) Benoit (Formally from Baldur, Manitoba; Knew the Guilbert Family) on: Nov 22, 2021

  • Norm, I'm so sorry to hear about Sachi and know what a hard time this must be for you and your family. Your memorial and video are such wonderful tributes to a life filled with love and purpose. Take care and keep that love with you forever. "What is grief, if not love persevering?" Vision - Posted by: gladys bellamy (friend) on: Nov 21, 2021

  • So sorry to hear about your loss. Condolences to the family. I fondly remember her friendly smile. Our thoughts are with you. I know it is especially challenging during these Covid times. - Posted by: Kevin Utsunomiya (Friend) on: Nov 21, 2021

  • Sending condolences to you Norm and all your family as you grieve your loss. I I feel sad hearing the news of Sachi's death and know the sadness you as a family experience at this time. I feel glad knowing how fortunate I have been to have met Sachi all those years ago. It was always a happy time when we met by chance to sit and have a coffee or to listen to the drummers in Old Market Square. I always felt special to be greeted with a bright smile and a warm hug and ,of course, the wish to see each other again . The obituary tribute to her legacy is evidence that there will be many memories to revisit and share over the coming days and weeks ahead. They will be a comfort to you all over many years. Thinking of you in sympathy at this difficult time. Shirley Augustine. - Posted by: Shirley Augustine (friend and colleague of Norm) on: Nov 20, 2021

  • Our condolences to Norm and family on your loss. You will all miss Sachi's warm and generous presence. Hopefully peace will come early and in time your thoughts of Sachi will bring a smile to your lips and a warmness in your hearts. We pray for you and yours. - Posted by: Vicki and Len Lazaruk (neighbourhood ) on: Nov 20, 2021

  • My sincere condolences to all in her family. I remember her from Taoist Tai Chi. She always smiled and welcomed people into her midst. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. I will keep her memory in my heart. May all who remember her be comforted by all the memories that they carry of her, whether family or friend. She leaves a legacy behind for others to carry. Many blessings for her life here. - Posted by: Donna Johnson (friend) on: Nov 20, 2021

  • Norm, Naomi and Kimi and family, so shocked and sad to hear of Sachi’s passing. I have great memories of fabulous meals at your place, she cooked the biggest turkeys I’ve ever seen and had many honest and educational conversations with Sachi. I know you and all that knew her will miss her dearly. You’re in my thoughts. Take care - Posted by: Melainie Stewart (Friend) on: Nov 20, 2021

  • Condolences to Norm and family and friends. - Posted by: Roy Kunicky (Family friends ) on: Nov 20, 2021

  • Condolences to Norm and family and friends. - Posted by: Roy Kunicky (Family friends ) on: Nov 20, 2021

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