29 Sep Katie Inoway Misaka
Katie Inoway Misaka passed away peacefully at home on September 23, 2017 from pancreatic cancer. She will be remembered as a lady of grace, generosity, kindness, humor and faith. Katie was born in Lima, Ohio on September 7, 1928 to Jack Kurata Inoway and Toshiko Fujii Inoway. She moved to Salt Lake City after high school and attended the University of Utah, earning Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees with honors from the College of Education. She married Wat Misaka in 1952.
Katie was dedicated to education throughout her life. She taught kindergarten and junior high French at the William M. Stewart Laboratory School on the University campus, supervised secondary student teachers throughout the Salt Lake valley while raising her two children and taught second grade at Muir Elementary in Bountiful from 1973 until her retirement in 1994.
She was a devoted and actively-involved wife, mother and grandmother. She tutored, encouraged and supported her three grandchildren in their education and activities. She accompanied Wat to various events associated with his participation in sports, including as a member of the U of U’s 1944 NCAA and 1947 NIT basketball championship teams, the New York Knicks and the Japanese American National Bowling Association (JANBA). Katie maintained life-long relationships and correspondence with friends and relatives across the US and Japan. One of the highlights of her life was to visit her father’s 325-year old ancestral home near Hiroshima.
She is survived by husband, Wat; daughter, Nancy Umemura (Cary) and their son, Joel; son, Hank Misaka and his daughters, Kennah and Erin; sisters-in-law, Rita Inoway, Jeanette Misaka, Yayoi Misaka and their families; cousin, Yoko Azuma (Shoji) and other cousins in California and Japan. She was an active member of the Japanese Church of Christ in Salt Lake City. At her request, there will be no funeral. An informal Remembrance will be held Saturday, October 14, 2017 from Noon – 2:00 p.m. at Eldredge Manor, 564 West 400 North, Bountiful, Utah, where family and friends are welcome. Light dessert refreshments will be served. Our deepest gratitude to Dr. David Kuo, Malia Pomale and the staff at Canyon Hospice for their exceptional, loving care. Inurnment will be at City View Mortuary near her mother, Toshiko, and brother, Carl.