Lena Suyako Date

February 1921 – December 2011

Lena Date, 90, of Turlock/Modesto, passed away with her daughters by her side at Alexander Cohen Hospice House in Hughson after a long illness. Lena was born in El Monte, California to Harry and Yaeno Hananouchi. She grew up and spent her younger days migrating for work with her family throughout California and spent much of her time in Pescadero, California. In 1942, during World War II, her family was relocated to a horsestall at Tanforan Race Track in San Bruno then later sent to an internment camp in Topaz, Utah for the duration of the war. During the war Lena received permission to leave her family in the camp and go to work in Reno as a maid for Dr. & Mrs. Hood & Family. While working there she met and married the love of her life, Takashi “Tak” Date, who was working in Reno as a chauffeur-caretaker. They married in 1944 and shared their lives for 49 meaningful years before his death in 1993. During their marriage, Tak brought his bride back to the family farm in the community of Cortez, California, southeast of Turlock. She went to work at Christoffersen’s, Armour Foods, Banquet Foods, and retired in 1983 from Con-Agra Foods. Lena was an untiring housewife, farmer’s wife, line worker and dedicated mother to her 3 children. She also loved her dogs, and cats, and enjoyed camping, fishing, gardening, and gaming in Reno. She belonged to the following organizations: Cortez Presbyterian Church, Delhi Presbyterian Church, Shinwa Kai, and Karaoke Singing Group in Cortez.

Lena was preceded in death by her husband Takashi, sister Maybel (Frank) Date of Reno, Nevada, and best friend Mildred Gomez of Turlock. She is survived by her three children: Larry (Judy) Date of Turlock, Laura Date of Tracy, and Doris (Mike) Date-Burden of Modesto; three grandchildren: Michael Burden, Clifton Colburn, and SaraRose Colburn; brothers Isaac Hananouchi of Belmont, California and Mike (Kay) Hananouchi of San Mateo, and sister Micky (Frank) Yoshida of Turlock, and numerous cherished nephews and nieces.

Visitation for Lena will be at Allen Mortuary, 247 N. Broadway in Turlock, on Friday, December 16, 2011 from 5 to 7 pm. Funeral Service will be at Allen Mortuary on Saturday, December 17th, 11:00am. Burial will follow at Turlock Memorial Park. Donations may be made in her memory to Community Hospice, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95356.


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