Susie Shizuko (Higa) Ishikawa

Posted On September 29th, 2010 -


Age 83, died of complications following respiratory failure on Thursday, September 16, 2010. She was born on July 10, 1927 in Kahaluu, HI. to Kamezo and Kana Higa, both deceased. Sue was a devoted mother, faithful and hard working wife.

After graduation from Benjamin Parker High, she attended nursing school at The Independence Sanitarium and Hospital, located in Independence, Missouri. She earn-ed her certification as an RN and served many years in various capacities with hospitals, health care facilities, and with the State of Hawaii, Department of Health where she retired in 1982. She was an ordained minister for the Community of Christ church and was a passionate advocate for the gospel of Jesus Christ. As an ‘Elder’ of the church, she devoted much time ministering to people. Love of family, music, and education were important to her and she was proud of her Okinawan heritage.

Sue married Walter S. Ishikawa, her husband of 57 years and together, they raised four children in a loving, Christian home. She is survived by her brother, Randy Yeitoku Higa; husband, Walter Ishikawa; sons Rex S. Ishikawa (wife Kathryn), Cyrus S. Ishikawa, John S. Ishikawa (wife Lori), as well as daughter Fay S. (Ishikawa) Van Buskirk (husband Allen). Addi-tionally 9 grandchildren, and 1 great-granddaughter, as well as nieces, nephews, and extended family.

She is preceded in death by sisters Yoshiko Oshiro, Haruko Shinsato, Betty Matsuko Tokuhara, Lillian Toshiko Arakawa, and brothers Toshio, Thomas Taro, Alan Yeisuke, Edward Yeikichi, Lester Yeiichi, and Martin Higa, as well as grandson, Jarom K. Ishikawa.

The family thanks the staff at Castle Medical Center, as well as those who will help them remember their kind and loving wife, mother, grandmother and auntie.

The memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 2, 11:00 A.M. at Hosoi Garden Mortuary, 30 N Kukui Street in Honolulu, with a meal to follow. Family visitation starts at 10:00 AM. A private graveside service will be held at Diamond Head Cemetery on Monday, October 11, 2010.

- Denotes U.S. Military Veteran