Aileen Koon Lin Chang “Nana” Suzuki

Posted On October 24th, 2010 -


OCT. 24, 1919 – OCT. 3, 2010

Aileen, who was also known as Eileen, was the ultimate Mother, Grandmother, Aunt and Friend to all. She traveled between Hawaii and China with her family where she established many lifelong friends through the years. She attended schools in China and also became a Roosevelt High School student here in Honolulu, Hawaii.

She worked as an accounting clerk at various businesses on O’ahu such as The Queen’s Hospital, The Kahala Hilton Hotel (as it was called in those days), Lone Star Hawaii and finally retired from Hawaiian Cement at the age of 67. Friends and co-workers recall her lively humor. She often would participate in costume contests and won many times. She was truly loyal, dedicated and appreciative to each and every person she worked with.

Everyone affectionately called her NANA. She enjoyed the many family activities such as camping, renting of country homes, hotels (especially the Turtle Bay Hotel), parties, playing cards and traveling with the family.

Nana’s unselfish interest in helping those who needed her was amazing. She listened and cared for all, family and friends, with unconditional compassion. She was also a creative arts person. She liked to design and sew quilts as a hobby. She gifted most of the quilts to family and friends she loved.

Nana is survived by sisters, Alavana Lee, Beth Bosworth, daughters, Cynthia Maeva (Saafi), Margaret “Maggie”Joy (George), Glenice “Gleni” Brown, and son Grant Suzuki (Baha). Eleven, grandchildren, Vini Joy (Darlene), Jim Joy (Shelly), Debra Joy, Dean Maeva (Makani), David Maeva, Shannon Chu, Kaui Chu, Preston Chu, Nani Brown, Matthew Suzuki and Trevor Suzuki. She is also survived by 19 great-grandchildren.

Nana was bedridden for nearly five years before she was called to Heaven. We will truly miss her! However, we know that she is Happy and at peace with our Lord and Savior!

Nana, Thank you for giving us many precious memories. We love you and will look forward to meeting with you again someday.
A Hui Hou!

Visitation at Hawaiian Memorial Chapel at 9:30 a.m. and burial at The Valley of the Temples at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 27, 2010.

- Denotes U.S. Military Veteran