Adela Takeko Shiraishi
Adela Shiraishi (ne Nakayama), 98, of Honolulu, Hawaii, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, December 21, 2019. She was born to Jinshichi Nakayama and Shigeko Kobayashi on September 8, 1921 in Los Angeles. Adela was predeceased by her loving husband Shigeo, eldest son Randy, and younger sister Mae. Adela led a full life with a large family, surrounded by love, lots of adventures, and many hobbies. She grew up in Orange County, California and endured hardships in her life, including being interned with her family at Poston Relocation Camp, Arizona during WWII. Despite such adversity, she remained resilient and optimistic about her life. After the war, she and her family moved to Minneapolis where Adela found employment at a printing company. The skills she learned there benefited her and her family for many years - she helped support the family by working at the Mercantile Printing Company of Honolulu until she retired. The move to Minnesota proved fortunate indeed, as this is where she met the love of her life at a USO dance at Camp Savage. Adela and Shigeo married on January 27, 1946 and raised four children in Hawaii Cynthia Lorraine, Randolph Merrill, Steven Roy, and Robert Sueo. While raising these four sometimes mischievous children, Adela managed to feed her many artistic talents. She was a master at flower arrangement and proud of the hard-earned certificate she received after five years of training. Her beautiful Chinese brush paintings are treasured by her children and grandchildren. Adela and Shigeo loved travel and saw many countries together during their retirement. Adela is survived by three of her children, nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and many loving family and friends. Her family wishes to thank all those who cared for her during her last days and those who enriched her long, healthy life. A Memorial Service to honor the life of Adela will be held at Mililani Mortuary, Makai Chapel, on Sunday, February 16, 2020. Visitation, open to family & friends, will begin at 10:00 a.m., followed by a service & luncheon at 11:00 a.m.
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased