Helen H. Ching Chow
Helen Hase Chow (94) of Kaneohe, HI and Petaluma, CA, passed away on May 15, 2020 in Kaneohe. Helen was born in 1925, in Hanford, CA, one of 9 children born to Goichi and Ura Hase. Upon graduation from Hanford High School, she earned a BA in Social Welfare at UC Berkeley, & attended the San Francisco Theological Seminary. She married Frederick Ching in 1956 and they lived in Petaluma, CA. She worked in several office positions at Petaluma High School. Following Frederick's death in 1990, she married Thomas Chow in 1992. Helen lived a full and joyful life, devoted to serving her family and God. Subjected to discrimination of the Japanese and interned in Jerome, AK, she never allowed this to make her bitter. She loved the theater and opera. Helen made numerous trips to CA and Las Vegas and visited many states and 24 countries. She took great pride in the accomplishments of her family, making it a priority to attend their milestone events. She was also well-known for her laugher and her cooking.
Helen has left a rich legacy and is survived by her loving husband, Thomas Chow; 3 children: Gordon (Anna) Ching of Riverbank, CA; Dr. Stephen (Dr. Lori Kam) Ching of Folsom, CA; Kristel (Mark) Larsen of Bloomington, IL; 4 step-children: Susan (David) Todani of Honolulu; Kathy Pang of Honolulu; Clifford (Nara) Chow of Kula; and Darryl Chow of Honolulu; 15 grandchildren; & 3 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Dr. Ruth Matsuura of Hilo.
Ashes will be scattered in the waters off a family home on Oahu during a private family ceremony.
Arrangements Provided By: Oahu Mortuary
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