Jane (Nami) Hinatsu, 86, a resident of The Dalles, Ore., died at home Friday, Aug. 23, 2013.
She was born Sept. 22, 1926 in Portland, Ore., the youngest of eight children to Ichiro and Ito (Hiraoka) Kawamoto. She was raised and educated in Oregon.
When the war broke out in 1942, she was relocated to the Minidoka Relocation Center near Twin Falls, Idaho, where she graduated from high school and later from Western Business College in Portland.
On Dec. 6, 1952, she and Vic Hinatsu were married in Portland. She worked for various insurance offices in The Dalles, including a long period with H.F. Mckee Insurance before she and Vic owned and operated Harry’s Radio and TV in The Dalles. Her husband of 53 years died in 2005.
She was an avid Mariners fan, was active in Wahtonka Boosters, enjoyed gardening and helped with the local election board for many years.
She is survived by her son, Steve Hinatsu and his wife Shelley, The Dalles; daughter Joan Riese and her husband Greg, Yakima, Wash.; grandchildren Derek Hinatsu, The Dalles; Melia Hinatsu, Portland; Kristen Hinatsu, Corvallis; Joel and his wife Hitomi Riese, Kumamoto, Japan; and Beth Riese, Seattle; great-grandchild Leah Nami Riese, Kumamoto, Japan; brother George Kawamoto of Burley, Idaho; brothers-in-law Norm Hinatsu, Michigan; Dan Hinatsu, Portland; and Sam Hinatsu, Los Angeles, Calif. She is also survived by nieces and nephews who were very special throughout the years, her long-time neighbors and her church family at Faith Lutheran Church in The Dalles. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and three sisters.
Services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 14, at Faith Lutheran Church in The Dalles.
Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Lutheran Church, 2810 West 10th, The Dalles, OR 97058 or to Heart of Hospice.
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