ForeverMissed
The interment of Momoko will be held on May 29 at 3 PM at Rose Hill Cemetery outside of Los Angeles California. Please feel free to join us at the ceremonyInterment of Momoko will be held on May 29 at 3 PM at Rose Hills Cemetery outside of Los Angeles California. Please feel free to join us at the ceremonyThis Memorial website is created to celebrate the memories of a great woman “Momoko”. We ask you please leave your memories and photographs of Momoko on this site. To be shared with all our friends and family.

Because of Covid-19 there will not be a formal gathering in person to celebrate Momoko’s life at this time. In the future, we will have a Zoom memorial for the memory of Momoko.

By leaving your memories on this site we capture your email address and we will notify you of the memorial when plans are made.

The family ask you instead of flowers and cards please leave your memories here on this site. If you would like to make a donation, please make your donations, in Momoko's memory: Too:

SGI-USA Chicago Buddhist Center
1455 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605

The interment of Momoko was held on May 29, 2021 at 3pm located at Rose Hill Cemetery 3888 Workman Mill Road, Whittier, CA 90601. 







Posted by Alfredrick Bailey on June 3, 2021
Momoko will live in our hearts forever. We shared an eternal bond.  Her sincere efforts for the advancement of America kosen-rufu will never be forgotten and will live on forever. She was truly a champion of the people!

Sincerely,
The Bailey Family
Posted by Elizabeth Gross on May 22, 2021
Dear Momoko.  Thank you for all your encouragement and positive support.  You made a huge impact on my life over thirty years.  You were always so generous and happy.  I especially treasure those early years when we had to work in unity to create the first district downtown.  I was also able to meet your wonderful husband during that time. I will always fondly remember all you did for me and the members.  And we will always be grateful to you and embrace you with our prayers for eternity. Much love to you and your husband, who helped so much behind the scenes. Thank you for setting such a great example. 
Posted by Christopher H Smith on April 25, 2021
Momoko - I didn't realize that the last time thst I would see you, was when we ran into each other at Northwestern Hospital last fall. You were a very gracious and consider Lady, a awesome comrade in faith. I will miss you. 
Posted by Mike Krystyn on April 25, 2021
To Momoko & her extended family. Since I first embraced Nichiren Buddhism, you Momoko were a constant and inspiring example of dignity, kindness and love. This memory of your life has caused tears of joy that opened my heart wider once again. Thank you so much for creating this community of words. The whole wide world needs more of this example every day. With immense determination, gratitude and appreciation, I am sending abundant prayers to you, your family and the eternal happiness of all. Sincerely, Mike Krystyn
Posted by Linda Hasegawa on April 25, 2021
Momoko-san took good care of our sons when they were born. 40years later Mike is ER doctor in Austin TX with three children, Erick is Lawyer in Irvine CA we appreciate you very much for all your love, help and support. We will remember you as always and love you forever! Thank you very much.
Kenji & Linda Hasegawa
Posted by Lynn Osborne-Simmons on April 24, 2021
Gentle, graceful, loving.....
Always encouraging youth and inspiring us with your beautiful example of steadfast faith!!!!
Posted by Earnest Jones on April 22, 2021
Condolences to the family. She will be truly missed,
but forever remembered in our hearts.
Posted by ROBYN ROBERTS on April 22, 2021
Beautiful MOMOKO was a powerful Ambassador for the Soka Gakkai, Value Creation Society in every area of her life and with every person which she interacted. Unwavering in her commitment, she was one of Soka Gakkai's most invaluable and loving Women's Division Leaders. She was remarkably generous with her time, resources, wit and wisdom. Momoko genuinely enjoyed helping others create a better life through her vision of Nichiren Buddhism. Thank you Momoko for the the time we spent together, you will be sorely missed by me and so many others. I hope you are as near to Nichiren Daishonin as you wish to be. With blessings and gratitude for having known you. Godspeed Momoko

Robyn Roberts
Posted by Lavarro Greer on April 22, 2021
I wish I would have met you because of all the wonderful things I'm hearing about your life and how you shared it so generously with others. I'm happy for your life. Rest up because I know we'll see each other again. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo
Posted by Susan Harris on April 21, 2021
Momoko was one of the most giving and generous people I have ever known. I practiced with her for many years when I lived close to her in Chicago. When my mother died in 2003, Momoko hosted a beautiful memorial for her in her home. I will miss her.
Posted by Fuji Chu on April 22, 2021
Dear Momoko San,
Thank you so much for everything you did to bring hope and impart courage to so many lives. I offer my gratitude and deepest prayers for your onward journey. We are eternally together! I am sure you must be so eager to take birth again and get into action of spreading hope and victory!
Love and respect forever!
Fuji Chu ❤️
Posted by Shamit Tyagi on April 22, 2021
Dear Momoko San,
I have never met you in person but have heard so much about you from our very dear friend Fuji San. I offer my deepest gratitude to you for everything you did for so many people and brought joy and hope to their lives. I’ll forever pray for your eternal happiness! We’ll meet at the eagle peak! Thank you so much!
Posted by Naomi Sheridan on April 21, 2021
Thank you for always being amazing, a shining light for all! You touched so many hearts with your life condition and your ability to make the 'impossible possible'. You will be missed...
Posted by Machiko Hatayama on April 21, 2021
ももこさん 本当にありがとうございました。
私は貴方から大きな大きな菩薩の心と愛を頂きました。
FNCCのBookstoreで個人的にお会いしてから何年になるのでしょうか。。。
ご一緒させて頂いた日々は私の黄金の思い出です。
主人共々本当に感謝申し上げます。合掌
Posted by Yukihisa Hatayama on April 21, 2021
私は姉のように慕っていました。私と妻をとっても可愛がってくれました。
日本から友人が来ると、ボートにも乗せてくれました。シカゴとフロリダに自宅があって、冬はフロリダで過ごしていました。
たいした店でもない私のレストランに、大勢の人を連れてきてくれたり……。
いつも気にかけていただきました。
シカゴの自宅へ押しかけてたり、いつも歓待してくれました。そんな彼女、逝ってしまいました。突然です。あんなに元気だったのに……。今でも信じられません。
今年の2月、みんなで私のレストランに来てくれて、私の料理を美味しいと喜んで食べてくれました。それが最後の別れになるとは……。
Posted by Elizabeth Jia on April 20, 2021
Momoko was always so happy and cheerful whenever I saw her. She participated at the 2018 International Woman’s Associates China Gala, she was such a generous person with an open and friendly warm heart ❤️
Posted by Jeff Alexander on April 20, 2021
On behalf of the entire Chicago Symphony Orchestra family and from me personally, I send condolences for the passing of dear Momoko-san. What a special lady she was; always so cheerful and enthusiastic, warm, caring, friendly and generous. Keiko and I will forever be grateful for getting to know her after our move to Chicago. She was a dear, dear friend. We have such wonderful memories with her, and thank her for making our lives brighter. Whether in Chicago or on a CSO tour in Europe or Asia, being with Momoko-san was always such a joy. May she rest in peace and may her memory be a blessing.
Posted by Susan Hanes on April 20, 2021
My heartfelt sympathy to the family of Momoko. It was my joy to have met her through IWA. She was a lovely, funny, and charming lady and will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure to have known her.
Posted by Linda Flaum on April 20, 2021
It is with sadness that I send this condolence to the family of Momoko.
My family shared many beautiful moments with Momoko and she was always so kind and generous to all of us. She will be deeply missed but I know she is singing and smiling with joy as she looks upon all of us. Thank you so much for your friendship.
Posted by Russell Steiner on April 17, 2021
Dear Momoko, your life brought light into many people's lives with your joy and happiness that you spread around the world. You touched many lives around the world leaving a positive and warm memory of you. You are so kind and loving to my dad, my siblings and me. You will greatly be missed as there is a big hole in my heart from your passing. In loving memory Russell

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Posted by Alfredrick Bailey on June 3, 2021
Momoko will live in our hearts forever. We shared an eternal bond.  Her sincere efforts for the advancement of America kosen-rufu will never be forgotten and will live on forever. She was truly a champion of the people!

Sincerely,
The Bailey Family
Posted by Elizabeth Gross on May 22, 2021
Dear Momoko.  Thank you for all your encouragement and positive support.  You made a huge impact on my life over thirty years.  You were always so generous and happy.  I especially treasure those early years when we had to work in unity to create the first district downtown.  I was also able to meet your wonderful husband during that time. I will always fondly remember all you did for me and the members.  And we will always be grateful to you and embrace you with our prayers for eternity. Much love to you and your husband, who helped so much behind the scenes. Thank you for setting such a great example. 
Posted by Christopher H Smith on April 25, 2021
Momoko - I didn't realize that the last time thst I would see you, was when we ran into each other at Northwestern Hospital last fall. You were a very gracious and consider Lady, a awesome comrade in faith. I will miss you. 
Recent stories

Momoko and the consul general

Shared by Sarah Lipman on April 22, 2021
I worked for a company called Pierbusseti and we shared office space with the Consul General of Monaco for the midwest, which was Robert.  This was in the late 1980's.  I had been an SGI member for awhile and was still in youth division.  For the opening reception Momoko dressed in the most gorgeous kimono.For many years after whenever I saw her, she always greeted me most warmly.  We often crossed paths at activities, especially sewing committee.  Always smiling.
Shared by Jean Hutson on April 19, 2021
Dearest friend - you will be much missed. You had the kindest heart, the most giving soul and the most beautiful smile. You were always happy. 

Thank you for being my inspiration. Nam Myoho Renge Kyo.

Love Jeanie

My first meeting Momoko

Shared by Russell Steiner on April 18, 2021
My father met Momoko in Japan on a business trip. They fell in love in Japan even though neither one could speak the same language. Other than the language of love.
Momoko followed my father back to Chicago from Japan. Unknown to her she did not know at first that my father had four children. Our first meeting was in Florida. From there we traveled on to the Bahamas for a family vacation. This was our first opportunity for all of us to meet each other. From memory I think this is around 1971