Pat Aiko Amino
Pat Aiko Amino (nee Suzuki) passed away
peacefully on March 18, 2016 in Evanston, Illinois at the age of 85. Born
in Los Angeles, CA to Yo and Hanako Suzuki, Aiko spent her early childhood
in the Boyle Heights neighborhood with her sisters Shizu, Sumi, Yuri and
Hide. The family was placed in an internment camp in Poston, AZ during
WWII and relocated to Chicago at the end of the war.
Aiko enjoyed participating in sports and clubs at Waller High School.
She graduated from secretarial school on a scholarship and worked for
the Vice President of Cosmopolitan National Bank. She later became the
manager at Heiwa Terrace, a retiree residence in Chicago.
Aiko was well known for her thoughtfulness and generosity. Her sense of
humor, easy smile and contagious laughter lit up the room and made people
feel at ease. She lovingly raised her 3 children, adored spending time
with her grandchildren and was an active volunteer at the schools and
in the community. She maintained a genuine warmth and caring that won
the trust and hearts of many. Her gift of joy will never be forgotten.
Aiko is survived by her beloved husband of 62 years, Yosh; sisters Yuri
Nishioka and Hide Tekawa, children Kimberly (Eric), Mitchell (Dawna) and
Jill (Mark); grandchildren Zachary, Casey, Connor, Mari, Brendon, Brooklynn,
Hali and Kati; and many dear nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 3, 2016 from 1-3 and a Celebration
of Life service at 3 pm at Lakeview Funeral Home, 1458 W. Belmont Ave.,
Info – 773-472-6300 or www.lakeviewfuneralhome.com.
Donations in Aiko’s memory may be made to the Japanese American Service
Committee, 4427 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640 or to a charity of