Ocean Beach 11


Joann Barbara Naruko

August 17, 1947 ~ March 30, 2019 (age 71)

I was given the gift of life, and now have to give it back.  This is a difficult thing to do.  But I want to be remembered as someone who lived in the present, someone that had no regrets.  I was first diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March, 2013.  Lucky for me, it was diagnosed early as far as pancreatic cancer goes and after surgery and chemotherapy, I was given the gift of five more years.  I returned to life as I knew it and lived it to the max with no regrets!  – dinners with family and friends, trips with my daughters and their families, working out at the gym, trips with friends, birthday and Christmas celebrations.  I was able to watch my Grandchildren grow.  The cancer almost became a thing of the past.  Unfortunately, it returned and was found to be metastatic in 2018.  More chemo – but this time it was more difficult.  I soldiered through though, determined to buy myself just a little more time.  Although I can say without hesitation that I lived a full and happy life with no regrets, cancer is powerful and it became a battle I could no longer win.  I fought long and hard, but now the suffering is over and I am at peace.  I have rejoined my soulmate and husband, Kenji, my sister Wanda, my mother, Dorothy, along with many other loved ones. 

I am Joann Barbara Naruko, age 71 and I peacefully left this world on Saturday March 30, 2019 in Moorpark, CA while on vacation surrounded by family and friends.  I was born on August 17, 1947 in Culver City, CA and spent the last decade living with my daughter and her family in Maple Grove, MN.  I am survived by my daughters, Kim Naruko-Stewart (husband, Matt) and Kristin Naruko (husband, Michel), seven grandchildren (Jakob 16, Emma 14, Piper 12, Eliana 10, Aiden 8, Luca 7 and Max 4), father, Robert and step-mother, Joyce. 

 A Celebration of Life Memorial service will be held at 2pm on Friday April 19 at David Lee Funeral Home 1220 Wayzata Blvd East, Wayzata, MN 55391. There will be a visiting hour before the service with snacks served after the service. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the American Cancer Society.

© 2019 David Lee Funeral Home & Cremation Services. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS