Janet Naoko Kato
Jul 27, 1939 – Dec 28, 2015
Beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on December 28, 2015.
Janet was born in Seattle on July 27, 1939 to Hatsu and Kumaki Iwago. She was the middle of three sisters and during World War II, the family was interned in Minidoka Relocation Center in Idaho. The family returned to Seattle and Janet graduated from Garfield High School where she was a songleader and would go on to be a cheerleader for many family and friends later in life.
She graduated beauty school and worked as a hair dresser at I. Magnin and later provided many relatives with free haircuts, perms and advice. Although she did not hold a degree in education, she taught all those who knew her the true meaning of family and love.
She married Hideo Kato in 1961. As they raised three children her main profession became “Mother”. When the kids were grown, she worked at several wholesale showrooms in what is now the Pacific Market Center.
Janet was an excellent cook and loved good food. She was always excited to cheer on the Seahawks and Mariners, especially when they were winning. Most of all, she will be remembered for her huge heart, generosity and for being a great listener. Perhaps her one vice was gambling - she loved to play the slots.
Janet is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Hideo; son, Mark (Mary) Kato; daughters, Wendy Kato and Adrienne (Dane) Egenes. She is also survived by her sister Marion (Ronald) Ohira, countless friends, and numerous nieces and nephews many of whom she was like a second mom to. She is preceded in death by parents Hatsu and Kumaki Iwago and sister Lillian Yamamoto.
A celebration of Janet’s life will be held Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. at Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church, 3001 24th Ave S, Seattle, WA.
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