Stillwater News Press

June 3, 2013

Fusa Otsuki


Stillwater NewsPress

— Former Stillwater resident, Fusa (Tomita) Otsuki, 93, died Monday, May 27, 2013, in Torrance, Calif.  Fusa was born in Proctor, Colo., on July 12, 1919, to Hiosaku and Ai Tomita and was the fourth of eight children. She grew up in the Logan County Colorado area and graduated from Iliff High School in 1937. She then attended Colorado State University on a 4-H scholarship and majored in home economics.

She married Henry Otsuki on Sept. 16, 1940.  They lived in Washington, D.C., and various cities in Kansas, including Garden City, before moving to Stillwater in 1958.  Fusa was a consummate homemaker and an accomplished seamstress, and she enjoyed cooking, bridge and bowling.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and was active in PTA, church circle, and the Agronomy Wives club. She was also a volunteer with the Meals on Wheels program.  Fusa worked in the Registrar’s Office at Oklahoma State University from 1966 until she retired in 1981.  

 In 2000, she moved to Wilmington, Del., where she lived until 2008, at which time she moved to Torrance, Calif.  

Fusa was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.  She will always be remembered for her gentle, kind, and generous spirit and her positive outlook on life.

She is survived by a son, Wayne Otsuki (Katrine) of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.; a daughter, Barbara Thayer (Chet) of Wilmington, Del.; three grandchildren, Jason Thayer (Rian), Brenda De Castro, and Jonathon Otsuki (Sayoko); a great-grandson, Henry Thayer; and a sister, Yone Nakagawa.

In addition to her husband, Henry, she was preceded in death by four sisters, Miyo, Mitsu, Fumi, and Halu, as well as two brothers, Theodore and George.

A memorial service will be held at Simpson United Methodist Church with interment at Olinger Highland  Cemetery in Denver, Colo.