Satsuki "Sats" Ishida Nemoto

July 15, 1928November 29, 2018
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Satsuki “Sats” Ishida Nemoto, 90, passed away on November 29 in Kaneohe. Sats is a charter member of Kailua Christian Church (UCC) and was a devout Christian. She was born on the island of Hawaii, graduated from Hilo High School, and subsequently from Queen’s Hospital School of Nursing. Sats was a Public Health Nurse and ended her career as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at the State of Hawaii Health Department. She had Parkinson’s Disease and was retired for over 30 years. Sats is survived by her husband Carl Miki Nemoto, children Ada Lynn Braum, Nathan Nemoto, and Elizabeth Reed (Kevin), 7 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild, and sisters Tamae (Masaru) Shindo and Kaoru (Tsukasa) Ishii.

Visitation 10:00 am Saturday January 19, 2019 at Borthwick Mortuary Mauka Chapel 1330 Maunakea St., Service at 11:00 am. Casual attire, no flowers.


  • Visitation Saturday, January 19, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 19, 2019

Satsuki "Sats" Ishida Nemoto

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Kyle Reed

January 27, 2019

I don't have many memories of Grandma Sats in person. We visited her a few times, but most of my memories of her were conversations over the phone. But still, the conversations were always full of love and warmth. I remember my mom would always have me and Katie pick a song she'd like and then practice it to sing to her together. She always loved it, no matter how well or how badly we sang. After the song, she'd always ask me how I was doing and what I was doing in school, and she'd always listen no matter what I had to say. When I mentioned I was going to college to study the brain, she said she wished me luck so I would find a cure for Parkinson's. I guess I couldn't find one in time, but I know she'd forgive me in a heartbeat. That's just the kind of person she was.

Paul Brennan

January 26, 2019

Chosen Vessel
Humble, Faithful, Supportive, Generous, Kind, Prayerful . . .

Synonymous with the best that Kailua Christian Church stands for was "Sats," as we called her - - a vessel, strong and useful and adaptable.

I was privileged to know her over more than a thirty year span, and regardless of changing circumstances, her love for Christ, her family, and her church never wavered.

What a vessel!

Chris Matsumoto

January 24, 2019

Our heartfelt sympathies go out to you in the passing of Sats. I knew her when I was a teenager at Kailua Christian Church and have fond memories of being at your home in Lanikai (Carl was the Youth Fellowship Advisor). I looked up to Sats, not only because she was a devout Christian, but also because she was an excellent Public Health Nurse and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She encouraged me when I went into Public Health Nursing. We corresponded for many years at Christmas, sending each other greeting cards. I sent her family photo greeting cards, so that she could see our two sons grow up. One day, my greeting card was returned without a forwarding address. I lost touch with her. Many years later, I found out that she had Parkinson's disease and that she and Carl had moved to Pohai Nani. I never stopped thinking about them. They had such an impact on my life.

Sats lived a full life. She is now in God's presence. May the Lord comfort you and give you peace, hope, and strength as only He can.

Craig Austin

January 24, 2019

Sats held a special place in the heart of my late wife, Evelyn. For years she shared her time and love with Evelyn's mother Shigeno Nishida in her later years, when she was often alone for much of the day. Sats was a very special person and beloved for her caring, generous spirit.

Carol Larm-Soma

January 24, 2019

"To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die." Thomas Campbell

We will always remember Sats for her boundless warmth and kindness, and as the smiling face that first welcomed us to Kailua Christian Church. She was such a beautiful woman, both inside and out. While we feel great sadness for your family's loss, we can feel only great joy for Sats as she continues on in the Lord's care.

Carreen Kurihara

January 24, 2019

My aunty was a most wonderful person. When I became a new mom with Matt she would stop by my house often to check on him and see how I was doing. She always told me I was a "natural mother." Whether true or not it sure gave me confidence, and I loved her for that. She of course did all sorts of other things for me over the years, too many to mention. When they downsized and moved to Pohai Nani she gave me all her ikebana stuff, a lot of beautiful vases and kenzan (those needle flower holders), her water lily plant (growing nicely by my front door), those Chinese footstools, and lots of other things. Plus over the years she gave me paintings; those are hanging in my home now. I think of all the kids, you've inherited her joy of life and her happy ways. And aren't those just the greatest gifts?

David Nemoto

January 22, 2019

I remember visiting Grandma a lot when I was younger. During school breaks, or over the weekend, my sister and I would go to our grandparent's house, it was like our second home. Looking back on it, grandma always took care of us, even if we didn't realize it back then. As I got older, I came by less, but Grandma's love still remained the same. She encouraged me to strengthen my faith in God, and always believed in me and my future choices of career. Seeing the positive impact she had on our family as well as others in the community made me blessed to be a part of her life.

Jean Miyaji

January 22, 2019

The ring of Sat's laughter will always be with me giving me joy.

Susie Hessburg

January 20, 2019

Growing up on Lapa street was very special. We were so lucky to have truly special neighbors up and down the whole street. The Nemotos were one of those families!
Sats always made neighbor kids feel right at home. I remember she had the kindest voice and a sweet chuckle back then, and over the many years when I came back to visit. I also admired her strong faith and her genuine spirit throughout those years. These are a few of the many things I will never forget about Sats Nemoto. I know she will be missed by everyone.

Aaron Braum

January 11, 2019

Grandma always had my back. She was always thinking of ways to help her children and grandchildren. Grandma used to play with me as a baby to see if I was developing at a normal rate (this is what my mom told me). I wasn't standing or walking by the time I was almost two, so she made some phone calls and used her medical contacts to get me into a physical therapy program. I was finally able to stand and walk several months later, so she pulled some more strings to have me put into a State program that worked with children. When I was three, I was transferred to the Barbers Point Elementary preschool class. Grandma was always behind the scenes making sure I was okay. She was like my Guardian Angel. I wouldn't be the person I am today without her help. In fact, I believe she is still my Guardian Angel watching me from above.


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