OBITUARY

Aiko Ono Rodgers

February 27, 1925May 14, 2019
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Aiko (Ono) Rodgers of Marblehead, Massachusetts, 94, passed away on Tuesday, May 14th, at Massachusetts General Hospital following a brief illness.

She was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Emerson B. “Bunny” Rodgers. Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1925, Aiko was the daughter of Mitsugi Ono and Chiyoko (Iijima) Ono of Kyushu and Sado Island, Japan. Aiko was raised in Tokyo and Yokohama, and was trained as a seamstress. Aiko was the oldest of seven children. Because of her English skills, she worked for the U.S. Army during the Korean War, where she met her future husband, Bunny. They were married in 1954 and moved to Marblehead following Bunny’s honorable discharge from the U.S. military, and where they lived until their passing.

Aiko practiced and taught various Japanese arts, including calligraphy, flower arranging, and the tea ceremony. The latter was to become one of her life’s passions and prompted her to return to Japan on a number of occasions to receive specialized training and to be awarded her teacher’s certification and the honorary name, “Somi.” She was active in the Boston Chapter of the Urasenke Tea Society, most recently serving as a teacher and advisor. Over the years, Aiko was well known for her Japanese gardening skills, which she cultivated with her husband until his passing.

Aiko is survived by her two sisters, Asoko and Sumiko, and her brother, Shin. She is also survived by her two sons, Kenneth S. Rodgers, and his wife, Dianne M. Rodgers of Marblehead, and Allan S. Rodgers, and his wife Mary Alice McKenzie of Colchester, Vermont; her sister-in law Anne (Rodgers) Glass and her husband Emery Glass; and, her five grandchildren, Benjamin W. Rodgers, Samuel R. Rodgers, and Margaret A. Rodgers, all of Vermont; Cassandra O. Rodgers, and Veronica L. Rodgers, both of Marblehead.

A Memorial Funeral Service will be held at Eustis and Cornell of Marblehead, 142 Elm Street on Saturday, June 15 at 11AM. An online guestbook for Aiko is available at www.eustisandcornellfuneralhome.com

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, June 15, 2019

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Charles Weyerhaeuser

June 12, 2019

Aiko Somi Rodgers will be much missed by the staff of the Art Complex Museum. For many years Aiko performed the Way of Tea in a beautiful, graceful way sharing a Japanese custom for our American audience. Our thanks go to her and to the Urasenke, Boston Chapter for enriching our Asian programming.

dave millett

May 30, 2019

What a wonderful lady. Her involvement in the Stroke Survivors Club at Salem Hospital was so reflective of her willingness to help others and to guide each person to their next level of healing. She welcomed all and was welcomed by all. Such a loss to our world but I am sure that she and Bunny are again, teaming up to watch over their children and grand children whom they so love. God's Blessings to her family.

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