April 24, 1950 – July 2, 2019
Jun Takahashi of West Bloomfield passed away July 2, 2019 at 69 years of age.
She was born Izumozaki in Niigata, Japan as the first daughter of Masaei and Tsugino Kumakura. Her father developed mountain area in Shibata City to make an orchard after returning from Manchuria after WWII. Because of that, she spent most of her teenage years in a remote mountain area before graduating from High School.
She graduated top of her class from Yonekura Middle School, and placed into Shibata High School, where she met Matt. Jun was 15 and Matt was 17.
While Matt attended a university to earn his engineering degree, Jun finished high school and then worked at an oil company in Tokyo. Jun and Matt married after Matt's graduation from graduate school. They had two daughters, Rina and Kana.
In 1982 the family moved to New Rochelle, New York and in 1987 they moved to West Bloomfield, Michigan.
In order to learn English, Jun enrolled in a local high school and received her US High School diploma. She worked as a bilingual tutor at several elementary schools for ten years. She enjoyed traveling domestically as well as around the world with her family.
Jun was a member of the West Bloomfield Tennis Club for 30 years. She made many friends through her tennis, school activities and Non-Profit Organizations. She was very proud of her two daughters who both graduated from U of M.
Sadly in November of 2017 Jun was diagnosed with lung cancer.
Jun and Matt fought bravely and never gave up even after many visits to numerous hospitals, even out of state. Despite all their efforts, in June of 2019 Jun's physical condition drastically deteriorated. 2 ½ days before her last day, she lost the ability to stand or speak. She suffered incessantly from severe pain before her final moments where she suddenly became calm and slipped away surrounded by her loving family.
She will always be remembered for her kindness, patience and generosity.
Beloved wife of Matt. Loving mother of Rina Takahashi of San Francisco, California and Kana T. Noda of Waikiki, Hawaii. Proud grandmother of Paloma David of San Francisco, California. Daughter of Tsugino Kumakura and sister of Yuji Kumakura and Yoko Kubota who all reside in Japan.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at the Union Lake Chapel of the Elton Black & Son Funeral Home, 1233 Union Lake Road in White Lake from 2-8 pm with a funeral service and a time for sharing at 5:00 pm.
In honoring of the true spirit of Jun, the family has requested that you please wear bright colors to celebrate her life.
- Funeral Visitation Tuesday, July 9, 2019
- Funeral Service & Memory Sharing Tuesday, July 9, 2019
July 7, 2019
JUN san was always my brightness. You encouraged me all the times with big warm heart whenever I was in good or bad times. You are so special lady for me.
I miss you so much.
I will never forget your beautiful smile and your sweet heart in my memory.
Thank you so much Jun san. See you again somewhere.
Your friend Sanae