Mutsu Shishida, age 90, passed away in Los Angeles on December 26, 2020 from complications of Covid. A 25-year Los Angeles resident, she was born in Niigata, Japan in 1930 and married MIS veteran William “Bill” Shishida and moved to Chicago as a war bride, where she lived for 45 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband Bill, and will be remembered by son Mark Shishida and his wife Kathryn, siblings in Japan, grandchildren Koko Shishida, Krista (Cesar) Saldivia, and Tatum (Franklin) Gonzalez and their families, and many nephews and nieces in the U.S. and Japan. We loved her, and will miss her dearly.
Mutsu was a longtime and active resident at Tokyo Towers in Little Tokyo, L.A. She was an Urasenke Chado School of Tea Ceremony teacher to many in Chicago and Los Angeles, an accomplished Japanese cook, skilled in Ikebana flower arranging, played the Japanese koto instrument; enjoyed needlework including Sashiko, Japanese folk singing, and was a voracious reader. She was a member of the Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple in Los Angeles and the Buddhist Temple of Chicago; and went on The Shikoku Pilgrimage.
Funeral services will be held in Chicago later in 2021 when pandemic conditions allow family and friends to safely gather. She will be buried next to her husband Bill, who has been waiting 40 years for her.