THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Toyoko M. Todzy
Issue Date: December 5, 2013
Toyoko M. Todzy, 79, of Rochester, Minnesota passed away peacefully at Cottagewood Senior Communities on Monday, November 25, 2013 with family and Seasons Hospice staff attending.
She was born in Okinawa to Sakuyu and Yoishi in 1933 and grew up eating pineapples, swimming in the ocean, telling stories of tsunamis and of the WWII invasion. She spent her first 34 years of life in Okinawa until 1967, where she met and married Marine Sgt Roger Todzy. The couple moved to Wagner, WI and eventually Crivitz, WI where Toyoko was a stay-at-home Mom of four children.
With nearly all of the children grown and out of the house, she kept busy working part-time in the community at the high school, museum, nursing home, and Town Hall. As her health waned in later years, Toyoko moved to Rochester to live near her daughter. Toyoko enjoyed gardening, reading the newspaper, playing bingo, winning at the casino, watching TV and John Wayne movies. In her last years, she demonstrated a great sense of humor and touched everyone with her peace and warmth.
Toyoko is survived by her three older brothers in Okinawa, Japan: Sakubun, Yoichi, Tutomu and one younger sister Asako in Washington D.C., four children: Marie Graham (Todd), Terry Todzy (Laurie Knapp), Roger Todzy (Michelle), and Susan Todzy (Corey Coverston), and four grandchildren: Meghan Todzy, Logan Graham, Nathan Todzy, and Caitlyn Todzy. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Yoneko.
The Memorial Service will be held Saturday, November 30th from 1 p.m. 3 p.m. at the Cottagewood Senior Communities in Rochester with Chaplain Lincoln Engelbert officiating. Online condolences may be sent to the family at email@example.com. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Cottagewood, Seasons Hospice, Dr. Timothy Wilson, Mayo Clinic staff, and the Cremation Society of Minnesota for all their compassionate and genuine care; you all truly made a difference.