GLADSTONE - Yoko Ingebrigtsen, 85, died peacefully in her daughter's home on Monday, June 25, 2012, with her daughter present. Yoko was suffering from colon cancer. She had a home in Gladstone, but had stayed part of the year with her daughter, Pamela Gould, and son-in-law, Gerald, in Peachtree City. She had done this for 25 years with the last several years staying in Georgia fulltime.
Yoko was born in Tokyo, Japan, to Kanaiki and Kan Kouda. She had two brothers, Kicheru and Mamoro and three sisters, Katsuko, Koko, and Setsuko. Only her sisters Katsuko and Koko survive. She came to the U.S. in May 1955 with her daughter Pamela to finally live with her husband, Ingolf, in Gladstone. They married after the war but she was not allowed entry to the United States at that time. Ingolf died in 1983.
Yoko was a vibrant person. She was an excellent cook and loved to have people over for dinner. It was a thrill to be served courses of Japanese food and then have some lemon meringue pie. Yoko was also a seamstress and designer of clothes. She loved to garden, swim at the YMCA, and enjoyed her many friends. She never met a stranger.
Yoko was a member of First Lutheran Church in Gladstone but attended Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church while in Georgia. She was active in the Holy Folder ministry.
She is survived by her daughter, Pamela, and son-in-law, Gerald; a grandson, Paul (Melissa) Barth; three step-grandchildren, Karen (Jack) Dean, Jay (Arlene) Gould, and Terry (Dorothy) Gould; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Monday, July 2, at 2 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Gladstone with Rev. Jonathan Schmidt officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. at the church. A luncheon will be served following the services in the church fellowship hall.
Yoko will be laid to rest in the Fernwood Cemetery in Gladstone.
Memorial contributions in Yoko's name may be directed to the First Lutheran Church. The Ingebrigtsen family is being assisted by the Skradski Family Funeral Home in Gladstone. For additional information or to leave the family a message of condolence, go to www.skradskifuneralhomes.com.