Helen Mitsuko (Kubota) Sawai, 96, of Milford, formerly of Catonsville, MD died surrounded by her family on September 25
Helen was born in Firwood, Washington; daughter of the late Sadao and Nui (Miyawaki) Kubota. She was raised in Washington before being moved to an internment camp and after that, she resided in Michigan, New York,. and Maryland before coming to Milford. Helen was the beloved wife of the late George T. Sawai who died in 2001, together they shared 44 years of marriage. she was the devoted mother of Dr. Shirley K. Sawai and her husband Jeff Brand of Buckeye, AZ, Jane C. (Sawai) Mazzucotelli and her husband Fran of Westford, MA and Elaine S. (Sawai) Hays and her husband Greg of Milford, MA.
Helen was the loving grandmother of Brent Landrum and his wife Nina of Mesa, AZ, Amy Mazzucotelli of Woburn, MA, Kelsey Landrum of Los Angeles, CA, Alyssa Mazzucotelli of Westford, MA and Nicole and Kimberly Hays of Milford, MA. She was also great grandmother to Jaxon Taylor. Helen is also survived by her sister Ruth Shibuta and was predeceased by her siblings Martha, Mary and Jim Kubota. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Helen was an avid gardener and created a butterfly garden. She could start a plant with a single leaf and turn it into a beautiful plant. She also planted vegetable gardens and made her fantastic bread and butter pickles. She was a devoted Christian and enjoyed singing in the choir and spending time with her fellow parishioners.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 29th from 10 to 11:am in the Watson Colonial Funeral Home, 24 Congress St. Milford. Her funeral service will begin at 11:am. The family requests that all who enter the funeral home please wear a face mask due to recent outbreaks.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Helen's memory to the First United Methodist Church of Milford, 39 Exchange St. Milford, MA. 01757 or your favorite charity.
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