Kimiko Tamagawa, 84, loving wife of Tsuneo Tamagawa of 55 years, passed away May 24, 2010 in Yale New Haven Hospital. She was born Sept. 6, 1925 in Tokyo, Japan, a daughter of the late Takeshi and Iwa Kozu and was a graduate of Tokyo Women's College in 1947. She resided in North Haven from 1965 - 2006 when she moved to Hamden. Mrs. Tamagawa was an assistant in the Yale University Sterling Library, East Asia Collection, from 1975 until her retirement in 1998. In addition to her husband she is survived by 2 daughters, Sahoko Tamagawa of Berkeley, CA, Emiko Tamagawa of Attleboro, MA, 3 sons, Kiyoshi Tamagawa of Austin, TX, Takashi Tamagawa of North Haven, Satoshi Tamagawa of Kawasaki, Japan, a brother, Ken-ichi Kozu and 2 sisters, Takeko Moroh and Kaoruko Kobayashi all of Japan. She is also survived by 4 grandchildren Hisayuki and Rieko Tamagawa and Mira and Leo Gordon. Friends may visit with her family on Friday afternoon May 28, 2010 from 3-6 p.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 WHITNEY AVE., HAMDEN. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the American Lung Association of Connecticut, 45 Ash Street, East Hartford, CT 06108-3272.

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  1. I was very saddened to hear about Kimiko Tamagawa’s passing. Though we never met in person, I was happy to have had the opportunity both to hear many wonderful things about her, and to talk to her on the phone. I wish the family my sincerest condolences.

  2. As a good friend of Emiko’s from WBUR, I have heard much about Mrs. Tamagawa and how close the family members are, despite the long distances between them. Please know that our hearts and prayers are with the Tamagawa family as you celebrate her remarkable life. With deepest sympathy, Mary Ann, Jack & Laura Hubbard

  3. as we all shared stories about our families here at work we heard so many about Emiko’s mom Kimiko, and are so glad we got to know her through Emiko. our thoughts are with the Tamagawa family at this sad time. Sincerely, Robin Young Public Radio’s Here and Now Boston

  4. Dear Emiko and family, I’m so sorry for this big loss. Though I never had the chance to meet Kimiko, I have seen some of her pretty flowered dresses and can guess from them that she was a lover of the beauty in life! I hope you all provide lots of comfort and fond memories for each other and Emiko, we’ll be here for you when you get back. Love, Clint

  5. Sending condolences to Emiko and the entire family on your loss of Kimiko Tamagawa. I hope it may help a little to know that others are thinking of you at this sad time.

  6. I know Lois and I speak for all our colleagues at the Sarofim School of FIne Arts when we express our deep sympathy to Kiyoshi, his father, and all their family and friends on the passing of his mother. Our thoughts are with you all.

  7. Kimiko was a true friend and a joy to all who knew her. She was a master chef, and I will always remember how she shared shared love and good times around her bountiful table.

  8. Our most heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies go out to the entire Tamagawa family on your profound loss. Mrs. Tamagawa is in our thoughts and prayers. (from a member of Takashi’s work family who will miss your mother’s sweet, gentle voice)

  9. the Tamagawa family: I am truly saddened to hear of the death of Mrs. Tamagawa. I understand that her passing was sudden and I know how difficult it can be when someone you love is gone from your life so quickly. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. Patrick Veerkamp (a friend and colleague of Kiyoshi)

  10. To Dear Emiko and everyone in your family, My thoughts are with you all as you gather to remember your Mom/Grandmother. You have a large, loving family and a lifetime of memories. From experience, I know that is a great comfort at the toughest of times. With all my love, Margaret (Evans)

  11. Emiko, My heartfelt feelings go out to you and your family. May you find peace and serenity knowing that your Mom was loved by so many and a part of her is within you. And you will carry on in the spirit of your Mom and may it be felt by all that you come in contact with.

  12. To the entire Tamagawa family, please accept my and my family’s deepest condolences for the loss of your lovely mother Kimiko. She was always so kind to all of us and such a cherished and considerate friend of my mother’s. She and your father have been part of so many of our own family occasions over the years and her sweet smile (even more than her wonderful sushi) added so much to the festivities. Her friendship was a comfort when my own mother died as I hope our family’s can be to you. All our love to all of you, and a special hi to Kiyoshi. Love, Carol Mostow and family

  13. To the extent that one’s offspring are a reflection of oneself, Mrs. Tamagawa must have been an extraordinary individual and her passing all the more painful for her friends and family. We wish you all the very best as you come to terms with your loss. — Michael and Cindy Cooper

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