GOSHINMON, MasakoPosted: January 8th, 2021
December 22, 1926 – Raymond, Alberta
December 28, 2020 – Calgary, Alberta
Masako (Masa) Goshinmon, passed away on December 28, 2020 in Calgary, AB at the age of 94.
She resided in Hardieville and then Lethbridge until July 2018 when she moved to Calgary to be closer to her children.
Masa and her husband Shig were married in 1945 and were lifelong a ctive members of the Lethbridge Okinawa Cultural Society.
Masa was extremely competitive by nature. There wasn’t a contest that she wouldn’t enter and try to win be it diaper folding, Easter bonnet making, horseshoes or a three legged race! She was an avid bowler and member of the Alberta 5 Pin Bowling Association for 54 consecutive seasons and had been an awarded member of the 350 Club and 900 Triple Club on many occasions during her illustrious bowling career. She was particularly proud of competing in the Senior Olympic Games where she won a silver medal! Masa’s knife & chopping skills were unrivaled in the Japanese United church basement during the annual chow mein dinner making preparations where you could hear her knife working above all others! She was renowned for her skill and artistry as a cake decorator delivering ornate creations for weddings, birthdays and all types of special occasions.
She will be remembered for her hard work ethic, her love of “good music” generosity, delicious cooking and her desire to feed everyone! If you left Shig & Masa’s house hungry, well, that was your own fault!
Masa is survived by her children. Roger (Moragh) of Coquitlam, BC, Rosalee of Welland, ON, Lorin (Sherry) of Victoria, BC; Cary (Cheryl) of Parry Sound, ON and Michelle of Calgary, AB; nine grandchildren, Jillian Middlemiss of Welland, ON, Deawn Goshinmon (Marlon Neubauer) of Lethbridge, AB, Reyna Goshinmon (James Rault) of Victoria, BC, Karah (Rennie) Foster of Burnaby, BC, Melanie (Damian) Kleeschulte of Springfield, MO, Graham (Susy) Goshinmon of Guatemala City, Allison (Alberto) Guerra of Guatemala City, Saya (Brent) Johnston of Vancouver, BC, and Gaman Goshinmon of Coquitlam, BC; fourteen great-grandchildren, Joshua & Brandon Middlemiss, Ethan & Avery Neubauer, Dahlia & Mariko Foster, Samanta Kleeschulte, Gabriel & Mathias Goshinmon, Aliyah, Josiah, Jordan & Gianna Guerra, and Ryker Johnston; as well as sisters-in-law Edna (Takashi) Miyashiro of Okotoks, AB and Geraldine (Seiko) Miyashiro of Lethbridge, AB and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. Masa was predeceased by her husband Shig, parents, Masei & Gozei Miyashiro; brothers Takashi Miyashiro, Seiko Miyashiro and Jimmy (Dorothy) Miyashiro; and sister Julia (Walter) Goetz.
A celebration of life will be held at a later time and date in Lethbridge once the restrictions of COVID-19 have been lifted to allow an appropriate gathering of loved ones and to celebrate her life well lived! We’ll miss you mom!
In living memory of Masa, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes.
Our deepest sympathy on Masa’s passing. She was such a wonderful person to be around at any given time. Your family are suffering a great loss but find comfort that all her old friends and neighbours in Hardieville send their prayers and blessings.
Our sincere regards to the family Fran and Wayne
Just wanted to send my Condolences to all of Masa’s family! She was such a peaceful and happy soul…always smiling and happy!
Masa worked for my Dad in our family bakery. She was always considered part of our huge Dutch family. I recall quite a few New Year’s day celebrations at Masa’s and Shig’s. The food was incredible as well as the wonderful get together with all her family and many friends.
Masa will be missed!