In Memoriam



Suzan Kazuko Roszko, 77, of Moline, Illinois died Friday, August 24, 2007 at Trinity Pathway Hospice, Bettendorf, Iowa after a long battle with cancer.

Kazuko will be cremated and a memorial gathering will be held from 2:00pm to 5:00pm on Saturday, September 1, 2007 at the Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 Seventh Avenue, Rock Island, Illinois, 61201. Inurnment wish is to be at the Seigan Ji (Seigan Temple) in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan next to Kazuko’s Father’s grave. Memorials may be made to the Trinity Health Foundation for Trinity Pathway Hospice.

Kazuko Kubo was born May 1, 1930 in Shimo Kitazawa, Setagaya-machi, Ebara-gun, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan, the daughter of Toichi and Harue Kubo. She was a member of the Kamakura Kitsutsuki-kai and produced numerous woodblock printings and lacquered Kamakura-bori wood carvings. She attended and graduated from the most famous school in flower arrangement in Japan, the Ikenobo School of Flower Arrangement.

Kazuko married Robert “Bob” Roszko on Apr. 1, 1955 in Tokyo. Kazuko and Bob moved to the United States from Japan with their two sons, Richard and George, in 1975 to Coal Valley, Illinois; then moved to Moline, Illinois in 1989.

Survivors include her husband, Robert; her elder son, Richard of Arlington Heights, Illinois; her younger son, George (with George’s sons Jonathan, Matthew and Paul) of Honolulu, Hawaii. In Japan, brother, Yoshitsugu Kubo (with wife Toshiyo and daughter Akiko) of Tokyo; sister, Reiko Kimura (with husband Hiroyuki, daughter Yukiko with husband Kazuyuki; and son Keiichi with wife Chieko) of Atsugi City; brother, Keiichi Kubo (with sons Yuya and Soya) of Tokyo; step-sister, Fumiko Kubo (with son Kensuke) of Tokyo; and aunt Kazuko Takahashi of Tokyo. She was preceded in death by parents Toichi and Harue Kubo; and elder brother Azuosa Kubo.