Tsuruko Kina ‘Tsudy’ Hogenmiller

Tsuruko Kina “Tsudy” Hogenmiller of Sullivan died Sunday, June 3, 2012, lovingly surrounded by her family at home at the age of 81. Tsuruko was born in Yomitan, Okinawa, Japan, and was a young survivor of the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. She was a local Okinawan Olympian during high school in shot put and track. As an adult, she worked on a U.S. military base prior to traveling to America, where she became a U.S. citizen.

Tsuruko worked at Waukesha Rubber from 1967 to 1986, where she met her husband, Jim. They married on Sept. 26, 1975, and enjoyed 36 beautiful years together. They retired in 1986 and moved to Iron River, Mich., where they owned and operated the Wild River Motel. In 2010, Tsuruko and Jim fulfilled a lifetime dream of taking a trip together to Okinawa to meet her family and visit her birthplace. Tsuruko loved to cook, garden and her Siamese cats, Missy and Buddy. She was a caring and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and was most happy when spending time with family. Her love, kindness and strength will forever be remembered by those fortunate enough to have known her.

Tsuruko will be sadly missed by her loving husband of 36 years, Jim; her children, Anna Marie (David) Miller of Waukesha, Georgina (Steven) Sexton of Waukesha, David (Trish St. George) Urban of New Hampshire and Lisa (David) Pierce of Genesee; her grandchildren, Connie (Benjamin) Herbstman, Anthony (Candace) Sexton, Michael (Jenna) Sexton, Daniel Miller, Samantha Miller, Timothy Miller, Bryan Pierce and Jacob Pierce; her great-grandchildren, Grace Miller, Memphis Miller and Sophie Lee Herbstman; brother, Keita (Yoshiko) Kina of Okinawa; sisters, Haruko Kina of Okinawa and Teruko Kina of Okinawa; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

The visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the 7 p.m. vigil service Thursday, June 7, at the Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. A second visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the 10 a.m. Mass of Christian burial Friday, June 8, at St. Paul Catholic Church, S38-W31602 Highway D (highways D and 83), Genesee Depot. The Rev. Dick Mevissen will officiate.

Memorials in Tsuruko’s name are appreciated to Waukesha Memorial Hospital Foundation, Medical Oncology Unit, 725 American Ave., Waukesha, WI 53188.

The family would like to give a special thank-you to Bonnie Schnabl and Barth Chudik of ProHealth Home Hospice for their loving care of Tsuruko this past year and a half.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For an online obituary or to leave a message of condolence, please visit, or call 542-6609.