Atsuko (Ueda) Martel Obituary

Atsuko   (Ueda) Martel
Atsuko (Ueda) Martel

May 2, 1930 - November 30, 2019
Born in Honjo, Japan
Resided in Bend, Oregon


“June” Atsuko (Ueda) Martel, beloved wife and mother, was born to Hachiro and Ai (Kubo) Ueda on May 2, 1930 in Honjo, Japan and went home to be with the Lord on November 30, 2019.
June Atsuko’s family moved to Negishi in Yokohama, Japan, when she was four years old. In 1943, she enrolled in Yokohoma’s private Kyoritsu Girls High School and graduated as valedictorian. She became a Christian at Kyoritsu High School and was baptized in 1946.
Concerned for their safety during World War II, her family lived in a small village in Saitama. After the war, they returned to Yokohama. Despite the destruction of their home, father’s textile factory and high school in post-war life, June Atsuko continued her trust and faith in God to persevere and felt hopeful seeing flowers blooming around her.
June Atsuko continued her education attending Yokohama Yasai Gakuin College studying fashion design and dressmaking.
She met her first love and husband-to-be Joe in 1948 while he served in the United States Army Japan Logistical Command - Eighth Army Corp of Engineers. They married in Yokohama in 1951. That same year, Joe was transferred back to Fort Dix, NJ and June lived with Joe’s family in Willimantic, CT. June worked at the American Thread Company and as a seamstress for high-end apparel retailer Tubridy’s.
June Atsuko and Joe moved from the east to west coast’s San Diego, CA in 1956. June Atsuko earned an art drawing certificate while raising their two children Joseph, Jr. and Sandra Lou. When the kids were older, June Atsuko worked at Rohr Aircraft as receptionist and payroll/accounting assistant.
During retirement, June Atsuko and Joe loved travelling to Japan and cruising all over the world. They moved to Bend, OR in 2001. She and Joe would have been married 69 years in January.
Throughout her adult years, she enjoyed music, writing Tanka form haiku, sewing and drawing. She has created many picture books for her grandchildren and family, weaving her love and prayers into each drawing. In 2008, she published In My Day and Japanese version Watashi no Ichinichi illustrating her childhood in Japan and Joe’s in New England. In 2019, she published Brandy’s New Home, even after being affected by a stroke in 2014.
June Atsuko is dearly missed by her loving husband Joe; her son Joe Jr (wife Barbara) of Lindon, UT; daughter Sandy (husband Paul) of Bend, OR; sisters Reiko, Kinue, Yoko and Yukiko; grandchildren Joe III, Ray, Jemma and Ethan; and seven great-grandchildren.
Despite incredible external challenges, June and her husband Joe created a timeless and inspiring love story for the ages. June’s pure love for others, unfailing faith in God and ability to see the positive blessings in difficulties has inspired her loved ones to “Ganbatte Kudasai” - keep trying and never give up on good.




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