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Obituary for Yasuko Gutting

The family of Yasuko W. Gutting, mourns her passing at the age of 85, at her home in Owosso in the early hours of July 5, 2017. 

Yasuko, the third daughter of her parents, Kaoru Wada and Fuku Kobayashi, was born on November 10th, 1931 in Yokohama, Japan.  She was the youngest of eight siblings (Shizu, Shigetaroh, Tsunejiroh, Eikichi, Masayoshi, Minoru, Yoneko, and Yasuko) and graduated from school amidst the turbulence of World War II and Japan’s post-war reconstruction. 

She married Glenn Edward Gutting, Jr. on September 12, 1955 in Tokyo, Japan.  At the time, her husband was a sergeant in the US Army.  Her first son was born in Japan and, the following year, the young family moved to California.  In succeeding years, Yasuko moved her growing family to New York, Georgia, Missouri, Illinois, and Kansas before settling in Michigan in 1972, upon her husband’s retirement from military service. 

Though mother professed Buddhism, she lived the life of Ruth and where her husband went, she went and where he stayed, she stayed.  His people were her people.  She was predeceased by her husband, a grandson, her parents, and siblings as well as her beloved mother-in-law, Evelyn Gutting; a special sister-in-law, Shirley (Gutting) Burrell, who gave mother her middle name, Ann, when people found Yasuko hard to pronounce; and several others special members of her husband’s family. 

Yasuko is survived by her children, Glenn (Julia) of Las Vegas, Nevada; Charles (Samia) of Grand Blanc, Michigan; Chris (Sue, a special friend) of Perry, Michigan; Patsy (Chris) Morse of Byron, Michigan, James of Owosso, Michigan and Nancy Barlage, also of Owosso.  She leaves behind many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Also, surviving are brothers-in law, Warren (Katherine) Gutting, Darrell Gutting, Jerry (Deborah) Gutting, and sisters-in-law, Charlotte (Gary) Carr and Judy (Donald) Clark of Rock Island, Illinois.  

 Mother enjoyed family life and excelled at sewing, knitting, and crochet.  She loved to garden and planted many trees and flowering plants at her home, which she extensively renovated and decorated.  Following her husband’s death, she learned to drive, became a US citizen, and voted in her first election.  After her children were grown, she worked for many years at the Brass Lamp, before retiring to a life of Bingo, travel, gardening, and family.    

She returned to Japan for extensive visits with relatives and instilled a love of heritage in her children who accompanied her.  She enjoyed many trips to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, San Francisco, the Thousand Islands, and Hawaii.   

Advancing age slowed Mother’s steps and her memories dimmed.  Yet, she remained the center of her family.  Mother spent her days comforted and cared for by her children and grandchildren.  Now, her days are well-spent and brought to peaceful slumber.  

◦ Services will be held at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Saturday, July 8 at 1 o’clock pm. 

◦ The Reverend Kenneth L. Herbruck will officiate. 

◦ The family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Friday evening from 4 to 8 o’clock pm. 

◦ Following interment at Glass River Cemetery in Antrim Township, a reception will be held at the Assembly of God Church in Owosso. 

◦ Memorial donations are suggested to Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee County.

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