KUNIKO, RYNING (IWAASA) March 14, 2018
KUNIKO RYNING (IWAASA) passed away March 5, 2018 in Lethbridge, Alberta, 3 days before her 96th birthday. Kuni was born March 8,1922 in Raymond, Alberta, the fourth of nine children born to Kojun (Henry) and Ito Iwaasa. She was raised on the family farm, southeast of Raymond and attended school at the Mammoth School on the Milk River Ridge and in Raymond. After school she trained and worked as an occupational therapist at the Claresholm Auxilary Hospital for Women.
In 1964 Kuni married William Ryning and they continued to live in Claresholm until 1974. After a brief “adventure” in Kelowna, British Columbia, Kuni and Bill moved to Lethbridge in1975. After Bill retired in 1985, they spent much of their time travelling, including spending several winters in Arizona. In 2006 Kuni and Bill moved into Martha House where they resided until Bill’s passing in September, 2011. Kuni continued to live there until she was moved into Park Meadows Good Samaritan Facility.
Kuni was predeceased by her husband, William, her parents, three older siblings; Sachie Karaki, Toru Iwaasa,and Yasuko Hironaka. Also three younger siblings; Jeaune Iwaasa, Sumiko Hattori and Henry Nolan Iwaasa. She is survived by two step-children, Kathleen Ryning(Larry Rayner), and Clifford William (Suzanne) Ryning, 4 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; a sister, Hanae Iwaasa of Lethbridge and a brother, Ray Iwaasa of Qualicum Beach, British Columbia.
Kuniko was kind, caring and generous. She will be missed by all of us who knew and loved her. The family wishes to thank all the staff at Park Meadows Good Samaritan Cottage No. 5, for the good care and thoughtfulness. It truly made a difference.
Funeral services will be held at 2.00 P.M. Wednesday, March 14 at SALMON AND SONS FUNERAL HOME, 433 Stubb Ross Road, South Lethbridge (entrance to airport),
Koden is gratefully declined, please make a donation to a charity of your choice.