Tetsuko Masuda Nechleba Obituary – Erie Times-News

On Thursday, October 6, 2022, Tetsuko Masuda Nechleba, beloved mother and grandmother, died at the age of 95 in Erie, Pennsylvania. Born in Chigasaki, Japan, she was predeceased by her husband Jiri A. Nechleba.

Tetsuko left her native Japan for her adopted home in the United States in 1956. She first settled in Barstow, California, but soon after moved most of her life to Endicott , in the state of New York, where she and her husband raised their two sons. A devoted mother, Tetsuko was also a master dressmaker, graduating from Bunka Gakuin, the forerunner of Bunka Fashion College, one of the top 10 fashion colleges in the world. She once said that her favorite clothing color was peach, due to its simple elegance and style flexibility. Indeed, she was both simply elegant and flexible in her own life, which made it seem easy to come to a foreign land and raise a beautiful family, all with unflinching warmth. She had a passion for gardening and was also an exceptional cook. “Itadakimasu,” a Japanese blessing given at the start of every meal, was always eagerly awaited in his kitchen.

As the twilight years of her life approached, Tetsuko moved to Erie, Pennsylvania, where she took on an important role in the lives of her three deeply cherished grandchildren. Not only did she impart a love for making sushi, curry, and dumplings, but also a wisdom of quiet grace, heartfelt gratitude, and disciplined patience with life’s labors. Throughout her time, Tetsuko was the embodiment of kindness, compassion, and benevolence, qualities that touched all who knew her. His transcendent spirit, as beautiful as any cherry blossom, now breathes the eternal wind.

She is survived by two sons, Jiri (Janice) Nechleba of Devon, PA and Dr. Jeffrey (Denise) Nechleba of Erie, PA, and three grandchildren, Alexandra Nechleba (Garrett) Gingenbach of Fairview, PA, Jeffrey Nechleba of Pittsburgh, PA, Joseph Nechleba of Boston, MA, and their mother, Mary Federowicz of Erie, PA, as well as his two sisters Ritsuko Masuda and Etsuko Masuda, both of Chigasaki, Japan.

Tetsuko is also survived by her brothers-in-law Otto (Sally) Nechleba of Endicott, NY and Stephen (Suzanne) Heyda of Hardeeville, SC, her sister-in-law Georgianna Heyda of New York, NY and many nieces and nephews. Also survived by Denise’s children, Ryan Knoll, Aaron (Romina) Knoll and Natalie (Spencer) Brown.

Always in our thoughts, Forever in our hearts.

There will be a Celebration of Life Service on Saturday, October 22 at Kampai Restaurant in Vestal, NY at noon. Arrangements entrusted to Dusckas-Martin Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. 4216 Sterrettania Rd. Erie, PA 16506.

In lieu of flowers, we’re asking people to consider donating to unicefusa.org, to support children in need.

Posted on October 15, 2022

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