Hitoko (Tonko) A. Rochefort was born in Japan in 1934 and was the youngest of seven children. She met her husband Jim (Rocky) Rochefort in 1958 while he was stationed in Japan. They fell in love and married in 1959. Thanks to the Navy, they traveled to California, Tennessee, Okinawa and finally settled in Oak Harbor, Wash. She became a US citizen and was very proud of this achievement.
Tonko loved to be outside in her garden planting flowers and watching them grow and bloom. She also loved to play bingo and karaoke. She loved to travel and was able to RV the Western U.S., fly to Hawaii several times and go back to Japan to see her family as well. She finally made it to the “other” Washington and got to tour the White House.
Most of all, she loved her family. Ton-chan leaves behind her husband Jim Rochefort of 58 years, daughters Kathy Sharkey, Joanne Jimerson, Dianne Baldwin and son Jimmy Rochefort, 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. We love you and miss you with all our hearts.