Reiko Sole

  • Born: May 19, 1929
  • Died: November 6, 2017
  • Location: Tolland, Connecticut

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Windsor, CT 06095

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Reiko Sole, 88, passed away quietly on November 6, 2017 at Woodlake of Tolland. She was predeceased by William, her husband of 59 years, and is survived by four children (Katherine & her partner Rene Charland, Thomas, Mary and James), eight grandchildren (Alysia, Jamie, Sean, Jennifer, Christopher, Laura, Daniel and Noria) and eight great-grandchildren (Camden, Quinn, Owen, Katherine, Elizabeth, Victoria, James and William). Reiko was born the first of nine children to Akitaro and Sueko Kawakami in Kokura, Japan on May 19, 1929. Her strong will, spirit and tenacity were shaped by her civilian war-time experiences, and fostered her belief that “struggle gives life meaning.” This belief saw her through the numerous challenges associated with her decision to start a new life by leaving her native country to marry her husband, William, in 1956, and gave her the strength to cope with debilitating injuries for more than 14 years. Devoted to family, her marriage spanned almost 60 years and included numerous moves both in and outside the United States during the course of her husband’s military career. After his retirement in 1967, they settled in Ellington, CT, allowing Reiko to focus on building a career of her own. After obtaining an associates degree in data processing, Reiko worked for CBT and eventually moved to Aetna where she worked until her retirement at 65. Reiko’s most ardent admirers were her children who remember a fiercely independent woman who demanded no less than their best, never tired of cooking delicious meals for whomever showed up at her doorstep, shopping for the best bargains, never shirking from supporting others in need, and an exhilarating driving style fashioned from learning to drive in Germany. In addition to her family in the United States, Reiko is survived by seven siblings and numerous nieces and nephews in Japan. Since Reiko spent more than five of her final years at Woodlake at Tolland, her family would like to extend their sincerest thanks to the wonderful staff for their respectful care and warmth.