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We are saddened to announce the passing of Tomeko Kristinsson (née Yamaguchi) of Rimbey, Alberta on Sunday, August 14, 2022 at the age of 87 years.

Tomeko was born in Tsu, Japan on February 20, 1935. She met and later married Gudmundur “Kris” Kristinsson in Kobe, Japan around 1956 and they lived in Yokohama, Japan until 1957. They then decided to relocate to Canada and moved to Montreal, Quebec.

Tomeko and Kris had three children: Robert, Diana, and Linda. They lived in Montreal together until they divorced in 1967. She then returned to Japan for a period of time until she decided to move back to Canada several years later, settling in Vancouver, B.C. in about 1980. Tomeko also resided in Richmond, B.C. for a while before heading to Alberta and settling in Rimbey. She lived on her good friend Shoichi’s cattle ranch until her passing.

Tomeko was a very classy lady who consistently looked very put together when it came to fashion. She was an extremely generous woman, continually wanting to take care of others before taking care of herself. Her love over the past few years was always with her cats: Pete-chan, Mimi-chan, Ku-chan, Hanako-chan, Cocoa, Dee-dee, and Nicki-chan.

She was a lovely woman who will be dearly missed,

but in our hearts forever.

Tomeko’s life was blessed by her family. She was predeceased by her son Robert; her father Shusaku; her mother Yuki; and three brothers Toshimichi, Saburo, and Yoshihiro. She will be lovingly remembered by her daughters Diana and Linda; and four sisters Mitsuko, Atsuko, Hiroko, and Kazuko; as well as numerous additional relatives and many cherished friends.

A Celebration of Tomeko’s Life was held at the Rimbey United Church, Rimbey on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Marco Ste-Marie officiating. If friends desire, memorial tributes in her memory may be made directly to the Central Alberta Humane Society, 4505 – 77 Street, Red Deer, Alberta T4P 2J1 ( Your thoughts and messages to the family may be left in the condolence segment located at the bottom of this page.

Service and Cremation Arrangements for the Late Tomeko Kristinsson (née Yamaguchi) entrusted to the care of


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