Naoko Pellinen Family Fund

In the early morning of Wednesday, January 30, 2019, Naoko Pellinen (37) of Minneapolis, MN sustained severe injuries from a car accident on her way to work. Naoko was treated by first responders and transported to Hennepin County Medical Center, but succumbed to her injuries and passed away later that morning.  

Naoko was a devoted wife to David; loving mother to sons Kiyoshi (10) and Isaih (7); beloved daughter to Yoko Tsukui; and dedicated board member of the Minnesota Japanese School . This unexpected loss has devastated all who knew her including the Twin Cities Japanese community, Redeemer Church community in North Minneapolis, Meadowbrook Elementary school community, and the Medical Center where Naoko was a nurse.

Naoko was a beautifully brilliant bright light, and she will be missed immensely. We will miss her generosity, gentle kindness, and commitment to family and community. Anyone who knows Naoko knows that she was the type of person who is always there for others. Together we surround Dave, Kiyoshi, and Isaih in love and support as they navigate life and grieve the loss of Naoko.

This fund has been created to directly support Dave, Kiyoshi, and Isaih as they find their footing and forge their way along this path they’d never imagined. While we don’t know precisely what those costs will be, we can imagine. We can imagine medical bills that will soon begin to arrive, the cost of cremation and memorials, a mortgage that needs to be paid month after month, groceries, after school care, piano lessons, Japanese school tuition, and the future college tuitions for Kiyoshi and Isaih.

While nothing will fill the void of the loss of our dear friend, mother, wife, and daughter, these funds will help David, Kiyoshi, and Isaih as they deal with this tragedy. Any size donation will make a difference. Please give what you can to support Dave, Kiyoshi, and Isaih as they grieve and work their way toward stability.

Naoko’s love will remain among all of us. We will feel her presence in a warm summer breeze, see her sparkle in the stars above. Hear her love within her children’s laughter. She was, and will remain for all of us, an intelligent, loving, generous, kind, creative, joyful, bright light.


尚子さんは、ご主人デイビッドさんの献身的な妻であり、息子の潔くん(10歳)と勇偉くん(7歳)の最愛なる母親、津久井洋子さんの最愛の娘でした。そして、子供達が通うミネソタ日本語補習授業学校 では運営委員会メンバーとして献身的なボランティア活動をされていました。この予期せぬ出来事は、ツインシティーの日本人コミュニティー、North MinneapoisのRedeemer church 、Meadowbrook小学校、尚子さんが看護師として働いていた医療センターなど、彼女を知る全ての人に大きな衝撃を与えました。




尚子さんの愛はいつまでも私たちの心の中で生き続けることでしょう。 暖かい夏の風が吹く時彼女の存在を感じ、夜空の星の中で彼女の輝きを見つけ、子供達の笑いの中で彼女の愛を聞いてください。彼女は今も、そしてこれからも、聡明で、愛情があり、寛大で、親切で、創造的でそして楽しく明るい光として私たちの心の中で生き続けることでしょう。



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