White Blossoms

Hideko Ino

September 3, 1943 ~ March 4, 2020 (age 76)


Hideko Chastain Ino passed away the afternoon of March 4th at Good Samaritan Hospital. She was undergoing a heart valve procedure and never recovered, her loving children and grandchildren were at her bedside. She touched many lives with her joyful spirit and boundless energy.


Hideko (Heidi) was born in Chatan, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan and survived the Battle of Okinawa during World War II as a baby hiding in the caves. This experience shaped her to never complain and to always move on with love and happiness. While still living in Okinawa, she met and married her first husband, John Chastain and in 1969 they moved to Redwood City, California.


Hideko loved California and soon had a strong community of friends from Okinawa and Japan in Redwood City.  She raised her children, Anji, Masumi and Masaru there, and got a job at Kaiser Electronics in Palo Alto.  While working at Kaiser, she met and married Saburo (Sam) Ino, who would be her loving partner for the next 40 years.


While living as a single parent in Redwood City, Hideko studied hard and became an American Citizen in July 1976 and was sworn in with ten others.  She was very proud to be a US Citizen, but she was most proud to be of Okinawan heritage.  She attended annual Okinawan events and returned to visit the island several times. She is survived by her sisters, Toshiko, Sachiko and Chiyoko of Okinawa.


After retiring from Kaiser Electronics, Hideko worked as a waitress at Tomi Sushi Restaurant, San Jose for more than 30 years.  While working there, she made many lifetime friends and memories. 


Her life with Saburo (Grandpa), was filled with many activities, they enjoyed dining out, shopping, day trips, cruise ship vacations and family. They were devoted to their grandchildren, James, Jade, Eva and Trey.  


Hideko’s passions were vast and she had a lot of enthusiasm for flowers, dancing, music, gardening, shopping, festivals and more. She was extremely social and loved the company of friends and family. In her later years she enjoyed volunteering at Cypress Senior Center where she made many close friends. She was also a parishioner of the International Christian Center in San Jose and found great comfort and joy at their Sunday service.


She was passionate for all types of dancing as a spectator and participant and spent the last 15 years as a Hula dancer with Lei Nani Hula Dancers Group. She enjoyed the comradery of the troupe very much and they performed regularly at  Retirement & Senior homes all over Santa Clara County. In addition to her love of dance, she was an avid fan of the Golden State Warriors and San Francisco 49ers, she cheered and jeered aloud at the TV whenever she watched the teams play.  She will always be remembered as being perfectly made up with her red lipstick, wearing jewelry and high heels.


Hideko is survived by her loving children, Anjolie Lanel of Newhall; Masumi Chastain of Campbell; Masaru and Laura Chastain, Oro Valley, AZ; and grandchildren James Blair of San Jose, Jade Blair of Campbell, Eva Blair of Sacramento and Trey Chastain of Oro Valley.


A Celebration of Life will be hosted at the Cypress Senior Center @ 403 Cypress Avenue, San Jose at at later date.  Please contact sam.garcia@sanjoseca.gov for details.

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