Mona Fukuda

Nov 07, 2017
Mona Fukuda

Rockport — The sky is a little darker now. One of its great lights is not there. Mona Fukuda was that light for countless friends, family, and complete strangers. She really didn’t care. She simply erased any darkness or shadows around anyone she met. She died Oct. 28, 2017, after a brief battle with cancer, a foe she had previously beaten with her strength, style and contagious good humor. A model for us all.

She was born Mona Lynne Inman Sept. 22,1951, in Pittsfield. She graduated from Maine Central Institute and attended the University of Maine. For nearly a decade, she lived in Shibuya Ku, a Tokyo suburb. When she realized she could be closer to her neighbors through language, she learned Japanese. She kept it with her and used it frequently with her friends and family in Japan. On returning to the States, she worked as a teacher's aide at North School in Rockland. This was yet another chapter that followed her all the way through her story. She was constantly recognized by former students, one of whom was aiding her in Sussman House during her last days.

Mona became a fixture in the Camden/Rockport area, working at Leonard’s. She was a star at helping people look and feel their best.

She was predeceased by her parents, Liston and Margaret Inman, formerly of Pittsfield. She leaves behind a daughter, Shizuka, and her children Dante, Giada, and Roman; and a son, Kenzo, and his children, Kika, Kato, and Aori; and countless nieces and nephews. She is also fondly missed by her brother, Liston Inman Jr., of Pittsfield; her sister, Una Cheney, of Bowdoinham; and her partner for her last years, Carlos Belvill, of Rockport.

According to her wishes, there will be no funeral service held, but only a party/remembrance where all can say, “Did I ever tell you about the time Mona and I . . . ?” The remembrance will be Dec. 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. at High Mountain Hall, 5 Mountain St., Camden. Get your story ready.

Comments (3)
Posted by: Robert M Rosenberg | Nov 16, 2017 06:58

Sad to hear. A truly wonderful person always with a smile. She will be greatly missed. Condolences to her family.

Posted by: Judith F Getman | Nov 13, 2017 08:16

I'm so sorry. Mona,

I will miss your smile and warm heart.

Posted by: ana maria gonzalez arteaga | Nov 08, 2017 09:38

we  miss you in Goodwill,lovely woman



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