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Ryoko Takahashi Newsham

July 28, 2018

http://Rossville–Ryoko Takahashi Newsham left her earthly home for her eternal home on July 28, 2018.  She was born December 13, 1935 to Tsuru Oda  and Nikichi Takahashi in Masuda-machi, Akitaken, Japan. She was the eldest daughter and fourth of nine children. She married Charles Leroy Newsham on August 1, 1960 in Tokyo, Japan. She was a military wife and homemaker until the youngest of her four children began school. She then worked at Frito Lay in Topeka, KS for over 24 years before retiring, traveling and spending time with her growing family. Her greatest pride and joy were her grandchildren and she was very active in all of their lives. She was a member of the Rossville Christian Church, loved playing BINGO and all types of art, especially oil painting, sewing and knitting. She always said it was a wonderful life. She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and one sister. She is survived by sisters Eiko Suzuki, Seiko Tanimura and Kuniko Takahashi all of Japan. Her legacy will live on through her loving husband of 58 years, Charlie, of Rossville, KS; daughters Ruth (Dave) Puvogel of Prescott, AZ, Doris (Kirk) Wagner of Wichita, KS, and Laura (Tony) Clarke of Bradford, PA; son Mike (Barb) Newsham of Rossville, KS; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren: David Wayne, Christina and Saron Puvogel; Nick, Kelly and Ronin Puvogel; Megan, Eric and Sophia Smith; Derek Swope; Gina, Graham, Nora and Nolan Patterson; Sheldon and Teresa Newsham; Jarret Clarke; and Courtney Clarke.  Memorial service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, August 2, 2018 at the Rossville Christian Church. Interment will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery near Ashland, NE. Mrs. Newsham will lie in state and the family will receive friends at the church from 9:00 until service time. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to either Oakley Place of Rossville or Rossville Christian Church and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple Street, St. Marys, Kansas 66536. Online condolences may be sent to www.piperfuneralhome.com


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24 thoughts on “Ryoko Takahashi Newsham

  1. Dear Mike, Barbie, Ruth and the rest of the family,
    So sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. I never met her, but Jim passed on his admiration of her to us. I am sending our sympathy, love and prayers. May God give you comfort at this time in your lives. Joe & Pauline Conley

  2. I am so saddened to hear about Ryoko’s passing. She was like a second mother to me, and I will hold onto our memories forever. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and loved ones during this difficult time. Charlie, I hope to come by and visit you sometime.

  3. Charlie, So sorry to hear of sweet Ryoko’s passing. She was such a wonderful person to work with. Will always remember you & Ryoko enjoying the Christmas parties. You will always have those & so many other memories, Charlie. Thinking of you at this time.

  4. Patrick and Mary Johnson…
    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom…
    Our thought and prayers are with you…

  5. My sympathies to the family in Ryoko’s passing. I worked with Ryoko and painted with her as well. What a special angel she is now.

  6. Uncle Leroy & family, our thoughts to all along with our love. What a wonderful addition to our family sweet, fun & adorable she captured our hearts. Gone but never forgotten.

  7. To the Newsham Family
    We are so sorry to hear of Ryoko’s passing. She was one of the kindest people we know. We regret that we are unable to give you all our condolences and hugs in person, but know that we will be thinking of you. Love to all Jerry and Kay Dick

  8. Doris and family:
    Thoughts and prayers for all of you. So sorry to hear about your mother. May God bless you and hold you tight during this time of immense grief.

  9. Our sympathy goes out to all members of the Newsham family. Keep your fondest memories in your heart.

  10. I painted with Ryoko for many yrs. in Topeka.She was a sweet loving person.A very gentle soul.May your God give you comfort in the coming days.Marge Copp.

  11. Mr. Newsham, Ruth, Doris, Mike and Laura…. Very sorry for your loss. What a lovely, kind and gentle Lady your Mom was. I wish you all peace and comfort during this difficult time. Love and support to your entire family. Tom Woodward (Overmyer)

  12. Laura and Family,
    There are many hearts that go out to you at this time. I hope the support and loving concern of others help give you the strength you need. You are in my prayers.
    Love ~ Mary

  13. The Sherwin’s are sending loving thoughts and prayers to you all. It is never easy losing a loved one. But hold on to the memories of happier times and have faith that you will be together again. God bless.

  14. Newsham Family I am so very sorry for you loss . Great lady my thoughts and prayers are with you . God bless

  15. Laura and family,
    we are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    The Faulkner’s

  16. Laura and family,
    we are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    with love,
    The Faulkner’s

  17. Laura and family-
    We are so sorry for your loss! May God comfort each of you during this difficult time.
    Tracy and David Peyton

  18. Mike and barb and the rest of the Newsham family, sorry to hear of your moms passing. May the memories help you through this difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Dan and Tammy wiltz

  19. Charlie, Laura, and family – we are deeply moved by Ryoko’s passing and are only comforted by the knowledge that she’s in a better place now. Thoughts and prayers will continue. Love, Bob, Dina, & Family

  20. So sorry about your loss. May the good Lord wrap his arms around all of you and give you peace. Love you all…Scott and Sandy Allen

  21. Ruth, Doris, and family:

    So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I remember as a very sweet person whose personality and demeanor carried over to her children. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.

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