CHESAPEAKE – On Wednesday, April 27, 2022 Taeko Thorpe, 82, passed peacefully surrounded by her loved ones. Taeko was born in Sasebo, Japan to the late Shinichi and Harumi Honda. Taeko emigrated to the U.S. in 1962 and four children later, they moved to Virginia Beach in 1968. In 1973 she divorced and she remarried to Walter Thorpe in 1976.
Life changed for the better after she married. She was a homemaker and active for many year in her Japanese social club, Sakura-Kai. She later worked at Raytheon Technologies and retired after 19 years. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, but her greatest passion was spending time with and caring for her family, especially her grandchildren, and her fur babies. She was the center of her family universe. Her house was the Grand Central meeting and social hub. All who knew her loved her. She loved to travel and did so extensively going all around the world cruising the rivers of Europe, China, and Alaska with Wally. She frequently visited her home country, Japan, with her children and grandchildren sharing her culture and roots.
Taeko was predeceased by her husband, Walter Thomas Thorpe in 2019.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, James Dills (Tong) of Davenport, FL, Miyuki Edwards (John) of Chesapeake, Thomas Dills of Chesapeake, and Chiaki Ubel (Dan) of Moyock, NC; grandchildren, Aiko, Allan, Derek, Misa, Austin, Thomas, Bailey, Kristen, Daniel,
great grandchild, Dougie, and her beloved fur babies, Spike, Momo, Peanut, Niko and Jasper, and a host of other family and friends.
A celebration of life will be held at Altmeyer Funeral Home in Chesapeake on Saturday at 1:00 pm with Pastor Jerry Alford officiating.
In lieu of flowers you may donate to the SPCA of Chesapeake, in honor of Taeko Thorpe.
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