Tsuruko Katekawa Milby, “Tru”, 88, of Maplewood passed away on August 18, 2019. A funeral service will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 587 Springfield Ave. in Summit on Saturday, August 24 at 10am. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Memorial Park in Putnam Valley, NY. Friends are invited to visit at Bradley, Brough & Dangler Funeral Home 299 Morris Ave. in Summit on Friday August 23rd from 7 to 9pm.
Born in Taketomi, Yaeyama Japan, the daughter of Kiyoshi and Kiyo (Seimori) Katekawa, Tru came to the United States in 1962. First settling in the Bronx, she had also lived in Lecanto, FL before moving to Maplewood. After taking time to raise her family, Tru worked as a cook at the Dr. Richard Green Day Care Center in the Castle Hill section of the Bronx. She was a longtime active member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church and was very proud when she became a naturalized citizen of the United States on July 4, 1976. Tru was a great cook and an excellent seamstress and enjoyed needlework and gardening. She will be fondly remembered for her amazing Japanese meals on New Year’s Day, her soba noodle soup, for her incredible faith in God and for her steadfast love for her family.
Tru was the beloved wife of 50 years to the late Edward Howarth Milby, Jr. She was the loving mother of Edward Ash-Milby and his wife Kathleen, Daniel Milby and his wife Debra, and Jonathan Milby and his companion Jevon Jones. She is also survived by her cherished grandchildren, Nathan and Wyatt Ash-Milby and Krystal, David, Jared, Erin, and Aedan Milby, her sister, Kinue and her brother Shigenari.