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Saturday December 16, 2017

With sadness, we announce the passing of Ikuko Teshima on November 17, 2017, due to complications related to cancer. She is missed by her three sons, John (Carmen Wiebe), Paul (Tammy Chiasson), and Nikolai (Anita Huang Teshima); four grandchildren, Jackson, Leah, Hana, and Zoe; and two brothers, Ernest and Walter. Her husband, Ted Teshima, predeceased her on September 2, 2016.
Ikuko was born in Vancouver, BC, Canada to Eizo and Fumi (Yamauchi) Kamitakahara (both now deceased). There were six children in the family, Walter, Shuko (deceased), Kyoko (deceased), Ikuko, Atsuko (deceased), and Ernest. During World War II, the family was interned in Slocan (Bayfarm), BC. They then moved to Toronto in 1945.
Ikuko attended the University of Toronto, receiving her PhD in Genetics. She worked at The Hospital for Sick Children as scientific staff and was an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. She was a Fellow of both the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists and the American College of Medical Genetics. She was well respected by her peers and colleagues and is missed by them.
Ikuko met Ted at the University of Toronto and they married in 1963. They spent 53 wonderful years together and she consistently described him as an exceptional person. She was a caring and dedicated mother, always wanting to ensure that her sons and grandchildren did not have to experience challenges like she faced earlier in life. Whether spending weeks hand-sewing elaborate Halloween costumes or preparing sumptuous family feasts, her love for her children and grandchildren was unquestionable.
She also played an important role as caregiver and support for her own mother, attending to her in the last years of her life. When Ted became ill, she was his constant support, allowing him to live out his remaining days at home. And she was especially close with her sister Atsuko, speaking with her daily and ensuring her needs were always met.
Ikuko and Ted also maintained meaningful friendships, some over many decades.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Princess Margaret Hospital/University Health Network and also Maryanne and Cherry for their dedicated support. Cremation and interment at Mount Pleasant Cemetery is private for the family, as was her wish. A memorial service for friends, family, and former colleagues will be held at Mount Pleasant Cemetery on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sick Kids Foundation, Genetic Research:

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