Yoshiko Alice Otonari peacefully passed away on July 8, 2015 after a difficult battle with plasma cell leukemia.
Yoshiko led a life full of adventure and laughter. She was born Feb. 17, 1961 in Berkeley, California to Taketoshi and Sachi Otonari. After obtaining her BS in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley (1983) and subsequent Masters in chemistry from Stanford University (1985), she married EJ Wucherer. The newlyweds moved to Germany where they spent two years completing schooling and touring Europe. Upon returning to the U.S., Yoshiko worked for the Borden Co. (Kentucky) and the U.S. Air Force (California) prior to embracing the role of being a mom. She was always caring and supportive, attending the many school and sporting events of her daughters. Yoshiko was also supportive of the community; she volunteered with many organizations, including PTA and Girl Scouts of America. She was a talented and creative crafter and sewer, as well as an avid camper and hiker, loving outdoor adventures with family and friends.
She is survived by her father Taketoshi, brothers Tom and Gary, husband EJ Wucherer, and daughters Kristin, Kelly and Karoline. Yoshiko leaves behind many beloved members of her extended family, local community, neighbors, friends and caregivers.
For Yoshiko, the most important thing in life was selflessness. She left a legacy of strong relationships, and will truly be missed.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to either the Multiple Myeloma Cancer Foundation or Pete Gross House, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.