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Hisako Tanzman

February 9, 1929 - April 19, 2019

“Ba” which everyone referred to her as was born in Pyongyang, North Korea on February 9, 1929 to Japanese parents Shizuko and Shoichi Muranaka. Raised in Japan as an only child Ba was devoted to her parents. After World War II Ba married Abraham Tanzman and had their first of five children, Alice who was born in Tokyo, Japan. Shortly thereafter the family of three would leave Japan and start life in the United States with a family that would continue to grow quickly adding four more children. Losing her parents after moving to the United States and not being able to return to Japan had a profound effect on Ba’s life and instilled in her the importance of family. Abraham actively served in the army which would take their lives to many places. From Japan, Chicago, Texas, Tacoma, California, and finally settling in Portland Oregon, but no matter where Ba went she was always surrounded by people who adored her. From the neighborhood kids to complete strangers.


She loved to open her home to any and all with the wonderful smells coming from the kitchen, endless conversations, sound of laughter, and most importantly the love amongst all. This legacy of everyone belonging continues with not only her children, but her grandchildren as well. In 1995 when husband Abraham passed, Ba took up painting and quilting. She began attending painting classes and there she would find joy and new friendships. Ba continued painting and quilting throughout the years and always carried on her profound desire to keep her family connected to one another and emphasize the meaning of family.


Ba passed peacefully on April 19, 2019 surrounded by her family just as she would have wanted. Please join us as we celebrate the extraordinary person she was.



May 19, 2019

2:00pm – 5:00pm

The Harvest Wine Bar.

14559 West Lake Drive.

Lake Oswego, OR 97035

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