Sadako Leftwich

Sadako Leftwich (Kato)

Tuesday, January 14th, 1930 - Saturday, March 30th, 2019
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Sadako K. Leftwich, age 89, of Salem, Va. went to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 30, 2019. She was born on Tuesday, January 14, 1930, to the late Kamakichi and Tsuya Kato. Sadako was and will forever be a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was genuinely kind. She and her husband, Frank are members of Salem First Christian Church.
Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Frank R. Leftwich; sons, Frank W. Leftwich, and wife, Pam, and John M. Leftwich and wife, Sara; grandchildren, Brian, Brooke, Brittany, and Jeremy Leftwich; great-grandson, Owen Leftwich; sister-in-law, Debra Horn.
A funeral service to celebrate her life will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at the John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home in Salem, Va. with Pastor Dan Netting officiating. Burial will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park in Salem, Va.
Friends may visit with the family from 1-2 p.m. at the funeral home on Tuesday.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 2:00pm
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Daniel T. Netting
  • Interment

    Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 |
    Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019
    Sherwood Memorial Park
    1250 East Main Street
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Elijah and Audrey Edwards and Sherman Pillis sent flowers to the family of Sadako Leftwich (Kato).
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Mary Beth Richardson

Posted at 08:00pm
I am so sorry for your loss!

Wayne Mowles

Posted at 07:48pm
Big Frank, Frank ,John
So sorry for you guys loss. I have many fond memories of Mrs. Leftwich mostly feeding me left overs when I came to visit. She knew I was a eater and made sure I had plenty. She was a kind person and I know she will be sorely missed. God bless her soul.

Wayne Mowles

Vickie C Still

Posted at 04:44pm
I am so sorry for your loss. I did not know Sadako as well as Mr Leftwich because he knew my dad. I remember seeing him at Pillis Brothers in Salem. I knew Frank and Johnny thru school. I am praying for your family at this difficult time.

william althoff

Posted at 02:14pm
I do not specifically recall having been introduced to Sadako, but feel that I have met her by knowing the positive character of her son, Frank. I know that she was a strong influence on him, and his level of honor and commitment are a compliment to her. I am sorry for your loss. Peace be with you.
Bill Althoff, Captain, Roanoke City Police (ret.)


Posted at 12:35pm
I know this sounds odd , but I actually never met Sadako. I never knew her. A friend of mine informed of her obituary because I have a friend whose name is also Sadako. However, I wish I met this Sadako also and knew her as a Japanese sister in Christ. From reading her obituary and messages from her friends, she must have been a good faithful servant to her Master, Jesus Christ. She must have been a caring friend to many. She must have fought a good fight, she has finished her race, and she kept her faith. (2 Timothy 4:7) May those who are still on this side of heaven strive to enter the rest which Sadako has entered, as our Savior Jesus Christ endured the cross, for the joy that was set before Him, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of God! (Hebrew 12:2) For the surviving grieving family members, I would like to give this verse. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit, you may abound in hope. (Romans 15:13)
From a sister in Christ who wishes to have met Sadako,

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