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Chiyoko Henza Horton

Born: Mon., Jul. 1, 1935
Died: Sun., Sep. 29, 2019


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Wed., Oct. 02, 2019
Location: Thacker Brothers Scottsville Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Wed., Oct. 02, 2019
Location: Thacker Brothers Scottsville Funeral Home

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Chiyoko Henza Horton

     Our beloved Chiyoko Henza Horton, 84, of North Garden and Ruckersville, passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at the Hospice of the Piedmont Center for Acute Hospice Care in Charlottesville.  She was a ray of light to anyone that had the pleasure to meet her.  Everyone will remember her sweet smile.

     She was born on July 1, 1935, in Okinawa, Japan, a daughter of the late Iho and Thuru Henza.     

      In addition to her parents and other relatives in Japan, she was preceded in death by loved ones and relatives in Indiana and Virginia, specifically, her sister, Kiyoko Drumheller.  She was also preceded by two special friends from Indiana—Judy and Craig Mirowski and loved by their children: Bryan Mirowski, Brenda Bolinger, Sherry Day and grandchildren: Bradley Bolinger and Matthew and Taylor Mirowski.

     Chiko is a survivor.  She and most of her family survived World War II by hiding in caves in Okinawa guarded by American soldiers.  She came to the United States to Indiana as a military bride and was later forced to support herself and a home.  She survived by starting out as a caretaker for the elderly.  That later transformed into cleaning houses for various clients that provided transportation for her as she never obtained a driver’s license.  She formed lifelong friendships in Indiana and families came to love her and care for her.  She ended her career around the age of 75 by working for a number of years for Center Grove Community Schools in Greenwood, Indiana.as part of their janitorial staff.  In 2013, Chiko moved to Virginia to be with her sister’s family.  She enjoyed Nascar racing, football, scratch lottery tickets, action movies, country music, game shows, candy, slot machines, watching her great nephews play sports and spending time with family.

     Survivors include numerous relatives in Japan and many in the states: a nephew: Hideo Henza “John” Drumheller; two nieces: Patricia Drumheller Maupin and husband, Cecil, and Penny Drumheller Shifflett; great-nieces: Tonya Washington and her husband, Paige and their daughters: Ariannah and Kinsley; Kasi Drumheller and her children: Kaiden and Kayla; Whitney Dahl and her husband, Richard and their daughter, Everly and son due any day; and great-nephews: Dustin, Joshua and Noah Shifflett; and from Indiana, a niece, Irene Horton and her family.

      A funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 am, Wednesday, October, 2, 2019 at Thacker Brothers Scottsville Funeral Home by the Reverend Robert Price.  Interment will follow in the Alberene Cemetery.     

      The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.

      Family and friends may share memories and photos online at www.thackerbrothers.com.

     Every night Chiko would tell us “Have a good night sleep.  See you tomorrow.”  We love you so much Chiko and we miss you terribly. But….we will see you tomorrow.

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Lee Jeanie Humphrey
   Posted Sun September 29, 2019
So very sorry for your loss. We have fond memories of the times spent with her, she was definitely a joy. Your family are in our thoughts and prayers. GOD BLESS

Allie and Adam Robertson
   Posted Wed October 02, 2019
Such a cute and caring lady! Always there for a laugh and support for the family. You will be missed, but your memories will carry on! She may have been small, but she was mighty. Keep winning big and watch over your family!

Melissa via
   Posted Sat October 05, 2019
We love you Chiko. You were a ray of sunshine. We will miss you and your beautiful smile and laugh. We will see you tomorrow.

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