Mary Irene Tamasu

mary tamasu

March 5, 1965 ~ March 5, 2022

Born in: Deer River, Minnesota
Resided in: Pleasanton, California

On Saturday, March 5, 2022, Mary Irene Tamasu passed away in her hometown of Pleasanton, CA at the age of 57.

Mary was born on March 5, 1965, in Deer River, MN to William and Patricia Schanen.  On May 4, 1996, she married the love of her life Koji Tamasu, and they raised their amazing son Jason. Youngest child of 5, she will be deeply missed by brothers Bill, Tim, Mike, and sister Cheryl.

Mary was a caring & gentle soul and became an LVN after high school working in the burn care unit at Washington Hospital in Fremont, CA.  Later, her career path changed, and she went on to become an escrow officer for more than 25 years.  She made meaningful relationships and brightened the day of all her co-workers and clients.

Mary faced many serious health issues from her teenage years into adulthood.  She had incredible mental toughness and bravery to endure the numerous trips to the hospital, physical therapy, and pain during physical healing.  Mary felt she was truly blessed for having her husband Koji, son Jason, and her older sister Cheryl, who gave her assistance every day in so many ways.  Their love for each other got them through difficult times and made the good times even better.

Mary was most excited about traveling. She saw amazing ports of calls while cruising the Caribbean.  She visited the islands of Aruba and Jamaica.  She was an avid reader and loved romance novels. She enjoyed movies, cooking, & paranormal shows.  She especially enjoyed watching football & hockey with her family. She was a huge 49ers & Sharks fan.

Mary loved to cook and bake. She made the best deviled eggs.  They were a party favorite.  Mary loved animals, especially her cats, Mouse and Tucker.  She had the kindest spirit, warmest smile, and was easy to talk to.  These were qualities that she shared with her mother, and she will be fondly remembered and missed, just like her.

“If love alone could have saved you, you never would have died.  You were gone in a moment and only God knows why.  In our hearts you hold a place that no one could ever fill.  It broke our hearts to lose you, but you didn’t go alone.  For part of us went with you, the day God took you home.” Author unknown


Visitation: March 14, 2022 1:00 pm - June 17, 2024 4:00 pm

Room: Garden Chapel

Berge Papas Smith Chapel of the Angels
40842 Fremont Blvd.
Fremont, CA 94538


Funeral Service: March 14, 2022 2:30 pm - June 17, 2024 4:00 pm

Room: Garden Chapel

Berge Papas Smith Chapel of the Angels
40842 Fremont Blvd.
Fremont, CA 94538


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  1. Sending hugs and prayers for this wonderful family of a beautiful lady who was clearly loved dearly by her family. My deepest sympathy goes out to all of you.

  2. CandleWords cannot describe our sorrow for your loss. Mary, indeed, was a kind, lovely lady with a loving family. Koji, Jason and Cheryl – Erika and I send our deepest sympathies.

  3. CandleMy deepest sympathy to your family for your loss of a wonderful woman & friend. She will be greatly missed. Sending love, hugs & prayers to help ease your pain.

  4. CandleRIP cousin. I wish I could have seen you guys more. If any of the brothers or sister see this call me so we can reconnect…. 763-438-1144

  5. Koji,Jason,Bill,Tim,Mike,Cheryl,and Extended
    Heartfelt condolences to your family.I have
    many memories of Ball Club,Grandmother Inez and the resort and busy summer days
    before Uncle Bill and Aunt Pat moved to
    Love and prayers,
    Marie Schanen Wiener,Ron and your Ohio

  6. CandleKoji, Jason, Bill, Cheryl, Tim, Mike and families,
    So sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. My deepest sympathies to you all.

    Rest in peace Cousin Mary.

    Anna Schanen

  7. Koji,Jason,-Cheryl,Tim,Mike,Bill
    I hope you find comfort knowing she’s reunited with your parents. Her smile is so much like Aunt Pat’s.
    Sorry for your loss.
    Celia Schanen and family

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