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Kieko (Chiko) Sablan

07/30/1935 - 05/18/2019
Service Date: 05/29/2019
Service Time: 2:00 PM
Service Location: Bunker's University Chapel, 3529 E. University Dr., Mesa, Arizona

Kieko ( Chiko) Kawahara Sablan, 83, passed away peacefully on May 18, 2019. She was the daughter of her predeceased parents Kyukichi and Tamayo Kawahara. She was married to her surviving husband Louis Paulino Sablan for 45 wonderful years, her surviving Sisters Kimie Miura Masako Hongo, Yaeko Endo and her brother Jorgi Kawahara. Chiko made everyone’s world brighter by knowing her. Chiko’s passion was the love of life. She was an extraordinary person who will be truly missed. She will forever be in our hearts. We will see you again in our Lord’s place. Forever loved. Rest in Peace. A small Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM on May 29, 2019 at Bunker University Chapel at 3529 East University Drive in Mesa, Arizona. Online Condolences can be given at www.bunkerfuneral.com.


  • Louis and family members,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences to you and families.

    Chiko sure made my life brighter and interesting with her wit, positive thoughts, and laughter. I will cherish all those sweet memories we shared with happiness, tears, and laughs for the last 45 years. She’ll live in my heart until I meet her again. I miss her.

  • Miki and Masa


    We are very sad to learn about your loss. You have our deepest sympathies. We can recall our visits to Yokota during your stay in Japan and those visits we made to AZ. Chiko was always gregarious, funny, happy, generous, and the best dresser. We will miss her. We pray for her and you.

  • Hiroko Palmer

    She was a sincere person .she made us feel cheerful and loved. Truly loving person. She will always be in my heart and missed very much. My prayers and love.

  • Louie,

    First of all my prayers and love are with you!

    I remember when you brought Chiko to meet the family in San Francisco. Her smile was the first thing I noticed because she lit up the room! She was always so welcoming and always willing to help out. She will be missed but remembering her smile and great personality, brings a smile to my heart!
    Your Uncle Joe sends his love and condolences! I send my love and prayers.

  • Isabelle Sablan Camacho

    Brother Lou sending our condolences from JJ Dre and sissy Isabelle. Sorry we can’t be with you but both you and my sis Chiko are in our thoughts prayers and hearts!!!! We love you both very much and we miss sis Chiko!! Love and prayers always, sissy Isabelle JJ and Dre

  • Cousin Louis I am so sorry for your loss love you cousin !!

  • Yvonne Musgrove & Ed Baum

    Dear Favorite Cousin Louie,

    Ed and I send our love and prayers to you and all the Sablan family. Chiko and I had a connection long ago when she came to Hawaii to stay with me when Adam was just a baby. It was a joy to have her there with me being so far from family. She was so sweet and helpful with Adam. It was years before I saw her again in San Diego but I’ll never forget how excited we were to see each other again! I will always have those great memories of her. Thank you for bringing her to San Diego a few months ago so we could spend some time with her. We will always remember her warm, caring and loving spirit, and the time we spent with her and you. She will be missed but will always have a special place in my heart. We continue to keep you in our prayers. Love, Cousin Yvonne & Ed

  • Louie and family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers and hearts.
    I owe you and Chiko so much. You were and always will be family. You have always been there to help take care of me since I can remember. Lots of great memories.

    Chiko will definitely be missed but never forgotten as memories will live on.

    Greg and family

  • Kim Tsutsumida

    I’m so sad of Chiko’s passing. She was one of my mom’s dearest friends. I remember them laughing hysterically over a bottle of vodka and Japanese food at the kitchen table. Chiko’s laugh could put a smile on anyone’s face. I’m so thankful I was able to spend time with her over the last year. I know she’s with my mom laughing uncontrollably. I will miss her dearly.

  • Felicia (Mendiola) Shaw

    My favorite cousin Louie,
    My thoughts and Love are with you. I will miss Chiko she was a very loving person and she made me feel special especially when I spent the summer with you guys. She will truly be missed. Uncle Tony sends his love and prayers also. I Love you all!!

  • Joseph P. Sablan

    Bro Lou
    Kieko and you epitomized the true meaning of a soulmate couple. She brought out the best in you and you in her. I saw how devoted the two of you are to each other and the love the two of you shared that forever will be cemented in my mind and those who you both touched.
    Though, she may be physically gone her kindred spirit walks with you, when I see you I can smile cause I can see her right there next to you. Kieko brought so much joy to our family and showed the utmost respect. My children will always have fond memories of her and cherish those thoughts forever. I am proud to have had her as my sister-in-law and prouder that you two had each other. I looked forward to the day that we all shall be together. Be strong Bro, for her love will bring greater joy to you. You can move forward knowing how both of you brought sunshine into the lives of so many of us and a positive presence that we are forever grateful. Love you Bro and Sis, forever in our hearts.

  • Uncle Louie,
    Very sorry for your loss. What a beautiful person inside and out. I’m glad she isn’t in pain anymore.

    Auntie Chiko was one of those people who could light up a room, put a smile on your face and make you laugh. Her smile and laugh were one of a kind and infectious.

    She was more than a great friend to my mom, she was a great sister. I remember those two being able to have quite a time just having a lunch at my mom’s kitchen table. Laughing and joking the whole time.

    You and Chiko were always at important events in our family’s lives. You both loved me like I was your own. Next to my mom, Auntie Chiko was my biggest fan.

    I will miss her dearly and am very thankful I got to she her this past mother’s day. She was a 2nd mom to me.

    I’m hoping she’s having a grand time with my mom and others right now in Heaven. Until we are reunited, remember the fun times.

    Love to you both,

    Scott , Andrea, and the kids.

  • Danielle Corona

    Uncle Lou,
    Our deepest condolences from Paco, the kids, and I. Auntie Chiko was such a beautiful person both inside and out! She had the most beautiful smile and personality to match! I have many memories of her that I will cherish forever. I pray that you may find peace and solace in the endless memories you have of her. Heaven has gained an amazing angel and I know that she will be watching over us all. She will be missed tremendously!

    All our love,

    Danielle, Paco, Alexys, Junior and Christian

  • Anthony F Mendiola Jr

    Chiko, was loved by everybody and will not ever be forgotten. She will live through you and all our wonderful memories of her. She touched the lives of everyone she met, and our lives are richer because of her.
    I will miss her immensely and you are in my thought and prayers. We’re family, we love and support one another.

  • Paul and Denise Paulino

    Our deepest condolences to you and your families. Our prayers and love are with you always.
    The Paulino family

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