Yoko Teats
January 1, 1932  -  January 31, 2018

Yoko Teats

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Celebration of Life
Webb & Rodrick Chapel
306 W. Main
Independence, KS  67301
Saturday, February 24, 2018
10:00 a.m.
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Mount Hope Cemetery
Independence, KS  67301

116 S. 23rd
Independence, KS  67301

Yoko Teats, 86, Independence, Kansas passed away on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at St. Johns Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Yoko’s life will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Webb & Rodrick Chapel and Crematory. Memorial may be made to AWOL and may be left with the chapel.
Yoko was born January 1, 1932 in Hiroshima, Japan to Kitaru and Shizuno Shibata. Yoko attended and graduated Hiroshima and Fukuoka Schools. Following her education, Yoko found employment on the Air Force Base and became fond of a man named James (Jim) E. Teats. They started dating and eventually Yoko married Jim on November 11, 1958 in Fukuoka, Japan. Since Jim was in the Military, the couple moved often and lived all over the world until 1975 when Jim retired. The couple then moved to Independence, Kansas where Yoko found employment with Emerson Electric Company, where she was employed for 24 years until Emerson closed.
Yoko’s husband, Jim, passed away in 2003. Yoko was lost until she found her life partner Bob Herrmann. Yoko and Bob were inseparable for the last 15 years until her passing. Yoko was very active in her religion, The Soka Gakkai of America, a value-creating society which teaches the value of peace and happiness for all people. She enjoyed dancing, taking Art Classes, and spending time with her family. She will be remembered as a compassionate, kind, loving, hard working person that never met a stranger.
Yoko was preceded in death by her parents, one brother Tetsuya Shibata and one sister Noriko Shibata. Those left to honor her memory include two sons, Lynn (Charlotte) Teats, Independence, KS; James E. ( Paula) Teats, Frontenac, KS; one daughter, Rosa (Tom) Ahrens, Oakley, KS; one sister, Sachiko Akine, Fukukoa, Japan; seven grandchildren, Amanda Ahrens, Salina, KS; Brandon Ahrens, Oakley, KS; Patrick ( Libby) Ahrens, Oakley, KS; Michael Teats, Independence, KS; Anthony Johnson, Independence, KS; Jacob Teats, Frontenac, KS; Allison Townsend, Frontenac, KS; one great-grandson, Hayden Johnson, her life partner of 15 years, Bob Herrmann and his family and many friends.


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  1. Wendy Schmidt-Strukel
    Girard, KS

    I worked with Yoko at Emerson, she was always a happy lady. I went to hear her speech about her life at PSU a few years ago and visited with her. My condolences to her family.

  2. reygan
    coffeyville, KS

    Yoko was a loving great grandma she love spending time with us and more she loved cooking for holiday we miss you Yoko we love you so much

  3. Rosalee Sutton
    Independence, KS

    Yoko and I have been friends for a long time. I wish sure shocked to hear about her cuz I had talked to her just a day or two before. I will miss her very much as I know Bob will sure miss her a lot. She was a wonderful person and I enjoyed working with her son Lynn at Emerson Electric also.

  4. Robbin Garner
    Highland, KS

    Bob i am so sorry to hear of Yoko passing my prayers are with you and the family.

  5. Jamie Dunning Booth
    Tulsa, OK

    Saddened to hear of your family's loss. I never had the pleasure of meeting her, but she sounded like a wonderful person and I know that she brightened Mr. Herrmann's life and will be missed by all who knew her.

  6. Wendy Schmidt-Strukel
    Girard, KS

    I worked with Yoko at Emerson, she was always a happy lady. I went to hear her speech about her life at PSU a few years ago and visited with her. My condolences to her family.

  7. David meadows
    Independence, KS

    Sorry for your families loss. She will be missed.

  8. Paula Tow
    Independence, KS

    Such a sweet lady. Always had a smile on her face. She will be missed by many.

  9. Allan Johnson
    Springfield, MO

    Yoko was one of those special people that everyone liked. I enjoyed working with her and talking with her after retirement. My condolences to the family.

  10. Janis Hawk
    Longton, KS

    So sorry about Yoko. She was one of a kind. Happy and fun loving. Loved working at Emerson with her. She will be missed.

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