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In Memoriam - Junko Brackin

In Memoriam - Junko Brackin

My Dear will be missed.

BiographyJunko Brackin

Junko Kawada Brackin
Jan. 19, 1949 - Oct. 6, 2009

Junko Kawada Brackin was born on January 19, 1949 in Tokyo, Japan to Koichi and Sachi Kawada. Junko married André P. Brackin in November of 1986 in Coronado, California. Junko also was a devoted mother and treasured by her son John P. Witkowski, daughter Ann Witkowski, grandson Leopold Singh, and her extended
family in Virginia.

Junko was a talented potter and bamboo basket maker, and was happiest when making art. Junko loved the natural world and could turn the simplest things she found into her art. She participated in many organizations including
Colorado Basketry Guild, The Clay Center Studio, Commonwheel Artist's Cooperative, the Colorado Springs Pottery Co-Op, and enjoyed taking classes at the Colorado Springs Senior Center. Junko loved animals, and enjoyed raising her
chickens and cows at her home in Calhan, Colorado with Andre.

Junko was preceded in death by her mother, Sachi. In addition to her husband, children, and grandchild in the U.S., she is survived in Japan by Koichi Kawada (father), Hideharu Kawada (brother), Daisuke Kawada (brother), and Kumi Kawada

Junko was a unique individual, with a kind and gentle soul. She will be missed greatly by all who knew her.


Marianne Snygg, GRI, ABR, ASP
Broker Associate
ERA Herman Group Real Estate

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Colorado Springs and Monument Real Estate

Comment balloon 10 commentsMarianne Snygg • October 12 2009 01:51PM


I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your friend, Marianne, and gone so soon.

Posted by Mary Douglas, REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado) over 10 years ago

I am sorry you lost your friend Marianne, your description of her was beautiful and she and her family and other loved ones will appreciate it I am sure.

Posted by Ana Hitzel, Professional Home Stager Inland Empire ( AccentPositives Home Staging ) over 10 years ago

I'm sorry for your loss....she seems like a beautiful soul who was taken too soon.

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) over 10 years ago

Mary: Thank you so much. She was a very special person. Always happy, always ready to laugh. I can't believe it.  So sad. Thank you for your kind words and concerns.

Ana: Oh, Ana, I'm so sorry, too. Thank you so much for your very kind words.

Karen: You touch me with your kind words about Junko. Yes, she was extra special to everyone around her. She will be missed greatly!

Posted by Marianne Snygg, ABR, ASP, GRI, SFR (ERA Herman Group Real Estate) over 10 years ago

What a beautiful lady who had a special friend in you.  I am so sorry for the loss of your friend.

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) over 10 years ago

Oh Debra: Thank you so much. We had her memorial yesterday and it was wonderful. I'm not the only one that recognized in Junko one of the great, kind and beautiful souls of the world. There were so many, many people there from every facet of her life. She will be missed and thought of a lot. Thanks for your kind words and thoughts.

Posted by Marianne Snygg, ABR, ASP, GRI, SFR (ERA Herman Group Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Marianne,  so sorry to hear about your friend, this must have been sudden... From your description, I know what part of your life she entered, and it is a near and dear part for you, difficult to lose someone you feel connected to in creative and common soul ways...I'm sorry.

Posted by c m over 10 years ago

It was sudden. An accident on Hwy 24, a week ago Tuesday. I didn't even hear about it until the day before the service. I broke up at the service. Everyone was in tears, even the guys. She was so special. Always happy and bright, laughing, supportive, fun. It's a much sadder world without that bright, creative spirit in it. I still tear up thinking about her and what we've lost. She had her first grandchild a couple of years ago, and that child will never know her grandmother. So sad.

Thanks for your kind words, Cheryl.

Posted by Marianne Snygg, ABR, ASP, GRI, SFR (ERA Herman Group Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Hi Marianne, This kind of thing leaves a deep chasm in your heart. From your loving description she sounded like she was  very special person to have in your life.

Posted by Cynthia Bartch over 10 years ago

Cynthia, thank you so much for stopping by and reading about my friend. She was one of the extra special people of this world. Thanks.

Posted by Marianne Snygg, ABR, ASP, GRI, SFR (ERA Herman Group Real Estate) over 10 years ago

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