Passed away on August 23, 2018 in Ewa Beach, Hawaii. She was born in Osaka, Japan on January 30, 1930.
In Occupied Japan after World War II, Yuko met and later married Hugh F. X. O’ Reilly, who was assigned to the 27th Infantry Regiment “Wolfhounds”, based at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. During his deployment, O’Reilly visited the Holy Family Home orphanage and was appalled at the children’s poor living conditions. He motivated his fellow Wolfhounds to donate funds to the orphanage, which became a long-standing tradition that endures to this day. The story was popularized in the Hollywood movie Three Stripes in the Sun (1955).
Throughout her life, Yuko joined her husband in supporting the orphanage, inspiring thousands over the years to continue the legacy started in 1949. She became known as the “Mother of the Wolfhounds.“
Yuko is survived by sons Hugh, Thomas, Sean, Peter & Patrick; daughter Maria; and 10 grandchildren.
The funeral service and burial will be held on October 12, 2018 at 1:00pm at the Main Post Chapel on Schofield Barracks. In lieu of flowers, request that donations be made to Peace Bridge Inc., 2911 Pacific Heights Rd,, Honolulu, HI 96813. Tax-deductible donations will be used to continue the life work and legacy of Hugh and Yuko O’Reilly.
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