The Garden Island
Notice #: 0001345904-01
Funeral Notices


Nobuko (Nora) Zecha, born to Mioko (Ohara) and Dr. Eiji Nagura of Tokyo, Japan, on June 17, 1929, passed away very gracefully and peacefully with her husband and daughter by her side on September 28, 2021, shortly after a stroke.

While earning her Master’s degree in Mathematics, she met the love of her life, Allen L. Zecha when they were both attending Stanford University. Allen and Nobuko were married at Allen’s family home in Jakarta, Indonesia in 1955. Thereafter they resided in Palo Alto, CA., Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore and retired to Honolulu, HI in 1993.

Nobuko studied at Tokyo University prior to transferring to Stanford, received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of the Sacred Heart in Tokyo, and graduated from Gakushuin and Futaba Yotsuya in Tokyo.

She was an unequivocally dedicated wife, inspiring mother, thoughtful and gracious friend, master of many disciplines, ardent supporter of Japanese and Western arts and performing arts, internationally recognized bridge player, an accomplished competitive athlete in numerous sports from riding bareback on horses to all racquet, winter and water sports and was a devoted cheerleader for her grandchildren.

Nobuko is survived by her husband; two daughters: Allena Eimi Zecha and fiance Allen Uyeda, and Allene Uiko Zecha and husband Dr. Thomas Frey; her five grandchildren: Ascia and husband Naresh Sakhrani, Adena and husband Lee Mullins, Alecia Wallingford, Eiji and Mikiko Frey; and two great-grandchildren: Anu and Anand Sakhrani; sister Koko and husband Jim Fontana; and relatives.

Nobuko was predeceased by her two brothers, Yumio and his wife, Itomi, and Kimio Nagura of Tokyo, Japan.

Our heartfelt gratitude goes to all those who enriched Nobuko throughout her exceptional life.

The family has decided not to hold a public service nor wake and requests no gifts nor flowers. Nobuko’s ashes will be interred at a future date along with those of her husband at Diamond Head Memorial Park Cemetery upon his passing.

Arrangements Provided By:
Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary LLC