Keiko ‘Kit’ Iseri passed away peacefully on April 6, 2021. She was born on September 2, 1928 in Los Angeles, CA.
Moving from Southern California in July, 1963 along with her husband Ernie. They owned and operated Paradise Cove for 24 years, a marina, RV park, restaurant, marine sales/service. Kit was literally the cook, cleaner, bottle washer and bookkeeper among many other roles along with raising their four kids. She immersed herself in the coastal fishing culture and one would have never known she was a big city ‘kid’. After working dawn to dusk, she would enjoy sitting with friends just shooting the breeze.
Upon selling their resort business in 1987, Kit and Ernie retired to Arizona as their base. From there, they enjoyed traveling in their motor home to various places in the Southwest and Mexico for the warmth and fishing. They eventually settled ‘temporarily’ in Mesa, AZ where they lived for seven years. In May, 1997, they moved to Terrace Lake Park in Salem, OR. After living in the park for 20 years, tending to her pear trees became too much like work. Kit then moved to Bonaventure Senior Living in March, 2017.
Kit’s love of/for her family and friends were her trademark. She had an infectious laugh, while the number of activities she was a part of for so many years was only limited by the hours in a day. Kit had a zest of life like no other. With her feisty and generous nature, Kit was a person with whom everyone could form a personal relationship on any level. She loved most games but her favorites were cards, bingo and slot machines. When Kit wasn’t socializing (her favorite pastime), she was busy knitting, crocheting, sewing and cooking. Multitudes can testify that she was an amazing cook.
Kit is survived by her four children – Greg (Debbie Jo), Doug (Debbie Kay), Sheryl (Patrick) and Jodi (Rick), seven grandchildren; and (formerly three) great grandchildren plus one (just born on Easter, 2021).
We will always carry our love for Kit; as she lived life to it’s fullest potential. This was recently exemplified when she made the most of the Covid Pandemic as Bonaventure went through multiple lockdowns. She always managed to touch everyone’s hearts near and far. Kit will be missed immensely.
Because of Kits love of animals, contributions may be to the humane society of your choice.