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Noriyo Fauss

October 8, 1965 - April 22, 2021


Noriyo  FaussNoriyo (Ouchi) Fauss passed away peacefully on April 22, 2021 at her home in Salem after a battle with cancer.

Noriyo, a native of Japan, was born October 8, 1965, in the town of Yagi, near the old capital of Kyoto. She graduated from Doshisha Women’s University in Kyoto with a degree in food science, and worked for several years at Fushimi Bank. She met Russell Fauss in Kyoto, and they were married there in a Shinto ceremony in 1991. Son Daniel Makoto was born in Japan in 1993.

The family moved to Salem in 2009. Since then, she contributed to the community in many ways through work and volunteer activities. She was a volunteer book binder for the state library for four years, served at a Salem elementary school as a lunch worker, was a cook for Marion-Polk Food Share, and was a pre-school volunteer for WESD. She was a seasonal volunteer or worker for Minto Island Growers for a total of ten years. And, she was an instructional assistant for special needs classes for Salem-Keizer schools for three years.

Noriyo joined the Salem Badminton Club soon after arriving, and she loved the comradery of the group as much as the game. Other loves included gardening, painting, and hiking in the glorious nature of Oregon with family and friends. She made many friends with her gentle and kind spirit.

Noriyo is survived by her parents Isamu and Tamayo Ouchi of Yagi, sister Akiko Yamauchi and family of Kyoto, husband Russell, and son Daniel of Portland. A virtual celebration of life will be held, date and time TBA. Send inquiries to Russell via his or Noriyo’s phone or email. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Cancer Society.

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I met Noriyo about 25 years ago at a play group when our children were toddlers. I was instantly drawn to her kind and gentle spirit. We became close friends and spent many hours together when our children played. She was such a modest, kind hearted, and fair person I have ever met. She was a great mom to Daniel. Our families spent a lot of time together and went on a few field trips as well. I will always remember my dear friend and her infectious smile. Over the years we lived apart but she was always in my thoughts. We emailed each other and shared how we were doing and I was always so happy to hear from her. I am so grateful for meeting my dear friend, Russell and Daniel. She was one of those people who touched my life in a wonderful way. Thank you my friend. Hope we meet again. Dear Russell, Daniel, her parents and her sister are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry.I wish you all comfort during this difficult time.