unknown - October 27, 2011
Kyoko Lukaczyk passed away peacefully Oct. 27, 2011, at home, surrounded by family. Born Kyoko Okagaichi in Etajima, Japan. She moved with her husband William Lukaczyk, to Syracuse, where they raised nine children, later moving to Jordan with their expanded family.
She was a firm believer of higher education. Her proudest moment was when all nine children graduated from college. She herself, also enrolled in college-level English courses.
In 1976, she started her 25-year career as a restaurateur beginning with Sakura at the summer venue outside the Syracuse Mall. She later moved to successive locations ending on Fayette Street. She was proud to be the first to offer the combination of sushi and live jazz as a part of the Syracuse nightlife. She was also a founding member of the Syracuse Jazz Fest and was instrumental in bringing top jazz musicians to Syracuse.
In addition to Sakura, she also had various business ventures operating concurrently, including several restaurants and a natural foods grocery store in the Syracuse Mall, a Japanese food concession at the New York State Fair, and Restaurant Kyoko in Shop City.
She appreciated fine cuisine and learned to cook many different ethnic dishes, including Japanese, Ukrainian, and Italian. Her other interests included classical music, opera, history, travel, bridge, and many outdoor sports including scuba diving and snowmobiling. She was involved in promoting Japanese culture throughout the CNY area.
She is survived by nine children, Christina of Baldwinsville, Juliette (Michael) McCauley of Liverpool, Lynne (Ken) Cardarelli of Syracuse, William (Laura) of Clifton, VA, Francis (Kellie) of Oswego, Norine of Los Angeles, CA, Alexander of Long Beach, CA, Marielle of London, England and Tamara (Karl) Wahlin of Baltimore, MD.
She is also survived by fourteen grandchildren, Nicole, Trent, Madison, Derek, Gina, Hayley, Zoe, Louis, Lexy, Jack, Oliver, Hugh, Magnus and Lena. She is survived by four sisters Tomiko Yamamura, Hiroko Tamura, Yoko Sakamoto and Kozue Kajioka, all of Japan, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours: 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at Whelan Bros. and Hulchanski Funeral Home, 5854 Belle Isle Road, Syracuse, 13209. Remembrance Service will follow calling hours.