Sakae 'Ann' Surrisi


Sakae "Ann" Ishida Surrisi, Batesville, Arkansas, passed away peacefully in her sleep, at the age of 95, after a brief hospitalization and stay in nursing care. Ann was born in Nagasaki, Japan, to father, Morimasa, and mother, Kuma Ishida. She was the eldest of five children, with two brothers and two sisters.
In 1949, she married her husband, Frank Surrisi, an American soldier, in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. She immigrated to the United States, settling with Frank's family in the Italian neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri. As Frank continued his military career, they moved to Indiana, eventually setting roots in Kokomo, where she spent the majority of her life, working and raising their three children. From 2000 to 2016, Ann moved to Culver, Indiana, to be near her family there. She enjoyed her time in Culver, making many friends and acquaintances in the tight-knit community. A breast cancer survivor, she was particularly grateful for her friends at the Lakeshore Clinic, including Dr. Michael Deery, his nurses, and staff.
In recent years, she's moved across the country with her son and daughter-in-law, spending time in Montana, West Virginia, and Arkansas. Ann loved to play slot machines and made many trips to Las Vegas, including a solo trip at the age of 93. She also was a loyal fan of the Indianapolis Colts since 1984.
Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Frank, in 2004; her daughter, Sarah (Neal) Curry, in 2001; and Sarah's son, Patrick Curry, in 2005.
She is survived by Sarah's grandchildren, (Patrick) Philip and Jonathon Curry; son, Christopher Curry, of Huntington; daughter, Bridget (Shane) Lowry, of Culver, and their children, Payton and Sarah Lowry; her son, Larry (Joette) Surrisi, of Batesville, Arkansas, and their son, Sean (Janette) Surrisi, of Culver, and their daughter Abby Surrisi; her son, Richard (Carrie) Surrisi, of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Richard's children Megan and Brian Surrisi; and a number of nieces, nephews, and great-grandchildren.
Ann asked that no one grieve for her, rather that they celebrate a life well-lived and the family she was blessed to have. In keeping with her traditions, she was confident of joining her beloved family members and ancestors in the next life.
There will be a public visitation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home, followed immediately by a funeral service.
Ann asked that any memorials be made to the Salvation Army in hopes of continuing their good works.
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Published on May 14, 2019
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Erin Muffley
May 15, 2019
Sakae had a presence of calmness. I found my pace would slow and my inner thoughts would then put emphasis on only those topics that truly mattered, people. Sakae is my friends granddaughter, Bridget. I am grateful to have met Sakae and pray for peace in her rest.