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Yuko Iino Love
April 20, 1959 ~ July 16, 2023 (age 64) 64 Years Old
Yuko Iino Love and her husband David Love were swept away by the flash flood that occurred near Washington Crossing, PA on July 15, 2023. David survived but Yuko did not. She is also survived by her father Yuhachi and sister Masako, who reside in Tokyo and Yokohama, Japan, respectively. Her mother Harue had passed away in 2021. Since Japan does not allow dual citizenship, she retained her Japanese citizenship. Yuko was a young, healthy, active and attractive 64-year-old.
Yuko and Dave have resided in Newtown, PA since 1997. They did not have children but owned (one at a time) two golden retrievers: Gina (2000-2005) and Cassie (2006-2021). They frequently enjoyed sharing their dog with other pedestrians, performing a multitude of tricks using commands in English and Japanese, as well as using hand signals. Per Yuko’s wishes, the dogs’ ashes will be included with her ashes.
Yuko was born and raised in Tokyo. In order to immerse herself in English, she attended Allegheny College in Meadville, PA. She completed a degree in Music with honors in 2 ½ years, but she also took courses in advanced mathematics (calculus, linear algebra, probability & statistics) and computer science (programming, data structures). She was a member of the Allegheny College choir, which is where she first met Dave, but their romance did not start until they both returned to Meadville for a choir reunion in 1989.
Besides being very intelligent (she could write and speak fluently in Japanese, English and German), Yuko was gregarious. She made friends everywhere she went: each gym she joined (a daily ritual for Yuko and Dave), her coworkers in pharmaceutical market research, Dave’s coworkers, people she met on vacations. She genuinely cared about her numerous friends.
As Dave often said, “everybody loves Yuko”. She was well known for her affinity for “Hello Kitty”, snoopy, and all things Disney. Dave and Yuko visited all the Disney parks in Florida and Tokyo.
Yuko and Dave did almost all their adventures together. In their younger years they alternated their annual vacations between scuba diving in the Caribbean and sightseeing across Japan. Almost every year included numerous trips to NYC to see Broadway plays with friends and to partake in fine dining. Yuko always told Dave how happy she was that he was open minded to trying new and different cuisine. There were almost annual trips around the US to visit friends and Dave’s large extended family. Attending college choir reunions was a high priority.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Allegheny College Choir Fund (which Dave & Yuko helped to establish), c/o Allegheny College Choir Fund, 520 N Main St., Meadville, PA 16335.