Kazu (Matsuki) Cliff

Kazu (Matsuki) Cliff

February 10, 1930 – June 5, 2020

Age 90

Kazu was born in Niigata City, Japan, to parents Masakichi and Hana Matsuki.  She was the middle child of five siblings: Hatsue, Mie, Kazu, Shohei (the only boy), and Chii.  She studied English language & typewriter skills, securing civilian work with the US govt., first in dining service, followed by English translation and typing.  She met her future husband, Donald G. Cliff, in Tokyo while he was in service with the US Air Force. They married at the US Consulate in 1961.  She left her homeland as a US military wife and lived in Guam and in the US, Topeka, Kansas and Bellevue, Nebraska where they would remain for over 50 years.

Kazu became a naturalized US citizen in 1968.  She worked at Offutt Air Force Base, supervising the bowling alley snack bar, retiring after 20 years of service.  Much of her & Don’s recreation centered around bowling, and traveling for tournaments.  Besides bowling, she had a talent for crochet & painting, and was an avid gardener.  After the death of her beloved husband in 2018, she relocated to Texas to be near her younger sister & family, and joined her niece’s household in Plano, Texas.  She celebrated her 90th birthday in Feb. 2020.

Preceded in death by her husband, Don Cliff, TSgt USAF (Ret), her parents & three siblings.

Survived by her sister Chii (Texas), three nieces & their families: Joanne (Texas), Robin (North Carolina), and Noriko (Japan); nephew Bobby & family (Ohio); the Senior Bowlers; and loving, long-time family friends who will miss her dearly.

No immediate service planned.

Inurnment: Bellevue Cemetery

1 Comment

  • Carol L Cato Posted June 11, 2020 7:51 pm

    Oh Joanne, so sorry to hear, tho it was anticipated. Even knowing that the final breath is eminent, we are never quite really ready to let them go. Praying for comfort and peace as you adjust to the new “normal”. Until we meet again, I will remember that I always called you Alice. Comes with age my dear. Hugs

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