Fung Chu
Fung Chu
Fung Chu

Obituary of Fung Kam Chu

Fung Kam Chan-Chu 1934 – 2020 Fung Kam Chan-Chu was born on June 22, 1934 in Canton, China. She escaped to Hong Kong at the age of 17 during the Japanese invasion. She married William P. Chu in 1953. The family immigrated to Salt Lake City, Utah in 1973, where she established Canton Kitchen and became the head chef of one of the most authentic, 4-Star Cantonese restaurants in the city. In 1985, she moved to San Francisco with her husband to operate and manage Hon’s Won-Ton House Noodle Factory. While supervising the operations of the factory, she made sure daily meals were prepared for all the workers. After retirement in March 1996, she lived with her daughters in the Bay Area and spent time knitting, drawing, practicing Chinese calligraphy, studied Buddhism and shared a spiritual connection with Kuan Yin (Goddess of Mercy). She also studied and became very knowledgeable in traditional Chinese medicine, family and friends often consult her for herbal remedies on common ailments. She enjoyed many road trips to Las Vegas where the family got together from Utah and California to spend time with her. It is not unusual to see her singing and dancing with kids and friends to her favorite songs. During the different holidays, she loved to share short stories about the history and the reasons different occasions are celebrated. She is survived by her five children, Wilson and wife Evelyn, Wayne and wife Sharlene, Christa, Wai Yee, and Thelma. Fung Kam is also survived by her grand-children Claire, Casey, Jesse, Aubrey, Amber, Sylvester, Mystie, Erik, Casper, and Jane. She is preceded in death by her parents, sister and brother and her husband. Fung Kam worked hard all her life and loved to extend her generosity to help everyone in every way possible. She liked to experiment, learn new skills, and continue to practice her work until perfection. She is an artist and took pride in her exceptional craftsmanship in sewing and knitting clothes. She designed and hand-stitched the traditional Chinese Qipao and a traditional satin silk embroidered jacket for her own wedding. Fung Kam will be remembered as a beloved mother and grandma, for her big heart, wonderful cooking, and her infectious laughter. Fung Kam passed away peacefully in her sleep surrounded by her close family, after a long journey with diabetes. Fung Kam has reunited with her husband in a peaceful place. She will be greatly missed but her spirit will live on.
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