In Memory of

Kit

Wan

Yu

Obituary for Kit Wan Yu

Mrs. Kit Wan Yu(余黄潔雲) of West Newton, MA passed away peacefully on October 22nd. Kit was the beloved wife of the late Sing Cheung Yu, dearest mother of Sophia Matsas, Stephen Yu, Selina Sekka, and the late Tony Yu. Kit also had 8 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Kit was an exceptional individual whose love and generosity had influenced the lives of many others in a positive way. As a loving wife and mother, she provided her unequal love and support for her family throughout the difficult years in Hong Kong in the 1960s while working full-time. Kit taught her children that marriage is an equal partnership of love, support, and self-sacrifice. Even in the most difficult time, she maintained her optimism and sense of humor; her children always felt loved and never felt lacking anything.

After emigrating to the USA in 1971, Kit continued to take care of the needs of her children and grandchildren. Kit was a devoted worshiper and a practitioner of the principles of Quan-Yin, the savior goddess who saved people from disasters and spread kindness among all humans. Despite the hardship as a first-generation immigrant, Kit sponsored her 4 brothers and 2 sisters along with their families from China to realize a better life in the USA. Kit was always kind and generous to those in need and her pleasant smile was everlasting even till the end of her last days in the nursing home.

In her early years in China, Kit was a bookkeeper at her father’s textile factory. After settling in Boston, she worked in the garment industry as a seamstress. As her English improved and became assimilated into America society, she worked as a salesclerk at Calvert’s in Needham, MA until the department store closed in mid-1990s.

Kit enjoyed gardening immensely. During the growing seasons, she worked from dawn to dusk in her garden. In her retirement years, she often traveled to her grown children’s homes to do yard work, even climbing on a ladder to clean gutters or trim trees.

Visiting hours on Friday, November 3rd from 4 to 7pm will be held at the Burke & Blackington Funeral Home,1479 Washington Street, West Newton, MA. A burial service will start at 10am on Saturday, November 4th at the funeral home, followed by a procession around 11am to Newton Cemetery on Walnut Street.