Shigeko Fukai Mason

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Shigeko Fukai Mason, 75, of Belleville, IL passed away Tuesday, August 18, 2020, at her home.

She was born January 1945 in Matsumoto, Japan and she married Larry Mason in Tokyo, Japan on January 31, 1972. She cherished all her family and friendships and was a dedicated member of the Alton Deaf Social Association, IMPACT CIL Deaf Community, and the Belleville Deaf Seniors.

She is survived by her husband; her children, Evelyn and Ben Sheppard of Belleville, IL and James and Christina Mason of O’Fallon, IL; and three grandchildren, Malana Sheppard and Cayleigh and Belle Mason. She is also survived by her sister, Nobuko Fukai of Matsumoto, Japan.

Memorials can be made to LINC, Inc of Swansea, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 12 Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, August 22, 2020, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, 120 North Illinois Street, Belleville, IL. Standard CDC guidelines will be in place upon entrance.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 22, 2020, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.  To attend the funeral service virtually, via Zoom, please use the following link. The zoom session will begin just before the 2 p.m. service:

If prompted to use a meeting ID #:  869 3023 9637


10 Comments on Shigeko Fukai Mason

Ralph, Sytel, Sean said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2020 at 10:05 AM

We are very sorry and sad about Shigeko's passing. We are very fortunate to have met her at various deaf events/gatherings and lunches at Hokkaido's. Sytel enjoyed hanging out with her due to both being Asians. God bless her soul and may she rest in peace.

  • Eagarillve
  • IL
William Earl Finley Jr said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2020 at 10:56 PM

My loving aunt has passed from this world, she is gone from physical form but will live forever in my heart. I love you aunt Shigeko

  • Tracy
  • CA
billy and reda walker said : Guest Report Aug 20, 2020 at 9:08 AM

billy and reda miss shigeko at belleville deaf seniors citizens. sorry you loss your wife and children and grandchildren. shigeko and reda went to hokkaido restaraunt for lunch twice times and nice chat. she was so seet lady. miss her lots. hugs....

  • smithton
  • illinos
Andrea, Jeff, Amelia and Steven said : Guest Report Aug 20, 2020 at 6:21 AM

James, Christina, Cayleigh and Belle we are so sorry for the loss of your cherished mother and grandmother. May her memory be eternal. Sending love and hugs to all of you.

  • O’Fallon
  • IL
Cathi & Sam Culbertson said : Guest Report Aug 19, 2020 at 11:15 PM

Shigeko will be greatly missed in the Deaf Community. We always enjoyed sharing a Bingo table with her and Larry. Sam's mother was Japanese also and married her American husband in Japan. Shigeko corresponded a few times with Sam's mother in their native language. We will cherish our fond memories of sweet Shigeko. Prayers for comfort and strength to her family.

  • IL
Larry Schneider said : Guest Report Aug 19, 2020 at 10:50 PM

Sorry Larry Mason! Pass away Shigeko‘s Funeral Home! Aug. 22, 2020, at 12:00pm - 2:00 pm want to see zia Zoom Meeting! or Live Video? in Shigeko’sFuneral Home. If I can’t go Funeral Home??? Unknown! Go Funeral Home???????? From Larry Schneider

  • Edwardsville
  • Illinois
Jennifer Nelson said : Guest Report Aug 19, 2020 at 10:05 PM

I'm so sad for this loss. Shigeko was such a dear friend to me. I'll miss her. My condolences to your family.

  • O Fallon
  • IL
David Fellows said : Guest Report Aug 19, 2020 at 9:53 PM

May good memories Help buoy your spirits in the days ahead. Hugs & prayers from the Fellows & the Adrian families.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Charlene Edwards said : Guest Report Aug 19, 2020 at 9:15 PM

She was the most beautiful soul and I am honored to know her! She will be missed and is much loved! I have known Shigeko for about 15 years.

  • Godfrey
  • Illinois
Amber Hopkins said : Guest Report Aug 19, 2020 at 2:50 PM

James and Christina, I'm so sorry for your loss. Prayers for peace and comfort during this time.

  • Shiloh
  • IL

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