Jean Miwako Mozingo
Jean Mozingo (nee Hattori) died peacefully in St. Louis on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at the age of 91. Jean is survived by her siblings Janice (Kay) Koizumi, Hal Hattori, LaVerne (Ernest) Fukeda, and Robert (Ann) Hattori, and many loving nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her sisters Mitzi (Joe) Inukai, Chieko (John) Ikeda, and Ted (Carolyn) Hattori as well as her parents, Seizaburo and Tsugi Hattori (nee Yokoe).
Jean was born on April 8, 1928 to an immigrant farming family in Stockton, California. As Japanese-Americans, her family was interned in Rohwer, Arkansas during World War II. Jean worked as a candy striper at the interment camp hospital and helped take care of her little brothers. After the war, the family moved to St. Charles, where she graduated from high school. After school she worked for several prominent families in St. Louis, helping to take care of their house and children.
Jean was married to Judd Dean “Jay” Mozingo from 1951 to 1961. They bought a home in St. Ann, MO, where she lived until she moved to Sunrise Assisted Living. She worked as a clerk for many years at Biederman’s Furniture and then retired from McDonnell Douglas in 1993 with a near perfect attendance record. Her co-workers became some of her dearest friends and stayed close with her through the years.
Jean had a big heart. She loved her friends and neighbors, fashion and jewelry, singing, and collecting dolls and knickknacks. She was known for her beautiful penmanship and her great sense of humor.