Teruko Navatto (nee Kohara), 84, died with her family by her side on Thursday, March 29, 2018. Her passing was a result of a sudden stroke suffered only days earlier.

Mrs. Navatto was the daughter of Totaro and Fumi Kohara, and was born in Tokyo, Japan on July 5, 1933, the seventh of nine children. She immigrated to America in the mid-1950s. She was a devoted member of Soka Gakkai International (SGI), a Buddhist organization that promotes peace and education centered on respect for the dignity of life. Mrs. Navatto was one of the first district leaders in SGI’s expansion into New Jersey in the early 1960s and was instrumental in the formation of the first East Coast chapter for SGI.

Mrs. Navatto was a waitress for nearly 30 years at Crestmont Country Club in West Orange, where she was known as “the only woman that could enter the Men’s Grill” during her tenure there.

She was predeceased by her husband Michael F. Navatto in 1998 and is survived by her brothers Chiunosuke Kohara and Soji Kohara, both of Tokyo, Japan, her sons Michael E. Taylor (Valerie) and W. Calvin Navatto (Carol), her grandchildren: Michael Taylor II, Jennifer M. Navatto and Philip Taylor and a great-grandson Jakaden Taylor.

A small private ceremony for family and a couple close friends was held on April 4, at Rosedale Cemetery where she was interred. Arrangements by Hugh M. Moriarty Funeral Home in Montclair.