Wai Han Lo
Wai Han Lo
September 01, 1929 ‐ April 22, 2023
On April 22nd, 2023, Wai Han Lo passed peacefully surrounded with love. Born on September 1, 1929, in a small village outside of Kaiping, China, Wai Han leaves behind alegacy of perseverance and love of family that took her across the globe. While in China, shecared for her three children and supported her husband’s small business both together and afterher husband, See Chap, moved to Hong Kong for work opportunities. A lover of the arts, shewas known for her calligraphy, tailoring, and knitting abilities, the latter two she continued long into her life.
As life for many changed when Communism came into power, Wai’s life also changed as the small business was shuttered and she had to work as a seller of items in a local store operated by the government. Her husband continued to support the family from Hong Kong, visiting when he could. In these difficult times, she is remembered to spend nights after work sewing and mending clothes. She saw that well made clothes could be a vehicle for her love and allow her family to retain dignity. After almost twenty years of being separated during the
Cultural Revolution, the family was reunited in Hong Kong, where Wai adapted to a new life. With her children grown and one, her eldest son, already in the United States, she spent her time working in a garment factory and preparing for an eventual move to the United States.
She arrived in Cleveland in 1983, the city and region where she and her family made home for the remaining years of her life. Upon arriving in the US in her late 50s, age did not stop her in her newest adventures of learning English, becoming a citizen of the United States, supporting her sons’ entrepreneurial ventures in the restaurant business, and caring for her grandchildren. As a resident of the Asiatown community in Cleveland, she found community and salvation in the Cleveland Chinese Christian Church. She eventually moved into the Asian Evergreen Apartments where she was active in the community, Christian Bible Study, and games of mahjong with friends and family.
As her health needed more supervision, she moved into her daughter’s home and found peace and devoted care provided by her daughter and family.
She is survived by two sons, Pak Chu (Wan Na) and Pak Fun (Man Yi), daughter, Mei Wah, seven grandchildren, Alfred (Christine), Siu (Matthew), Jin, Shao, Andrew, Ingold, and Amy, and four great grandchildren, Destiny, Isabella, Claire, and Anna.
Visitiation will be held on May 6th at Jenkins Funeral Chapel 2914 Dover Center Rd Westlake, 44145 from 9 until the funeral service at 10:30 am. Immediately after the procession and graveside service at West Park Cemetery, everyone is welcomed to a lunch at Emperor's Palace.