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Yoko (Oide) Henson

January 19, 1934 — February 3, 2023



Yoko (Oide) Henson

Yoko (Oide) Henson, age 89, of Lewisberry, passed away peacefully at home while surrounded by her loving family on Friday, February 3, 2023.  Yoko was born on Friday, January 19, 1934, in Fukuoka, Kyushu, Japan to the late Ryusuke Oide and Teru (Tohata) Oide.  In addition to her parents, Yoko is preceded in death by her brother, Kenichi Oide.

Yoko’s survivors include her husband of 67 years, John Lawrence Henson; her daughter, Anita “Sue” S. Giering and her husband, Lynn, of Long Beach, CA; her two sons: John L. Henson, Jr. and his fiancee, Arlene “Bean” Harry, of Lewisberry; Thomas “Tom” D. Henson and his wife, Grace, of Lewisberry; her four grandchildren: Benjamin T. Henson and his wife, Martha, of Willoughby, OH; John L. Henson, III and his wife, Alyssa, of Carlisle; Michael A. Henson and his wife, Katie, of Mechanicsburg; Kyle R. Henson and his wife, Christina, of New York City, NY; her six great-grandchildren: Benny, Ellie, Isabelle, Everly, John IV and Sawyer; her sister, Noriko Shitamichi and her husband, Kazuo, of Fukuoka, Kyushu, Japan; and several nieces and nephews.

Yoko was truly a wonderful person.  She was selfless and loving with her family and friends.  She lived a life of integrity and devoted herself to everything she did.

John and Yoko raised their family in Japan and several states before settling in Pennsylvania.  As an Air Force wife, she worked hard to adapt to the unfamiliar American lifestyle.  She was proud to be an American and, together with John, taught their kids to be proud of their heritage.

They also spent many years in Indianapolis but returned to Pennsylvania after Yoko retired from insurance underwriting and John from sales.

Yoko enjoyed RV trips with John, photography, birds, Englebert Humperdinck and Nat King Cole music, Doris Day and Rock Hudson movies and loved her little dogs, Sprite and Pooter.  But she was the very happiest with her family, especially John, her sweetheart for 68 years, who could always make her laugh.

Yoko will be honored in a joint celebration of life alongside her husband, John.  Cremation was private.

The family sends their most heartfelt thanks to Artis Senior Living of West Shore Memory Care and Residential Home Health Care & Hospice who so lovingly cared for Yoko during her illness.

Contributions in celebration of Yoko’s life can be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 225 North Michigan Avenue, Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601,; or Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, 3551 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140,

Yoko’s family has entrusted her care to Buhrig Funeral Home & Crematory in Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-3421.  Read Yoko’s full obituary, offer condolences and sympathy, share stories and memories, upload photographs and videos, light a candle and sign her official guest book by visiting

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