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July 9, 2013 > Rita Sheungtsor Wong

Rita Sheungtsor Wong

October 29, 1917 - June 2, 2013

Rita Sheungtsor Wong, wife of Rev. Daniel Polam Wong and loving mother of Joel and Joshua Wong, passed peacefully on June 2, 2013 at the Bellaken Gardens Skilled Nursing Facility.

Rita Wong, the youngest of seven siblings, was born on October 29, 1917 in Ching Yuen Duc Quai Village, Canton, China. Her second sister taught her how to read and write at home during her early childhood. At the age of nine, she attended school in Toy Wor; she graduated from the Hip Wor Teacher's Academy at 18. Her first teaching job was at the Church of Our Saviour in Canton with a meager salary of $45 (Chinese) per month. She joined the choir at All Saints Church when she was 19 where she met Polam Wong who was the choir master at the time and whom she eventually married on December 3, 1938. In 1951, she moved to Hong Kong with her family and was a kindergarten teacher until she retired.

She was a proponent of Rev. Polam Wong, who became the Pastor and Headmaster of St. Mary's Anglican Church & School in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. Rev. & Mrs. Wong emigrated from Hong Kong in 1973 after their children Joel and Joshua Wong decided to make the US their permanent home, with Joel settling in Hayward..

Mrs. Wong enjoyed playing classical music on the piano and taught her children to appreciate music from their childhood. She was an excellent seamstress and sewed a lot of her own clothes. She is survived by her children Joel (and Shuelin) Wong, Joshua (and Maria) Wong, her grandchildren Daniel, Monica (and Michael Albers), Deborah (and William Lau) and Jeremiah, and her great-grandson Adam Albers. She is also survived by step-children Dr. Daniel Wong and Ruth Lee and their families.

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