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Etsuko Yasuhara Rael, known affectionately as “Mimi” by family
and friends around her. The name Mimi was given to her by a
fellow military wife when she was stationed in Germany because
they had trouble pronouncing her name. Mimi Rael, age 87,
(Native of Japan became a Naturalized US Citizen in 1963) passed
away the night of October 4, 2022.
As a military wife she travelled frequently with her late husband
until finally settling down in El Paso. Mimi enjoyed playing bingo,
crochet, and jewelry shopping. While in her later age she had
time to enjoy her only two grandchildren and got to see them
become teenagers. She had a hard life growing up since the age of
10 years old and had no formal education. But through
perseverance and meeting of good friends she got through many
She is survived by her only child and son, Victor Armando Rael
and daughter-in-law Beatrice Duran Rael, her grandson, Diego
and granddaughter, Isadora; She gathered many good friends
throughout her life and was treated like family and became family
to several of them (especially the Dagnino family).
She was preceded in death by several decades by her parents,
siblings, and in 2012 lost her husband SSG Jose “Joe” Rael. A
committal service will be at the Fort Bliss National Cemetery.
Services entrusted to Sunset Funeral Home Northeast, El Paso,
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