Yu Hsiumei Tu Obituary

Yu Hsiumei  Tu
Yu Hsiumei Tu

March 14, 1934 - July 31, 2020
Born in Shandong, China
Resided in Bridgewater, New Jersey

Obituary

Yu Hsiumei (May) Tu, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, joined her Savior in heaven on Friday, July 31. Surrounded by her loved ones, she left this Earth in peace. She was 86.

She was born March 14 in Shandong, China and moved to Taiwan in 1949 where she met and married her husband, PeaHwa Tu and raised her four children. In 1985 she led the immigration of several generations of her family to the United States. She lived in Basking Ridge for several years before becoming a resident of Bridgewater for the past twenty years.

She was a mother to all and her maternal compassion extended well beyond her immediate family. She attended Cornerstone Christian Church each Sunday but her eternal optimism, acceptance of others and faithfulness in God was most evident through her daily acts. Her warmth, generosity and gracious spirit left a lasting impact on all who came across her path and she was a pillar in all communities she graced, both here and abroad. She lived humbly and quietly followed in the footsteps of her Lord and was the greatest of His servants.

To sit at her dining table was to be treated to a feast and no one ever left her presence without a heart full of joy and a belly full of her legendary homemade dumplings. Her true work was her family and she loved the little ones the best. A visit with their grandmother and great-grandmother never ended without a “red envelope,” a handmade keepsake and a plate of homemade delicacies. Her steadfastness and abundance in providing comfort knew no bounds. Her creative and artistic spirit was woven throughout her love of cooking, knitting, drawing, beading, sewing, dancing and singing. Her plethora of self-taught talents and gifts paired with her cleverness and resourcefulness enriched many lives, especially those blessed enough to call her wife, mom, grandma, great-grandma and friend. Her smile and laughter were supernatural; her presence was healing.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, PeaHwa Tu, her four children, Janet Tu (husband Kang Shiah), Debbie Shen (husband Chuck), David Tu (wife Meiyu Chen) and Charles Tu (wife Liming Tsao), her grandchildren, Kenneth Hsu (wife Joyce), Helen Tarrach (husband Kent), Christine Dormeier (husband Nick), Jonathan Shen, Jason Tu, Rebecca Tu, Joshua Tu, Alethia Tu, Arielle Tu and her great-grandchildren, Isaiah Hsu, Hannah Hsu, Sarah Hsu, Weston Tarrach, Arden Tarrach, Leighton Tarrach, Benjamin Dormeier, Henry Dormeier and Jacob Dormeier.

Her family will forever hold on to her in devoted, loving memory.

A viewing and service led by her son, Pastor Charles Tu, will be held at Bruce Van Arsdale Funeral Home in Somerville. She will be laid to her final resting place in Somerset Hills Memorial Park.

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