Obituaries

OBITUARY: Kaoru Kay Maeyama

MAEYAMA, KAORU KAY, 89, was born in Vacaville, CA on August 15, 1927 and passed away peacefully on January 28 surrounded by her family. Kay is survived by her husband, Jun Maeyama, two children, Mark (Melissa) Maeyama of Pleasant Hill and Lynn Maeyama of Concord and 5 grandchildren. Kay was interned with her family at […]

OBITUARY: Kikuyo “Babe” Sentachi

SENTACHI, KIKUYO “BABE,” passed away on Jan. 12, 2017.  She is survived by son Alan, daughter Vicki Akagi (Glenn) and grandchildren Terra and Daren. A memorial service will be held on Sat. March 11, 2017 at SF Buddhist Church at 2 pm.

Angus Macbeth, CWRIC special counsel, dies

The Japanese American Citizens League issued a statement Jan. 23 “mourn(ing) the passing of Angus Macbeth, who served as special counsel to the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC) and headed its staff. The CWRIC report, “Personal Justice Denied,” and its recommendations formed the basis for the Civil Liberties Act of 1988.” […]

OBITUARY: Sadame Kojimoto

KOJIMOTO, SADAME, 88, after enduring Alzheimer’s Disease for twenty years, peacefully passed away on January 4, 2017. Sadame was born on March 18, 1928, in San Francisco Chinatown, the youngest daughter of Tsunesuke and Setsu Hara. The Hara family lived next-door to the International Hotel on Kearny Street. Sadame’s parents operated a dry-cleaning business at […]

OBITUARY: Aiko Mikami

MIKAMI, AIKO, 87, of Lodi, died on January 18. She was born in Hiroshima, Japan, on August 27, 1929. A devoted student of Japanese arts, Mrs. Mikami received at the age of 28 the highest tea ceremony certificate, Midare, from the School of Omotesenke and was the only person in the U.S. to hold such […]

OBITUARY: Etsuko Phyllis Tsukasaki

TSUKASAKI, ETSUKO PHYLLIS, 97, passed away on Jan. 2, 2017. Born April 15, 1919, she spent her early years in Concord, CA, as a farmer’s daughter and attended San Jose State College. In 1941 she married the late Dr. Mas G. Tsukasaki. Following Concentration Camp at Topaz, Utah they settled in Berkeley, CA since 1945. […]

OBITUARY: Taneko Oishi McClendon

McCLENDON, TANEKO OISHI, 89, passed peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, January 14th, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Joe M. McClendon, in 2004 and by her son, George, in 1967. She is survived by sons, James and Charles and will be greatly missed by her 2 grandchildren, Ashley […]

OBITUARY: Mutsuyo Horikiri

HORIKIRI, MUTSUYO, 91, passed away peacefully at home on Jan. 25, 2017 surrounded by family. She is survived by her husband, Shinobu Horikiri, children Toshiaki, Keijiro (Michiko), Grace (Kalen) and Geary (Angel). Born Sept. 3, 1925 in Courtland, CA, Mutsuyo was sent to Japan at age 2 with her older sister to live with their […]

OBITUARY: Kikuyo Sekino

SEKINO, KIKUYO, 102, passed peacefully in her sleep after visiting with and surrounded by her children on December 16, 2016. She was preceded in death by husband, Yukio Sekino. She is survived by daughters Reiko (Shozo) Inomata, residing in Japan, Sachiko (Yoshiaki deceased) Tajima, and sons Osamu(Tsuruko), and Tad (Christie). She will be greatly missed […]

Renowned community photographer Archie Miyatake dies

Editor’s Note: The following press release was issued by the Manzanar Committee. LOS ANGELES — The Manzanar Committee expresses its deepest sympathies to the family of former Manzanar incarceree and renowned community photographer Archie Miyatake, 92, who passed away on Dec. 20, 2016, in Los Angeles. The Miyatake family is best known for being the […]

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