SHIMIZU, YONEKO YASUDA, 96, passed away on Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at her home in El Cerrito, Calif.  She is survived by her daughter Grace and her sister Shisuko Kurosawa.

She was born in Auburn, Calif. and at age two, went to live with her grandparents in Kochi, Japan.  After World War II, she returned to New Castle, Calif.  In 1952, she married Susumu Shimizu and lived in Berkeley, Calif.  She is lovingly remembered for her kindness and generous support of her family, friends, church and community activities.

A memorial service was held for her on Wednesday, Jan. 13 at the East Bay Free Methodist Church in El Cerrito.

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