OBITUARY: Sumiko H. Sasaki Tsujimoto

TSUJIMOTO, SUMIKO H. SASAKI, 87, passed away peacefully on May 20, 2011, at her home in San Francisco with the love and support of all her children by her side.

Sumi was born on Vashon Island, Wash. She was predeceased by her husband, Fred. Beloved mother of four children, Nina (Bill) Sawasaki, Ron (Lori), Jerry (Coral) and Peggy. Extremely proud and devoted grandmother of six and great-grandmother of one. Caring sister of Gladys, Hideo, Jiro, Sally, Aki, Shiro, Henry and Marlene.

Sumi grew up in Lodi, Calif. In 1942 her family was interned at Rohwer Relocation Center, Ark., where she graduated high school. Her family was then transferred to Tule Lake, Calif. in 1944 and she was given the responsibility of working as a nurse’s aide. After camp, Sumi and Fred were married on Nov. 5, 1945. In 1948 they purchased their first home in San Francisco and started a family. Both were dedicated members of the San Francisco Buddhist Church. Sumi enjoyed cruising and traveling to many destinations.

Thank you, Mom, for your special gift of love, kindness, and strength you gave us that has taught us the true meaning of family. We will make you proud by passing on your integrity and loving ways. Those whose lives you touched will dearly miss you.

At Mom’s request, no services will be held. She will be inurned with her husband at the Colma City Japanese Cemetery Columbarium.

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