Masako Suzuki
Masako Suzuki

SUZUKI, MASAKO, 100, passed away peacefully at California Pacific Medical Center on Dec 21, 2013. Born in Oakland on Jan 21, 1913, the second of eight children, her family moved back to Japan when she was eight years old. She married Kiyoji Suzuki in San Francisco in 1933. They had a dry cleaning business on 9th Ave and Clement for eight years during which time Junko and later Kenji was born. Then the whole family was interned at Topaz Relocation Camp. After internment the family moved to Salt Lake City where daughter, Helen, was born. While there, she worked part time as a domestic for a private family for many years, was active at the Salt Lake Buddhist Church and watched over the Nichiren Buddhist Church near her house. After over 50 years she moved back to the Bay area at the urging of her now grown children in 1995. During her last years while living at Kimochi Home in Japantown for nearly 7 years, she enjoyed meeting new people, participating in the many activities and having visits with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by husband, Kiyoji, daughter, June Fujita and son, Kenji. She is survived by daughter, Helen (Kenneth) Sato, five grandchildren Gregg (Michelle) Fujita, Neal (Tammy Medress) Fujita, Lisa (Dale) Fujita-Binkley, Stephanie (Phong La) Sato, Jennifer (Javier Rangel) Sato and 4 great grandchildren Ben and Maya Fujita, Daniel Binkley and Max Fujita. A private, family memorial service was held on Jan 12, 2014.

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