May Nakao

NAKAO, MAY SETSUKO, 77, passed away after a stroke at Kaiser Hospital in San Francisco on February 8, 2017. May was born in San Francisco and was the daughter of Shigeo and Shizue Nakao. She is survived by her younger brother, Richard Kazuo Nakao, who resides in Honolulu, Hawaii. May’s family was interned at Topaz, Utah as a result of Executive Order 9066 during WWII. After the war, the family returned to San Francisco where May attended local SF public schools. She received her Associate of Arts degree at SF City College. May worked at the California Department of Insurance for over 40 years until her retirement in 2007. May loved to read, especially books about Japanese-American history. She loved to travel and enjoyed many trips to Japan with her mother. They even went to the Ice Festival in Hokkaido, Japan. May was especially devoted to her mother, who passed away just short of 101 years old. May loved to go out dining with her friends to enjoy different cuisines. A memorial service will be held for May on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the Buddhist Church of SF, 1881 Pine Street, SF 94109, at 10 am. The family requests no flowers and no koden.

One response to “OBITUARY: May Setsuko Nakao”

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    Kenji G. Taguma

    May was one of our wonderful Nisei, rounded up by volunteer Amy Hanamoto, who were always willing to help with our mailings at the Nichi Bei Foundation. She was just helping us with a mailing a day before she was struck ill, so it’s still quite a shock to realize that she’s no longer with us. We truly appreciate the help of volunteers like May, who have provided such critical support for a small nonprofit like ours. They are unsung heroes. We will truly miss May.

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