OBITUARY: Shizuko Kato

KATO, SHIZUKO, 93, was born on March 18, 1925 in Sacramento and passed away on December 8, 2018 at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View. She was the younger of two daughters of Matsusaburo and Natsuye Kawasaki. Shizuko and her sister, Fumiko went to live with relatives in Wakayama, Japan when they were approximately 2 and 3 years old. They returned to the U.S. in 1940 to live in Monterey. Fumiko sailed back to Japan before the war.

The Kawasaki family of three was sent to Gila River Internment Camp in Arizona where her Father passed away. After the war, her Mom and Shizuko returned to Monterey.

Shizuko married Bud Mitsuo Kato in Sacramento on October 12, 1947 and lived in Winters, CA until 1973 when they moved to San Jose. They raised four children Josie, Stan, Merv and Shirley on the Kato family ranch growing apricots, peaches and almonds on 55 acres.

Shizuko enjoyed playing slots at the casinos, her ABC soaps, the SF Giants, sewing, baking, road trips with Bud to Santa Cruz, Monterey and the Reno/Tahoe area and spending time with her family.

Predeceased by her parents, husband Bud, and sister Fumiko Matsushima, Shizuko is survived by Josie, Stan, Merv, Shirley, son-in-law Tom, and grandson Alex.

A private family service has been held.

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