Etsuko (Yoshida) Date
May 14, 1921 – Aug. 29 2020
Etsu Yoshida was born in San Francisco, CA on May 14, 1921. She grew up and went to school in Alameda with three brothers (Mas, Min and Mako) and a sister (Kuwa).
After high school and to prevent separation, she married her childhood sweetheart, Kaz Date, in 1942 prior to the evacuation of people of Japanese descent from the West Coast. After being incarcerated in Tanforan and then Topaz, they were able to leave Topaz for a job Kaz obtained in the Midwest. They worked there, Etsu as a secretary, then becoming secretary to the principal at South Milwaukee High School. They raised their two daughters and lived there for 36 years until they both retired, returning to California. Etsu loved to cook. She and Kaz hosted many events and holidays for both friends and family in Wisconsin and later, California.
Etsu and Kaz were married for 64 years before he passed away. She is survived by her two daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and Douglas Card, and Gail and David Yamamoto; five grandchildren, Jason (Miho), Ryan (Stella) and Eric Card and Mitsuko (David) Sun and Kimiko Yamamoto; and four great grandchildren, Akira and Haru Card, and Trevor and Audre Sun.
Donations in Etsu Date’s name may be made to the Wisconsin JACL, J-sei in Emeryville or Extending Connections in Alameda.