OBITUARY: May S. Murata

May S. Murata May 1, 1928 – Sept. 9, 2021 MURATA, MAY passed away peacefully at home in Corte Madera, CA at the age of 93. May was best known as the owner of May’s Coffee Shop in San Francisco’s J-town. She is survived by her children: Carol Murata, Pearl (Farokh) Monemzadeh, Rachel Lamott, Clifford […]

OBITUARY: Kiyomi Harada

Kiyomi Harada July 3, 1936 – Aug. 22, 2021 HARADA, KIYOMI passed away peacefully on August 22, 2021, at home surrounded by family. Born in Hiroshima, Japan, she moved to San Francisco in the late 1960s. She enjoyed and taught traditional Japanese arts, such as shamisen, nihon buyo and minyo in the Bay Area. She […]

OBITUARY: Setsuko Hibi Nakahara

Setsuko Hibi Nakahara March 27, 1933 – August 14, 2021 NAKAHARA, SETSUKO HIBI, 88, passed away on August 14th, 2021, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law in Redwood City, CA. Born in Yokohama, Japan, Setsuko moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1957. In 1959 she relocated to California and eventually Japantown in San […]

OBITUARY: Ralph Hiroshi Nishimi

Ralph Hiroshi Nishimi June 3, 1929 – June 1, 2021 NISHIMI, RALPH HIROSHI, passed away on June 1, 2021 two days shy of his 92nd birthday, in the comfort of his home in Sacramento, CA. Ralph was born in Los Angeles to Masao and Chitose Nishimi, in 1929, the year of the Great Crash on […]

OBITUARY: William Isamu Mizono

William Isamu Mizono MIZONO, WILLIAM ISAMU, beloved husband, father, uncle, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away peacefully at the age of 92, surrounded by his family on July 24, 2021 in Walnut Creek, California. Born in San Francisco, he was the youngest son of Saichi and Matsuyo Mizono. In February 1937, in the midst of the […]

OBITUARY: Lynda Unger Ono

Lynda Ono Unger July 23, 1946 – Aug. 11, 2021 ONO UNGER, LYNDA, 75, of San Francisco passed away Wednesday, August 11, 2021. Lynda leaves behind many friends and family members who will miss her humor and passionate spirit. She was preceded in death by husband Pete Emil Unger and is survived by Gary Ono, […]

OBITUARY: Lillia Tomiko Yamada

Lillia Tomiko Yamada March 6, 1933 – July 20, 2021 YAMADA, LILLIA TOMIKO, 88, peacefully passed away on July 20 in Castro Valley. During her early years her family and she were incarcerated at “Amache” Granada, CO. She is preceded in death by her husband Hideo “John” Yamada. She is survived by her sons, Wesley […]

OBITUARY: Mary Masako Ota

Mary Masako Ota July 22, 1925 – July 19, 2021 OTA, MARY MASAKO, 95, passed away peacefully at her home in San Francisco. Preceded in death by her husband Ichiro Ota (2001), she was born in Elko, Nev. and raised in the family home in Akanuma, Kainan-shi, Wakayama, Japan. She came to San Francisco as […]

OBITUARY: Chuzo Harada

Chuzo Harada May 13, 1931 – June 26, 2021 HARADA, CHUZO peacefully passed away surrounded by family on Saturday June 26 at the age of 90, after a valiant battle with cancer. He was a gentle and caring person. Chuzo grew up in Kure-shi, Japan. In the 1960’s he moved to the bay area to […]

OBITUARY: Chris Shinya Tomine

Chris Shinya Tomine March 15, 1944 – June 10, 2021 TOMINE, CHRIS SHINYA passed away on June 10, 2021. Chris was born March 15th, 1944 at the Tule Lake Relocation Center in Northern California. He grew up in Alameda, California, attending elementary and high school there, with fond memories of playing at McKinley Park, across […]

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