Obituaries

OBITUARY: Haruko Rose Tademaru

TADEMARU, HARUKO ROSE, 100, passed away peacefully on April 22, 2019. Born in Baldwin Park, CA on February 13, 1919, Haruko was valedictorian of both her grammar school and high school, and featured in the book Nisei Voices, which highlighted the first Japanese American valedictorians of California public schools. During World War II, Haruko and […]

OBITUARY: Yuko “Sybil” Bosque

BOSQUE, YUKO ‘SYBIL,’ 94, of San Jose’s Japantown passed away peacefully on April 2, 2019. Sybil was born on December 26th, 1924 and has been part of the Japantown community all of her life. Sybil is the daughter of the late, Mashojoshi and Maryko Nishijima, and the oldest sibling to brothers Katsumi (Jonnie) Nishijima, Norio […]

OBITUARY: Rev. Dr. Paul Makoto Nagano

REV. DR. NAGANO, PAUL MAKOTO, 98, a Los Angeles born Sansei peacefully passed away surrounded by loved ones on April 13, 2019. His ministry extended from Sacramento to Santa Barbara while living in the Bay Area (1986 to 2005). He is survived by his beloved wife of 75 years, Florence; sons, Jim and Steve (Patty […]

OBITUARY: Shizuko Sue Tokushige

TOKUSHIGE, SHIZUKO SUE, 97, passed away peacefully in her sleep on February 11. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Yoshio Tokushige, and daughter, Judy Tokushige. She is survived by children Linda Hamamura (Kanji), Sharen King (Rod), Sussie Tokushige and Diana Quinn (John). Cherished grandmother “Nana” of Stacey Hamamura, Michelle Hamamura, Nicole Hamamura, […]

OBITUARY: Yasuyo “Susie” Niimoto

NIIMOTO, YASUYO “SUSIE,” 94, passed away on April 13, 2019 in San Jose. Born in Hiroshima, Japan, she was in the carnation growing business in San Jose for 34 years. She loved to cook, golf and play cards with her friends and family. She was predeceased by her husband, Mike Yoshiaki Niimoto and survived by […]

OBITUARY: Yutaka Yao

YAO, YUTAKA, 99, passed away in San Mateo on March 18, 2019. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, she moved to Japan at 4 years of age, returning to San Francisco in 1938. She was preceded in death by her husband, Yoshio, and is survived by son, Shinji (Yoshi) and daughter, Ayako (Ed) Nishimoto; Grandchildren, […]

OBITUARY: Kimiko “Kimi” Kitayama Fujii

FUJII KITAYAMA, KIMIKO “KIMI,” 97, passed away peacefully on March 27, 2019 at her home in Union City. Born February 11, 1922, the fourth of six children of Ryutaro and Katsu Yokobori Fujii, Kimi grew up on the family’s Hayward flower nursery. She was a freshman at UC Berkeley when she and her family along […]

OBITUARY: Yutaka Kobori

KOBORI, YUTAKA, 93, died peacefully February 28, 2019 in San Leandro, California. Private funeral services for Yutaka were conducted Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the Buddhist Church of Oakland. Yutaka, a long-time resident of San Leandro, was born to Kenso and Konami Kobori on May 15, 1925 in Fresno, California. He grew up in Biola […]

OBITUARY: Hideo “John” Yamada

YAMADA, HIDEO “JOHN”, 86, passed peacefully March 8, 2019. Born in Oakdale, California September 17, 1932 to Sake Yamada and Sekino (Iwasaki) Yamada of Japan. John was 1 of 11 siblings. In 1942, during his early years, he was sent with family to Stockton Assembly Center, then Rohwer Relocation Center, Arkansas, where he began Elementary […]

OBITUARY: Teruko Tsumura

TSUMURA, TERUKO, 92, passed away peacefully on February 28, 2019. She was born in Sacramento to the late Susumu Miura and Yasuyo Miura Okamoto. She graduated from high school while interned at Tule Lake Relocation Center and completed her education at UCLA with a degree in Music. She met her husband, Rev. Tsumura, while playing […]

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