Obituaries

OBITUARY: Fumie Keikoan Satake

Fumie Keikoan Satake Sept. 16, 1923 – Aug. 6, 2020 SATAKE, FUMIE KEIKOAN was born on September 16, 1923 in San Francisco to Saizo and Tomoye Mizota. She was 96 years young when she attained Nirvana on August 6, 2020. She will always be remembered as someone who was full of life, kind to everyone […]

OBITUARY: Chizuko Suzie Shimomura

Chizuko Suzie Shimomura Jan. 9, 1936 – July 1, 2020 SHIMOMURA, CHIZUKO SUZIE, age 84, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at her residence in Morgan Hill, California.As a child, her family overcame the racism and discrimination of internment at Tule Lake. This instilled a sense of activism around fairness, equality, and awareness […]

OBITUARY: Yukiko Takei

Yukiko Takei Sept. 16,1932 – July 12, 2020 TAKEI, YUKIKO, 87, passed peacefully at Brookdale North Fremont on July 12, 2020. Preceded in death by husband Gene Takei (2005). Survived by children Kevin (Celeste) Takei, Dawn (Ronald) Ishisaki, Tonia (Steven) Kramp, Dina (Richard) Kanaya; grandchildren Kristy (Charles) Chang, Bryan (Stefanie) Takei, Kyler and Kellie Ishisaki, […]

OBITUARY: Rose Hanako Fujikawa Uyematsu

Rose Hanako Fujikawa Uyematsu March 2, 1935 – June 3, 2020 UYEMATSU, ROSE HANAKO FUJIKAWA passed away on June 3rd, 2020 at her home in Anaheim Hills, California.Rose was born on March 2nd, 1935 in Madera, California to parents, father Kiyozuchi and mother Yaye Kamimura Fujikawa. In the early 1900s, her parents immigrated to the […]

OBITUARY: Lawson Iichiro Sakai

Lawson Iichiro Sakai Oct. 27, 1923 – June 16, 2020 SAKAI, LAWSON IICHIRO, born October 27, 1923, resident of Morgan Hill, California passed away peacefully on June 16, 2020. Lawson was born and raised in Montebello, California, moved to Colorado for a short time during WWII before enlisting in the army. He served in the […]

OBITUARY: Shizu Fujimura

Shizu Fujimura July 30, 1917 – May 25, 2020 FUJIMURA, SHIZU, 102, quietly slipped away in her San Francisco home of 70 years on May 25, 2020. Born in 1917 in Isleton, CA to Utaso and Ai Fujikawa. She is survived by her beloved children Art Sera (Bonnie), Tom Fujimura (Sharon) and Ellie Riley, Grandchildren […]

OBITUARY: Terri Higa

Terri Higa HIGA, TERRI, 64, Hawaii-born yonsei resident of Foster City, passed away suddenly May 5, 2020. Founder of Higa Automotive, Terri was a beloved mechanic to the Bay area API community for decades. A pioneer and leader in API LGBTQ organizations O-Musubi, APLBN and APIQWTC among others, Terri was a key participant in JACL’s […]

OBITUARY: Mary Hosokawa Takai

Mary Hosokawa Takai TAKAI, MARY passed away peacefully on May 16, 2020 with her family by her side. She was 97 years old and a resident of Pacheco, CA. Devoted wife for sixty years of the late Lt. Col Roy T. Takai, she was the beloved mother to five children, seven grandchildren and two great […]

OBITUARY: Nancy Nobuko Inouye

Nancy Nobuko Inouye July 19, 1933 – March 19, 2020 INOUYE, NANCY NOBUKO passed away peacefully at age 86 on March 19, 2020 in Fresno, CA. She privately and bravely fought her illness with leukemia for over three years without much burden to others of her constant pain. Born July 19, 1933 and lived most […]

OBITUARY: Kiyoshi Glenn Onizuka

Kiyoshi Glenn Onizuka Aug. 8, 1930 – Feb. 27, 2020 ONIZUKA, KIYOSHI GLENN was born in Stockton, CA and attended elementary school there until World War II when he and his family were removed and relocated to a Japanese American internment camp in Rohwer Arkansas. Alongside approximately 120,000 people of Japanese Ancestry who were placed […]

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