Obituaries

OBITUARY: Florence Toshiko Fujinaga

FUJINAGA, FLORENCE TOSHIKO, 94, entered Nirvana on April 26, 2019. She was born in Penryn on June 8, 1924 to the late Ichisaku and Sen Iseki. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Kakumin Fujinaga, her brothers Harry and George Iseki and sister Norma Kochi. She is survived by her daughter Satomi (Ed) […]

OBITUARY: Hideko Nakajima

NAKAJIMA, HIDEKO, 85, passed away at her residence on July 15, 2019 in Richmond. Nakajima Sensei was born on May 19, 1934 in Kisarazu, Chiba Prefecture, Japan. She enjoyed a lifelong career in the performing arts in both Japan and the U.S. In her youth, she sang professionally in Japan under King Records and joined […]

OBITUARY: Yuriko Yokota

YOKOTA, YURIKO, 104, passed away peacefully at her home in Hayward, California, on June 18, 2019. She was born April 4, 1915 to Jujiro Sugihara and Teru Kobayashi Sugihara in San Francisco, and was raised in Richmond, CA, where she attended San Pablo Elementary and Richmond High School. In 1942 Yuri and her parents and […]

OBITUARY: Mitsue “Mitzi” Kamikawa Hurlbert

KAMIKAWA HURLBERT, MITSUE “MITZI” entered the Pure Land peacefully at home on June 27, 2019. She was 99. Mitzi, as she was known, was born on Jan. 24, 1920, in Fresno, California. She was the third of five children to Koichi and Kaoru Shimata Kamikawa, who ran the popular Kamikawa Brothers general merchandise store in […]

OBITUARY: Kikue “Kay” Shirai

SHIRAI, KIKUE “KAY”, age 97, of Sacramento passed away peacefully on May 22, 2019. Kay was born in Mount Eden, California on January 24, 1922 to Kiichi and Ryo Tomotoshi. She graduated Hayward Union High School. In 1942 her family was incarcerated at Topaz Relocation Center and then Tule Lake Segregation Center. For 28 years […]

OBITUARY: Mutsuko Alice (Taguma) Honda

HONDA, MUTSUKO ALICE (TAGUMA), passed away peacefully at her home in Sacramento, Calif. on June 17, 2019 after a long battle with dementia. She was 88. A vivacious spirit, she commanded the spotlight when she entered a room, & was known to have a big heart, kind to everyone, & was a great cook. A […]

Vicky Mihara Avery, origami artist and business owner, passes

Noted origami artist Vicky Mihara Avery passed away from complications of pancreatic cancer early in the morning May 27, 2019. She was 62. She is survived by her parents Nobuo and Shizuko Mihara, younger siblings Linda and Roger Mihara, husband Matthew Avery, son Christopher James Avery and their two dogs. Mihara Avery, a lifelong San […]

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 […]

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