Obituaries

OBITUARY: Maruko Yoshida

YOSHIDA, MARUKO of San Mateo, passed on September 29, 2019 after a 4-year battle with cancer. Born in Kumamoto, Japan on August 5, 1932, Maruko arrived in San Mateo in 1959 to begin a new life with her husband and newborn. She is survived by her husband Seiichi, her daughters Naomi Ichikawa, Karen Tekawa & […]

Hugh Macbeth Jr., advocate of Japanese Americans, dies at 100

Hugh Macbeth Jr, who died Sept. 14, 2019 at the age of 100, was an extraordinary figure, both in who he was and in what he represented. On a personal level, he was a distinguished lawyer and judge — a prime member of a generation of African Americans who achieved mainstream success, despite the formidable […]

Little Tokyo Service Center Executive Director Matsubayashi dies

LOS ANGELES — Little Tokyo Service Center’s Executive Director Dean Matsubayashi passed away the evening of Sept. 4, a letter written by Dick Kaku, the organization’s board president, said. Matsubayashi had battled a brain tumor for almost a year. He passed away “peacefully with his family by his side,” Kaku wrote. Matsubayashi served as executive […]

OBITUARY: Bob Tabuchi

TABUCHI, BOB of Fremont, California went to his heavenly home on August 18, 2019. He was 88. Bob was born in Fairfield, CA on May 13, 1931 to Takeshi and Ichiye Tabuchi, and was the youngest of 8 siblings. He grew up in Fairfield, California, and his family worked the strawberry fields as sharecroppers, around […]

OBITUARY: Mary Nobuko Teraoka

TERAOKA, MARY NOBUKO, 96, peacefully passed with loved ones by her side at her home in Fowler, California on August 12th, 2019. Mary was born on September 24th, 1922, thirty miles outside of Portland, in Troutdale, Oregon. She was the second daughter of five children born to Ayao and Yoshino Kawahara. Raised in Portland, Mary […]

OBITUARY: Anna Chieko Nomura

NOMURA, ANNA CHIEKO enjoyed the simple things in life with great enthusiasm. The only child of Tadao and Fumiko Suetsugu (Honolulu, HI), she always wanted a large family. Anna met Harry T. Nomura, DDS, in 1955; married in 1956, became a mother and moved to San Francisco to join her husband in 1957. Anna, 86, […]

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: 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 […]

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