Obituaries

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 […]

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 […]

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