OBITUARY: Joseph Haratani

Joseph Haratani Oct. 27, 1923 – Dec. 6, 2019 HARATANI, JOSEPH found freedom on December 6th, 2019, ninety-six years after his birth in Florin, California on October 27th, 1923. Although uprooted as a teen and forced into Amache internment camp with his parents and siblings, Joe served the public good his entire life. He began […]

OBITUARY: Mutsuo “Mik” Kitagawa

Mutsuo “Mik” Kitagawa Aug. 3, 1934 – Feb. 7, 2020 MUTSUO “MIK” KITAGAWA, passed peacefully at home, sporting his beloved 49ers tee on Feb. 7, 2020 at the age of 85. Born and raised in SF’s Japantown, he called the City his home—not counting the 3 years at the Topaz Internment Camp in Utah and […]

OBITUARY: Masaye Nakamura

Masaye Nakamura Aug. 7, 1923 – Feb. 13, 2020 NAKAMURA, MASAYE, 96, passed away on February 13, 2020 at home with her family. She was the steadfast matriarch of her family, leading peacefully but with stout determination. During her lifetime, she lived through and overcame challenges and adversity that would crumble most today. During the […]

OBITUARY: Jun Maeyama

Jun Maeyama June 3, 1925 – Jan. 26, 2020 MAEYAMA, JUN, 94, was born on June 3, 1925 in Winters, CA and passed away peacefully on January 26 surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kaoru Kay and is survived by his two children, Mark (Melissa) Maeyama of Pleasant Hill […]

OBITUARY: Whitey Hideo Shiro

Whitey Hideo Shiro Jan. 1, 1928 – Feb. 12, 2020 SHIRO, WHITEY HIDEO, 92, passed away peacefully in San Francisco, CA. Whitey was born in Colusa, CA to Yoshimatsu and Hatsu Shiro. He grew up in Grimes, CA (a farming community) with his brothers Kazuo, Joe, Bob, George and Jim. In May 1942, the Shiro […]

OBITUARY: Kimiyo Shironaka

Kimiyo Shironaka Oct. 30, 1921 – Feb. 3, 2020 SHIRONAKA (MATSUSHITA), KIMIYO was born in Mills, CA to Iwagoro and Hisaye Matsushita. Her early years were spent in Sacramento, CA and later farming in Rumsey and eventually Winters, CA which she always considered her home. She was married in Syracuse, KS to Ted Shironaka (1964) […]

OBITUARY: George Susumu Takamura

George Susumu Takamura Oct. 3, 1924 – Jan. 28, 2020 TAKAMURA, GEORGE SUSUMU, 95, was born in Honolulu, HI on October 3rd, 1924, and grew up in the Palolo Valley area of Oahu. He proudly served during WWII with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team/100th Infantry Battalion, and sustained a battle related injury on the front […]

OBITUARY: Barbara Midori Nakamoto

Barbara Midori Nakamoto Oct. 31, 1946 – Jan. 17, 2020 NAKAMOTO, BARBARA MIDORI, 73, passed away on Friday, January, 17th, after bravely fighting Alzheimer’s disease for over 8 years. Barbara was born in Tokyo, Japan, and grew up in Berkeley, CA, after briefly residing in Nebraska. She graduated from Berkeley High School in 1965, and […]

OBITUARY: Chiyoko Mizutani

Chiyoko Mizutani Aug. 6, 1924 – Dec. 16, 2019 MIZUTANI, CHIYOKO, 95, passed away on December 16, 2019 in San Francisco, CA. Born on August 6, 1924 in Walnut Grove, CA, she was eldest of three children of Zentaro and Takino Mizutani of Aichi, Japan. At age 7, the sudden death of her father prompted […]

OBITUARY: Robert Yoshikazu Nakaji

Robert Yoshikazu Nakaji May 5, 1934 – January 10, 2020 NAKAJI, ROBERT YOSHIKAZU, resided in the Almaden Valley in San Jose, CA for over 4 decades. Bob was born on May 5, 1934 in San Luis Obispo, CA. He graduated from James Lick High School in 1952. He served in the US Army in Korea […]

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