OBITUARY: Mineko Takata

Mineko Takata Jan. 1, 1922 – Oct. 23, 2021 TAKATA, MINEKO passed away peacefully on October 23, 2021. Mineko was born in Pescadero, and was the 6th of 9 children to Yutaka and Chiye Yoshifuji. She was incarcerated at the Topaz and Tule Lake Concentration Camp during World War II, and moved with her family […]

OBITUARY: Nobusuke ‘Nob’ Fukuda

Nobusuke “Nob” Fukuda May 11, 1933 – Oct. 5, 2021 FUKUDA, NOBUSUKE “NOB” was born on 11 May 1933 in San Francisco. His parents were the late Yoshiaki & Shinko Fukuda, founders of the Konko Church of San Francisco. Nob is survived by his wife, Fumi, daughter Tracey, son Steven, and three grandchildren, Nicholas, Emma […]

OBITUARY: Takashi Matsuoka

Takashi Matsuoka Nov. 14, 1934 – Oct. 6, 2021 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of MATSUOKA, TAKASHI. He passed away peacefully and free of pain at his home in Daly City, CA, surrounded by his son John and daughter Yuki. His grandson Brendan Kei was also by his side prior […]

OBITUARY: May S. Murata

May S. Murata May 1, 1928 – Sept. 9, 2021 MURATA, MAY passed away peacefully at home in Corte Madera, CA at the age of 93. May was best known as the owner of May’s Coffee Shop in San Francisco’s J-town. She is survived by her children: Carol Murata, Pearl (Farokh) Monemzadeh, Rachel Lamott, Clifford […]

OBITUARY: Kiyomi Harada

Kiyomi Harada July 3, 1936 – Aug. 22, 2021 HARADA, KIYOMI passed away peacefully on August 22, 2021, at home surrounded by family. Born in Hiroshima, Japan, she moved to San Francisco in the late 1960s. She enjoyed and taught traditional Japanese arts, such as shamisen, nihon buyo and minyo in the Bay Area. She […]

OBITUARY: Setsuko Hibi Nakahara

Setsuko Hibi Nakahara March 27, 1933 – August 14, 2021 NAKAHARA, SETSUKO HIBI, 88, passed away on August 14th, 2021, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law in Redwood City, CA. Born in Yokohama, Japan, Setsuko moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1957. In 1959 she relocated to California and eventually Japantown in San […]

OBITUARY: Ralph Hiroshi Nishimi

Ralph Hiroshi Nishimi June 3, 1929 – June 1, 2021 NISHIMI, RALPH HIROSHI, passed away on June 1, 2021 two days shy of his 92nd birthday, in the comfort of his home in Sacramento, CA. Ralph was born in Los Angeles to Masao and Chitose Nishimi, in 1929, the year of the Great Crash on […]

OBITUARY: Lynda Unger Ono

Lynda Ono Unger July 23, 1946 – Aug. 11, 2021 ONO UNGER, LYNDA, 75, of San Francisco passed away Wednesday, August 11, 2021. Lynda leaves behind many friends and family members who will miss her humor and passionate spirit. She was preceded in death by husband Pete Emil Unger and is survived by Gary Ono, […]

OBITUARY: Lillia Tomiko Yamada

Lillia Tomiko Yamada March 6, 1933 – July 20, 2021 YAMADA, LILLIA TOMIKO, 88, peacefully passed away on July 20 in Castro Valley. During her early years her family and she were incarcerated at “Amache” Granada, CO. She is preceded in death by her husband Hideo “John” Yamada. She is survived by her sons, Wesley […]

OBITUARY: Mary Masako Ota

Mary Masako Ota July 22, 1925 – July 19, 2021 OTA, MARY MASAKO, 95, passed away peacefully at her home in San Francisco. Preceded in death by her husband Ichiro Ota (2001), she was born in Elko, Nev. and raised in the family home in Akanuma, Kainan-shi, Wakayama, Japan. She came to San Francisco as […]

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