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: SHUNSO FRANK WATANABE

(April 9, 1927 – June 18, 2019)

OBITUARY: Cathy K. Iwai

IWAI, CATHY K., 70, of Honolulu, HI, passed away peacefully at home on April 7th, 2019. She was born in San Francisco, CA. She is survived by husband Brian, son Kelly (Kellie), and granddaughter Kenzie. Visitation 2:30 p.m.; Services: 3:30 p.m. on Sunday May 19th, 2019 at Nu’uanu Memorial Park & Mortuary, No Flowers, Casual […]

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: Warren Eijima

EIJIMA, WARREN, 97, passed away peacefully at his home in San Francisco on Jan. 7, 2019, with his children, Richard and Mary, at his side. He is survived by his sister, Hannah Hara (Roy Takeuchi) of San Jose, son Richard (Tami Suzuki), daughter Mary (Robert Kawano), and grandchildren, Riki and Tomi Eijima and Alex and […]

OBITUARY: Rosemary Shigeko Ito

ITO, ROSEMARY SHIGEKO, 82, of Monterey Park passed away at her home with her husband of 61 years at her side. She is survived by husband Willie Ito; sons Marc (Helen) Ito, Vincent (Michele) Ito, Matthew (Yvonne) Ito; daughter Sabrina (Jim) Kiilsgaard; grandchildren Tawny Contreras, Michael Ito, Sydney Ito, Corey Ito, Kayla Kiilsgaard, Kyle Kiilsgaard; […]

OBITUARY: Billy Kazuyoshi Hatano

HATANO, BILLY KAZUYOSHI, 86, passed away with his family by his side on March 6, 2017 in Sacramento, from a heart-related ailment. A 1949 graduate of Roseville High School, Billy lived a full life that included 34 years at the Sacramento Army Depot, diligently working from an entry level mail clerk to a computer systems […]

OBITUARY: Yoko Okazaki

OKAZAKI, YOKO, 85, passed away peacefully on December 2, 2016. She endured Parkinson’s disease for many years. Although her health declined, her spirit never did. Yoko was born November 21, 1931 in the village of Yorishima, along the Inland Sea of Japan. Her parents were Tomoharu Miyake and Ocho Nakamura. Yoko was the third child […]

INVITING PEOPLE INTO THE FOLD: Sisters advance the art of origami

Raised around the art of origami, Linda Mihara and Vicky Mihara Avery have unfolded the public’s fascination with making art from a single sheet of paper. Recognized as paperfolders, the Mihara sisters have helped establish the art of origami both nationally and internationally. Most recently, Linda Mihara co-curated “Origami Living World” at the National History […]

Prominent defense and civil rights attorney honored after his death

Garrick Lew, a prominent San Francisco defense attorney and co-founder of the Asian Law Caucus, passed away on March 19. He was 65. San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, who clerked for Lew in the 1980s and worked with him on continuing education materials for attorneys, described Lew as a “mentor and hero to so […]

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