Yuji, a tender, compassionate, humorous, loving man, passed away peacefully at home in Palo Alto on Monday, Aug. 27 at the age of 85. He grew up in Wheatland, CA, was valedictorian of Wheatland High School class of 1950 and became the first person in his family to graduate from university in 1954, when he completed his Bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley. Yuji proudly served as an officer in the army and then worked at General Electric as a buyer for the duration of his career. He volunteered his time at Stanford Hospital as well as Palo Alto Buddhist Temple where he was a long time member. An avid San Francisco Giants fan, Yuji would watch every game with enthusiasm and always wore his Giants hat! He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Eimi Kimura Okano; his children Cary Okano (Greg), Garett (Maria) Okano, Kim (Mark) Shimazaki; grandchildren Markus, Carlos, Claire, Zackary, Anna and Leah. He also leaves his sister Alice. A service celebrating his life will be held Saturday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m. at Palo Alto Buddhist Temple, 2751 Louis Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303. Memorial donations may be made to: Palo Alto Buddhist Temple, www.pabt.org/join.html or Bright Dawn Center of Oneness Buddhism, www.brightdawn.org
June Kiyomoto Kitagawa passed away peacefully on Sept. 5 in Colma. June was born in Reedley, CA on June 6, 1929. June was the youngest child of Tamekichi Kiyomoto and Sadame Mori. June spent her childhood on her family’s prosperous farm, alongside her brothers Yoneo, Seyichi, and George and sisters Grace, Marty, Dora, and May. June completed high school at the Poston Internment Camp in Poston, AZ during World War II. Afterwards, she attended San Francisco State College, working as a housekeeper in exchange for room and board. After graduation, June worked as a Medical Technologist at Kaiser Permanente Hospital. She married David Y. Kitagawa in 1952 and they raised two wonderful sons, Lawrence J. “Larry” Kitagawa and David J. “Bear” Kitagawa. June would later retire from Kaiser in 1994, after more than forty years of service. June was an avid and faithful sports fan, cheering for the San Francisco Giants, Golden State Warriors, and San Francisco 49ers. She loved watching Korean dramas and game shows as well as tending to her garden. June also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, Lauren Miller (Robert) and Christina Honeysett (Cole). She was well-known for her kind and caring nature, wonderful cooking, and most importantly, her love of family. June was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend; she will be greatly missed by all who knew her. At June’s request, there will be no service.