Amey was born on July 24, 1922, in Delano (now Visalia) California and was the oldest of four children. She resided in the central valley until she and her family were incarcerated at the Fresno Detention Center and Jerome, Arkansas Concentration Camp during World War II.
She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Tulsa and moved back to California with her husband Hatsuro in the late 1940’s. Although Amey had a license to teach in the California school system, she chose to help her husband start and maintain his successful graphic design business (Aizawa and Furuta) in San Francisco for many decades.
At her request, no memorial service is planned but an informal gathering of family and friends will take place on Sunday, June 4, 2017 from 1-3pm at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC), located at 1840 Sutter Street, SF CA 94115. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the JCCCNC or to a charity of your choice.
Amey is predeceased by her parents, Chuzo and Hanako Yamane and her husband Hatsuro. She is survived by siblings Lily Kuwamoto, Elaine Higashi and Katsumi (Bonnie) Yamane and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Tadao “Tabo” Hisaoka passed away on April 1. He was born May 29, 1940 in Vacaville, Calif., the eleventh child of the late Toranosuke and Kae Hisaoka. He and the family was uprooted and sent to the Gila River internment camp in Arizona.
Tabo’s friendly nature was developed and nurtured when the family relocated to California and settled in the small farming town of Alvarado. Friendships made during those years carried on through his graduation from Washington Union High School in Fremont. Upon receiving his degree from San Jose City College, Tabo was employed at Sandia Corporation until his retirement in 2007, after 46 years as a drafter/designer at this national research facility.
He married Patricia Fujimoto in 1979, starting his own family with son Jeffrey born in 1982 and daughter Tricia born in 1986. With happiness there also came sadness, with the loss of baby daughter Lynnsey in 1985 at the age of 7-1/2 weeks old.
Tabo’s enthusiasm for sports was always present from his days of playing “D” basketball in high school, bowling with his brothers in the Nisei league, through to his golfing days as part of the SIRS golfing group. After his retirement and until just this past year, he enjoyed being an usher at Oakland A’s home games.
Tabo is survived by his wife, Patti, son Jeffrey, daughter Tricia, brothers Pete, Yosh (Jane), Mas (Aileen), sister Kay, many nephews, nieces, grand and great-grand nephews and nieces.