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24 April 2017

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Sumie Yamagishi, long-time resident of San Francisco, died peacefully at Kokoro Assisted Living on Jan. 8, at the age of 99.  She was the eldest child of Shonosuke and Chiyo (Hara) Komiya.  As a young child, Sumie, her parents and younger brother returned to Kanagawa, Japan.  While living in Japan, she married James Takayoshi Yamagishi on May 10, 1938 and as a young bride returned to the United States settling in Alameda.  Interned at Tanforan Assembly Center in San Bruno and then to the Relocation Center in Topaz, Utah, Sumie and James returned to San Francisco with their three daughters to rebuild their lives. James passed away on May 9, 1968 a day before their 30th wedding anniversary. Sumie is survived by daughters Grace (James) Russell of Walnut Creek, June (Michi) Kawaguchi of San Francisco, and Michiko (James) Masuda of Los Gatos. Also survived by nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, six brothers and sisters, numerous nieces and nephews (all in Japan).  Sumie was preceded in death by stepson (Donald (Matsuko) Yamagishi and brother Henry Komiya. She was a member of the San Francisco Buddhist Church and the Soko Kanagawa Kenjinkai.  A family memorial and remembrance services were held with Rev. Ronald Kobata of the San Francisco Buddhist Church officiating at both services.  The family wishes to thank the Kokoro staff and volunteers for taking care of our mother for nine years and also to the caretakers who provided excellent care and compassion during her last year of life.  Donations may be made to the Kokoro Assisted Living, 1881 Bush Street, San Francisco, 94109.


Billy Kazuyoshi Hatano, 86, passed away with his family by his side on March 6 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 analyst. While living in Placer County as a youth, he and his family were interned at Tule Lake Internment Camp during WWII. In 1950, Billy enlisted in the U.S. Army and was deployed to fight in the Korean War. Soon after arriving overseas, he was captured and spent 1,007 days in a prisoner of war camp. After returning home to Sacramento, Billy married Grace Yamamura in 1955. He is survived by his wife Grace, sons Brian (Cynthia) and Kevin (Melinda); grandchildren Cirby, Bryson, Pancho and Brianne; sister Gerry Goishi; brother Masayuki Hatano. Billy loved his family and was proud of their accomplishments.Predeceased by parents Yoshimasa and Yaeko; sister Susie Okamoto. He was a longtime member of the Buddhist Church of Sacramento and the Kumamoto Kenjin Kai. A memorial will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 18, at the Buddhist Church of Sacramento, 2401 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento.