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Obituary Notices-November

Wakako Shimazu, 95, passed away Nov. 1 in Sacramento. She was born on June 14, 1914 in Waipahu, Oahu, Hawaii. She married Seiji Shimazu and had two children Fumiye and Paul. In 1942 they were interned in Tule Lake Relocation Center. They returned to Hood, Calif. in 1945 and moved to Sacramento in 1949. She enjoyed gardening and participating in the Fujinkai, Bocho Doshi Kai, the South Sacramento Tanoshimi Kai, and the South Sacramento Friendship Club. She enjoyed outings with Fumi and Keiji and seeing her grandchildren (Ella, Lorenzo, and Ryan). Wakako was predeceased by her husband Seiji (1941) and her son Paul of Sacramento (1988). She is survived by her daughter Fumiye (Keiji) Takagi, her daughter-in-law Lily Shimazu, her grandchildren Stephanie Shimazu (Brian Carey) and Melanie Shimazu (Ron Leu), her great-grandchildren Ella and Lorenzo Carey and Ryan Leu.

Joe Kameshi Nozumi passed away peacefully on Nov. 2. He is preceded in death by his wife, Hisaye. He is survived by his four children, five grandchildren, one great granddaughter, two sisters, and a loving extended family. Joe was born in Visalia, California on Sept. 26, 1923. He was an internee at the Gila River War Relocation Center (Arizona) and was an Army veteran serving in post-war Germany and during the Korean War. Joe loved to garden, listening to country western music, trips to Reno and his family.

Mitsugi Ikeda passed away at the age of 90 on Nov. 4, in Lincoln, Calif. He was born on Aug. 3, 1919 in Loomis. Resided most of his life in Placer County and was a plum orchard rancher. Survived by wife of 55 years, Ruth. Also survived by daughters Sandra Ikeda and Darlene Ikeda Regan (Dennis), grandchildren Shannon and Christopher Regan, sisters Frances Shibata and Mae Nakajima, and several nieces and nephews.

Teru Kanba, born Feb. 14, 1918 in San Francisco, died on Nov. 5. She was the daughter of Tomitaro Kanba and Han Sato Kanba, who preceded her in death. She had two brothers, Toyoichi Kanba of Shimane Ken, Japan, and Hide Kanba of Nagano Ken, Japan. Teru was a proud alumnae of U.C. Berkeley and a long time employee of the American Red Cross in Burlingame. Until her final years, she was a member of the Buddhist Church of San Francisco.

Shizue Morita, born in Gilroy, California and a resident of San Jose since 1975, Shizue passed away peacefully at Our Lady of Fatima Villa nursing home in Saratoga on Nov. 6, after a long illness. Loving sister of Asayo Sue Morita of San Jose and Chiyoko Morita of Gilroy, both survive her, the late Shoichi Morita (Alyce), the late Satoru Morita and the late Toshiko Morita.

Kiyomi Makihara, born Aug. 28, 1921 in Los Angeles, and passed away on Nov. 7 in San Jose. She is survived by her husband Wataru, her daughter Naomi (Randy Shingai) and her grandson Conner Shingai.

Daisy Yoshiyama passed away at Ave Maria Convalescent Hospital in Monterey on Nov. 7. As a child, she lived in Salinas where her father ran a fish market. Following her marriage to Robert S. Yoshiyama, Daisy and her family were sent to the Poston Internment Camp in Arizona. After World War II, they lived briefly in Fresno before residing in Seaside. Daisy was an active member of the Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple. She loved to crochet and knit and was a skilled seamstress. She particularly enjoyed picking up her friends for Tuesday night Bingo games at the Oldemeyer Center. Daisy is survived by her son, Leonard, of Seaside; her grandchildren, Lynn and Corey and her great-granddaughters, Lani and Tabatha. Her husband, Robert, preceded her in death in 1972.

Kaoru Gotow, born on Nov. 9, 1917, on Holland Tract, Calif., he passed away on Nov. 9, at age 92. A longtime resident of Sacramento, he is survived by his wife of 64 years, Katsuye, son Gary (Ruby), daughter Sharon Heyward, grandchildren Garret, Kyle, Kristin, and Heather; great-grandchild Tori, sister Tsugino (Hiroshi) Oto, sister-in-law Teruko Goto, and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by brother Arata Goto and sister Yoshino Kato.

Yoshi Ike Obikane, born April 29, 1916 in Isleton, passed away on Nov. 9 in San Jose. Yoshi “June” Obikane was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She had a style and personality which had a wonderful way of making everyone around her smile. Her energy and love of life will be dearly missed by her friends and family.

Toshi Kamada, born in Seattle, on Sept. 29, 1926. Passed away in Roseville on Nov. 9, at the age of 83. She is survived by her beloved husband of 60 years, Norman Kamada; son, Mark Kamada; daughter, Carol and husband Don Tsukimura; brother, Roy Kirita; sister-in-law, Hisako Kirita; brother-in-law, Ben and wife Agnes; several nephews and nieces.

Jack Masao Hashimoto, 87, passed away on Nov. 9, in Reno, NV. Born on Feb. 3, 1922 in San Francisco. Resided most of his life in Stockton. Loving husband to Inez (Yoshida) Hashimoto. Father of Nancy (Edwin) Yamada, Lonny Hashimoto, Faye (David) Lloyd and Richard (Carolyn) Hashimoto. Grandfather of nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. His smile and laughter will be missed.

Mitsuko Kuwamoto, born Dec. 17, 1918 in Florin, passed away Nov. 10 in Sacramento, at the age of 90. Preceded in death by beloved husband Frank and parents Iwataro and Fuyu Sasano. Greatly missed by children Larry, Gary, Terry (Ho), Sally and MaryAnn Kuwamoto, and grandsons Michael and Mark Ho. Also survived by brothers and sisters-in-law: Hiroshi (Yuki), Akira (Michiyo), Kyoko and Yoshiko Sasano; and Mitsue Oji; and several nieces and nephews.

Tamae Takanishi Tufts passed way on November 11, 2009 at the age of 68, surrounded by her daughters and grandchildren.  Born in Hiroshima, Japan in 1940, she was an atomic bomb survivor and later attended The Sogetsu-ryu Academy School of Ikebana in Tokyo. Tamae (Tammy) was an avid gardener and devoted mother, grandmother, caregiver and friend. She has joined her parents Harumatu Takanishi & Kiyoe Fujikawa who preceded her in death. She is survived by her former husband Gerald E. Tufts, her daughters Marian Sachiko Tufts and Pauline Michiko Tufts; grandchildren: Mallory, Maia and Liam Tufts; siblings: Kikuko Takatsuna, Chieko Onari, Hideo Kotani, Akira Takanishi, all from Japan; Shigeru Takanishi, and many nieces and nephews in Japan. Memorial services will be held on Wednesday Dec. 2, 2009 at the Church of the Chimes, 1447 Bryan Ave., in San Jose at 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests a donation be made to: Hakone Foundation P.O. Box 2324 Saratoga, CA 95070 in her name.

Chiye Tsukahira, resident of Berkeley, passed away, on Nov. 13, with her family at her side. She was preceded in death by her husband Frank and is survived by: her daughter Jane (Gene) Tanaka, her son Jerry (Janet) Tsukahira, five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Mary Ouye was born on Oct. 28, 1915 and passed away on Nov. 14. She was preceded in death by her husband Fred, daughter Carol Hisatomi and son-in-law Aki, brother George Masuda and his wife Janet, brothers-in-law Yosh Matsuhara, Harold Ouye and Frank Taniguchi, sister-in-law Alice Taniguchi, and parents Rikichi and Kuni Masuda. She is survived by her three sisters Ruby (Howard) Matsuhara, Pearl Matsuhara, and Amy (James) Miyashima, grandchildren Cheryl (Alan) McNabb, George (Naomi) Hisatomi, Greg (Lisa) Hisatomi, great-grandchildren, Brenna and Tara, Nicole and Lauren, Amber and Ethan, sister-in-law Grace Ouye, and brother-in-law Carnegie (Soupy) Ouye, and many nieces and nephews. Mary enjoyed gardening, sewing, baking, going to the casinos, and watching the Giants and A's play. She especially enjoyed going out with her sisters and brother, and just being with family. She will be dearly missed by all.

Hiroshi Nishita, 77, born in San Juan Bautista, Calif. passed away in Salinas on Nov. 15.

Katsuji Kobata Sept. 9, 1930 - Nov. 17, 2009.

Resident of Fremont Beloved husband of Emiko, caring brother of May, devoted father to Pauline and Victor and cherished grandfather to Chelsea, Lauren, Christopher, Nicholas and Jordan. Katsuji touched many lives with his unwavering spirit and love of life. He was born in Stockton. During WWII, his family was interned at the Gila River Reservation in Arizona. He went on to graduate from Sanger High School and attended U.C. Berkeley where he participated in the R.O.T.C. program. He went on to serve 27 years with the United States Army, completely one tour of Korea and three tours of Vietnam, achieving the rank of Colonel before retiring in 1979. Not one to rest on his laurels, he went on with his second career in Banking and retired as a vice-president and manager of Sumitomo Bank. In his latter years, he enjoyed sharing the company of his wife as they frequented their favorite local restaurants, spending time with his family, and weaving stories to those who would listen.

Sadao (Sid) Takemoto died unexpectedly Nov. 17. Owner of the New Hearth on Geary Blvd. for over 40 years, Sid made friends too numerous to mention. Many of them were able to gather at the Hearth and the Hockey Haven to say goodbye and celebrate his life. Sid was born on July 4, 1934, a date which he proudly shared and celebrated every year with a barbeque. He leaves brothers and sisters, Jean Mukai, Linda (Joe) Rafferty, Carol (Elliott) Williams, Mashi (Joan) Takemoto, George (Nancy) Takemoto and many nieces and nephews in San Jose. He is also sadly missed by special friend, Patricia Haines.

Kuni Sasaki, resident of Richmond, passed away on Nov. 18 at the age of 89. Service was held Dec. 5th at the Berkeley Buddhist Church by Reverend David Matsumoto. Kuni, a Nisei, was born Feb. 1, 1920 in Seattle, WA. Originally an Oysterman in South Bend, WA. A WWII US Army Veteran. Staff Sergeant, K Company, 442 Infantry Regiment. He retired as a precision machinist in Richmond, Calif. Rode a bicycle 12 miles a day until 86. Over 25,000 miles on his odometer. He lost his wife, Kiyoko, in 1953. He stayed a loving father with quiet dignity. Survived by his two sons: Michael Sasaki of Richmond, and Warren Sasaki of Vallejo; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and four siblings in S.F. Bay Area.

Alice Harue Yasumatsu passed away peacefully on Nov. 18, at the age of 89. She is survived by son Mark (Liza), loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Kiyoko Oda (nee Kiyoko Yoshikawa) and wife of the late Katsuro Oda, peacefully passed away on Nov. 18 at the age of 92. She is survived by her loving children (Atsuko and Kazuo Hayashi, Michiko and Ben Uyemura, Hideko Janet Oda and Ed and Susan Oda), grandchildren (James Hayashi, Henry and Tina Hayashi, Naomi and Chris Kleitsch, Doreen and Robert Diaz, Janet Uyemura and Scott and Kristen Oda) and great grandchildren (Christian Burke, Jeffrey and Cassandra Kleitsch and Emiko Diaz).

Thomas S. Yamasaki, 79, passed away peacefully at his home in San Jose on Nov. 18. Tom was born on March 6, 1930 in Mountain View. In 1942, he was sent, along with his siblings, parents, and grandparents, to Heart Mountain internment camp in Wyoming. Upon his return to California, he graduated from Mountain View High. Tom then attended San Jose State and University of Colorado at Boulder where he earned his degree in pharmacology. For nearly three decades, Tom owned and ran his own pharmacies: first, Mary-El Pharmacy in Sunnyvale, then Sunrise Pharmacy, and finally Pearl Avenue Pharmacy in San Jose. Tom loved his family, fishing, listening to sports, and playing golf and poker. Tom is survived by his wife of 52 years, Doris Ishimaru Yamasaki, his daughter Phyllis (John) Alix of Los Altos, his sons Steve Yamasaki of Carlsbad and Gary Yamasaki of So. Lake Tahoe. He is also survived by six sisters, one brother, and dozens of loving nieces and nephews. Tom is preceded in death by his parents, Thomas T. and Kiyo Yamasaki.

Akira Endo was born on Sept. 27, 1919 in Japan and passed away on Nov. 19, at the age of 90, in San Jose. He was the beloved husband of Meiko Endo for 62 years. Loving father of Michi Shimizu, Alice Schwartz and the late Sachiko Spohn and father-in-law of Gordon Shimizu, Dave Schwartz and Cliff Spohn. He had six grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Yoshio "Joe" Negi, resident of San Leandro, entered peacefully into rest on Nov. 20, at his home in San Leandro with his loving family at his side. Born Dec. 15, 1924 in Sheridan, Wyoming, he lived his younger years in Loomis, California. He was 84 years old and a 40-year resident of San Leandro. Joe touched many lives with his ever present smile, positive outlook, and humor. He had a talent for playing baseball and musical instruments like the clarinet and saxaphone. He took his passion for Japanese Landscaping and made it his career for 30 years. He loved traveling in his RV, fishing, and enjoyed playing golf and poker with his wife and two brothers-in-law, Sam and Yo Maruyama. Beloved husband of 55 years to Sanaye Jane Negi and son of the late Tora Negi, caring brother of Michi Nishino, devoted father of Dorene Curran, Steve Negi, Patty Estrada, Randy Negi, and Sandy Hollandsworth, treasured father-in-law of Vinnie Curran, the late Nancy Negi, and Colleen Negi, cherished grandfather of Shannon, Nicole, Kristi, Phillip, Monika, Lauren, Brendon, Lexie, Cole, and Jenna.

A memorial service was held at the Reedley Buddhist Church on Nov. 22 for Mary Takasagawa.

Yoshiko Ito Adachi, 86, resident of El Cerrito, passed away on Nov. 22. Yo was born in Fallon, Nevada and raised on a farm famous for growing “Hearts of Gold” cantaloupe. She began her college education at the University of Nevada, Reno and completed laboratory technical school in St. Louis, Missouri. Yo worked as a laboratory technician in Keokuk, Iowa before returning to the Bay Area where she married Hideyo Adachi and joined the family business of Adachi Florist and Nursery in El Cerrito. Together they celebrated 57 anniversaries before Hideyo passed away at the age of 94. She was loved and respected for her generosity, thoughtfulness, fairness, open-mindedness, inner strength and ability to bring out the best in others. She enjoyed time spent with family, cooking, camping with her clan near Lassen National Park, relaxing in Lake Tahoe, and attending the San Francisco Civic Light Opera and 49’ers, Raiders and Warriors games. Yo is survived by her sons and daughters Ken, Miki, Steve, Wendy and Themy-Jo Adachi, their spouses Myrna Adachi, Janice Adachi, Wayne Takata and Cheryl Hanson, her grandchildren Kelly, Megan, Michael, Tyler, Sierra and Keilani, her brother Tom Ito, sisters Shizu Matsui, Taka Watanabe and Tomi Isono, and in-laws Tak Watanabe, Elsie Ogata, Tosh and Kimi Adachi; John and Ruby Hiramoto.

George Umamoto was born on Sept. 5, 1919, in Selma, Calif. to Tetsuichi and Asayo Umamoto. He was the oldest of four children, Kaneso, Kiyoso, and Yoshiye. George went to Iowa Grammar School in Fowler. He graduated from Selma High School where he excelled in track and basketball in 1938. Served in the United States Army, Aug. 5, 1941, and honorably discharged August 13, 1943, as sergeant. He went to Cleveland, Ohio to vocational rehabilitation school in dental laboratory in the morning and worked in the afternoon for four years. George came back to Fresno in 1948 and opened a dental lab January 1949 on E and Tulare St. George married Fujiye Jitsumyo, on October 30, 1949. Daughter, Joyce, was born August 31, 1950. Son, Kenneth, born March 29, 1952. Fujiye passed away on December 27, 1974. He moved to Blackstone and Princeton in 1966 and worked until 1988 when he retired. George was an avid golfer until he had a Valley Fever like illness. He was a life member of Belmont Country Club. His other hobbies included, going to casinos, playing Mahjongg and Shanghai. He is preceded in death by parents, Tetsuichi and Asayo Umamoto. Brothers, Kiyoso and Kane; sister, Yoshiye Lily Watanabe; and son, Kenneth Umamoto. He is survived by, Mrs. Anna Aoki, companion/caregiver; daughter, Joyce Umamoto of S.F.; several nephews and nieces.

Sachie Kumasaki, born on Jan. 5, 1920 in Florin, Calif. to Kokichi and Nobu Omoto, died on Nov. 23 in Sacramento. Survived by her daughter Dorothy, son Edward (wife Joyce), and grandson Kyle, brothers Kaz Omoto (wife Yuri), Mits Omoto (wife Miyo), sisters-in-law Bernice Omoto, Mitsy Kumasaki, June Matsuo and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her loving husband of 65 years, Yoshito, son Ronald, brother Kay Omoto, brothers-in-law Tom Dairiki, Bill Matsumoto, Dori Kumasaki, Phil Matsuo, sisters-in-law Grace Dairiki and May Matsumoto.

Keige Kaku, loving husband, father, grandfather and brother passed away on Nov. 24 at the age of 94. He is survived by Sumiko, his wife of 67 years, daughter Joyce, son Henry (Phyllis), daugther in-law Alice, sisters Emiko and Sachiko, seven grandchildren, seven great-grand children and was preceded by his son Stanley and brothers Isao and Hiroshi. Born Jan. 6, 1915, Keige was a landscape gardener for over 40 years and was best known for his love of FISHING.

Thomas Atsushi Kurimoto Shinagawa, born in San Jose, and entered into rest on Nov. 24, at the age of 18. Thomas was the loving son of Arthur and Robin (Kurimoto) Shinagawa, survived by brother Richard, grandmothers Nari Kurimoto and Emiko Shinagawa, uncles Steve (Ruth) Kurimoto, Robert (Emily) Shinagawa, James (Atsuko) Shinagawa, aunts Bonnie Kobayashi, Diane Ikegami and Susan (Robert Norberg) Shinagawa, and by numerous great aunts, great uncles and cousins. Preceded in death by grandfathers Yukio Tom Kurimoto and John Shinagawa and uncle Lloyd Ikegami. Thomas was a 2009 graduate of Piedmont Hills High School, where he was President of the Japanese Club and a member of the National Honor Society. Thomas will be remembered for his knowledge of historical facts, his passion for the Japanese culture with a desire to move to Japan to teach English, and his love of computers, music and anime. As a member of Boy Scout Troop 611 (San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin), Thomas earned his rank of Eagle Scout, Metta and Sangha Religious Award. He was a member of the 2005 National Scout Jamboree Troop 611 and the 2006 Hawaii Trek Troop 611. Upon turning 18, Thomas volunteered and became an Assistant Scoutmaster with Boy Scout Troop 611. Thomas was also a member of the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin Junior Choir and a teacher with the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin Dharma School.

David Seishiro Takeda, formerly from Orosi, passed away peacefully at his home on Nov. 25 in Monterey Park. He is survived by his beloved wife Emiko; brother, Joe Takeda and his wife Ruby; sisters, Chizuko Kubo, Sumiko Okuma, and Judy Loy and her husband Kenneth; sisters-in-law, May Takeda and Aiko Takeda; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Chizuko Watanabe, born Feb. 13, 1915 in Oakland, passed Nov. 25 in Los Gatos at age 94. Loving wife, mom, grandma, great grandma. Survived by children Florence Yokomizo (Mamoru), Merry Aragaki (Henry), Henry Watanabe (Nana), Frank Watanabe (Judy), Lillian McRay (Michael), and 14 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband George Seiichi, sons George and Georgie, and daughter Ruth Katsuyoshi (Ernie), and grandchild, Greg Yokomizo. Retired from Valley View Packing Co., member of San Jose Buddhist Church, Fujinkai, West Valley Senior Center. Loved knitting, crocheting, bunka stitchery, bingo, slots, cards, Giants, 49ers, window shopping. She was "Queen" and will remain in our hearts forever.

Miyoko Kimura was born in Yettem, Calif., on May 13, 1927, to Mataichi and Kane Kajioka. She attended Orosi High School, but graduated in the Poston, Az., relocation center. She married in Los Angeles and later divorced. She returned to the family farm near Seville, Calif., and raised four sons. She learned shorthand and began a career as a California State employee with the California Division of Forestry in Visalia. She transferred to the California Department of Transportation in Fresno, where she retired after over 30 years of total service. She enjoyed attending retirement gatherings, bowling and travel tours with her friends. She is survived by her children, Jeff Kimura and his wife, Mae of Fresno, David Kimura of Fresno, Gary Kimura of Visalia, and John Kimura of Alturas; brother, Tomio Kajioka and his wife, Sachiko of Visalia; grandchildren, Kenny and Leslie; and sister-in-law, Ichiko Kajioka.

Tak Sugimoto, 76, died Nov. 26, at his place of residence of natural causes. Mr. Sugimoto was born Dec. 22, 1932 in Los Angeles to Iwatoki and Kinuyo Sugimoto. He graduated from college and received a Masters in Business. Tak later served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He made his living in Accounting and Finance and made his home in the Peninsula of the San Francisco Bay area. He was a member of the Peninsula Bonsai Club following in the footsteps of his father’s art. He also belonged to the Palo Alto Buddhist Temple, and he enjoyed golfing as his favorite pastime. His family wrote: “He loved to play golf and being with family and friends…the most important things in his life. He was a caring and generous person who constantly made us laugh and remember how precious life is.” Mr. Sugimoto is survived by his children, Suzanne and Jonathan Sugimoto.

Kasumi Toji, 95, resident of San Leandro passed away peacefully Nov. 27 in San Leandro. Wife of the late Frank Jinsuke Toji, devoted mother of Glen, Arlene and Grace.

Richard ‘’Duke’’ Miyake, 92, born on Dec. 24, 1916, in Oakland to Ikuta and Takaye Miyake, passed peacefully in his sleep on Nov. 28. He married Mary Hayashida of Berkeley, 68 years ago. He is survived by his wife Mary, their children Dorothy Iwatate, David (Dianne) Miyake, Joyce (James) Inouye, and Joanne (George) Nagata, Kenneth (Candace) Miyake, and Suzanne (Wayne) Amon, eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and sisters Aya Kihara, Kiyo (Al) Geron, and Shizu Iijima. He was preceded in death by his brother James.

Alice Ayako Kawada, born on June 12, 1922 in Sacramento, to the late Shigenori and Yoshiko Yamamoto and passed away peacefully on Nov. 28, at the age of 87. She was married 66 years to the late Charles S. Kawada and was a longtime resident of West Sacramento. They were interned at Tule Lake and farmed in Caldwell, Idaho during World War II. Survived by daughter Janice Muraki (husband Steve), grandsons Jason and Jamie Kawada, great-grandchildren Vanessa, Jason II, Tommy, and Jamie Jr., sister Jane Oda, brother-in-law Barney Kawada, sister-in-law Francis Kawada, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by daughter Joanie and son Tommy. She retired from Sutter Memorial Hospital in 1986.

Teruko (Terry) Fukuhara
Terry Fukuhara, 82, formerly of San Jose, passed away on Nov. 28 in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Harry, and children Shary (Jim) Fukuhara-Hashimoto, Mark (Mona), Brian, and Pam (Wray) Tsuzaki, and eight grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2010, 11am PST, at the Willow Glen Funeral Chapel, 1039 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, California, 95125, (408) 295-6446. After the memorial service, a reception and Celebration of Terry's life will be held at Ocean Delight, 5400 Monterey Road, San Jose, 95111, (408) 281-3838. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 747 Camden Avenue, Suite B, Campbell, California, 95008, in memory of Teruko (Terry) Fukuhara. Please request that the American Cancer Society send acknowledgement of your donation to: Brian P. Fukuhara, 6508 Timberview Dr., San Jose, 95120.

Michio Yamamoto, 95, of Lodi, died Nov. 29 in a local convalescent hospital of natural causes. He was born in Hawaii and was educated in Japan. He was predeceased by his wife, Misao Yamamoto. He moved to Lodi in 1945, and farmed Tokay grapes until his retirement. He was a member of the Lodi Buddhist Church and enjoyed singing minyo and shigin. He is survived by three children: Bob Yamamoto of San Jose, Kuniko Mizuno of Moraga, and Wendy Toshitsune of Santa Cruz and two grandchildren, Mitchell and Ross Toshitsune.

Shigeo Yokomizo, 84, passed away suddenly on Nov. 29 at home. He was born Jan. 21, 1925 in Westpoint, Utah. Shig was an avid fly fisherman. He enjoyed golf and shot trap and skeet competitively. Shig owned and operated Doc’s Auto Body Repair and Painting for over 30 years before his retirement. He was also referred to as “Doc”. Shig is survived by Norma, his wife of 50 years; daughter, Tana Davidson of Pacific Grove; stepsons, Dale Ward of Scottsdale, AZ and Lanny Ward of Seattle; grandson, Mackenzie Davidson of Truckee; sisters, Shizuka Torabayashi of Monterey and Isao Tsuruda of Walnut Creek; and many nieces and nephews.
Michio Yamamoto, 95, of Lodi, died Nov. 29 in a local convalescent hospital of natural causes. He was born in Hawaii and was educated in Japan. He was predeceased by his wife, Misao Yamamoto.  He moved to Lodi in 1945, and farmed Tokay grapes until his retirement. He was a member of the Lodi Buddhist Church and enjoyed singing minyo and shigin.  He is survived by three children: Bob Yamamoto of San Jose, Kuniko Mizuno of Moraga, and Wendy Toshitsune of Santa Cruz and two grandchildren, Mitchell and Ross Toshitsune.

April Tsuruno Ohara, born on April 2, 1943, in Newell, Calif., passed away on Nov. 30 in Sacramento of pancreatic cancer. Survived by her devoted husband of 44 years, Tsuyoshi ‘’Tosh’’ Ohara, and three children, Kim (Eric Chang), Lance (Cyndee), and Ryan (Cheryl). Preceded in death by her father Leroy Kiyoshi Imai and survived by her mother Susie Imai and her sister Linda Honda (Walter Mah). Beloved grandmother of Marley and Dylan Chang, Joshua and Jayden Ohara, and Alexis Fong and Tyler Ohara.