Futokazu Frank Sakino passed away peacefully at the age of 89. Born in San Pedro, CA, he moved to Wakayama, Japan in his early years and has resided in Monterey for the past 70 years. Frank worked as a forester for Del Monte Properties for over 40 years and could climb the tallest trees. He had a passion for gardening for friends and family as well as dedicating his Saturdays tending the grounds at the Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple. Frank was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret, in 2004. He is survived by his children, Ronald (Lorraine), Irene (Dave) and John (Jane) and his grandchildren, Kelly, Dane, Reid and Kylie.
Yukiye Okuda passed away peacefully in San Jose, surrounded by her family, on Jan. 21. She was born in San Francisco on July 16, 1923. During WWII, she was interned in Topaz, Utah. She left camp and volunteered for the US Cadet Nurse Corps Program. She trained at St. Mary’s Hospital, an affiliate of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. After graduating as a Registered Nurse, she returned to San Francisco to work at St. Joseph’s Hospital. A talented artist, she enjoyed oil and water painting. She loved to go for walks and especially along the beach at Aptos. She also enjoyed solving crossword puzzles. Yukiye is survived by her husband, Teiji, of 60 years, her children Patricia Crooks (Richard), Kim Smith (Russell Adam), Robert (Melissa) and Bill Okuda and her grandchildren. She was a caring wife, mother, grandmother and a friend to all. She will be missed.
Suyeme Sue Nagahara died peacefully on Jan. 24, at her home in Sunnyvale where she lived for the past six months. Born Suyeme Iwanaga in Watsonville on March 10, 1921, she was a Santa Clara County resident for the past 65 years. She was pre-deceased by her husband James R. Nagahara, siblings Masaharu, Tugio, Susumu, Nobuyuki, Yuriko Hirabayshi, Tony, Henry, and William. Sue was the mother of Karen Yott, son-in-law Tracy Yott, Ron Nagahara, Doris Nagahara, Lori Nagahara, Jill Nagahara-Evans, and son-in-law Jim Evans. She was the beloved grandmother of Marissa Yott, Kelly Peterson, and Ben Evans. She is survived by her brothers Tom Iwanaga, his wife Toshiko, George Iwanaga, his wife Yuri, sister Marian Kanaya, her husband Kimio, sister-in-law Grace Iwanaga, sister-in-law Eva Iwanaga, sister-in-law Yoshiko Iwanaga, brother-in-law Bob Nagahara, his wife Masako, many nieces and nephews.
Betty Eiko Ozawa, born July 20, 1927 in Marysville, passed away on Jan. 26 in Live Oak at age 82, after a long battle with cancer. Survivors include sons, Bill Ozawa and Jeff Ozawa; daughters, Vicci Uyeda and Janice Hinshaw; brothers, Kiyo Hasegawa, Sam (Toshiko) Hasegawa, and Tom Hasegawa; grandchildren, Danelle, Jared, Min, and Ryan; and great-grandchildren, Mahri and Jacob; and many nieces and nephews.
June Nakatogawa, born June 15, 1929 in Sacramento and died Jan. 30, at the Sutter Oaks Nursing Center, Sacramento. Preceded in death by parents Shosuke and Riku Katsumata, brother Hiroshi Katsumata, sister and brother-in-law Michiko and Mas Yamamoto, sister-in-law Katsuko Tsuchiyama, brothers-in-law Joe Nakatogawa and George Sakoda. Survived by husband Dag Nakatogawa, sons Miles (Marilyn Ouye) Nakatogawa and Dale Nakatogawa, sister Eiko (Kiyoshi) Fujiwara, brother Shig (Terry) Katsumata, sisters-in-law May Sakoda, Toyo Nakatogawa, Yoshiko Nakatogawa, and Tomi Katsumata. Graduated from Sacramento High School (1947) and Sacramento Jr. College (1949). Worked for State of CA, Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation. Bowled for some 40 years, weekly pinochle sessions after bowling, monthly bus trips to Reno, supporter of the Sacramento Association for the Retarded, Special Olympics, and the Sacramento Jazz Festival.
Suzuko Yasumoto passed away peacefully on Jan. 31. She was born in Dinuba as Suzuko Kawano on Aug. 4, 1930. A graduate of Kingsburg High School and Reedley Junior College, Sue worked as a secretary for Wasemiller Dry Goods and Shoe Store in Fresno. She was married to Jackson Yasumoto for 39 years until his passing in 1998. They resided in Del Rey where she later worked for the Pistacchio Pump Company until her retirement. Sue will be greatly missed and will always be remembered for a life well lived. The family would like to express their gratitude to her many friends and neighbors. She was preceded in death by her brothers Jim, Tom and George Kawano; her sisters Miyeko Imachi, Kimiko Jitsumyo and Masako Hirata. She is survived by her sister Haruko and her husband Masao Tanaka of Redondo Beach; brother, Max Kawano and his wife Fumi of Selma; nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grand-nephews and many friends.
Misao Morodomi, 98, a lifelong resident of Stockton passed away on Feb. 2. She is survived by her sons, Kiyoshi (Mabel) Morodomi, Harry (Geri) Morodomi and a daughter-in-law, Alice Morodomi, 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Keiji and Ino Nagata, husband, Sadao, sons, Marco and Kenny, daughter-in-law Theresa, two brothers and three sisters.
Richard Yorozu Kanemoto Jr., born on Aug. 17, 1936 in Berkeley, passed away peacefully on Feb. 3. Survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Lily; sister Joan Lim (Gary); his loving children, Cindy, Steve (Cindy), Karen Fredricks (Cliff), Larry, Dean (Dolores); grandchildren, Nicholas (Erin), Thomas, Nicole, Daniel, Dean Jr., Kaiya, Keilyn; great-grandchildren, Kaylianna and Cole. Preceded in death by great-granddaughter Gwen.
Tsuyoshi “Tiyo” Yamaguchi, 85, of Fowler died on Feb. 3. He was retired from the Fresno County County Health Department and was a raisin grower. Tiyo was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Peggy, daughter, Gail Reese; brother Tak, sisters Suzie and Chieko. He is survived by his daughter, Joan Ishimoto of Fowler; son-in-law, Keith Reese of Arizona; son, Gene and his wife Teresa of Fresno; daughter, Ruth Bruski and her husband John of Colorado and eight grandchildren, Michael and Scott Ishimoto, Russell and ReiAnne Reese, Grant and Jeffrey Yamaguchi, Alex and Mark Bruski.
Jun Makishima, loving husband, dedicated community volunteer, and caring and faithful son, passed away on Feb. 4. He will be deeply missed by his wife, Katie, and the surviving members of his family, mother Masuye Makishima, brothers Eugene (wife Akiko), and Dennis (wife, Joanne), sister Lorraine Seiji and nephews Dennis, Douglas, Dean, and Chad.
Henry Shogo Arita, resident of Oakland, died peacefully at home on Feb. 4, in Oakland, California. Henry graduated from Watsonville High School, served in the military, and established his own printing shop, the Arita Press, in Oakland, California. He was married for forty-one years to Alice Hirao. He is survived by his wife, Alice, sisters Meriko Yonemoto, Florence Hirose, Dorothy Yuki, daughter Jan (and Dave) Inouye and son Wayne Hirao. He was preceded in death by siblings Mary Jane, Tom and Bob Arita and son, Milton Hirao. He also leaves many grand and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He will be missed by his close community of neighbors at the Dorchester House condominium. He was an active volunteer at The Discovery Shop for the American Cancer Society and the Optimist Club of Oakland.
Hideki Hirakawa, 45, was found dead Feb. 5 in an abandoned church in San Jose. His death has been declared a homicide.
Shiro Tokuno passed away peacefully on Feb. 6 in Sacramento. Shiro was born in Palermo, CA, on Dec. 17, 1918, to Bunda and Suye Tokuno. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Anthony, Haruko, Theodore, Tim, and Alyce and is survived by his sister, Tey Oji (Sukeo). He leaves his wife, Asako, and children, Kenneth (Diane), Kaneohe, HI; Shira Schneider (John), Pullman, WA; Anthony (Norma), Sunnyvale; Riki (Darla), Bellevue, WA; Merijune Tokuno, Sacramento; and nine grandchildren. Shiro excelled in sports, earned several letters in high school and boxing at UC Berkeley. In 1942, he graduated Cal with a BS in Agricultural Economics. From 1942-1944, he was held in internment camps at Tule Lake and Topaz Relocation Center in Utah. He volunteered for the Military Intelligence Language School in Minneapolis, MN in May, 1944. He and Asako were married there in Feb., 1945. Shiro served in the Philippines and in the Occupation of Japan, then was accepted to the graduate program in Agricultural Economics at Cal where he earned his Masters. He worked for the federal government, then the State Department of Water Resources from 1958 to 1979. His avocation was farming, but he also enjoyed being involved in community activities and various organizations: the Farm Bureau and the Natomas School Board, where he served for 16 years. He belonged to the Army Reserves and retired as a Lt. Col., in December, 1978. He served on the Boards of the Military Intelligence Service of Northern California, and the Sacramento County Taxpayer’s League, was a life member of the JACL and VFW Post 8985 and belonged to the Parkview Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed his retirement years, golfing, traveling, dabbling in the export business and entertaining visitors from various countries as a member of the Sacramento County International Visitors Association.
Kuniko Imura Hawker passed away peacefully on Feb. 7. She was a loving wife, a wonderful mother, and a beloved grandmother. She will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Nami Iwataki (Oka), resident of Alameda, passed away suddenly in Alameda on Feb. 7. She was born on June 22, 1922 and grew up in Oakland, one of four siblings. She was married to Joseph Iwataki, who preceded her in death. She is survived by her daughter, Ellen Takayama (husband Rand Rosenberg), grandson Greg Takayama and sister Tomi Nagare. She was very active in the Buddhist Temple of Alameda and beloved by all who knew her.
James “Bo” Yoshiharu Kataoka, resident of Castro Valley, born March 26, 1921 in Hayward, passed away on Feb. 8, in Castro Valley. Bo was predeceased by his wife, Violet and he is survived by his sons, Jeffrey Kataoka (wife, Joanne) of San Ramon, Bryon Kataoka (wife, Cheryl) of Petaluma and Kevin Kataoka (Los Angeles); and daughter: Debra Chan (husband, Junior) of Dublin; four grandsons: Taylor and Josh Kataoka, Kenji and Koji Chan; and three grand-daughters: Natalia, Bailey and Jordan Kataoka. Raised in the Niles/ Centerville area (now Fremont), Bo attended Washington High School. Bo spent the war years in the Topaz and Tule Lake Japanese-American Internment Camps. Some of his favorite memories were from his days living on the farm, high school functions and his days working at Simmons Mattress Company. After Bo’s retirement, he spent his time with his family and friends and lived a full life until his passing.
Geroge K. Tsuchiya
Mar. 31, 1918 - Feb. 9, 2010
Resident of Castro Valley George was born and raised in Alameda, the third of six children born to Kishiro and Miyano Tsuchiya. He developed a love for basketball and some of his fondest memories were playing basketball for the Alameda Acorns. He graduated from Alameda High School and then attended the University of California, Berkeley, graduating with a degree in business administration in 1940. Following the start of WWII, George, his mother and younger sister were sent to an internment camp at Tule Lake, where he was to meet his wife, Mariye. They were married for 47 years until her death in 1990. Following the end of the war George and his family returned to the Bay Area, settling in Oakland where he worked as an accountant until well into his seventies. He enjoyed spending time at the family cabin at Lake Tahoe and in his later years traveling to Japan to visit family. He resided in Oakland for more than 50 years before moving to Baywood Court in Castro Valley. He is best remembered by his friends at Baywood sitting on a bench in the gardens, enjoying the sun. George passed quietly while recuperating from a recent case of pneumonia. George is survived by his sons Ronald Tsuchiya and Gordon Tsuchiya (Janet); his four grandchildren Nathan, Matthew (Nancy), Rebecca and Samantha; step-grandchildren Akemi (Matt) and Dale (Adi); and his sister Mary Hanamura.
Yoshiko Aiko Sasaki
Mar. 28, 1927-Feb. 10, 2010
Born in Yokohama and came to America in the 60’s where she married Susumu Sasaki.
Sadie Inada passed away on Feb. 11, at the age of 90 in Sacramento. Sadie was born on May 18, 1919 in Sacramento. She is survived by her loving brother Masao Inada, sister and brother-in-law Nancy and Tom Shimizu and nieces and nephews David (Ellen) Inada, Rick (Gayle) Inada, Lani (Rich) Hironaka, Craig (Lorrinda) Shimizu, Neil (Audrey) Shimizu and Laura (Dwayne) Fong. She is also survived by 13 grandnieces and grandnephews Megan (Victor) Hagiwara, Erin (Ivo) Keller, Evan and Rya Inada, Derek and Tori Hironaka, Tyler and Tiffany Shimizu, Brandon and Ashlyn Fong and Matthew, Sara and Alyssa Shimizu. Sadie was preceded in death by her parents Yoshimatsu and Tatsuno Inada; brothers Haruo, Mitsuo and Minoru, sister Betty Silva and sister-in-law Yoshiko Inada.
Yvette Marie Morodomi, 43, graduated from St. Marys High School in Stockton, and has lived in Detroit, Michigan for the past 11 years working as an assistant at Aramark. She passed away on Feb. 11. Yvette is survived by her sisters Richelle Morodomi, Lisa Morodomi, Wendy Morodomi, and Kiyomi Hammoud, and husband (Ahmad), grandpa Raymond Flores, nieces Monique, Ciara, Vanessa, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents Kenny and Theresa Morodomi. Her intense love of life and laughter were contagious. Yvette was a very outgoing person because of her beautiful personality, which made it easy to love her. She happily spent the last 10 years with her fiance, Leonard Qualls, and her dog, Ruffy. Yvette will be sadly missed by everyone including her extended family in Detroit, Michigan.
Tatsuhiko (Tots) Ikebe, longtime Mountain View resident, passed away on Feb. 11 at the age of 94. After retiring as a machinist from Stanford University’s Mechanical Engineering Department as well as part time gardening for homes in the Los Altos, Menlo Park, & Atherton areas, Tots devoted his time to fishing with the Mid-Peninsula Angling Club, vegetable gardening, and tinkering in his workshop in Mountain View. Tots especially enjoyed sharing his knowledge of farming with others & his backyard garden provided fresh vegetables to family & friends alike for many years. He is survived by his second wife Mutsuye, her three children Dennis, Carole, & Jill Sakamoto, sons Steven & Ronald Ikebe, & daughter Susan Ikebe.
Hiroe Hasegawa, resident of San Mateo, passed away surrounded by her family on Feb. 12. Born in Tokyo, Japan she married Minoru Fred Hasegawa in 1948 and later moved to the United States, settling in San Mateo where they raised 5 daughters, Sayoko, Joyce, Kyoko, Doris and Teresa. She enjoyed the various cultural arts of tea ceremony, ikebana, sumi-e but her greatest interest in life was her study and practice of Buddhism through her church, Rissho Kosei-kai.
Kimiyo “Irene” Yoshimura, resident of Castro Valley, born Jan. 19, 1922 in Berkeley, passed away on Feb. 12 in Castro Valley. Irene was predeceased by her husband, Kazuma, and son, Kazuhiko. She is survived by daughter, Louise Dong (husband, Dexter), of San Leandro; sister, Sachiko Kauchiu (husband, Mike), of Berkeley; sister, Seiko Ueki (husband, Sueharu), of Saitama, Japan; sister-in-law, Shoko Kiuchi (late husband, Ryoji), of Yamanashi, Japan and numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family members throughout the United States and Japan.. Irene met her late husband, Kazuma, while both were working for the U.S. Government in Occupied Japan. After returning to the U.S., they owned and operated Dependable Market in West Oakland and later Black & White Liquors on Fruitvale Avenue, also in Oakland. After retiring, Irene enjoyed traveling the world, volunteering at JASEB and having meals with friends and family.
George Muneichi Yamasaki, passed away peacefully on Feb. 13, at home in Auburn, California, at the age of 105 years. He was born in Osaka, Japan, July 13, 1904, to Zenkichi and Kikuyo Yamasaki, and came to the United States at the age of 13 to join his father in Auburn, California. He married Shigeyo Fujitani in 1926, and celebrated 81 years of marriage before her death in 2007. He is survived by his seven children, Jean Kaneko, Tomiko Yabumoto, Ray Yamasaki (Irene), Evelyn Umeda (Herb), Betty Nishikawa (Eddie), Don Yamasaki (Chere) and Edith Yamasaki (Robert), 14 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. He attended Edgewood School, a one room school house, located on Mt. Vernon road in the Edgewood district of Auburn.
In 1917, he joined his father growing fruit trees for sale to orchards throughout California, and together they started a fruit tree nursery. In 1926, he and his wife Shigeyo expanded the nursery to include ornamental plants, landscape construction, rock walls and bonsai. Except for the three years spent at the Tule Lake Internment camp during WWII, he lived in Auburn, Ca. In 1953, Yamasaki Nursery was moved from Bean and Kemper road to Highway 49 and New Airport road where his sons Ray and Don joined their parents in the family business. George’s artistic talents and achievements in landscape are evident throughout the region in both public and private Japanese gardens including the Wakamatsu Silk and Tea Colony Memorial in Gold Hill, the Placer Buddhist Church in Penryn, the Sacramento Buddhist Church, and the San Francisco Japanese Community Center Garden.
George has received many prestigious awards and recognitions in his lifetime including: Japan Agricultural Society’s Award – for work in agriculture, nursery, landscape and bonsai; Circle of Sensei Award – from the Golden State Bonsai Federation to honor individuals for the teaching of the art of bonsai and to the cultural understanding of the art form; Japanese Counsel General Keiro Kai Award – “A Day of Respect for the Aged” award given to centenarians. He had a passion for bonsai and suiseki (the Japanese art of stone appreciation). He enjoyed gathering and collecting native conifer specimens from the Sierras and would train and shape them into magnificent bonsai. One of his most prized living works of art was a native Sierra juniper that he shaped for years which was prominently displayed in the California State Capitol for the Queen of England’s visit in 1983 to California; which he fondly named the Queen’s Tree.
As a founding member of both the Sacramento Bonsai Club and the Sierra Bonsai Club of Placer County he shared his talents with many through bonsai demonstrations and classes.
George and his wife enjoyed travelling, and visited throughout the contiguous United States. He also travelled internationally to Canada, Mexico, Italy, France, Switzerland, Korea and took many trips to Japan.
He will be remembered for his devotion to his family. He loved to have his house full of his grandchildren and great grandchildren. The family is thankful for all the time and experiences he shared and will greatly miss his presence.
Richard Hiroshi O’Brien, son of Lisa Yamauchi and Michael O’Brien, of Davis, died on Feb. 13, in a skiing accident, in Dayton, Washington. He was 19 years old. Born in Woodland, on Dec. 16, 1990, Richard moved with his family to Davis in 1994. He attended Davis High School where he played alto saxophone for the jazz band and competed as an avid member of the ski team. Blessed with a special ability to connect with children, Richard tutored students at Davis Bridge, and also volunteered at Grace in Action, a ministry serving the homeless. He graduated from Davis High School in 2009. At the time of his death, Richard was a freshman at Whitman College, in Walla Walla, Washington. A beloved fellow student and member of the Whitman ski team, Richard made an impact on the campus in inverse proportion to his short time there. At a memorial service organized by the students in his honor, hundreds gathered to eulogize him as an inspirational figure. Richard lived his life with an exuberance and kindness that touched the lives of all those he met. He is survived by his maternal grandfather, Hiroshi Yamauchi of Woodland; his maternal grandmother Jerrie O’Brien, of Auburn; his parents, Lisa Yamauchi and Michael O’Brien, of Davis; and his brother, Kevin O’Brien, of Davis.
S. Patricia Miyazawa, resident of Oakland, died on Feb. 14 at 100 years of age. She was born in Leavenworth, Washington July 26, 1909, to Tatsumo and Sono Hasegawa. Her family moved to San Francisco in 1928. Pat went with her sister to Japan in 1937 and decided to stay. She met her husband, Shojiro, in Shanghai, and her only son, Ross, was born in Tokyo. The family moved back to the U.S. in 1953 and settled in Berkeley. Pat worked as a secretary for the Berkeley school district for many years. After retirement, she enjoyed ceramics and traveling with her husband. After his death, Pat moved to Lake Park Retirement Residence, Oakland in 1998. She made many new friends and greatly enjoyed the various activities, especially bingo. Pat was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister Sada Murayama, and brothers Tatsuo Hasegawa and Tom Hasegawa. Pat is survived by her son Ross, daughter-in-law Billie, sister-in-law Ruth Hasegawa and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ray Toshio Matsubara entered into Nirvana on February 14, 2010 at the age of 80. Ray was born on February 25, 1929, in Isleton, CA to the late Ichizo and Sumie Matsubara. He is survived by his loving wife of over 54 years June Katsuno (Nakahara), children Jill (Don) Birnbaum and grandson David, Denise (Cary) Lapidus and granddaughters Callie and Casey, Dale (Tammy) Matsubara, Wendy Bartlett and grandsons Kory, Jarod (JT) and Kendal. He is also survived by brothers George Matsubara; Jean (Kiyo) Matsubara; Donald (Fumi) Matsubara, sisters-in-law Carol (Robert) Setoguchi; Frances Nakahara; brother-in-law Kazuharu Omoto and many nieces and nephews as well as aunts and cousins. Ray was preceded in death by son-in-law Ken Bartlett; brother-in-law Eddie Nakahara; and sister-in-law Yuri Omoto. Ray lived in the Delta for most of his life. He attended Isleton Elementary School and graduated from Rio Vista High School class of 1947. During World War II, Ray's family was interned in the relocation camp in Tule Lake, CA. where he lived in Block 25. In fall of 1943 his family moved to Idaho where he spent some time in relocation Camp Minidoka and he learned about growing potatoes. After a few years in Idaho, he returned to Isleton where he worked alongside his father, cut iron for Blackwelder's Iron Works, then settled into farming on his own for almost 60 years on Brannan Island. Ray spent part of his retirement tending various bridges and ferries in the Delta to keep busy and fully retired after moving to Elk Grove in 1994. Over the years, he enjoyed traveling all over the US with "Bill's Tour Group" and as well as gambling trips to Reno, Las Vegas and various local casinos. He was a member of the Walnut Grove Buddhist Church, Hiroshima Kenjin-Kai, and Florin JACL. Ray enjoyed all of his grandchildren, and especially loved watching them in their various sporting activities. His presence will be missed by the spectator crowd and all the circles he was a part of. Ray will be remembered for his generosity, friendly disposition and willingness to lend a hand.
Phillip Aaron Nakao, former resident of Newark. Beloved son, soccer player and Eagle Scout. Born in San Angelo Texas on Dec. 27, 1977. Phil passed away peacefully on Feb. 14, in St. Louis, Missouri.
Richard George Yamauchi, 57, of San Jose, and a native of Lodi, passed away on Feb. 15, at his childhood home in Lodi surrounded by his family after a long fight with pancreatic cancer. Richard was born in Lodi on April 26, 1952, to George and Yoshiye Yamauchi. He graduated from Lodi High School in 1970, attended Delta College, then Fresno State and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in communications in 1976. He then moved to Portland, OR working side by side with his brother-in-law. Since 1978, he has lived in San Jose until a week before his passing. He worked for North American Moving, Ford Motor Co. and various trucking companies. For the past five years he had his own business, RY Enterprises, a courier service. Rich loved the ocean, walking on the beach, soaking up sunlight, just relaxing listening to the sounds of the waves. He also was an animal lover, he had many pets growing up. His parents George and Yoshi, and an older sister Sharon Llewellyn preceded him in death. Richard is survived by a sister Judy Klimko and husband Terry of Lodi; nieces Michele Chenoweth of Glendale, AZ, and Kimberly Llewellyn of Hollister, CA; also aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Hugo Kaji was born in Livingston, Calif., on Sept. 23, 1921. He passed away on Feb. 15, at the age of 88. Hugo proudly served his country during WWII, completing his service as a Staff Sergeant and Section Chief in the US Army. He farmed in Livingston and established Hugo Kaji Trucking. He is survived by Marion, his devoted wife of 60 years; his four children and their spouses, Jeanette and her husband Anthony Ishii, Naomi and her husband Michael Nakata, Devonna and her husband James Johnson, Melvin and his wife Sherry Kaji; and his nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Fumiko Uyesaka was born in Fresno on May 25, 1925, and passed away in Clovis on Feb. 16. She was a homemaker and active member in the New Life Community Church of Clovis. She is preceded in death by her parents Naoza and Moto Hamaguchi; brother Tom Hamaguchi and daughter-in-law Judy Uyesaka. She is survived by her husband, Frank Uyesaka; sons, Dug Uyesaka and his wife Marie; Daniel Uyesaka; Steve Uyesaka and his wife Mari; daughter Leslie Poytress and her husband John; and granddaughters Nicole Poytress, and Lauren and Jessica Uyesaka.
Tom Haruo Suyenaga, a long time resident of Campbell, entered peacefully into rest on Feb. 17 at O’Connor Hospital after a long bout with pneumonia. He was known as a friendly kind person to all that knew him and will be missed by all that he has touched. He is survived by his loving wife Elsie and son Wesley.
Tokie Onizuka, resident of Foster City, born on Nov. 18, 1929 and entered into rest on Feb. 18. Tokie was the beloved wife of Katsumi, mother of Hiroko, Victor (Diane), Glen, and Carol, sister of Akira, Keiko (deceased), and Ryoko (deceased), aunt of Richard, Nancy, Nanette, Yasuhisa, and Makoto, grandmother of Michelle, Ryan, Akihito, and Jun. Tokie was born and raised in Nagasaki, Japan. She was a survivor of the Nagasaki atomic bomb who journeyed to the United States in 1955. Tokie’s passion for cooking led her to pursue cooking as a career. Tokie started her own successful catering business and provided services for many private parties and country clubs. From these parties, she gained a loyal clientele throughout the Burlingame and Hillsborough areas. In 1981, her long awaited dream became a reality when she opened Tokie’s Restaurant in Foster City, CA. She loved traditional Japanese folk music and was often heard singing in her kitchen. Tokie will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and a multitude of her loyal customers.
Tokie Nishimoto, 84, of Stockton, passed away on Feb. 19 in a local hospital. Born on March 7, 1925 in Kure, Hiroshima, Japan to Masato and Fujino Fujii. She had two brothers and three sisters. She married Mike Mitsushige Nishimoto in 1948 in Japan and had one daughter Junko who passed away when she was one year old. Mike and Tokie arrived in San Francisco in December 1959 and resided in Stockton. Mike passed away in 1995. Until she retired, she helped her husband in his hotel business with partnership with Mr. & Mrs. Bob Watanabe. She was a member of the Stockton Buddhist Temple, the Buddhist Women’s Association and Tomonokai. She served as the president of the Buddhist Women’s Association as well as the Tomonokai. She is survived by her sisters, Fujie Kawasaki and Masae Ogawa both of Japan, brother-in-law, Nobu Nishimoto of Los Angeles, cousins Mike (Aiko) Fujii and Dr. Kenneth (Alice) Fujii, and many nieces and nephews both in Japan and the United States.