Edward Toshio Shiosaka, resident of San Mateo, passed away peacefully on Jan. 11 at the age of 86. “Eddie” was born in Seattle, WA on Dec. 4, 1923, the eldest son of Yoshio and Aiko Shiosaka. A graduate of Los Angeles High School and Meiji University School of Business, he was a trained Martial Artist with a 4th degree black Belt in Kendo. Eddie was in Japan during WWII and unable to return to the United States until 1955. From high school and with his work with various Japanese newspapers he continued his passion for photography. Eddie began his 33 year career with Pan American World Airlines in 1947 in Tokyo and married his wife Kaoru in 1948. With the assistance of Senator and later Vice President Alban Barkley, Eddie returned to the U.S. with PAA in Los Angeles and then ended his career in San Francisco. Eddie was active in Boy Scouts, his children’s education, enjoyed camping and of course his passion of photography. With retirement, Eddie continued as the Japan Liaison for the SF PAA retirees, took lip reading classes and continued to take pictures at all events. Eddie is survived by his wife of 60 years Kaoru Shiosaka, his sister Alice Chieko (Ken) Akune, brother Arthur Yukio (Hisako) Shiosaka, brother Henry Teruhisa (Dorothy) Shiosaka, daughter Mary Ann (John), son Joseph, son Thomas (Roxanne), daughter Carol (Alex), five grandchildren, four great grandchildren.
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.
Fumiko Shimada, 90, of Santa Clara. Fumi is preceded in death by her husband, Matao and survived by her daughter, Arleen Dobashi.
Michio Mike Imachi Apr. 28, 1914 - Feb. 18, 2010 Resident of San Mateo, survived by son, Clifton; predeceased by wife, Miyeko.
Janet Sakaye Tsuda, born on Oct. 24, 1913, Janet passed away quietly on Feb. 20. Preceded in death by her husband, Wallace. Survived by two sons, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Resident of Saratoga, Sadie Sakamoto was born in Seattle, Washington. Early in her life, her mother passed away. Sadie and her sister Toshiko, with their father, returned to Hiroshima, Japan. Her father remarried and later departed alone to return to the U.S. to work in Beverly Hills, California. Sadie excelled in academics, but was also an outstanding athlete. She took an examination and entered the prefectural high school, which was unusual for women at that time. Upon graduation, Sadie traveled to rejoin her father. Upon arriving in Los Angeles, she developed the skills as a seamstress. By the time WWII began, Sadie and her father lived in West Los Angeles. After the war erupted in early 1942 the family was evacuated to Manzanar. And in 1943 when Colonel Rasmussen visited Manzanar to recruit future military linguists for the yet-to-be military language school for the MIS, Military Intelligence Service, he hired Sadie as he was impressed by her linguistic ability. He recruited her for a translator position for which she was given a civil service rating of #GS-7. This was unique in 1943 for a Japanese American, and enabled her to depart camp for Camp Savage, Minnesota for an orientation at the language school there. This is where she met Tom Sakamoto who was a language instructor. Their friendship gradually developed into a quick courtship. They eloped and got married in June of 1943. Sadie continued at the language school as Tom went off to the Pacific from 1943 – 45. When the war ended, Sadie joined Tom in Washington D.C. and she became a housewife and continued to serve and support Tom in his military career, and later in his civilian career as a commercial banker. The theme of her life was that she was always modest and graciously unassuming in her relations to others. She served her husband in his military career for 28 years and his banking career for another 15. She and her husband lived quietly, and peacefully, in their house in Saratoga which she loved. On Feb. 21 she passed away in her home after a prolonged illness, leaving her beloved husband as survivor. Sadie Sakamoto left a lasting legacy of quiet service and gentle, but significant, accomplishments.
Barney Kazumi Inada, 79, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at home, surrounded by family members, after a miraculous recovery from two massive strokes 10 years ago. Born in Ewa, Hawaii, he was the son of Yashoji and Mitsu (Sanada) Inada. Being the second youngest, he and his younger brother, Roy were spoiled by five sisters and an older brother. Barney and Roy were rascals and were always into mischief. A few of the stories of them included quick hands in the candy jar from their family store to sneaking some hooch from their mother’s private brew. Barney proudly served in the U.S. military Army Intelligence. At this time he married Helen, the love of his life, on Oct. 17, 1953. Barney and Helen set down roots in Marina after they fell in love with the Monterey Peninsula. Barney worked at the Defense Language Institute as a Graphics Illustrator for 35 years. From childhood until his passing, Barney’s soul extruded music. He could not be happy a day without it. He loved listening to Japanese and classical music, but oddly he could be seen head bobbing to any style of music from hard rock to Hawaiian, as long as it was good. Barney loved to sing and play guitar, piano, harmonica, or whatever he could get his hands on. He never pursued it but at one time he was given permission to teach guitar from a well known guitarist in Japan. Through all of his accomplishments, what defined Barney most of all was the way he lived his life and treated others. He always worried about others before himself, he never would eat until others ate first, always took the smallest portion so others could have the largest, he would rather sacrifice and be without so that you may have. He was immediately loved by all animals and children who saw him. Barney most of all loved and was proud of his wife, his family, especially his grandchildren and did everything with them and for them. It can be said that under his tough exterior laid one of the most gentle, charismatic people you could ever meet. Barney is survived by his children: Ret. Lt. Colonel Steve Haruki Inada and wife, Rosemary De Leon Ramos Inada; Melanie Inada Lewellyn and husband, Bill Kenneth Lewellyn; Dale Masami Inada and Kelly O’Hara; grandchildren, Leilani Mari Lewellyn, Jonathan Hideki Inada, Natalie Naomi Inada, William Kenneth Lewellyn III; brother, Roy Fumio Inada; sister, Mildred Haruno Hara; and many nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert; sisters, Eloise, Nancy, Betsy, and Lillian; and will join his wife and soul mate, Helen Sumiko Inada, who passed away two years ago.
Chiyoko Matsumoto, 86, resident of San Jose, a loving wife, mother, sister, auntie, and grandma passed away peacefully on Feb. 22. Preceded in death by her husband, Kiyoshi Kay Matsumoto and her daughter, Gayle. Beloved mother of Glen and Ken, and her adoring granddaughter, Chiyoko. She enjoyed traveling, gardening, spending time with family and friends and volunteering at Yu-Ai Kai.
Willis T. Obuchi passed away peacefully in his home Feb. 22 at age 84, after surviving a debilitating fall 15 years ago. He was preceded in death by his four brothers, Fred, Akira, Paul and Hideki, and elder sister, Kiyoko. He is survived his loving wife, Shizuko, second sister, Teruko (in Japan), sisters-in-law, cousins, nieces & nephews, who will all miss him dearly.
Thomas Wakichi Miyata, resident of San Leandro, born June 30, 1927 in Brawley, California. Thomas went home to be with the Lord on Feb. 22 at the age of 82. Thomas, who was widowed in 2006, will be lovingly remembered by his daughter, Lillian Moore and grandsons Tyler and Zachary Moore. He is also mourned by his sister Mary Cottrell of Long Beach. Thomas served in the U.S. Army for 20 years then worked as a civilian for the military another 20 years. Thomas was a huge fan of the Oakland A’s and loved to spend his time working on Sudoku puzzles, he always loved doing puzzles. Thomas had a passion for growing vegetables in his garden and in more recent years adopted a family of stray kittens to keep him company since they reminded him of the love his wife had of cats. He was loved by those he touched, and he will be dearly missed.
Henry ‘’Hank’’ Shimada passed away on Feb. 23 at the age of 83. Hank was a native Californian, an Army veteran, and a longtime resident of Sacramento. After internment at Amache in Colorado during World War II, Hank had a long and distinguished career working for the State of California. He enjoyed bowling and visiting with friends and family. He will be missed for his sage advice, his views on life, and for being a positive influence on so many people. Hank was preceded in death by his mother Kiyo; father Uzo; sister Janey; and brother Jack. He is survived by his sister Mary and many nieces and nephews who will miss him dearly.
Tatsumi (Tami) Simbe passed away on Feb. 25. Loving mother, grandmother & great grandmother.
Alice Ayako Hattori, beloved mother and grandmother, passed away on Feb. 25 at the age of 95. She was born Alice Ayako Usami to Kanetaro and Sho Usami in Milpitas on Nov. 18, 1914. Alice enjoyed gardening, crafts, traveling, shigen and going to the casino prior to her stay at the Commons. At the Commons she loved her new friends and enjoyed activities with them every day. She was loved by all the staff and residents and will be missed by them. Alice loved her 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-granddaughter. She never forgot their birthdays and tried to be at every party for her grandchildren. She loved to have them gather at her home in Morada for holidays and especially for the New Years celebration. She worked for days making food to welcome her family and some friends. Alice was loved by her family and will be missed by all of them. Alice was a member of the Stockton Buddhist Temple, Fujin Kai, Tomono Kai and Aichi-Shinbo-Kukai. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Kozo Hattori and son Major Masaki Hattori who was killed in Vietnam. Alice is survived by her three daughters: Yukiye Yamashita of Lodi, Sumiye Minami of San Jose and Kathy Nagako Kimura of Lincoln, and daughter-in-law Gail (Calvin) Tomita. Sister of Haruyo Usami, Mitsue Inagaki and Shizue Otaka all of Japan. Also survived by niece Yoshie (Koji) Okazaki of Pebble Beach and numerous other nieces and nephews in Japan.
Kinji Hiramoto, 88, a life-long Lodi, California resident, passed away on Feb. 25. Kinji was born to Jitsuro and Takayo (Tamura) Hiramoto on Sept. 7, 1921 in Lodi. He graduated from Lodi High School, class of 1940, and attended Muskingham College in Ohio. He returned to Lodi to assist the family in farming the vineyards from 1945-1960. In 1952 he married Terry Ogata and they continued to make their home in Lodi. Kinji then entered the accounting field where he became a Certified Public Accountant, working in Stockton for over 30 years, retiring in 1991. Kinji was always an active member of the Lodi Buddhist Church. He served several terms as President, and served as Chairman for many services in the church. In addition, he served as a Dharma School teacher for many years. He was also a member of the Lodi Japanese American Citizens League, where he was awarded distinguished honors for his outstanding service over the years. Kinji still found time to be an avid sports fan and rooted for the S.F. Giants, Sacramento Kings, and the S.F. 49ers. Golfing was a real favorite, and he was a member of the Mokuyo-Kai Golf Club in Lodi. He also enjoyed photography, playing his harmonica, and volunteering for many civic and church activities in Lodi. Kinji is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Terry Hiramoto; his children and their spouses: Stacie Hiramoto (Ken Koyama) of Sacramento, David Hiramoto (Nora Fong) of Los Altos, Patti Hiramoto (Wayne Komure) of Monterey, and Lorel Hiramoto (Adrienne Perry) of San Mateo; grandchildren: Tadao Koyama of Santa Cruz, Kazuo Koyama of Sacramento, Jennifer Hiramoto of West Covina, and Kenneth Hiramoto of Santa Barbara; siblings: John Hiramoto (Ruby) of El Cerrito, Yukiye Onizuka of San Jose, Masako Fujikawa (Hiroshi) of Lodi, Keiko Hiramoto Hess (Claude M.) of El Sobrante, and Edward Hiramoto of Berkeley; and 22 nieces and nephews.
Mariko Moriyama resided in San Jose. Passed away Feb. 25 at 84 years of age.
Helen Tsuyako Gaither, 74, of Yuba City California passed away in her home on Feb. 25. She was preceded in death by her husband Keith Gaither. Helen was born and raised In Honolulu Hawaii, the youngest of six children. She has a brother, two sisters, two sister-in-laws along with their families who all live in Hawaii. In addition she has five brothers-in-laws with their wives and families. Helen was surrounded with family and friends who loved and cared for her. Helen came to California with husband Keith Gaither in 1957 when Keith was still with the Navy. Together they forged a partnership working together as parents to four children, Her survivors include her son Steven Gaither from Susanville with his wife Cheryl, son Matthew, and step children. Helen also has three daughters, Kathy Pauls who resides in Plainfield IL. Kathy has three daughters, Melissa, Heather and Rachel; and granddaughter Jayden 4 yrs. Helen’s second daughter Kim Gaither lives in Medford OR. Kim has a son David. Helen’s third daughter Sherry Velte is from Cameron Park. Sherry has two daughters, Shelby and Mallory. Helen and Keith became business partners in 1966 and ran the Midnight Market grocery store for over 20 years. In addition, they opened and operated additional businesses, Helen was right at his side to do whatever was needed. Helen touched so many people’s lives with her “Aloha Spirit”. You never forgot how she made you feel. She had a lifelong passion to crochet beautiful dollies, table coverings and small blankets. She loved spending time with her Grandkids, and spending time reading and growing in the Lord. She waited and looked forward to the day when she would be reunited with her husband and the Lord.
Mark Takeshi Fukuhara, born on May 8, 1949 in San Mateo, died suddenly on Feb. 26, in Irvine, California at the age of 60 years. He was a Businessman for many years in the Medical Equipment field. Proud father, he loved to watch his children play sports. He is survived by his cherished family, wife, Patricia of Granite Bay; children, Aron of Palo Alto, Peter (Julie) of Mountain View, Michael (Korinn) of Mountain View, Mathew and Zachary of Granite Bay; grandchild, Kaitlynn, sister, Jill (Mike). Mark was preceded in death by his parents, George and Toshiko Fukuhara and his sister, Alice.
James Kentaro Ishii, born March 25, 1918 in Florin, California and passed away Feb. 27 in Sacramento at the age of 91. When James retired in 1991, he was the owner of Jim’s Barbershop on Freeport Blvd. for 50 years. A WWII Army Veteran, James was a member of the 442nd Medical Unit receiving the Bronze Star for participating in the rescue of the 101st (Texas) Battalion. He was also a recipient of the Purple Heart. James was a member of the VFW Nisei Post 8985, JACL, Hiroshima Nikkejin Kai and Past Treasurer of Boy Scouts Troop 250 for 40 years. He is survived by his two sons and their wives, Michael & Janice Ishii of Vancouver, WA and Curtis & Emily Ishii; and by his brother and wife, Don & Lillian Ishii, all of Sacramento; and by his grandchildren, Jeanine, Kyle & Krystal. James was preceded in death by his wife Natsuko in 1996.
Stanley Ben Ohara, resident of San Jose, passed away peacefully on Feb. 27 at the age of 62, after a one year battle with a brain tumor. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Robin, children, Julie (Jayvee) Suliguin and Scott Ohara, sisters Marilyn (Tosh) Sunahara and Jan (Bob) Matsuura, nieces, nephews, and faithful dog, Maggie.
Stanley Nakamura passed away at home on Feb. 27 at the age of 72. Dearly beloved husband of Marjorie Nakamura for over 48 years; loving father of Michael Nakamura and wife Luz of Browns Valley, Jeannie Langridge of Windsor, and Patrick and Sean Nakamura, both of Santa Rosa; adored grandfather of Victor, Joshua, Joshua, Heather and Jeremy; and great grandson Ayden; dear brother of Susan Nakanishi and her husband Dr. Alan Nakanishi; numerous nieces and nephews and “Asia, Blue, Hercules and Xena” his four “4-legged” members of the family. A loving, caring man, Stan worked for the L.A. County Probation Dept. and the Federal Parole and Probation Office for 26 years. He was a devout member of the Santa Rosa Seventh Day Adventist Church and a longtime supporter and former Board Member of the Redwood Adventist Academy. He had a special talent for reaching students through sports, and was always on the sideline cheering them on. He loved to sing! Whether a solo, a group, with the family or in a choral, he sang and will be remembered by many for his love of music.
May 20, 1917 - March 3, 2010
Resident of Fremont Kimie Fudenna, entered peacefully into rest March 3 at her home in Fremont. Born May 20, 1917 in Santa Ana, she was 92 years old. She was a world traveler and expert craftswoman who enjoyed fine dining, shopping and family trips to Las Vegas. Kimie was the devoted wife of the late James Fudenna; beloved mother of Larry Fudenna and wife May, Margene Fudenna and husband James Seff, Jerry Fudenna and wife Carrie, Beverly Takeda and husband Mark; dear grandmother of Christopher, Curtis and Trisha Takeda, Jeffrey, Matthew and Nicholas Fudenna, Jim, Ryan and Annie Wakayama; and great grandmother of Allan Trinh and Haylie Wakayama. She is also survived by her dedicated friend and caregiver Filo Ratu.
Masami “Sam” Oda, 96, passed away March 3. He is survived by his wife Kazuko Oda, sister Mary Ota, sons, Gary Oda (wife Judy), Dennis Oda, Edward Oda (wife Lois), daughters Janet Sonoda (husband Tom), Caroline Ouchida (husband Lester), grandchildren, Russell Ouchida (wife Hsiao-Wei), Joanne Sonoda-Yu (husband David), Ryan Ouchida, Alison Sonoda, Colleen Oda, Roger Oda (wife Valerie), Michael Sonoda (wife Mariel), Kevin Oda, Lindsay Oda, great-grandchildren Jordan Yu and Kara Yu. He was preceded in death by brothers Hike Oda (wife Taye), and Kanki Oda (wife Masayo). He graduated from U.C. Berkeley Business School class of 1935, worked pre 1942 as manager Japanese Farmers Cooperative San Luis Obispo, California, retired from Trailmobile in Berkeley, California. He was a member of the Berkeley Buddhist Temple, Contra Costa JACL, Nisei East Bay Golf Club, and was a member of the same Saturday night poker group for over 45 years.
Bessie Fumiye Matsuo passed away at home unexpectedly on March 4 at the age of 92. Born in Kent, Washington, she spent most of her life in Sacramento, California. She was a remarkable lady who enjoyed a full and healthy life surrounded by four generations of her loving and devoted family, as well as by countless friends. In addition to being a wonderful homemaker, she worked for the State Department of Motor Vehicles for 25 years before her retirement in 1983. Bessie was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Kenichi Matsuo, and by her daughter Carol. She was also predeceased by her brother, Frank Tanigawa, and her sister, Mary Yamamoto, both of Seattle, Washington. She is survived by her daughter, Judy Matsuo Caffrey (John); granddaughter Amy Fialho (John); and great-grandchildren, Gabriel and Grace Fialho. She was known as Nea-san (big sister) to her extended family, including June Matsuo, Tsuto and Jean Ota, Mort and Marianne Fujii, Ben and Eileen Matsuo, all of Sacramento. She was also known as Auntie Bessie to numerous nieces and nephews throughout California and Washington.
Michiko “Mitzi” Saito was born on March 8, 1918, in Lindsay, Calif., and died March 7 in Clovis, Calif. She graduated from Strathmore High School. She is preceded in death by her husband, Minoru Saito; and sisters, Asako Ariki and Tamiko Kurihara; and brother, Joe Tsuboi. She is survived by her children, Judith Urabe, Michael Saito, Arlene Urabe and her husband John; her four grandchildren, her four great-grandchildren; brother, Tom Tsuboi and his wife Kimi; sister-in-law, Ossie Tsuboi; and brother-in-law, Jim Ariki.