Mineko Hirasaki Sakai, 95, resident of Morgan Hill, California passed away peacefully on Jan. 27. Born and raised in Gilroy, California, only leaving during WWII when relocated with her family to Grand Junction, Colorado, where she met her future husband Lawson Iichiro Sakai.
She and Lawson married in 1946, moved to Los Angeles, but returned to Gilroy after two years. They eventually opened their own travel business which they ran until retiring in 1990. She served on the Board of Directors of Wheeler Hospital and South County Hospital and volunteered for both as well as St. Louise Hospital for nearly 50 years. Mineko traveled extensively and enjoyed many hobbies including golfing, knitting, sewing, and quilting.
She is survived by husband Lawson Sakai, children Kenneth (Lynda) Sakai, Joanne Sakai (Dallas Foster), Janet (Noriaki) Ito, and Dennis Sakai (Linda Durrin), grandchildren, Kelly (Francesca) Sakai, Nicholas Sakai, Mika Ito (Byron Yamada), Gaku Ito (Aya Ino), Kisa Ito (Erik Fujinami), Stephen Sakai, Kimberlee Sakai (Morad Alvarez), great-granddaughter Mie Yamada, and sister Aiko Elsie (Lawrence – predeceased) Nakamura, sisters-in-law Sumi Hirasaki, Jean Hirasaki, Joanne Hirasaki and brother-in-law Kazuto Oki, as well as many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents Haruye Hirasaki and Kiyoshi Hirasaki and siblings Manabi Hirasaki, Fumiko (Kenji) Maruko, Michiko (William) Sakamoto, Hisashi Hirasaki, Shinobu Hirasaki and Midori Oki.
Private funeral services were held on Feb. 8 at Gavilan Hills Memorial Park in Gilroy, California. A public 49th day memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 21, at the Morgan Hill Buddhist Community Center from 2 p.m. Please, no flowers.
Robert Yoshikazu Nakaji resided in the Almaden Valley in San Jose for over four decades. Bob was born on May 5, 1934 in San Luis Obispo, CA. He graduated from James Lick High School in 1952. He served in the US Army in Korea from 1955-1957. He attended San Jose City College, San Jose State University, and University of California San Francisco, graduating with a BS in Physical Therapy in 1963. He married Marjorie Sugako Iwasaki on April 6, 1963. He taught at the Center for Rehabilitation in Tokyo, Japan for two years introducing physical therapy practices to the country. In 1967, he and Marjorie returned to San Jose and she gave birth to a daughter, Michelle Mayumi. In 1970, they welcomed a son, Ross Makoto. Bob worked for the Good Samaritan Hospital Physical Therapy Department for 30+ years. During that time, he formed his own practice, Athletic Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy Associates, Inc. in the early ‘80s and contracted with GSH until 1998. He retired in 1999. Bob always had a true love for food and he enjoyed traveling, gardening, dabbling in real estate, photography, watching football, and collecting vintage jewelry, Japanese antiques, and art pieces. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; his daughter Mayumi (Thomas Elardo); his son Ross (Kristine Nakaji); five grandchildren, Mikaela, Tara, Maren, Garrison, and Kimiko.; and his brother Fred (Molly Nakaji) who will truly miss his humor and laughter. A memorial service will be held at Palo Alto Buddhist Temple at 2751 Louis Road, Palo Alto, at 2 p.m., on Friday, Jan. 31.
Richard Seiichi Endo
May 29, 1938 – Dec. 28, 2019
Richard Seiichi Endo passed away peacefully on Dec. 28, after a quick and sudden decline due to leukemia. He was the dearly loved and devoted husband of Emilie, father of Traci (Mike) Inouye and Christine (Hideki) Hirabayashi and Jichan to Mason, Kendall, Emi, and Ko. An Oakland native, Richard was the oldest son of Ichiro and Fumiye Endo and a cherished elder brother and cousin within the extended Endo family across the West Coast and Utah. He graduated from Oakland Tech High School and earned an AA in electronics from Laney College, as well as lent his height to various winning Oakland basketball teams in his youth. After working in Los Angeles and serving in the US Army, he eventually made his home in Sunnyvale with his family where he ultimately retired after 35 years at Hewlett Packard. Richard loved to golf with friends and was an avid sports fan, faithfully rooting for all Bay Area teams…especially the SACBC and Tri-City basketball teams on which his grandchildren played.
Richard lived a life of true kindness and earnest compassion for others and served as a dedicated leader of the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist community throughout his life. In addition to serving as a Dharma School teacher for 40 years, he served for decades on the Mountain View Temple (MVBT) Board and cabinet, four terms as MVBT President, and two terms as Coast District President. He served as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Institute of Buddhist Studies and Treasurer of the BCA Endowment Foundation, as well as held various leadership positions within the Buddhist Churches of America and Jodo Shinshu Center over the years.
Richard will be remembered for his kind smile and welcoming heart. A funeral will be held Sunday, Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. at the Mountain View Buddhist Temple, 575 N. Shoreline Blvd. in Mountain View.