Yuriko Yokota passed away peacefully at her home in Hayward, California, on June 18 at the age of 104 years. She was born April 4, 1915 to Jujiro Sugihara and Teru Kobayashi Sugihara in San Francisco, and was raised in Richmond. where she attended San Pablo Elementary and Richmond High School. In 1942 Yuri and her parents and siblings were sent to the Tanforan Assembly Center and later interned at Topaz Internment Camp in Utah. In 1945, Yuri left camp to marry Masao Yokota and moved to Idaho where her husband was potato farming. In 1946, she and her husband moved to San Leandro where they started a rose nursery which they operated for 55 years. In 2001, she moved to her current residence in Hayward. Yuri was preceded in death by her husband, Masao Yokota; parents, Jujiro and Teru Sugihara; siblings, Fumiko (Henry) Wada, John (Eiko) Sugihara, George (Fumiko) Sugihara, and sister-in-law, Carolyn Sugihara. She is survived by her brother Gilbert Sugihara; her daughters Jane (Lawrence) Kumabe and Agnes (Robert) Masuda; her grandchildren Kerry Kumabe (Calvin daRosa), Stacey Kumabe (Roberto Annunziata), and Kevin Masuda, one great-grandchild, Bennett daRosa. She is also survived by many nephews and nieces. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, July 27, at 2 p.m., at the San Lorenzo Japanese Christian Church, 615 Lewelling Blvd., San Leandro. Visitation at the church will be on the same day from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Donations may be made to the San Lorenzo Japanese Christian Church building fund; or to the Eden Township Japanese Community Center Building fund or to the Eden Township Senior Center, both at P.O. Box 264, San Lorenzo, CA 94580-0264.
Kikue “Kay” Shirai, 97, of Sacramento passed away peacefully on May 22. Kay was born in Mount Eden, California on Jan. 24, 1922 to Kiichi and Ryo Tomotoshi. She graduated Hayward Union High School. In 1942 her family was incarcerated at Topaz Relocation Center and then Tule Lake Segregation Center. For 28 years she worked for the State DMV. She enjoyed life with family and friends. She enjoyed traveling, flower arranging, knitting and trying new recipes. Kay loved walking daily at Curtis Park. She was involved with Sacramento Buddhist Church, Bocho Doshi Kai, South Tanoshimi Kai and UFCW 8 Golden State Retiree Club. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 62 years, Makoto “Mike” Shirai and by her brother Masao (Mary) Tomotoshi. She is survived by her son, Richard and her sister Hisako Iwasa and nieces, nephews and their families. A private service was held at the Sacramento Buddhist Church on June 23.
Florence Toshiko Fujinaga, 94, entered Nirvana on April 26, 2019. She was born in Penryn on June 8, 1924 to the late Ichisaku and Sen Iseki. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Kakumin Fujinaga, her brothers Harry and George Iseki, and sister Norma Kochi. She is survived by her daughter Satomi (Ed) Edelhofer and sons Calvin (Carolyn) Fujinaga and Rodger (Gayle) Fujinaga; grandchildren Brian, Kevin (Karentina), Kelli and Ryan and great-grandchildren Cole and Kaylie. She was a long time member of the San Mateo Buddhist Temple and the Buddhist Women’s Association. She served as a dedicated minister’s wife at Parlier Buddhist Church and Lodi Buddhist Church. She retired from California Casualty Insurance Company after working there for over 20 years. Funeral services were held on May 2, 2019 at the San Mateo Buddhist Temple.