Mikiko Eto, 100, was born on Sep. 14, 1919 in Castroville, Calif. and passed away suddenly, but peacefully at her home in Campbell on March 23. Preceded in death by her husband, Tom; siblings Michio Abe, Miyoko Yuki, and Hideo Abe; son-in-law, Stan Ohara; daughter-in-law, Michelle Eto. Survived by her children Dr. Ross (Janet) Eto, Robin Ohara, Terry (Nancy) Eto; grandchildren, Julie (Jayvee) Suliguin, Dr. Jamie (Dr. Jeff) Keyes Eto, Scotty Ohara, Jennie (Nick) Eto, Tremaine (Hazuki) Eto, and Terrick Eto; great-grandchildren, Dylan, Connor, Ren, and Rylan. Auntie to many nieces and nephews. Memorial services are pending.
Tetsuo “Tek” Ueda, 87, of Salinas, passed away peacefully from cancer on Dec. 9, 2019. Born on Oct. 27, 1932 in Indio, Calif., Tek grew up in the San Gabriel Valley area and lived in El Monte, Calif. at the time of the signing of Executive Order 9066 in February 1942. He and his family were interned at the Pomona Assembly Center (Los Angeles County Fairgrounds) on May 13, 1942; transferred to Heart Mountain War Relocation Center, Wyo. on Aug. 20, 1942; and moved to Tule Lake Detention Center, CA in September 1943. He was released along with his father and mother in 1946. The family settled in San Marino, Calif. where his parents worked as domestics. Tek is a graduate of South Pasadena High School. Shortly after graduation, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, trained as a military stevedore and, during the Korean War while stationed at Ft Lawton, WA served on military cargo ships providing supplies to bases in the Aleutian Islands. Upon discharge in 1954, he was readmitted to UCLA where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in floriculture and ornamental horticulture. He was one of the early college-educated, Japanese American floriculture graduates entering the long Japanese dominated carnation and chrysanthemum nursery industry. He was employed by Tak’s Greenhouse in Santa Clara, and with the pressure of urbanization, moved with the carnation nursery industry to Salinas Valley. He also served many years as an instructor of the Hartnell College’s floriculture training program for students from Japan. Tek was predeceased by his parents, Chusaku and Toshiyo (Karimoto), originally from Hiroshima, Japan; brothers Minoru (Fuyuko) and Yoshito; and sister Kikue (Robert) Ishiguro. He is survived by his sister, Sachie (John) Hayakawa of Honolulu, six nephews, nine great nieces and nephews, and good friends Jun and Kyoko Uchida of Salinas . He will be interred at the Ueda Family gravesite in the Evergreen Cemetery, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles.
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.