June 2009 – English Obituaries

Bernice Ayako (Tsumori) Kodama
Bernice Ayako (Tsumori) Kodama passed away peacefully on June 8, after battling with complications from a series of strokes over the past 10 months. She is survived by her son, Ken; and daughter-in-law, Debra of Chula Vista; and her two grandchildren, Jillian and Garrett. She is also survived by 2 nieces and 2 nephews. She was preceded in death by her son, Luke; husband, James; parents, Shinichi and Yeino Tsumori; sister, Mabel Abe; and brother, Paul Tsumori.

Born in the Sacramento area on June 26, 1924, she grew up in the San Gabriel Valley community of Tujunga. During World War II was she interned with her family in the Amache Internment camp in Colorado. She married James in 1954 and lived for the next 40 years in El Centro, Calif. where her husband was a farmer and she worked for JC Pennys and Sears.

In 1997, she moved to Chula Vista. Over the past 12 years, she enjoyed playing bingo at the Japanese American VFW Hall in National City, visiting the local Indian gaming casinos, going to family reunions, and sneaking treats to her son’s dogs Miso and Gohan.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 20 at 11 a.m. at Pioneer Ocean View United Church of Christ (2550 Fairfield St., San Diego). Burial will take place on Friday, June 26 at 11 a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Sueko Oshiro
A funeral service for Sueko Oshiro, 77 year-old, Kauai, Hawaii-born Nisei who passed away on June 12 in Gardena will be held on Monday, June 22 at 10:30 a.m. at Gardena Valley Baptist Church, 1630 W. 158th St., Gardena, Calif. Family requested aloha attire.
www.kubotanikkeimortuary.com, (213) 749-1449.

She is survived by her husband, Masao Oshiro; son, Carl Masaru Oshiro of New Jersey; daughters, Victoria Etsuko (Mitsuo) Nishiuchi and Cindy Emiko Oshiro; brother, Takeshi Onaga of Oxnard, Calif.; sisters-in-law, Yukiko Higa of Hawaii and Michiko (Richard) Kurisu; brother-in-Law, Shigeo Oshiro; also survived by many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Koshi Ando
A memorial service for Koshi Ando, 88 year-old, Santa Monica, Calif.-born Nisei, World War II Veteran, who peacefully passed away on June 9 in Los Angeles will be held on Friday, June 19 at 11 a.m. at Venice-Santa Monica Free Methodist Church, 4781 Centinela Ave., Los Angeles, Calif.

www.kubotanikkeimortuary.com, (213) 74901449.

He is survived by his wife, Florence Toshi Ando; son, Curt Ando; daughter, Nici (Jeff) Parker; sister, Machi Ando; sisters-in-law, Helen Okamoto of Garden Grove, Calif. and Frances (Ed) White of Ridgefield, Wash.; also survived by many nieces, nephews and other relatives.


Michiko Makino
Private funeral services for Michiko Makino 95-year-old Yakima, Wash.-born resident of Los Angeles who passed away on May 30 at her residence, were held on Saturday, June 13 at Evergreen Cemetery, gravesite.

She is survived by her daughters, Yoshiko (Larry) Jones, Kiyoko (Gene) Gong and Aiko (William) Howo; 9 grandchildren; 11 great- grandchildren; and other relatives.


James Yagi
A memorial service for James Yagi, 67 year-old, Honolulu, Hawaii-born Nisei, who passed away on June 9 in Pasadena will be held on held on Saturday, June 20 at 11 a.m. at the West LA Holiness Church, 1710 Butler Ave., Los Angeles, Calif. Family requests that flowers be omitted.

www.kubotanikkeimortuary.com, (213) 74901449.

He is survived by his siblings, Wallace (Irene) Yagi and Gary Yagi; nephews, Dane (Jane) and Tod (Amanda) Yagi; aunt, Sally (Hisashi) Matsumoto of Hawaii; uncle Herbert Yagi of Hawaii; 2 grand nephews and 4 grand nieces; also survived other relatives.

Sean D. Baker
Funeral services for the late Sean D. Baker, Newport Beach, Calif.-born resident of Irvine, who passed away on June 8, will be held on Tuesday, June 16, 11 a.m. at Gardena Valley Baptist Church, 1630 W. 158th St., Gardena, under the direction of Fukui Mortuary.

He is survived by his mother, Sayoko “Sy” Baker; brother, Jeff (Lily) Baker; niece and nephew, Mika and Milo Baker; aunt, Yuri (James) Ogawa; cousins, Stephanie (Rick) Nakayama, Sharie (Harry) Tom, and Stacie (David) Inana; he is also survived by other relatives.

The family kindly request no flowers.

Albert Yasuaki Oda
Beloved father, grandfather, brother and uncle, Albert Yasuaki Oda, 78, passed away on June 2, in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. with his daughter and caregiver at his side. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii on Nov. 3, 1930, Albert served in the Armed Forces doing communications work in Greenland during the Korean War between 1951 to 1953. In 1956, he married Ellen Miyoko Okinaka and moved to California to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He worked at Menasco, a landing gear design company, for 30 years. He retired shortly after his wife, Ellen, passed away on Oct. 8, 1987. Albert spent the next 20 years doing volunteer work at the Seicho-No-Ie Church in Gardena, Calif. He was a quiet loving husband and father who brought all his children closer to God.

Albert is survived by his children, Duane (Rosemarie), Denise (Jeffrey), Teri (Stan) and Dwight (Cathy), grandchildren, Aaron, Michael, Chad, Kevin, Jessica, Kristen, Alyssa and Makena; and siblings, Martha, Herbert, Betty, Elaine and Michael. He was preceded in death by his sister, Margie; and brother, Kenneth.

The memorial service will be held at the Green Hills Mortuary Chapel, 27501 S. Western Ave., Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., on June 20, from 11 a.m. to noon.

The family kindly requests no flowers for Albert’s memorial service.

Jane Miyako Ozawa
Graveside memorial services for the late Mrs. Jane Miyako Ozawa, 88 year-old, Washington-born Nisei, resident of Alhambra who passed away peacefullly on June 2 at Lutheran Health Care Facility in Alhambra, will be held on Saturday, June 20, 11 a.m. at Rose Hills Memorial Park, Gate #1, 3888 Workman Mill Rd., Whittier, CA 90601.

She is survived by her sister, Hatsuko Nakatsuka; and many loving nieces, nephews and other relatives. She is preceded in death by her husband, Harry; and son, Aaron.

www.fukuimortuary.com, (213) 626-0441.

Peggy Hisako and Noboru Yoshimoto
Private funeral services for Peggy Hisako and Noboru Yoshimoto, 85 year-old, Santa Clara, Calif.-born Nisei and 90 year-old Del Rey, Calif.-born Nisei, who passed away on May 25 and May 27 respectively both in Los Angeles was held on Friday, June 12 at Green Hills Memorial Park with Rev. Fumiaki Usuki from West LA Buddhist Temple officiating.
www.kubotanikkeimortuary.com, (213) 749-1449.

Noboru and Peggy are survived by their children, Gail (John) Okazaki and Randy (Karen) Yoshimoto; grandchildren, Roger and Timothy Okazaki, Scott and Alexa Yoshimoto; Peggy is survived by her siblings, Howard (Alice) Taniguchi, June Asai, Mae (Harry) Kajioka, Ned (Lois) Taniguchi, William Taniguchi, and Betty (Cal) Kitazumi; Noboru is survived by his siblings, Matsuko Nomura, Yoshiye Honda, and Masaru Yoshimoto; sister-in-law, Shizuko Yoshimoto; also survived by many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Seiichi Shimabukuro
A funeral service for Seiichi Shimabukuro, 74 year-old, Okinawa, Japan-born Issei who passed away on June 5 in Gardena will be held on Thursday, June 18 at 7 p.m. at Gardena Buddhist Church, 1517 W. 166th St., Gardena, Calif. Family requests that flowers be omitted.

www.kubotanikkeimortuary.com, (213) 749-1449.

He is survived by his wife, Sachie Shimabukuro; sons, Hitoshi Mike (Ryoko) and Tsutomu Shimabukuro; daughters,Chikako Canas and Eriko (Jeff) Chaves; step-sons, John (Kazumi) of Osaka, Japan, Richard (Carli) and Scott (Heather) Shelton of Cape Coral, Florida; brothers, Jinsei Shimabukuro of Okinawa, Japan and Seiko (Ayako) Shimabukuro; sisters-in-law, Yoshiko of Okinawa Japan, Setsuka and Chiyoko Shimabukuro of Okinawa, Japan; cousin, David (Chiyoko) Ikefuji; also survived by many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Tamotsu Utsuki
Private family gathering services for the late Tamotsu Utsuki, 85 year-old, Venice-born resident of Culver City, who passed way on June 1, will be held at a later date.

Tamotsu is survived by loving wife, Tomie Utsuki; son, Gerald (Jennie) Utsuki; granddaughter, Melissa Utsuki; sister, Fumi Utsuki. Tamotsu is also survived by many other loving family members.

www.fukuimortuary.com, (213) 626-0441.

Mitsuko Tao
Funeral services for the late Mitsuko Tao, 92-year-old, California-born resident of Torrance, who passed away on June 3, were held on Saturday, June 27, 1:30 p.m. at Fukui Mortuary “Chapel in the Garden,” 707 E. Temple St., Los Angeles.

She is survived by her son, Douglas Koji (Dona) Tao; daughter, Karen Akimi (Dr. Randal) Arase; grandson, Ahren Arase; granddaughter, Lauren Arase; cousin, Reiko (Bob) Konishi.


Martha Yuba
Yuba, Martha, 87, passed away peacefully on June 10. Beloved wife of Arthur T. Yuba; aunt of Anthony (Yoshiko) Yuba, Kathy (Bruce) Fujikawa, Greg (Cecelia) Yuba, Judy (Terry) Shioshita, and Chris Zoriki; also survived by other relatives. Private memorial services were held on Thursday, June 18 at Rose Hills Memorial Park with Pastor George Egami of Evergreen Baptist Church of San Gabriel officiating. www.fukuimortuary.com, (213) 626-0441.


Sandy Toshiye Hiroshima
Hiroshima, Sandy Toshiye entered into rest with family at her side on June 18 from complications following surgery for squamous cell carcinoma. Her humor, strength, and courage will never be forgotten. Predeceased by her parents, Toshio and Grace Sato; she is survived by her beloved husband of 30 years, Richard Hiroshima; loving children, Ryan and Lauren; sister, Cindy (Rod) Iwamura; and many other relatives.

Memorial services were held on Wednesday, June 24, 7 p.m. at the Orange Country Buddhist Church, 909 S. Dale Ave., Anaheim. www.fukuimortuary.com, (213) 626-0441.

Sadaichi Takemoto
Sadaichi Takemoto, 90 year-old, Sacramento-born resident of Los Angeles, passed sway peacefully at Ronald Regan UCLA Medical Center on June 16.

Sadaichi is survived by loving wife, Yoshiko Takemoto of Los Angeles; daughter, Susan (William) Davidson of North Hills; granddaughter, Dominique Davidson of  Sunset Beach; and step son, Richard Inouye of Los Angeles. www.fukuimortuary.com, (213) 626-0441.

Yaeko Tanaka
A memorial service for Mrs. Yaeko Tanaka, 92 year- old, resident of Torrance, who peacefully passed away at home on June 19, were held on Friday, June 26, 3 p.m. at Green Hills Memorial Chapel, 27501 South Western Ave., Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.

Predeceased by her husband, Gingo Tanaka; and eldest son, James T. Tanaka. She is survived by her sons, Gerald (Karen) Tanaka, Glen (Joyce) Tanaka; brother, Kazumi (Harriet) Watanabe; sister, Toshiko (Kiyoshi) Matoba; granddaughters, Tricia (Jason) Tamashiro, Kristen and Melissa Tanaka; great- grandson, Jack Tamashiro; great-granddaughter, Quinn Tamashiro; also survived by many nieces, nephews and other relatives. The family requested no flowers and casual attire. www.fukuimortuary.com, (213) 626-0441.

Rose Yasuko Watanabe
A private funeral service for Rose Yasuko Watanabe, 86 year-old, Gudalupe, Calif.-born Issei
who peacefully passed away on June 13 in Los Angeles was held on Monday, June 22 Senshin Buddhist Temple, 1311 W. 37th St., Los Angeles, Calif. www.kubotanikkeimortuary.com, (213) 749-1449.

She is survived by her children, Diane (Ron) Kato, Dennis (Wendy) Watanabe and Suzanne Watanabe; grandchildren, Kristopher and Erin Kato; siblings, Lui (Mary) Kodama, Fumiko (Louis) Sasaki, Akiko Narahara, Michiko (Akira) Miyoda, Mutsuko (Mitsugi) Miyakawa, and Seiji (Linda) Kodama; sisters-in-law, Yuriko Shimasaki, Masako (Ted) Omachi, and Kunika Watanabe; also survived by many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Peggy Hisako and Noboru Yoshimoto
Private funeral services for Peggy Hisako and Noboru Yoshimoto, 85 year-old, Santa Clara, Calif.- born Nisei and 90 year-old Del Rey, Calif.-born Nisei, who passed away on May 25 and May 27 respectively both in Los Angeles was held on Friday, June 12 at Green Hills Memorial Park with Rev. Fumiaki Usuki from West LA Buddhist Temple officiating. www.kubotanikkeimortuary.com, (213) 749-1449.

Noboru and Peggy are survived by their children, Gail (John) Okazaki and Randy (Karen) Yoshimoto; grandchildren, Roger and Timothy Okazaki, Scott and Alexa Yoshimoto; Peggy is survived by her siblings, Howard (Alice) Taniguchi, June Asai, Mae (Harry) Kajioka, Ned (Lois) Taniguchi, William Taniguchi, and Betty (Cal) Kitazumi; Noboru is survived by his siblings, Matsuko Nomura, Yoshiye Honda, and Masaru Yoshimoto; sister- in-law, Shizuko Yoshimoto; also survived by many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Marion Ichikawa
Ichikawa, Marion, 80,of Los Angeles, died on June 10..Mass was at Holy Cross Mortuary @ Cemetery. She was survived by her brother, David Ichikawa; and sisters, Ruth Ichikawa and Agnes Ichikawa.

Ayako Mary Shiraga
Funeral service for Ayako Mary Shiraga, 87, a Spokane-born Nisei and resident of Keiro Nursing Home who passed away on June 22 at the Kaiser Foundation Hospital in West Los Angeles, was held on Monday, June 29, 6 p.m. at Fukui Mortuary Chapel, 707 E. Temple St., Los Angeles with a minister from Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple officiating.

She is survived by her sister, Kinuko (Tsutomu) Maehara; brother, Roy Shizuka (Bernice) Shiraga; and many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Yae Tsurudome
Funeral service for Yae Tsurudome, 99, a Kagoshima-born Issei and resident of Monterey Park who passed away on June 22 at the St Vincent’s Medical Center, were held on Wednesday, July 1, 1 p.m. at Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple, 505 E. Third St., Los Angeles, under the direction of Fukui Mortuary. The family requests that flowers please be omitted.

She is survived by her son, John Yoneo (Bonnie) Tsurudome; daughter, Sachiko (Dr. Raymond) Sasaki; grandchildren, Kimiko (David) Dempsey of Oregon, Tamiko (Cory) Murman and Bradley (Myo) Sasaki and 3 great grandchildren.

Lawrence Tsuneji Sasano
Private funeral services for Mr. Lawrence Tsuneji Sasano, 97 year-old, Honolulu, Hawaii-born who passed away June 21 at Keiro Nursing Home, were held in the Garden Chapel at Fukui Mortuary. The deceased is survived by his wife, Fumiko Sasano; daughter, Karen (Bill) Carter of Washington; and son, Larry (Gale) Sasano; grandchildren, Laura Sasano and Nicole Sasano; brother, Robert (Mitsuko) Nakamura of Hawaii; sisters-in-law, Toshiko Sasano and Teruko Nakamura; and nieces and nephews. Lawrence was preceded in death by daughter, Carolyn Wong; and brothers, James Sasano and Horace Nakamura.


Roy Takeshi Takeda
Private family funeral services for the late Roy Takeshi Takeda, 76 year-old Seattle, Wash.-born resident of Encino, who passed away on June 21 were held on June 28 at Fukui Mortuary “Chapel in the Garden,” with Rev. Shuichi Kurai, of Sozenji Buddhist Temple officiating.

Roy is survived by loving wife, Sayuri Takeda; son, Terry (partner, Lou Slimp) Takeda and Todd (Jamie) Takeda; daughter, Sharlene (Glenn) Miyagishima; grandchildren, Trent and Tyler Miyagishima, Trinity and Destiny Takeda; sister, Mary (Lincoln) Nagato. Roy is also survived by many other loving family members. www.fukuimortuary.com, (213) 626- 0441.

Hisaye Taniguchi
Hisaye Taniguchi at age 89 has passed away on June 22. She is survived by children, Hideko (Warren) Shimonishi, Miyoko Hawkins (Gary) Hawkins of Victorville, Calif., Bob Taniguchi (Pamela) of Riverside, Calif., Jim Taniguchi of Las Vegas, Nev.; 8 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. Private graveside service was held on Thursday, June 25, at Olivewood Cemetery in Riverside, Calif.

Makoto Yamasaki
Private family funeral services for the late Makoto Yamasaki, 85 year-old, citizen of Japan and long time resident of Torrance who passed away on June 5 at Harbor UCLA Medical Center were held on June 16 at Fukui Mortuary “Chapel in the Garden” officiated by Rev. Hisahiro Nakatsumi of Seicho-No-Ie.

Mr. Yamasaki is survived by his son, Dean, Shingo Yamasaki; sisters, Shinako (Toshi) Takita and Momoyo (Yoshiyuki) Tanihata of Saitama, Japan. www.fukuimortuary.com, (213) 626