Memorial services for the late Johnny Katsui Sakioka were held on July 2. Rev. Noriaki Ito of the Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple officiated at the services held at Mesa Verde Country Club in Costa Mesa.
The 82-year-old, California-born resident of Newport Beach, peacefully passed away at his home on June 19 surrounded by his family. He is survived by his beloved wife, Grace Miye Sakioka; daughter, Sherry Sakioka (Ken Honda); sons, John Jr. (Shirleen) of Michigan and George (Stephanie) Sakioka; grandchildren, Jennifer, Lauren, and Mark Sakioka; sisters, Masako Mitsuuchi, Hisako Kawabe, and Nobuko (Tom) Shiokari; brother, Arthur (Marilyn) Sakioka; sisters-in-law, Mary Sakioka and Mary Nakayama; brother-in-law, Dr. Tommy (Kathy) Nakayama of Arizona, many nieces, nephews, and relatives in Japan.
In lieu of flowers or “koden” (monetary expression of sympathy) a donation may be made in memory of Johnny K. Sakioka to one of the following organizations: American Cancer Society, Newport-Mesa Unit, 1940 E. Deere Ave., Suite 100, Santa Ana, CA 92705 or Boys and Girls Club, PO Box 10297, Costa Mesa, CA 92627 or the Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple, 505 E. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90013.