IN LOVING MEMORY
Kiyo Ogata, born in El Monte, Ca. in 1920, passed away at the age of 92 on June 10, 2012. She was predeceased by parentsTamekichi Sato and Koyoshi Nakaji, brother Ken Sato, and loving husband of 54 years, Frank Ogata. She is survived by brother Tom (Eunice) Sato of Long Beach, Ca. and their children Charlotte, Daniel and Douglas; sister Sadako Sato of Wakayama, Japan and her daughter Hisako; and sister-in-law Emma Manaka (Ken) Sato of Monterey, Ca. and their children Sara and Marlene.
A long-time resident of Sunnyvale, California, Kiyo was a member of the Mountain View Buddhist Temple and a retiree of the Bank of America.
In 1933 at the age of 13, Kiyo moved to Japan with her family. She was a typist in Osaka when WWII broke out and experienced the privation of the war firsthand. After the war, Kiyo regained her U.S. citizenship, returned to California at age 27, and in 1955 she married Frank Ogata.
Kiyo will be remembered for her wisdom, generosity, kindness, twinkling eyes and deep laugh. Kiyo’s cousin, Yas Otani and her husband Min of San Jose were life-long friends. Having no children of her own, Kiyo was especially caring towards her many nieces, nephews and their children. Her husband Frank’s siblings (John, Mary, Josie, Mas, Dorothy, Molly, George, Rosie, Grace, Emilie and Hank) and their offspring became Kiyo’s extended family. Kiyo’s brother-in-law, George Ogata, managed Kiyo’s care during the last 3 years of her life.
A private family service was held on June 29, 2012.