WASHINGTON — Jim Park, the chair of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS), and Gloria Chan, the president and CEO, issued the following statements Friday on the passing of Etsu Mineta Masaoka:
“On behalf of the APAICS Board of Directors and staff, I send our heartfelt condolences to Norm Mineta and his family,” said Park. “We will remember Etsu enjoying her birthday at our APAICS dinner just last month. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and loved ones during this difficult time.”
“Etsu Mineta Masaoka was an incredible member of the Asian Pacific American community, and the APAICS family,” said Chan. “It was an honor meeting her last month at our APAICS gala, and I am in awe of her many contributions to our community and to our nation. My deepest sympathy goes to Norm Mineta, and the rest of Etsu’s family and friends. She will be sorely missed.”
Masaoka, 94, the wife of the late JACL leader Mike Masaoka and the sister of former Secretary of Transportation Mineta, the founder of APAICS. She passed away on June 2.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 14, at 11 a.m. at Chevy Chase United Methodist Church, 7001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Chevy Chase, Md. (www.chevychaseumc.org). In lieu of flowers, the family has requested contributions to Chevy Chase UMC, JACL, or Japanese American Veterans Association (JAVA). The Washington Post will be publishing an obituary shortly.