June Natsuko Yeto

June Natsuko Yeto

June Natsuko Yeto passed away peacefully on Nov. 7, 2020 in Oxnard, Calif. at the age of 88. She was the eldest daughter of Tomio and Utako Yeto and attended Saticoy Elementary School and Ventura High School.

During WWII, June and three generations of her family were incarcerated at the Gila River War Relocation Center in Arizona on the lands of the Akimel O’odham and Pee-Posh people in Arizona.

Following her family’s release, she pursued her studies at UCLA and CSULA. A tireless youth advocate, she provided care to the children of incarcerated people in Orange County Probation Department’s Dependent Unit. She was a beloved sixth grade teacher at Jane Addams Middle School in Lawndale for 32 years. After her retirement, she returned to Oxnard to care for her ailing mother and tutored at Project Understanding.

She was predeceased by her sister Alice Hiroko Yeto, and is survived by her brother Masanobu (Nobuko), sister Jean, and niece Yoshiko (Tim).

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a private service was held for immediate family.