Peggy Nobuko Hayashida Ledward, 84, resident of Oakland, died on Aug. 20. Born in Hilo, HI on April 8, 1927. Preceded in death by son, Rex F. Ledward; she is survived by sons Lyle Peter and Curt ex-husband Richard; three brothers, four sisters, nine grand kids; and four great-grand kids. Elevator operator at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki. Moved to Oakland in 1958, but kept her aloha spirit. Cafeteria manager at St Mary’s college. Owned a corner grocery store for over 10 years. Worked at Wilco Supply over 30 years stating “those were my best days”. Loved to spend time with her family loved to travel. Peggy will be greatly missed by all her family and friends.
Shizue Shiozaki of Sacramento. Sept. 11, 1921 – Sept. 7, 2011 Dearly Beloved Mother, Grandmother, Great-grandmother, Sensei and Friend.
Sumie Jean Akiyama passed away on Sept. 9. Sumie was born Mar. 27, 1924 in Stockton and graduated from Stockton High School. During World War II, Sumie was interned in Rohwer, Arkansas and relocated to Detroit, Michigan, where she attended business college. She moved to Chicago where she worked briefly in a hotel. She eventually moved to San Francisco where she worked in the financial district. She met and married her husband, Joe Akiyama from Westminster, Calif. in 1963 and became mother to Wayne and Carol. She worked in the family business, Pacific Goldfish Farm, for many years. Sumie is survived by her husband, children, grandchildren Marc, Bradley and Derek Akiyama of Pleasant Hill and Scott and Amy Yamashiro of San Juan Capistrano, her siblings Takeo Utsumi, Lois Morimoto, and Nell Noguchi and numerous relatives.
Eric Ichiro Kaneda, resident of Pleasant Hill, passed away on Sept. 13 after a 2-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Born June 10, 1959 and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, Eric enjoyed many hobbies including basketball, judo, and piano, but especially prized time spent with his family camping, fishing and having picnics on the beach. As a Boy Scout, one of Eric’s proudest achievements was attaining the rank of Eagle Scout, an honor he shared with his father. After receiving a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle, Eric accepted a position at Tosco, presently Tesoro Oil Refinery, in Martinez, where he enjoyed his colleagues and the challenges of his job. He also valued time spent with friends playing tennis, bowling, golfing, and skiing. After marrying Susan in 1991 and having two children, Michelle and Matthew, Eric embraced family life, devoting himself to newfound hobbies such as woodworking, gardening, and cooking. He also found time to coach his children’s baseball and basketball teams and to indulge his passion for photography, capturing his children’s many activities on film. Eric was a member of Christian Layman Church in Oakland, where he played the guitar for worship services. Throughout his illness, his church family was an invaluable source of strength and support. Besides his immediate family, Eric is survived by his parents, Frank and Ruth Kaneda of Hilo, Hawaii, his sister Laura Jean Kawamura of Lihue, Hawaii, his nieces Kelcie Ann Kawamura of Maui, Hawaii, and Kendra Kawamura presently at Creighton University, Nebraska, and many beloved aunts, uncles, cousins and in-laws.
Hisa Tsugawa passed away on Sept. 15. She is survived by her sisters Sumi Iwamae and Amy Osada and nieces and nephews Misako Mori, Edwin and Michael Osada, Diane Cramer, Helen, David, and Bob Okamoto, Cathy Abeyta, Susan Nomoto, and Mitzi, Harry, and Sandy Abe. She was preceded in death by her husband Asaichi Tsugawa. She was a long time resident of Sacramento. We thank the Asian Community Nursing Home for their 15 years of loving care for Hisa.
Hideo Sasaki passed away peacefully on Sept. 21, in Lodi at the age of 89. Born in Colorado to Toshi and Sadaichi Sasaki, Hideo has lived most of his life in Lodi, where he worked for 20 years at General Mills. He enjoyed golf, playing cards, gardening, and in his younger years was an accomplished swimmer and enjoyed bowling. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Tomoko Sasaki, daughter Diane O’Connell of Lodi, son Dennis Sasaki of Elk Grove, and four grandchildren, Korynn O’Connell, Courtney Sasaki, Jessica Sasaki and Madison Sasaki. Even though Hideo was quiet, you could always depend on him when you needed anything. He will be greatly missed.
Michael Takashi Horita passed away Sept. 23 at age 54. Beloved father of Sienna and Michael Jr., dear son of Wayne and the late Fumiko, brother of Gail and Mark, uncle of Gregory, Stephanie, and Kody.
Masao Kato, 84, resident of San Leandro, passed away on Sept. 28. He was born in Stockton on Jan. 2, 1927. Masao is survived by Wanda, his wife of 49 years, sisters Hanae Watanabe and Terry Sato, and many nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents Matsujiro and Haruye Kato and siblings Shizue Ito, Yoshiye Nagata, Masanori Kato, Masayoshi Kato and George Kato. Masao was a devoted husband who enjoyed traveling and going to the casinos with Wanda. He enjoyed taking photos and was an avid gardener. He grew plants for Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church’s annual festival. Prior to retirement, Masao worked for over 25 years at Sunnyside Nursery in Salinas and owned Farmer Joe’s Produce in Oakland for over four years.
Beloved grandmother, auntie, sister and friend, Hisako Tanaka, passed away peacefully, on Sept. 29, at the age of 91. Hisa was born in Madera, Calif. where she attended Madera High School and graduated at the top of her class. Hisa worked very hard throughout her life as she proudly raised two children, maintained a farm with her husband, Harris, and established her career at the Fresno County Public Administrator’s Office. She is preceded in death by her husband, Harris; and her daughter, Harriet. Hisa is survived by her son Eugene Tanaka; sister, Kimi Fukuba; grandchildren, Marla, Kristi, Alisen and Brendon Fujisawa and numerous nieces and nephews.
Teruko Teri Yamaguchi
Oct. 25, 1919 - Sept. 29, 2011
A native Stocktonian, Teruko Teri Yamaguchi, was born to Shigetaro and Takako Tsunekawa. A graduate of Stockton High in 1937, she was a proud member of the “Busy Bees” Stockton Buddhist Womens Championship basketball Team. After high school she worked at Adams Florist, the Tsunekawa family business. In 1942 she married John Kiyoshi Kay Yamaguchi at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds Assembly Center before their internment in Rohwer, Ark. After the war she and Kay returned to California where she went from farm wife to behind the scenes partner/manager of Yamaguchi Landscape Contractor business. Upon their retirement in 1981 Teri transitioned to full-time gardener and international traveler- taking many tours and cruises with their dear friends. Gifted with creative and artistic talents, she was often called upon to design centerpieces for church events, weddings, and birthdays. She was a talented gardener, cook, baker, and canner, making and joyfully giving away many an apricot cobbler, home-cured olives, pickles, peppers, jams- all made from her homegrown produce. To Teri, food and floral arrangements were her expressions of love to others. She was a member of the Stockton Buddhist Temple, Stockton Buddhist Women’s Association, Tomonokai, Stockton JACL, and Fukuoka Nikkei-Jin Kai. Teri leaves behind Kay, her loving husband of 69 years, daughters Jacqueline (Noby) Oshidari, Susan (Kevin) Wong, grandchildren Allyson (Brad) Sakai, Mark (Lisa) Oshidari, Alex and Gordon Wong, great grandchildren Regan and Carter Sakai, sisters/brother-in-law Alice Tsunekawa, June Arao, and Fred Yamaguchi, her caregivers of four years: Oly Mendoza and Thelma Adams. She loved and cherished her many friends, held dear her nieces and nephews, and was dedicated to her role of wife, mother, daughter and daughter-in-law. She was preceded in death by her beloved brothers Elmer and Lou Tsunekawa. Family and Friends are invited to attend a memorial service Saturday, Oct. 15, 12 p.m., at the Stockton Buddhist Temple, 2820 Shimizu Dr., Stockton.
Barbara “Yaeko” McCrum [Nakatani] born in Martinez, Calif. on March 3, 1931. Passed away on Sept. 30 at the age of 80 at Kaiser Hospital in S.S.F. with her family by her side. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years George and their son Raymond. She is survived by her eight children, Georgia Lynn [Chuck] Cox, George Jr. [Dolores], Georgeanna [Richard] Silveria, Georgette Schiller, Donald [Patty], Georgina [Steve] Jackson, Georgialee McCrum, James [Jan], thirteen grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild, and many other loving relatives.
Kazuko Nii passed away at age 66 on Oct. 2. A native of Japan, she moved to California at the age of twelve. She lived with her father and sister in San Mateo. She attended San Mateo High School and San Jose State University. For many years she worked as a bookkeeper in the shipping industry. A 40-year resident of Marin County, she and her husband raised their three children in San Anselmo. She is survived by her husband, Bob, children, Stacy, Kevin, and Sarah, and sister Junko.
Ethel Kayo Tamura, 86, of Lodi, passed away peacefully on Oct. 5, at her home surrounded by her loving family. Ethel was born on March 3, 1925 in Rumsey, California. She is survived by her beloved husband of 61 years, Satoru “Ted” Tamura; her children, Libby (Kent) Iwamura, and Linda (Alan) Nakashima; her grandchildren, Kendra (Mike), Keenan (Stephanie), Lindsay (Brandon), and Lauren; her 2 great-grandchildren, Kaleb and Kelsie, who were very special to her. She is also survived by her sister, Amy Watanabe, as well as aunt to many nieces and nephews. Ethel was preceded in death by her brother, Tom Tsutsumi; sisters, Mary Tsutsumi and Carol Yoshioka.