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Matsuda, Mitsuko “Mickey”, 90

Los Angeles, CA, Oct. 23, 2011

Survived by children Judy (Jack) Lew and Michael (Karie Bessho) Matsuda; siblings Sachi and David Fujikawa; many nieces, nephews and other relatives; 1 gc.


Matsunami, Richard Zenji “Z”, 85

Pepeekeo, Hawaii, Sept. 19, 2011

a retired Hawaii County Police Department radio technician and an Army veteran who served in World War II. Survived by wife Faye; sons Ryan, Kevin and Stuart; sister Gladys Yoshimoto; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Matsushima, Dorothy, 88

Fort Collins, CO, Sept. 7

Born to Toyosuke and Saki Ogura on July 10, 1923 in Stockton, CA. She attended Colorado State University and Adams State College. She also taught school until becoming a fulltime homemaker. Survived by her husband John; son Bob (Beth) Matsushima; daughter Nancy (Gene) Oliver; sisters Elsie and Alice; brother George. Preceded in death by her parents; sisters Irene and Mary and brother Milton. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, grandchildren, Cristina (James) Lane; Catie Matsushima and fiancé Preston Zanella; Ryan Oliver and Jason Oliver.

Minakawa, George, 81

Montebello, CA, Aug. 21

survived by wife, Haruko; son, Garret (Kris); brothers, Takashi and James; sister, Hideko (Toshinori) Saruwatani; many nieces and nephews; 3 gc.

Mitani, Don Kiyoshi, 89

Salinas, CA, Sept. 2, 2011

Incarcerated at Tule Lake and later at Heart Mountain during World War II. In 1955, he started Oshita, Inc. with brothers-in-law Frank and Jack Oshita. Survived by wife Sally, three sons and two daughter-in-laws, and four grandchildren.

Miyagishima, Misako, 87

Gardena, CA, Aug. 23

she was a Japan-born Issei; survived by her husband, Masaaki; children, Lester and Juliann (Wade) Inouye; siblings, Naoki, Yoshisuke, Norio, Shuichi (Kayoko) Hosokawa, Chizuko Ito and Chitoe Furuta; brothers-in-law, Hisa (Nancy) and Tomio (Eiko) Miyagishima; sisters-in-law, Hanako Ito and Fumiko Matsumoto; also survived by many nieces, nephews and other relatives; 2 gc.

Miyake, Ishi, 84

Nampa, Idaho, Aug. 13

he joined the Army in 1946; a year later he married Ruth; he was also an active member of the JACL and served two terms as president and was a board member; preceded in death by his parents and his brother Robert; survived by his wife Ruth; daughters Karen (Jerod) Trailer, Cheryl (Pat) Russell and Brenda Miyake; sons Glenn Miyake, Steve (Linda) Miyake; sisters Mary (Allen) Records, Midge (Yasu) Teramura, Helen Otani; brother Bob (Kyoko) Miyake and several nieces and nephews;11 gc and 11 ggc.

Miyamoto, Ben Masayuki, 82

Los Angeles, CA, Oct. 23, 2011

A veteran of the Korean Conflict; survived by wife Emiko Miyamoto; children Jeffrey (Wende) and Alan (Julia) Miyamoto; sisters Yoshiye Kuramoto and Molly (Bill) Takahashi; sisters-in-law Sue (John) Yamamura, Bessie and Yoneko Shimoide; brother-in-law Mikio (Sanaye) Shimoide; also survived by many nieces, nephews and other relatives; 5 gc.


Miyao, Walter Haruo, 95

Detroit, MI, March 13, 2012

He was born on January 10, 1917, to Tokumatsu and Yae Miyao in Florin, California; he graduated from the University of California (Berkeley) in May 1941 with a degree in Public Health and joined the United States Army Medical Corps in October 1941; he was discharged in 1944; he married Elyse Haruko Yamaji in 1943 in Jerome, Arkansas where their families were interned; after the war, they moved to Detroit where, for almost 40 years, was the Director of Laboratories for the City of Detroit Health Department; he retired in 1981; the Miyaos were active in the Detroit  JACL  where Walter served in a number of leadership positions; Walter’s wife Elyse, predeceased him as did their eldest son, Lloyd; survivors include sisters Helene (Ioka) in Colorado, Arlene (Shishido) in California, daughters Carolyn (Moore), Charlotte (Micus), sons Ross and Dean, seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren; Walter’s remains will be cremated and a private family ceremony will be held when he is laid to rest with his wife.

Mori, Katsuichi, 81

Westchester, CA, Sept. 2

Born in Tokyo, Japan. He was awarded a gold medal at the Asian Games as a former five-time national dive champion in Japan. He represented Japan in the 1952 Olympic Games. He also owned Southern California’s Kamei Sushi. Predeceased by wife Yoko. Survived by sons Bryan Motoaki (Rita) and Francis Motohiro Mori; siblings Kazumasa and Yasuko Mori. Also survived by many other relatives; 2 gc.

Morikawa, Hiroshi, 85

Honolulu, Hawaii, Sept. 27, 2011

A Honolulu Sign Co. silk screen printer. Survived by son Jon H., daughters Gail C. Camara 
and Janice Y. Ogoshi, brother Akira and five grandchildren.

Morinaka, Donald Tadaichi, 74

Santa Monica, CA,

An Army veteran; survived by wife Teruko; mother Marian Evertowski; children Andrew (Santos), Julius (Colleen), Alicia (Tim) Endo, Albert, Allen (Kelly) Sakoi, and Sharon Iida. Also survived by many other relatives; 9 gc; 4 ggc.

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