Mitsuye “Mitzi” Yamamoto, 97, of Patterson passed away peacefully on Monday, Oct. 15, at her home.
Mrs. Yamamoto was born in San Jose May 31, 1921, to Kaneichi and Hatsuko Yamaichi.
She was a long-time Patterson resident of 60 years who farmed alongside her late husband Shig on the West Side.
Mrs. Yamamoto met and married her husband of 52 years when she was relocated to the internment camp at Tule Lake during World War II.
She looked forward to watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren participate in sporting events.
Her interests included sewing, knitting, creating floral arrangements and gardening.
Mrs. Yamamoto was a member of the Patterson Senior Citizens, Farm Bureau, Patterson Garden Club, California Women for Agriculture, Stockton Buddhist Church and San Joaquin Nisei League, and was an honorary Red Hatter.
Mrs. Yamamoto is survived by her sons, Toshio Yamamoto of Sacramento, Ken Yamamoto (Pat) of San Jose and Bobby Yamamoto (Karen) of Westley; her daughters, Yuri Furukawa (Ken) of San Jose and Kiyo Yamamoto of Newman; a brother, Richard Yamaichi of Sacramento; her sisters, Yoshiko Ichikawa of Santa Clara and Hinako Uchida of Oakland; eight grandchildren (Hatsumi, Kimiko, Corrin, Jason, Shelby and Keith Yamamoto, Jennifer Gillum and Cindy Dupont) and four great-grandchildren (Clay and Mia Gillum, Jace and Wade Yamamoto). She was Auntie to many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Shig Yamamoto and her brothers and sisters Masaru Yamaichi, Shigeru Yamaichi, Jimi Yamaichi, Meri Nitta, Mumbo Yamaichi and Sue Toyoshima.
A visitation will be held from 5-7 pm today (Thursday, Oct. 25) at Hillview Funeral Chapel in Patterson. A funeral service will be held at 1 pm, Friday, Oct. 26 at Stockton Buddhist Church, 2820 Shimizu Dr., Stockton. Interment services will follow at 3 p.m. in Patterson District Cemetery.
Remembrances may be directed to: PRIDE Scholarship – Shigeru and Mitsuye Yamamoto Scholarship, PO Box 1543, Patterson, CA 95363.