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Fujiye Idemoto

Posted: Monday, Feb 13th, 2017


WATSONVILLE — Fujiye Idemoto died on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 at kei-Ai Los Angeles Nursing Home where she lived the past six years. She was 102.

Mrs. Idemoto was born Jan. 26, 1915 in Penryn to Kohei and Hatsuyo Matsuda.

She was married to Kenji Idemato and had a daughter, Mary and three sons, Akio, Kunio and Tom. The family was interned for four years in internment camps at Poston, and Tulelake and after the war, settled in Watsonville.

She was a member of the Watsonville Buddhist Temple, Buddhist Women’s Assn., Watsonville Santa Cruz Chapter of JACL, and Watsonville Shigin Kai.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary (late Nob) Iwami; and sons, Akio (late Kay) Idemoto, Kunio (Aggie) Idemoto, Tom (Miyo) Idemoto; nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; and two sisters in Japan, Sumiye Miyamoto, Chikae Hiromoto; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by husband, Kenji Idemoto; five brothers, Masao John (late Mickey), Miyoshi Frank (Misao), Mimori Henry (late Fumiko), Matsuo Edward (late Sachi), Massayuki (Tayoko), and sister Yukiko Nakanishi (late Shigeo).

A memorial service will be held at Watsonville Buddhist Temple on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 3 p.m.

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