March 25, 1921 - March 5, 2014 |
Aki Yamazaki, 92, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family. She was born in Los Angeles, to Anko & Toshiko Hirashiki.
Graduated from Manual Arts High School, a senior at UCLA, when her education was interrupted by the Japanese American Internment, finishing her studies at Columbia in NYC. April 1,1944 Aki married Dr. James Yamazaki. Their newborn son died while James was a POW in Germany (captured at the Battle of the Bulge). In '49, they moved to Nagasaki, where James was Physician in Charge for the ABCC (US Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission). Returning in '51, they lived in Van Nuys until they moved to WA in '07.
Aki was adored by her family and friends. She will be deeply missed by her husband Jim; son Paul (Sara)of San Francisco, daughters Katharine of Taos, NM and Caroline (Brad) Roberts of White Salmon,WA; grandchildren Yuki, Taro, Mariko, Jazmin & Taniya; four great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins and countless "adopted" family.
She was preceded in death by her son Noel, grandson Masami, brothers George & Jimmy Hirashiki and sister Teruko Hirashiki Yamasaki.
Memorial service will be Apr. 3, 2014, 11AM at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 961 S. Mariposa, Los Angeles.
The family requests any remembrances be sent to Aki's favorite charity: Southern Poverty Law Center, PO Box 548, Montgomery, AL 36177.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Mar. 9, 2014