Sumiko Takemoto Kajimura (1919 - 2012)

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Sumiko Takemoto Kajimura
12/5/1919 - 12/30/2012

Sumiko passed away peacefully Sunday evening in Auburn surrounded by her family. Her health had been failing for quite some time and she passed of natural causes. She was born in Japan, emigrated to the United States as a child and spent her early years in Sacramento and Placer Counties.
Sumikos life was unceremoniously interrupted by the outbreak of World War II 1941 when she, along with about 120,000 others of Japanese ancestry were sent to internment camps. Sumiko was sent to The Tulelake Internment Camp in California. After the war she returned to Placer County and married Shigeru Kajimura in 1947. They raised delicious plums, oranges, and kiwi fruit on the family farm in Lincoln beginning in 1948.
Sumiko lead a full life; besides raising three boys, maintaining a household, and supervising farm work crews, she also had time to serve as a Placer County Sheriff matron. In her spare time Sumiko also managed to maintain a striking soprano singing voice and played the piano beautifully, she even sang at the Memorial Auditorium in her youth. Her remarkable voice was so distinctive that she could always be heard over the crowd cheering on her sons at their various sporting events. Sumiko also loved to accompany her husband fishing, she enjoyed knitting and reading her vast collection of dime romance novels as well as and caring for numerous family pets including may dogs and several adopted cats. Although she was a renowned cook and lover of Japanese cuisine, including Osechi Ryori, Mochi and Manju, she sure was a fan of a good Chile Relleno.
Sumiko was preceded in death by her husband and is survived by her three sons Wayne, Danny and Jay as well as her grandchildren Gabe, Grace, Rocky, Hana and Britta Kajirmura, Chris Martin and her great-grandchildren Aiden Mills and Avery Bakay.
The family will welcome all for a viewing and short ceremonial this Friday, January 4, 2013 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Lassilla Funeral Chapel, 551 Grass Valley Highway in Auburn, Calif. 530-885-6271.
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers from Jan. 3 to Jan. 10, 2013
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