AMHERST - Kiku Fukuyama Uno, 88, died on Dec. 27, 2012, at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Northampton.
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She was born Dec. 2, 1924, in Los Angeles, the youngest of four children born to Keikichi and Shizuko Fukuyama.
Kiku attended Los Angeles public schools, graduating from Belmont High School on Jan. 13, 1942.
Along with thousands of Japanese Americans in World War II, the Fukuyama family was evacuated and interned under Executive Order 9066. Kiku was interned at the Santa Anita Race Track Assembly Center from May 1942 to September 1942. With the assistance of the American Friends Service Committee and her many friends in the camp, Kiku was able to leave the assembly center to attend Doane College, in Crete, Neb. She graduated Magna Cum Laude, June 4, 1946, with a bachelor's degree in Literature and French. Kiku also attained fluency in Spanish and Japanese.
After the war, Kiku returned to Los Angeles and married Robert Akimaro Uno on May 23, 1948, at Union Church in Little Tokyo.
Kiku and Bob had four children, Riki Lynn Uno, Roger Alan Uno, Victor Kei Uno and Roberta Joy Uno. The family lived in Los Angeles; Glendale, Ariz.; Oahu, Hawaii; Boulder, Colo.; and Concord, Calif. Kiku's husband passed on Aug. 9, 1962, when the family was living in Los Angeles.
As a young widow, Kiku devoted her efforts to raising her four children. Kiku returned to college and obtained her teaching credential in 1963. From 1964 until her retirement in 1985, Kiku was an elementary school teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Kiku lived in Los Angeles until 2000, when she moved to Amherst, Mass.
Kiku took great comfort in her Christian faith and was an active member of the Hollywood Independent Church while in Los Angeles. She was a long time member of the American Civil Liberties Union, supported civil rights groups and labor unions and contributed to numerous humanitarian organizations.
Kiku enjoyed traveling and meeting people from diverse cultures and nations. The Bahamas, Venezuela, Brazil, South Africa, Kenya, India, China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan, France, Canada and Mexico were just some of the countries she enjoyed visiting.
Kiku lived an extraordinary and full life. She greatly enjoyed her final years in Amherst, where her daughters' families were raised.
Kiku leaves behind her children and their spouses, Riki Hing, Roger and Teresa Uno, Victor Uno and Josie Camacho, Roberta Uno and Andrew Condron; her grandchildren and their spouses, Malcolm Amado Uno and Miya Saika Chen, James Hing and Lauren Ciccarelli, Ellen and Steven Wright, Jacob and Brandi Hing, Jonmark Uno, Namiko Uno, Elizabeth Uno, Keriann Uno, Chinua Thelwell and Mikiko Thelwell; and her great-grandson, Steven Wright.
Kiku was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Robert Akimaro Uno; her grandson Atanacio Camacho Uno; and her brothers, Hiroo Fukuyama and Yoshio Fukuyama. Kiku is survived by her much loved older sister, Fumiko Ide.
Kiku will be interred with her husband, Robert A. Uno, at the Fort Rosecrans National Military Cemetery, Point Loma, San Diego. A remembrance gathering is being planned for early spring, 2013, in Los Angeles. For information please contact Amado Uno at email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Jan. 5, 2013