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June Oshima, an avid Laker fan, died peacefully on May 9, 2012 in San Clemente, California at the age of 93. She was preceded in death by her sister Masuko Takano and husband John Kazuo Oshima. She was born June 3, 1918 in Oakland, California to Rin Kaneko and Tomitaka Shinoda and is survived by bother Robert Shinoda, sister Helen Takata, her children, grandchildren, and sister in law Mary Oshima. She resided for many years in Monrovia California where she and her husband John raised the Oshima children Ronald James, Kenneth Allen, Robert Glen, and Kathy Rin. She worked as a beautician, in Los Angeles, at the San Lorenzo family nursery and built and operated a slot car hobby store to support the college education of her children, who all graduated from UC campuses. Her grandchildren are: Jennifer Renate Blair, Claire Elizabeth Oshima, Katelyn Emily Oshima, Corinne Kei Oshima , Colette Namiko Oshima, Lea Kalani and Brian Curtis George. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Japanese American National Museum, 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Following June's wishes, no traditional service will be held.
Published in Pasadena Star-News on May 26, 2012