Toshiye Hirata was born on September 14, 1911 in Frank Tract, Contra Costa County, California and passed away peacefully at home on June 22, 2012 in Stockton at the age of 100. She was preceded in death by her parents, Eijiro and Koishi Teranishi, her husband of 59 years, Roy Ko Hirata, daughter Grace Shiba, granddaughter Lori Hirata, brothers Koichi Teranishi, Sakaye Teranishi, sisters Tsugiko Teranishi, Yuriko Kato and May Oshita. She is survived by her daughter Ruth Kamita of Stockton and son Henry (Alice) Hirata of Stockton. She is also survived by her grandchildren Larry (Marlene) Shiba of Fortuna, Ca, Randy (Jackie) of Linden, Sandi (Clay) Titus of Stockton, Steven (Liz) Kamita of Stockton, Stacy (Jim) Lorenzen of Roseville, Ca and Karen (James) Cairel of Elk Grove and 6 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and many nephews and nieces.
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Toshiye was raised in Japan until she returned to the US at age 14. The Teranishi family moved from Stockton to San Francisco where they operated the Azumaya Tofu Company. She married her husband in 1930 and farmed in Linden where they raised their three children until they were sent to Manzanar Internment Camp during the war.
After the war, Toshiye returned to Linden with her family to continue their farming operation.
Toshiye enjoyed watching the Giants, Forty Niners and Kings on TV and taking trips to Reno and Lake Tahoe with her friends to try her luck. She was a member of the Stockton Buddhist Church, JACL, Aichi Shinboku Kai and Tomonkai.
Her friendly smile and gentle demeanor will be missed by all whose lives she touched.
Everybody is invited to attend her memorial service on July 1, 2012 at 2:00 pm at the Stockton Buddhist Church at 2810 Shimizu Drive.
Cherokee Memorial Funeral Home is honored to assist the family. Please sign the online guestbook at www.cherokeememorial.com
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from June 27 to July 5, 2012