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Joanne Tsuyako Banks(1926 - 2014)

FREMONT, CA – Joanne Tsuyako Banks, 87, a former resident of Pacific Grove, passed away peacefully on March 5, 2014, at Park Central Care in Fremont. She was born Tsuyako Okada on June 13, 1926, in Osaka, Japan. She attended schools in Japan. She met the love of her life, John Banks, Jr. in Okinawa, where he was stationed as a member of the U.S. Army. They got married on June 20, 1951 in Kobe, Japan. They ultimately made their home in Pacific Grove for 48 years. They were happily married for 49 years before John passed away in 2000. She leaves behind two sons, George Banks and his wife, Yolanda of San Jose and Leroy Banks and his wife, Cyndy of Tigard, OR; grandchildren, Geordan, Hannah and Kyler; step-grandchildren, Brandon and Kesley; and numerous family members in Japan. She was loved by many and will be greatly missed by all. Private family services will be held at El Carmelo Cemetery in Pacific Grove.

Published in The Monterey Herald on June 29, 2014
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