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Jane Mitsuko Yonamine

It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Jane Mitsuko Yonamine on Monday Dec. 5, 2016 surrounded by her family.

Jane was born in Kamuela, Hawaii to Paul and Kameyo Iwashita. She was the third of five children. Jane grew up in Hawaii and moved to Japan after her marriage to Wally Yonamine. Wally was the first American to play professional baseball in Japan after World War II. Wally's career in baseball continued for 40 plus years and culminated with his induction into the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame. Jane created her own legendary career by being the first American business woman to have a successful pearl business in the heart of Tokyo, Japan since 1964. Some of her well known customers include four former presidents of the United States and other dignitaries, including Queen Sylvia of Sweden, Former Secretaries of State, Hillary Clinton and Henry Kissinger. Other celebrities include Elizabeth Taylor, Clint Eastwood, Brooke Shields, Harrison Ford and Jodi Foster to name a few. Of course professional athletes in baseball, basketball, golf and the Olympics were among her many famous customers.

Jane is survived by her three children, Amy (Ted) Roper, Wallis (Dennis) Yamamoto and Paul (Lynda) Yonamine; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She was a loving mother and teacher to many. Her kind attention, unmatched experiences and overwhelming generosity will be missed tremendously by many.

Memorial services will be held in Honolulu, Hawaii sometime in beginning of Feb 2017. In lieu of flowers and gifts, her family requests donations made to: The Wally Yonamine Foundation, Azure Financial, 900 Fort Street Mall #1710, Honolulu, HI 96813. Visit www.lafuneral.com to send the family messages and share memories. Sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com.
Published in Daily Breeze on Dec. 11, 2016
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