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Sandra Lonnie Nakaya


1952 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Sandra Lonnie Nakaya Obituary
Sandra Lonnie Nakaya
Sept. 18, 1952 - August 25, 2018
Resident of Hayward
Sandra Lonnie Nakaya, born in Oakland to Tung Kin and Lan Fong Lau, passed away peacefully on the morning of Saturday August 25th with family and friends at her side. A graduate of Oakland High School, she also attended the University of California at Berkeley and Sacramento State, studying the new field of forensic sciences.
Sandra spent the rest of her life in very diverse careers. Previously employed as a Pharmacy Technician at Kaiser Hospital in Oakland and as a Paralegal for a tax law firm in San Francisco, she later owned her own automotive repair business with her husband. After they sold their business, Sandra was semi-retired and volunteered her time at the Marine Mammal Center and the Oakland Zoo. Her retirement was short lived as Sandra went back into the work force in the roofing industry.
When Sandra was not working, she enjoyed many diverse activities, including: cooking (and eating good food!), skiing, competition and skeet shooting, biking, yoga, playing the flute, learning how to speak Japanese, traveling, listening to K-pop and Japanese heavy metal music, attending Shakespeare and musical theater performances, having regular get togethers with long time friends, white water rafting, sky diving, and last but not least, dragon boat racing. Sandra was an avid member of the Bay Area Dragons for the last 16 years of her life. She excelled in this sport and she made many life-long friendships from this part of her life. Being a member of this team brought out Sandra's competitive spirit. She also worked out regularly with a trainer to keep her body in shape for this sport. Sandra competed in world events and enjoyed vacationing after these events to see these venues to the fullest.
Sandra previously had a battle with breast cancer which returned with a fury and she passed away suddenly. She touched many lives with her competitive spirit and positive outlook on life.
Sandra is survived by her sister Lana Lau of San Leandro, many cousins in Alameda and internationally, and her former husband and friend for 40 years Douglas Nakaya of Castro Valley. We will all miss her positive attitude and kind spirit.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 10am at Jess C. Spencer Mortuary located at 21228 Redwood Road, Castro Valley, CA 94546.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the in Sandra's memory.


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Published in East Bay Times from Sept. 12 to Sept. 16, 2018
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