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Kathleen Barreto-Yamamoto

Resident of Pelham, NH

Beloved mother, sister, aunt, and dear friend, Kathleen passed away on April 19, 2012 after a courageous six month battle with cancer. She was 57. She is preceded in death by her husband and soul-mate Dr. Richard K. Yamamoto.

She was born Kathleen Anne Coogan to Germaine and Eugene Coogan in New London, Connecticut on September 5, 1954. Kathy grew up in Sunnyvale, CA and was a graduate of Sunnyvale High School and De Anza College of Cupertino CA. She had a daughter, Victoria, with her first husband Oscar Barreto. Following a divorce, she began a long, varied, and successful career in Silicon Valley. It was during this time that she met Richard and they eventually married. In 2005 she and Richard relocated to Pelham, New Hampshire anticipating a happy and long retirement together.

Kathy's great loves were children and family, particularly her daughter Vicky and nephew Francisco Agular. Along with her daughter, Kathy is survived by her sisters and brothers, Patricia Estrada, Dee Strait, Beanzie Coogan, Joseph (Patricia) Coogan, all of Sunnyvale CA, John (Elisabeth) Coogan of San Jose CA, her step-daughters, Cara Jean Yamamoto Donaghey of Pelham NH, Lani Yamamoto of Iceland and Sharon Yamamoto Takaki of Brazil. She adored her nephews and nieces, Christina Duran, Isaiah Coogan, Dylan Costello, Brandi Lynn, Jennifer Powers, Joey Coogan, James Coogan, Johnny Coogan, grandchildren Aidan Donaghey, Declan Donaghey, Ronan Donaghey, Nikulas Barkarson, Una Barkardottir, Rafael Takaki, Leilani and Karine Takaki, and grand nephews and nieces Elicia Sanchez, Davina Lopez, Tiani Lopez, Frankie Agular, Mary Jane Ventura, and Larry Ventura Jr. and Sierra Lynn.

A funeral mass was held for Kathy at St. Patricks Church in Pelham on Thursday April 26, 2012.

A memorial mass will be held on May 19 at 12:30 pm at St. Cyprian's Catholic Church, 195 Leota Ave, Sunnyvale, CA.

In lieu of flowers a contribution to would be fitting remembrance if so desired.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Apr. 29, 2012
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