February 23, 1919 – July 8, 2012
Resident of Watsonville
Amiko Kusumoto, 93, passed away at Valley Convalescent Hospital, which had been her home, since February 2007. Preceded in death by her husband, Kajizo Kusumoto; sisters Chieko Yamada, Masumi Kusumoto, Tazuko Horiye, Miyuki Yamada, and Takuye Yamada. Survived by sons Roy Kusumoto (Jo-Ann), Fred Kusumoto, and Lee Kusumoto; sister Sadako Yamada; and several nieces and nephews. Born in Brawley, family moved to Japan in 1924. She returned to California upon her marriage with Kajizo in 1941. Along with about 120,000 Japanese Americans, they were interned in 1942, in their situation to Poston, AZ where Roy was born. In 1944, they moved to Preston, ID, where Fred was born. In 1948, they returned to Watsonville, which is where Lee was born. This also marked the beginning of years in strawberry farming, mostly associated with Driscoll, lasting until retirement in 1985. Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday July 14, 2012 at 2:00PM at Watsonville Buddhist Temple located at 427 Bridge Street, Watsonville.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Patrick and Debbie Carroll, Ave Maria' Memorial Chapel, 609 Main Street, Watsonville, CA 95076, 831-724-4751. For the complete article see the 07-12-2012 issue.
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