Obituary of Kikuko Tsukamoto (1920 – 2022) – Resident of San Jose, CA

Kikuko Tsukamoto
May 8, 1920 ~ January 15, 2022
Resident of San Jose
Kikuko Tsukamoto was born in San Francisco, California, where her parents owned a laundry business and where she spent her youth. She was the eldest of three children.
Kikuko was Nisei, a second generation Japanese American. She spent her teenage and young adult years in Japan for education and to retain the Japanese language and customs. After an unsuccessful attempt to return to the United States before World War II, Kikuko spent the war in Japan, living with her grandparents in the Fujita family temple in Yamanashi and fully immersing herself in the customs and culture. Japanese.
Returning to the United States after World War II, Kikuko lived in San Mateo with her family until her marriage to Yoshimi Tsukamoto in 1949. Kikuko worked at Bourdet French Laundry in San Jose and later at San Jose Curtain and Blanket Cleaners, which she and her husband owned until their retirement in 1982. They retired together until her Yoshimi died in 1986.
Kikuko was a devout follower of the Buddhist and Gedatsu religions and was actively involved in the Gedatsu Church and the San Jose Betsuin Buddhist Church, including the Buddhist Women’s Association and the Fukuoka Kenjin Kai.
Kikuko is survived by her loving children Tim (Jane), Diane (Peter), Glenn (Theresa), Donald (Kathy) and Donna (Glenn), and her precious grandchildren Michiko, Grayson, Jennifer, Adam (Diana), Kevin, Amanda (Joey), Brandon and Ryan. She is predeceased by her parents Yuya and Yoshi (Iwatate) Fujita, her brothers Frank (Patrick) and George (Florence) and her beloved son Larry Shuji.
Kikuko has lived a beautiful life of appreciation and gratitude filled with love for her family and friends. She will always be an inspiration to those who knew her.
Private services were held. The family wishes to thank those who expressed warm words of sympathy. Donations may be made to San Jose Buddhist Church and Yu-Ai Kai, in memory of Kikuko Tsukamoto.

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Published by The Mercury News on March 13, 2022.