Kimiko Toji

San Francisco Chronicle - Late Edition (Sunday) - - LIFETRIBUTES -

Kimiko Toji passed away on Novem­ber 3, 2018 at the age of 93 at the Cha­parral House in Berke­ley. Kimiko was born in Wal­nut Grove, Cal­i­for­nia De­cem­ber 23, 1924. She spent the ma­jor­ity of her life in Berke­ley. She is sur­vived by her sons, Gary Martin, Wayne Rus­sell and daugh­ter, Joanne Gondo; son in-law, Suzuo Gondo of Katy, Texas; two grand­sons, David Mo­rio Gondo of Phoenix, Ari­zona and Kevin Toshio Gondo of San Fran­cisco, Cal­i­for­nia and her sis­ter, Nancy Okazaki.

Kimiko lived in Wal­nut Grove, Cal­i­for­nia with her par­ents, Toshio Doi and Masako Hy­oto and her sis­ters, Sachiko, Hideko, Mi­dori, and Tamiko. As a child, she at­tended school in Court­land, Cal­i­for­nia. Dur­ing sum­mer va­ca­tions, she worked as a farm­hand for her fa­ther sort­ing pears, pack­ing peaches, and pick­ing grapes. She en­joyed climb­ing the cherry tree and eat­ing the ripe cher­ries, and in the fall, eat­ing per­sim­mons. She would go fish­ing in the lo­cal canals. From 1941 – 1942, shw was em­ployed as a do­mes­tic worker in Wal­nut Grove. She learned to type, take short­hand, sew, and cook.

The fam­ily was in­car­cer­ated at Tur­lock As­sem­bly Cen­ter on May 28, 1942 and then re­lo­cated to Gila WRA Camp on July 28, 1942. She was a teenager work­ing as a wait­ress serv­ing food and help­ing in the mess hall. She en­joyed play­ing base­ball, bas­ket­ball, and ping-pong. She com­pleted her se­nior year of high school at Gila and left camp in July 1944 for em­ploy­ment in Chicago, Illi­nois and later to New York, New York.

Kimiko even­tu­ally re­turned to Cal­i­for­nia where she met and mar­ried Gary Toji in 1950 and raised their three chil­dren in Berke­ley. The rest of her life will be spent in Berke­ley work­ing as a do­mes­tic worker and DMV clerk. Her hob­bies were ball­room danc­ing, knit­ting, quilt­ing, cook­ing, Ja­panese doll mak­ing, growing or­chids, trav­el­ing and see­ing the world. She loved to shop for gifts to give to fam­ily and friends. She loved to have lunch and spend time with her friends.

Kimiko is a survivor of breast can­cer and other ma­jor surg­eries in her later years.

Memo­rial Ser­vice is sched­uled for Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Sun­set View Mor­tu­ary Chapel, Co­lusa and Fairmount Aves., El Cer­rito. In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions may be made to “J-Sei”, 1285 66th Street, Emeryville, CA 94608. They were in­stru­men­tal in guid­ing our fam­ily over the years.

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