Yoko Sugiyama of Oakland, California passed away suddenly early morning on November 24, 2018.
She was born in Yokohama, Japan and married to Toru Sugiyama in 1954 in Japan. The family came to the United States with her husband and daughter in 1968.
She enjoyed working in her large garden in Oakland, where she lived with her daughter, June and her grandchildren Masao and Sydney. She often had dinner ready for them by the time they all came home from work. She was incredibly devoted to her to dogs, Inka and Smokey and enjoyed spending time with them at home.
Before her retirement, her latest job was a position as a salesperson at the Gucci boutique when it was at the corner of Stockton and Geary in San Francisco. Before then, she was a Gucci sales person as the famous Joseph Magnin Department store, where she worked herself up from her seamstress position.
In her younger days she took flower arranging and studied English. She especially enjoyed fashion and that’s what led her to pursue sewing, which eventually played a big part in her career. Recently, she often took classes from Piedmont Adult School taking potter, stained glass, cooking, and golf. She loved to sew, crocket and was even taking flower arranging classes from a teacher in El Cerrito.
She is survived by her daughter, June Sugiyama, her grandchildren Masao Paderna and Sydney Paderna. In Japan, she leaves behind her sister Tamae Sato and brother Katsumi Kitami. She leaves her dear and extended family in the Monterey Bay Area.
Funeral Arrangements will be held at the Chapel of Chimes this weekend.
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