Birth Date: January 31, 1926
Death Date: November 29, 2016
Yuriko Nishita (“Yuri”) passed away on November 29, 2016, at home in Pleasanton,
California. Yuri was preceded in death by her fun-loving husband, Satoru Nishita
Yuri grew up in Alameda County, California, where her father and their extended family
were tomato farmers. During World War II, she and her family were interned in Topaz,
Utah. After the war ended, Yuri attended Armstrong Secretarial School, and then worked
for the Navy as an accounting clerk. She married Sat in 1951. A boisterous family of
five daughters followed soon after. In the late ’70s, she returned to work as an
accounting clerk until her retirement.
Yuri was beautiful inside and out. She excelled at nurturing people, listening to them,
and making them feel cherished. Her love was specifically crafted for each individual.
She understood important things, such as whether her child’s Play-Doh sculpture was
intended to be a cabbage or a rose, that shortbread cookies taste better with a little bit of
rice flour, or how to make a middle-aged daughter happy again after a rough week.
Yuri loved family (immediate and extended), friends, Thanksgiving dinners, plants
(especially orchids), warm sunshine, travelling, Jane Austen novels, and French fries.
She also enjoyed precise language. When Yuri said something was “superb”, her whole
face lit up with delight. Her letters were the best. You knew when you read them that a
living, breathing, thinking, flesh and blood human being was on the other end of the pen.
Her calligraphy was downright gorgeous.
She was intuitive, too. In the ’60s when Sat was flying to the Virgin Islands for work,
Yuri planned to join him until she had a bad feeling something was going to happen. Sat
went anyway, and the plane was hijacked to Cuba.
Standing at four feet and ten inches, Yuri was a strong woman. Even after her body was
frail from age and cancer, she was still completely immersed in life, ready to offer
encouragement, make rice, or push a wheelchair. She was creative, open, and very kind.
We will love her forever. May God grant her eternal peace and joy with Sat in heaven.
Yuri is survived by her five daughters, Diana (Jeffrey), Jane (Louis), Ann (Jon), Nancy
(Mark), and Patricia; her grandchildren, Laura (Jessica), David (Yasmine), James, Ava,
Matthew, and Kai/Christine; her great-grandchildren, Leena and Amon; and many other
The memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2017, at Chapel of the
Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, California, from 12pm-1pm. A reception will
be held immediately following the service from 1pm-3pm.