Age 81, of Los Gatos, CA, passed away June 9, 2011 in San Jose. Born Masako Tanaka on December 24, 1929 in Waialua, Oahu. She was the 1947 Salutatorian of Waialua H.S. and received her teaching professional degree at the University of Hawaii. A retired Maunawili Elementary School teacher and 21-year volunteer at Kuakini Home. A long-time resident of Kailua and Kaneohe, she moved to Los Gatos, CA in 2007 to be closer to her grandchildren.
She is survived by son, Wayne Yamamoto; daughter, Ann Yamamoto; daughter-in-law, Jean Hsu; 2 granddaughters, Valen & Rachel Yamamoto; sisters, Lorraine Tenjoma, Margaret Wakui, Florence Ishii, Chieko Lendio; numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces & grandnephews.
Private services were held.