Yamane, Alice Matsuko (nee Nemoto)

Posted On July 8th, 2012 -

Of St. Paul, MN passed away suddenly on June 28, 2012. Born January 15, 1927, in Hayward, California, she was one of eight children in the family of Manabu and Shimo Nemoto. After graduation from high school in the Topaz Japanese-American Relocation Camp, she went to Michigan State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics. She continued to travel east to Grasslands Hospital in Valhalla, NY for an internship in dietetics. There she met her future husband George Yamane. They married on July 6, 1951. Together they lived on both coasts (Seattle and New Jersey) and in the Midwest (Chicago and Minneapolis), finally retiring in St. Paul in 1994. She is preceded in death by her husband, Dr. George M. Yamane; sisters, Elizabeth Omi and Elaine Nemoto; brothers, George, Harold, and Howard Nemoto; grandson John Nemoto Merrell. Survivors include daughters, Wende O’Brien and Linda Merrell (James); son, David Yamane (Carol); grandchildren Daniel O’Brien (Sara), James O’Brien (Iva), Alison Sanders (Lamar), David Merrell, and Wilson Merrell; five great grandchildren. Alice will be remembered as an elegant, generous and gracious host; a loyal and caring friend, and was proud of and devoted to her family. She was fiercely independent and eager to expand her horizons. With her husband, she traveled to Japan, China, Fiji, Denmark, Germany England, Australia, Egypt, Panama, and the Caribbean. From taking courses at St. Thomas University in her 70s to volunteering at the Science Museum of Minnesota to keeping up with national and local current events, she was always, to the very end of her life, active and engaged with the wider world. A memorial service will be held on Friday July 6th at 10:30am at Macalester Plymouth United Church, 1658 Lincoln Ave. St. Paul, MN. Arr. Willwerscheid Funeral Home & Cremation (651-228-1006)

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