ALYCE SATO TAKAMI
February 16, 1923
– August 3, 2012
Alyce Masako Sato Takami died peacefully in Seattle, Washington where she had lived since March 2011. Alyce was born in Honolulu on February 16, 1923, the third of five children of Tamiyo and Taichi Sato. She graduated from St. Andrew’s Priory in 1941. After high school, she traveled to Los Angeles to attend fashion design school and was in L.A. at the start of World War II. In the spring of 1942, she was among thousands of Japanese Americans who were incarcerated in Manzanar prison camp in eastern California.
Alyce was released from Manzanar in December 1942 and she went to the East Coast to attend Beaver College. After college, she met and married Suyehiko Takami and lived for many years on Long Island. They had four sons Bruce, Stephen (who died as an infant), David and John. Suyehiko died in 1964. The family moved to Honolulu in 1972 and Alyce worked for a Japanese land company, a gift shop, Dole Intermediate School, and for Tiffany’s in Ala Moana Center.
Alyce took pride in her heritage and was active in the community. She was a member of the American Business Women’s Association and the Japanese Women’s Society of Honolulu. She danced in a hula group and played in a taishokoto group that performed in dozens of concerts. She was co-author of the book Kokoro: Cherished Japanese Traditions in Hawaii. Alyce’s warm, effervescent personality won her many friends and she had a keen sense of style.
She is survived by sons Bruce, David and John Takami, daughter-in-law Wingate Packard, grandsons James and Robin Takami, son-in-law Roger Lorenzen, siblings and spouses Bob Sato, Jane Sato, Larry and Laura Sato, and Harriet Sato Masunaga and Glenn Masunaga, and beloved nieces and nephews on both sides of the family. She was preceded in death by her husband Suyehiko Takami, her parents, Taichi and Tamiyo Sato, brother Barney Sato, and son Stephen.
Write to the family c/o David Takami, 6203 NE 193rd St. Kenmore, WA 98028. A celebration of her life will be held in Honolulu in mid-December.