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Kimiko Suyemasa
Resident of Cupertino

Passed away peacefully surrounded by family at home on January 10, 2018, age 103. Born to immigrant parents Shinajiro and Kiku (Iwamoto) Sugimoto. Survived by sons, James and Kenneth Suyemasa, daughter, Marian Tsukamoto, granddaughter Elaine Sarpola, sister Evelyn Kanada and three generations of nieces and nephews. Reared in Gilroy and lived through extreme hardship before and after the depression in the 1930's, and was interned in Poston, Arizona during WWII.

A single mother of three, she worked day and night and brought home ironing. Bought a home in San Mateo after nine years of saving.

Began to study Ikenobo Ikebana in the 1950's. Received professor degree but continued to enhance her art travelling to Japan several times to study under various professors. Ikenobo Headmaster in Kyoto assigned a unique flower name, Suichiku.

She was a dedicated and active member of Northern California Ikenobo Ikebana Society. Provided transportation for visiting professors and created Rikka arrangements for the window display of the San Francisco Ikenobo Headquarters. As a member of the San Mateo Ikenobo Kado Kenkyu Kai, demonstrated and lectured Ikebana annually at the San Mateo County Fair. Also lectured on the history of Ikenobo Ikebana at the opening ceremony of the San Mateo Japanese Tea Garden in Central Park.

Was active member of the San Mateo Buddhist Temple and its Buddhist Women's Association for which she held the office of secretary.

Enjoyed teaching at Foster City Recreation Center for over 25 years. Through the kindness of her talented and loyal students she continued her passion for Ikenobo Ikebana up to December 2017 less than a month of her demise.

Funeral service on Sunday, February 4, 2018, 2:00pm, at the San Mateo Buddhist Temple. 2 South Claremont Street, San Mateo.

In lieu of flowers may make a memorial gift to Hospice of the Valley in her name. (408-559-5600)