Sadayo Washino Kumagai (88) passed away in Los Angeles on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2016. Sadayo was born in Sacramento, Calif. on Sept. 27, 1927, the fourth out of five children of Shino and Shimeta Washino. During World War II, along with her family, 15-year old Sadayo was evacuated to first, Tule Lake, then Amache internment camps. She graduated from Amache High School in January, 1945. She resettled after camp in the Midwest, first to Chicago, then St. Paul, where she attended University of Minnesota. In 1950, Sadayo married Rikio Kumagai of Seattle, Washington, in Washington D.C., where he was working for the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and she was helping her sister and brother-in-law with their infant son. His work as a chemical engineer sent them to live in Tonawanda, New York; Wilmington, Delaware; and Tokyo, Japan. After retirement, they relocated to Southern California to be closer to their children.
Sadayo is survived by her sons: Wesley (Kathleen), William (Linda) and Robert (Laura); grandchildren: Derik Sam Kumagai, Zugey Kumagai, Zoe Kumagai and Jerald Kumagai; her siblings Tazu Takahashi of San Mateo, California, Kazuo Robert Washino of Davis, California, and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial services were held at Hollenbeck Palms Chapel, Boyle Heights, on Feb. 27.