Sachiyo Shirley Wakisaka, aged 68, died peacefully at her home in Monterey Park on July 3, 2016 after a brief battle with cancer.
Shirley was born on Jan. 13, 1948 in Los Angeles, as the only child to Tomozo and Ayako Iwahashi.
She grew up in Boyle Heights and attended USC before marrying Shigekazu Wakisaka on Aug. 27, 1969. Married for 30 years, Shirley and Shigekazu raised their young family in Monterey Park and saw their sons graduate from college before Shigekazu’s passing in 1999.
She is survived by her children: Chiharu, Steve (Kathy), and David; grandchildren: Daisuke and Amy.
Funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 23, 2:00 p.m. at Fukui Mortuary “Chapel in the Garden,” 707 E. Temple St., Los Angeles, with a minister of Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple officiating. (213) 626-0441