July 8, 1919 – September 3, 2022
Martha Suzuko Saito, 103-year-old, Los Angeles-born resident of Valley Glen, passed away at Colony Care on September 3, 2022. A Los Angeles native, Martha lived a long and eventful life through perilous times. After being sent to complete her high school years in Japan, she came back to her homeland only to be sent to the internment camps where she stayed during World War II. There she met her husband Walter, and together they shared an epic love story until he passed in 1957. Martha, who was often thought of as a social worker, was known for her friendly personality and eagerness to help anyone in need. Martha loved all animals, who immediately connected with her on first meeting. She remained physically active until late in life, enjoying water aerobics into her 80s. One of Martha’s favorite passions that she discovered in her 90s was painting, and she was living proof that it’s not the years in your life that count, but the life in those years. She will be deeply missed by family, friends and all who had the honor of crossing paths with her.
She was predeceased by her loving husband, Walter Yoshio Saito. She is survived by her loving family: daughters, Stephanie (Shaw) Hayes, and Kathleen Saito (Jon) Sanserino; also survived by many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
The funeral service was held at Evergreen IVY Chapel, and the burial service was held at Evergreen Cemetery, with Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels officiating.
In lieu of koden, donations can be made to Japanese American National Museum,
100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012.