Obituary - Nobuye Tani - Class of 1929

Nobuye Tani
Class of 1929


©Published on Friday, December 19, 2008

Nobuye Tani

Nobuye "Nowie" Yokomizo Longtime resident of Oakland, CA, loving wife, sister, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 9, 2008 at the age of 95. Nowie was born on July 6, 1913 in Oakland. As a young girl, she attended grammar school in Butte City, CA, and returned to Oakland to finish her education. Nowie graduated from Oakland High School in 1929 and attended UC Berkeley, Armstrong Business College, and Merritt Business School, and worked for Alameda County. In 1940, she married Motomi "Tony" Yokomizo. From 1942-1945, Nowie and her family were interned at Topaz Relocation Center in Utah. After the war, they returned to Oakland. Nowie resumed working for Alameda County, helped Tony start a dry cleaning business, and then returned to work for Alameda County until her retirement in 1977. Nowie and Tony were married for 64 years until Tony's death in 2005.

She was preceded in death by her siblings: Shinobu, Masumi, Tadashi, and Reiko. Nowie is survived by her three children, Joyce, Clifford, and Denise; daughter-in-law Donna; siblings Yasuko Mitchell of Texas and Chiyeko Sujaku of Japan; sisters-in-law Matsuye Tani, Fusae Soane, Shizuko Yamamoto; brothers-in-law Shichiro Yokomizo and Tomoyuki Yokomizo; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Nowie was actively involved in the following organizations: Buddhist Church of Oakland, Japanese American Services of the East Bay, Oakland-Fukuoka Sister City Association, and the Oakland Montclair Women's Club. She was a member of the "Tuesdays" bridge club for more than 25 years.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Visitation on Monday, December 15, between the hours of 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm at the Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland. The Memorial Service will be held Saturday, December 20 at 2:00 PM at the Buddhist Church of Oakland, 825 Jackson Street, Oakland.