Born Dec. 7, 1914 in Watsonville, she withstood the Great War, the Great Influenza epidemic, the Great Depression and the Japanese-American internment during World War II at the Poston relocation camp in Arizona.
She was one of nine children born in the United States to Japanese émigrés Midori and Somekichi Ikeda. She, her parents and her siblings spent many happy years in Watsonville prior to World War II within a community of hardworking farmers and friends, her family said.
After the war, she married Hatsugoro (Happy) Fukushima and raised two sons. She was accomplished at sushi-making, ikebana and tailoring, as well a devout Buddhist active at her church, according to family members. Known as Tee, she was a source of admiration and inspiration for her children and three generations of nieces and nephews, her family said.
She is survived by her two sons, Stephen of San Jose and Dick of Sunnyvale; her youngest sister Janice Tao; and step-granddaughter Megan of Chicago.
Family and friends are invited to services and a reception at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Mountain View Buddhist Temple, 575 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. There is an online guest book at www.cusimanocolonial.com.
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