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Obituary of Chizu Kubo (1925 – 2022) – Resident of San Jose, CA

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Chizu Kubo
January 20, 1925 ~ January 12, 2022
Resident of San Jose, California
Chizu Kubo died on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at her home in San Jose, Calif., just before her 97th birthday. She resided in the Santa Clara Valley for over 75 years. As was her wish, Chizu was able to stay at home until the end, surrounded by her family. Chizu was born in Vacaville, California to parents Issei, Tsurukichi, and Tokie Matsuura. She was active in women’s sports, as well as Buddhist church and Japanese community activities. She graduated from Vacaville High School in 1942. That same year, along with sisters Josephine and Helen and brother Ben, the entire family was moved to the Gila River War Relocation Center in Arizona for the duration of World War II.
After World War II the family moved to Cupertino, California and settled at the Pon Ranch where Ben worked as a foreman and the rest of the family did seasonal work in the orchards – picking cherries, cutting apricots and pick prunes.
Chizu married Yone Kubo in 1948 and together they raised a family of two boys – Duane and Larry – and immersed themselves in family life. Chizu became a hairstylist and worked in beauty salons in the Santa Clara Valley for over 40 years.
Chizu engaged the boys in many activities, from Little League and school events to Buddhist Church activities and Community Youth Service (CYS). She always made sure her boys had school-ironed pants and clean uniforms for their games.
Chizu was a core member of the San Jose Gardeners Association’s Auxiliary. In her later years, she was grateful for the many activities at Yu Ai Kai Senior Center in Japantown San Jose.
After her retirement, Chizu engaged in creative pursuits with her girlfriends, including many beautifully designed and framed Japanese Bunka (embroidery) pieces.
Chizu and Yone were well known for their love of travel and the many RV trips they had taken since the 1980s. They were the first RV travelers who criss-crossed the country and ventured as far as Alaska with their good friends, the Itatani and Idemoto families.
In their later years, Chizu and Yone greatly enjoyed their grandchildren’s many sports and school activities. While commenting on her granddaughter Justine’s success in high school basketball, Chizu reminded us that when she was playing, she was one of two girls allowed to cross midfield to play both offense and defense. defense. At that time, most girls were considered too weak to play full-court basketball.
Chizu’s husband, Yone, died in 2016. She is survived by her two sons, Duane (Lucien) of Soquel, CA and Larry (Karen) of Foster City, CA, her grandchildren Miasa (Christopher) Wong of Reno, NV, Darren Kubo of Sacramento, CA, Kurtis Kubo of El Dorado Hills, CA, and Justine Kubo of Boston, MA. She is also survived by her sister, Helen Mukai of Sacramento, California, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Due to covid concerns, only a private family service will take place. Special thanks and appreciation to Belma Agruda and Cora Pascual, Chizu’s longtime caregivers.

See Chizu Kubo’s online memorial

Published by The Mercury News on February 11, 2022.