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Karen Kitamura Obituary

Karen Kiyoko Kitamura
Karen Kiyoko Kitamura

June 6, 1926 - January 3, 2018
Born in Salinas, California
Resided in Salinas, CALIFORNIA


Karen Kiyoko Kitamura, a life-long resident of Salinas was born June 6, 1926 and passed away January 3, 2018.

Karen was the eldest child of Saburo and Asayo (Shigemasa) Kitamura. She worked with family in Salinas in many different endeavors including farming and helping at the family grocery store. Her only departure from Salinas was when the family was relocated to Poston, Arizona during WWII. She graduated high school while they were interned. Many of her nieces have fond memories of doll clothes that she made for them - from stylish Barbie outfits to knitted jackets for their Cabbage Patch dolls.

The family is grateful that she was able to stay in a supportive senior living home for the past couple of decades. The family would like to thank Elena Tumacder and everyone at St. Charles Guest Home for their thoughtful care of Karen.

She is survived by her siblings: Janice Higashi (Salinas), Harvey (Kris) Kitamura (Salinas), Loren (Nellie) Kitamura (Salinas), Doris Uyeda (Monterey), Shirley (Sam) Matsuyama (Salinas), and Naomi Kitamura (Puerto Vallarta, MX) as well as her nieces - Jo Ann (Michael) Hayashida, Shari Higashi, Julie Kitamura, Deanna (Roger) van Klaveren, Jill (William) Siegrist, Erin (Marc) Nishimura, Amy (Mike) Hull, and Lindy (Carl) Metz and nephews - George Sam (Margaret) Oki, Loren (Cyndy) Oki, Gary Higashi, Ken (Lyn) Higashi, Bill (Lorrie) Kitamura, Matt (Colette) Kitamura, Rick (Ellen) Kitamura, Ron Kitamura, and Kerry (Tomoko) Uyeda and many great nieces, great nephews, and extended family. Karen will join in heaven with her parents, Saburo & Asayo Kitamura; sister, Joan Oki; niece, Carolyn Higashi; and nephew, Brian Matsuyama.

Funeral services will be private.

Those wishing to honor her life can make a donation in her name to Lincoln Avenue Church (Salinas, CA)



Funeral Home
Struve and Laporte Funeral Home
41 West San Luis Street
Salinas, CA US 93901


Lincoln Avenue Presbyterian Church
536 Lincoln Avenue
Salinas, CA 93901