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Shinobu Gatanaga Obituary

Shinobu - Gatanaga
Shinobu - Gatanaga

March 25, 1931 - June 23, 2017
Born in Japan
Resided in Salinas, CA
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Shinobu Gatanaga, 86, of Salinas, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by family on Friday, June 23, 2017.

She was born in Kushikino-shi, Kagoshima-ken, Japan on March 25, 1931 and grew up in Taiwan with her parents, Sunao and Nobuko Mori, and sister, Yasuko, because of her father’s export business before the war. At first, they provided aid to the Japanese soldiers, but ultimately lost their waterfront home as the soldiers became desperate for food and supplies. She later returned to Kushikino where she worked at Mitsui mining and assisted the late Zenichiro Uchida with the Japanese migration to the US and abroad. She married the late Koichi Kenny Gatanaga in 1958, came to the United States in 1960 with their son by cargo ship and lived in Sunnyvale and Salinas for 57 years, lovingly supporting her husband, children, and grandchildren.

A housewife by choice, she was the heart and soul of the family’s flower business. Shinobu was caring, kindhearted and always put others before herself. She loved travelling the world with her husband and their many friends and enjoyed going to casinos with her friends.

Shinobu was a member of the Salinas Buddhist Temple, Salinas Buddhist Women’s Association, Kushikino Kai, Kagoshima Kenjin-kai, Ichiki-Kushikino Sister-City Association, Moralogy Association, Sho-do Association, and Ikebana Association.

She is survived by her children, George (Lynne), June (Sam), Robert (Frances), and Kay (Mike), all of Salinas. Her pride and joy were six grandchildren: Justin, Derek, Annika, Grant, Brandon, and Mia.

The family would like to thank the caring nurses at the VNA Hospice for all their help during mom’s care. Without them, we would have not been able to care for her at home.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, July 7, 2017 at 4:00 p.m., at the Buddhist Temple Of Salinas located at 14 California Street, Salinas, CA 93901.




Memorial Service
Buddhist Temple of Salinas
14 California Street
Salinas, CA US 93901
Friday, July 7, 2017
4:00 PM