Geraldine Mitsuko Yamamoto – Rafu Shimpo

Geraldine Mitsuko Yamamoto, 87, died on August 16, 2021.

She was predeceased by her husband, Ben Tsutomu (1931-2006). Geraldine was the beloved mother of Bryce (Sandra Wagand) Yamamoto, Julie (Ben Kingsbury) Yamamoto and Jan (Jack) Mongkolkasetarin; and loving grandmother of Hana (16) and Kai (10) Kingsbury, and Miya (10) and Yumi (6) Mongkolkasetarin. She is also survived by her sister, Toshiko Horibe, and her brother, Roy Kodama, as well as several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Geraldine was born in Imperial County, California to Takejiro and Nobuye Kodama and was the youngest of 10 children. At the start of World War II, she was removed from her home with her family and taken to a government internment camp, along with tens of thousands of other American citizens of Japanese descent. After the war, she became a registered nurse and worked at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Hollywood in the 1950s, where she occasionally cared for movie stars like Marilyn Monroe and Rock Hudson.

After raising her three children, she worked part-time at a UCI health clinic in Santa Ana. She enjoyed golf, gardening, traveling and spending time with her extended family.

She was buried at Green Hills Memorial Park on Saturday, September 18, in the presence of her immediate family. A memorial service will be held at a later date. (213) 626-0441

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