A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, October 21, 11:00 AM, at St Julie Billiart Church in San Jose. A reception will follow. Private interment will be at Oak Hill Memorial Park.
Mary Kawakami Yokoyama, age 82, of San Jose, entered into eternal rest on September 8, 2016. Mary was born in Denver, Colorado, in 1934, to Kenzo and Margarita (Mungia) Kawakami. She met her husband, Shigeru Yokoyama in San Jose. Their 56-year marriage was a model for all couples. Mary believed in education and hard work. She was the first in her family to go to college, SJSU. She mentored students in Migrant Education across the MHUSD in her long teaching career. Family was important to Mary. She left the paid workforce to raise her children. Mary instilled her love of reading, often taking them to several libraries in a day. Mary took pride in cooking from scratch, most famous for her apple pie.