Mary Shigematsu Hoshizaki

March 02, 2001

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Mary Shigematsu Hoshizaki, 83, of El Centro, who died Tuesday in University of California San Diego Medical Hospital.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro. The Rev. Tesshi Aoyama of San Diego will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mrs. Hoshizaki was born May 1, 1917, in Dayton, N.M. She came to California in 1922 and attended schools in Imperial and El Centro. She graduated from Central Union High School in El Centro in 1935 and then from Woodbury College in Los Angeles.

She married George H. Hoshizaki on Oct. 23, 1937, in Yuma. Before World War II the Hoshizakis owned and operated a pool hall and soda fountain on Broadway in El Centro. They were interned with their families to Poston, Ariz., in 1942. After the war, the Hoshizakis farmed, mainly in the Imperial and Westmorland areas.


After retiring from farming, Mrs. Hoshizaki worked for Pan American Underwriters Insurance Co. from 1967 to 1984. She was recently working as a sushi maker at Café on Main in El Centro.

She was an active member and officer of the Japanese-American Citizens League and Imperial Valley Women's Club. She was a contributing member of the Japanese-American gallery at the Pioneers' Museum.

She was preceded in death by her brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Ine Hoshizaki; daughter, Marylyn H. Rice; husband, George H. Hoshizaki; and brother, Joe Shigematsu.

Survivors include her son, Wayne Hoshizaki of San Marcos; daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn M. and Harry W. Jackson of El Centro; son-in-law, Elmer Rice of Saugus; grandchildren, Randy R. and Karen Rice of Saugus and H. Jason Jackson of El Centro; sisters, Marie Sase of El Cerrito, Kerrie Ikeda of Richmond and Hideko Moore of San Marcos; brother, Minoru Shigematsu of Abino, Italy; nephew, Ray Hoshizaki of Monterey Park; niece and husband, Aki and Mickey Inagi of Los Angeles; great-granddaughter, Emma C. Rice of Saugus; great-grandson, Jake A. Rice of Saugus; and numerous nieces, nephews and close friends.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in Calexico for Rafael O. Miranda, 80, of Calexico, who died Tuesday in El Cajon.

Mass will be celebrated in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Calexico with the Rev. Gerardo Fernandez officiating.

Mr. Miranda was born March 4, 1920, in the state of Sonora, Mexico. He came to the Imperial Valley in the early 1940s and worked as a farm laborer for William Corda. He opened C&M Custom Beet Harvesting in 1964, which he operated until retiring in 1982.

He was preceded in death by his son Rudy Miranda in 1992.

Survivors include his wife, Rosario Miranda of Calexico; children and spouses, Martha Clark of Saugus, Dolores and Joe Apodaca of Northridge, Mary and Ernesto Medina of Calexico, Rafael Jr. and Cynthia Miranda of Santa Rosa, Robert Miranda of Newport Beach, Frank and Emily Miranda of Holtville, Ricardo and Cindy Miranda of Michigan and Raul and Jackie Miranda of Temecula; brothers and sisters-in-law, Hector and Chelo Miranda, Francisco and Aida Miranda, Romulo and Nelly Miranda and Jose F. and Ramona Miranda, all of Mexico; sisters and brothers-in-law, Concepcion and Eduardo Aranda and Socorro and Manuel Chacon, all of Mexicali; 19 grandchildren, one great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.

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