January 8, 1924 ~ February 4, 2014
Hagemi Hirabayashi (Kinoshita), 90, passed away on February 4, 2014 at Torrance Memorial Hospital from complications due to surgery.
Hagemi was born January 8, 1924 to Umetaro and Chiyono Kinoshita in Los Angeles and was the wife of the late Hatsuyuki "Tom" Hirabayashi, whom she met in Manzanar and married in camp on May 25, 1944. She is a graduate of Roosevelt High School and has been a resident of Gardena since 1955.
Hagemi is survived by her children Wayne (Barbara) Hirabayashi, Tommy Hirabayashi (Carol Shimizu), Ken (Kathy) Hirabayashi, and Joy Mejia; grandchildren Brian Hirabayashi (Theresa Skiles), Kimberly Hirabayashi (John Essmiller), Marc Hirabayashi, Kyle Hirabayashi, Kristen (Ryan) Gilman, and Evan Mejia; and great grandchildren Emiko Essmiller, Kenji Essmiller, and Olivia Gilman.
A private service for immediate family only will be held at Pacific Crest Cemetery. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Cancer Society.
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