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Kazue M. "Katherine" Yamamoto Boccagno
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Birth: Jan. 10, 1925
Kanagawa, Japan
Death: Jun. 6, 2013
Clarks Summit
Lackawanna County
Pennsylvania, USA

Katherine M. Boccagno died peacefully at the home of her son, Phillip, on Thursday morning, June 6, due to metastatic colon cancer.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Major Joseph Boccagno, in November of 2012.

Born in Yokohama, Japan on January 10, 1925 as Kazue Yamamoto, she was the daughter of the late Tosho and Fuji Suzuki Yamamoto.

As the eldest daughter, she would gather her siblings and seek protection in a cave across from her home during the repeated Allied bombings of Yokohama. An older brother was missing in action during the battle for Saipan.

She was educated in Japan and was tutored in England, where she was employed at the Camp Zama Japan PX, where she met her future husband, Private Joseph.

She resided in Germany, Kansas, Massachusetts, and settled in Reading, Pennsylvania. A diligent mother, she enjoyed gardening, crocheting, ceramics, shopping, social clubs and was particularly known for her Christmas cookies and mouth-watering sushi.

As a dedicated homemaker, she raised five boys, at times alone, while her husband was stationed abroad.

She is survived by five sons: Joseph; Daniel and wife Shenni, Washington DC; Frank and wife Barbara, Ephrata; Dr. Phillip and wife Mary Ann, Clarks Summit, PA and Steve, Phoenix, AZ, as well as nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was a member of the Roman Catholic Church after converting from the

Shinto faith upon her marriage and attended Holy Guardian Angels RC Church, Laureldale.

The family would like to extend thanks to all the aides and staff at the At Home Quality Care, the staff at Ascera Care Hospice and especially to Martha Derhammer, who provided companionship and solace during her declining health.

Published in Reading Eagle from June 8 to June 9, 2013
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  Joseph Boccagno (1929 - 2012)
Indiantown Gap National Cemetery
Lebanon County
Pennsylvania, USA
Created by: Buddy Linderman
Record added: Jun 07, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 111952724
Kazue M. Katherine <i>Yamamoto</i> Boccagno
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