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Ester K. Yamamoto Ono
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Birth: 1927
Death: Nov. 13, 2007

Esther K. Ono

Retired Area Business Owner

Esther K. Ono (nee Yamamoto), 80, a longtime leader in the Japanese American community died Tuesday evening November 13, 2007 at Rainbow Nursing Center in Pittsgrove Township. She was resident of Upper Deerfield Township and had been in declining health for the last four years.

The wife of Masaaki "Aki" Ono, who died in 2004, the Onos had been married for fifty three years at the time of his death. She was the daughter of Asae (nee Oyabu) Yamamoto with whom she resided and the late Naozo Yamamoto who died in 1983.

Mrs. Ono lived at her current Upper Deerfield address for thirty years. She was born in Watsonville, CA and came to Seabrook in the 1940s with several other Japanese Americans.

She owned and operated Esther's Beauty Shop in Seabrook on Parsonage Road for close to fifty years before retiring. Her shop served as the center of activity for the Seabrook community.

Mrs. Ono was an active member of the Seabrook Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL). She served in every capacity with the JACL including several terms as president. She was also active with the chapter's annual chow mien dinner and had been a tireless worker for all JACL activities. In addition, she was an active member of the Deerfield Presbyterian Church and was formerly active with the Ladies Auxiliary of Shoemaker Post #96, American Legion.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by one son, Gregory D. Ono and his wife Diane of Upper Deerfield Township, seven grandchildren, Daniel, Andrew, Amanda, Joshua, James, Caitlin and Joel, four great grandchildren, Brendan, Michael, Payton and David and five sisters, Mae Hashimoto and her husband Sam of Elmer, Nancy Sakamoto of Upper Deerfield Twp., Grace Taniguchi and her husband Jim of Santa Clara, CA, Alice Sawamura of Enfield, CT and Frances Sawamura of Upper Deerfield Twp. and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, Russell A. Ono in 1993.

Funeral services will be held Saturday morning November 17th at 10:30 at the Deerfield Presbyterian Church, Old Deerfield Pike in Upper Deerfield Township.

The church's pastor, Rev. Dr. Kenneth Larter will officiate.

The burial will take place in the church cemetery.

Friends will be received at the church Saturday morning from 9 until 10:30.

Memorial contributions are suggested in Mrs. Ono's memory to the Deerfield Presbyterian Church, PO Box 69, Deerfield Street, NJ 08313 or to the Seabrook Chapter JACL, c/o Sharon Yoshida, 4 Mallard Lane, Bridgeton, NJ 08302.

Family links: 
  Masaaki Ono (1927 - 2004)
  Russell Ono (1952 - 1993)*
  Gregory D Ono (1958 - 2012)*
*Calculated relationship
Deerfield Presbyterian Cemetery
Cumberland County
New Jersey, USA
Created by: Jacquie Larue
Record added: Sep 04, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 96520289
Ester K. <i>Yamamoto</i> Ono
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