Josephine Blanco Akiyama

  • Born: March 19, 1926
  • Died: January 8, 2022
  • Location: Foster City, California

Sneider & Sullivan & O'Connell's Funeral Home - FD-230

977 S. El Camino Real
San Mateo, CA 94402
Tel. (650) 343-1804

Tribute & Message From The Family

Josephine Blanco Akiyama passed away peacefully on Saturday January 8, 2022 at her home with family and friends by her side. She was loved by her family and will live in the hearts of her countless relatives and friends. She loved life and brought joy to all she met.

She was born on the island of Saipan located in the Mariana Islands in the Pacific. She was the youngest daughter of Juan T. Blanco and Antonia Blas Blanco. Her parents, three brothers and six sisters all survived the hostilities and battles of World War II, between the Empire of Japan and the United States of America.

In 1937, as a young 11 year old, she witnessed the landing and capture of two flyers which later were identified as Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan. After hostilities ended on Saipan in 1945, she worked as a Dental Assistant at a U.S. Naval Medical station located in Garapan, Saipan. General inquires about an American flyer on Saipan by Naval staff officers revealed her eyewitness account of the plane landing and subsequent event of 1937.

In 1956, she moved and relocated with her husband, Max R. Akiyama, and son to California where they settled in the San Francisco Bay Area. She worked at Mills Hospital in San Mateo and later open her own business, Josephine's Beauty Salon, in which she enjoyed over thirty years of success.

She is survived by her loving son Edward B. Akiyama and daughter-in-law Donna H. Akiyama of Concord, CA. Her generous and good-natured sprit will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Visitation service will be from 4pm-9pm followed by Vigil service at 6pm on Sunday, 1/30/22. Funeral Liturgy service will be held at 10am on Monday, 1/31/22. Both services will be held at Sneider & Sullivan & O'Connell's Funeral Home, 977 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA. Interment to follow Funeral Liturgy service at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, 1500 Mission Rd., Colma, CA.


Condolence & Memory Journal

My deepest sympathy and condolences to Ed and Donna and all other immediate fa milies of Aunty Josephine, we really miss her. Eternal rest grant unto her and let perpetual light shine upon her. RIP Aunty Josephine

Posted by Avelina (Evelyn) Yamagata - Saipan, CA - Family   January 30, 2022

Years ago I read this banner on a wall that said, "A measure of a man is what he leaves behind." The picture on that banner had a church and children behind their parent.
Mrs Josephine Akiyama, her husband in his later years required more medical attention but Ms Josephine was determined to care for her husband at home and not leave him in a nursing home. She did so until his passing. They were married for maybe 60 years (+-).

This legacy of love was passed on to their son who lovingly and patiently took care of his mother in turn with the help of some professionals. Thanks to the support of his wife Donna that allowed him to accomplish this act of love. I know that Ms. Josephine loved her son very much and wished the very best for him and his wife. Eddie is the legacy the Akiyamas have left behind. They have raised a good man.

Posted by annonymous - Other   January 30, 2022

My sweet, tough Auntie Ninang, my last of my maternal elders. Beautiful lady , alert at 95, intelligent, wise and caring. Her boldness and motivation to learn and develop her life as a nurse, a teacher, a master hair designer, a business owner, talents and more. Despite all of her successes, she held on to her Catholic faith, her belief in prayer power of gratitude and of intercession for love ones who have gone before her. This, she has left an impression upon my heart. I will miss the conversations we had that had given me confidence and courage to be part of who I am. A word of advise from her, "Ask everything you want to know from your parents and elders while they are still alive". I still have questions to ask her but now it is not meant to be.
I will miss her very much as well as the many who loved her. It was a joy to know her.
Eddie and Donna may your family and friends be a consolation to you in your times of grief. Wish David and I could be there

Posted by Alfie and David Lizama - Family   January 29, 2022

Dear Nina Josephine, I Never had the pleasure of personally meeting you but you touched my heart and soul through the love that reflected off of your niece Sandy. She always spoke so fondly about you; The sparkle in her eyes and the admiration and kind words of you woke up a tremendous love and admiration for you. Hearing through the years filled my heart with joy and Love. I know that you are with your family in heaven and the memories you left behind will remain a gift from your heart to theirs, until they meet you again.
I love you Nina through the eyes and heart of Sandy your niece who adored you. Lastly, when I see Sandy I see a reflection of you in her eyes and in her heart. Rejoice for the kingdom of heaven is truly yours. My deepest most sincere condolences to the Blanco Akiyama family,
Sandy Glorinela Medrano.

Posted by Sandra Glorinela Medrano - El Paso, TX - Family Friend   January 29, 2022

Taken in San Francisco with Yvonne Yamagata-Espinoza, +Auntie Josephine, and Evelyn Akiyama Aldan Yamagata

Posted by Arlene Yamagata - Saipan, CA - Family   January 22, 2022

On behalf of my mom Evelyn Akiyama Aldan Yamagata and family, I wish to express our heartfelt condolences on the passing of +Auntie Josephine B. Akiyama. She had such a beautiful soul. May she rest in God's eternal peace.

Posted by Arlene Yamagata - Saipan, CA - Family   January 22, 2022

I never got to meet her, but have deep admiration and appreciation. Condolences to the family. Rest in Peace.

Posted by Gary Boothe - FLOYD, VA - Acquaintance   January 14, 2022

Roses are red, Violets are blue
Sweet Nan Ninang, we love you!!

Posted by Bel & Rick Sutton - Ruston - Family   January 14, 2022

I am so sorry for your loss. She was a very special woman and I loved her the moment I met her. Her beauty and her strength left a big impression on me. May she Rest In Peace.

Posted by Gigi Chapa-martin - Austin, TX - Friend   January 13, 2022

On behalf of the Amelia Earhart Memorial Monument Inc. (AEMMI) group, we extend our deepest condolences. May the perpetual light shine upon the soul of Auntie Josephine, and May she Rest In Peace.

Posted by Sablan - Saipan - Family Friend   January 13, 2022

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