Doris Fumiko Yamada

Doris Fumiko Yamada, 90, of Platteville died on Monday, May 21, 2012 at Park Place Assisted Living, Platteville.

Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 22, 2012 at the Platteville United Methodist Church. Rev. Brenda Whitford will officiate. Private family burial will be at Hillside Cemetery, Platteville. Memorials may be made to the Doris F. Yamada Memorial Fund. Online condolences can be made at The Melby-Bendorf Funeral Home & Crematory, Platteville, is serving the family.

Doris was born on March 21, 1922 in Tacoma, WA, the daughter of Shigeo and Kimiyo Fujimoto. Doris graduated from San Diego, CA high school in 1940 and San Diego Business College in 1941. Doris, her siblings, and parents were among the more than 100,000 Japanese Americans living on the west coast who were forced into internment camps during WWII. Doris' family was placed in a camp in Posten, Arizona. As a condition for being released early, Doris had to settle off the coast, so she chose to go to Chicago, IL.

Doris was united in marriage to Min Yamada on June 21, 1944, after his release from an internment camp in Heart Mountain, WY. Doris and Min moved to Platteville in 1950. Doris worked for Platteville School District as a bookkeeper from 1967-1992. She was a member of PED, Platteville United Methodist Church, PAREA, 3M Investment Club, and bridge clubs. Doris did a lot of volunteering including the Platteville Thrift Shop, Platteville Hospital, United Methodist Church as financial secretary, prayer shawl ministry, United Methodist Women, and the hand bell choir. Doris loved music and often attended Operas in Chicago, Broadway plays in New York City, and the performing art series at UW-Platteville. Doris was a diehard Cub fan, often attending spring training in Arizona, a Badger fan seen at the Rose Bowl, and a Packer fan turned Bears fan when the Bears summer training camp as in Platteville. Doris had a passion for knitting, giving to others as shown by the many Christmas stockings, beautiful scarves, and handy dish towels she made and gave away. Most of all she cherished moments with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her son, Norm (Kathee) Yamada of Barron, WI; daughter, Susan (Mark) Horgen of Minneapolis, MN; six grandchildren, Michiko (Ellerey) Skog of Mendota Heights, MN; Jon (Hannah) Yamada of Mason City, IA; Holly Yamada of Minneapolis; Jenni Horgen of Inver Grove Heights; Van Horgen of Minneapolis; and Tom Horgen (Lora) of Minneapolis; three great-grandchildren, Malia, Kaya, and Hayden; sister, Marion Fujimoto of San Diego, CA; brother, Walt (Chio) Fujimoto of San Diego, CA; three nephews, Harry (Marion) Mitsui, Wally (Gwen) Mitsui, and Stanley (Pat) Mitsui. She was preceded in death by her husband, Min Yamada; parents, Shigeo and Kimiyo Fujimoto; infant son, Michael; brother, Yoshio Fujii; and sister, Asako Mitsui.

The family would like to thank the caregivers at Park Place Assisted Living for their care and compassion.


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