NVC Newsletter


January 2019, Volume 69, Issue 1


Takashi Matsui passed away peacefully in his sleep on December 22, 2018 at the age of 101. He was a wonderful father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Born on January 20, 1917 in Hood River, Oregon, he was raised in Japan. In 1934, he returned to America, attending the University of Washington until he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942. A Japanese language instructor for the Military Intelligence Service Language School in Minnesota, he married Mitsue Kono in 1945. Part of the Allied Occupation Forces in Tokyo, he then became a civilian legal investigator for the War Crimes Trials.

In 1950, he and Mitzi settled in Seattle where he was employed by Barclay & Company, then Mitsubishi International Corporation. After retiring, he was active in various community service organizations, including the Nisei Vets Committee, First Hill Lions Club, Japanese Community Service, Japanese Language School, Seattle Buddhist Church, and Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival. Time Magazine named Takashi as one of Seattle's 100 Newsmakers of Tomorrow in 1953, and he also received the Fifth Order of the Rising Sun (Gold and Silver Rays) Award from the Emperor of Japan in 1994.

Predeceased by his wife of nearly 65 years, Mitzi, in 2010, Takashi's long and wonderful life is celebrated by his brother, sister and nephew in Japan; and, in America, three cousins, a daughter, a son, five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, seven nieces and nephews, three grand nephews, and two grandnieces.


Toshio Funai born September 9, 1922 was the Engine of our family passed away January 4, 2019. Yaeko Funai born September 12, 1925 was the rudder of our family passed away December 6, 2018- 28 days before Dad. They had celebrated their 72nd Wedding Anniversary together September 22, 2018. Dad was with Baker Co. of the 100th Infantry of the infamous 442nd Regiment. Awarded Bronze Star w V for Valor. Inducted into ABC, NW And Greater Seattle Bowling Hall of Fame. Mom was a long-time banker in Bothell who made all our lives easy. She never said a bad word about anyone. Both were loved by everyone they touched because they loved everyone they met unconditionally. Toshio and Yaeko are survived by children Dwight (Cindy) Diane, Harvey (Dayle) Funai. Blessed with 4 Grandchildren Kate (Sean) Cordero, Drew, Zoe and Alex Funai. Plus one long awaited for and truly loved Great Granddaughter Keonaonaolilinoe Toshiko Cordero