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Shigeko Rose Takata

March 22, 1923 — January 3, 2022


Rose (Ishimoto) Takata passed away peacefully on January 3, 2022, at the age of 98.

Her parents Seihei and Chiyo Ishimoto raised Rose and her siblings Sam, Bob, Susie, Bill and Tom on a farm in the Riverside area of Sacramento. She attended Sutter School, California Junior High, and McClatchy High.

Sehei died when Rose was 16 years old. Three years later she was interned along with her mother and brothers at the Tule Lake Relocation Center, and was later moved to the Topaz Relocation Center. After the end of World War II, the family returned to Sacramento.

In 1948 Rose married Tom Takata. She worked for the California Department of Fish and Game from 1963 to 1981, ending her career as the Department's Property Inspector.

Rose was spirited, bright and smart and strove to be the best at whatever she did. She was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader, active in the Sacramento Buddhist Women's Association and the South Tanoshimi Kai, and volunteered at the ACC Nursing Home. She enjoyed playing golf; going to VFW dance lessons and dances with Tom; attending her grandson's basketball games; and leading group sing-alongs and performances at gatherings of the VFW, Tanoshimi Kai, and E Company/Friends and Family of Nisei Veterans. Rose was a loyal Sacramento Kings fan.

Rose began playing the piano in elementary school and became an accomplished pianist. She loved music and enjoyed playing the piano throughout her life. Her greatest joy was giving piano lessons and sharing her love of the piano with her students. Even when she was no longer able to play the piano, she liked to sing with family and friends.

Rose was pre-deceased by her husband, parents and siblings. She is survived by her daughters Christine Takata and Nori Tipon, her grandson Michael (Michelle) Tipon, her beloved great grandchildren Madelyn Rose and Makaio Layken Tipon, and shared a special bond with her many nieces and nephews.

Rose's family is forever grateful to Tes Ornellas and the staff and residents at Later Years Care Home for their kindness and for providing her with attentive and loving care.

There will be no visitation or formal services for Rose. In lieu of flowers or koden, please consider making a donation to Meals on Wheels by ACC ( or to a charity of your choice.

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