Amelia Kito

Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2002

Former Juneau resident Amelia Okegawa Kito, 83, died June 15, 2002, in Sitka.

She was born Feb. 28, 1919, at Thomas Bay near Petersburg to Iwaturo (Harry) Okegawa of Osaka, Japan, and Daisy Shaquanie Okegawa of Kake. She attended the Wrangell Institute for one year as a teen-ager.

She married Saburo "Sam" Kito Sr. on July 11, 1936, and together they made their home in Petersburg, where they worked in the seafood industry and raised their family of six children. During World War II, she and Sam were detained in the Japanese internment camp in Idaho and their son, Harry, was the first baby born in the camp during the war. Their efforts were instrumental in the repatriation action taken by Congress in the 1980s to all Japanese-Americans detained. The family has lived in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Sitka and Juneau.

She was preceded in death by her husband Sam Kito Sr. and their son Harry Donald Kito.

She is survived by her sister Edna Fennel of Tacoma, Wash.; cousin Harvey Williams of Sitka; sons Sam Kito Jr. of Juneau, and John Kito of Anchorage; daughters Barbara Musewski of Petersburg, Carol Shold of Sitka, and Amelia June Gage of Sitka; grandchildren Greg Musewski, Tina O'Brien, Petula Lewis, Maryann Musewski, Sam Kito III, Shizuko Kito-Sterling, Gordie Kito, Cynthia Kito, Hope Kito, Angela Feinstein, Darren Kito, Rachel Shold, Robin Gage, Penny Gage, and Rita Gage; 12 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

There was a service today at noon at the Salvation Army in Sitka, which was followed by a reception at the Swan Lake Senior Center. A service in Petersburg is planned for Wednesday, June 19, at 1:30 p.m. at the Salvation Army.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Salvation Army, 106 Fram Street, Petersburg, AK 99833.

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