Lasting Memories

Katoko Sax
April 8, 1934-Feb. 23, 2013
Palo Alto, California

Submitted by Kenji Sax

Katoko Sax passed away peacefully surrounded by her family after a long battle with cancer.

Born and raised in Japan, Katoko’s sense of adventure brought her to Central Michigan University in 1958 to study economics. It was there that she first met her husband, Ron, and then spent the next 50 years as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and steward of the environment. More than 40 of those years were in Palo Alto in the neighborhood she loved.

Throughout her adult life, she sought to give a voice to those who had no voice, and to bring peace to places where there is none. She was an active member of the Palo Alto Friends Meeting, the Funeral Education Foundation, and the Peace Alliance which is dedicated to the establishment of a federal Department of Peace.

Her passion for life extended beyond her family and friends, and her interests were as diverse as learning Chinese and Italian, soroban, and tap-dancing. She was an excellent artist, and could draw, paint or play the piano expertly.

In her later years, there was nothing she enjoyed more than traveling with her husband and seeing her children, Kenji (Cindy Lamerson) and Naomi (Neil Simmons), and four grandsons, Nathan, Joel, Nicky, and Scott. Her devotion to her family, inner strength, appreciation of beauty in all its forms and passion for life will be dearly missed by the many people who knew and loved her.

From Jamie Newton
March 1, 2013

Katoko was active with South Bay Sanctuary Covenant, supporting peace and justice in El Salvador. She traveled to El Salvador more than once to serve as an elections observer. She was a dedicated member of Palo Alto Friends Meeting for many years, bringing compassion, wisdom, and service to the Meeting (notably, as Treasurer for a long period). Both Katoko and Ron responded to Katoko's illness, treatment, and then approaching death with courage and strength that will always inspire me.