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Mary Sugimoyo Adachi
(November 6, 1920 - February 28, 2013)

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Mary Sugimoyo Adachi

Mary Sugimoyo Adachi (November 6, 1920 - February 28, 2013) Mary Sugimoto Adachi passed away peacefully on February 28, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mary was the devoted wife of the late Yoshio “Kelly” Adachi. At the time of his death in 2010, they had been married for more than 69 years. Mary Sugimoto was born in Marysville, California, in 1920. Her mother, Misao Toyama, and father, Shinsuke Sugimoto, came to this small Northern California community following widely different paths. They met in Marysville and married on July 12, 1918. When their four children were still in grade school, they moved south to the Boyle Heights district of Los Angeles.

Mary and Kelly met while Kelly was attending UCLA. They were married on November 2, 1941, and had barely settled into their new life when the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred on December 7. With the resulting evacuation of Japanese Americans from the West Coast, Mary and Kelly were first sent to the Santa Anita holding center, near Los Angeles, where they remained for six months, before being assigned to the relocation camp in Roark, Arkansas.

By late 1943, internees in the relocation camps were permitted to leave if they could show they had a job inland. With his initial architecture studies under his belt, Kelly was able to secure employment as an assistant engineer at Penker Construction in Cincinnati. He and Mary immediately started a new life in this lovely Midwestern city on the Ohio, where their first son, Michael, was born on January 12, 1944. But within a year, Kelly was drafted and assigned to the all-Japanese 442nd battalion that was fighting in Europe.

Kelly returned in 1946 to resume his work for the construction company. Daughter, Kellene, had been born on August 7, 1945, while Kelly was away, and Patrick joined the family on December 17, 1949. All three children attended Annunciation School, where Kelly participated in church activities and Mary became engaged in the PTA, Camp Fire Girls and other school clubs.

Raising three children kept Mary busy over the following years. After Annunication, Michael attended Xavier High School and then the University of Cincinnati. Kellene was a Ursuline Academy grad, who then moved to Los Angeles to attend the Art Center College of Design. And Patrick went to Roger Bacon High School before moving north to the University of Dayton.

Mary enjoyed a full and happy life. She had a positive outlook and even remembered the relocation centers and war years as adventurous times. She will be remembered for her good housekeeping and orderliness, her helpfulness to others, outgoing nature and friendliness. Mary will be missed by her children Michael Adachi, Kellene Adachi and Patrick (Robyn) Adachi; her grand-children Yoshio Coy, Kenzo Coy, Nobu Coy (Jeffrey) Junge and Joshua Adachi; and her great grand-children Tyler and Atkin Coy and Suki and Kira Junge.

The family will be holding a service at the Staley Funeral Home at 7140 Plainfield Road at 11:00 a.m with visitation one hour prior to service on Wednesday, March 6, followed by a luncheon at 12:00 p.m. at the Amberly House, 3501 Section Road. The family will be honored by your attendance. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages you to make a donation to the charity of your choice in memory of Mary. Guest-book at


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