June 5, 1919 – November 4, 2018
Hana Nishiyama, 99 , of Jacksonville Beach, passed away November 4, 2018.
She was born in Chicago, Illinois, on June 5, 1919. Hana, though born in the U.S., received her formal education in Osaka, Japan.
She was married to Benny Nishiyama on August 11, 1950.
Hana and Benny owned the New China Casino Restaurant, a popular eatery in Jacksonville Beach for many years. Then opened Hana’s Oriental Bazaar, also at Jacksonville Beach.
She was a member of First Baptist Church and had a great passion for music and entertaining. She and a violinist friend performed many charity benefit s with music and pantomime for the local schools, churches and retirement homes around Jacksonville and the beaches. She is well known as the “Rosette Lady” and produced thousands of her delicate crunchy cookies for local bazaars and charity events.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Benny Nishiyama. She is survived by sister, Maki Kato of Jacksonville Beach; Children: Penny Yamamoto (husband, Tom) and Tammy Nishiyama of Jacksonville Beach; Grandchildren: Karen Tepichin (husband Trey); Great grandchildren, Ellie and James of Houston, Tx , Robert Yamamoto and Kevin Yamamoto, of Jacksonville Beach, Jason Gondro (wife Alison) of Orlando, Fl; Nieces: Hiroko Sanford and family, Jupiter FL, Linda Greco and family, Westerfield , OH , Eiko Ohta and family, Osaka, Japan Takami Kato and family, Arlington , VA; Grandniece: Christina Nakajima, of Jacksonville Beach .
A memorial service will be held 2:00 pm, Saturday, November, 17, 2018 in the Chapel of HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME, 1701 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, FL.
- Penny Yamamoto (Tom), Daughter
- Tammy Nishiyama, Daughter
Grandchildren: Karen Tepichin (husband Trey); Great grandchildren, Ellie and James of Houston, Tx , Robert Yamamoto and Kevin Yamamoto, of Jacksonville Beach, Jason Gondro (wife Alison) of Orlando, Fl;
Nieces: Hiroko Sanford and family, Jupiter FL, Linda Greco and family, Westerfield , OH , Eiko Ohta and family, Osaka, Japan Takami Kato and family, Arlington , VA; Grandniece: Christina Nakajima, of Jacksonville Beach .
- Celebration of Life Service Saturday, November 17, 2018
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Cristina (Tina) Wilson (Barricella)
November 17, 2018
I was so sad to see that Hana had past away. I have known them practically my whole life. My dad and I would always go to Hana and Benny's restaurant (The New China Casino) and eat there. They made the best food. They were good friends with my Dad. Your mom was always so friendly and happy. She made the BEST chocolate cake!! She even made one for my birthday one year. Keep in mind, she is no longer with us, but, is in heaven with Benny, and they are both very happy. I loved them very much. I will miss her very much. Sending many hugs and lots of love to your whole family.
Sandy (Smith) Hoffman
November 17, 2018
My heart is sad to hear of Hana’s passing. She was such a gracious lady. My prayers and heartfelt condolences go out to the family. I know she left many memories to cherish.
I always loved going to Benny and Hana’s next door to my Dad’s printing shop. My parents thought the world of them. Rest In Peace Hana.
November 10, 2018
We had a very joyous celebration of momma’s 99th birthday at Vinny’s Restaurant in June shared with family and dear friends.