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COL. BERT NOBURO NISHIMURA (RET.)

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COL. BERT NOBURO NISHIMURA (RET.)
August 1, 1918 – October 15, 2010

Col. Bert Noburo Nishimura (Ret.) passed away on October 15, 2010. He was born on August 1, 1918 in Pahala, Hawaii. He graduated from McKinley High School in 1935 where he became the first editor of the school newspaper. He graduated from the University of Hawaii in 1939 with a Bachelor’s degree in education and in the same year won the Territorial Judo Championship. On May 9, 1942, he married Hanayo Minatoya of Kapaia, Kauai.
He taught at Pahala Elementary School and in 1941 was called to active duty with the Hawaii National Guard. In 1943, when the 442nd Regimental Combat Team (RTC) was formed, comprised of 2,696 all-Nisei volunteers, the then lieutenant Nishimura served as its Camp Commander at Schofield Barracks, and eventually joined the regiment during its training at Camp Shelby, Mississippi.
He served with the 442nd RTC in Italy and France in WW II and received military decorations including the Silver Star, 2 Bronze Stars, Legion of Merit, Air Medal and Distinguished Unit Badge. He was the only Nisei soldier promoted to the rank of Captain within the 442nd RTC. After WW II he returned to Hawaii, but was recalled to active duty in 1948 during the Korean War and assigned to Yokohama, Japan. He was deployed to combat in Korea where he monitored enemy tank movements. During the war he periodically submitted articles from the field to the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.
He returned to civilian life in Hawaii after the war, but was recalled to service in 1948 and was assigned to Yokohama, Japan. During the Korean War, he served in Korea with the 8th Army and was later stationed at Ft. Knox, KY, Ft. Shafter, Ft. Ord, CA. and Ft. Richardson, AK. He became the first Nisei in the Regular Army promoted to full Colonel, the rank at which he retired in 1966.
Following his retirement from the military, he taught and coached football, golf and wrestling at high schools on the Monterey Peninsula, CA. He worked in human relations for an electronics manufacturer in San Diego and in the same capacity for Hawaii National Bank.
In February, 2009, he was recognized as one of five honorees for the Thirty-Fourth Annual Living Treasures of Hawaii instituted by the Honpa Honogwanji Mission of Hawaii.
Col. Nishimura is survived by his son, Alan Nishimura, an attorney in Los Angeles, and a granddaughter, Jennifer who also resides in Los Angeles.
Memorial services will be held on October 23, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. at Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii, 1727 Pali Highway.

Ricky Nelson Laya Albano

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Sept. 30, 2010
Ricky Nelson Laya Albano, 49, of Waipahu, an Alaska fishing industry employee, died in Honolulu. He was born in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. He is survived by son Ricky; daughters Heather Y. and Ricquel Q. Albano, and Ricquei Jackson; brothers Ancelmo “William,” Romulo, Hipolito and Washington “Junior”; sisters Francisca “Fely” Sagayaga, Mannie Ramones, Josie Angobung, Rosario Cua and Juliet Cu; and three grandchildren. Visitation: 6 p.m. Friday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Services: 6:30 p.m.. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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Edward Francis Alferes

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Oct. 3, 2010
Edward Francis Alferes, 82, of Kailua, a retired state inspector, died in Kailua. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Zoe, son Glenn, daughter Roxane, sisters Dorothy Fukumoto and Julia Nakamoto, and two grandchildren. Visitation: 5 p.m. Thursday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Services: 6 p.m. Burial: 11 a.m. Friday at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Satoshi Asato

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Oct. 9, 2010
Satoshi Asato, 95, of Mountain View, Hawaii, a retired carpenter and anthurium grower, died in Life Care Center of Hilo. He was born in Mountain View. He is survived by wife Janet M.; son Lawrence; daughters Charlene and Beverly; brothers Kazuo, Goro and Yoshito “Lardy”; sisters Hatsue and Yukiko J. Higa, Tomiko Asato and Agnes Weaver; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Visitation: 10 a.m. Saturday at Dodo Mortuary. Services: 11 a.m. Casual attire. No flowers. No monetary offerings.

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Gail Marie Beddow

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Sept. 18, 2010
Gail Marie Beddow, 83, of Honolulu died in Honolulu. She was born in Pennsylvania. She is survived by sons Randall, Malcolm and Christian; daughter Lindley Garnier; sisters Mildred Conklin and Margery Castro; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Saturday at Church of the Holy Nativity, 5286 Kalanianaole Highway, Aina Haina. No flowers.

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Kenneth L. Brimer

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July 23, 2010
Kenneth L. Brimer, 36, of Honolulu, a skateboarder, died in Duarte, Calif. He was born in New Hampshire. He is survived by parents John and Judy, and fiancee Lillie Brown. Celebration of life: 6 p.m. Saturday at Child & Family Service community hall, 91-1841 Fort Weaver Road, Ewa Beach.

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Bernardo Gajete Cadalzo

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Oct. 5, 2010
Bernardo Gajete Cadalzo, 83, of Honolulu, a former Jack in the Box maintenance worker, died in Honolulu. He was born in Banna, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. He is survived by sons Benjamin “Ben” and Rodrigo “Rudy,” daughters Felicitas “Fely” Tungpalan and Angelita “Lita” Pahinag, brother Silvino, 19 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Saturday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Services: 10 a.m. Burial: noon at Valley of the Temples.

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Roy Kanani Campbell

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Oct. 4, 2010
Roy Kanani Campbell, 68, of Pahoa, Hawaii, a retired Nelson, Rego and Associates welder, died at home. He was born in Hilo. He is survived by sons Ah Chock, Cavin and Jessie; daughters Kahilo Richardson and Charmin Campbell; brothers Leonold, Robert and Wayne; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Visitation: 10 a.m. Saturday at Hospice of Hilo. Services at noon.

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Marjorie Mee Yuk Cruz

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Sept. 22, 2010
Marjorie Mee Yuk Cruz, 63, of Waianae died at home. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by son Curtis Uyema; daughters Xina Chun, Rachelle Phillips and Jennine Uyema; sister Barbara Chun; and four grandchildren. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary. Services: 10:30 a.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Aylene M. Dow

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Oct. 9, 2010
Aylene M. Dow, 90, of Kapaa, Kauai, a homemaker, died in Wilcox Memorial Hospital. She was born in Belleville, Ontario. She is survived by son Phil and three grandchildren. Services: 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Kapaa Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Casual attire. No flowers.

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KATE SETSUKO ENOMOTO

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Mililani Memorial Park & Mortuary

KATE SETSUKO ENOMOTO

Age 88, of Waipahu, Hawaii, passed away October 5, 2010 in Pearl City. Born December 4, 1921 in Waipahu, Hawaii.

She is survived by brothers, Tadashi (Grace) Enomoto, Hitoshi Enomoto, Yutaka Enomoto; sister, Laura T. Enomoto; numerous nieces and nephews.

Private Services were held.

James Walter Foster

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Oct. 1, 2010
James Walter “Spike” Foster, 65, of Paradise Park, Hawaii, a retired tugboat chief engineer and an Air Force veteran, died at home. He was born in San Diego. He is survived by wife Geraldine, son Michael, daughter Rachel and four grandchildren. Celebration of life: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the family residence, 15-1501 17th St. Casual attire. Call 989-8648.

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Dominic Arcenas Gamao

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Sept. 27, 2010
Dominic Arcenas “Nick” Gamao, 39, of Honolulu, a Freeman Guard supervisor, died at home. He was born in Davao City, Philippines. He is survived by son Elijah A., daughter Talia J., mother Cornelia and fiancee Tristen Ledward. Visitation: 6 p.m. Friday at Mililani Downtown Mortuary. Services: 7 p.m. Cremation to follow. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Hesequio Reyes Gamboa

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Sept. 27, 2010
Hesequio Reyes Gamboa, 60, of Honolulu, a Hilton Hawaiian Village personal housekeeper, died in Honolulu. She was born in the Philippines. She is survived by wife Corazon; sons Marco and Mike; daughters Christine, Maria C., Jacquelyn and Marilyn; mother Prima; brothers Larry, Rolly, Raynaldo, Danny and Maximo; sisters Sonya Tomacder and Belin Gamboa; and three grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 640 Puuhale St., Kalihi. Mass: 11:15 a.m. Burial: 1:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park.

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Harrison Harry

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Oct. 1, 2010
Harrison Harry, 37, of Keaau, Hawaii, a KNH warehouse assistant in Seattle, died at home. He was born in Micronesia. He is survived by wife Marlene Makiuio; sons Keiem, Harrison Jr., Derrick, Anderson and Nishima; daughter Madeline; mother Soena; father Osachy; brothers Okaichy, Timothy and Don; and sisters Madilta, Sermina and Jayme. Visitation: 9 a.m. Thursday at Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home. Services: 10 a.m.. Burial to follow at Alae Cemetery.

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Micah Pomaikai Seiko Inamine

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Oct. 8, 2010
Micah Pomaikai Seiko Inamine, infant son of Gerald Jr. and Rachael of Kapaau, Hawaii, died in Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children. He was born in Honolulu. He is also survived by brother Malachi Yamamoto; grandparents Gerald Inamine Sr., and Jeffrey and Rosemary Yamamoto; and great-grandparents Grace Inamine, Kamalo and Hanako Yamamoto, and Manuel Gutierres. Visitation: 10 a.m. Saturday at Waimea Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kamuela. Services: 11 a.m. Burial to follow at Waimea County Cemetery, Mormon section. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Bert Noburo Nishimura

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Oct. 15, 2010
Bert Noburo Nishimura, 92, of Honolulu, a retired Army colonel, died in Kahala Nui. He was born in Pahala, Hawaii. He is survived by son Alan B. and a grandchild. Services: 4 p.m. Saturday at Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii, 1727 Pali Highway. Casual or aloha attire. Flowers welcome.

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Fudeko Onodera-Matsumoto

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Sept. 23, 2010
Fudeko “Ruth” Onodera-Matsumoto, 86, of Waimea, Hawaii, a homemaker, died at home. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by son Brian Onodera, daughters Dale Kaneshiro and Gail Onodera, stepson Melvin Matsumoto, brothers Harry and Toshiro Morita, sisters Kimi Onodera and Milicent Lurito, four grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Visitation: 3 p.m. Saturday at Kamuela Hongwanji Mission. Services: 4 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Atsushi Sahara

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Oct. 15, 2010
Atsushi “Archie” Sahara, 82, of Lihue, a Hawaiian Tel equipment installer, died. He was born in Kapaa, Kauai. He is survived by sons Wesley and Wally; daughters Sheila Samuelson, Wanda Sahara and Sandra Magnani; sisters Yoshiko Furuhashi and Itsuyo Kashiwada; and five grandchildren. Services: 10 a.m. Sunday at Garden Island Mortuary. Casual attire.

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Iluminada Medina Sotto

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Oct. 10, 2010
Iluminada Medina “Luming” Sotto, 94, of Honolulu, a retired Roosevelt High School teacher’s aide, died in Honolulu. She was born in Cavite, Philippines. She is survived by sons Florentino Jr. and Ismaelito, daughters Gloria Youngquist and Lourdes Silos, three brothers, four sisters and eight grandchildren. Visitation: 4:30 p.m. Friday at Our Lady of the Mount Catholic Church, 1614 Monte St., Honolulu. Services: 4:30 p.m. Additional visitation: 8 a.m. Saturday at the church. Mass: 9 a.m. Burial: 11 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Flowers welcome.

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ILUMINADA “LUMING” MEDINA SOTTO

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Mililani Memorial Park & Mortuary

ILUMINADA “LUMING” MEDINA SOTTO

Iluminada Medina Sotto, of Tanza, Cavite, Philippines passed away at the age of 94 on October 10, 2010. She was born on November 29, 1915 to Justina Dorado and Bernardino Medina of the United States Army.

Iluminada worked for the Philippine Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons. She was married to the late Florentino Sotto of Villaba, Leyte.

She was a member of the Catholic Women’s League, the Daughters of Mary, and a strong advocate of the Sacrament of Matrimony at our Lady of Peace in the Philippines.

In 1975, Iluminada came to Hawaii to join her father and siblings. She worked as a teacher’s aide at Roosevelt High School for seven years until she retired.

Her retirement years were devoted to volunteer work at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace. She was a Eucharistic Minister, she coordinated the Annual May Flower Offering, and assisted in the Sunday masses in different capacities.

She was survived by four of her six children: Gloria Youngquist (Arvid), Florentino, Jr., Lourdes Silos, and Ismaelito (Nilda), three brothers, four sisters, and eight grandchildren.

Iluminada Medina Sotto will be remembered as a model of Christianity, a caring “Grandma” to her students, and a beacon of light to her family.

Wake Services will be at Our Lady of the Mount, with viewing on Friday, October 22 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Visitation at Our Lady of The Mount Catholic Church 8:00 a.m., Saturday, October 23. Mass at 8:45 a.m. with burial at the Mililani Memorial Park at 11:00 a.m.

Peter Difulo Pajela Sr.

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Oct. 11, 2010
Peter Difulo Pajela Sr., 79, of Koloa, Kauai, a retired Garden Island Security assistant security chief, died at home. He was born in Koloa. He is survived by wife Joey A.; sons Peter, Anthony and Joshua; daughters Ka’iulani France; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Visitation: 10 a.m. Friday at Kekaha Kingdom Hall. Services: 11 a.m. Private scattering of ashes. Aloha attire. No flowers. Donations suggested to Kauai Hospice.

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FRANCISCO AKHAY, SR.

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Mililani Memorial Park & Mortuary
Mauka Chapel

FRANCISCO
AKHAY, SR.

Age 77, of Pahala, Hawaii, passed away September 24, 2010 in Pahala. Born March 9, 1933 in Ewa, Hawaii. Francisco was retired civil service employee of 34 years as a Security Police & truck driver at the Barber’s Point Naval Air Station & Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. He was the Sensei instructor and owner of the Shiki Shin Funi Karate School in Waipahu, and U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War with the 2nd Infantry Division.

He is survived by wife, Diane Akhay; sons, Francisco (Regina) Akhay, Jr., Wayne Akhay, Glenn Akhay; daughters, Doreen (Stanley) Ballo of Pahala, HI, Crystal (Edwin) Masulit of WA; step-son, Jarvis (Brandie) Canoy; hanai son and daughter, Randy & Lala Yoro; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation 5:30 p.m. Saturday (October 23) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Memorial Service 6:30 p.m. Casual Attire. No flowers, please.

George Koichi Takai

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Oct. 1, 2010
George Koichi Takai, 82, of Honolulu, a retired Takai Electrical Services electrical contractor and an Army veteran, died at home. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Yurie; sons Rodney and Lance; daughter Liane Kaneshiro; brothers Erik and Ted; sisters Grace Iwasaki, Mildred Kinoshita, Doris Nakamoto and Dorothy Sasaki; and five grandchildren. Visitation: noon Sunday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 1 p.m.

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Seiichi Tsutsui

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Oct. 5, 2010
Seiichi Tsutsui, 72, of Mililani, a Hawaii Air National Guard retiree, died in Mililani. He was born in Pahoa, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Charlotte; son Steven; daughter Sharon Mendoza; brother Takashi; sisters Mieko Hatanaka, Toyomi Shoji, Nobue Hirakawa and Fusako Sakauye; and three grandchildren. Visitation: 5 p.m. Saturday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Services: 6 p.m. Casual attire.

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Agnes Kainoa Wright

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In loving memory of

Agnes Kainoa Wright

beloved tutu, grandma, & kupuna

Please join us to remember and celebrate her life on Friday, October 22, at a memorial service at Kailua United Methodist Church, 1110 Kailua Rd. for a 10:30 viewing and a 11:30 service.

Grandma will be remembered by her family and friends for her giving heart, her enthusiasm for life, and her million dollar smile. The Hawaiian community will remember her for her committed membership in the Waimanalo Civic Club and her stories of aumakua, mo’o,and kahuna that she shared with DOE students as she worked for the Kupuna Program and UH students while she worked as a manaleo, native speaker. She will be cherished and dearly missed by all.

Grandma is survived by her son Earl Kaina, daughter, Wailani Broad, and her sisters, Lei Louis, Noholani Nolan, Rita Meheula, and brother Bernard Hauani’o, 9 grand-children, 19 great-grandchildren, and 8 great great-grandchildren.

Allan Rodney Young

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Oct. 5, 2010
Allan Rodney Young, 62, of Honolulu, owner of Young’s Contracting Inc., died in Kuakini Medical Center. He was born in Canada. He is survived by wife Alice; son Stephen; mother Winnie; brothers John, Brian and Tom; sister Gail Midlam; and a grandchild. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Mililani Downtown Mortuary. Services: 6:30 p.m.

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Edna Mae Zane

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Oct. 10, 2010
Edna Mae Zane, 87, of Wailuku, a business teacher, died at home. –She was born in Fremont, Neb. She is survived by daughter Penelope Mailou, sister Leah Jane Winkeller, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Private services.

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