Archive for October 31st, 2010

Dexter Alia

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Sept. 24, 2010
Dexter Alia, 50, of Pearl City, a clerk, died in Pearl City. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by father Alberto E. Sr.; brothers Alberto Jr., Brian and Christopher; and sister Marilyn Cintron. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Good Counsel. Mass: 10:30 a.m. Aloha attire.

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Ruth Aloni

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RUTH ALONI
Oct 3, 2010

Ruth Aloni died quietly on Sunday, October 3, 2010 as she had wished, with her daughter and dear friends at her side. She is survived by her children, Lara and Sam. Daughter of Israel, child of Australia, and citizen of the US, Ruth was an active and valued member of many communities. She was founder of Hands on Healing, a Hawaii-based creative arts program for cancer patients.

A Celebration of Ruth’s Life will be held November 13 from 4-6 pm. For details: 808-352-6312 or handysandy@hawaii.rr.com. To honor her memory, please send donations to Hands on Healing, c/o Temple Emanu-El, 2550 Pali Hwy. Honolulu HI 96817.

Vivian Matsuko Asato

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Oct. 13, 2010
Vivian Matsuko “Etsu” Asato, 72, of Honolulu, a retired Kahala Barber Shop barber, died in St. Francis Hospice, Puiwa. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband William K.; sons Clay Y. and Wilfred Y.; daughter Natalie A. Wong; brother Dennis J. Oshiro; sisters Gladys A. and Peggy Y. Oshiro and Janet S. Oshita; and six grandchildren. Visitation: 2 p.m. Saturday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 3 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Junita Nita Bonner

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JUANITA “NITA” BONNER

Nita Bonner former resident of Honolulu Hawaii and most recent resident of San Ramon CA. Nita passed away in her home in San Ramon, CA with her sons by her side on October 23, 2010 after a long and courageous battle with Lung Cancer.

Born Juanita Jean Bonner on August 3, 1936 in Huron South Dakota. A graduate of Tumwater High School, WA, Nita joined her family that had already passed, father-Eugene Sparling, mother- Lou Sparling and brother-Robert Sparling. Nita celebrated her life with two sons – Scott Bonner of Honolulu HI and Brad Bonner of Danville, CA, daughter Beth Burden of Auburn Washington and her five Grandchildren: Mark Bonner, Eric Bonner, Jacqi Bonner, Mandy Burden and Kimo Burden. Daughter in laws Sharon Bonner, Gail Bonner and son in law Cliff Burden

Nita a resident of Hawaii for over 25 years was a highly recognized Real Estate Agent/ Broker for many years with Dolman Associates in Honolulu, HI. She was a Licensed Insurance Agent for Nationwide Insurance in Sacramento, CA. In 2004 Nita retired from Nationwide Insurance and moved into a retirement community in San Ramon CA, Sunny Glen. At Sunny Glen Nita Bonner spent the last years of her life with family and friends. She worked as a receptionist at Villa San Ramon. She loved her job at The Villa and worked there until 3 weeks before her passing.

Most importantly, she was a strong,loving and supportive Mother to her Family and Friends. She had a love for her Persian cats Petsey, Coco and KiKi. She will be deeply missed by all. Her life will be celebrated by her family privately. In memory of Nita, donations to American Cancer Society would be appreciated. Family members can be reached by email at either bbonner@btienviornmental.com or beth.burden@hotmail.com or scott@btienvironmental.com

Dolores Albios Gabonia

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Oct. 8, 2010
Dolores Albios “Dolly” Gabonia, 78, of Waianae died in Waianae. She was born in Kalaupapa, Molokai. She is survived by sons Ricardo, Alfred and Roberto Garcia, Rommio and Artemeo Semana, and Rudy, Calvin and Glen Gabonia; daughters Carmelita Eckhart, Magdalena Abordo and Carmela Fidow; brother Harry Duarte; sisters Bernice Ogle and Godfrida Mueller; 34 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 6 p.m. Tuesday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 7 p.m. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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James Kiyoshi (“Jim”) Gima

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JAMES KIYOSHI (“JIM”) GIMA

James Kiyoshi Gima, 78, of Santa Ana, CA, died in a car accident in San Bernardino County on Sep. 27, 2010. Born Nov. 17, 1931 on Maui.

He is survived by former wife, and close companion until death, Dianne North; daughter Wendi, granddaughter Kira; son Jeffrey (Reine), grandchildren Lauryn and Alex; brothers Shinye (Pauline), Noboru (Sumiko), Charles (Elaine), Stanley (Sally), Richard (Nani), Alfred; sister Elaine; sister-in-law Katherine.

Memorial service held Oct. 16.

William Earl Hagerty

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Oct. 16, 2010
William Earl Hagerty, 73, of Honolulu, a retired electrician at Pearl Harbor, died in Aiea. He was born in Waialua. He is survived by wife Valerie; sons William and James Hagerty and Paul B. Bell; sister Annette Santana; and five grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Wednesday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 10:30 a.m. Burial: 11 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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Winfred En Sui Ho

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Oct. 15, 2010
Winfred En Sui “Tabash” Ho, 83, of Honolulu, president of Ho Son Inc., an Army veteran and a Coast Guard Auxiliary member, died in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Jean O.; sons Wilfred, Kalfred, Stanford and Winfred Jr.; daughters Cynthia Shiira and Sharon Miyasato; brothers Gilbert, Clifford and Donald; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 6:30 p.m. Casual attire.

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Charles Kaina Hamili Jr.

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Oct. 9, 2010
Charles Kaina Hamili Jr., 82, of Wahiawa, a retired Army veteran, died in Wahiawa. He was born in Puunene, Maui. He is survived by wife Peggy B.A., sons Leon C. and Ruben B., daughters Ruby A. Hamili and Liane R.H. Baker, sister Elaine Hauanio, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Thursday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Mass: 11 a.m. Burial: 1 p.m. at Schofield Post Cemetery. Casual or aloha attire. Flowers welcome.

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Joseph Christopher Mason

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Oct. 4, 2010
Joseph Christopher Mason, 45, of Waianae, a construction laborer, died in Waianae. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Madeline; sons Kealii, Kapili and Joseph Jr.; daughters Summer and Chevy; mother Jeanette; brothers Wallace and Andrew; sisters Melaney Mason and Maxine Brown; and seven grandchildren. Services at a later date.

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LUCY MA FONG, MD

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LUCY MA FONG, MD
July 10, 1912-September 10, 2010

Lucy Ma Fong was determined at an early age to excel beyond her small-town roots and persevered to become a pioneer in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology both in China and the United States.
Born July 10, 1912 in a small, rural Chinese farming village outside of Beijing, she was one of the rare girls who attended school, a privilege she didn’t take for granted.
She consistently pushed herself in academics with great discipline and ambition, which led to scholarships and awards that carried her through her academic career during a period of civil unrest and the Japanese invasion of China.
Undeterred by outside obstacles, she graduated the top scholar of her class at a foremost Beijing missionary high school, where she also was captain of the basketball team at a time when women typically took on subordinate roles in the community.
Lucy continued to focus on medical studies and graduated from Cheeloo University Medical School in 1934. By that time, she had taken care of dozens of patients who praised her for her excellent service, compassion and caring spirit.
This passion and dedication was recognized by Dr. Frances Ledbeater, an American woman physician and chief of OBGYN, who sponsored the completion of her specialty training in New York City.
She arrived in Seattle, Wash. on Christmas Eve in 1940 before heading to New York , a monumentous occasion and dream come true for the ambitious small-town girl.
“Not one day did I ever regret it,” she once said of her move to the United States.
It was no easy feat breaking through glass ceilings for a woman of Chinese ancestry who barely spoke English, but Lucy completed her specialty training in 1943 at the famed Margaret Hague Maternity Hospital, Jersey City Medical Center, the busiest maternity hospital in the U.S. at the time, with more than 5,000 deliveries per year.
Her remarkable character attracted the attention of Dr. K.S. Fong, whom she married in 1944. They had a daughter and son shortly thereafter, all while she juggled a fledgling medical career.
In 1946, the family moved to Hawaii, where she became the first Chinese woman physician to be licensed in the state. She later built a large successful medical practice and was recognized by colleagues and patients as one of the top gynecologists, delivering more babies alone then some of the major hospitals in town.
Lucy would not let anything get in her way when she was called to duty, building a reputation as one of the most dedicated and passionate doctors of her time.
Neither policemen, red lights nor speed limits would stop her in the middle of the night as she raced to make it to a delivery. She viewed it as a privilege and gift to be doctor, graciously working seven days a week.
Friends often describe her dynamic personality as one that could never be forgotten.
She retired from her successful medical practice in 1980.
Lucy died peacefully surrounded by family on Sept. 10, after a life devoted to her patients and honoring the privilege of being a physician.
“I loved my patients,” she once said. “Being a doctor is the best job in the world.”
She leaves behind a son, Dr. Frederick Fong; and daughter, Mrs. Frances Wong; and four grandchildren, Tracy, Michael, Christopher and Nicole.
Funeral services will be held on Nov. 6 at Diamond Head Memorial Park. Visitation at 10:00 am and service at 11:00.

ESTUKO KOZUMA NOZAWA

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Mililani Memorial Park & Mortuary
Mauka Chapel

ETSUKO KOZUMA NOZAWA

Age 78, of Waipahu, Hawaii, passed away October 6, 2010 in Aiea, Hawaii. Born April 20, 1932 in Kumamoto, Japan.

She is survived by sons, Robert Waldon of Houston, TX, Noel Nozawa, Clayton (Maria) Nozawa; daughter, Karen Waldon of Houston, TX; sister, Kinuyo Takeuchi of Japan; nieces and nephews.

Visitation 5:30 p.m. Thursday (November 4) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Memorial Service 6:30 p.m. Casual Attire.

SADAKO “EDNA” OKIMOTO

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Mililani Downtown Mortuary
(20 S. Kukui St.)

SADAKO “EDNA” OKIMOTO

Age 89, of Honolulu, passed away October 7, 2010 at Kuakini Medical Center. Born November 9, 1920 in Ewa, Oahu.

She is survived by sons, Alan Okimoto, Jon (Cheryl) Okimoto; brothers, Shinichi Suzuki, Seiichi Suzuki; daughter-in-law, Linda Okimoto three grandchildren; nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Private Services Held

GERALD THOMAS SPARKS

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GERALD THOMAS SPARKS

Gerald Thomas “Jerry” Sparks, 62, formerly of Honolulu, died October 22, 2010 in Inverness, FL. Born June 7, 1948 in Baltimore, MD, to Gerald P. and Virginia Sparks (nee Henderson), Jerry was the third of four children and grew up on Homberg Ave in Essex, MD. A graduate of Towson State College, he later earned his Masters in Administrative Science from the Johns Hopkins University in 1980.

After very successfully working in sales in MD for 20 years, he moved to Hawaii in 1986 and pursued his true calling: teaching. Jerry taught at Heald College for 17 years and was recognized with Outstanding Instructor awards in 1991 and 2006. He was active in the community, volunteering for Special Olympics and hosting his own radio show, but he most loved working with his students.

He is survived by his wife, Zenaida Sparks, and two children, Bernadette Burger of Baltimore, MD, and Gerald C. “Jake” Sparks of Inverness, FL. Survivors also include two sisters, Sheryl Brock of FL and Carolyn Heise of MD and her husband Michael, and brother William Preston Sparks and his wife, Therese, of CA.

A memorial service in Honolulu will be announced at a later date. If friends desire, the family requests donations go to the Cancer Care Organization (cancercarecopay.org).

Angie R. Tagalog

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Oct. 13, 2010
Angie R. Tagalog, 49, of Waipahu, a former Kaiser Medical Center X-ray technician, died in Ewa Beach. She was born in North Carolina. She is survived by sons Marcos and Chad; father Dr. Wilbert Wilkerson; mother Tina Wilkerson; brothers Ronnie, Rick, Scott and Glen Wilkerson; and sisters Tina Vaughan and Janice Paculba. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 11 a.m.

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CONCHITA “CONNIE” VARGAS

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CONCHITA “CONNIE” VARGAS

Conchita “Connie” Vargas, age 77, deceased Monday, October 25, 2010 at the Queen’s Medical Center. A retired Properties Supervisor of Alexander and Baldwin, Inc, predeceased in death by husband Victor, parents Gerardo & Teodocia Arrocena, sisters Leonora A. Yago and Mercedes Y. Arrocena. Survived by stepson William V. Vargas of New Mexico and his family. Numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation on Tuesday, November 2nd at 9:15a with mass at 9:30a at the Star of the Sea Church and burial at 11:30a at the Valley of the Temples. No flowers.

Paula Lum Wilbur

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Oct. 25, 2010
Paula Lum Wilbur, 55, of Kaneohe died in Kailua. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband the Rev. Rich- ard, son Nathanael, daughter Naomi, father Dorman Lum, brothers Jonathan “Jon” and Jeffrey Lum, and sister Michele Chang. Visitation: 9 a.m. Friday at New Hope Church, Sand Island Access Road. Services: 10 a.m. Burial: 2 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park.

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Wilson Kun Sun Wong

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Oct. 19, 2010
Wilson Kun Sun Wong, 85, of Honolulu, a chemist at Tripler Army Hospital and the state Occupational Safety and Health Division, died at home. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Helen; sons D’wayne, Willard and Edric; sister Wanda K.H. Ching; and eight grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Friday at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Mass: 10 a.m. Burial: 1 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Aloha attire.

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Jean Kimiko Yamamoto

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Oct. 15, 2010
Jean Kimiko Yamamoto, 75, of Honolulu, a retired teacher, died. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Art, sons Michael and David, daughters Kathy Ohtani and Liane Leong, eight grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Philomena Church. Mass: 10:30 a.m. Inurnment: 10:30 a.m. Nov. 8 at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Aloha attire.

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