Archive for July 8th, 2011

Crecencia Aliser Abregano

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June 13, 2011
Crecencia Aliser ‘Connie” Abregano, 80, of Pearl City died in Honolulu. She was born in Lihue. She is survived by husband Dominador “Don”; sons Roland, Gerald and Garrett Abre-gano and Darwin Aliser; daughters Donna Tolentino, Della Joaquin, Brenda Abregano-Walker and Reinette Ashpole; brother Andrew Aliser; sisters Lucy Figueroa and Josie Menke; 20 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. Visitations: 6 p.m. Monday and 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 6:30 p.m. Monday and 10:15 a.m. Tuesday. Burial: 11 a.m. Tuesday at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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Randolph Foon You Ching

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May 31, 2011
Randolph Foon You Ching, 88, of Honolulu, a property development investor and an Army veteran, died in Kuakini Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by daughter Debbi Kenner, brother Vernon and sister Lorraine Lee. Private services. �

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James Wah Hoon Chock

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June 27, 2011
James Wah Hoon “Jimmy” Chock, 90, of Honolulu, a retired Lewers & Cooke Home Building Department manager, chief illustrator draftsman with the Navy and a Navy chief petty officer with Construction Battalion Seabees, died in Honolulu. He was born in Shanghai. He is survived by wife Frances K.Y., son Stephen, daughters Karen Thiebaut and Darilyn Lau, brother Clinton, sisters Rose Young and Marianne Lum, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Stephen Church, 2747 Pali Highway. Mass: 11 a.m. Burial: 12:45 p.m. at Diamond Head Memorial Park. Casual attire.

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Arba Clanry

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June 27, 2011
Arba Clanry, 24, of Kainaliu, Kona, Hawaii, an Aloha Theatre Cafe dishwasher, died in Kona Community Hospital. He was born in Majuro, Marshall Islands. He is survived by mother Connie, brothers Isaac Clanry and Henry Dixon, and sister Sally Keju. Services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday with an all-night vigil at Marshallese Assembly of God Church in Kainaliu. Burial: 3:30 p.m. July 15 at Naalehu County Cemetery. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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KNISELY (“K”) DREHER

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KNISELY (“K”) DREHER

Knisely (“K”) Dreher died peacefully at home on April 11, 2011, of natural causes. K was 84. He was born in Oak Park, Illinois and grew up in the suburbs of Chicago as the only child of a doting mother and a stern father. He lived through the tail end of the Great Depression, which left a lasting imprint on his life. K was a high-school football and track star and a ladies’ man. He played college football in the leather-helmet era with his high school friend, Abe Gibron, who later went on to play in the NFL and became head coach of the Chicago Bears.

K attended college at Purdue University, Wabash College and the University of Illinois as a member of the Navy’s prestigious V-12 Program. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1948 with a degree in architectural engineering. He married his high school sweetheart, Nancy Sprague, in 1947 and they had their first son nine months later. A year later they had another son, and four years later a third son.

When K began his architecture practice in Olathe, Kansas, in 1950 he was the youngest person ever licensed as both an architect and engineer in the State of Kansas. After a frustrating few years in Kansas trying to build an architecture practice with a partner, K embarked on the first of his many overseas projects, moving to Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela to work on an oil pipeline project as an engineer for Bechtel Corporation. Nancy and the boys lived on the relatively close island of Barbados for the two years K worked in the jungles of Venzuela.

During his career of over 40 years as an engineer and project manager, K lived all over the United States and around the world, including California, New York, Toronto, Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Hawaii, Saigon, Manila, London, Jakarta, Singapore, Jeddah, Hong Kong and Taipei. For many of those years he worked for Parsons, an international engineering, construction and management firm. K became legendary at Parsons for his ability to manage the most complex and difficult projects, including the planning and development of an entire city of 200,000 people and all of the related infrastructure – Yanbu, Saudi Arabia – one of the largest single projects ever developed anywhere in the world. K was a hard worker and he was also a great person to work for and with.

K spent more years living in Honolulu than anywhere else, including the last 20 years of his life, where he enjoyed boating, scuba diving and golfing until his last few years when arthritis slowed him down. He was a voracious reader and a master of the New York Times crosswords. He loved playing bridge and backgammon. He was a lifelong fan of his hometown teams, the Cubs and the Bears. He had all of his marbles and his wry sense of humor right up to the last day of his life.

K was a guy’s guy who was always great fun to hang out with. He also had beautiful manners, thanks to his mother, Sally, who was totally devoted to K but would not tolerate anything less than perfect behavior. Over the years K had many great pals, including Johnny Domaine, Bob Skinner, Charlie Dutton, Carl Fechtman, Jim Keith, Skip Howard, Mark Hannington, John Putman, Puna Chillingworth, Jim Kaplan, Arie Bos and hundreds more. He loved women too – many, many women – and they loved him, most notably among them his wife, Liz Howard, with whom he spent the last 17 years of his life here in Hawaii. K won Liz over when he said “I owned a bar in Singapore.” It was much later that she learned it was just a bar in his apartment, but by then it was too late for her. Liz helped K laugh at the many indignities of growing old while still letting him enjoy acting like a kid sometimes.

After surviving a bout with lung cancer in the early 90s, K became a devoted volunteer for the American Cancer Society, driving patients to and from their treatments in his Mazda Miata convertible. He also let himself be persuaded into serving as a member of the board, and then president, of the Koko Isle Association of Apartment Owners, an experience that led him to refer to it affectionately as “Cuckoo Isle.”

K loved life and lived it to the hilt. He did everything he ever wanted to. He traveled to every place on earth, from the Amazon rain forest to the Arabian desert and everywhere in between. He had a really interesting life, lots of fun and few regrets.

K received outstanding care and support at home during the last weeks of his life from St. Francis Hospice. He donated his well-used body to the John A. Burns School of Medicine.

K leaves behind his wife Liz, his sons, Chris (Susan), Nick (Koren) and Jeff (Susan) and his daughters Sarah and Jessica (Che), as well as 11 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and lots of wonderful memories. Observances are private and flowers are unnecessary.

Robin William Erwood

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June 5, 2011
Robin William Erwood, 68, of Kahuku died in Kahuku. He was born in New York. He is survived by son Shawn R.; daughters Dana M. Metz, Noel E. Crenshaw and Robin L. Anecito; mother Doris E.; brother Kim; 18 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Private burial at sea in Waikiki.

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Rafael Exzabe

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July 1, 2011
Rafael Exzabe, 72, of Mililani, a self-employed owner of Ralph’s Upholstery and a Sheraton Waikiki upholsterer, died in Ewa Beach. He was born in Makawao, Maui. He is survived by son Dwayne; daughters Natalie Heen, Joycelyn Sollner, Valerie Wong, Laurie Ann McClary and Trisha Munos; brother William; sisters Nancy M. Cha and Angie Aton; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Saturday at King’s Cathedral, 5740 Kalanianaole Highway, Niu Valley. Service and reception to follow. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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Robert G. Freitas

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Jan. 9, 2011
Robert G. Freitas, 66, of Honolulu, a mechanic, died in Straub Clinic & Hospital. He was born in Kailua. He is survived by sister Gail N. Valdez. No services.

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Jean Michiko Higa

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July 4, 2011
Jean Michiko Higa, 67, of Honolulu, a retired state government employee, died at home. She was born in Hilo. She is survived by daughter Grace A. Oba, mother Akiko, brother William R. and sister Rita Y. Chu. Visitation: 1 p.m. Monday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 2 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

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MITSUO IMAI

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MITSUO IMAI

MITSUO IMAI, 83, of Honolulu, passed away on June 25, 2011. He was born in North Kohala, Hawaii. Retired U. S. Army SFC. He also served in Korean Conflict and Viet Nam War. Survived by wife, Clara; sons, David, Michael and Harold; brother, Akito; stepson, Don Tamura; stepdaughter, Diane Tarr; two grandchildren and three step-grandchildren. Memorial service at 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 10, 2011 at Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary. Graveside inurnment service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 11, 2011 at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Casual attire.

Robert Vernon Pimentel Jr.

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June 30, 2011
Robert Vernon “Boise” Pimentel Jr., 48, of Kihei, a maintenance worker at The Villas at Kenolio, died in Maui Memorial Medical Center. He was born in Wailuku. He is survived by son Dylan, daughters Haley and Sariah, parents Vernon R. and Christine Pimentel, and birth mother Phoebe Cabral; brothers Guy and Neal; and sisters Natalie Phillips and April Clark. Visitation: 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Theresa Catholic Church. Mass: 11 a.m. Cremation to follow. No flowers. Online condolences: www.ballardfamilymortuaries.com.

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Elizabeth Leialoha Kalani

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June 30, 2011
Elizabeth Leialoha “Aunty Lei” Kalani, 78, of Hauula, a cottage parent at the Salvation Army boys home on Maui and in Honolulu, died at home. She was born in Paia, Maui. She is survived by hanai son Dickie Boy Bayong; brothers Robert, William and Ronald Kalani, and Thaddeus P. Aalona; and sisters Abigail “Luana” Pali, Margaret “Malia” Sato, Rochelle Tomaselli and Althea Naki. Private services.

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Wai Fong Lee

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June 25, 2011
Wai Fong Lee, 85, of Honolulu died in the Queen’s Medical Center. She was born in Swatow, Canton, China. She is survived by sons Wai Chuen, Ng, Wai Lun, Kam Chuen, and Ho Ching Chong; daughter Suk Wah Chong; sister Sai Mui Lee; and five grandchildren. Chinese Buddhist services: 9 a.m. Tuesday at Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary. Burial to follow at Diamond Head Memorial Park. Casual attire.

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Tamayo Matsui

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June 23, 2011
Tamayo Matsui, 92, of Aiea, a Navy Exchange laundry retiree, died in Aiea. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by son Clarence S., daughter Betty, sister Margaret M. Tsuru, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Private services.

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Jerry Kazumi Nakatsu

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June 23, 2011
Jerry Kazumi Nakatsu, 69, of Kailua, a retired Army sergeant first class and Pearl Harbor Environmental Project specialist who served in the Vietnam War, died in Castle Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Carol; sons Gary, Michael and Brian; brother Alan; and two grandchildren. Visitation: 5 p.m. Thursday at Borthwick Mortuary, mauka chapel. Services: 6 p.m. Private inurnment. Casual attire. No flowers. Online condolences: www.borthwickoahu.com.

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Robert Gallatin Owens

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July 3, 2011
Robert Gallatin Owens, 83, of Kailua-Kona, a retired Kamehameha Schools Kapalama Campus ROTC teacher and an Army lieutenant colonel who served in World War II and the Korean and Vietnam Wars, died in Haleiwa. He was born in Huntington, W.Va. He is survived by wife Christine; sons Robert Jr., Christopher and Gary; and two grandchildren. Graveside services: 2 p.m. Thursday at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Aloha attire. Online condolences: www.borthwickoahu.com.

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Andrew Pacheco

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June 30, 2011
Andrew “Lance” Pacheco, 50, of Holualoa, Hawaii, died at home. He was born in Kealakekua. He is survived by daughter Nalani, parents Norman and Rosalie, brother Clifford and sister Leilani. Services held.

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Severo Respicio•Jr.

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June 30, 2011
Severo “Flats” Respicio Jr., 76, of Hilo, a retired mason and a former Hawaii Tribune-Herald newspaper deliveryman in the Keaukaha area, died in Hilo Medical Center. He was born in Hilo. He is survived by brothers Donald,•Harry and Leeroy; and sisters Winifred Agpoon and Helen Tolentino. Visitation: 9 a.m. Monday at Dodo Mortuary, Hilo. Services: 11 a.m. Burial to follow at Alae Cemetery. Casual attire. No flowers.

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AGAPITO MALOYO SAGISI

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AGAPITO MALOYO SAGISI

Age 96, of Waipahu, Hawaii, passed away June 11, 2011 in Ewa Beach. Born March 24, 1915 in Sangil, Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. A mason with Martin-Zachery in Kwajalein Atoll. Emigrated to Hawaii in 1946 as a Libby pineapple plantation field worker.

He is survived by wife, Romana Sagisi; sons, Manuel (Carmelita) Sagisi of CA, Wilson (Isabel) Sagisi of CA; daughters, Isabel (Jay) Rayngay of CA, Antonina Gregorio, Veronica Saguibo; 15 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation 5:30 p.m. Tuesday (July 12) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Wake Service 6:30 p.m. Visitation also 8:30 a.m. Wednesday (July 13) at St Joseph Catholic Church; Mass 9:30 a.m. Burial 11:00 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park.

Carolina Ariola Sonoda

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June 26, 2011
Carolina Ariola Sonoda, 74, of Honolulu, a retired Bank of Hawaii computer service worker, died in Ho-nolulu. She was born in Koloa, Kauai. She is survived by son Donard, brother Lawrence Ariola, sister Cecilia Dana and a grandchild. Inurnment: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Online condolences: www.hawaiifuneralservices.com.

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JOSE R. “JOE” LORENZANA, SR.

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JOSE R. “JOE” LORENZANA, SR.

Age 68, of Honolulu, Hawaii, passed away June 19, 2011 in Honolulu. Born August 23, 1942 in Puerto Rico. He was an all services boxing champion for the U.S. Army and continued training up coming boxer’s. Also lived life with a passion for softball.

He is survived by sons, Jose (Terry) Lorenzana, Jr., Christopher (Jenny) Lorenzana, Paul (Jamie) Lorenzana; daughter, Angelina S. Rivera; brothers & sisters; 21 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren.

Visitation 8:30 a.m. Monday (July 11) at Mililani Downtown Mortuary (20 S. Kukui St., Honolulu); Funeral Service 9:30 a.m. Committal Service 1:00 p.m. at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Casual Attire. Flowers Welcome.

Clara Johnston Stice

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June 20, 2011
Clara Johnston Stice, 96, of Kaneohe, a business owner, died in Kaneohe. She was born in Philadelphia. She is survived by sons Gary and Eric, three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Burial: 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Forest Lawn in Glendale, Calif. Online condolences: www.hawaiifuneralserv-ices.com.

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Shizu Toguchi

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June 27, 2011
Shizu Toguchi, 81, of Ho-nolulu, a homemaker, died. She was born in Motobu, Okinawa. She is survived by son Scott G., daughters Alisa S. Kuwahara and Amelia M. Lewis, stepson Stanley K., stepdaughters June Y. Toguchi-Tassill and Velma T. Yokoyama, brother Masaaki Gushiken, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Visitation: 5 p.m. Thursday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 6 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Alejandro Torres

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April 2, 2011
Alejandro Torres, 73, and wife Minnie “Mildred” Torres, 76, of Pahoa, Hawaii, both retirees, died. He was born in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico. She was born in Hono-lulu. They are survived by son Bernard “Randy” Salsedo, hanai daughter Jody Kiambao, a grandchild and three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by brothers Gabriel Rodrigues and Edward and Randal Matias; and sisters Elizabeth Perez, Judy Matias and Esther Shibata. Services: 1 p.m. today at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Casual attire. Flowers optional.

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Minnie Torres

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April 2, 2011
Alejandro Torres, 73, and wife Minnie “Mildred” Torres, 76, of Pahoa, Hawaii, both retirees, died. He was born in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico. She was born in Hono-lulu. They are survived by son Bernard “Randy” Salsedo, hanai daughter Jody Kiambao, a grandchild and three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by brothers Gabriel Rodrigues and Edward and Randal Matias; and sisters Elizabeth Perez, Judy Matias and Esther Shibata. Services: 1 p.m. today at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Casual attire. Flowers optional.

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