Josephine Botelho Dingeman

Posted On July 14th, 2011 -


Of Kailua, a retired longtime docent at Iolani Palace, died Friday in Kailua.

Dingeman, 89, was born in Honokaa. She was a college student studying at the University of Hawaii in 1941, when Pearl Harbor was bombed. After World War II, she married college sweetheart David Dingeman.

They traveled the world together, raising three children along the way: daughter, Jessica, son, David Jr., and daughter Robbie. After a long career in the Army, husband David retired and made good on a promise to return to the Islands and make their home in Kailua.

She was an avid reader, talented gardener, adventuresome cook, and amazing woman. She was a history buff who thrived on her many years of work as a docent at Iolani Palace. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Her husband David died in 1996 and daughter, Jessica Myrabo Thomas, in February 2010. Many thanks to the wonderful caregivers who helped her to live in her home for many years, especially Jennifer Makaehu and Deborah Yau.

She is survived by son David R. Dingeman Jr. of Seattle; daughter, Robbie Gilhooly Dingeman of Kailua; sisters, Vivian Larrere of Kailua and Ernestine Waidzunas of Kaneohe; hanai daughter-in-law, Debbie Carreira Johnson of Honolulu; son-in-law, Jim Thomas of Arizona; five grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at 10 a.m. Friday 7/15/11 at St. John Vianney Church in Kailua. Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Private scattering of ashes. In lieu of flowers, lei are welcome.

- Denotes U.S. Military Veteran