Archive for October 4th, 2011

LCDR ROBERT DONALD GEE, USN (Ret.)

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LCDR ROBERT DONALD GEE,
USN (RET.)

Age 86, of Honolulu, Hawaii, passed away Sept. 21, 2011 at St. Francis Hospice in Ewa, Hawaii after suffering two debilitating strokes. Born September 3, 1925 in the Philadelphia suburb of Elkins Park, PA, he had a 21 year career as a naval officer with combat service in the Korean War, and also spent several years based in Hawaii where he met and married his wife.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 57 years, the former Roberta “Robbie” O’Dare, daughter Katherine Fujimori (Randy) of Moloka’i, and two granddaughters, Puakaliloa Fujimori and Kaha’owai’olu Fujimori both currently in college and residing in Las Vegas, NV.

After retirement from the Navy in 1963, he returned to the world of academia and, after earning his Masters of Business Administration degree, worked in the College of Business as an Undergraduate Advisor in the Dean’s Office and as an Accounting instructor.

Among his hobbies were volunteer work teaching “Fishy Facts” to visiting kindergarten classes at Sea Life Park for 15 years, and at the Education Center at Hanauma Bay for 20 years. He was also a great cook and baker, fulfilling requests for his most popular dishes, in addition to bread and Stollen, a German Christmas bread. He always made sure to bring baked goodies to his volunteer friends.

Visitation 1-2 p.m, Services at 2 p.m. followed by military honors, and additional visitation at 3 p.m., on Saturday, October 8, 2011 at the Borthwick Mortuary, Makai Chapel, on Maunakea St. at Vineyard Blvd. Private parking behind the mortuary is available.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Friends of Hanauma Bay either online at http://www.friendsofhanaumabay.org/?page_id=61, or by mail to: 100 Hanauma Bay Road, Honolulu, HI 96825

There will be a future inurnment at the Molokai Veterans Cemetery.

EVERETT “BUZZY” A. ALLEN

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EVERETT “BUZZY” A. ALLEN

Age 67, of Ewa Beach, Hawaii, passed away September 25, 2011 in Ewa Beach. Born September 2, 1944 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Owner of Buzzy Tile, Waipahu; also a member of the Masons Union, Local 1.

He is survived by wife, Carol K. Allen; sons, John (Drusila) Allen, Everett “Willy” (Sherry) Allen, Milton (Jennifer) Allen; daughter, Annette Allen; brother, Bruce Allen; sister, Nancy Duarte; 12 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; numerous nephews and nieces.

Visitation 5:30 p.m. Saturday (October 8) at Mililani Downtown Mortuary; Memorial Service 6:30 p.m. Casual Attire. No flowers, please.

Doris Nitta Bitner

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Sept. 16, 2011
Doris Nitta Bitner, 87, of Honolulu, a retired University of Hawaii program director, died in Kahala Nui retirement community. She was born in Hawaii. She is survived by daughters Sumi and Nita, sister Martha Miyake and two grandchildren. Services: 3 p.m. Sunday at Waiokeola Church. Aloha attire. No flowers.

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Emerenciana Dela Cruz

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Sept. 28, 2011
Emerenciana “Miling” Dela Cruz, 72, of Hilo, a homemaker, died in Life Care Center of Hilo. She was born in Laoag, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. She is survived by son Freddy, daughters Maria Lourdes McGuire and Maria Christina Higa, brother Mamerto Pasion, sister Maria Lourdes Aseron, eight grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Visitation: 8 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hilo. Mass: 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Homelani Memorial Park, Section 7. Casual attire. No monetary offerings.

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Evelyn Leimomi Kalehuawehe

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Sept. 27, 2011
Evelyn Leimomi “Momi” Kalehuawehe, 74, of Wailuku, a retired Maui Community College janitor, died in Maui Memorial Medical Center. She was born in Lahaina. She is survived by husband Allan Sr., son Allan Jr., a grandchild and two great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Friday at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Mass: 11:30 a.m. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Maui Memorial Park.

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ADELE BENELLI KATO

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ADELE BENELLI KATO

Age 91, of Honolulu, Hawaii, passed away September 12, 2011 in Honolulu. Born January 15, 1920 in Florence, Italy. Retired seamstress from J.T. Marshall. Preceded in death by husband, Minoru kato.

She is survived by niece, Evelyn Natsuko Ono; friend, Maria Yamada and Family Carla Imamura, Marisa Matsumoto.

Visitation 10:00 a.m. Friday (October 7) at Mililani Downtown Mortuary; Prayer Service 11:00 a.m. Committal Service 1:00 p.m. at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Casual Attire.

Kamuela Mae Larsen

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Sept. 24, 2011
Kamuela Mae “Lala” Larsen, 71, of Honolulu, a retired Honolulu Police Department dispatcher, died in Kailua. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by son William F. III, daughter France H., brothers Anthony and Leon Ah Yat, sisters Ernestynne Tish and Betty Silva, three grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Visitation: 10 a.m. Monday at Diamond Head Mortuary. Services: 11 a.m. Burial: 12:45 p.m. at Diamond Head Memorial Park. Online condolences: www.hawaiifuneralservices.com.

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Geraldine (Gerri) Y. Lee

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GERALDINE (GERRI) Y. LEE

Passed away at home on September 27, 2011 at age 75.

She is survived by her husband Harold W. F. Lee, two children, son Jonathan (Missy) Lee and daughter Deborah Lee (Jason) Lau and 5 grandchildren, Megan Lee (Jared) Dear, Amanda Lee, Jonathan Lee, Jr., Nicole Lau, and James Lau. Also surviving are mother Grace Yap, sister Georgiana Yap, brother Eugene (Claire) Yap, and nephews David and Matthew Yap.

Gerri established the Waikiki Community Center and served as its first executive director for

25 years before retirement in 2000. In 1971, she spent a year in Repton, England and served as the visiting professor at the prestigious Bishop Lawnsdale Teachers College at Nottinghamshire. After serving as the principal of the First Chinese Church Preschool, she became the Director of Career Development for the Hawaii State Head Start Program. In the 1960s, she served as a member on the Commission on Population and Hawaii’s Future under the Administration of Governor George Ariyoshi.

She was a member of the Outdoor Circle, Kiwanis Club, Waikiki Rotary Club, Delta Kappa Gamma, Aloha Grandmothers’ Club, and the Tsung Tsin Association.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, October 22nd, 10am at the Punahou Thurston Chapel. Aloha attire.

George Ho’olu Mia

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GEORGE
HO’OLU MIA

69, born Honolulu March 3, 1942, Passed away On September 9, 2011 in Kailua-Kona. He was a school bus driver for the west side of the big island. A member of Ekalesia-Foundation for Jesus Christ. He was known to all as “Uncle George”.

He is survived by brother Jeremiah of Honolulu. Neices, Nephews, and cousins.

A Gathering to celebrate his life with family and friends will be Saturday October 8, 2011 from 2p.m.-5p.m. at 41-630 Kalanianaole Hwy, Waimanalo. Come join us to bid Aloha to “Uncle George”/”Uncle Pudgie”.

Ike Akio Mineshima

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Sept. 16, 2011
Ike Akio Mineshima, 56, of Honolulu died in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by brothers Ivan, Norman, Earl, Scott and Hiram; and sisters Marcia Abe, Marian Tullis and Alina James. Private services.

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Ann Asako Nakayama

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Sept. 12, 2011
Ann Asako Nakayama, 79, of Kohala, Hawaii, a retired elementary school teacher, died in North Hawaii Community Hospital. She was born in Kohala. She is survived by husband Seifuku, son Cooper, daughter Karen Mau, brother Jerry Ogata, sister Jeanette Yasuda and four grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Saturday at Kohala Jodo Mission, Kapaau. Services: 10 a.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Kekoa Filoialii Nickel

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Sept. 17, 2011
Kekoa Filoialii Nickel, infant son of Walter J. and Jennifer L. of Ewa Beach, died. He was born in Honolulu. He is also survived by sisters Leiana and Kiani, and grandparents Robert and Linda Wightman, and Henry and Malua Nickel. Private services.

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Estrella Quinto

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Sept. 3, 2011
Estrella “Ester” Quinto, 74, of Honolulu died in Honolulu. She was born in Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. She is survived by sons Angelito and Benedicto Quinto, and Michael Q. Serdenia; daughter Corazon Serdenia; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Visitation: 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Services: 10:30 a.m. Burial: 11 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

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HENRY “GASPAR” RAMOS

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HENRY “GASPAR” RAMOS

Age 91, of Honolulu, passed away September 10 2011 at his residence. Born January 6, 1920 in Vintar, Ilocos Norte, Philippines.

He is survived by sons, Paulino (Estherlita Agpaoa) Ramos of Philippines, Tomas (Erlinda) Ramos; daughters, Celerina (Bienvenido) Gamiao, Manuela (Orencio) Agcaoili; brothers, Samuel Ramos of Philippines, Jose Ramos of Philippines; 29 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren.

Visitation 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday 10/7 at Mililani Downtown Mortuary, Service 7 p.m. Visitation also 9:30 a.m. Saturday 10/8 at the Mortuary, Service 10:30 a.m. Burial 1:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual Attire. Flowers Welcome.

THOMAS ICHIRO “TOM” SAKAI

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THOMAS ICHIRO “TOM” SAKAI

Of Kaneohe was the eldest son of 7 children. He hoped to live to 100 but died at 99. Tom & Grace Okano (deceased) had 4 children; Joyce Long, Lana Carroll, Eunice Sakai, Thomas K. Sakai. They enjoyed 9 grandchildren & 20 great-grandchildren. Survived by sisters; Mildren Wong, Jane Fujimoto, Dora Yoshino.
Services will be held at Borthwick Mortuary, Mauka Chapel, Friday, October 7. Visitation 9:00 a.m. Services at 10:00 a.m. Casual attire. No monetary offerings.

Choichi Shimabukuro

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Sept. 25, 2011
Choichi “Shima” Shimabukuro, 92, of Lihue, a maintenance specialist with Kauai Soda and Coca-Cola, died in Garden Isle Health Care. He also was an Army veteran who served in World War II with the 100th Infantry Battalion. He was born in Wahiawa, Kauai. He is survived by wife Hanaye, sons Ross and Robin, daughter Joni Arakaki, brother Choji, sisters the Rev. Yoshiko Shimabukuro and Takeko Oyakawa, three grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Private services. No monetary offerings.

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Gordon T. Tashiro

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Feb. 8, 2011
Gordon T. Tashiro, 73, of Laie, a retired city electrician supervisor and Marine Corps veteran, died in Hawaii Medical Center East. He was born in Kahuku. He is survived by sisters Jacqueline Chang, Shelly Asao, Blossom Asuncion, June Chang and Victoria Christensen. Visitation: 9 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Laie 1st Ward, 55-630 Naniloa Loop. Services: 10 a.m. Scattering of ashes to follow at Hukilau Beach. Aloha attire.

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Vilma Pernetta Gates Welton

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Sept. 14, 2011
Vilma Pernetta Gates Welton, 75, of Gilbert, Ariz., died in Gilbert. She was born in Waipahu. She is survived by sons Anthony J., Michael G. and Patrick E.; daughters Rose A. Bento, Roberta A. Friend, Mary H. Lopes and Catherine A. Brooks; sister Evelyn C. Hawkins; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Private services held in Gilbert.

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Alfred Yet Kin Wong

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Aug. 19, 2011
Alfred Yet Kin “Blackie” Wong, 89, of Aiea, a retired Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard superintendent, died in Pali Momi Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by daughter Pamela K., brother Clifford, sister Elizabeth W. Choi and a grandchild. Celebration of life: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Ige’s Restaurant & 19th Puka. Aloha attire. No flowers.

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- Denotes U.S. Military Veteran