Archive for December 28th, 2011

HEATHER T. BYRNE

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HEATHER T. BYRNE

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii on November 6, 1923 to Beatrice and Samuel Todd. Passed away peacefully in the home that she loved on Christmas Day with her daughters by her side.
Heather grew up in Honolulu, and attended Sacred Hearts Academy of Honolulu, Class of’ 1940 and the University of Hawaii, Class of 1944. She taught on the island of Lanai for two years after receiving her teaching degree. In 1946, Heather traveled to the mainland where she met and married her beloved Bill Byrne. They were married for 62 years before his death in 2009.
Heather loved to travel, and to spend time at her home in Maui. She and Bill enjoyed many trips and cruises during which they met fellow travelers who became life-long friends. She loved flowers and plants, and found much joy and peace in her garden. She created bonsai and was a longtime member of Millbrae Bonsai Class and Sei Boku Bonsai Kai. She was a member of Lahaina Yacht Club. Heather was a generous giver. She had a gentle spirit and was a loving friend and support to many.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her two sisters Rachel Todd and Marjorie Todd, as well as many friends.
She is survived by her daughters Pat Byrne and Kathy Byrne, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Jack and Mary Alice Byrne, nephews John Byrne and Will Byrne and their families, niece Bernadette Byrne, several godchildren and many close friends.
In addition, we are thankful for and indebted to her wonderful caregivers Nalisce, Neill, Ruby, Daisy, Carol and Jean, who became part of our family. We are grateful to her amazing Care Resource staff scheduler Ida, to her fitness friend, Kim and to Pathways Hospice for their care during her last weeks.
Friends and family are invited to a visitation Saturday, December 31, 2011, 10:15AM at St. Dunstan Church 1133 Broadway, Millbrae, CA followed by the Rosary at 10:45AM and the Funeral Mass at 11:00AM. Committal at Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma, CA. Donations preferred to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to the charity of your choice. SULLIVAN’S FUNERAL HOME
(415) 621-4567

Grace Cassir

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Dec. 21, 2011
Grace “Soleil” Cassir, 95, of Waikiki, a retired proprietor of L’Ele-gance Paris-Rome Madison Ave. in New York, died in Ewa Beach. She was born in Colombia. She is survived by son Dr. Jorge F., daughter Gloria M. Uslan-Milo, sister Emma Upegui, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Private scattering of ashes.

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Bess Marie Schick Funkhouser

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Dec. 17, 2011
Bess Marie Schick Funkhouser, 101, of Wahiawa died in Honolulu. She was born in Burlington, Iowa. She is survived by son Paul, daughter Barbara Ireland, seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. Celebration of life planned for the spring at Wahiawa Botanical Garden.

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Mikiko Gusukuma

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Dec. 15, 2011
Mikiko Gusukuma, 92, of Mountain View, Hawaii, a homemaker, died in Hilo Medical Center. She was born in Olaa, Hawaii. She is survived by sons Allan and Lance, daughters Maile Shimazu and Naomi Gusukuma, sister Matsue Oshiro and a grandchild. Private services.

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Roy Tadao Ishizaki

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Nov. 29, 2011
Roy Tadao Ishizaki, 80, of Honolulu, formerly of Los Angeles, a retired architect for Los Angeles County and an Army veteran who served in the Korean War, died at home. He was born in Kapaa, Kauai. He is survived by sisters Elsie H. Ishizaki and Evelyn Y. Kuraoka. Private services. No monetary offerings.

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Vasega Eteru Pili Jr.

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Dec. 11, 2011
Vasega Eteru Pili Jr., 37, of Kaneohe died in Kaneohe. He was born in Kailua. He is survived by father Vasega E. Sr., mother Kuulei L.K. and sister Kehaulani Rumusod. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Services: 11 a.m. Aloha attire. Online condolences: www.hawaiifuneralservices.com.

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DAVID HAILI KEAWE

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DAVID HAILI KEAWE

David Haili Keawe formally from Laie and resided in Kahana. Passed on December 15th, 2011. He was a tractor trailor truck driver for Island Recycling and a trucker for thirty years. He was a member of the Ko’olauloa Hawaiian Civic Club and choir. Also a member of Veterans of Foreign Affairs and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Hau’ula 2nd Ward. He was a member of the Kahana Community Association and Friends of Kahana. David was a survivor of pancreatic cancer for five years. He is survived by his wife Danielle Ululani Beirne Keawe, 2 sons, 2 daughters, brother Alexander and Adam, sisters Yvonne Kaiahua, Kamai Napa’a, Rose Kaiahua, Maxine Kaokai, and Jennifer (Thomas) Sutton. Nine grand-children and four great-grandchildren 29 nephews and 28 nieces. Services at Hau’ula 2nd Ward, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Makai Chapel), December 29th, 2011 from 9-11am. Burial at 2:00pm at the Hawai’i Veterans Cemetary in Kaneohe. “Papa we love you!! Keep on trucking with the Lord”.

BETSY MIEKO SUGIMURA KIYABU

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BETSY MIEKO SUGIMURA KIYABU

Age 83, of Kailua, Hawaii, passed away November 22, 2011 in Honolulu. Born January 23, 1928 in Haina, Hamakua, Hawaii. A retired manager for the Cornet Stores in Kailua and Kaneohe; and a member of the New Hope Church, Honolulu.

She is survived by sons, Gary (Suzanne) Kiyabu, Richard (Sabrina Lee) Kiyabu, Steven (Rona) Kiyabu; daughters, Doreen (Milton) Motooka, Robin Ebia Kiyabu; brothers, Bert Sugimura, Richard (Nori) Sugimura; sister, Lei (Masa) Yamaoka; 7 grandchildren; many nephews, nieces, and cousins.

Private Services were held.

Satini Liufau

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Oct. 1, 2011
Satini Liufau, 78, of Aiea, a retired corrections officer at Oahu Community Correctional Center, died in Fort Collins, Colo. He was born in American Samoa. He is survived by son Satini, daughter Tracie Maiava and seven grandchildren. Private services.

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Don Juanito Mendiola

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Dec. 14, 2011
Don Juanito Mendiola, 90, of Mililani, a longshoreman and an Army veteran, died in Mililani. He was born in Kahuku. He is survived by sons Dixon, Ken and Ron; daughters Gwen Baptista and Joan Mizuno; 18 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 5 p.m. Tuesday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Services: 6 p.m. Online condolences: www.hawaiifuneralservices.com.

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Donna Lucille Mitchell

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Dec. 17, 2011
Donna Lucille Mitchell, 81, of Kailua, a homemaker, died in Kaiser Medical Center. She was born in Waverly, Ill. She is survived by husband Bill; sons Mark, Kyle and Matthew; daughter Kelly Bouchard; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Private services. Celebration of life to be announced at a later date. Donations suggested to American Heart Association.

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Tane Rose Puamohala Wailehua Mosher

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Dec. 15, 2011
Tane Rose Puamohala Wailehua Mosher, 51, of Kaneohe, an Office of Hawaiian Affairs human resources manager, died in Honolulu. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Scott K., son Cullen K., mother Tiona N. Wailehua and sisters Wendy Wailehua-Vause, Mahea Kaeo-Wailehua and Kauikeoalani Wailehua. Visitation: 9 a.m. Saturday at Community of Christ Church, 1666 Mott-Smith Drive. Services: 10:30 a.m. No flowers. Online condolences: www.hawaiifuneralservices.com.

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George Nishihira

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Dec. 2, 2011
George Nishihira, 69, of Waipahu died in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by brothers Fred S. Sr. and Socho Jr., and sisters Lillian H. Kakazu, Gail T. Freire, Helen H. Bullion, Doris M. Reed, Catherine N. Nishihira and Linda Y. Herzog. Private services.

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Grace Etsuko Oyama

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Dec. 20, 2011
Grace Etsuko Oyama, 83, of Pearl City, a state Department of Education teacher, died in The Plaza at Mililani. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by brothers Harry T. and Robert E., and sister Sachiko Takeuchi. Visitation: 5 p.m. Tuesday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 6 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers. No monetary offerings.

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Sueko Tamashiro

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Dec. 18, 2011
Sueko “Sue” Tamashiro, 85, of Wailua Houselots, Kauai, a retired proprietor of Ilima Florist, died in Wilcox Memorial Hospital. She was born in Moloaa, Kauai. She is survived by husband Chokichi; sons Wayne, Randall and Warren; sister Bessie Awakuni; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Private graveside services.

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CURTIS A. “BUD” THOMPSON

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CURTIS A. “BUD” THOMPSON

Age 88, died on October 15, 2011 in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

He is survived by his four children, Sindri Thompson (partner Arlene); Jan Aitchison (Tom); Shelley Young (Robert) and son Kurt Thompson.

A private celebration of Bud’s life will be held in January on Oahu. Please sign the on-line guest book at www.AutumnCares.com

Bailey Philip Valenzuela

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Dec. 13, 2011
Bailey Philip “Boyo” Valenzuela, 47, of Ocean View, Hawaii, a cook, died in the Queen’s Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Jessica, brothers Edwin and Douglas, and sisters Carolen Richey, Renee Ellorda, Tina Johnson, Danielle Reyes and Geonette Taketa. Visitation at noon Friday at Old A’s end pavilion, Kailua-Kona. Services: 1:30 p.m. Casual attire.

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