Archive for May 15th, 2012

Leona K.L. Au

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April 29, 2012
Leona K.L. Au, 74, of Santa Clara, Calif., and Honolulu died in Santa Clara. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Wilfred K.M., daughter Wilna Y.Q. Fong, mother Helena D. Sue, sister Rowena S. Chow and a grandchild. Graveside services: 12:45 p.m. Saturday at Diamond Head Memorial Park. Casual attire.

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Brian Robert Chang

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April 29, 2012
Brian Robert Chang, 60, of Laie, a retired Honolulu Fire Department firefighter, died at home. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Charmaine, sons Brason “Kai-O” and Joaquin “JC” II, daughter Imiponomuanaaupunimoiokalani Origel, father Joaquin, brothers Bertram Kaleihoku and Bradley Pane, and seven grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Saturday at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Laie 1st Ward Chapel. Services at noon. Cremation to follow.

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Sharlene Pua Rose Chang

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May 2, 2012
Sharlene Pua Rose “Shaun” Chang, 65, of Honolulu, a retired MTL bus driver, died in Liliha Health Center. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by brother Donald; sisters Lena Palama, Priscilla Leitgeb and Betty Chang; and caregiver Reba Tricebock. Visitation: 11 a.m. May 25 at Borthwick Mortuary, 1330 Maunakea St., Honolulu. Celebration of life: 1 p.m. Burial: 3 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire.

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VIOLA KUWEHU BARTELS PAHIA CHOI

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VIOLA KUWEHU BARTELS PAHIA CHOI

Age 86, of Ewa Beach, Hawaii, passed away March 25, 2012 in Las Vegas. Born August 17, 1925 in Hawaii. Viola was a car hop at Kau Kau Corner; waitress at Host Marriott at the Airport. She was a member of Palisades Community Chapel.

She is survived by son, Leslie (Pat) Leithead of Michigan; daughters, Kahuna Happy Pahia, Paulette (Arnold) Smith of CA, Leslieann (Eric) Liu; brothers, James “Jim” (Betz) Bartels of NV, Patrick (Elsie) Sayers of Big Island, Fred Phillip Bartels of Molokai, Herbert “Toby” (Jeanette) Inouye; sisters, Louise Moniz, Geri (Dave) Nogay of NV, Virginia Arivizu of CA, Ululani Bartels, Momi Bartels; 9 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren.

Vsitation 9:00 a.m. Saturday (May 19) at Mililani Downtown Mortuary; (20 South Kukui St., Honolulu) Funeral Service 10:30 a.m. Burial 1:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park.

Raymond Chung

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May 3, 2012
Raymond “Louie” Chung, 90, of Honolulu died in Maunalani Nursing & Rehab Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Myung Ja, sons John and Paul, daughters Esther Tokihiro and Sarah Shimamoto, brother Andrew, sister Teresa Gregerson and five grandchildren. Private services.

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Michael H. Cochran

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May 3, 2012
Michael H. “Tutuman” Cochran, 72, of Hilo, a Federal Emergency Management Agency-Homeland Security disaster assistant, retired Hawaii County mass transit administrator and former Marine Corps bandsman, died in Hilo. He was born in Oakland, Calif. He is survived by wife Colleen K., sons David and Pono, daughters Kim Mercado and Michelle Tavares, hanai son Ka‘uhane Castro and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Celebration of life: 11 a.m. Sunday at Hilo Yacht Club. Sharing of memories: 1 p.m. Aloha attire. No flowers.

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Robert A. Distiso

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May 3, 2012
Robert A. “Bob” Distiso, 72, of Honolulu, a buyer/sales representative for ABI Hawaii, died in the Queen’s Medical Center. He was born in Waterbury, Conn. He is survived by daughters Deborah L. Childers and Dawn M. Takebayashi, stepdaughter Cheryl A. Sharkis, brother Franklin D., stepbrother William Raynor, four grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Celebration of life: 6 p.m. Wednesday at Keneke’s Grill at Punaluu, 53-138 Kamehameha Highway. More information: www.kenekes.net. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Masanori Hirayama

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May 4, 2012
Masanori “Masa” Hirayama, 84, of Keaau, Hawaii, a retired farmer, died in Hilo Medical Center. He was born in Ninole, Hawaii. He is survived by brothers Ernie, Mel and Edward; sisters Aiko Odo and Kay Kagawa; and caregiver Riannalyn Handy. Private services. No flowers. No monetary offerings.

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Tsutomu Hironaga

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April 28, 2012
Tsutomu “Tom” Hironaga, 86, of Honolulu, a retired Boeing Aerospace aeronautical engineer and an Army veteran, died. He was born in Honomu, Hawaii. Visitation: 9 a.m. Sunday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 10 a.m. Casual attire. Lei welcome.

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Tiffany Kaleiokalani Hughgill-Magee

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TIFFANY KALEIOKALANI HUGHGILL-MAGEE
Sept. 14, 1969 – May 02, 2012

Was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Captain Alan Hughgill and Halaki Morrow. An only child, she was embraced with love by her many aunties and uncles and especially her maternal grandparents, William and Winona Green of Honolulu, and her paternal grandparents, George and Dolly Hughgill of Rindge, New Hampshire. Her paternal aunts and uncles include: Eleanor Muldoon; Robert Hughgill; Raymond Hughgill; Phillip Hughgill; Marilyn Hurley; Linda Snow; and Janet Hughgill. Her maternal aunts and uncles include: Parsha Green; Bill Green Jr.; Richard Green; Jennifer Green-Stan (James Stan); and Wayne Green. Tiffany had oodles of cousins whom enjoyed each others’ company. She was especially close to her cousins Shareen M. S. Stan, Marilyn Hurley, and Debbie Hurley-Trieloff.
Tiffany was reared in the islands, attending Central Union Kindergarten then Holy Nativity School in Aina Haina through the 6th grade, Mid-Pacific Institute for the 7th and 8th grades, then transferred to Seabury Hall in Kula, Maui for the 9th and 10th grades. She returned to Honolulu for her 11th and 12th grades and graduated from Lutheran High School. Tiffany attended Moorpark College in California where she undertook studies in the Exotic Animal Training Program. Eventually, Tiffany attained her Certified Nursing Attendant Certification while residing in Fort Collins, Colorado. She returned to Honolulu for a brief attendance at Kapiolani Community College.
Tiffany was an avid equestrian. She and her trusted steeds won numerous ribbons and awards from various competitions since she was a very young girl. From Koko Head Stables in Honolulu, and Four Winds in Fort Collins, to Malu ‘Olu in Waimanalo, Tiffany was never far from her four-legged maned friends: Uila (High Spirits); Kahikolu; Christopher; and Mojave. She shared her love of horses with everyone. Her enthusiasm usually swayed people to become horse enthusiasts.
Tiffany’s devotion to animals was not limited to horses. She frequently found homeless or lost dogs and cats whom became a part of her menagerie. Birds, mice, guinea pigs, and more always found Tiffany’s heart big enough to include them. She was the best example of unlimited love for God’s creatures.
Her love of animals was only exceeded by the love for her family. Tiffany and Patrick Magee were married on November 14th, 1993, at the Kahala Hilton Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii. They resided in Hawaii for a few years before relocating to Fort Collins, Colorado. The couple found the lifestyle appealing for Patrick’s biking/hiking interests and Tiffany’s horse-interest. The community of Hawaiian ex-patriots in Fort Collins helped lessen the loss of island family support. Their islander friends became the couples’ life-time extended family.
Tiffany and Patrick’s family was increased with the arrival of their precious son, Nathan Hokuhele Magee whom arrived via Korea. Their family was complete. The threesome lived in Fort Collins for seven years before returning home to Honolulu. Tiffany, Patrick, and Nathan made their home in Waimanalo, rejoicing their return to the island and the family who missed them.
Tiffany focused on family and her sweet son, Nathan. Her love of all things horse-related continued with her dear horse, Mojave, and her life-long activities with the horse community. She served on the Board of the Hawaii Horse Show Association.
The people whom had the good fortune of knowing Tiffany were aware of her life-long struggle with Type I diabetes. She battled her bodily enemies with all the strength she could muster. She had a beautiful family to live for, and she loved Patrick and Nathan very much. She had her parents’ love and support, as well as other family members and friends. At one time during a particularly life-threatening event, husband Patrick gave one of his kidneys to be transplanted to a very sick Tiffany in Colorado. It was a miracle that Patrick was a match. A miracle!
Still, Tiffany’s medical challenges never ceased. On May 2nd, surrounded by her family, Tiffany was bid a heart-wrenching goodbye.
Rest in eternal pain-free peace, Tiffany, with our heavenly Lord Father.
A remembrance gathering for Tiffany Kaleiokalani Hughgill-Magee will be held on Wednesday, May 16th, at the Oahu Cemetery Chapel. The visitation begins at 10am with a “Celebration of Life” commencing at 11am. Following the service, refreshments will be offered. Final internment will be privately held for immediate family at Diamond Head Memorial Park at a later date.

Eddie Arthur Lawson Jr.

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May 6, 2012
Eddie Arthur Lawson Jr., 77, of Kapolei, a retired Navy petty officer first class and a state Department of Transportation Harbor Police retiree, died. He was born in Osierfield, Ga. He is survived by wife Hamako, son Dwayne E. and sister Willie Mae Jaudon. Visitation: 10 a.m. Monday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 11 a.m. Committal services and inurnment to follow at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. No flowers.

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Norman Duke Kapuniai

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May 8, 2012
Norman Duke Kapuniai, 71, of Waimea, Hawaii, a rancher and crane operator, died in North Hawaii Community Hospital. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Marion K., sons D. Taylor and Brad P., daughter Lilia K., brother Glenn T., sister Sharon G. Pang, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Visitation: 8 a.m. Saturday at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kapiolani Road, Waimea. Services: 10:30 a.m. Inurnment to be held at a later date. Lei welcome.

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Edna Fumie Kitamori

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April 30, 2012
Edna Fumie Kitamori, 90, of Pearl City died in Honolulu. She was born in Waipahu. She is survived by brothers Kenichi, Tsuneo and Kazuyuki Watanabe; and sister Gail T. Endo. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Services: 6 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Lily Tom Liu

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March 24, 2012
Lily Tom Liu, 89, of Honolulu, a retired Hawaiian Telephone Co. executive secretary, died in Hale Ola Kino. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by daughters Brenda Liu and Lorene Liu-Fajota, brother Chester Tom and four grandchildren. Private services.

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RECHENDA ULULANI LONO

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RECHENDA ULULANI LONO

Age 65, of Ewa Beach, Hawaii, passed away April 13, 2012 in Ewa Beach. Born May 13, 1946 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

She is survived by sons, Gregory Lono, Jack Silver (Anna), Michael Silver of OK (Robynne); daughters, Lehua Schumacher of CA (Keith), Kathleen Brown of KY (Nathan); 14 grandchildren; sister, Akiu Mount of CA.

Visitation 5:30 p.m. Friday (May 18) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Memorial Service 6:30 p.m.

Satoru Masuda

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May 5, 2012
Satoru Masuda, 84, of Lihue, a retired Kauai County accountant, died in Wilcox Memorial Hospital. He was born in Kapaa, Kauai. He is survived by son Eric, daughter Debbie Harris, sister Setsuko Nozoe and five grandchildren. Private services. No monetary offerings.

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James Miner

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April 6, 2012
James Miner, 50, of Maui, a Dollar Rental Agency driver, died in Maui Memorial Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by brothers Steven, Samuel and Joseph “Bozo” Miner, Richard Luke and Chester Hoapili; and sisters Stephanie and Faith Miner, Annette Naba and Louise Auwae. Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at SGI Buddhist Learning Center, 810 Kolu St., Wailuku. No flowers.

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Dorothy Mary (Egner) Ogan

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DOROTHY MARY (EGNER) OGAN
7 November 1928 –
26 April 2012

LOVING WIFE, DEVOTED MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER

Dorothy Mary (Egner) Ogan, age 83, of Honolulu, passed away 26 April 2012. She was born in Topeka, Kansas, to Percy R. and Edith F. (Troxell) Egner. She grew up in a farming community near Ozawkie, where her family had deep roots on land purchased by her paternal great-grandparents in the 1850’s. Her spiritual roots ran deep as well, as her maternal grandfather was a prominent Lutheran minister.
Her humble farm background taught her the value of working hard and gave her an appreciation of things others sometimes take for granted, like running water, indoor plumbing and electricity. It also gave her a strong foundation of cooking, sewing and gardening, which she utilized throughout her life. She was a good student, graduating from Ozawkie Rural High School as salutatorian at the age of 16. She graduated from Washburn University in Topeka with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music with emphasis on vocals.
While at Washburn, she became engaged to her high school sweetheart, Billy Gene Ogan. They were married at First Lutheran Church in Topeka on 26 June 1948, and would have celebrated their 64th anniversary next month.
Bill was in the Air Force, and Dorothy soon learned the rigors of being a military wife. Their first child, Debbie, was born while Bill was halfway around the world serving in the Korean War. After he returned, and after the birth of her second child, Mike, she had to keep the family organized during moves to several different air bases, including Karamursel, Turkey. On that particular move, she had to manage the two kids by herself since Bill was required to be there in advance of the family.
Following her return from overseas, Dorothy put her experiences, photographs and souvenirs to work, creating a slide show called “In the Footsteps of Paul”, tracing the Biblical Paul’s travels in Asia Minor and Italy, which she presented to school classes and church groups.
Music was always a big part of Dorothy’s life. Her mother taught music and English at the local school. As a young girl she sang at numerous weddings, funerals and community events. While at Washburn, she became a member of the Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI), an international professional music fraternity.
She taught music for three years in the high school at Denison, Kansas. As a military wife, she was active in music in several far-flung locations, including Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Milwaukee A Capella Chorusters), Amarillo, Texas (Amarillo Chorus), Turkey (Karamursel Air Base Chapel choir director) and Tulsa, Oklahoma (Tulsa Opera and Symphony choruses).
In 1966, the family moved to Honolulu, where Dorothy sang alto in numerous organizations, including The Honolulu Chorale, Honolulu Symphony Chorus, Hawaii Opera Theater Chorus, The Don Allton Singers and The Skylarks (women’s chorus at Hickam Air Force Base). She directed the choirs at Pearl Harbor Lutheran Church and Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Waikiki. She also was a soloist at the Temple Emmanu-el Synagogue for several years. Dorothy’s career with the Hawaii Opera Theater Chorus spanned nearly 40 years, where she sang in two or three operas each year, beginning with La Boheme in 1967 and most recently Turandot in 2005. In addition to performing, she taught piano lessons privately from 1967 to 1999.
Dorothy always had a love for dogs, especially cocker spaniels, which she bred and raised for many years. She was a member and officer of the Hawaii Cocker Club, and was a handler in numerous dog shows for her cockers, many of which became champions.
She is survived by her husband, Billy G. Ogan, Honolulu; daughter, Deborah S. Ogan, Virginia Beach, VA; son, Michael C. Ogan, Honolulu; grandson, Adam G. Ogan & wife, Mayumi T., Honolulu; brother, John M. Egner & wife, Kathryn H., Overland Park, KS; sister, Irene T. Plymate & husband Glenn, Merritt Island, FL; and sister-in-law, Myrtle E. Whiteside, Granbury, TX.
Funeral service was held Wednesday, 9 May 2012, at the Borthwick Mortuary Maunakea Chapel followed by burial at the Hawaii State Veteran’s Cemetery. Memorial donations in the name of Dorothy Egner Ogan may be made to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, PO Box 88269, Honolulu, HI 96830-8269 or Friends of Washburn Music, Washburn Endowment Association, 1700 SW College, Topeka, KS 66621.

YOSHIHARU “TOMMY” OKAMURA

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YOSHIHARU “TOMMY” OKAMURA

Age 85, of Mililani, Hawaii, passed away April 26, 2012 in Honolulu. Born February 9, 1927 in Hakalau, Hawaii. Retired from the U.S. Army and served in the Korean & Vietnam Wars.

He is survived by wife, Lillian Y. Okamura; sons, Arnold Okamura, Miles (Tricia) Okamura, Alex Okamura; daughters, Iris Martin, Ann (Ronald) Fujihara; 5 grand-children; 5 great-grandchildren.

Visitation 5:00 p.m. Saturday (May 19) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Memorial Service 6:00 p.m. Casual Attire. No flowers, please.

Nancy Aiko Okuma

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April 26, 2012
Nancy Aiko Okuma, 85, of Honolulu died in Palolo Chinese Home. She was born in Eleele, Kauai. She is survived by sons Carl, Conrad and Greg; daughters Evelyn Okuma and Anita Okino; brothers Mitsuo Nakasone, and Eizo, Harry and George “Masa” Nohara; sister Marie “Hiroko” Ishibashi; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Visitation: 4 p.m. Sunday at Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary. Services: 5 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Melvin J. Padello

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April 18, 2012
Melvin J. Padello, 68, of Waipahu, a University of Phoenix professor, died in Aiea. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Barbara J.; son Cary K.J.; daughter Cara Lynn K. Baclaan; brothers Dennis, Steven and Wayne; sisters Bernadette Lau and Lori Ann Jovero; and two grandchildren. Visitation: 8:30 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 1525 Waimano Home Road, Pearl City. Mass: 9:30 a.m. Aloha attire. Flowers welcome.

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Quirino Rivera Pagaduan

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April 1, 2012
Quirino Rivera “Inong” Pagaduan, 100, of Waipahu, a retired Hawaiian Maid Co. truck driver, died in Waipahu. He was born in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. He is survived by wife Rosario R. Visitation: 9 a.m. Saturday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Mass: 11:30 a.m. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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Hubert Nakaiewalu Kekua Sr.

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April 13, 2012
Hubert Nakaiewalu “Sonny” Kekua Sr., 81, of Hauula, a retired city driver and a National Guard veteran, died in Kahuku. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Cornelia, sons Patrick N. and Hubert N. Jr., sister Mercy Castillo, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Visitation: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hauula Congregational Church. Services: 11:30 a.m. Burial: 2 p.m. at Valley of the Temples. Online condolences: www.hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary.com.

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Toshiyuki Takiguchi

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May 9, 2012
Toshiyuki “Thomas” Takiguchi, 98, of Honolulu, a retired carpenter, died in Honolulu. He was born in Hiroshima, Japan. He is survived by daughter Mary Philpott; brothers Walter T., Raymond K. and Herbert J.; and sisters Elsie K. Suda, Jean M. Burgess, Betty K. Kiesel and Lily S. Nakao. Visitation: 5 p.m. Monday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 6 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Alice Masae Terada

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May 3, 2012
Alice Masae Terada, 83, of Honolulu, director of school for the Reading Center of Hawaii, died in Honolulu. She was born in Hilo. She is survived by husband Harry T.; sons Keith and Lance; daughter Suzanne; brothers Arthur, Herbert and Allen Marutani; sister Amy Kubota; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Private services.

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Thomas Y. Teruya

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April 10, 2012
Thomas Y. “Tom” Teruya, 94, of Kailua, a retired Tom’s Auto Repair auto mechanic, died in Kailua. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by sons Glenn and Derrick; daughters Amy Sunaoka, Flora Sarae, Frances Richards and Debra Ogasawara; sister Marion Oshiro; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Friday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Services: 10:30 a.m. Burial: 1 p.m at the park cemetery. Online condolences: www.hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary.com.

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RICHIE ASLOR VILLANUEVA

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RICHIE ASLOR VILLANUEVA

Age 28, of Honolulu, passed away April 22, 2012 at Queen’s Medical Center. Born January 23, 1984 in Honolulu.

He is survived by mother, Linda P. Aslor; father, Lorenzo C. Villanueva; brother, Bruce (Sawako) Villanueva; sister, Rachelle Villanueva; niece: Jazlyn Villanueva.

Visitation 9:00 a.m. Friday 5/18 at Mililani Downtown Mortuary, Service 10:00 a.m. Burial 1:00 p.m. at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. Casual Attire. Flowers Welcome.


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