Archive for February 25th, 2013

MINNIE HEU TOM

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MINNIE HEU TOM
Age 97 of Kailua, Hawaii died on February 20, 2013 at her residence. She was born April 28, 1915 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Mrs. Tom was the Proprietress on Tom’s Grill in Chinatown. Survived by sons: Gordon (Judy), Randall (Sharon) and Clayton (Patricia) Tom; 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grand- children and 4 great- great-grandchildren. Visitation Wednesday, February 27, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Chuch. A Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. at the church. Graveside Services will be held at 12:45 p.m. at the Nuuanu Memorial Park. The family requests that aloha attire be worn for the services and in lieu of flowers contributions may be made in her memory to the Windward Seniors Day Care Center or the St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church.

WILLIAM MELVIN SMITH, JR.

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WILLIAM MELVIN SMITH, JR.
(5/16/1924 – 2/8/2013) William Melvin Smith, Jr. of Kaneohe, Hawaii passed away on February 8, 2013, surrounded by his family at 88 years old. He was born in Honolulu on May 16, 1924, the son of William Smith and Rena Kealoha. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Moana Riley Smith, daughters Billi Smith (Scott Topp), Maureen Smith, sons Riley (Nancy) Smith and Kimo (Kapu) Smith, sister Leila Davenport, half-sisters Jacqueline Smith (deceased), Leona Peroff, Ulu (Gabriel) Malani, Stephanie (Charles) Iona, Helene Smith (deceased) , ten grandchildren: Hala’i Topp, Kenui Topp, Craig Lapilio, Anu (Chino) Alcantar, Masa Lapilio, Aloha Lapilio, Jesse Alvord, Kaliko Smith, Kainui Michael Smith and Piilani Smith, six great grandchildren, Taimane Laupola, Makanani Smith, Tehani Alcantar, Takai Alcantar, Makoa Lapilio and Mattea Topp. When Bill was thirteen years old (1937), he attended St. Louis High School and later graduated from Baldwin Memorial High School. He swam for Coach Soichi Sakamoto and his Three Year Swimming Club in the irrigation ditches of Puunene. He later went on to swim for Mike Peppe at Ohio State University, where he won fifteen National AAU Championships, eight NCAA Championships, held eighteen American Records, seven World Records and in 1948 was Captain of the United States Olympic Swimming team and won two gold medals at the London Olympic Games. He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame, the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame, the Hawaii Swimming Hall of Fame, the Ohio State University Athletic Hall of Fame and named the Ohio State University Swimmer of the Century. Upon his return to Honolulu, he worked for the City and County of Honolulu, as Water Safety Director, for over thirty years. During his tenure, the lifeguard service grew from six lifeguards on the beaches in Waikiki, to over 300 guards protecting the public at the many beaches throughout the entire island of Oahu. He was particularly proud of hiring the uniquely skilled watermen at the dangerous beaches at Makaha, Pipeline, Sunset Beach and Waimea Bay. These brave men were willing to risk their lives to save others and make beaches safer. During his career, he embarked on his lifelong passion of teaching the youth of Hawaii to set high goals and learn that anything is possible; traits he learned under Coach Sakamoto and the Three Year Swimming Club. He coached swimmers at Kaneohe Bay Swim Club and for twenty five years at Kamehameha Swim Club. His swimmers learned discipline, sacrifice and that with hard work, comes many rewards. He was especially proud that these skills transferred to their adult lives, as they started their families and entered the work force. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at St. Ann’s Church (Kaneohe), with visitation at 10:00 AM, services at 11:00 AM and reception to follow. Inurnment of his ashes will be at a later date.

JOHN BADIYO

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JOHN BADIYO Age 94, of Waipahu, HI, passed away January 31, 2013 in Waipahu. Born January 3, 1919 in Hana, Maui, HI. John was formerly employed by Michelin Tires, the Naval Supply Center, and the United States Post Office. He is survived by daughters, Rosemary Esteves, Carolyn (Glenn) West of Wisconsin; son, Richard (Anne) Badiyo of Nevada; brother, Robert Stant; sister, Margie; 9 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren. Private Services were held.

MARIA CALARANAN GANIR

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MARIA CALARANAN GANIR Age 85, of Honolulu, HI, passed away January 28, 2013 in Honolulu. Born February 20, 1927 in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. She is survived by caregiver & nephew, Brigido (Lourdes) Ganir. Visitation 9:30 a.m. Saturday (March 2) at St. Philomena Catholic Church (3300 Ala Laulani St., Salt Lake); Mass 11:00 a.m. Burial 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual Attire. Flowers Welcome.

GREGORIE “MARY” VENTIC VALDEZ

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GREGORIE MARY VENTIC VALDEZ Age 88, of Waianae, passed away February 2, 2013 at St. Francis Hospice. Born January 5, 1925 in Kawaihau, Kauai. She is survived by sons, Alipio F. (Farida) Valdez Jr., Roland (Teresita) Valdez, Rodney (Anita) Valdez, Gary (Melekalama) Valdez; daughters, Stella Montero, Shirley Valdez, Sheila Herlandiz, Sandra Horner, Susan (Mark) Mayer; brother, Jude Ventic; 25 grandchildren; 38 great-grand- children; 6 great-great-grand- children; nieces and nephews. Visitation 10:00 a.m. Friday 3/1 at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel, Service 11:00 a.m. Burial 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park.

Roy Eugene Weaklend

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Feb. 14, 2013
Roy Eugene Weaklend, 88, of Kihei, Maui, a Mobil Oil Co. real estate executive and Army veteran who served in the 13th Armored Division during WWII, died at home. He was born in Osceola, Iowa. He is survived by daughter Suzanne Perkins and three grandchildren. Visitation:9 a.m. Saturday at Keawalai Congregational Church in Makena. Services: 10 a.m. Scattering of ashes to follow at Makena Bay. In lieu of flowers, donations suggested to Hospice Maui, 400 Mahalani St., Wailuku, HI96793.

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John Supebedia Jr.

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Jan. 31, 2013
John “Supa” Supebedia Jr., 86, of Waipahu, an Army sergeant who served in World War II and a retired roofer, died in Honolulu. He was born in Ewa. He is survived by sons Ellsworth K. Grace and William P., John III and Bruce A. Supebedia; daughters Diana Flora Martin-Barnes, Cynthia M. Klar, Joanne Cass-Calvert, Dorothy Ann Townsend, Grace M. Puakina Supebedia, Noella Mae Supebedia Candelaria-Meeks and Georgina E. Andazola; 39 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Visitation:5:30 p.m. Friday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services:6:30 p.m. Casual and aloha attire. Flowers welcome.

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Tong Trien Ly

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Feb. 7, 2013
Tong Trien “Dr. Ly”Ly, 97, of Honolulu, a retired herbalist and owner of Lai An Tong Herb Shop, died in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Phuong Hue Ly; sons Philip D. Ly and David D.K. Li; daughters Jackie Lo, Michelle Cam and Angela Chang; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Visitation:9:30 a.m. Saturday at Diamond Head Mortuary. Services:11:15 a.m. Burial:12:45 p.m. at Diamond Head Memorial Park. Casual attire.

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Eleanor Farm Luke

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Feb. 4, 2013
Eleanor FarmLuke, 86, of Honolulu, a retired receptionist for Capital Investment of Hawaii Inc., died in the Queen’s Medical Center.She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Harry; sonsHarrison, Elliot and Garry; brothers Edward,Norman and Albert Farm; sisters PaulineMartinez, Evelyn Chun, Barbara Osurman and Helen Tomiyasu; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Visitation:8:30 a.m. Saturday at Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary. Services:9 a.m. Entombment:10:45 a.m. at Nuuanu Memorial Park Cemetery. Aloha attire. No flowers.

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Dorothy Elizabeth Len

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Jan. 17, 2013
Dorothy Elizabeth Len, 85, of Lahaina, a retired salesclerk, died in Honolulu. She was born in Lahaina. She is survived by sonJohn Len; daughters Charlene Len and Claudia Ham; sisters Bessie DeGarna, Jane Morikawa and Eva Barglsky; and two grandchildren. Services to be held at a later date. Incorrect information given in an obituary Saturday.

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GwenFusae Kometani

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Feb. 9, 2013
Gwen Fusae Kometani, 73, of Pearl City, a Department of Health administrative assistant, died inHonolulu. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons Douglas and Nathan Kometani, daughter Nadine Kometani-Oura, brother Ralph Akutagawa, mother Doris Akutagawa, nine grand- children and two great-grand- children. Visitation:9:30 a.m. Sunday at Punahou School Chapel. Services:10:30 a.m.

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Louise S.M. Kim

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Jan. 20, 2013
Louise S.M. Kim, 87, of Honolulu, a retired waitress, died in Kaiser Medical Center. She was born in Hawaii. She is survived by sisters Violet Wong and Ellie Lau, three grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. Visitation:9 a.m. Saturday at Borthwick Mortuary, mauka chapel. Burial:2 pm. atHawaiianMemorial Park Cemetery. Casual and aloha attire.

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David Roy Kaholokula

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Feb. 14, 2013
David Roy Kaholokula, 67, of Kaneohe, a retired Honolulu Fire Department captain, died in Kaneohe. He was born in Paia, Maui. He is survived by wife Barbara, daughters Shanan K. Seamster and Kelly Kaholokula, a sister, three brothers and a grandchild. Private services.

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Elsie Toshie Hiyane

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Feb. 14, 2013
Elsie Toshie Hiyane, 91, of Honolulu, a retired Tropicana Sportswear seamstress, died in Maluhia Long Term Health Care Center. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons Milton M. and KeithK., caregiver and daughter-in-law Violet Hiyane and a grandchild. Visitation:9 a.m. Sunday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 10 a.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Kaoru Higaki

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Feb. 18, 2013
Kaoru Higaki, 81, of Hilo, a retired civil engineer with the state Department of Accounting and General Services and former director ofthe Hawaii Island Community Development Corp., died in the Queen’s Medical Center. He was born in Pepeekeo, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Carrie; sons Galen, Regan, Russell and Darryl Mizuguchi; brothers Hiroshi and Shiro; sisters Jane Matsubara, Bettie Kakemoto, Aileen Keliikuloa and Michiko and Dr. Esther Higaki; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Visitation: 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Dodo Mortuary in Hilo. Services:3 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Roxanne Kauionapua Hew Len

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Feb. 1, 2013
Roxanne Kauionapua Hew Len, 34, of Honolulu, a Bishop Museum assistant manager, died in Honolulu. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by mother Tammie Hew Len, fiance Shon Poteat, brothers Shane and Gilbert Hew Len, sister Loke West and stepfather Guillermo Dela Cruz. Visitation:9:30 a.m. Saturday at HawaiianMemorial Park Mortuary. Services:10:30 a.m. Burial:1 p.m. at Valley of the Temples. Online condolences:www. hawaiifuneralservices.com.

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Nani Elizabeth Hai

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Feb. 14, 2013
Nani Elizabeth Hai, 85, of Wailuku, a retired Dole Co. supervisor, died in Kula Hospital. She was born in Wahiawa. She is survived by sons Adam S. Jr. and Allen C.; daughters Nani E. Heimuli, Momi Ann Hai and Linda Ann Clark; sister Bertha Lucero; 17 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren. Visitation:10 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mililani Stake Center, 95-1039 Meheula Parkway, Mililani. Services:11 a.m. Burial: 1 p.m. at Mililani Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to www. ballardfamilymortuaries.com.

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Ethel Miyako Gustafson

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Jan. 26, 2013
Ethel Miyako Gustafson, 84, of Kailua, a retired Jean’s Barber Shop barber, died in Kailua. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Martin J. “Gus,” sons MartinJ. Jr. and Charlie K., daughters Lenore Inn and Karin Albao, brothers Fumiyo W. and Jerry T. Okazawa, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Private services. Online condolences:www.hawaiifuneralservices.com.

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Mona Jane Keaupuni Gouveia

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Feb. 11, 2013
Mona Jane Keaupuni Gouveia, 69, of Kaunakakai, Molokai, a homemaker, died in Wahiawa. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by son Charles, hanai son Ryan Sanico, brother Henry Chock Jr., half brother Robert Kaiwi Sr., sisters Valerie “Ui” Pasigan and Sheila Washington, and a grandchild. Visitation:8:30 a.m. Saturday at Ka Hale Hoano oke Akua Church, 1760 Nalani St., Honolulu. Services:10 a.m. Luncheon:11:30 a.m. Inurnment:2 p.m. atMililani Cemetery. Aloha attire.

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John Julius Ferreira Jr.

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Feb. 9, 2013
John Julius Ferreira Jr., 73, of Naalehu, Hawaii, a retired heavy equipment operator, died in Hale Hoola Hamakua. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Roberta; daughters Kelly Anne Anderson, Darnelle Ferreira, Richelle Paiva and Lianne Aukai; sister Esther Vierra; six grand- children; and three great-grandchildren. Visitation:8 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Mass:10 a.m. Burial to follow at Honokaa Catholic Church Cemetery. Casual attire.

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Misao Fujio Enomoto

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Feb. 8, 2013
Misao Fujio Enomoto, 93, of Volcano, Hawaii, a retired seamstress and farmer, died in Hono-lulu. She was born in Pahoa, Hawaii. She is survived by daughter Ernestine, brother Jack Fujio and sisters Ann DeRamos and Harriet Fujio. Visitation:noon Sunday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services:1 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers. No monetary offerings.

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Ronny Darmawan

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Feb. 12, 2013
Ronny Darmawan, 51, of Honolulu, a chief financial officer and operations manager for Enoa Corp., died in Honolulu. He was born in Bandung, Indonesia. He is survived by wife Lori, son Austin, daughter Heather Saito, mother Erry, father Budi, brother Harianto, sister Rosilowaty and a grandchild. Visitation:10 a.m. Sunday at Diamond Head Mortuary. Services:11 a.m. Luncheon to follow. Inurnment: 2:15 p.m. March 4 at Diamond Head Memorial Park.

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Rodolfo S. Barroga

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Feb. 15, 2013
Rodolfo S. “Rudy” Barroga, 70, of Wailuku, a teacher of English as a second languagefor the Department of Education and a retired Zippy’s Restaurant maintenance worker, died in Maui Memorial Medical Center. He was born in Manila. He is survived by mother of children Leticia Fernando-Barroga, daughter Athena Joy “A.J.” and sisters Lolita B. Salvador, Marcelina B. Adena, Milagros B. Hernandez, Norma B. Barroga and Maria Corazon B. Miller. Visitation:9 a.m. Saturday at Ballard Family Mortuary. Services:11 a.m. cremation to follow. Condolences to be sent to www.ballardfamilymortuaries.com.

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Erlinda Butac Avelino

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Feb. 4, 2013
Erlinda Butac “Linda” Avelino, 66, of Daly City, Calif., died in Daly City. She was born in Ilocos Norte, Philippines. She is survived by husband Enrico “Eric,” daughter Lani, brothers Wally and Stan Butac, sister Shirley Butac and a grandchild. Visitation:6 p.m. Friday at Mililani Downtown Mortuary, 20 S. Kukui St., Honolulu. Services:6:30 p.m. Additional visitation:10:30 a.m. Saturday at the mortuary. Program:11 a.m. Services:noon. Burial:3 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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HendersonKelii AhMow

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Feb. 8, 2013
Henderson Kelii “Butchie” AhMow, 68, of Honolulu, a fisherman and state Senate printer, died inHonolulu. He was born in Hono-lulu. He is survived by wife Violet, sons Henderson “China” Jr. and Patrick Ah Mow, daughter Stacy, brothers Walter Jr. and Thelmage, and sisters Lydia Hao, Iwa Freitas, Audrey Vegas and Uilani Beamer. Visitation:5 p.m. Friday at DiamondHead Mortuary. Services: 6 p.m. Scattering of ashes to be held at a later date.

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