Archive for March 1st, 2013

Sylvia Zuniga and Charles Celaya Zuniga

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Nov. 1, 2012 / April 22, 1991
Sylvia “Zee” Zuniga, 68, of Ewa Beach, a retired hairdresser, died in Ewa Beach, and her husband, Charles Celaya Zuniga, 48, a retired sheet metal worker and an Army veteran, died in California. She was born in Woodland, Calif. He was born in Arizona. They are are survived by sons Roy C. and Jacob J., daughter Diana Z. Kammunkun, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She is also survived by brothers Martin and Alfred Mercado, and sister Edna. Committal services: 1 p.m. Tuesday at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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Lei Silva

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Feb. 21, 2013
Lei “Lehua” Silva, 87, of Honolulu, a Kenny’s Restaurant waitress, died in Honolulu. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons Alfred and David, daughters Cheryl Demello and Colette Almeida, 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Monday at Borthwick Mortuary. Services: 11:15 a.m. Burial: 2 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Aloha or casual attire. No flowers. Donation suggested to the American Heart Association. Online condolences: borthwickoahu.com.

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Matthew Floyd Pacheco

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Feb. 24, 2013
Matthew Floyd Pacheco, 68, of Hilo, a heavy equipment operator and a Navy veteran, died in Hilo Medical Center. He was born in Hilo. He is survived by wife Fay; sons Kevin, Ryan, Jason, Kaleikini and Kaimi; daughters Cindy Manaois, Liko Wallace and Rhonda Negrillo; sister Eva Hashimoto; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Graveside services: noon Tuesday at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire.

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Cheung Wah Ng

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Feb. 24, 2013
Cheung Wah Ng, 88, of Honolulu, a retired carpenter, died in Maluhia. He was born in China. He is survived by sons Chi Shing Shun Sing and John, daughter Sau Lai Hui, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Wednesday at Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary. Services: 10:30 a.m. Burial: noon at Valley of the Temples.

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Wallace T. Nakayama

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Feb. 12, 2013
Wallace T. Nakayama, 70, of Hilo, a Willocks Construction Co. superintendent and an Army veteran, died. He was born in Hilo. He is survived by brothers Robert, Bert and Larry; and sisters Elaine Nobuhara, Lillian Watanabe, Judith Fujiyama and Kay Oshiro. Private services. No monetary offerings.

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Clifford Yasuji Miyaguchi

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Feb. 12, 2013
Clifford Yasuji Miyaguchi, 91, of Pearl City died in Kaiser Medical Center. He was born in Ewa. He is survived by wife Ethel T.; sons Lance and Clint; daughters Frances Saito and Meredith Omura; brothers Hisao Miyaguchi and Robin and Mamoru Arsiga; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Private services.

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John Spooner Militante Jr.

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Jan. 28, 2013
John Spooner “Uncle Jim” Militante Jr., 76, of Honolulu, a retired Consolidated Amusement film department assistant manager and an Army veteran, died. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by sisters Pam Phillips and Inez Yee Poong. Visitation: 10 a.m. Wednesday at New Hope Christian Fellowship, Sand Island. Celebration of life: 11 a.m. Scattering of ashes at a later date.

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Richard J. Merchant

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Feb. 3, 2013
Richard J. “Dick” Merchant, 61, of Pearl City, a former Hawaiian Electric Co. employee, died in Pearl City. He was born in Plattsburgh, N.Y. He is survived by wife Kazuyo; son Jason; daughter Yoko Gelineault; mother Lucille; brother Daniel; sisters Betty Merchant, Diane Skinner, Sharman Birtz and Annette Schlegelmilch; and three grandchildren. Visitation: 10 a.m. Monday at Mililani Mortuary- Waipio, makai chapel. Services: 11 a.m. Casual attire.

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Felix Ariel Lapurga

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Feb. 18, 2013
Felix Ariel Lapurga, 35, of Pearl City, a Hawaii Army National Guard veteran, died. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by wife Joan, daughter Leira, parents Flaviano and Estrellita, brother Frederick and sister Flormina. Private services. No flowers. Monetary offerings welcome.

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Elmo H. Kaneshiro

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Feb. 15, 2013
Elmo H. Kaneshiro, 97, of Honolulu, a retired Flamingo Chuckwagon assistant manager died. He was born in Waiakea, Hawaii. He is survived by sons Eugene Y., Melvin M. and John H.; daughter Diana R. Kaneshiro; sister Edna Y. Akita; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Visitation: 5 p.m. Wednesday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 6 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

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David Jao

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Feb. 20, 2013
David Jao, 83, of Honolulu, president of American Wholesale and Imports, died in Honolulu. He was born in Macau, China. He is survived by wife Viola Huen Fong Wong, son Dr. Robert V., daughter Dr. Diana V., brother Dr. Paul Chow, sisters Virginia Choi and Mun Bo Chow, and three grandchildren. Private services. No flowers. Donations suggested to a charity of donor’s choice. Condolences may be sent to P.O. Box 1491, Kailua, HI 96734.

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Ethel Harue Nabeta Iwashita

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Feb. 22, 2013
Ethel Harue Nabeta Iwashita, 87, of Hilo, a retired Waiakea Waena Elementary School teacher and a state social worker, died in Hilo. She was born in Hilo. She is survived by husband Haruo, daughter Noreen Aki Ogawa, brother Ralph Nabeta, sister Nora Nabeta and a grandchild. Private services. No flowers. No monetary offerings.

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Hiroko Harada

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Feb. 13, 2013
Hiroko “Hiroyo” Harada, 67, of Honolulu, a retired Nippon Travel Agency employee, died in Yokohama, Japan. She was born in Shanghai. She is survived by daughters Melissa and Yvonne, mother Fumiko Motoori and sister Junko Shirakuni. Visitation: 5 p.m. Thursday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 6 p.m. Casual attire.

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Eileen Gauen

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Feb. 11, 2013
Eileen Gauen, 92, of Kailua, a retired architect, died in Castle Medical Center. She was born in Oakland, Calif. She is survived by sons Joseph P. and Daniel T., daughter Nancy E. Gillette, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Services at a later date. Online condolences: borthwickoahu.com.

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LaVerne Roy Galbraith

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Feb. 24, 2013
LaVerne Roy Galbraith, 80, of Makaha, a retired Air Force chief master sergeant, died at home. He was born in Yuba City, Calif. He is survived by wife Rebecca; daughters Cathy, Debi, Gail, Emma and Gwen; stepsons Charles, Robert and Michael; stepdaughters Bianca, Leigh Ann and Bitsy; 32 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Celebration of life 1 p.m. Saturday at Uncle Billy Victor’s house. Call 645-1658 for information. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Miyoko A. Gagnon

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Feb. 20, 2013
Miyoko A. Gagnon, 83, of Waipahu died in Ewa Beach. She was born in Isohama-machi, Ibaraki-ken, Japan. She is survived by husband Roger, son Jerry, daughter Ann Marie and two grandchildren. Private services.

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Ethel Kawatachi Furuya

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Feb. 15, 2013
Ethel Kawatachi Furuya, 86, of Honolulu a retired management analyst for the Army, died in Honolulu. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by daughters Carol Fukumoto, Suzanne Johnson, Sandra Pak and Denise Furuya; brother George Kawatachi; sisters Mabel Hirano, Florence Matsuura and Mae Chung; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Private services. No monetary offerings.

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Dexter Shigeo Furuhashi

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Feb. 12, 2013
Dexter Shigeo Furuhashi, 69, of Honolulu, a retired Department of Education administrative services assistant, died in Kuakini Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by son Bryan, brothers Dustin and Kyle, and sister Janice Bradford. Visitation: 5 p.m. Thursday at First Assembly of God, 3400 Moanalua Road, Honolulu. Services: 6 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Jean Etsuko Fujioka

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Feb. 11, 2013
Jean Etsuko Fujioka, 72, of Mililani, a retired Aiea Elementary School teacher, died in Wahiawa. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Gary, daughters Leanne Correa and Shari Madrid, brothers Warren and Russell Toma, sisters Susanne Shimabukuro and Coleen Toma, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Visitation: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Services: 11:30 a.m. Burial: 2 p.m. at Valley of the Temples. Online condolences: hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary.com.

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Elinor Louise Command

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Feb. 24, 2013
Elinor Louise Command, 85, of Waipahu, a fashion model, airline reservationist, masseuse and homemaker, died in Wahiawa General Hospital. She was born in San Francisco. She is survived by son Michael, daughter Mary Wenmoth, a grandchild and a great-grandchild, Services at a later date.

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Harue China

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Jan. 26, 2013
Harue “Helen” China, 83, of Ewa, a retired Leeward Drive Inn fry cook, and former employee of Kawano Store and Pink Poodle Diner, died in Kapolei. She was born in Piihau, Hawaii. She is survived by sons Casey, Dan and Darren Manalo; former husband Protacio Manalo; brother Eddie; sisters Margaret Muramoto and Sueko Kimura; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. Tuesday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 6:30 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. Tuesday. Burial: 1 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire.

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Edwin Y.H. Chang

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Feb. 13, 2013
Edwin Y.H. Chang, 85, of Honolulu, a retired Hawaii Newspaper Agency employee, Gok Doo Sam Heong Society past president and an Army veteran, died in the Queen’s Medical Center. He was born in Hono-lulu. He is survived by wife Edna Mew Lin Chun; sons Melvin G.L., Jonathan G.J. and Dominic G.B.; daughters Carolyn O.W. Ozaki, Pamela E.W. Tuia and Constance C.W. Hall; sister Jennie Ernst; 16 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Mass: 10:30 a.m. Burial: 12:45 p.m. at Diamond Head Memorial Park. Casual attire.

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Chee Ming Chan

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Feb. 24, 2013
Chee Ming Chan, 79, of Honolulu, a Chinese grocery store owner, died in Honolulu. He was born in China. He is survived by son Kwok Wah; daughter Po Chu Ruby Fung; brothers Chi Wing, Chi Kong, Chi Ching, Chi Kai Richard and Chi Tai Danny; and sisters Mui Ying Lisa Wong, Mei Ying Pamela Leung and Shiu Ying Suzanne Lieu. Services: 1 p.m. Sunday at Chinese Buddhist Association of Hawaii. Inurnment to follow at Hsu Yun Temple.

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Delphine Chamizo

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Feb. 11, 2013
Delphine “Bina” Chamizo, 89, of Waipahu died in Waipahu. She was born in Hanamaulu, Kauai. She is survived by son Allan; daughters Barbara Racoma, Rhona Ouldhouse and Kathleen Carr; brother Jack Amorin; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Monday at Resurrection of the Lord Catholic Church, Waipahu. Mass: 11 a.m. Committal services: 2 p.m. at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe. Aloha attire.

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Elizabeth Kekahili Burton

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Oct. 27, 2012
Elizabeth Kekahili Burton, 82, of Encinitas, Calif., died in San Diego. She was born in Wailuku. She is survived by son Richard R., daughters Paula C. Engel and Liane Tiger, brother Patrick Ling and seven grandchildren. Private services.

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Dominica Reyes Ardona

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Jan. 26, 2013
Dominica Reyes “Aunty Dee” Ardona, 91, of Ewa Beach, a retired Tripler Army Medical Center radiation therapist, died in Pearl City. She was born in Puukolii Plantation, Maui. She is survived by sons Dickie D. Ardona and John Watt, brother Ernie Reyes, four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild. Visitation: 8:30 a.m. Monday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 10 a.m. Committal services: 1 p.m. at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Aloha or casual attire. Flowers welcome. Updated information for an obituary published Thursday.

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Mako Araki

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Jan. 30, 2013
Mako Araki, 81, of Honolulu, a retired Navy commander, died in Honolulu. He was born in Haleiwa. He is survived by son Randall and a grandchild. Private services.

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Gloria Jean Sibayan Alcos

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Feb. 2, 2013
Gloria Jean Sibayan Alcos, 68, of Waiaphu, a retired cook at Kahi Mohala Behavioral Health, died in Waipahu. She was born in Waipahu. She is survived by husand Byron; son Byron II; brothers Donald, Anthony and Dion Vilanueva; sisters Eli Espejo, Debbie Villanueva, Linda Alcos and Connie Badayos; and four grandchildren. Visitation: 6 p.m. Monday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Services: 7 p.m. Additional visitation: 9 a.m. Tuesday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ewa Beach. Mass: 10:30 a.m. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Aloha attire.

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VICTORIA “TOYANG” BALLESTEROS RAUSA

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VICTORIA TOYANG BALLESTEROS RAUSA Age 74, of Mililani, HI, passed away February 4, 2013 in Mililani. Born September 15, 1938 in Dingras, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. Was employed at McDonald’s Waikele as a service crew. She is survived by husband, Freddie A. Rausa; sons, Adonis Rausa, Raymundo (Rosalie) Rausa, Fernando Rausa; daughter, Maria (Lorenzo) Farinas; 9 grand- children; 1 great-grandson; brother, Federico Ballesteros; sisters, Felicidad Guzman, Rosal (Francisco) Ladines, Perpetua (Ruperto) Cuayzon. Visitation 6-9 p.m. Thursday (March 7) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel; Wake Service 6:30 p.m. Visitation also 9:30 a.m. Friday (March 8) at St. John Apostle & Evangelist Church (95-370 Kuahelani Ave., Mililani); Mass 11:00 a.m. Burial 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual Attire. Flowers Welcome.

PROFESSOR KLAUS WYRTKI

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PROFESSOR KLAUS WYRTKI
Professor Klaus Wyrtki passed away peacefully on February 5, 2013, two days before his 88th birthday. He is survived by his wife Erika, daughter Undine, son Oliver and his grandchildren Robert, Katrina and Nicholas. He is preceded in death by his granddaughter Natalie. Klaus will be remembered as a loving husband, wonderful father and “Opa”, a great scientist, a true friend, and mentor to his many students and colleagues throughout the world. Klaus was born in Tarnowitz, Germany and received his Doctorate in Oceanography, Mathematics and Physics from the University of Kiel in 1950. He subsequently held positions in Germany, Indonesia, Monaco, Australia, and at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in California. He arrived in Hawaii in 1964 where he was one of the founders of the Department of Oceanography at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Klaus made numerous fundamental contributions to observing and understanding important ocean and climate processes during his distinguished career. He is most famous for his work on the El Niño/Southern Oscillation phenomenon, piecing together disparate data to discover the ocean physics that are essential in the development of these extreme climate events. Klaus published more than 100 papers, a monograph on The Southeast Asian Waters, and the Atlas of the Indian Ocean Expedition. He received wide recognition for his contributions, including the Rosenstiel Medal, the Albert Defant Medal from the German Meteorological Society, the Maurice Ewing medal from the American Geophysical Union, the Sverdrup Gold Medal from the American Meteorological Society, the Prince Albert I Medal, and the Alexander Agassiz Award from the National Academy of Sciences. Klaus became Professor Emeritus of the University of Hawaii in 1993. The family will hold a private memorial service. The University of Hawaii is planning a separate memorial.


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