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Brandon Rodd: 1985-2014

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By Nick Abramo

The Hawaii football community lost one of its own on Friday when former Aiea and Arizona State standout offensive lineman Brandon Rodd died of a rare form of cancer. He was 28.

“I woke up this morning, hoping it was just a dream,” said Wendell Say, Rodd’s coach at Aiea. “I found out yesterday and it was a nightmare. It just shocked me. He was in the prime of his life. It makes you wonder. There’s guys out there who get iProject1_Layout-1n trouble and have big rap sheets and they live forever. And then the good kids who do the right things, they get taken away at a young age.”

Say mentioned that Rodd texted him about three weeks ago to tell him that he had some stomach pains and that it was so bad he was rushed to the hospital.

“He texted me every day, wanted to let me know that I was a big influence on his life (Rodd’s dad passed away when he was younger). He said he was going to go to chemo and was saying he was going to be all right.

“I’m kicking myself right now, though,” the longtime Na Alii coach said. “And I was just crying, reading his first text. I didn’t know it had gotten so bad.”

Rodd was a heavily recruited player, and it was somewhat of a surprise to some when he chose Arizona State over UH after graduating from Aiea in 2003. He was a three-time honorable mention All-Pac-10 left tackle and was named Pac-10 All-Academic four times. He also spent time with the Buffalo Bills and Oakland Raiders of the NFL.

“And he was such a beach boy,” Say said. “We never thought he would leave Hawaii because he was always surfing and paddling and at the beach. When he first started practicing with us, he was in surf shorts.”

According to Say, Rodd was engaged to be married and was working as a sales representative with a distribution company.

“He told me the NFL wasn’t what he expected,” Say said. “He said it was OK in Buffalo, but then in Oakland, the other players said they were there to help you, but it was cutthroat, guys wanting to help you until it’s time to keep their jobs and then they hate you. He wasn’t happy (about that).”

A few months after walking away from pro football, the 6-foot-4 Rodd dropped from 315 pounds to 250, Say said, and had gotten into running and was back doing what he always loved about Hawaii, surfing and paddling.

And he didn’t regret his decision.

“He loved football. He was a competitor,” Say said. “Knowing him, he was probably ignoring the pain for a long time, shrugging it off like kids shrug off pain to practice. I visited with his mom, Val, yesterday and she told me that he looked at the cancer like it was one more thing to fight through like he was fighting through another football game.

“Brandon was the type of person that if he said he was going to do something, he did it. He said he was going to go to college and start and he said he was going to go to the NFL and he did.”
Rodd graduated from ASU in 2007. He started 36 of the 37 games he played for the Sun Devils and competed in both the East-West Shrine Game and the Hula Bowl as a senior.

“One day, we went to see Brandon practicing for the Hula Bowl (at Aloha Stadium),” Say said. “Afterward, my daughter, who has epilepsy, had a seizure, and just to show you what kind of guy Brandon was, he would not leave until he knew everything was OK. He was such a great kid. He was a big guy, but he was always smiling.”

Rodd was a 2002 Star-Bulletin All-State first-team selection. Another of the five lineman chosen that year was Max Unger of Hawaii Prep, who won a Super Bowl with Seattle on Feb. 2.

Say said lots of Rodd’s Arizona State teammates have been calling Rodd’s family to offer their condolences.

Aside from Val, Rodd is survived by a brother, Jared, and two sisters, Aimee and Nicol.

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Larry Alesna

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Jan. 28, 2014
Larry Alesna, 86, of Kaneohe, a state Department of Accounting and General Services work foreman and an Army veteran, died in Kaneohe. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Lucy; sons Larry A. and Michael; daughters Debra Morazzini, Frances Spangler, Charlene Alford and Margaret Alesna; 17 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Friday at St. Ann’s Church, Kaneohe. Services: 10:15 a.m. Inurnment at a later date. Online condolences: hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary.com.

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Nilo Galera Arnaiz

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Feb. 9, 2014
Dr. Nilo Galera Arnaiz, 74, of Honolulu, a Kaiser Foundation physician, died in Honolulu. He was born in Bais City, Negros Oriental, Philippines. He is survived by sons Jeremy O., Damian N. and Nilo O.; daughters Maria Arnaiz-Bloch, Marcela Leahy, Daphne A. DeLeon, Nadine A. Bradvica, Tanya A. Wang and Camille Q. Arnaiz; and 20 grandchildren. Visitation: 9:15 a.m. Tuesday at Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Mass: 10:15 a.m. Burial: noon at Valley of the Temples. Online condolences: hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary.com.

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Gary Dale Autry

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Feb. 11, 2014
Gary Dale Autry, 59, of Kailua-Kona, an Army veteran who served in the Vietnam War, antique salesman and a jewelry designer, died at home. He was born in San Angelo, Texas. He is survived by wife Amanda Mazzanti, sister Susan and hanai brother Bernard Akaka. Graveside services: 9 a.m. Tuesday at West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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Louise Brakeley Butler

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Feb. 7, 2014
Louise Brakeley Butler, 68, of Pahoa, Hawaii, died in Hilo Medical Center. She was born in Exeter, N.H. She is survived by son Rick, daughter Elizabeth Butler, four grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Private services.

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Lapaz Tabudlo Camero

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Jan. 29, 2014
Lapaz Tabudlo Camero, 86, of Kapaau, Hawaii, a retired Sheraton Waikiki housekeeper, died at home. She was born in Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. She is survived by sons Jesus, Carlos and Donardo; daughters Florida Ballio, Rosario Knight, Anatacia Maduli and Genoveva Camero; brothers Teofilo and Bernardino Tabudlo; sisters Damasa Querubin, Corazon Arquero, Manuela Campbell and Milagros Custodio; 17 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Visitation: 5 p.m. Friday at Sacred Hearts Catholic Church, Hawi. Additional visitation: 8 a.m. Feb. 22 at the church. Mass: 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Hawi County Cemetery. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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David Choe

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Feb. 3, 2014
David “Chong Nam” Choe, 70, of Honolulu, a disc jockey, died in Honolulu. He was born in Korea. He is survived by son Charles and daughter Elizabeth Choe Redden. Private services.

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Raymond Keong Chun

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Feb. 3, 2014
Raymond Keong Chun, 92, of Honolulu, a retired civil engineer, died in Straub Clinic & Hospital. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Becky Y.B.; daughters Lorraine Y.H., Judy Y.Y., Susan Y.W., Barbara Y.K. and Carole Y.M.; sister Jane Chang; and eight grandchildren. Private services.

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Keith Eric Kalani Domingues

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Feb. 3, 2014
Keith Eric Kalani Domingues, 50, of Kahaluu died in Castle Medical Center. He was born in Hono lulu. He is survived by son Eric S.I. Johnson; brothers Kris and Kyle Domingues, and Mateo Codero Jr.; and sisters Debra-Lynn Cor dero and Delcyne Domingues. Visitation: 8 a.m. Feb. 22 at Kahana Beach Park. Services: 10 a.m. Scattering of ashes to follow. Cas ual beach attire. Flowers welcome.

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Herminia Elvenia

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Feb. 12, 2014
Herminia “Minnie” Elvenia, 81, of Aiea, a retired Theo H. Davies accountant and a Hawaii state Judiciary interpreter, died in Kaiser Medical Center. She was born in Makawao, Maui. She is survived by sons Saul W., Jerry W. and Larson W. Miral; daughters Melanie M. Toomey and Lorelei M. Killeen; brothers Orlina and Bill; sister Florida Cabacungan; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Visitation: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Diamond Head Mortuary. Services at noon. Private scattering of ashes. Casual attire. Online condolences: hawaiifuneralservices.com.

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Rafael Elefante Etrata

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Jan. 16, 2014
Rafael Elefante “Paeng” Etrata, 55, of Waipahu, a Prince Kuhio Outrigger Hotel employee, died in Honolulu. He was born in Santiago, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. He is survived by wife Elizabeth A.; sons Rael and Rowen James; daughter Kiiszle Ann Ulandez; father Emi li ano; brothers Eddie, Constante, Nelson, Carmelo, Emiliano Jr. and Jason; sisters Corazon Gaborno, Encarnita Villarin, Leila Tee and Rosa Mae Etrata; and a grandchild. Visitation: 6 p.m. Wednesday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 6:30 p.m. Additional visitation: 8:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Waipahu. Mass: 9:30 a.m. Burial: 11 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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Alejandro Gerardo Fernandez

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Feb. 3, 2014
Alejandro Gerardo “Alex” Fernandez, 61, of Pearl City, a chef, died. He was born in Costa Rica. He is survived by wife Miriam Z., son Blayne K. Zakahi, daughter Shari S. Zakahi, mother Dily McGuire, two sisters and two grandchildren. Private services.

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Elsie Gouveia

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Feb. 10, 2014
Elsie Gouveia, 92, of Honolulu died in Honolulu. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by daughters Bobbie Ma, Sharon Bowman and Debra Ring; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Burial: 3 p.m. Thursday at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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Susan Cho Haines

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Feb. 12, 2014
Susan Cho Haines, 85, of Ewa Beach, an artist, died in Ewa Beach. She was born in Osaka, Japan. She is survived by son Andy Kanai; daughters Rie Takahashi, Agnes Ohara and Mabel Kaohi; and six grandchildren. Private services.

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Willis Sheeman Hook

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Jan. 28, 2014
Willis Sheeman Hook, 80, of Kaneohe, a retired U.S. Department of Defense locksmith at Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station and an Army veteran, died in Kaneohe. He was born in Laie. He is survived by wife Clara, sons Charles and Clinton, daughter Clarissa Cosson, sisters Gene vieve Caouette and Aletheia Everington, and two grandchildren. Visitation: 10:30 a.m. Feb. 22 at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Services: 1 p.m. Burial: 2 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Online condolences: hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary.com.

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Philip Edward Howell

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2-15-Philip-HowellPHILIP EDWARD HOWELL Philip Edward Howell, 92, of Honolulu Hi, passed away peacefully 0n Jan. 15, 2014 in Encino, CA. He was born in Shanghai, China Jan. 30, 1921 to Tsulan Violet Choy and Edward Brook Howell. Affectionately known as “Dixie”, he was raised in Honolulu and was a graduate of St. Louis College. He joined the Honolulu Police Department in 1942 and retired as a Lieutenant in 1975. He is survived by his wife, Lei Mamo; daughters Leigh (LeRoy) Howell-Reed, Dixie Howell and eldest daughter, J. Puanani Howell; 6 grand- children and 7 greatgrand- children. He was predeceased by son, Philip Brook Howell. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at Star of the Sea Church in Kahala. Visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a Service at 11:30 a.m. Casual/Aloha attire. No flowers.

Frank Kruger Boyd Jr.

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Feb. 8, 2014
Frank Kruger “Rickle” Boyd Jr., 66, of Hono-lulu, a former roofer and an Army veteran, died in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by son Frank K.E., daughter Rochelle S.M., brothers William K. and Valentine, sisters Veronica U.B. Se’e and Beverly M. Carvalho,
10 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Services: 9:30 a.m. Thursday at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl.

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Lawrence Kalani Wilcox Smith Jr.

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Feb. 6, 2014
Lawrence Kalani Wilcox “Larry” Smith Jr., 79, a retired Honolulu Fire Department firefighter and fireboat captain, commercial fisherman, salvage diver and a Coast Guard veteran, died at home. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Gail, sons Lawrence K.W. III and Kaipo K.S., daughters Lavon D. Smith Pinto and Lynn M. Benioni, brother Edward, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Visitation: 3 p.m. Feb. 23 at Kawaiaha’o Church. Services: 3:30 p.m. Aloha attire.

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Lausii Leato Tafua Jr.

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Feb. 10, 2014
Lausii Leato “Lau” Tafua Jr., 57, of Laie, a Honolulu Police Department sergeant, died at home. He was born in Laie. He is survived by wife Diane; son Mika Lausii; daughters Nalia Leila and Maila Rena; brothers Keawe, Galu and Manu; and sisters Lapataume Mailo and Solagaliua Solaita. Visitation: 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Laie north stake center. Services: 11 a.m. Burial: 1 p.m. at Laie Cemetery. Aloha attire. Incorrect information published in an obituary Friday.

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Kingsley Kamaka

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Feb. 5, 2014
Kingsley “Clayton” Kamaka, 54, of Waimanalo, a Bellows Air Force Station groundskeeper, died in the Queen’s Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Brenda; sons Kingsley H., Brandon and Bronson; daughter Zsalei; brothers Robert and Lloyd; and six grandchildren. Visitation: 10 a.m. Feb. 22 at Borthwick Mortuary. Services: 11 a.m. Casual attire. Flowers welcome. Online condolences: borthwickoahu.com.

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Kay Kazumi Kurata

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Feb. 6, 2014
Kay Kazumi Kurata, 97, of Hono lulu, a retired Armour & Co. accountant, died at home. She was born in Hiroshima, Japan. She is survived by sisters Harumi Char and Mae K. Shimizu. Private services.

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Lawrence Yoshihiko Kuwaye

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Feb. 2, 2014
Dr. Lawrence Yoshihiko Kuwaye, 88, of Honolulu, a retired dentist and an Army veteran who served in World War II, died at home. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by daughters Cynthia N. Nahale, Cheryl C. Chee and Christine E. Kuwaye-Reyes; brother Thomas T.; sisters Frances A. Sakoki and Judith S. Tanaka; and four grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Friday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 10 a.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Tyson Kainoa Moani Lincoln

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Jan. 20, 2014
Tyson Kainoa Moani “Tys” Lincoln, 30, of Hawi, Hawaii, an electrician with West Hawaii Electric, died in Kona Community Hospital. He was born in Kealakekua, Hawaii. He is survived by parents Rocklyn Ku and Andrew Lincoln; brothers Dillon-Kahiau Ku, and Andrew-Haaheo, Drew-Pilipaa, Seth-Kaulana and Polu Lincoln; sisters Mandie-Hone and Taylor-Maikai Ku, Ashely-Malia Kiyonaga, and Shea-Kalani and Andi-Aulike Lincoln; and grandparents Estelle Francisco, George Lincoln and Mary Abril-Bentley. Visitation: 9 a.m. Saturday at Keokea Beach Park Pavilion. Celebration of life: 11 a.m. Casual attire. Flowers welcome. Call 987-9247 for more information.

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Ann Matsumura

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Jan. 30, 2014
Ann Matsumura, 66, of Hono lulu, a medical transcriber, died in Honolulu. She was born in Hono lulu. She is survived by husband Rodney, sons Kevin and Kyle, parents Torao and Nancy Fujimoto, sister Judith Ann Seto and a grandchild. Visitation: 5 p.m. Friday at Oahu Cemetery Chapel. Services: 6 p.m.

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Tosimatagi Faumuina Molitau

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Feb. 3, 2014
Tosimatagi Faumuina Molitau, 60, of Aiea, a city bus driver and a Marine Corps sergeant, died in Kaiser Medical Center. He was born in Pago Pago, American Samoa. He is survived by sons John and Tosimatagi F. II; daughters Elizabeth O’Brien and Tausili U. Molitau; brothers Peter, Atapana and Moli tau Faumuina Jr.; sisters Fia le lei solo F. Moeaveave, Leute F. Fesuluai and Fiapa’ipa’i F. Leaupepe; and 11 grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Friday at Moanalua Mortuary. Services: 9:30 a.m. Burial: 1 p.m. at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe.

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Thea Agnes Pakele

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Jan. 26, 2014
Thea Agnes Pakele, 82, of Wahiawa died in Honolulu. She was born in Schwet zin gen, Germany. She is survived by son Michael A.; daughters Betty M. Gomes, Lei T. Bumanglag and Christina L. Pakele; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, Wahiawa. Mass: 11 a.m. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

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Lydia Leinaala Mahoe Patricio

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Jan. 22, 2014
Lydia Leinaala Mahoe Patricio, 91, of Honolulu, a homemaker, died at home. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons Randy Abellana, and Ronald and Ron Patricio; daughters Roberta Kalua’u, Linda Jarry, Sally Ann Agustin-Ueshiro and Leslie Gil bert; 38 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Friday at Borthwick Mortuary. Services: 10:30 a.m. Burial: 2 p.m. at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe. Aloha attire. Lei welcome. Online condolences: borthwickoahu.com.

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Brenda Lee Perez

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Feb. 4, 2014
Brenda Lee Perez, 53, of Kaneohe died at home. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by companion Theodore “Ted” Aquino; son Brandon; daughters Michelle Ann and Tiare; parents Earl H. and Aurora R.; brothers Alan, Robert and Joseph; sisters Cindy Williams, Aurora Perreira, Miriam Thomas and Joan Perez-Wasson; and two grandchildren. Celebration of life: 5 p.m. Thursday at Moanalua Mortuary.

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Maria Teresa Silva Quinones

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Jan. 22, 2014
Maria Teresa Silva Quinones, 62, of Honolulu died in the Queen’s Medical Center. She was born in Carcar, Cebu, Philippines. She is survived by husband Anacleto “Roger”; daughter Marilou S.; mother Gorgonia Baran; brothers Felix Jr., Olimac, Mario “Amay” and Ruben Silva; sisters Bernarda “Ditha” and Maria “Ruby” Silva; and two grandchildren. Visitation: 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Theresa Catholic Church. Mass: 11 a.m. Cremation to follow.

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Marguerite Kamaile Ramos

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Feb. 5, 2014
Marguerite Kamaile Ramos, 63, of Wahiawa died in Honolulu. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by son Kelani, brothers William Jr. and Calvin Wilhelm, and sister Maydell Wilhelm. Visitation: 9 a.m. Feb. 22 at Kailua Assembly of God. Services: 10 a.m. Aloha attire. Flowers welcome. Online condolences: borthwickoahu.com.

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