Archive for July, 2015

COLLEEN ROSE MEYER / 1939-2015

Posted On July 31st, 2015 -

Windward Oahu lawmaker praised for ‘voice of reason’

Gary Kubota / Gkubota@staradvertiser.com

Colleen Rose Meyer, who represented part of Windward Oahu for 14 years in the state House, six of them as minority floor leader, died July 17 at her Kaneohe home after a yearlong fight with cancer. She was 76.

20150801_OBIT“She was a true, consistent, legislative voice of reason, a dedicated public servant, who knew and could work with all people while flashing an infectious smile,” said state Sen. Sam Slom (R, Diamond Head-Kahala-Hawaii Kai). “I will miss her.”

She was born in Honolulu and grew up in Manoa. Meyer graduated from Punahou School in 1957 and attended San Mateo College in California, where she earned an associate’s degree in 1959. She married her high school sweetheart George “Tim” Meyer on Aug. 17, 1960.

Meyer obtained her Realtor’s license and worked as a real estate broker for many years, and she built homes on Oahu and Hawaii island.

She served on the Kahaluu Neighborhood Board before running for public office.

Meyer was unsuccessful in running for the state House in 1992. But she eventually won and served as a state representative from 1995 through 2008.

She lost in the Republican primary for the state Senate in 2014, shortly before she was diagnosed with cancer.

Meyer also served on many boards, including as chairwoman of the Self Help Housing Corporation of Hawaii, a group that provides technical help to low-income residents building their own home.

Meyer is survived by husband George C. Meyer; son George C. Jr; daughter Megan Gelman; sister Patricia Shanahan Banard; grandsons Christopher Price, Geoffrey Gelman, and Max Meyer; and sister-in-law Theresa Shanahan.

A celebration of life will be held Aug. 15 at 3 p.m. at the home of Rick and Crystal Towill, 47-460 Waihee Place, Kaneohe. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children.

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WALLACE FRANK FROISETH / 1919 – 2015

Posted On July 2nd, 2015 -

Big-wave pioneer helped build Hokule‘a

By Gary T. Kubota / gkubota@staradvertiser.com

Wallace Frank Froiseth, a surfing pioneer and devoted Hoku­le‘a supporter, died Monday at his home in Kai­muki. He was 95.

19990523 CTY Uncle Wally (Wallace Froiseth), 80, oldest crew member Photo by Kathryn Bender

Born Dec. 21, 1919, in Los Angeles, Froiseth moved with his parents to a house near Wai­kiki when he was 3 years old. He spent much of his youth in the ocean, eventually learning from beachboy John D. Kau­piko how to make a surfboard.

Froiseth was a pioneer of big-wave surfing, helping to develop the hot curl surfboard (which was designed for big waves) and riding big surf with George Dow­ning and Rabbit Kekai at Makaha and Wai­mea in the 1950s.

“The outer reef was always a mystery to them. … They wanted to catch bigger and bigger waves,” said Froiseth’s daughter Luana Froiseth.

Also, Froiseth and other surfers helped found the Wai­kiki Surf Club in 1948, competing in canoe regattas. He was the first to enter his canoe crew in the Molo­kai-Oahu canoe race.

In addition, Froiseth was an accomplished sailor, working with designer Herb Kane and canoe builder Wright Bowman to create the double-hulled sailing canoe Hoku­le‘a in the early 1970s.

“There would be no Hoku­le‘a without Wally Froiseth,” said Nai­noa Thompson, president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society. “He was the driving force … taking care of the Hoku­le‘a.”

Luana added, “He loved building the Hoku­le‘a. It was his pride and joy.”

In its historic voyage from Oahu to Tahiti using noninstrument navigation techniques in 1976, the Hoku­le‘a crew proved Native Hawaiians were capable of navigating thousands of miles to find distant islands centuries ago.

Thompson recalled how after the swamping of the Hoku­le‘a at sea in the late 1970s, Froiseth helped to restore the double-hulled sailing canoe in dry dock and set a high standard for caring for the vessel. “In many ways he saved the Hoku­le‘a,” Thompson said.

Froiseth served as a federal firefighter at Pearl Harbor for 25 years, eventually holding the post of fire chief, and later became a pilot boat operator. He also operated tugs in Okinawa, Hono­lulu and Pearl Harbor.

The Waikiki Surf Club will give a blessing in honor of the waterman before Saturday’s July 4th Outrigger Canoe Club regatta. Services are expected to be announced in a few weeks, according to Froiseth’s family.

In addition to daughter Luana, Froiseth is survived by wife Alice, daughters Tina Dumaran and Leiola Demello, and son Tenee.

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JOCELYN QUINTO ABANILLA

Posted On July 17th, 2015 -

JOCELYN QUINTO ABANILLA Age 36, of Waipahu, HI, passed away June 8, 2015 in Waipahu, HI. Born January 29, 1979 in Honolulu, HI. She is survived by companion, Danny Sebastian; mother, Vena Quinto; sisters, Nenita Acierto, Patricia Tabada, Leilani Gerardo. Visitation 5:30 p.m., Wednesday (July 22) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Wake service 6:30 p.m. Visitation also 8:30 a.m., Thursday (July 23) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Funeral service 10:00 a.m. Burial to follow 11:00 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

Jocelyn Quinto Abanilla

Posted On July 18th, 2015 -

June 8, 2015
Jocelyn Quinto Abanilla, 36, of Waipahu died in Waipahu. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by companion Danny Sebastian, mother Vena Quinto and sisters Nenita Acierto, Patricia Tabada and Leilani Gerardo. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 6:30 p.m. Additional visitation: 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the mortuary. Services: 10 a.m. Burial: 11 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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Aiko Nakama Abe

Posted On July 8th, 2015 -

June 18, 2015
Aiko Nakama Abe, 89, of Honolulu, a hairdresser, died in Honolulu. She was born in Lahaina. She is survived by sons Gregg and Curtis; daughter Adriane Abe-Nishimura; brothers Tokucho and Thomas N. Ige; sisters Susie Hodge, Sakae Loo and Natsuko Minami; and five grandchildren. Private services.

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Stanley Abe

Posted On July 19th, 2015 -

May 4, 2015
Stanley “Tetsu” Abe, 76, of Ewa Beach, a federal government employee and a Navy veteran, died in Wahiawa. He was born in Waialua. He is survived by wife Lillian I.; son Randall K.; brothers Wallace T., Lawrence N., Francis S., Hubert I. and Dennis M.; and sisters Doris H. Eguchi and Marion T. Abe. Private services. Donations suggested to Islands Hospice, 1301 Young St., suite 300, Honolulu, HI 96814.

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Loretta Wai Seen Abe

Posted On July 25th, 2015 -

June 28, 2015
Loretta Wai Seen Abe, 84, of Honolulu, a retired dialysis unit clerk and a cocktail waitress, died in Honolulu. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons Preston and Bryan, daughter Lori Yamada, brother Eric Ching, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Private inurnment.

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Milton A. Abe

Posted On July 31st, 2015 -

July 25, 2015
Milton A. “Migs” Abe, 72, of Honolulu, a retired journeyman painter, died in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Paulette A.; daughter Shelley Nobriga; brothers William “Bogie,” Robert E. and Stephen; sisters Elaine Taparra, Pauline Woods and Beatrice Emperado; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Private services.

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Jose Percy Gamboa Aboy

Posted On July 25th, 2015 -

July 11, 2015
Jose Percy Gamboa Aboy, 88, of Honolulu, a sugar mill security guard in the Philippines, died in Honolulu. He was born in Silay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines. He is survived by wife Patria A.; sons Joevanie A., Josue, Joemarie, Jorge and Jose Percy Jr.; daughters Medeline A. Caratay, Helen A. Limos, Catherine A. Nano, Haydee Aboy, Ma Leah A. Bennette and Precilla A. Clarion; sisters Remedios Mindanao and Lily Jallan; 26 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Services: 6:30 p.m. Burial in Silay City. Condolences: hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary.com.

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Peter Mahi Abraham

Posted On July 8th, 2015 -

July 2, 2015
Peter Mahi Abraham, 35, of Kona, Hawaii, a manager and mechanic with Tats Union 76 service station in Kona, died in Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital. He was born in Hilo. He is survived by mother Myra; daughters Pualei and Anela; brothers Timothy K., Makaio C. and Pelika P. Abraham; sister Alohi; hanai sister Heather Goto; and hanai parents Lionel and Elaine Tatsutani. Private services.

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Lucille Nona Abreu

Posted On July 27th, 2015 -

July 18, 2015
Lucille Nona Abreu, 71, of Mililani died at home. She was born in Hawaii. She is survived by husband Frank Jr.; daughters Lori-Ann Fournier, Darcie Patlidzanov and Jennifer Abreu-Hart; parents Edward Tollefsen and Mary Kim; brothers Edward Jr. and Thomas Tollefsen; and seven grandchildren. Visitation: 4 p.m. Saturday at Moanalua Mortuary. Service: 5 p.m. Dinner to follow.

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Severa Aranda Acedera

Posted On July 18th, 2015 -

June 14, 2015
Severa Aranda Acedera, 95, of Honolulu, a homemaker, died in Honolulu. She was born in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. She is survived by sons Alfredo and Romeo, 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 5 p.m. Friday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Services: 6 p.m. Additional visitation: 9:30 a.m. July 25 at Our Lady of the Mount Catholic Church. Services: 10:30 a.m. Burial: noon at Valley of the Temples. Condolences: hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary.com.

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Andres Cubangbang Acob

Posted On July 26th, 2015 -

July 9, 2015
Andres Cubangbang Acob, 64, of Keaau, Hawaii, a papaya farmer, died in Hilo Medical Center. He was born in Cabaruan Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. He is survived by wife Ana “Bascion”; daughters Rubyrose Ventura and Rosalie Acob; mother Felicidad; brothers Macario, Rogelio, Rosalino, Henry and Noel; sisters Virgie Ramiscal, Delia Corcino and Donna Carnate; and four grandchildren. Visitation: 6 p.m. Thursday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Wake service: 7 p.m. Additional visitation: 8 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hilo. Mass: 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Homelani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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Irineo M. Acorda

Posted On July 13th, 2015 -

June 29, 2015
Irineo M. Acorda, 53, of Kahuku, a Turtle Bay Condominiums security guard, died. He was born in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. He is survived by brother Herman “Gerie”and sisters Venie Calip, Lolita Cabie and Tina Hernandez. Visitation:6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday at St. Roch Catholic Church, Kahuku. Mass:8 p.m. Reception to follow. Flowers welcome. Condolences:oahumortuary. com.

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Elsie Kiyoko Afuso

Posted On July 24th, 2015 -

July 5, 2015
Elsie Kiyoko Afuso, 98, of Honolulu, a retired Lockheed Martin Corp. assembly worker, died in Hale Malamalama. She was born in Spreckelsville, Maui. She is survived by sons George, Alvin, Glenn and Gary; daughters Joanne Fujikami and Naomi Imai; brother Tadashi Yasutomi; sisters Alice Okuhara and Jeannie Ma- tsuoka; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Private services.

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Faafaleai Afuvai

Posted On July 30th, 2015 -

July 21, 2015
Faafaleai Afuvai, 78, of Waialua, a retired Hawaiian Regent Hotel pantry worker, died in Honolulu. She was born in Aua, American Samoa. She is survived by sons Liava’a and Falesa L., brother Felagolago M., five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Visitation: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Services: 11:30 a.m. Burial: 1 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Condolences: hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary.com.

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Concepcion Aglupos Agbigay

Posted On July 19th, 2015 -

June 26, 2015
Concepcion Aglupos Agbigay, 88, of Hilo, a diversified farmer and a homemaker, died at home. She was born in Batac, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. She is survived by sons Alberto, Erlindo and Wenceslao; daughters Ernesta Dela Cruz, Ofelia Solmerin, Edita Castro, Emelyn Ilar and Amelia Baclig; sisters Valentina A. Ortal and Leonila A. Nicolas; 20 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Visitation: 6 p.m. Friday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Wake service: 7 p.m. All-night vigil to follow at family residence. Additional visitation: 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Mass at noon. Burial to follow at Alae Cemetery, section K. Casual attire.

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GUILLERMO TAGALICUD AGNIR

Posted On July 10th, 2015 -

GUILLERMO TAGALICUD AGNIR Age 87, of Waipahu, HI, passed away June 1, 2015 in Ewa Beach, HI. Born February 10, 1928 in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. Retired maintenance worker from Makakilo. He is survived by spouse, Cristina Z. Agnir; sons, Juanito (Conchita) Agnir, Ernesto (Dina) Agnir, William (Marilou) Agnir; daughters, Esperanza (Nemecio) Malilay, Ermelita (Bienvenido) Roter, Rosenda (Antolin) Ucol, Paulina (Walter) Sarandi, Jossie (Andel) Barroga; sister, Luisa Agno; 21 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren. Visitation 5:30 p.m., Tuesday (July 14) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Prayer service 6:30 p.m. Visitation also 8:30 a.m., Wednesday (July 15) at St. Joseph Catholic Church (94-675 Farrington Hwy., Waipahu). Mass 9:30 a.m. Burial to follow 11:00 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park.

Guillermo Tagalicud Agnir

Posted On July 11th, 2015 -

June 1, 2015
Guillermo Tagalicud Agnir, 87, of Waipahu, a retired maintenance worker, died in Ewa Beach. He was born in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. He is survived by wife Cristina Z.; sons Juanito, Ernesto and William; daughters Esperanza Malilay, Ermelita Roter, Rosenda Ucol, Paulina Sarandi and Jossie Barroga; sister Luisa Agno; 21 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 6:30 p.m. Additional visitation: 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Waipahu. Mass: 9:30 a.m. Burial: 11 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park.

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Adam Chu Agpaoa

Posted On July 8th, 2015 -

June 12, 2015
Adam Chu Agpaoa, 52, of Honolulu, a retired federal government employee for the Marine Corps and a Marine Corps veteran, died in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by brother Don C. and half brother Eddie. Committal services: 1 p.m. Monday at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Condolences: hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary. com.

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Macaria Pascua Agustin

Posted On July 13th, 2015 -

MACARIA PASCUA AGUSTIN Age 91, of Honolulu, passed away June 10, 2015 in Honolulu. Born March 4, 1924 in Piddig, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. Retired from Hilton Hawaiian Village; member of Piddigenous Association. She is survived by son, Adriano (Corazon) Agustin; daughters, Juliana Corazon (Romeo) Agbunag, Velma Erenia Agustin; sister, Fulgencia Pascua Domingo; 7 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 8 great- great-grandchildren. Visitation 8:30 a.m. Saturday 7/18 at St. John The Baptist Church, 2324 Omilo Lane, Mass 10:00 a.m. Burial 1:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

Macaria Pascua Agustin

Posted On July 14th, 2015 -

June 10, 2015
Macaria Pascua Agustin, 91, of Honolulu, a retired Hilton Hawaiian Village employee, died in Honolulu. She was born in Piddig, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. She is survived by son Adriano, daughters Juliana C. Agbunag and Velma E. Agustin, sister Fulgencia P. Domingo, seven grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. Visitation: 8:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Mass: 10 a.m. Burial: 1:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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John Leialoha Ahia

Posted On July 26th, 2015 -

July 3, 2015
John Leialoha Ahia, 55, of Waipahu, a Hawaii Army National Guard veteran, died in Waipahu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Clara “Tee”; daughters Jenna “Kawehi” Kekauoha, Krystal Anne “Hina” Delgado, Jessie “Bebeh” Fujiwara and Raquel “Honey,” Kristee-Noel “Sweetie” and Rayleen “Ola” Ahia; brother Don; sister Jane Querubin; and eight grandchildren. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Thursday at New Hope Kapolei, 94-155 Leoole St. #201, Waipahu. Service: 6:30 p.m. Aloha attire. Flowers welcome.

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Lucy Noelani Lonomaaikanaka Mia Akau

Posted On July 11th, 2015 -

June 7, 2015
Lucy Noelani Lonomaaikanaka Mia Akau, 86, of Waimanalo, a state switchboard operator, died in Waimanalo. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons Robert S. Jr., Alan-Doiron K. and Paul H.; daughters Marbeth K. and Jonett P.; sister Lydia Ludin; 13 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 10 a.m. Friday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Services: 11:30 a.m. Burial: 3 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Condolences: hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary.com.

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Lucy Noelani Lonomaaikanaka Mia Akau

Posted On July 14th, 2015 -

June 7, 2015
Lucy Noelani Lonomaaikanaka Mia Akau, 86, of Waimanalo, a state switchboard operator, died in Waimanalo. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons Robert S. Jr., Alan-Doiron K. and Paul H.; daughters Marbeth K. Aquino and Jonett P. Akau-Aliifua; sister Lydia Ludin; 13 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 10 a.m. Friday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Services: 11:30 a.m. Burial: 3 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Condolences: hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary.com. Incorrect information in an obituary published Saturday.

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Richard Y. Akemoto

Posted On July 11th, 2015 -

June 12, 2015
Richard Y. Akemoto, 88, of Honolulu, a retired maintenance supervisor for Spencecliff Restaurants and an Army veteran, died in Honolulu. He was born in Kula, Maui. He is survived by daughter Carol and a grandchild. Private services. Condolences: oahumortuary.com.

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William M. Alana

Posted On July 12th, 2015 -

June 10, 2015
William M. “Poke Man” Alana, 31, of Mililani died in Waipahu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by companion Poke, parents Glenn L. Alana Sr. and Nola Mabaso, and brother Glenn. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Service: 6:30 p.m. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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Louisa Kawale Alani

Posted On July 10th, 2015 -

June 22, 2015
Louisa Kawale Alani, 82, of Hookena, Hawaii, a retired housekeeper for Kona Surf, Kona Sunset and Kona Hukilau hotels, died in Kona Community Hospital. She was born in Kaohe, Hawaii. She is survived by sons Harvy Sr. and Douglas Sr., daughters Glendora Kenison and Bonnie Alani, brother Edward Kaleohano Sr., sisters Susan and Constance Pua, 18 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 5 p.m. July 17 at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, Honaunau. Additional visitation: 8 a.m. July 18 at the church. Mass: 10 a.m. Burial to follow at the church cemetery. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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Patsy Ann Alayvilla

Posted On July 5th, 2015 -

June 27, 2015
Patsy Ann Alayvilla, 68, of Kalaheo, Kauai, a Big Save Store receiving clerk in Koloa, Kauai, died at Wilcox Memorial Hospital. She was born in Lihue. She is survived by daughters Melisa Dodge and Brenda Miyashiro; brothers Frank Jr. and Patrick Simao; sisters Theresa Mahuiki, Shirley Ipac and Diana Carvalho; and two grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Saturday at Holy Cross Church. Mass: 11 a.m. Private inurnment.

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Esther Hew Allen

Posted On July 10th, 2015 -

June 30, 2015
Esther Hew Allen, 88, of Lihue, a retired federal government employee, died in Garden Isle Health Care. She was born in Wailuku. She is survived by husband William P., sons Ross Ikeda and Bill Allen, daughters Kathy Allen-Hays and Laura Valhuerdi, 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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