Gertrude Tsugawa

Posted On March 8th, 2017 -

Gertrude Harriet Mailelauli'ili'ioakuhihewa Hipa Tsugawa, 85, of Pearl City, peacefully passed away on February 18, 2017. Gertrude was born in Honolulu to Daniel K. and Emily K. (Kaulukou) Hipa on September 3, 1931. She graduated from Farrington High School in 1950. She attended Weber College (Ogden, UT) and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Utah State University (Logan, UT) in 1954. A dedicated educator for over 30 years, she taught at Kaunakakai Elementary, Moloka'i High and Intermediate, Farrington High, Dole Intermediate, and Aiea Intermediate Schools. Gertrude was also a devoted family historian. She connected the generations by gathering and helping others find their family histories and heritage. She served as a teacher and family history consultant for her local congregation in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for many years. Gertrude is survived by her daughter, Diana Napoleon, and two sons Samuel (Patricia) and Ian; three grandchildren, Summer (Castle Dudoit) Napoleon, Liliana (Chad Lima) Napoleon, and Eben (Trinity) Napoleon, Jr.; and eight great-grandchildren. Gertrude is preceded in death by her husband, Itsuro; son-in-law Eben Napoleon, Sr.; and great-grandson Keahi Napoleon. A viewing and visitation will be held Friday, March 10, 2017 from 5:00 - 7:30 pm at Borthwick Mortuary, 1330 Maunakea St. in Honolulu. Final visitation and viewing will be held at the Waipahu LDS Stake Center, 94-210 Kahuali'I St., in Waipahu the following day, Saturday, March 11 at 11:00 am. Funeral services will immediately follow at 12:00pm. Burial will be at the Valley of Temple Memorial Park in Kaneohe at 3:30 pm. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Ernesto and Dolores Guiao Family, Islands Hospice, and Quality Case Management for their loving and professional care for Gertrude in her final years and days. "And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers." Malachi 4:6

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