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Rufino C. Villaruz

Posted On May 27th, 2017 -

60, of Union City, CA, died in Union City on May 8, 2017. He was born in Phillipines. Visitation: 9 AM; Services: 10 AM on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Borthwick Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Burial: 1 PM at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery.
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Gordon H.I. Chang

Posted On May 27th, 2017 -

83, of Honolulu, Hawaii, died in Honolulu on May 10, 2017. He was born in Waipio. Visitation: 3:00 p.m.; Services:4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Hawaii Kai Church. Burial: 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 5 at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery.
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RICHARD BRUCE JOSEPH “BRUCE”

Posted On May 27th, 2017 -

RICHARD BRUCE JOSEPH RICHARD BRUCE JOSEPH BRUCE Richard Bruce Joseph "Bruce", 87, died on his birthday, May 7, 2017 in his Kailua home. His intelligence and quiet wit are hugely missed. He was an excellent and long-time ear nose and throat doctor and surgeon, husband, father, grandfather, a solid tennis player, bridge player, world traveler and avid reader. Bruce loved to laugh with his family and friends and was always entertaining to be with. Bruce was born on May 7, 1930 in Whitewater, Kansas, the son of Donald Burdett and Florence Fuqua Joseph. He was a graduate of Whitewater High school and a 1951 graduate of the University of Kansas, where he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study French literature and history. Bruce married Janet Padgett on September 19, 1952, after which together they took a train to New York and sailed to Europe on "The Queen Mary" for a year in France. Bruce graduated from the University of Kansas Medical School, after which he did his internship in Tripler Army Hospital in Hawaii and ENT residency in Iowa. Bruce is survived by Janet, his wife of 64 years, and children; Kimberly Joseph Zilis, husband Paul Zilis, and Gary Allen Joseph, wife Yunah Lee Joseph; and grandchildren Gregory and David Zilis and Kailee Joseph. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Howard F. Joseph and twin sisters Joan "Jan" Williams of Lawrence, Kansas and Virginia "Ginnie" Hilbe of Schaan, Liechtenstein. Bruce and his family want to extend their sincerest thanks to Island Hospice, the network of caregivers during Bruce's last days, and our neighbors, who have been an invaluable source of warmth and support over the years.

Leaniva Gafoa Tagovailoa

Posted On May 27th, 2017 -

65, of Ewa Beach, Hawaii, died in Aiea on April 30, 2017. She was born in Pago Pago, American Samoa. Visitation: 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Message of Peace Ministry, Fort Weaver Rd., Ewa Beach. Burial will be private at a later date.
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Pono Kaialau Makanani Fukumitsu

Posted On May 27th, 2017 -

30, of Kaneohe, died in Honolulu on May 7, 2017. He was born in Honolulu. Visitation: 12PM on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Coconut Grove in Kahana. Private scattering of ashes at a later date.
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Myrna Rae Laubach

Posted On May 27th, 2017 -

84, of Kaneohe, Hawaii, died in Kaneohe on May 23, 2017. She was born in North Dakota. Private Services.
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Betty Lee Levy

Posted On May 27th, 2017 -

88, of Honolulu, died in Honolulu on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. She was born in Boston, MA. Private services.
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Ana “Nicky” Maria Dominguez

Posted On May 27th, 2017 -

Maria Dominguez 64, of Hilo, Hawaii, died on May 16, 2017 at Pohai Malama. She was born in New York City, New York on July 25, 1952. A Celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
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FR. HERBERT W. CHING

Posted On May 27th, 2017 -

Father Herbert Ching, passed away in Honolulu May 2, 2017. He was born in Honolulu on January 5, 1921. He graduated from St. Louis High School in 1939, and St. Joseph College and St. Patrick Seminary in California. He was ordained in Hawaii by Bishop James J. Sweeney on June 21, 1947 and was the first Chinese Priest to be ordained in Hawaii. He is survived by a brother Philip Ching of Honolulu and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 31 at the Basilica Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace on Fort Street Mall followed by Mass at 9:30 a.m. Reception will follow at 11:30 a.m. at the Empress Restaurant, 100 N Beretania Street, Chinese Cultural Plaza. Graveside Service will be at 3:00 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery, Kaneohe, Oahu. No flowers please. Donations may be made to the Roman Catholic Diocese in Hawaii, 1184 Bishop Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813.

Richard Fumio Yamashiro

Posted On May 27th, 2017 -

68, of Kaneohe, Hawaii, died in Kailua on May 18, 2017. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Private Services.
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Irene Wong

Posted On May 27th, 2017 -

Age 97, of Green Mountain, passed away on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at her home. Formerly of Honolulu, Hawaii she was the daughter of the late Henry and Fannie Ching Mau. She was also preceded in death by her sisters: Betty Lee and Nancy Lum and a brother, Kenneth Mau. Surviving is her daughter, Annette Robinson and husband, Hobert, of Green Mountain; grandson, Michael Robinson of Greeneville, TN; sister, Gladys Abang of Waianae, Hawaii; brother, Philip Mau, of Pearl City, Hawaii and her beloved little dog, Pippa. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Yancey Funeral Service is serving the Wong family. To send online condolences, please visit our website at www.yanceyfuneralservice.com

Henry H.W. Lee

Posted On May 27th, 2017 -

70, of Honolulu, died in Honolulu on May 12, 2017. He was born in Honolulu. Visitation: 9:30 AM; Services: 10:30 AM on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Borthwick Mortuary Makai Chapel.
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Maynon Liloa Joaquin

Posted On May 27th, 2017 -

96, of Honolulu, died in Honolulu on April 23, 2017. She was born in Honolulu. Services: 11:00 am on Saturday, June 3 at Kahala Stake Center (Kaimuki Ward) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - 4847 Kilauea.
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Frances Tomiko Tango

Posted On May 26th, 2017 -

Frances Tomiko Tango91, passed away on May 16, 2017 at 15 Craigside. She was born on March 28, 1926 in Honolulu to Kyusuke and Miya Tojyo. She was the third of four sisters. The family moved back to Fukushima, Japan in her early teen years and she graduated from high school in Fukushima. She returned to Hawaii after the war. She later met and married Richard Tango in 1950. Frances was a cashier at the Sheraton Surfrider Hotel and a Japanese Language teacher at Aiea Taiheiji Japanese School. She was part owner of Honolulu Plumbing Co., Ltd. She is survived by son, Glenn (Elizabeth) Tango, daughters Amy (Kenneth) Mijo and Iris (Ferdinand) Palumbarit and son-in-law James Wiltschko; grandchildren Kimberly (Brian Kocher) Palumbarit, Allison Palumbarit and Scott Wiltschko and two great grandchildren. She is predeceased by husband Richard K. Tango and daughter May Tango. Frances was a member of the Soto Mission of Aiea. She enjoyed playing mahjong and visiting family in Seattle at cherry blossom time. After the passing of her husband, she traveled to many parts of the world. Funeral service on Friday, June 2, 2017, 6:00 pm at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. 5:00 pm visitation. Arrangements Provided By: HOSOI GARDEN MORTUARY

Kameko L. Tiara

Posted On May 26th, 2017 -

96, of Honolulu, Hawaii, died in Honolulu on April 19, 2017. She was born in Kaneohe. Inurnment: 3:00 p.m. on Friday, June 2, 2017 at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery.
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Lillian Geraldine Lau Garcia

Posted On May 26th, 2017 -

87, of Gig Harbor, Washington, died in Hawaii on May 17, 2017. Services to be held in Lakewood, Washington.
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Nella Christine Courtney

Posted On May 26th, 2017 -

71, of Kailua, Hawaii, died in Kailua on May 21, 2017. She was born in Montclair, New Jersey. Private Services.
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Cecilia L. Maxfield

Posted On May 26th, 2017 -

96, of Aiea, Hawaii, died in Honolulu on May 19, 2017. She was born in Gladbeck, Germany. Private Services.
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Isaac Edward Bailey

Posted On May 26th, 2017 -

83, of Kaneohe, Hawaii, died in Kailua on May 2, 2017. He was born in Honolulu. Visitation: 10:00 a.m.; Services: 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 2, 2017 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Waikalua Chapel. Burial: 2:00 p.m. at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery.
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Brenda Lynn Shores Sauni

Posted On May 26th, 2017 -

58, of Hauula, Hawaii, died in Kahuku on May 12, 2017. She was born in Honolulu. Visitation: 9:00 a.m.; Services: 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at Kingdom Hall Of Jehovah's Witnesses, Kaaawa Congregation, Hauula. Burial: 1:00 pm at Valley of the Temples, Kaneohe.
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Edgar Bartolome Ibana

Posted On May 26th, 2017 -

45, of Las Vegas, Nevada, died in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 29, 2017. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Visitation: 5:30 - 9:00 p.m. on Friday, June 2, 2017 at Diamond Head Mortuary. Services: 9:45 - 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, June 3 at St. Philomena Catholic Church. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park.
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Cyril Francis Damon Jr. “Frank”

Posted On May 26th, 2017 -

Cyril Francis Damon Jr. Damon Jr., one of the founding partners of Damon Shigekane, the state's first interracial law firm, passed away on May 13th, 2017 due to complications from pneumonia. He was 90. Born in Honolulu in 1926, Frank was a 4th generation missionary descendant of Samuel C. and Julia M. Damon who arrived in Hawaii in 1842. Frank attended Punahou School but graduated from St. Paul's School in New Hampshire in 1944. He served in the Navy from 1944 - 1946. Following a degree from Yale in 1950 and a law degree from the University of Colorado in 1953, Frank retuned to Hawaii to practice law for the next 5 years with the firm Smith, Wild, Beebe & Cades. In 1959 when Hawaii became a state, Frank served as an administrative assistant to U.S. Senator Hiram Fong in Washington D.C. from 1959 to 1962. As Fong's assistant, Damon helped with the formation of the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii. Upon his return to Hawaii, Governor William F. Quinn appointed Frank to a cabinet post as Director of Labor and Industrial Relations where he served for one year. In 1963, with his friend from Yale, Henry Shigekane, they founded the first interracial law firm in the state of Hawaii, Damon Shigekane which today is known as Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert. Frank's legal specialty was estate planning, wills, and trusts. With his friend, Sig Ramler, he founded the Foundation for Study in Hawai'i and Abroad in 1966 which later merged into the Wo International Center at Punahou School. Frank was deeply committed to community service. He often said, "to whom much is given, much is expected". He embodied that philosophy. Frank was a 4th generation trustee of Punahou School where he served on the board from 1973 - 2002, and was chairman of the board from 1998 - 2001. He was also a trustee of KCCA, The Mid-Pacific Institute, The Sun Yat-Sen Hawaii Foundation and served as an adjunct professor at the University of Hawaii Richardson School of Law. Frank was a word-smith of the first order. He loved books and started a book club called the Discussion Group in 1954 that still meets to this day, 63 years later. He was also an avid tennis player and an Eagle Scout. Frank was a great storyteller with a subtle, dry sense of humor. Frank is survived by his wife Katherine Damon, sons Allen (Delphine), Hugh, Thomas, and Andrew (Vanessa) Damon, step children Sidney Wiecking, David Baker, James Baker and eight grandchildren. Services will be held on Monday, June 5 at Central Union Church at 4pm with a reception following at the Pacific Club. In lieu of flowers Frank would like donations to be made to Punahou School or the Boy Scouts of America, Aloha Council.

Dionicia “Dio” A. Agbayani

Posted On May 26th, 2017 -

69, of Mililani, died in Honolulu on April 27, 2017. She was born in Philippines. Visitation: 10:00 a.m.; Services: 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Burial: 2:00 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery.
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Maria Asuncion Tamboa

Posted On May 26th, 2017 -

90, of Waipahu, Hawaii, died in Aiea on April 24, 2017. She was born in Waialua, Oahu. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 2, 2017 at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Services: 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 3 at Our Lady of the Mount Church. Burial: 11:30 a.m. at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park.
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Oliver M. Lee

Posted On May 26th, 2017 -

89, of Honolulu, Hawaii, died in Honolulu on May 1, 2017. He was born in Shanghai, China. Services: 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at the Church of the Crossroads.
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Sylvia R. McShane

Posted On May 26th, 2017 -

83, of Honolulu, Hawaii, died in Honolulu on May 9, 2017. She was born in Paia. Visitation: 10:30 a.m.; Services: 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at Diamond Head Mortuary Chapel. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Diamond Head Memorial Park.
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Rosaline “Rose” Sumahit Acohido

Posted On May 26th, 2017 -

72, of Waipahu, Hawaii, died in Waipahu on April 18, 2017. She was born in Honolulu. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Services: 6:30 p.m.
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Fermin Ubaldo Rebibes

Posted On May 26th, 2017 -

81, of Waialua, Hawaii, died in Wahiawa on April 7, 2017. He was born in San Juan, formerly of Lapog, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. Visitation/Service: 6:00-9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at Mililani Mortuary, Makai Chapel. Mass: 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 1 at St. Michael Catholic Church, Waialua. Burial: 11:00 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park.
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Lei U. Ansai

Posted On May 26th, 2017 -

98, of Aiea, Hawaii, died in Pearl City on April 25, 2017. She was born in Wailuku. Private services held.
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Violet I. Ayers

Posted On May 26th, 2017 -

92, of Honolulu, Hawaii, died in Honolulu on May 12, 2017. She was born in Honolulu. Visitation: 10:00 a.m.; Services: 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 2, 2017 at Borthwick Mortuary, Mauka Chapel.
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