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Yamane, Alice Matsuko (nee Nemoto)

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YAMANE, ALICE MATSUKO
(NEE NEMOTO)
Of St. Paul, MN passed away suddenly on June 28, 2012. Born January 15, 1927, in Hayward, California, she was one of eight children in the family of Manabu and Shimo Nemoto. After graduation from high school in the Topaz Japanese-American Relocation Camp, she went to Michigan State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics. She continued to travel east to Grasslands Hospital in Valhalla, NY for an internship in dietetics. There she met her future husband George Yamane. They married on July 6, 1951. Together they lived on both coasts (Seattle and New Jersey) and in the Midwest (Chicago and Minneapolis), finally retiring in St. Paul in 1994. She is preceded in death by her husband, Dr. George M. Yamane; sisters, Elizabeth Omi and Elaine Nemoto; brothers, George, Harold, and Howard Nemoto; grandson John Nemoto Merrell. Survivors include daughters, Wende O’Brien and Linda Merrell (James); son, David Yamane (Carol); grandchildren Daniel O’Brien (Sara), James O’Brien (Iva), Alison Sanders (Lamar), David Merrell, and Wilson Merrell; five great grandchildren. Alice will be remembered as an elegant, generous and gracious host; a loyal and caring friend, and was proud of and devoted to her family. She was fiercely independent and eager to expand her horizons. With her husband, she traveled to Japan, China, Fiji, Denmark, Germany England, Australia, Egypt, Panama, and the Caribbean. From taking courses at St. Thomas University in her 70s to volunteering at the Science Museum of Minnesota to keeping up with national and local current events, she was always, to the very end of her life, active and engaged with the wider world. A memorial service will be held on Friday July 6th at 10:30am at Macalester Plymouth United Church, 1658 Lincoln Ave. St. Paul, MN. Arr. Willwerscheid Funeral Home & Cremation (651-228-1006)

EDITH KAIU FUJISHIGE

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EDITH KAIU FUJISHIGE
Age 76, of Haleiwa, Hawaii, passed away June 16, 2012 in Honolulu. Born July 19, 1935 in Haleiwa, Hawaii. A retired secretary from Kamehameha Schools/Bishop Estate. A graduate of Waialua High School Class of ’53.
She is survived by son, Glen “Gangie” (Kathy) Fujishige; daughters, Colleen “Coco” (Roy) Rodrigues, Lisa Chun & Layne Choi; brothers, James (Sachi) Hookala, Charles (Pat) Hookala, Clarence “Maka” Hookala; sisters, Annie (Henry) Silva, Emma Sasaki, Juju (Paul) Hirayama; 13 grand-children; 10 great-grand-children.
Visitation 5:00 p.m. Thursday (July 12) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Funeral Service 6:00 p.m. Burial 10:00 a.m. Friday (July 13) at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual Attire.

DR. GEOFFREY C. ASHTON

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DR. GEOFFREY C. ASHTON
Dr. Geoffrey C. Ashton died suddenly in Honolulu on June 18, 2012. He was born in Croydon, England on July 5, 1925, but spent most of his childhood in Liverpool where he attended the Liverpool Collegiate School and the University of Liverpool. He earned a B.Sc. in Zoology and then went to work for Lever Brothers in Liverpool and a hospital in Birmingham before moving to Canada, where he worked at the Connaught Research Laboratories at the University of Toronto. He soon returned to England to marry Joy Stanley on February 17, 1951 and subsequently took research positions with Glaxo and later the Animal Health Trust. In 1958, Geoff was ready for a new adventure so he sought a position with the Australian government. He was hired, so Joy and Geoff moved their young family to Rockhampton, Australia where he conducted research aimed at developing cattle breeds adapted to tropical climates. In 1960, he earned the first Ph.D. awarded externally by the University of Liverpool, which also awarded him a D.Sc. in 1967 in recognition of excellence in published research.
In 1964, Geoff joined the University of Hawaii as a faculty member in the Department of Genetics, where he worked until retiring in 1997. He was part of the original faculty of the John A. Burns School of Medicine and served as department chair for Genetics for more than 15 years, He was appointed Vice-Chancellor of Academic Affairs for the Manoa Campus during the 1970s and continued to serve on various campus committees and work groups after returning to the Genetics department. His international reputation resulted in requests to deliver presentations at professional conferences around the globe.
Geoff never lost his love of travel and, with Joy, visited more than one hundred countries and all seven continents. In retirement, he took leadership roles in the Adventurers’ Club of Honolulu and was an active member of the British Commonwealth Club of Hawaii and in the Zone 12 Photo Club.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Joy; daughters Carolyn (David) Gire, Kathryn (Bill) Sthay, Dr. Melinda Ashton (Dr. Ken Perske); son Jon Ashton and daughter-in-law Diane Ashton; grandchildren Julian, Jennifer and Christopher Gire, Adam (Allison) Sthay, Samantha (Sean) Fannon, Scott Perske, and Geoffrey M. and Lindsey Ashton; great-grandson Ashton Sthay. He is also survived by brother Derek H. Ashton, nephew Jeremy and niece Melanie of the U.K
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be sent to the University of Hawaii Foundation at P.O. Box 11720, Honolulu, HI 96828 to benefit the Dr. Geoffrey C. Ashton Memorial Fund at the John A. Burns School of Medicine. No services.

LORNA GOO NAHALE

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LORNA GOO NAHALE
Age 80 of Nu’uanu, passed away on June 15, 2012 with her family by her side. Born May 18, 1932 in Honolulu and graduated from Roosevelt HS .50. Retired word processing supervisor from Pacific Insurance Company. She is survived by husband Donald, sons Keith (Diane), Jeff (Cyn), Kirk (Dian), Guy (Patty), daughter Donni-Rae (Ron) Pang, brother Denis “Jiggie” (Barbara) Goo, sisters Leota Jean (Albert Jr.) Hussey, Helena “Honsey” Chong, 10 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
Services will be held at St. John Vianney Church in Enchanted Lakes on July 12, 2012. Visitation 9:00-11:00 a.m. followed by program and prayer service. Burial 1:00 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery (Garden of Inspiration). Aloha attire.

GRACE ETSUKO MASHITA

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GRACE ETSUKO MASHITA
-Honolulu
March 19, 1929
to May 30, 2012
Grace was born in the hills behind Lanikai on a farm to Kazuki and Suya Mashita. From seeing the planes fly over her fields during the Japanese attack in 1941 to later traveling the entire world, Grace lived a rich and exciting life. She spent her final years in Honolulu where her long daily walks from the Banyan Tree Plaza took her all around the city.
Grace became a member of the Arthur family (long-time Lanikai/Kailua residents) in 1947 after graduating from McKinley high school. Until her passing she was revered as an honored Mother and Grandmother as well as Auntie to many nieces and nephews.
To everyone she was the finest example of a person who truly “lived aloha”. Mahalo Grace, you enriched and touched so very many lives.
She leaves siblings Katherine, Gladys and Stanley and numerous nieces and nephews. Also mourning her passing are children Philip, Peter, Ann and Mary and many grandchildren and great-rand-children.
A private service will take place in September. Grace will then rest with her family at the Valley of the Temples in Kaneohe.

Walter Hook Sung Yuen

Posted On July 7th, 2012 -

June 24, 2012
Walter Hook Sung Yuen, 89, of Honolulu, a retired Honolulu Board of Water Supply employee and an Army veteran, died in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by daughter Janna, brother Walter K.P. and sister Charlotte Hedani. Visitation: 11 a.m. Thursday at Borthwick Mortuary. Services: 11:30 a.m. Inurnment: 3 p.m. at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Aloha attire. No flowers. Online condolences: www.borthwickoahu.com. Incorrect information for an obituary published Friday.

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Mildred Sawayo Yasuda

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June 19, 2012
Mildred Sawayo Yasuda, 89, of Honolulu, an Associated Steel Workers office clerk, died in Tripler Army Medical Center. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons Brian Y. and Harvey Y., sisters Violet M. Noguchi and Phyllis F. Arizumi, and three grandchildren. Private services.

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Corazon Reginaldo Vallesteros

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June 4, 2012
Corazon Reginaldo “Azon” Vallesteros, 59, of Ewa Beach died in Ewa Beach. He was born in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. He is survived by wife Elvira “Elvie”; son Gene; daughter Sharon Garcia; mother Erlinda; brothers Andring, Dante and Ronald; sisters Cely Taong and Evangeline Bihis; and five grandchildren. Visitation: 6 p.m. Tuesday and 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and 10:15 a.m. Wednesday. Burial: 11 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Flowers welcome.

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Emily Lauwae Torres

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June 25, 2012
Emily Lauwae Torres, 58, of Lihue, a homemaker, died in Wilcox Memorial Hospital. She was born in Waianae. She is survived by husband Gregory; daughter Lauwae; brothers John Jr., Joseph Sr., Antone, Rhinehart, Gustave and Jonah Hoapili; sisters Mary Coronel, Sherlene Kamaka, Sharon Hinton, Helen McComber, Alice Vasquez, Florence and Meiling Hoapili, and Nadine Kawamura; and a grandchild. Services: 9 a.m. July 28 at Lydgate Beach Park, Wailua, Kauai.

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Hatsuko Teruya

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June 24, 2012
Hatsuko Teruya, 93, of Honolulu, a retired practical nurse, died in Straub Clinic & Hospital. She was born in Kekaha, Kauai. She is survived by brothers Dr. Kazuo, Keiji, Kishiro, Daniel G. and Kisei; and sisters Yoshiko Chang, Anna K. Arakaki and Amy S. Sanada. Private services. No flowers. No monetary offerings. Incorrect information in an obituary published Friday.

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Thomas Takashi Shinbo

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June 5, 2012
Thomas Takashi Shinbo, 86, of Honolulu, a retired Interiors Three estimator and an Army veteran, died in Kuakini Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Stella, son Dayne T., daughter Dawn M. Aihara and four grandchildren. Private services. No monetary offerings.

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Helen Louise Schultz

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June 16, 2012
Helen Louise Schultz, 98, of Kailua, a homemaker, died in Kailua. She was born in Staunton, Ill. She is survived by daughter Donna, two grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Private services. No flowers. Donations suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project. Online condolences: www.hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary.com.

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Raymond Villa Salvador

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June 27, 2012
Raymond Villa Salvador, 56, of Waipahu, a driver and an Air Force veteran, died in Waipahu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by mother Susana, brothers Ricardo and Robert, and sisters Arestedes Lorenzo, Susan Macarayan, Melinda Emmel and Dorothy Espinosa. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. July 14 at Borthwick Mortuary. Services: 6:30 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. July 14. Burial: 2 p.m. at Valley of the Temples. Casual attire. Flowers welcome. Online condolences: www.borthwickoahu.com.

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Richard Estill Reed

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May 17, 2012
Richard Estill Reed, 77, of Kailua-Kona, a sales representative for a major airline supplier, died at home. He was born in Ashland, Ky. He is survived by wife Norma, sons Richard Reed and Scott Parnell, daughters Julie Reed and Kelly Costello, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services held.

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Elissa Nalani Prestidge Recaido

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June 29, 2012
Elissa Nalani Prestidge “Lisa” Recaido, 57, of Waimea, Hawaii, a homemaker, died in Hilo Medical Center. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Charles; sons Joshua, Kale and Noah; daughters DoRe’ Arnall and Keala Campbell; parents Albert and Elizabeth Prestidge; brothers Albert and Robert Prestidge; sisters Alberta Cardus, Jacqueline Kamai, Carol Ueda, Althea Marcellino and Elizabeth Prestidge; and five grandchildren. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Kahilu Town Hall, Waimea, Hawaii. Celebration of life: 10:30 a.m. Aloha attire. Lei and single flowers welcome for scattering of ashes ceremony.

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Nathalie Maile Raquel

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May 30, 2012
Nathalie Maile Raquel, 49, of Waikoloa, Hawaii, an Akita Enterprises school bus driver, died in North Hawaii Community Hospital. She was born in Pahala, Hawaii. She is survived by husband Peo; son Wesley; daughters Dannalyn Raquel, Nathalyn Revilla and Suzielyn Kanekoa; hanai son Smith Pascubillo; mother Susan Pua; brothers Arthur Kaleohano, and Sammy, Danny, Wesley and James Pua; sisters Susan Louis, Elvainney Pascubillo, Kathie and Charmaine Pua, and Helen Frei-tas; hanai brother Maxie Navas; and six grandchildren. Visitation: 8 a.m. July 14 at Dodo Mortuary, Hilo. Services: 10 a.m. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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Dionicio Alfredo Purisima

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June 21, 2012
Dionicio Alfredo “Pedong” Purisima, 82, of Kalaheo, Kauai, a McBryde Sugar Plantation irrigator, died in Wilcox Memorial Hospital. He was born in Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. He is survived by wife Gregoria “Goyang”; sons Bernard and Arnel; daughter Arlene; brother Thomas; sisters Eugenia Peralta, Lourdes Mirasol and Nina Sapilo; and nine grandchildren. Visitation: 6 p.m. Friday at the Purisima family residence, 2067 Peleleu St., Kalaheo. Additional visitation: 9 a.m. July 14 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Kalaheo. Mass: 10 a.m. Burial to follow at St. Raphael Catholic Cemetery, Koloa. Casual attire.

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Wallace Shoji Nomura

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June 9, 2012
Wallace Shoji Nomura, 73, of Honolulu, a retired Federal Aviation Administration air traffic controller and an Air Force veteran, died in the Queen’s Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Charlene S.; sons Dean K. Nomura, and Kevin K., Guy A. and Shawn Y. Omura; brother Walter; sister Vivian Kim; and three grandchildren. Private services.

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Peggy Fukiko Nishimitsu

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June 22, 2012
Peggy Fukiko Nishimitsu, 87, of Kapaa, Kauai, a retired registered nurse at Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital, died at home. She was born in Kunia. She is survived by daughters Lorna and Holly, brothers Jerry and Terry Ishimoto, sister Sally Yamanaka and two grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. July 28 at All Saints Episcopal Church, Kapaa. Services: 10 a.m. No flowers.

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Kikuye Ogawa Napoleon

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June 27, 2012
Kikuye Ogawa Napoleon, 88, of Honolulu, a retired cook, died in Kaiser Medical Center. She was born in Eleele, Kauai. She is survived by son Wayne H. Souza, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Private services.

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Yoshiko Miyashiro

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June 9, 2012
Yoshiko Miyashiro, 89, of Pepeekeo, Hawaii, a retired E.B. de Silva Elementary School employee, died in a Hilo care home. She was born in Pepeekeo. She is survived by son Dean, brother Edward Harakuni and sister Mildred Suganuma. Private services.

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Fumie Miyahara

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June 27, 2012
Fumie “Alice” Miyahara, 87, of Pearl City, a former secretary for Miya’s Chevron Service, died. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by son Glenn, daughters Irene Inafuku and Joyce Tapia-Miyahara, sister Betty Anderson, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Private services.

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Leon Seifalla Luce

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June 30, 2012
Leon Seifalla Luce, 62, of Papaikou, Hawaii, a retired psychiatric nurse at the Hawaii State Adult Mental Health Division, Hilo Medical Center and Life Care Center of Hilo, and an Army veteran who served in the Vietnam War, died at home. He was born in Los Angeles. He is survived by wife Khadiga “Nonna,” son Ari, daughter Vanda Luce Epstein, brother Larry, sister Laura Brown and two grandchildren. Private services. Condolences may be sent to P.O. Box 168, Hilo, HI 96721.

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Colin C. Kippen Sr. and Healani Burgess Kippen

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March 16, 2007; May 13, 2012
Colin C. Kippen Sr., 83, of Kaneohe, a Marsh account executive and an Air Force veteran, died in Honolulu, and his wife, Healani Burgess Kippen, 85, of Kaneohe, a homemaker, died in Aiea. They were born in Honolulu. They are survived by sons Colin C. Jr., Douglas K. and Keith K.; and six grandchildren. Visitation: 11 a.m. Sunday at Borthwick Mortuary. Services: noon. Inurnment: 1 p.m. Monday at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe. Aloha attire. Donations suggested to Hawaiian Humane Society. Online condolences: borthwickoahu.com.

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Norman J. Kam

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June 26, 2012
Norman J. Kam, 67, of Mililani, a retired mechanic, died in Wahiawa General Hospital. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by sons Jeremy and Jonathan, mother Amy Amoy Kam, brothers Eric Kam O’Leary and Joel Leong, sister Mona Ann McNamara, former wife Sally, a grandchild and a step-grandchild. Private services.

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Fely Ibea Ines

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June 11, 2012
Fely Ibea Ines, 56, of Waianae died in Honolulu. She was born in Sinait, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. She is survived by brothers Benny, Rogelio and Gilbert; and sister Delia. Visitation: 9 a.m. Thursday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Mass: 11:30 a.m. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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William Heltzel

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June 29, 2012
William “Bill” Heltzel, 85, of Honolulu, a retired Air Force major and pilot, died in Honolulu. He was born in Elgin, Ill. He is survived by son Rick and sister Amy Purtzer. Private services. No flowers. Donations suggested to the American Cancer Society.

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Charles G. Hanohano

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June 25, 2012
Charles G. “Butch” Hanohano, 68, of Hono-kaa, Hawaii, a retired Hawaii County Police Department officer and an Army veteran, died in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Lynne; daughters Trisha Kishida, Heidi Kainoa and Amber Christensen; brothers Mike and Mark “Dutch”; sister Jackie Shannon; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Inurnment: 12:45 p.m. Thursday at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe. Casual attire. No flowers.

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James L. Gaston

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June 24, 2012
James L. Gaston, 84, of Honolulu, a television repair shop owner and operator and an Army veteran, died in the Veterans Administration Community Living Center, Honolulu. He was born in Tutwiler, Miss. He is survived by wife Yong Hui. Services: 10 a.m. Friday at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe. Burial to follow. Casual attire. Online condolences: www.borthwickoahu.com.

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Louie James De Souza

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June 26, 2012
Louie James De Souza, 81, of Pepeekeo, Hawaii, a retired farmer, died in Hilo Medical Center. He was born in Pepeekeo. He is survived by brothers Manuel De Souza Jr. and John P. Souza, and sisters Isabel Chandler and Violet De Souza. Visitation: 8:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hilo. Mass: 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Homelani Memorial Park, Ilima section. Casual attire.

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