Archive for the ‘Family Placed Obituaries’ Category

Tamako “Thelma” M. Vasconcello

Posted On June 24th, 2015 -

TAMAKO THELMA M. VASCONCELLOS Age 84, of Waialua, HI, passed away May 29, 2015 in Wahiawa, HI. Born February 6, 1931 in Waialua, HI. Retired from Haleiwa IGA Supermarket. Preceded in death by husband, James "JD" Vasconcellos, Sr. She is survived by sons, James Vasconcellos, Jr., Royd Vasconcellos; daughters, Ann (John) Casson, Jan (Joel) Ravey; 9 grandchildren; 11 great-grand- children; 1 great-great-grandchild. Visitation 5:30 p.m., Monday (June 29) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Memorial service 6:30 p.m. Casual attire.

Librado Martinez

Posted On June 24th, 2015 -

LIBRADO MARTINEZ 76, died on Sunday, June 7,2015 in Seattle, WA. Dado is survived by his wife Flor, daughters Cathy and Jay-Anne, son Dale, Grand children Patricia, Tara Lynn, Sophia, Gavin. Viewing & visitation on June 26, 2015 10am-12noon, memorial service 12noon-1pm at Bonney Watson WA Memorial 16445 International Blvd., Seattle.

DARIN RYO KOBATAKE

Posted On June 23rd, 2015 -

DARIN RYO KOBATAKE (1965-2015) Passed away while paddling, in Maui on June 9. Graduated from Punahou School in 1983, received a BA from Grinnell College and JD from University of Iowa-College of Law. He loved the ocean, sports, and travelling. He played football for the Buff'n Blue, earned an all-star selection to the ILH-OIA game. After law school, he practiced international law in Bankok, Thailand. He then moved to Oregon to start a beauty school business, International Beauty Schools (IBS). Recently, he returned home to open another IBS in Kahalui, Maui. He is survived by his wife Lauanda, daughter Sophia, parents Warren and Linda, and siblings Dana (Steven) and Derol. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 27, at the Punahou Chapel from 4-5p.m. Visitation will be from 3-4p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions will be graciously accepted for Sophia's education.

Joshua Kwang Han Choi

Posted On June 23rd, 2015 -

JOSHUA KWANG HAN CHOI Age 94, of Waialua, HI, passed away April 29, 2015 in Wahiawa, HI. Born September 4, 1920 in Papaaloa,HI. He is survived by wife, Soledad Ladao Choi; sons, Joshua L. (Pearl) Choi, LeRoy J.S. (Sue) Choi, Jesse (Anita) Choi, Matthew C.S. Choi, Peter N.S. Choi; daughter, Penelope I.S. (Warren) Hoo; brother, Joseph K.W. (Julia) Choi; sister, Esther K.W. Iida; 7 grandchildren; 9 great- grandchildren. Visitation 9:30 a.m., Saturday (June 27) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Memorial service 10:30 a.m. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

EDITH TAMAYO MIYAHARA

Posted On June 23rd, 2015 -

EDITH TAMAYO MIYAHARA January 2, 1928 - May 13, 2015 Edith Tamayo Miyahara of Honolulu passed away peacefully at Hi'olani Care Center at Kahala Nui Senior Living on May 13, 2015. Edith was born in Kau, Hawaii, to Mojihei and Seki Kawakami Miyahara. Her priority was education. Edith graduated from Honolulu Business College in 1952; received certification as a practical nurse in 1954; earned her Bachelors of Education in 1957; received a Teachers College Five-Year Diploma in 1958 (Kindergarten - Grade 1 certificate); and was awarded the Masters in Education in 1969. Edith was with the Department of Education for over 30 years, teaching at Kauluwela (1958-1960), Nimitz (1960-1965) and Palolo Elementary School (1965 until retirement). In her desire to have many of life's experiences, she also took ballroom dancing lessons. While teaching, Edith's vision began to fail her. She lost her eyesight during the last few years of her life. She had assistance through the years from close friends, Catholic Charities, Ho'opono Services for the Blind, Senior Companion Services and Project Dana Volunteers. She was well cared for by the professional staff at Hi'olani. Services will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, 2015, at Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin, 1727 Pali Highway; visitation from 3:00 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers or monetary offerings.

JOSEPHINE CABRAL ONTIVEROS

Posted On June 23rd, 2015 -

JOSEPHINE CABRAL ONTIVEROS Age 94, Ewa Beach, HI, passed away May 12, 2015 in Ewa Beach, HI. Born March 23, 1921 in Papaaloa, HI. Josephine faithfully served many years as one of Jehovah's Witness and was associated with the Maili Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. She is survived by son, Alfred (Ramona) Ontiveros, Jr.; daughters, Carmen Wilson, Myra (Ronald) Hager, Sandra (Alvin) Kawasaki, Avis (Rick Nakamura) Larita; brother, Raymond Cabral; sisters, Eunice Uyeda, Mae Iwahori; 8 grandchildren; 20 great-grand- children. Visitation 8:30 a.m., Saturday (June 27) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel. Memorial service 9:30 a.m. Inurnment to follow 10:30 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

KATHERINE “KAY” IKEHARA

Posted On June 22nd, 2015 -

$nameKATHERINE KAY IKEHARA Age 74, of Honolulu, passed away on May 13, 2015 at Queens Hospital. Born November 25, 1940 in Honolulu. Kay graduated from Kaimuki High School in 1958 and retired from Kaiser Medical Center. She was currently employed at Ross Department Store. She is survived by son, Todd, daughter-in-law Terry and grand- son TJ; daughter, Tari Lynn and granddaughter, Taisha Doo; and sister Elaine Watanabe. Kay is with the Family, including her son Tony, who went before her. As she requested, private services were held.

DIAN BECKLEY FREITAS

Posted On June 22nd, 2015 -

Screen Shot 2015-06-22 at 10.48.27 AMDIAN BECKLEY FREITAS November 10, 1943 - June 4, 2015 Loving wife, mother, grand- mother, and friend passed away suddenly at age 71. Kailua H.S. graduate class of '61. Married 49 years to husband "Gene". Daughter to the first pro golfer at MPCC Alexander Beckley and mother Alice. A lifelong Lanikai resident and active member of the Kailua community, she organized the crafters for I Love Kailua and Lanikai craft fairs. She was caring, colorful, and loved to make people happy with her cooking and sewing. She always had a smile, an ear, and chicken soup for anyone who needed it. She was the most loving wife, mother, and friend and will be missed dearly by all who knew her. Survived by husband Eugene, daughters Dana (Jason) Blair and Tyra (Matthew) Sargent, grandchildren Allison and Max. Forever in our hearts. Visitation 9:00 Mass 10:30 June 26, 2015 St. Anthony's Church, Kailua

PHILIP A. WATSON SR.

Posted On June 21st, 2015 -

0000767329-02-1PHILIP A. WATSON SR. Philip A. Watson Sr. aka "Chocolate", 68 of Honolulu, died at home. Retired Heavy Equipment Operator. He is survived by daughters: Anna Marie, Maria, and Margaret Watson. Sons: Philip and Keoni Watson, Joseph and Danny Ray Balera. 18 Grandchildren and 4 Great Grandchildren. Sisters: Sybil, Marybell Wynona, and Joanne. Hanai brothers: George, Benjamin, Peter, and Melvin Paris. Service and Celebration of Life will be held at Maile Beach Park on July 11, 2015. Service starts 9 a.m. and followed by his Celebration. Casual attire and flowers are welcome.

MASATO ISHIDA

Posted On June 21st, 2015 -

MASATO ISHIDA Age 101, of Honolulu, HI, passed away April 27, 2015, in Honolulu, HI. Born August 20, 1913 in Honolulu, HI. Member of the Mason's Union, Local 1. He is survived by daughters, Patricia M. Lau, Lucy S. Richmond, Janet K. Uyehara; 2 grandchildren. Private services.

DORVIN DUANE LEIS

Posted On June 21st, 2015 -

$nameDORVIN DUANE LEIS Dorvin Duane Leis, age 86, passed away at home in Kihei, Hawaii assisted by Hospice Maui on June 15, 2015 after a long and hard fight with cancer over the last five years. Dorvin was born on July 10, 1928 in Riverside, California. He was the son of Ward and Susan Leis. He was the oldest of three boys, growing up with his brothers Bill and Don. Dorvin married Betty Mae Hess 68 years ago in Pasadena, California. Dorvin received his high school diploma in 1946. He attended Pasadena City College and Pasadena Junior College. Dorvin was a very accomplished athlete who golfed, and competed in California's Golden Gloves Boxing. In 1961, Dorvin started his mechanical contracting business in Pomona, California. Beginning in 1967 with the construction of the Travelodge Hotel in Lahaina, his construction business took him back and forth between California and Maui. Dorvin and his family made a permanent move to Maui in 1972. Dorvin D. Leis Co., Inc. has become the largest mechanical contractor in the State of Hawaii. Dorvin had established the business on all of the Hawaiian Islands and in Guam, with the headquarters remaining on Maui. The company has over 400 employees and has received many industry awards for its achievements. Dorvin was chairman and owner of Hawaii Premier Realty Corporation, and Construction Development Inc., a general contracting company in Hawaii. He was also chairman and owner of Dorbet Inc., a real estate development company located in both Hawaii and Texas. Dorvin's businesses also included banks in Texas, a real estate company in Texas, a music publishing company in Nashville, several radio stations in Texas, and National Pasteurized Eggs Inc., which operates in all 50 states and several countries. Dorvin served on the Small Business Review Board for the State of Hawaii, the Maui Community College Provost and Horizons Advisory Council, the Board of Water Supply for the County of Maui, the Board of Directors of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, the Board of Directors of Hospice Maui, and served as a trustee for the University of Hawaii Foundation. Dorvin also served as the co-chairman for both the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's "A Gift for Generations to Come" capital fund committee, and the "Ten Million Dollar Capital Fund Raiser" for the Maui Family YMCA. Dorvin supported the University of Hawaii Maui College, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation and Maui Arts & Cultural Center. He and his wife also donated the Kihei Canoe Club's first canoe and supported the Kihei Little League and Kihei Youth Center. Recently Dorvin and Betty were honored with the Lei of Distinction, the highest honor that the Maui Arts & Cultural Center bestows upon individuals with exceptional vision. Dorvin has been honored as Maui's Entrepreneur of the Year by Maui Chamber of Commerce and Island Business Magazine, the Outstanding Philanthropist Award for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Aloha Chapter, the Maui Chamber of Commerce, T.S. Shinn Award, the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Maui County Council of the Boy Scouts, the Stephen L. Jackstadt Award from the Hawaii Council of Economic Education, the Kahului Rotary Club Employer of the Year Award, the Maui Contractor of the Year Award, the Maui Contactors Association Subcontractor of the Year Award, and the Maui Community College Certificate of Appreciation. Dorvin was a member of several organizations, including the University of Hawaii Founders Club, Masons, Sheet Metal Contractors Association, Maui County Club, King Kamehameha Golf Club, American Society of Heating and Refrigeration, Maui Contractors Association, Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors Association, Mechanical Contractors Association of America, American Institute of Architects, the Elks, Honorary Member of Kihei Rotary Club, and Life Member of the Hana Community Association. Dorvin is survived by his wife Betty of Kihei, Hawaii, and six children, Luke of Sacramento, California, Stanley and his wife Becky of Eagle, Idaho, Stephen and his wife Sherry of Kihei, Hawaii, Nancy and her husband Ralph Overton, of Kihei, Hawaii, Timothy of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Charles and his wife Cindy of Eagle, Idaho. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren, Ben, Blair, Mandy, Rafael, Theodore Jr., Angela, Brian, Daniel, Jessica, Tyler, Meghan, Gabriel, Jillian, and six great-grandchildren, Tehani, Dylan, Kaleb, Noah, Kaniela, and Neveah, and his brother, Don and his wife Carol of Pasadena, California, and his sister-in-law, Diane (Bill) Leis of New Mexico. Dorvin is preceded in death by his parents, Ward and Susan, his brother Bill, and his son Theodore, whose wife, Sandra, resides in Apple Valley, California. The service will be held on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 on the campus of University of Hawaii Maui College between the Library and the Student Center. Viewing will be from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. The service will start at 5:30 pm. Food and refreshments will follow the service. Arrangements are being made by Ballard Family Mortuary, 808-871-7911. Memorial donations may be made to Maui Contractors Women's Auxiliary, 1640 Halama St., Kihei, HI 96753; American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Hawaii, 2370 Nuuanu Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96817, online donations may be made at www.hopelodgehawaii.org; and Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui, Inc., 100 Kanaloa Ave., Kahului, HI 96732. Above and beyond Dorvin's many successful business ventures, community services, and generosity to the community, Dorvin was a family man who enjoyed gardening and loved animals, especially Molly, his beloved retriever. Dorvin lived by these guiding principles: family is priority; to genuinely care about people and believe that no one should feel hopeless, helpless, or alone; to embrace a culture of loyal and lifelong friendships; and to give back and support the community.

ALVA TAKESHI TANIGUCHI

Posted On June 21st, 2015 -

ALVA TAKESHI TANIGUCHI Age 61, of Pearl City, HI, passed away April 18, 2015 in Honolulu, HI. Born February 8, 1954 in Honolulu, HI. He is survived by wife, Yun Hie Taniguchi; daughters, Kristine Taniguchi, Julie-Ann Taniguchi, mother, Kimiko Taniguchi; sister, Charlene (Charles) Uyehara; 2 nephews; 2 nieces. Visitation 5:30 p.m., Saturday (Jun 27) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Memorial service 6:30 p.m. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

BETTY LUM LEE

Posted On June 21st, 2015 -

$nameBetty Lum Lee, 97. 2.5.18 - 6.13.15 Her father, Lum Sung Boone, was a taro farmer. Her mother, Hung Ngan Yuen, took care of her 14 very active children. Always helpful Betty is the 13th child and grew up in Manca and Nuuanu. She baby sat her nephews and nieces, gathered eggs, fished in the Manca stream and caught frogs and crabs for meals. Attended Royal Elementary, Central Intermediate, and graduated from McKinley in 1936. She also attended Mun Lun Chinese School, Honolulu Business College, and Royal Beauty School. She was the founder of Betty's Beauty Shop. In 1940, she married Bernard Lee, a Kalakaua science teacher, photographer, and the love of her life. They traveled worldwide. She loved to cook! Visitors usually left with a treat of delicious food, and happy they came. She was most proud of her family. Son Lorrin (Nina) Lee; daughters Didi (Dan) Nishihama, Bernsie (Rob) Robinson, Brenda (Reynold) Chang, and Mira (Danny) Chock. Grandchildren Lori Chang, Shelly (Mike) Chin, Travis Chock, Cindy (Jonathan) Chun, Kenny (Wendy) Kawahara, Marc (Lesley) Kawahara, Julie (Mark) Proner, Nancy (Alex) Summe, and Traci Yamane. Great grandchildren Adam and Peter Chin, Caleb and Menk Chun, Hayden Kawahara, Miki Kawahara, Kyra and Leah Proner, Kai and Luke Summe, Skyler Yamane. Betty's video: lorrinlee.com/betty Visitation: Wed. June 24, 2015. 9 am. Service: 10 am. Borthwick. Mauka Chapel. Burial: 1 pm. Hawaiian Memorial Park.

Florencio Danilo “Danny” Concepcion

Posted On June 21st, 2015 -

FLORENCIO DANILO DANNY CONCEPCION Age 59, of Ewa Beach, HI, passed away May 23, 2015 in Ewa Beach, HI. Born February 23, 1956 in Magsaysay, Sinait, Philippines. He attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ewa Beach. He worked for 11 years at Douglas Emmette. He is survived by wife, Clarita "Clare" G. Concepcion; daughter, Marybeth G. Concepcion; son, Rochid G. Concepcion; mother, Irene I. Concepcion; sister, Fely C. (Pat) Dela Cruz; brother, Domi I. (Ofelia) Concepcion; 5 grandchildren. Visitation 5:30 p.m., Friday (June 26) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Wake service 6:30 p.m. Flowers welcome.

Gwendolyn “Gwenn” Y. Graff

Posted On June 21st, 2015 -

$nameGWENDOLYN GWENN Y. GRAFF Gwendolyn "Gwenn" Y. Graff, 78, of Honolulu, died June 2, 2015. Born and raised in Wahiawa. A retired accounting clerk of Gray Lines Hawaii. She is survived by son Layne Galdeira and daughter Linda Galdeira; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; sisters Nalani Willson-Ku and Leola Graff Bowness; Domestic partner Norman Rezentes (deceased). Visitation: 5:00 p.m., Wednesday (July 1) at Borthwick Mortuary Maunakea Chapel. Services: 6:00 p.m. Casual attire. Flowers welcome. Burial: 10:00 a.m., Thursday (July 2) at Hawaiian Memorial Park, Kaneohe.

ELIGIO (JOE) REYES, JR.

Posted On June 21st, 2015 -

ELIGIO (JOE) REYES, JR. Born 12/16/38 in Hoolehua, Molokai, died 6/7/15 in Aiea, Hawaii. He is survived by his wife, Kuulei; children, Susan, Ross and Lynn; 11 grand-children and 16 great- grandchildren. Joe graduated from Molokai High School, and attended the Church College of Hawaii (BYU-H), and in 1959 was drafted into the U.S. Army. He was an all-star basketball and volleyball athlete throughout his high school, college, and US Armed Forces career. Joe retired from Loomis Armored Car Service after 45 years, and was a Passenger Service Agent for Philippine Airlines. He was a member of the Pearl Harbor Hawaiian Civic Club and the Kamehameha Alumni Glee Club. Services are on Wed., June 24 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1723 Beckley Street. Visitation 8:30am; Services 10am lunch to follow. Burial 2pm at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

CHARLES MASAYUKI KAGAWA

Posted On June 21st, 2015 -

$nameCHARLES MASAYUKI KAGAWA Charles Masayuki Kagawa passed away at Queen's Medical Center on May 9, 2015. He was 92 years old. His wife, Mari, preceded him in death on July 23, 2010, at the age of 82. He is survived by three sons, Clifton, Carlton (Laura), and Ron (Jill), and 4 grandchildren. Charles "Charlie" was born in Halaula, Hawaii, on February 11, 1923. He was a graduate of Kohala High School, North Kohala, Hawaii, and a 1945 University of Hawaii graduate. In 1948, he received his Master's Degree and in 1953 he received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, in endocrinology and biochemistry. He recalled being on the roof of Atherton House, while attending the University of Hawaii, Manoa, on December 7, 1941, and seeing from a distance the attack on Pearl Harbor and how his life changed at that point. He was inducted into the United States Army and served in the Military Intelligence Service. He was very proud of his military service for his country. While attending the University of Wisconsin, he met and married Mari Toki on September 10, 1949 in Madison, and upon graduation, Charlie, Mari and their 2 sons moved to Des Plaines, Illinois, where he began employment at G. D. Searle, a pharmaceutical company. While living in Des Plaines, he received in 1960 the Chicagoan of the Year Award in Science with Dr. J. A. Cella for their significant contributions to medicine and the development of spironolactone, a medicine used in the treatment of edema, hypertension, and cardio/liver problems. While he received numerous accolades for his research and development and numerous publications in science, he was just as proud of his 1962 award for the Father of the Year, as one of 38 selected from the entire Chicago area as a result of an essay written by his older son, Clifton, and selected from the tens of thousands of submissions from all of the schools in the greater Chicago and suburban area. In 1964, the family moved to Fort Worth, Texas, where Charlie was the Director of Biological Research and Development at Alcon Laboratories. He worked there until retirement, when he and Mari retired to Honolulu, Hawaii and spent many happy years thereafter. In Honolulu, he enjoyed the people, the food, the weather, and most of all, the time he spent with Mari, his family, and friends, especially the Nagao family. His life centered on his family and, in particular, Mari, especially as her health declined in later years. He always put his family first before himself and always emphasized the well being of others and common consideration over his own. After Mari passed, he lived at One Kalakaua, Honolulu, and enjoyed the people at One Kalakaua, his friends, his children and grandchildren, and the occasions of bingo, poker, and fishing. Yet he dearly missed Mari. Charles and Mari are together again at Punchbowl National Memorial Cemetery.

DAVID HERBERT FRANKS

Posted On June 21st, 2015 -

$nameDAVID HERBERT FRANKS David Herbert Franks, 89, of Las Vegas, NV, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his children on June 10, 2015. He was born in Waialua, Hawaii and was a long-time resident of Kailua. A retired Fort Shafter federal employee and an Army veteran. Survived by sons David, Dennis and Gilbert, daughters Yvonne McKeague and Cindy Burnett, seven grand- children, three great-grand- children, sister-in-law Jerry Franks and sisters Smally Nakamura and Evelyn Miranda. He was preceded in death by his wife Geraldine and grandson Howard Dean Kamekona Jr. Private burial will be held at the Kaneohe Veterans' Cemetery.

Robert “Bobby” Sun Bin Lee

Posted On June 21st, 2015 -

ROBERT "BOBBY" SUN BIN LEE Age 74, of Honolulu, passed away June 7, 2015 in Honolulu. Born March 13, 1941 in Honolulu. Retired from Hawaiian Airlines. He is survived by daughter, Collette L. (Gerald) Pang; brothers, William Lee, Lance (Martha) Lee; sisters, Caroline (George) Kanada, Ethel Takehara, Betty Lee, Lorri (Bob) Semisch, Jackie Enokawa; 3 grandchildren, Kyle, Chad & Kronos. Visitation 10:00 a.m. Friday 6/26 at Mililani Downtown Mortuary, Memorial Service 11:00 a.m. Casual attire. No flowers please.

ROSAMOND H. MILLER

Posted On June 21st, 2015 -

Screen Shot 2015-06-22 at 10.53.16 AMROSAMOND H. MILLER Of Aiea, Hawaii May 22, 1943 To June 14, 2015 Rosamond Heroy Miller lived her life with happiness, grace and resilience. She had a quiet but powerful faith, and a deep love for her family and friends. These qualities carried her through life and into a peaceful death in Honolulu on June 14, 2015. Ros was born May 22, 1943, in New York City, to Dr. William Ward and Rosamond Lee Heroy. She was the second of what would become a family of six girls. Ros loved babies and children, truly. She worked at the New York Foundling Hospital, and after graduating from Marymount Junior College, Va., she worked in the Head Start early childhood education program. Ros and her loving husband Tom had a remarkable life together. They met in Washington, D.C., in 1969, where Tom, who was a Vietnam vet in the US Navy, was a White House aide. They were married Sept. 12, 1970. He was a seagoing officer, commanding officer, a political affairs specialist, and a State Department official in his career. Ros's daughter Rossie ('Iolani, '89 of Hilo) and son Ward ('Iolani '92, of Saudi Arabia) - with Tom - were the center of her world, and she took to mothering naturally, raising her family as Tom's career took them from D.C., to Japan and other stops along the way. They ended up in Hawaii, and there they stayed when Tom retired from the Navy as Executive Assistant to Commander - Chief -Pacific as a Captain. Tom became Director of Pacific Forum, CIS, and later Headmaster of 'Iolani School, where Ros carried out the duties of being a faculty wife and headmaster's wife with her characteristic warmth and good humor. There wasn't a pretentious bone in her body. Everybody loved Ros. Ros and Tom enjoyed adventure travel and had many excursions to Africa, Egypt, China, Southeast Asia and Latin America, to name a few. Ros loved nature and was thrilled with the wildlife and cultures they saw on their travels. She was curious, and thrived on detail and how people were treated. In Hawaii, Ros continued her work with children at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, where she volunteered for 23 years, having responsibilities caring for and playing with young patients. She also gave orientation tours of the hospital for children's groups. She had a beautiful smile and the gift of putting everyone at ease, according to Lisa Chung, Director of Volunteer Services. She also was a foster mother for several years, providing love and stability to newborn babies for a short while before having to let them go to adoptive parents. Ros and Tom have two beautiful grandchildren, Sofie and Mukan Helms, who were the light of her life in recent years. She was their beloved "Tutu." She enjoyed swimming, loved her kitties and was a wicked Yahtzee player. Ros managed her rheumatoid arthritis with extraordinary patience, resourcefulness and courage, admired by all, which allowed her to live a full and happy life. The family thanks all her wonderful doctors and other medical staff throughout the years, and especially those who cared for her in her final days. Her "Dr. Hen" was Dr. David John, her rheumatologist. Ros was a grounding force for all of us and we will miss her deeply, but we know she will be with us in spirit. Survivors include her husband Tom Miller, daughter Rossie (Eric) Helms, son Ward (Dawn) Miller, grandchildren Sofie and Mukan Helms, sisters Sally Munday, Jane (Tom) Winn, Helen (Fred) Cuccia, Molly (Paul) Missonis and Chris (Mike) Henry, as well as many nieces, nephews, and dear friends. Donations in her memory may be made to Kapiolani Medical Center's playroom, www.hawaiipacifichealth.org/kapiolani. Services will be at 8:30 a.m. June 27, at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, 800 Kaheka St., Honolulu, Hawaii, 96814. Burial will be at Punchbowl Cemetery in Honolulu at a later date. Please sign the online guestbook at Borthwick Mortuary, www.dignitymemorial.com/borthwick-mortuary.

BENSON A. SETA

Posted On June 20th, 2015 -

BENSON A. SETA Age 80, of Pearl City, HI, passed away April 22, 2015 in Honolulu, HI. Born November 27, 1934 in Kona, HI. Benson was a retired carpenter and maintenance supervisor of the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center. He was a member of Kongo Zen Shorinji Ryu Son Ryu of Hawaii. He is survived by wife, Arlene Seta; sons, Warren Seta, Raymond Seta, Elden Seta; brother, Allen (Christine) Seta; sisters, Bertha (Yoshiaki) Sasaki, Irene Masatani, Amy (John) Brown; 4 grandchildren; 5 great- grandchildren. Private services were held.

DEBRA JOY MATSUKAWA

Posted On June 20th, 2015 -

$nameDEBRA JOY MATSUKAWA 1956-2015 Debra Joy Matsukawa passed away on May 27, 2015 at Queens Medical Center surrounded by her family. Born and raised in Honolulu/Aina Haina, "Debbie" was a graduate of Kalani High School and The University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her love of animals led Deb to the Hawaii Humane Society for 12 years and most recently was employed by The Nature Conservancy. Deb was an avid runner having completed 7 Honolulu Marathons, and also enjoyed triathlons, tennis, hiking, UH baseball and new culinary experiences. Deb was a kind and quiet person who also possessed a strong will and determination that carried her through life. Deb loved Disney Land and always stated that it was the happiest place on earth, now her family and friends know that Deb is in a very happy place. Deb will be deeply missed and always remembered by family and friends. She was preceded in death by her father Peter Hisashi Matsukawa of the 442. She is survived by husband Mike, mother Elsie, brothers Alan and Wayne, sister-in-law Christine (Alan), nephews Sean and Dane, and niece Alana. Services Tuesday June 23, Diamond Head Mortuary 09:30- 10:30 visitation, 10:30 service. Please join us for lunch afterwards. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Hawaii Humane Society in the name of Debra Joy Matsukawa.

REV. EFFIE NALANI AKONI

Posted On June 20th, 2015 -

REVEREND EFFIE NALANI AKONI Age 69, of Waianae, HI, passed away May 19, 2015 in Waianae, HI. Born March 4, 1946 in Honolulu, HI. She is survived by daughter, Cherylann Rivera; brothers, Edward Kamaka, Wayne Kamaka, Samuel (Margaret) Kamaka, Wilmore (Martha) Kamaka; sister, Sheila (Thomas) Hibbs; 6 grandchildren; 6 great-grand- children. Visitation 6:00 p.m., Wednesday (June 24) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Wake service 6:30 p.m. Visitation also 8:00 a.m., Thursday (June 25) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Funeral service 9:30 a.m. Burial 11:30 a.m. at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Flowers welcome.

Sherry “Chu-Chu” Cruz Gervacio

Posted On June 20th, 2015 -

SHERRY CHU-CHU CRUZ GERVACIO Age 44, of Honolulu, HI, passed away May 23, 2015 in Honolulu, HI. Born April 24, 1971 in North Kingston, RI. Sherry was a member of H.U.G.S.- Help, Understanding, & Group Support. She is survived by parents, Loreto & Matea Gervacio; brother, Larry (Gina) Gervacio; sister, Jeannie (Michael) Rocha; nieces & nephews, Leslie Gervacio, Princess Gervacio, Larrison Gervacio, Gyan Gervacio, Anna Gervacio, Andrei Jacob Gervacio, Shauna Rocha, Ashley Rocha. Visitation 9:00 a.m., Wednesday (June 24) at Mililani Downtown Mortuary (20 S. Kukui St., Honolulu). Funeral service 10:00 a.m. Committal service 1:00 p.m. at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. No flowers please.

JUDY RAMELB

Posted On June 20th, 2015 -

JUDY RAMELB Age 76, of Ewa Beach, HI, passed away May 17, 2015 in Ewa Beach. Born July 4, 1938 in Honolulu, HI. Judy was a retired Special Education Teacher with the Department of Education at Ilima Intermediate School. She was a graduate of the University of Hawaii School of Nursing. She is survived by husband, Liborio Ramelb; sons, Anthony (Debbie) Ramelb, Jon Ramelb, Russell (Andrea) Ramelb; daughter, Lianne (Kari) Ramelb; daughter-in-law, Maryann Ramelb; 13 grandchildren; 1 great- grandchild Visitation 9:00 a.m., Wednesday (June 24) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Funeral service 10:30 a.m. Burial to follow 11:00 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park.

TOLLEFSEN, LEILANI WILMETTE

Posted On June 20th, 2015 -

$nameTOLLEFSEN, LEILANI WILMETTE Known to some as "Willy," and to others as "Lani," 77, died on June 7, 2015 in Sonoma. She was born on July 8, 1937 in Honolulu, Hawaii. She moved to California after graduating from the Kamehameha Schools in 1955. She attended San Francisco City College and went on to graduate from the Mount Zion Training School for Nurses in 1961. She worked as a registered nurse for 37 years before retiring in 1998. She enjoyed her 17 years of retirement spending time with family and friends. She was a 47 year resident of Sonoma. Wilmette is survived by her son, Olaf Tollefsen, of Hauula, Hawaii, her sister, Caroldean Fischer of Kaneohe, Hawaii and brother-in-law, Raleigh Bailey, also of Kaneohe, Hawaii. A private service will be held at the family home in Hauula, Hawaii. Wilmette's wish was to join her mother, father, and aunt in the ocean at Hauula.

Esther “Dede” Lo Chinn

Posted On June 19th, 2015 -

$nameESTHER DEDE LO CHINN (9/22/25 - 5/17/15) Loving wife, mother and grandmother. Esther Lo Chinn was born in Honolulu to Tan and Louise Ho Lo. After graduating from Roosevelt High, she attended Mills College, the University of Michigan and graduated from the University of Hawaii. She trained at UCSF Medical School and became one of Hawaii's first cytotechno- logists. Her husband Elroy, an engineer with the Army Corps of Engineers, and twin sons, Bruce Lowell (Susan Grimes) and Brian Donald (Eleanor), predecease her. She is survived by sons Roy Alan (Jo Ann) and Jon Douglas (Julia), daughter Diane Joy (David Camp), and 11 grandchildren. Esther loved traveling, Chinese art, knitting, tennis, her friends at St. Peter's and especially her grandchildren. Services on June 23 at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 1317 Queen Emma Street. 7:45 - 8:45 am visitation, 8:45 am funeral service. Burial at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at 10:30 am.

CALIXTO CASTILLO LUCAS, SR.

Posted On June 19th, 2015 -

CALIXTO CASTILLO LUCAS, SR. Age 88, of Waipahu, HI, passed away May 11, 2015 in Ewa Beach, HI. Born October 14, 1926 in Banna, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. He retired after 23 years from Shimaya Shoten, Ltd. A member of the Church of God - Waipahu, Caregivers /Carehome Operators, and Banna Associations. Father of two Iolani School graduates; Class of 2010 and 2015; Johns Hopkins University, Class of 2014. He is survived by wife, Melanie Granil Lucas; son, Calixto-Hope "CJ" G. Lucas, Jr.; daughter, Lani-Faith G. Lucas; sister, Marta Castillo Lucas. Visitation 5:30 p.m., Monday (June 22) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Wake service 6:30 p.m. Visitation also 10:00 a.m., Tuesday (June 23) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Funeral service 11:30 a.m. Burial to follow 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

DAWN DENISE HOBSON MIZUUCHI

Posted On June 19th, 2015 -

$nameDAWN DENISE HOBSON MIZUUCHI Dawn Denise Hobson Mizuuchi, aged 64, died peacefully and went to heaven on May 24, 2015 in her home after a lengthy battle with cancer and multiple sclerosis. Dawn was born on June 12, 1950, in Pocatello, Idaho, the daughter of the late Harold and Colleen Hobson and stepfather the late Duane Oakes. Dawn graduated from Kaimuki High School and later attended Leeward Community College and UH West Oahu, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Literature in December 2010. She was an active member and president of the Humanities Club where she went on trips to Paris, Italy and New York. She was a member of Good Shepard Lutheran Church. Dawn started working for Woolworths during her senior year of high school then for First Hawaiian Bank for 19 years. After her youngest son was born, she decided to stay at home to care for her children. When her children were in intermediate school she started working for American Savings Bank for about 10 years. Dawn was a caring wife and mother. She was a very active member in her community. She would volunteer and read books to the kids at Kanoelani Elementary School. She coached both of her children's soccer teams and was very active in the Cub Scouts and Boy Scout Organization for 11 years. Dawn is survived by her care-giving husband, Winters Mizuuchi; sons, Daniel Mizuuchi and Michael (Amber) Mizuuchi; her step daughter, Lisa (Ted) Peck; her step son Sean (Jocelyn) Mizuuchi; her mother, Colleen Oakes; her brothers, Michael (Rebecca) Hobson, Dana (Debra) Oakes and Mark Oakes; niece Elena Oakes; four grandchildren, Kara and Leilani Peck, and Keira and Evan Mizuuchi. Service to be held at the Nuuanu Memorial Park and Mortuary on June 28, 2015. Viewing at 2pm. Service at 3pm. Aloha attire. No flowers please.

FLORA PUDIQUET SOLIMAN

Posted On June 18th, 2015 -

FLORA PUDIQUET SOLIMAN Age 91, of Waipahu, HI, passed away May 12, 2015 in Honolulu, HI. Born October 1, 1923 in Bangay, Dingras, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. She is survived by spouse, Agapito Soliman; sons, Rogelio (Eunese) Soliman, Artemio (Aida) Soliman; daughters, Grace (Victor) Soliman, Melchora (Florentino) Antonio, Luzviminda (George) Badua, Imelda Pudiquet, Brenda Soliman; sister, Carolina Pascual; 16 grandchildren; 24 great-grand- children. Visitation 8:30 a.m., Monday (June 22) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Program and eulogy 9:30 a.m. Funeral service 10:15 a.m. Burial to follow 11:00 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Flowers are welcome.

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