Archive for the ‘Family Placed Obituaries’ Category

FELIX RAMONES MADAMBA

Posted On October 23rd, 2015 -

FELIX RAMONES MADAMBA Age 81, of Ewa Beach, HI, passed away September 19, 2015 in Wahiawa, HI. Born March 10, 1934 in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. Owner of FRM Builders, Waipahu. He is survived by daughters, Marivic "Vicky" (Ben) Membrere, Glenda (Greg) Malogan, Susan Madamba; brother, Manuel Madamba; sister, Josephine Caalim; 5 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Visitation 5:30 p.m., Tuesday (Oct. 27) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Wake service 6:30 p.m. Visitation also 10:00 a.m., Wednesday (Oct. 28) at St. Joseph Catholic Church (94-675 Farrington Hwy., Waipahu). Mass 11:00 a.m. Burial 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

Richard “Rich” Harris Kalbrener

Posted On October 23rd, 2015 -

RICHARD RICH HARRIS KALBRENER Richard "Rich" Harris Kalbrener of Honolulu, Hawaii passed away on August 29, in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho after a brief illness. A humanitarian, entrepreneur, and telecom Pioneer, Rich was born on June 1, 1945 in Miller, South Dakota to Harris and Helen (Anderson) Kalbrener. He was raised in Winona, Minnesota and graduated from Winona State University, thereafter spending most of his life and career in Honolulu. He is survived by his loving wife Priscilla, daughter Melissa, sisters Nancy Curry (Gary) of Minneapolis, MN, Karen Turner (Paul) of Carmel Valley, CA. brother Jay (Leisa) of Grays Lake, IL. many nieces and nephews, and his faithful yellow lab, Kiah. A position as a Xerox representative brought him to Hawaii, and in 1981 he founded Long Distance USA in Honolulu. The growing innovative company was acquired by Sprint in 1989. He remained as President of Sprint for six years before moving to Hong Kong in 1996. There he served three years as the Regional President of Global One, a joint venture of Deutsche Telecom, France Telecom and Sprint, serving the Asia-Pacific region. Returning back to Hawaii in 1999, he was recruited to head up Pacific Internet Exchange (PIXC), later re-branded as Pihana Pacific, a company which built, owned and operated world-class carrier-neutral data centers in Asia and Hawaii. In his retirement, he served on many boards including Digital Delivery Networks, Inc., Hiawatha Broadband Communications and Winona State University. Rich and Priscilla traveled the world extensively, always finding new countries to explore. Although he moved to Hawaii in 1973, he kept one foot on the mainland by keeping a family summer home in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho where they would spend six months of every year in their retirement. Rich enjoyed cooking classes and creating exotic culinary delights in his own kitchen, regularly cooking with red wine, and occasionally including it as an ingredient. Family and friends cannot even begin to express how much his presence will be missed. However, during his lifetime he made such a positive impact on the many lives of all those he did business with, those who worked with him, his many friends and of course, his family. Rich was always kind, caring and generous, sharing his success with others and inspiring so many to be successful with his encouraging attitude. He had a robust laugh, a big smile and even a bigger heart! Though he will be deeply missed, his memory will be forever etched in our minds and on our hearts. A memorial service was held on September 27th in his hometown of Winona, Minnesota at the Winona State University, followed by a "Celebration of Life" reception.

MARILYN WAITE PRATER

Posted On October 23rd, 2015 -

$nameMARILYN WAITE PRATER Raquet Club resident Marilyn Ruth Waite Prater passed away suddenly on Sunday, September 27, in her beloved home overlooking Lake Chapala in San Juan Cosala, Jalisco Mexico. Marilyn Prater was born August 29, 1941, in Honolulu, where her father, Dr. Verne Charles Waite, had moved the family after he was assigned to Pearl Harbor with the Medical Corps. Just three months after his daughter's birth, Dr. Waite saw intense action treating victims of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. After an idyllic childhood in Hawaii, where she attended Punahou School, Marilyn entered management training with Sheraton Hotels. Born with natural beauty, she was often mistaken for Farrah Fawcett, often she was asked for autographs. Hearing this, a local newspaper sent a reporter to interview her for a story. She attended University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. In her late 20s, she moved to San Francisco, and and later Malibu, where she worked for the famous Sand Castle Restaurant, which was much frequented by celebrities. During this time she met Don Prater, a musician and later owner of a financial services company. They married on July 18, 1985, and spent 20 years living and working in Ventura and Oak View, California. During that time, Marilyn worked part-time for a local vet, a job which perfectly suited her love of animals. After the Praters retired to Mexico in 2005, Marilyn volunteered at an orphanage, animal shelters and twice-yearly spay-neuter clinics at Lakeside. To relieve the misery of homeless dogs she encountered on the roads, she kept a bag of dog food in the trunk of her car. Her first loves were her two Border Collies, Coco and Puanani (meaning beautiful flower in Hawaiian). Marilyn had an active social life: she delighted in parties and dinners out with her many friends in the Raquet Club. Marilyn Prater is survived by her Aunt Betty Porter of Tulsa, Okla., cousins Karen DeSoto and Chuck Porter of Hilo Hawaii, Doris Montgomery, Vicki Negley of Tulsa Oklahoma, former husband Don Prater, and her mate, Ron Starr.

ALFREDO ABRAZADO ABELLA

Posted On October 23rd, 2015 -

ALFREDO ABRAZADO ABELLA Age 67, of Honolulu, HI, passed away September 27, 2015 in Honolulu. Born March 13, 1948 in San Quintin, Pangasinan, Philippines. He was employed at Pacific Beach Hotel. He is survived by wife, Marianne Abella; brothers, Abraham (Esther) Abella, Teddy Abella; sisters, Milagros (Romeo) Aguinaldo, Minerva (Rolando) San Miguel, Vilma (Renie) Sinoben, Remy (Nolie) Caldetera, Susan (Jun Porras) Abella- Betiong. Visitation 8:30 a.m., Wednesday (Oct. 28) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel. Funeral service 10:00 a.m. Burial to follow 11:00 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

DAVID ROGOJO RODRIGUES

Posted On October 23rd, 2015 -

DAVID ROGOJO RODRIGUES Age 51, of Waianae, HI, passed away September 29, 2015 in Honolulu, HI. Born October 8, 1963 in Honolulu. Worked for 30+ years at the Board of Water Supply. He played baseball for UPW and HGEA. A graduate of Kaimuki High School. He is survived by daughters, Raven Rodrigues, Dallas Rodrigues; mother, Sarah Rodrigues; sisters, Carleita Marie (Bryan) Rodrigues-Brown, Noreen Rodrigues; common law wife, Michelle Bradley; grandchild, Lokelani Rodrigues. Visitation 9:00 a.m., Tuesday (Oct. 27) at Mililani Downtown Mortuary (20 S. Kukui St., Honolulu). Funeral service 10:30 a.m. Burial to follow 1:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. No flowers please.

JANE (EDGELOW) KACHER

Posted On October 22nd, 2015 -

Screenshot 2015-10-21 17.44.00JANE (EDGELOW) KACHER Kacher, Jane (Edgelow) - of Concord, MA and Kapolei, HI, Oct. 18. Beloved mother of Christopher J. Kacher and his wife Cynthia Rainey of Concord. Devoted grandmother of John and Ben Kacher, both of Concord. Dear sister of Angela Smalley and her husband Ralph and Richard Edgelow, all of Ringwood, England. Loving aunt of Matthew and Adam Smalley, both of England. Former wife of Leonard Kacher of Honolulu, Hawaii. Visiting hours Tuesday Oct. 27th from 4 to 7 pm at the Dee Funeral Home, 27 Bedford St., CONCORD, MA. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden, 145 Bolton Road, Harvard, MA 01451. http://www.healinggarden.net/. For obituary, or online guestbook please visit www.deefuneralhome.com

ALICE BAPTISTE LEOPOLDO

Posted On October 21st, 2015 -

$nameALICE BAPTISTE LEOPOLDO Age 93, of Aiea, HI, a homemaker, was taken home peacefully by our Lord Jesus Christ at Pearl City Nursing Home. She was born in Honoka'a, Hawai'i. She is survived by son, David Ramos Sr. (caregiver and daughter-in-law, Maelani); brothers, Wilbert (Janet), Abraham (Jan) and Rodney; sisters, Francline (Francisco) and Evelyn; 7 grandchildren, 16 great- grandchildren and 8 great- great-grandchildren. Visitation: 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 6 p.m. Casual attire. Flowers welcome. Burial: 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at Hawaiian Memorial Park.

ALFREDO “FREDO” TORRICER

Posted On October 21st, 2015 -

ALFREDO FREDO TORRICER Age 78, of Waipahu, HI, passed away October 5, 2015 in Ewa Beach, HI. Born March 4, 1937 in Waipahu, HI. He was a retired tools and parts attendant for the Department of the Navy - Barber's Point Naval Air Station FASOTRAGRUPAC. He is survived by sons, Fred (Debra) Torricer, Jody "Joe" (April) Torricer; hanai son, Leland Cockett-Smith; sisters, Emily Tomas, Magdalena Adaro, Loretta Domingo; brother, Vincent "Fundo" Torricer; 4 grand- children; 4 great-grandchildren. Visitation 5:30 p.m., Monday (Oct. 26) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Memorial service 6:30 p.m. Inurnment 10:30 a.m., Tuesday (Oct. 27) at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers Welcome.

GRACE Y. SOKUGAWA

Posted On October 21st, 2015 -

GRACE Y. SOKUGAWA Age 87, of Pearl City, HI, passed away August 14, 2015 in Pearl City. Born April 3, 1928 in Honolulu, HI. She was a retired bookkeeper for Vinyl Tech & Masonry and was a member of Takata Gunjinkai. She is survived by sons, Randall (Kathy) Sokugawa, Vince (Kwi Hwa) Sokugawa, Lance (Tedynne) Sokugawa, Kyle Sokugawa; daughters, Lynne Sokugawa, Jill (Ferdinand) Allas; 8 grandchildren; 2 great- grandchildren. Visitation 5:30 p.m., Saturday (Oct. 24) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Memorial service 6:30 p.m. Committal service 9:30 a.m., Monday (Oct. 26) at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Casual Attire.

ALEXANDER FELIX

Posted On October 21st, 2015 -

$nameALEXANDER FELIX 87 years young of Kailua, Hawaii, passed peacefully on Saturday, October 17, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. Alex was born in Honolulu on November 11, 1927 to Frank Felix and Odelia Pregana. He married Maureen Fraine in Honolulu in 1953. He retired from Hawaiian Tel as a communications consultant in 1988. Next to his wife, music and entertaining was his passion in life. He played in many bands providing local music for friends, family and acquintenances. Alex is predeceased by his wife, Maureen, sisters Agnes Rodrigues and Nora Gibson, brother Frank Rosa and son Brian Felix. He is survived by his sons, Kevin (Nellie) Felix of Kailua-Kona, Jeffrey (Nancy) Felix of Mesquite, Texas, Troy Felix of Grapevine, Texas and daughter, Denise (Buck) Degener of Kailua, grand-daughters Kirsten, Haley, Allison, Elise, Nicole, Anna, Dallas and Courtney. Friends and Family are invited to Alex's memorial service Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John's Vianney, 920 Keolu Drive, Kailua, Hawaii 96734. Condolences can be sent in care of Denise Degener, P.O. Box 386, Kailua, HI 96734.

LILLIAN KIYOKO MURAKAMI

Posted On October 21st, 2015 -

LILLIAN KIYOKO MURAKAMI August 6, 2015 Lillian Kiyoko Murakami, 89, of Honolulu, a retired City and County of Maui, Civil Defense, Secretary, died in Honolulu. She was born in Haiku Maui. She is survived by son, Miles (Nadine) Murakami; daughters Myra (Dennis) Takara, Dr. Sharon (Dr. Edward H. Spain) Murakami; 8 grandchildren; 10 great- grandchildren. Private services.

RUFINA “PINANG” SAGADRACA CACAL

Posted On October 21st, 2015 -

RUFINA PINANG SAGADRACA CACAL Age 101, of Waipahu, HI, passed away September 17, 2015 in Ewa Beach, HI. Born July 8, 1914 in Pungto Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. She attended St. Joseph Catholic Church, Waipahu. She is survived by sons, Florendo (Maria Fe) Cacal, Benny (Cita) Cacal, German (Betty) Cacal, Henry (Mina) Cacal; daughters, Lucrina Layos, Armelina Tabua; brother, Pedro Sagadraca; sister, Catalina Sagadraca Subia; half sister, Trinidad Sagadraca Bolosan; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 4 great- great-grandchildren. Visitation 5:30 p.m., Sunday (Oct. 25) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel. Wake service 6:30 p.m. Visitation also 10:30 a.m., Monday (Oct. 26) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel. Funeral service 11:30 a.m. Burial to follow 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

GERTRUDE EBESU KODANI

Posted On October 19th, 2015 -

GERTRUDE EBESU KODANI 94, loving wife, mother and grandmother, died peacefully at home in Honolulu on August 9, 2015. She was preceded in death by husband, Steven Kodani. She is survived by daughters, Janice (Phil) Fong, Sharon (Ron) Maeda, and Sandra Kodani; grandchildren Gavin, Julianne and Grant Maeda; Elizabeth (Chris) Greenway and David Fong. Private services held.

LOREENA AKAMU

Posted On October 19th, 2015 -

LOREENA AKAMU Age 62, of Aiea, HI, passed away August 21, 2015 in Honolulu, HI. Born May 25, 1953 in Wahiawa, Oahu, HI. She is survived by daughter, Ronalynn (Roger) Anderson, Renee Momi (Eliott) Omura, Annette (Branden) Uekawa, Tanya (Richard) Billena, Bernice Fulgoni; sons, Calvin (Yvette) Akamu, Clinton (Sheila) Fulgoni; mother, Margaret Lopez; brothers, Manuel (Charlotte) Agcalon, Rocky Agcalon, Elias Agcalon, Jr.; sisters, Priscilla (Dean) Banks, Cynthia (Sonny) Edra, Ramona (Roger) Panzer; 4 grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Visitation 9:30 a.m., Saturday (Oct. 24) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Program 10:15 a.m. Prayer service 10:45 a.m. Inurnment to follow 11:30 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual/Aloha attire. Flowers welcome.

FRANKLIN T. “BAMBOO” OPPERMAN

Posted On October 18th, 2015 -

$nameFRANKLIN T. BAMBOO OPPERMAN November 10, 1924 - August 25, 2015 Franklin Tunstill "Bamboo" Opperman, 90, passed away peacefully on August 25, 2015 at his home on Oahu's North Shore. Born in Hawaii, Frank's early years were spent in Haiti, Hawaii and California, where he lived with his parents, Hugh Sr. and Nyle Gibson Opperman and elder brother, Hugh Opperman Jr. In 1942, Frank graduated from Riverside Polytechnic High School in California. Subsequently, he returned to Hawaii to serve as a machinist at Pear Harbor for the U.S. Naval Reserve. There, he earned his life-long nickname, "Bamboo," after he discovered a particularly strong and springy variety of the plant, which would eventually be used for fishing poles. After serving in the military, Frank launched a fleet of fishing boats in Alaska. There, he married Barbara Stuyvers Bate in 1949. The couple later returned to Hawaii where they raised their four children: Franklin T. Jr. (Oppie), Elizabeth (Beth), Victoria (Vic) and Montgomery (Monte) Opperman. Back on Oahu, Frank's entrepreneurial spirit and business savvy led to several business ventures including warehousing, general contracting and commercial and industrial real estate development. As a long-time kama'aina, Frank understood the importance of giving back to the community and he generously contributed to many charities including Waialua Library, the Hawaiian Humane Society and the Waikiki Yacht Club, even donating his yacht, Golden Marlin I, to benefit the Club's youth sailing program. Frank was passionate about the sea - from fishing to sailing to ship building and racing. He captained TransPac Yacht Races, America's Cup and was the proud owner of Golden Marlin I and II. During this time, he also wed his longtime sweetheart, Barbara O'Malley on August 26, 2006 in Seattle, Washington. Frank will be remembered as an innovator, astute businessman, exceptional mariner, practical joker, and beloved friend and family man. He is survived by his wife, Barbara O'Malley Opperman, two daughters, Beth (Opperman) Andrewes and Vic "Budd" Opperman, son Monte Opperman, two nieces, Candace Horsley and Laurel Fisher, six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. His well-lived life will be celebrated with a private and quiet service.

ETHEL LOPEZ

Posted On October 18th, 2015 -

ETHEL LOPEZ Age 95, of Sacramento, CA, formerly of Ewa Beach, HI, passed away September 16, 2015 in Sacramento, CA. Born December 23, 1919 in Aiea, HI. She is survived by daughters, Annie "Sweet Pea" Thomas, Mary-Gail "Goo" Gordon; brothers, William "Toddy" L. Pregill, Edwin "Dutchy" Pregill, Albert "Tunie" Pregill; sister, Evelyn Fosnaugh; 4 grand- children; 7 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-granddaughter. Visitation 9:00 a.m., Friday (Oct. 23) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel. Funeral service 10:15 a.m. Burial to follow 11:00 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Aloha attire. Flowers welcome.

THOMAS K. OSHIRO, JR.

Posted On October 18th, 2015 -

THOMAS K. OSHIRO, JR. Age 67, U.S. Army Combat Veteran & Independent Insurance Agent with Atlas Insurance Agency, passed away peacefully at home in Honolulu, after a battle with Parkinson's Disease. Predeceased by his parents Dr. Thomas K. and Hatsuyo (Kaneshiro) Oshiro, daughter Jami Lynn and sister Doris. Survived by his wife Patricia Oshiro; sister Ann (Paul) Kim & sister Marie (Larry-deceased) Hatfield; hanai brother Dennis Young (aka Butch & Della); step-brothers Gareth & Eric Wong; brother-in-law Rod Lower; sister-in-law Darlee (Matt) Olson; nephews and nieces: Russell, Joyceline, Rhonda, Cherry, Bradley, Jamie, Sara, Allen, Mackenzie, Bobbi, Scott, Ryan, Riley, Reid, Max, Nathanael, Collie, Cameron & Michael. Memorial service will be held on Monday, October 26, 2015, at 11:00 a.m., Hosoi Garden Mortuary with visitation from 10 a.m. Private inurnment at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. No flowers. Memorial gifts/donations may be made to AccessSurf & Islands Hospice.

Violet Costa Morreira

Posted On October 18th, 2015 -

$nameVIOLET COSTA MORREIRA Age 93, of Honolulu, passed away September 30, 2015 in Honolulu. Born May 8, 1922 in Hilo, HI. Worked at Kipapa Elementary School. She is survived by son, Albert Morreira; daughters, Sheila Cabango, Beverly Dorado, Paulette Bretzinger; brothers, Tony (MaryAnn) Costa, Willie (Laura) Costa; sisters, Irene Rushing, Carol Honda, Julie (Byron) Makaiau; 8 grand- children; 15 great-grandchildren. Visitation 9:00 a.m. Wednesday 10/21 at St. Philomena Church, 3300 Ala Laulani St., Mass 10:30 a.m. Burial 1:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

MABEL C.K. LEONG

Posted On October 18th, 2015 -

$nameMRS. MABEL C.K. LEONG Mrs. Mabel C.K. Leong, age 98, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family. Mrs. Leong was a long-time resident of Maui and Oahu. Prior to the development, of what is now known as Wailea, she and her predeceased husband, George, were recognized as early "pioneers" in Kihei, Maui. The entire area was known as Kihei, (not Kihei and Wailea separately) and were primarily large single family house lots, and planted kiawe trees. She and her husband, owned and operated the first open-air movie theatre and food stand on Maui, in Kihei, during World War II. Mrs. Leong is survived by daughters, Mrs. Robin-Claire L. Mann, Mrs. Penny (Peter) Kasten, and Mrs. Suzanne (Kent) Parra; grandchildren, Mrs. Lorie (Brad) Granger, Mr. Gregg Kasten, Mrs. Krista (Brett) Withee, Ms. Stacie Parra, Mrs. Kim (Brian) Byrnes, Mr. Scott Parra; sister, Mrs. Bernice Mau; brothers, Mr. Ronald Chong Kee, Kenneth Chong Kee, and Lawrence Chong Kee; 8 great grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 21, at Holy Trinity Church in Honolulu at 4-5pm with a memorial mass at 5pm. Visitation on Maui is scheduled on Saturday, October 24, from 10-11am at Christ The King Church in Kahului, followed by a mass, and burial at Maui Memorial Park.

DR. KIM WEOL-SOON RUPNOW

Posted On October 18th, 2015 -

Screen Shot 2015-10-19 at 9.44.42 AMDR. KIM WEOL-SOON RUPNOW Age 61 of Kaneohe passed away peacefully on October 16 in Kailua. She was born in Chonbuk, Korea to Dae-Soo and Ye-Soon Kim. She was an Associate Professor at the University of Hawaii the with the Center for Disability studies and directed and completed several projects by the U.S DOE. She helped many students with disabilities and was loved by her colleges who worked with her. Kim was a watercolor artist and an active member of the Hawaii Watercolor Society. She also authored a book about her experiences with cancer that was published in Korea and will soon be translated into English. A loving wife and mother she was an inspiration for all her knew her because of her courage and strength to continue her life in spite of the health issues she faced. She is survived by her husband Robert and children Kenneth and Hana, her siblings Weol- Sun Kim, Yong-II Kim, Youg- Bae Kim, Goan-Sun Kim, Mi-Sun Kim, and mother-in-law Irene Boschuetz and brother- in-law Gary Rupnow. Services will be held October 24 at St Mark church in Kaneohe, visitation 3:30-4:30 pm; 4:30 pm service. Burial at 3:00 pm on October 27 at Greenhaven Memorial Park. Aloha attire, no flowers.

LAWRENCE “SKINNY” TULBA SR.

Posted On October 18th, 2015 -

Screen Shot 2015-10-19 at 9.43.31 AMLAWRENCE SKINNY TULBA SR. Age 83 of Ewa Beach, passed away Sept. 23, 2015 at Kuakini Medical Center. Born in Spreckelsville, Maui. Survived by wife, Sharon Adams Tulba; sons, Lawrence (Josephine) Tulba Jr., Augie T (Kimberly) Tulba, Ernest (Joni) Tulba, Ronald (Lauren) Tulba, Michael (Dana) Tulba; 11 grand- children; 2 great grandchildren; brother, Alfred (Beatrice) Tulba; Magdalena Palafox of Maui; Visitation 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday Oct. 25, 2015 at Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary; Memorial service 3 p.m.

ELIANA EMMA RIE MINAMI

Posted On October 18th, 2015 -

ELIANA EMMA RIE MINAMI Eliana Emma Rie Minami, two months old, of Kaneohe, died September 2, 2015 in Kaneohe. She was born in San Diego, California. She is survived by her parents, Craig and Trina Minami; brother, Austin Minami; sister, Brielle Minami; paternal grandfather, Albert Minami; maternal grand- parents, Wallace and Rose Tokioka. Visitation 6 p.m. on Friday, October 23, 2015 at Bay View Golf Course; celebration of life at 6:30 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers, please.

CARA TOMINAGA AOKI

Posted On October 18th, 2015 -

CARA TOMINAGA AOKI Cara Tominaga Aoki was born in Honolulu on March 1, 1927. She passed away on September 20, 2015 in San Mateo, California where she had recently moved from her longtime home with her husband Ralph in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was 88 years old. She is survived by her son Rod, daughter-in-law Roxanna, grandchildren Jordan and Josh, sister Leatrice Swain, brother Francis Tominaga, and her extended family and many friends. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. at the Atherton Chapel of Central Union Church in Honolulu. Visitation at 4:30. Casual Attire. In lieu of floral arrangements, the family respectfully requests that any donations be made to Help, Understanding and Group Support (HUGS) which is an organization dedicated to providing support and enhancing the quality of life for Hawaii's seriously ill children and their families. HUGS is located at 3636 Kilauea Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816 or at hugslove.org.

Melchor Taroma Galdiano

Posted On October 18th, 2015 -

$nameMELCHOR TAROMA GALDIANO Age 80, of Pearl City, passed away October 6, 2015 in Pearl City. Born May 28, 1935 in Paoay, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. He is survived by sons, Rogelio "Roger" (Marivic) Galdiano, Jeremias (Sherliza) Galdiano of CA; daughter, Noralyn (Dut Nguyen) Galdiano of FL; brother, Loreto (Leonora) Galdiano; sister, Josefina Galdiano; 6 grand- children. Visitation 5:30 p.m. Friday 10/23 at Mililani Downtown Mortuary, Service 6:00 p.m. Visitation also 11:30 a.m. Saturday 10/24 at Mililani Downtown Mortuary, Service 12:30 noon. Burial 3:00 p.m. at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park.

ALEXANDER A. (ALEC) RAMOS, AKA RONNIE DIAMOND

Posted On October 18th, 2015 -

$nameALEXANDER A. (ALEC) RAMOS, AKA RONNIE DIAMOND Dec. 26, 1942 - Oct. 8, 2015 Alexander A. ("Alec") Ramos took his last breath here on earth, then took his first exhale in heaven on Thursday, 10/8/15. He died at Kaiser Hospital, Santa Clara, surrounded by his family, after complications from open-heart surgery. He fought a valiant fight, but it was his destiny. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii at Kapiolani Maternity Hospital. The youngest of 10 children, he was preceded in death by his parents, Eugenio and Pelagia Ramos and siblings Lorraine Wiles, Antonio (Tony) Ramos, Inocente (Eddie) Ramos, Conchita (Connie) Neal, Joseph, Gregorio, and George who died in infancy. In early years he grew up in the Palolo district and in Aliamanu. He graduated from Radford High School in 1961. Alec was Hawaii's first Rock N' Roll star to come from the 50th State. He was 15 years old when discovered by Tom Moffat, well-known radio DJ and promoter. The late Earl Finch, who gave him the stage name, "Ronnie Diamond", managed his career. He toured the east and west coasts and performed on the Dick Clark Show, American Band Stand. His songs "Close to My Heart", "Something's Wrong With Me", and "Tell Me" remained on Hawaii's hit list for weeks! His records continue to be classics of the Rock N' Roll era in Hawaii. After moving to the mainland Alec continued to perform in nightclubs throughout Southern California. After his retirement from BioRad Laboratories, in Hercules, CA, he focused his time and talents in ministry singing at nursing and retirement homes. His beautiful singing voice and charismatic personality touched many lives. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Norma Jean, executive director of the Christian Help Center, his four children and their spouses, Sharon (John Quintos), Debra (Arnel Pacanza), Alex Jr., and Jeanal Ramos. He leaves behind 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren, brother John Ramos and sister, Sally Dizon. His priorities in life were God, family, and singing. He will be missed by all who loved him. Visitation will be held on Friday, October 23, from 3-10 p.m., Skyview Funeral Chapel, 200 Rollingwood Drive, Vallejo. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 24, 10 a.m., Lords Fellowship Church - Mare Island, 1055 Azuar Drive Vallejo. Arrangements are under the direction and care of Skyview Memorial Lawn, 707-644-7474

ARTEMIO “ARTIE” PARACUELLES

Posted On October 18th, 2015 -

ARTEMIO ARTIE PARACUELLES Age 85, of Waialua, HI, passed away September 10, 2015 in Waialua. Born October 20, 1929 in Honolulu, HI. U.S. Army retiree who served in the Korean and Vietnam wars. Retired also from the Federal Civil Service. He is survived by wife, Josephine Paracuelles; son, Robin Paracuelles; daughters, Debra A. (Volcan) Bell, Cecilia (Thomas) Young, Diane Paracuelles, Joey (Alfred) Dicion; brothers, Casa Paracuelles, Cesa Paracuelles, Ricardo Paracuelles, David Paracuelles, Frankie Paracuelles; 6 grand- children; 2 great-grandchildren. Visitation 10:00 a.m., Friday (Oct. 23) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Funeral service 11:00 a.m. Committal service to follow 2:00 p.m. at Schofield Post Cemetery, Wahiawa. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

BETSY MINEKO YAMACHIKA SAKATA

Posted On October 18th, 2015 -

Screen Shot 2015-10-19 at 9.41.52 AMBETSY MINEKO YAMACHIKA SAKATA 84, of Kailua, passed peacefully on September 20, 2015 surrounded by family. A loving wife, mother, grandmother, and sister, Betsy also accomplished much in her professional and leisure pursuits. Like many women of her time, she started out as an elementary school teacher, but Betsy went on throughout her career to challenge the gender stereotypes and discrimination of the day. After rising through the ranks of the Department of Education, she earned her masters degree and went on to a distinguished career at Kapiolani Community College and the University of Hawaii. Betsy's lifelong contribution to education was recognized last year when her peers selected her as one of the fifty most influential individuals during the first fifty years of the University of Hawaii Community Colleges. After retirement, Betsy spent much of her time sharing her knowledge about water gardening. She popularized water gardens in Hawaii through her work at Ala Moana Center, the Honolulu Academy of Arts, and in backyards across the state. Renown around the world in this field, she was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the International Water Lily and Water Gardening Society in 2001. In 2002 Betsy was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. She never let her affliction diminish her spirit or character; nor will it cloud our memories of her and her legacy. Her husband Seiji, sons Jon and Ross, brother Raymond, and two granddaughters, Lauren and Dayna, survive Betsy. Donations in her memory are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association. Private services held.

MARY YUK LAN INN

Posted On October 18th, 2015 -

$nameMARY YUK LAN INN May 22, 1922 - October 9, 2015 No one could forget the sparkle in her eyes, her gentle manner and her bright smile. She was the light of our lives and of those who knew her. She loved ... really loved to laugh, gave the greatest hugs, and left us all so many wonderful memories. For her family, Ma, Mom, Popo, Taipo ... was a force of nature, and now she is everywhere: in the sunlight, the wind and rain and the depths of the ocean. Mary Inn passed peacefully into the next world on Friday, October 9, 2015, having made this world a more beautiful and gracious place. Born Mary Yuk Lan Yuen on May 22, 1922, in Canton, China, she attended Sacred Hearts Academy, loved dancing, social life and family. She married husband Peter Inn in 1947 and together they raised five loving children. Mary had a green thumb and was an avid gardener and orchid/anthurium collector until the day she passed. She was fiercely loyal to the Rainbow Wahine Volleyball Team and seldom missed a game. She was and will always be the #1 fan of the Wahine. Her extended family members at the Stan Sheriff Center warmly recall her dancing in the aisles as she made her way to her regular courtside seat. You can believe she will never again miss one of their games. As much as she loved her plants and the Wahine, her family always came first. She was tough at times but so loving and generous. She did everything she could in her considerable power to make sure her children, grandchildren and great grandson had everything they needed to thrive. Mary is survived by Janet Zortman, Kenneth, Estelle and Jarrett Inn; Rachel, Juan and Maka Koa Melendez; Steven and Karen Inn; Dorothea Inn; Marjorie and Dennis Francis; Clifford, Jan and Meilehua Inn; Marilani and Kevin Uchima. We all know in our hearts that her beloved grandson Matthew Inn and husband Peter were waiting to greet her when she crossed over into the next world. Friends, relatives and extended family are invited to bid Mary a fond farewell in a tribute to a life well lived, Saturday, October 24th, at Borthwick Mortuary, Maunakea Chapel, 1330 Maunakea Street, Honolulu. Family & Public Visitation 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Memorial Service 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fellowship and Refreshments 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

NATSUYO SUNAHARA

Posted On October 17th, 2015 -

NATSUYO SUNAHARA Age 99, of Honolulu, HI, passed away September 10, 2015 in Honolulu. Born July 27, 1916 in Waipahu, HI. She is survived by sons, Harry (Pauline) Sunahara, Edward (Cindy) Sunahara; daughters, Florence (Hiroshi) Sato, Diane Sunahara; daughter-in-law, Elaine Sunahara; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; 4 great- great-grandchildren. Private services were held.

RANDOLPH TAKEO AIPUUPUUIMUAONAKEOLUONAALII FREEMAN

Posted On October 17th, 2015 -

RANDOLPH TAKEO AIPUUPUUIMUAONAKEOLUONAALII FREEMAN Age 80, of Honolulu, passed away October 2, 2015. "Rand" was born on October 24, 1934 in Waikapu, Maui. Retired Honolulu Fire Department Firefighter, and also retired from M. Nakai Repair Services. U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force Veteran. He is survived by wife of 46 years, Laura Shigeno Freeman; Stepsons, Gary G. Maeshiro and Alton A. (Susan) Maeshiro; Stepdaughter, Shirley F. Maeshiro; Step-grandchildren, Crystal H. (Daniel) Nelson, Ashley A. Maeshiro, and Kobe Z. Maeshiro. Private services held. No flowers. No Monetary Offerings.

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