Archive for the ‘Family Placed Obituaries’ Category

William Harry “Maggie” Maguire

Posted On March 4th, 2012 -

WILLIAM HARRY “MAGGIE” MAGUIRE

William Harry “Maggie” Maguire, 82, died in Kirkland, Washington, January 13, 2012, from complications related to diabetes. He was born at Naalehu Ka’u, Hawaii, March 25, 1929. After graduation from Roosevelt High School in 1948, Bill spent a year working at sea for Young Brothers, and then left home to attend Hartnell College in Salinas, Calif.. He graduated from the University of Denver where he earned a B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He played football at both schools and lived with a close-knit group of other Hawaii students with whom he would remain lifelong friends. Bill served in the Navy, married Joan Whorton, and was stationed on a ship in San Diego, Ca.. His engineering career began with Martin Marietta in Littleton, Colo., and continued with Carrier Air Conditioning in Seattle. In 1971 Bill was offered the position of branch manager with Carrier in Honolulu, a position he held for many years. His work exists today in numerous high-rise and large-scale architectural projects in the Northwest, Hawaii and throughout the Pacific. Bill and his family were long-time residents of Haiku Plantations in Kaneohe where life in the presence of the beautiful Ko’olaus brought the family great joy. A lifelong sports enthusiast and proponent of exercise, Bill particularly loved the game of golf, and spent many enjoyable days on Island courses with friends. But most often he golfed with a merry band of rascals known as the Hui-o-Hackers. Later, Bill moved to Berryville Va., where he opened a coin laundry business and grew the world’s best tomatoes. With second wife Maisie, Bill joined Millwood Country club. The highlight of his retirement was playing a round on the Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland. In Virginia, Bill took pleasure in the company and camaraderie he had with his “pals” at Gold’s gym. Bill enjoyed a long association as a member of Honolulu Rotary, and was a life long supporter of the University of Denver. He was an accomplished artisan with projects in wood and glass. He worked in Washington D.C. to raise awareness of diabetes and was a strong advocate for daily exercise, and a healthy diet of fresh fish, fruit and vegetables. Throughout his long illness, which included amputations and numerous medical procedures, Bill maintained an indefatigably positive attitude, and was known to say “I am fortunate to never have felt sick, a day in my life.” Bill was immensely proud his Hawaiian ancestry, and claimed it was the source of his internal strength. He took great pride in the achievements of his family, but the truth is that his Ohana appreciated him for the example he set for them in character, determination and positivity. Bill is survived by daughter Karen Maguire, son William J. Maguire and wife Michelle, grandchildren Rachael Makamae and Janelle Kamalei, brothers John J. Maguire, George Maguire, Charles T. Maguire and sister Merna Kin In. Bill was preceded in death by sister Katherine Pires. A Memorial celebration commemorating his life will be held Saturday, March 10, at 11 a.m. at the Pacific Club, aloha attire. Club code requires collar shirts, shoes and prohibits cell phones.

CLYDE G.W. WONG

Posted On March 4th, 2012 -

CLYDE G.W. WONG
February 3, 2012

Clyde G. W. Wong, 87, of Honolulu, a retried civil servant worker at the Pearl Harbor Shipyard, died at Maunalani Rehabilitation Center. He is survived by wife Beverly, daughter Gwen W. (Michael) Isokane, son Timothy I.Q. (Lisa), sister Violet Kipu, and two grandsons (Ryan and Ross). Private Services held.

THOMAS H. LEE

Posted On March 4th, 2012 -

THOMAS H. LEE

Age 94 of Honolulu, Hawaii died February 21, 2012 at his residence. Born March 8, 1917 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was a retired Security Officer from the Matson Navigation Company. Survived by wife: Hazel Lee; sons: Tommy (Haunani), Ron, and Cal (Val) Lee; granddaughters: Momi Hall and Tiffany Lee; grand-sons: Pohai, Jon and Hooipo Lee; great-granddaughters: Kapualei, Kailani and Healani; great grandson: Ikaika; sisters: Momi Cummings and Anita Evans. Visitation March 7, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Diamond Head Mortuary Chapel. Funeral Service 11:00 a.m. Private Graveside Services.

EILEEN CAROL (KORT) PACHECO

Posted On March 4th, 2012 -

EILEEN CAROL (KORT) PACHECO

Age 68, of Kapolei, Hawaii, passed away February 15, 2012 in Kapolei. Born August 25, 1943 in Honolulu, Hawaii. A former employee of Waikiki Trader Corp.

She is survived by son, Lawrence E. Pacheco; daughter-in-law, Napua Ahina.

Visitation 9:00 a.m. Thursday (March 8) at Mililani Downtown Mortuary; (20 South Kukui St., Honolulu) Funeral Service 10:00 a.m. Burial 1:00 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual Attire. Flowers Welcome

DANIEL GOUVEIA

Posted On March 4th, 2012 -

DANIEL GOUVEIA

Age 85, of Honolulu, Hawaii, passed away February 26, 2012 in Honolulu. Born September 24, 1926 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Retired from the Board of Water Supply as a heavy equipment operator. A member of the United Public Workers Union Local 646.

He is survived by wife, Elsie Gouveia; daughters, Bobbie (Shun) Ma, Sharon Bowman; 8 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren.

Burial 11:00 a.m. Thursday (March 8) at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual Attire.

ALICE SUZUKI WAKI

Posted On March 4th, 2012 -

ALICE SUZUKI WAKI
(April 20, 1913 –
February 11, 2012)

Daughter of Hosaku and Sao Suzuki, born on Oahu, HI; four brothers:Masao, Henry, Kunio and Mitsuo: graduated from the UH (Manoa BS ED) taught in Kona and Kohala High and Elem. for 36 1/2 years. She was honored in the 1974 edition of the Outstanding Elementary Teachers of America for her exemplary contributions as an educator and for her commendable service to her church (Kalahikiola Congregational Ch.) and community. She served as Deaconess, secretary and choir member. She was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Jack Shizuo Waki and is survived by her son, Howard Y. Waki (Lafayette, CA), daughter, Norma W. Jordan and only grandchild, Jerry D. Jordan both of Shoreline, WA where Alice spent the last 10 years of her life), her youngest brother, Mitsuo Suzuki and several other relatives on Oahu and the Big Is. A memorial will follow on a later date in Kohala.

LAMBERT Y. SAKAI

Posted On March 4th, 2012 -

LAMBERT Y. SAKAI

Age 50, of Waipahu, Hawaii, passed away February 19, 2012 in Wahiawa. Born December 19, 1961 in Wahiawa, Hawaii. A member of the Carpenters Union, Local 745; also a member of the New Hope Leeward Church, Waipahu. An avid surfer & fisherman with the Ewa Beach
Surf Club.

He is survived by wife, Traci Sakai; son, Lambert Reece Sakai; 4 step-children; parents, Daniel & Tomiko Sakai; brother, Wesley Sakai.

Visitation 9:00 a.m. Friday (March 9) at New Hope – Leeward; (94-050 Farrington Hwy., Waipahu) Memorial Service 10:00 a.m. Scattering of ashes 12:00 noon Saturday (March 10), Ewa Beach Park, (Haubush) Casual Attire. Flowers Welcome.

MARY JEANNE TENGAIO

Posted On March 4th, 2012 -

MARY JEANNE TENGAIO

Mary Jeanne TeNgaio passed away from cancer on February 21, 2012 at Promontory Point Rehabilitation Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho at the age of 69.
Funeral services were held in Idaho Falls on Saturday, February 25, 2012.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com.

JOHN R. AGUIAR, JR.

Posted On March 4th, 2012 -

JOHN R.
AGUIAR, JR.

Age 82, of Kapolei, Hawaii, passed away February 19, 2012 in Honolulu. Born February 5, 1930 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Previously employed by MTL Inc. (The Bus) in the maintenance department; and member of the Teamsters Union, Local 996.

He is survived by sons, John Aguiar, Ralph Aguiar, Allen Aguiar; daughter, Charline Aguiar; step-daughters, Karen Teramoto, Gail (Vern) Miyagi, Merle Inouye, Leona (Mark) Shimizu, Lynette (Kip) Fukumoto; sisters, Angeline Calasa, Francis Racquedan, Mildred Cataluna; brother, Glenn Aguiar.

Private Services were held.

NOBUKO HAYASHI

Posted On March 4th, 2012 -

NOBUKO HAYASHI

91, of Loma Linda, California, passed away peacefully during the early morning hours of February 15, 2012.

Born in Honolulu, Nobuko married husband Stanley K. Hayashi on Oahu. They moved to California a few years later. Known to family and friends as “Nobi” she was a long- time resident of Highland, California. Nobuko’s beloved husband of 42 years Stanley passed away in 1989. She is survived by daughter Roxanne and her husband Donald Tudor.

Nobuko will be missed by all who knew her. Private memorial services are pending and will be held at the Diamond Head Cemetery.

YOSHIE “VIOLET” NISHIKAWA

Posted On March 4th, 2012 -

YOSHIE “VIOLET” NISHIKAWA

Age 85, Waialua, Hawaii, passed away January 31, 2012 in Wahiawa. Born April 23, 1926 in Hilo, Hawaii.

She is survived by husband, Harry Takao Nishikawa; daughter, Colleen Ahia; brother, Nobuo (Jane) Awa.

Private services were held.

Samuel S. Bable

Posted On March 4th, 2012 -

SAMUEL S. BABLE

Samuel S. Bable, Retired Lt. USN. In loving memory of beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother, 86 of Thousand Palms, who passed away suddenly on February 1, 2012. Sam was born August 2, 1925, to Sam and Leafy Bable in Vandergrift, Pa. His long time interests were golfing, fishing and gardening. Preceded him in death was his loving wife Thelma M. Bable. He is survived by daughters, Shelma Loui of Hawaii, Shirley (Dale) LeNeve of Arizona, son Daniel Bable of Thousand Palms, granddaughter Sommer Loui of Hawaii, and sister Val Jean Brinker of VA. Private family services were held in Thousand Palms, CA. To view and sign guestbook please visit:
mydesert.com/obituaries.

BRYAN JAMES CUDAL ALFARO

Posted On March 4th, 2012 -

BRYAN JAMES CUDAL ALFARO

Age 16, of Wahiawa, Hawaii, passed away February 11, 2012 in Wahiawa. Born January 16, 1996 in Honolulu, Hawaii. A student of Leilehua High School.

He is survived by parents, Larry & Rosalinda “Sally Cudal” Alfaro; sisters, Tiffany Cudal Alfaro, Lyla Cudal Alfaro.

Visitation 6:00 p.m. Thursday (March 8) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel; Wake Service 7:00 p.m. Visitation also 9:00 a.m. Friday (March 9) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel; Funeral Service 10:00 a.m. Burial 11:00 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual Attire. Flowers Welcome.

GERALD A. CARAVELLI

Posted On March 4th, 2012 -

GERALD A. CARAVELLI

Age 68 of Des Plaines. Loving brother of Gregory (Linda) Caravelli. Dearest Uncle of Alia (Tracey Holtshirley) Caravelli. Son of the late Anthony and Lorraine Caravelli. Gerald was a Lifetime Grand Master of the American Contract Bridge League and a member of the World Bridge Federation. Gerald was also a dedicated employee at CNA for his entire work career.
Services Private.
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MATEA M. FERNANDEZ

Posted On March 3rd, 2012 -

MATEA M. FERNANDEZ

Age 87, Ewa Beach, Hawaii, passed away February 3, 2012 in Aiea. Born February 24, 1924 in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, Philippines.

She is survived by son, Juanito Martinez; 6 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; sister, Connie Mendoza.

Visitation 5:30 p.m. Tuesday (March 6) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Prayer Service 7:00 p.m. Visitation also 9:00 a.m. Wednesday (March 7) at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church; (91-1004 North Rd., Ewa Beach) Mass 11:00 a.m. Burial 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Flowers Welcome.

Marguerite “Peggy’ Marie Paty

Posted On March 3rd, 2012 -

MARGUERITE ‘PEGGY’ MARIE PATY
November 30,1921-
February 15, 2012

Born in Denver, Colorado Peggy moved with her parents George and Dorothy Kellerman to Honolulu at age 2. She graduated from Punahou in the class of ’39 and then attended The University of Colorado. When the war broke out she left school to take a position with Continental Airlines rising to the position of Chief Hostess.

She married Bill Paty in Denver Colorado in September 1945.They returned home to the Islands where Bill accepted a position with Waialua Sugar Company. Plantation life was a great place to raise their family of five children. Peggy quickly became involved in the community with the Outdoor Circle, Girls Scouts and Waialua United Church of Christ.

Peggy’s commitment to her community led to her interest in historic preservation. She spearheaded the effort to save the land at Kaiaka Bay from development as well as the preservation of The Waialua Courthouse. She was named ‘Kamaaina of the Year’ by the North Shore Chamber of Commerce. In 1993 she and her husband were recognized as ‘Kamaaina of the Year’ by the Historic Hawaii foundation. More recently Kaiaka Park was named The Bill and Peggy Paty Kaiaka Bay Beach Park.

As a member of the Junior league she participated in benefit shows at the Royal Hawaiian dancing center stage. Music made her happy and she was quick to pick up the ukelele and share a song with her many grandchildren.

In 2002 Peggy and Bill moved to Arcadia where she continued to encourage others, play the ukulele and keep track of her ever growing Ohana.

She is survived by her husband William ‘Bill’ Paty, sons Stephen (Chrissy), Randolph (Mary), William III (Christy) and daughters Marguerite (John, deceased) Wolter and Susan (Carter) Wurts, 13 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren, sister-in-law Jeanne Paty, brothers George ‘Keoki’ and James Kellerman.

Memorial service is Wednesday, March 7th, 5 pm visitation, 6 pm service at Punahou Thurston Chapel. Donations can be made to Waialua United Church of Christ, Waialua Community Association, Punahou School or a non profit organization of your choice.

GARY KAZUYOSHI FUJII

Posted On March 3rd, 2012 -

GARY KAZUYOSHI FUJII

74, Entered Heaven’s Kingdom January 22, 2012. Retired electronic technician, master sergeant, Hawaii Air National Guard, 37 years, then Pearlridge monorail. Survived by wife, Grace Tsubata Fujii, sons Grant “Kiyoshi” and Guy Fujii, cherished grand-daughters, Gloria and Maria “Mimi” Fujii, brothers Earl (Judy), Stanley, Allan (Carol), Myron (Carol) Fujii, sisters Carol (Bert) Inouye, Susan (Wilbert “Bozo”) Tsuchiyama, nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, friends. Praise God for Gary’s Salvation! We are Sincerely Thankful for the Heartfelt Prayers, Kindnesses and Care from Kaimuki Christian Church, Word of Life Christian Center, Friends, Family, EMTs, Medical Staffs, the Organ Donor Center of Hawaii; All who enabled Gary to enjoy life, especially as The Best Doting Papa. Celebration of Life, March 10 Saturday, 10:30 Visitation, 11:30 Service,
Kaimuki Christian Church, 1117 Koko Head Avenue, across from Kaimuki Library.

Martha Ho Madeira

Posted On March 3rd, 2012 -

MARTHA HO MADEIRA

92, of Aiea, a retired Ige Eggs egg inspector, died in Aiea. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by daughters Lorraine Mosca and Jacqueline Kalani, 15 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Tuesday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Services: 10 a.m. Burial: 1 p.m. at the cemetery.

SADAKO “SADA” ISHIMARU

Posted On March 3rd, 2012 -

SADAKO “SADA” ISHIMARU

Age 82, of Waipahu, Hawaii, passed away February 19, 2012 in Waipahu. Born June 1, 1929 in Waipahu, Hawaii. Sadako was a former employee of Oahu Sugar Company.

She is survived by son, Brian Ishimaru; daughter, Patti (Grant) Nishida; brothers, Akio Tokita, Haruki Tokita, George (Janet)Tokita, Sadamu Tokita; sisters, Jessie Minagawa, Blanche Shigeyasu; sisters-in-law, Elaine Tokita, Laura Tokita, Jean Tokita; brother-in-law, Harold Izumigawa; 3 grandchildren.

Visitation 5:00 p.m. Tuesday (March 6) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel; Memorial Service 6:00 p.m. Casual Attire.

KIMIE TATSUTANI

Posted On March 2nd, 2012 -

KIMIE TATSUTANI

Age 92, of Waipahu, passed away February 22, 2012 at Wahiawa General Hospital. Born May 29, 1919 in Waialua, Hawaii.

She is survived by son, Raymond (May) Tatsutani; daughter, Janet (Patrick) Kuhns; sister, Elaine Miyashiro; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

Visitation 5:30 p.m. Monday 3/5 at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel, Waipio, Memorial Service 6:30 p.m. Casual Attire.

AMY SETSUKO HAYASHIDA

Posted On March 2nd, 2012 -

AMY SETSUKO HAYASHIDA

Services for the late Mrs. Amy Setuko Hayashida, a 79-year-old, Honolulu, Hawaii-born Sansei resident of Los Angeles, California who passed away on February 7, 2012 will be held privately.

Predeceased by her husband, Woodrow Minoru Hayashida and her son, Darryl Nobuo Hayashida. She is survived by her daughter, Jeannette Y. Hayashida; grandchildren, Daniel (Hope) Hayashida of Calgary, Canada and Lori Hayashida; daughter-in-law, Carrie Hayashida; siblings, Jessie Doi-Cunha and William Doi of Hawaii. Also survived by many nieces and nephews and other relatives. www.fukuimortuary.com
(213) 626-0441

DIETRICH OLAF RAUSCHER

Posted On March 2nd, 2012 -

DIETRICH OLAF RAUSCHER
Feb. 23, 2012

Honolulu–Dietrich (Dieter) Olaf Rauscher, 60, of Honolulu, a retired IBM IT Specialist working in Software Support Services, passed away at the Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu after a long battle with cancer. “Dee” was born on May 21, 1951 in Laxa, Sweden and immigrated to Kingston, NY as a young child. He is survived by his wife Ladda and stepsister, Sharon Murphy, brother-in-law Frank Murphy and 3 nephews from Concord, New Hampshire. Dee is pre-deceased by his mother, Martina and stepfather Alfred J. Brocco from Kingston, NY; Brother Mario Brocco, his stepbrother; and niece, Erin Murphy. Dee attended school in Kingston, NY and graduated from Kingston High School, Class of 1969 where he was a member of the school’s inaugural soccer team. Dee attended Ohio University where he played varsity soccer and began employment with IBM Poughkeepsie in 1977. He transferred to IBM Honolulu in 1986 where he remained until retirement. He enjoyed traveling and many outdoor sports including kayaking and paddling. He was an enduring example of how to live life to the fullest. Memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation at: http://support.themmrf.org/site/TR/Events/General?fr_id=1040&pg=ffind

CLIFFORD EARL “BUTCH” CUBAN

Posted On March 2nd, 2012 -

CLIFFORD EARL “BUTCH” CUBAN

Age 68, of Makakilo, Hawaii, passed away February 5, 2012 in Kapolei. Born April 19, 1943 in Honolulu, Hawaii. A former Sears & Roebuck truck driver and former bus driver.

He is survived by wife, Pearl N. Cuban; sons, Clifton (Lorraine)
Cuban, Chad (Sanny) Cuban; daughter, Shanley (Nicolas) Conway of KS; 9 grand-children; 6 great-grandchildren; brothers, Herbert (Pearline) Cuban, Daniel (Virginia) Cuban, Theodore (Jorene) Cuban, John (Iacolyn) Cuban; sister, Jeannie Rose (Paul) Kim.

Visitation 8:30 a.m. Tuesday (March 6) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Memorial Service 10:00 a.m. Burial 11:30 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual Attire. Lei welcome.

FREDERICK “FREDDIE” SOTELO CALLEJO SR.

Posted On March 2nd, 2012 -

FREDERICK “FREDDIE” SOTELO CALLEJO SR.

Age 85, of Waipahu, Hawaii, passed away February 6, 2012 in Aiea. Born August 15, 1926 in Cadacan, Narvacan, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. Retired from Hi-Grade Plumbing after 46 years of service. Member of Operating Engineer Local 3.

He is survived by spouse, Teresita M. Callejo; sons, Fred (Arleen) Callejo Jr, Harold (Bernadette) Callejo, Christopher Callejo; daughters, Evangeline Stockbridge, Fredersita “Sita” (Gilbert) Sales; 13 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; sisters, Clarita Palino, Rebecca Clubal.

Visitation 6-9 p.m. Wednesday (March 7) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Wake Service 6:30 p.m. Visitation also 10 a.m. Thursday (March 8) at St Joseph Catholic Church; (94-675 Farrington Hwy., Waipahu) Mass 11 a.m. Burial 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual Attire. Flowers Welcome.

SADAKO ISHIMARU

Posted On March 2nd, 2012 -

SADAKO ISHIMARU

Age 82, of Waipahu, Hawaii, passed away February 19, 2012 in Waipahu. Born June 1, 1929 in Waipahu, Hawaii. Sadako was a former employee of Oahu Sugar Company.

She is survived by son, Brian Ishimaru; daughter, Patti (Grant) Nishida; brothers, Akio Tokita, Haruki Tokita, George (Janet)Tokita, Sadamu Tokita; sisters, Jessie Minagawa, Blanche Shigeyasu; sisters-in-law, Elaine Tokita, Laura Tokita, Jean Tokita; brother-in-law, Harold Izumigawa; 3 grandchildren.

Visitation 5:30 p.m. Tuesday (March 6) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel; Memorial Service 6:30 p.m. Casual Attire.

IOSEFO PETELO UIAGALELEI

Posted On March 2nd, 2012 -

IOSEFO PETELO UIAGALELEI

Age 71, of Waipahu, passed away February 21, 2012 at Kaiser Foundation Hospital. Born Febraury 21, 1941 in American Samoa. Retired Aiea High School Campus Security and Founding Member of the Samoan Catholic Community and Choir at St. Elizabeth Church, Aiea.

He is survived by wife, Etevise P. Maiava Uiagalelei; sons, Soane P. (Margaret) Uiagalelei, Peter (Francine) Uiagalelei; daughter, Pina (Roy) Uiagalelei Maafala; brothers, Masemino Petelo, Leatutui Petelo, Nikolao Lafaele, Tomaakuino Petelo; sister, Akenese Petelo Iosefo; 9 grandchildren.

Visitation 9:00 a.m. Monday 3/5 at St. Elizabeth Church, 99-312 Moanalua Rd., Mass 12:00 noon.

MASAHARU NITTA

Posted On March 1st, 2012 -

MASAHARU NITTA
Jan, 3, 1928 – Jan. 24, 2012

Masaharu “Masa” Nitta, of Honolulu, a retired mason and an Army veteran, passed away at Pohai Nani Good Samaritan Retirement Home. He is survived by his sister, Bertha Tahira; nephew, Donn (Julie) Tokairin, grand-nephews, Brett and Shawn Tokairin and brother-in-law, Bert Tokairin. Private services to be held.

MARGUERITE M ‘PEGGY’ PATY

Posted On March 1st, 2012 -

MARGUERITE M ‘PEGGY’ PATY

Long time North Shore resident died in Honolulu at Arcadia Retirement Residence. She was born in 1921 in Denver CO. She was 90 years old.

She is survived by her husband William ‘Bill’ Paty, sons Stephen, Randolph and William III, daughters Marguerite and Susan, 13 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren, sister-in-law Jeanne Paty and brothers George ‘Keoki’ and James Kellerman.

Memorial service is Wednesday March 7th, 5pm visitation, 6pm service at Punahou Thurston Chapel. Aloha attire. Donation suggestions; Waialua United Church of Christ, Waialua Community Association, Punahou School or non-profit of your choice.

ELOISE ENGLE MONSARRAT

Posted On March 1st, 2012 -

ELOISE ENGLE MONSARRAT

A stellar light went out when Eloise Engle Monsarrat died peacefully at home on February 24, 2012 in Honolulu. She is survived by her nieces, Kathryn Engle of Boise Idaho and Karyn Engle of Sanford, North Carolina, and nephew Ronald Engle of Easton, Maryland. Eloise was born in St. Louis, Missouri on March 30, 1922. She graduated in 1943 from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. While she attended WU she was a member and then President of Delta Delta Delta sorority. After graduation she moved to Ames, Iowa where she attended the Curtiss-Wright Cadettes Aeronautical Engineering course at Iowa State College for 10 months. The Curtiss-Wright Corporation contracted with Iowa State to conduct this program to train civilian women assistants for their engineering departments; they were trained in drafting, stress analysis, materials lab, aerodynamics, and production liaison. The cadets were given adequate training so that they could assist engineers with their jobs hoping their engineers would be able to accomplish more in less time with assistance of trained helpers. She was one of 84 women graduates who worked at the Curtiss-Wright Corporation aircraft plant in St. Louis from January 1944 through June 1945.

In June 1945 she moved to New York City where she worked as a Junior Engineer for Bendix Helicopter Company until February 1946. From April 1946 through November 1946 she worked at Fairchild Pilotless Planes Division of Fairchild Engine and Airplane Corporation in Jamaica, New York as a Junior Weights Engineer. She move back to St. Louis and worked for McDonnell Aircraft Corporation as a Junior Stress Analyst from January 1947 until June 1948.

On Sunday August 22, 1948 at 5:25 in the morning Eloise and her good friend Ruth Jane departed from East St. Louis in Ruth Jane’s Chevy and arrived in Los Angeles, California the following Friday. On Saturday they landed in Honolulu. Eloise had accepted a position as a second grade teacher at Molokai High & Elementary School in Hoolehua where she taught until September 1949 when she moved to Honolulu to teach first grade at Punahou.

Eloise began working at the Mutual Telephone Company (later to become known as The Hawaiian Telephone Company) during the summer of 1951 and in June 1952, she resigned her teaching position at Punahou and went to work for the Telephone Company. She met Roger Monsarrat when they were both attendants at a mutual friends’ wedding in Honolulu. They were married on July 19, 1952 in Honolulu. In 1959 they settled in the house they had built on Ala Amoamo Street in Moanalua Gardens.

Over the years she worked at the Telephone Company as a statistical clerk, engineering clerk, secretary, department head secretary, and management training assistant. She retired in 1983 and began earnestly pursuing her second and most important career as a volunteer.

What truly set Eloise apart from most other people is her passion for helping others. She enthusiastically and joyfully spent countless hours working to better the lives of other people with organizations including (but not limited to) the American Red Cross as a “Gray Lady” at Tripler Army Hospital, as a Lt. Colonel in the Civil Air Patrol, for Junior Achievement of Hawaii, the Moanalua Senior Citizens Club, Kokua Council for Senior Citizens, and The Shelter for Abused Spouses and Children. Her greatest passion, however, was animals, particularly dogs. She and Roger raised Australian Kelpies and were instrumental in elevating the breed’s popularity in America. The volunteer work that she was most proud of was developing and participating in the Human Animal Bond visiting animal program at Tripler Army Medical Center under the auspices of the American Red Cross. She and her Kelpies Margie, then Qu-i spent many hours providing joy to patients, families, and staff at Tripler.

Eloise was lauded on numerous occasions for her volunteer work. Just a few of the highlights include Meritorious Service and Commanders Citation Award in Civil Air Patrol (1982), Citizen of the Year Award for Tripler Army Medical Center, and an Exceptional Service Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Federal Community from the Honolulu-Pacific Federal Executive Board. But her proudest moment was when President George W. Bush presented her the Presidential Volunteer Service Award on November 6, 2006 for the 10,000 hours she devoted as a volunteer. She and Roger greeted Air Force One upon landing at Hickham AFB and met the President and First Lady with leis.

Please join us to celebrate her amazing life at 11 AM on March 9, 2012 at the Monsarrat Family Plot at Oahu Cemetery, followed by lunch and talk story on the Chapel lanai. Aloha attire. Pets and lawn chairs are welcome. If you wish, please bring a memento of Eloise to share. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hawaiian Humane Society or Hawaii Fi-Do.

Alice Shoecraft

Posted On February 29th, 2012 -

ALICE SHOECRAFT

Born December 11,1919, Wamic Oregon to Esther and George Wood, second of 5 siblings, died February 8, 2012, Harstine Island Washington.

Alice is survived by her brother Allan Wood & Flo of Spokane Washington; Son Sam Ambrose and Carol of Denver Colorado; Grandchildren Mike Ambrose and his son Colton of Long Beach CA; Granddaughter Antoinette Cox and her family Ryan, Emma and Joey of Littleton Co; and Grandson Bradley James Ambrose and his family Clare, Matt and Jack, of Littleton Colorado.
Along with her parents, preceding Alice in death were: sister and brothers Aileen Forbing of HI, Joe Wood of WA, and Glenn Wood of OR, son Mikel Ambrose of San Francisco, CA, and her precious husband Robert Shoecraft of Xenia Ohio.

Alice graduated from Stadium High school, Tacoma WA. After Business College, she worked for Bank of America. Alice and her boys (quite young at the time) moved to Denver when she was transferred by Bank of America. Alice was a single parent, and when asked what she fed her boys, she said, “I don’t know what we ate, but I’m sure we ate!”

Those that are close to Alice know her as a volunteer. After her boys were grown and gone– Sam to the Navy and Mikel to college– Alice joined the Peace Corp as a volunteer. She served two years in Malaysia then on staff with her assignment in Saipan. On hearing of her death, John Pencetich, her boss in Saipan, said “Alice was empathetic, strong and brilliant”. Ann Morgan, Alice’s Peace Corp bungalow mate, remembers long walks on the beaches of Saipan as they developed a life long friendship. Saipan is where Alice met the love of her life, Robert Shoecraft. Robert and Alice married in Hong Kong and made their home on Guam. While living in Guam, Robert practiced law and Alice was a loan officer for Bank of America. They retired to Waikiki in 1980. Once in Hawaii Alice enjoyed walking…and that is an understatement. Walking literally led her to many years of dedicated service with the American Heart Association (AHA). With her outfit matching hat. Alice would walk 4 miles across town to put in several hours of volunteer time, walk home, and then went for a “good” walk in the afternoon! Alice was a valued part of the AHA for nearly 20 years. Robert had to remind her that she was a volunteer, and not a paid employee, when they would plan a cruise or a visit to the mainland. Alice saw “Heart” as a job and never missed a day without making plans for it. She was an “honoree” of the Heart Ball because she gave so much of her own heart as a volunteer.

Alice and Bob often had friends and family visit. A visit would include golf and strolls on the beach with Bob; fast walking, ice cream and latte’s with Alice! With either, you would meet the street people that they cared for along the way…. bringing them a lunch, umbrella, or just $5. Alice and Bob were no strangers to giving.

Alice was a person of great dignity, who always carried herself with great confidence and poise. She was a beautiful person whose big smile would light up a room either with a good joke or a welcoming “hello friend”. Alice was known by many as a bill capped, white haired, legally blind woman— sipping a latte at The Honolulu Coffee Company, with her coffee friends– Carol, Ilse, Kathleen, Helen, Jane, Flo and Abi. She was willing to share her politics and opinions of world problems…usually unsolicited and with little prompting. Alice had a listening ear that young and old alike would take advantage of often. After a visit with Alice, you knew she believed you to be special and important.

In 2008, Alice moved to the mainland to be closer to her brother Allan and niece Susan Wood her family, Orville, Donyea, and Jayden and niece Rita Mercer and her family Don, Andrew and Matt.

Missing her deeply, Alice’s first barista Jenny, followed by Susanna and Sam, along with her many coffee friends, kept in touch with Alice through calls, cards, presents, and visits.

Alice is interred at Punch Bowl with her Sweetie, Robert.
In lieu of flowers… Please, on behalf of your memories of Alice… “Pay it Forward”.


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