Archive for the ‘Family Placed Obituaries’ Category

JAMES [JIMMY] KAORU WASA

Posted On March 21st, 2014 -

JAMES [JIMMY] KAORU WASA James [Jimmy] Kaoru Wasa peacefully left us on February 21, 2014, he was 93. He led a full and memorable life playing baseball in Hawaii and working alongside his brothers and uncle at Wasa Electrical Service. He was born on December 15, 1920 and was the oldest of 4 children. He lived most of his early life in the Moiliili district and attended Kuhio grammar school, Washington intermediate, and McKinley High School. He played three years of varsity baseball from 1937 through 1939. He also was part of the 1938 championship football team and was named to the prep All-Star team. Later, Jimmy played for the Asahi’s in the Hawaii Baseball League as an infielder. Then in 1942, he was asked by the Braves and Asahi coaches to play for the Hawaii Braves, a friendly rival of the Asahi’s, which he did for seven years. While with the Braves, he together with Sparky Neves and Collie Souza became the legendary double-play combination. After the seven years, Jimmy came back to the Asahi’s to finish out his career. During WWII, he had the opportunity to play with Joe DiMaggio and Satchel Paige. He worked with his brothers Shigeo and George and his uncle Charles at Wasa Electrical Services which his brother Shigeo started. Wasa Electrical Services began in 1950 and now has over 375 employees with branches on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island. He enjoyed his family and often said he never regretted giving up the baseball life because he had a good family, good children, and good friends – no regrets. He is survived by his wife Yaeko, son James Akira, and daughters Judith Nakamura [Earl], Leilani Leathers [Craig], Cynthia Nakachi, and 5 grandchildren, 1 great-grand- daughter, 2 step-grandsons, and 2 step-great-grandsons. Services will be on March 29, 2014 at 10:00am at Hosoi Mortuary.

Herta Maria Zarnikow Stevens

Posted On March 21st, 2014 -

3-21 HERTA MARIA ZARNIKOW STEVENSHERTA MARIA ZARNIKOW STEVENS Herta was born in Mulheim Ruhr-Broich, Germany, in 1909. She died March 7th. 104! In her twenties Herta moved to Berlin where she met her future husband, Marquis E. Stevens (Steve), who studied medicine at the University of Berlin. He proposed. She traveled to Honolulu by steamship leaving Germany in 1939, arriving in the same year to be married to Steve. She is survived by her sister, Edithe in Germany, 3 daughters – Susan Wunderlich, Heidi Masters, and Sabrina Stevens, 5 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. She was an avid golfer and oldest member of Oahu Country Club. She loved to cook. She played bridge with the same group of women for over 60 yrs. She led a long and spirited life.

ARTEMIO OANDASAN MIGUEL, SR.

Posted On March 21st, 2014 -

ARTEMIO OANDASAN MIGUEL, SR. Age 78, of Aiea, HI, passed away February 23, 2014 in Aiea. Born June 20, 1935 in Nanguyudan, Paoay, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. Retired from JC Penny Department Store. He is survived by wife, Leonita V. Miguel; daughter, Maryvic (Jose) Dumlao; sons, Romeo (Gregoria) Miguel, Jerry Miguel, Artemio Miguel, Jr.; 12 grand- children; 12 great-grand- children; sister, Felipa (Pedro) Allado. Visitation 6:00-9:00 p.m. Thursday (March 27) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Wake Service 7:00 p.m. Visitation also 9:00 a.m. Friday (March 28) at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church (99-312 Moanalua Rd., Aiea); Mass 10:30 a.m. Burial 12:30 p.m. at Valley of The Temples Memorial Park. Casual Attire. Flowers Welcome.

SHIGERU HIGA

Posted On March 20th, 2014 -

SHIGERU HIGA Age 97, of Aiea, HI, passed away March 4, 2014 in Aiea. Born November 13, 1916 in Kohala, Big Island. 442nd veteran. He is survived by spouse, Leatrice H. Higa; sons, Alan Higa, Brian Higa, Hal (Vickie) Higa; daughters, Ruby Higa, Lois Higa; brother, Richard M. Higa; sister, Mildred T. Chibana; 2 grandchildren. Visitation 5:30 p.m. Tuesday (March 25) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Memorial Service 6:30 p.m. Casual Attire. No flowers, please.

ROSE CABADING “SAYYAN” EDMALIN

Posted On March 20th, 2014 -

ROSE CABADING SAYYAN EDMALIN Age 80, of Ewa Beach, HI, passed away February 16, 2014 in Honolulu. Born October 6, 1933 in Pinili, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. She is survived by husband, Leocadio Edmalin; daughters, Zosima (Manuel) Pajarillo, Marites Reyna, Amy Edmalin, Lily Ganiron; 11 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Visitation 5:30 p.m. Sunday (March 23) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Wake Service 6:30 p.m. Visitation also 8:30 a.m. Monday (March 24) at St Joseph Catholic Church; (94-675 Farrington Hwy., Waipahu) Mass 9:30 a.m. Burial 11:00 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual Attire. Flowers Welcome.

BEULAH (BEE) DONNA NAKASONE

Posted On March 19th, 2014 -

3-19 BEULAH NAKASONEBEULAH (BEE) DONNA NAKASONE February 21, 1943 – February 11, 2014 Beulah was 70 years old when she passed away at Aloha Nursing and Rehab Centre’ (St. Francis Hospice Program). Beulah left us graciously and peacefully having spent her last month there making new friends with the other patients and staff. She is survived by her 2 sons, Lance and Sean Nakasone, 6 grandchildren, 3 great grand- children; brothers Douglas and Dexter Ahn and sister Sharon (Dennis) Ariyoshi. Private graveside service was held at Hawaiian Memorial Park.

DOROTHY G. SHEPARD

Posted On March 19th, 2014 -

3-19 DOROTHY SHEPARDDOROTHY G. SHEPARD Dorothy first came to Hawaii in the late 40’s with her husband Dr. R Frederick Shepard and spent time on the island of Lana’i. They fell in love with Hawai’i and moved to Honolulu permanently in 1955. Dorothy loved the arts, especially painting, and over the years was a dedicated volunteer with the Hawaii Medical Association Auxiliary and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Dorothy is survived by three children, Jeff Shepard, Gale Erwin, and Heather Shannon, four grandchildren, Peter Erwin, Jenny Campbell, Lindsey Shannon, and Scott Shannon, and two great-grandchildren, Ella Erwin and Ava Campbell. Private services will be held. Donations in her memory may be made to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Hawaiian Humane Society, the American Red Cross, or the charity of your choice.

ALFREDO SALADINO PASCUAL

Posted On March 19th, 2014 -

ALFREDO SALADINO PASCUAL Age 87, of Ewa Beach, HI, passed away February 21, 2014 in Ewa Beach. Born September 14, 1926 in Peralta, Dingras, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. He is survived by sons, Mandrake (Anita) Pascual of WA, James (MaryAnn) Pascual of LV, Rizaldy (Lilibeth) Pascual, Sinbad (Josephine) Pascual of TX, Gregory (Rafaela) Pascual; daughters, Lilian Garen, Catherine (Paulo) Guting of CA, Marivic (Ziggy) Puaa; brothers, Alipio S. (Carolina) Pascual of Philippines, Servando S. (Rizalina) Pascual; 26 grandchildren; 13 great- grandchildren. Visitation 5:30 p.m. Sunday (March 23) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel; Wake Service 6:30 p.m. Visitation also 10:30 a.m. Monday (March 24) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel; Program 11:30 a.m. Prayer Service 12:00 noon Burial 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park.

CYPRIANO “SKIP” CALIO

Posted On March 19th, 2014 -

CYPRIANO SKIP CALIO Age 88, of Mililani, HI, passed away March 8, 2014 in Wahiawa. Born September 30, 1925 in Kalopa, Big Island. Retired materiel specialist from Federal Aviation Administration with 43 years of service. He is survived by daughters, Lora (Robert) Baysa, Caroline Atterbery; brothers, “Sonny” Maximiano Calio, Herbert Calio, Nicholas Calio, Benjamin Calio, Allen Calio, Alex Calio; grandchildren, Zachary Baysa, Nicole Wong. Visitation 9:30 a.m. Tuesday (March 25) at Resurrection of the Lord Catholic Church; (94-1260 Lumikula St., Waipahu) Mass 10:30 a.m. Committal Service 1:00 p.m. at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Aloha Attire. Flowers Welcome.

SUGIKO T. “SUE” SHOOP

Posted On March 19th, 2014 -

SUGIKO T. SUE SHOOP Age 83, of Mililani, HI, passed away February 28, 2014 in Honolulu. Born January 29, 1931 in Kobe, Japan. A devout member of Agape Japanese Baptist Church. A retiree of Host International. She is survived by son, Frank Shoop, Jr.; 1 brother and 3 sisters residing in Japan. Burial 10:00 a.m. Saturday (March 22) at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual Attire. Flowers Welcome.

Minnie Mine Sato Doolittle

Posted On March 19th, 2014 -

MINNIE MINE SATO DOOLITTLE May 26, 1930 – March 7, 2014 Minnie Mine Sato Doolittle passed away peacefully at her home in Scotts Valley, CA on Friday, March 7, 2014 at the age of 83. Mine was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on May 26, 1930 to Kokichi Sato and Ine Kusaka. She was raised in Honolulu and Sendai, Japan. She graduated from McKinley High School and attended the University of Hawaii. Throughout her life she also lived in Kaimuki, HI, San Francisco, CA, Corvalis, OR, Seattle, WA and Scotts Valley, CA. She was the official greeter for the state of Hawaii and a radio interviewer on the Hawaii Calls program. She worked as an airline stewardess for Aloha Airlines, a proofreader for the Honolulu Star Bulletin and a secretary for a number of organizations and agencies. She also classified insects for The Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum in Honolulu. Mine is survived by her husband of 43 years, George Marc Doolittle; siblings, Woodrow Toshio “Shorty” Sato, May Miyoko Biro, Sally Kiyoko Goodfader, Robert Hiroshi Sato and Esther Fukiko King; 5 nieces and 5 nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Kokichi and Ine Sato; sisters, Lillian Koko Kay Kaneshiro and Clara Sawae Bingo; and brother, Samuel Koji Sato. A viewing will be held on Thursday, March 20 at 10 a.m. at Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary. If you would like to send your condolences to Mine’s family, share a memory of photos, or light a candle, please visit www.scmemorial.com

CARL K. TANAKA

Posted On March 18th, 2014 -

CARL K. TANAKA Age 54, of Honolulu, HI, passed away March 4, 2014 in Aiea. Born June 11, 1959 in Honolulu, HI. He is survived by parents, Howard Masaru & Helene Fumie Tanaka; brother, Craig Tanaka; sister, Laurie Ann (Clayton) Kepa. Visitation 10:00 a.m. Sunday (March 23) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Funeral Service 10:30 a.m. Casual Attire.

SILVINO “SILVIN” CALANTOC RETONDO

Posted On March 18th, 2014 -

SILVINO SILVIN CALANTOC RETONDO Age 88, of Aiea, HI, passed away February 22, 2014 in Aiea. Born September 10, 1925 in Lataag, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. Retired from Mililani Golf Course. Member of Hawaii Laborers Union. He is survived by wife, Eufrocina “Senang” Manibog Retondo; children, Evelyn (Ernest) Gaspar, Philamer (Reynaldo) Ventura, Rolando (Carmen) Retondo, Lydia (Rodolfo) Lagua, Myrna (Meliton) Agbayani; 13 grandchildren; 4 great- grandchildren. Visitation 6-9 p.m. Sunday (March 30) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Wake Service 6:30 p.m. Visitation also 9:30 a.m. Monday (March 31) at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church (99-312 Moanalua Rd., Aiea); Mass 11:00 a.m. Burial 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual Attire. Flowers Welcome.

CHAN SAU HOW

Posted On March 18th, 2014 -

CHAN SAU HOW 100, passed away in Honolulu on March 13, 2014. She was born in Meixian, Guangdong, China on May 8, 1913. She married Shun Cheong HOW (deceased 1977) and moved to Mauritius in 1934. They had 7 sons and 4 daughters. They moved to England and Canada in 1970 and immigrated to Honolulu in 1972. She is survived by 6 sons – Karl (Mary), Sidney (Germaine), George (Jeannette), Robert (Huguette), Frank (Christine) and Raymond (Joanne); by 4 daughters – Mook Lan ( Vincent Cheung), Choong Lan (Ralph Morelli), Cecilia (Francis Pimmel) and Doris (Fred Peyer); by 25 grandchildren – Clifford, Albert; Dennis, Peter, Keisha; Robin, Cindy; Alan, Steven; Sabrina, Pamela, Jeffrey; and Sebastien, Leina, (How); Madeline, Michael, Herbert (Cheung); Meisha, Alicia (Morelli); Jerome, Kim, Mei-Li (Pimmel); Christopher, Michael, Faye-Sha (Peyer); and by 24 great grandchildren. Throughout her life, Chan Sau modeled hard work and persistence. She wanted her children to have stability and opportunity, and emphasized the importance of family values and education. This legacy is reflected in the closeness of the family she leaves behind, and the higher education degrees that a majority of her children and grandchildren hold. Chan Sau was a devout Buddhist, and an active member of the Chinese Buddhist Association – Hsu Yun Temple, of Kuan Yin Temple, and of Wan Tsick Buddhist Temple. Chinese Buddhist services will be held at Nu’uanu Memorial Park & Mortuary on Wednesday March 19, 2014. Visitation from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Cremation is to follow. Aloha attire. No flowers. Donations suggested to Hsu Yun Temple or Kuan Yin Temple.

RITA “LITA” KAU’ILANI HUIHUI PARKER

Posted On March 17th, 2014 -

RITA LITA KAU’ILANI HUIHUI PARKER Age 77, of Waimanalo, passed away January 29, 2014 in Castle Hospital. Born February 13, 1936 in Honolulu; grew up in Papakolea; passed away at Castle Hospital on Jan 29, 2014 after a lengthy illness. She is survived by husband, Alexander K. Parker Jr.; sons, Alexander K. (Tina) Parker III, Lionel K. Parker, Wes H. Parker; daughters, Alice K. Parker, Sondra Mulleitner (Jon) Bush; brother, William “Zingy” Huihui; sisters, Sybil K. Huihui Sanchez, Sonja M.K. Fredlund, Mona Aloha Huihui, Alicia Davis (Woody) McCullen, Elizabeth “Liz” Bustillo; 5 grandchildren. Memorial Services to be held at the LDS Kailua 1st Ward, 1461 Kanaapu Dr., Kailua, Oahu on Saturday, March 22, 2014; Visitation 10:00 am – 11:00 am; Services 11:15 a.m; refreshments to follow. (Private Dedicatory Services & Interment).

MERLE TATSUNO UMEBAYASHI

Posted On March 17th, 2014 -

3-17 MERLE UMEBAYASHIMERLE TATSUNO UMEBAYASHI Age 90, of Waianae, HI, passed away February 21, 2014 in Waianae. Born May 11, 1923 in Hana, Maui. She is survived by husband, Keijiro Umebayashi; sons, Colin Umebayashi, Clifford (Myong Hui Pugh) Umebayashi; daughters, Cheryl (Tiny) Harris, Faye (Randy) Koto; 3 grandchildren. Visitation 5:30 p.m. Saturday (March 22) at Mililani Downtown Mortuary; (20 South Kukui St., Honolulu) Funeral Service 6:00 p.m. Casual Attire. No flowers, please.

JOSEFINA DELA CRUZ MISA

Posted On March 17th, 2014 -

JOSEFINA DELA CRUZ MISA Age 86, of Waipahu, HI, passed away February 19, 2014 in Waipahu. Born December 30, 1927 in San Gregorio San Antonio, Zambales, Philippines. She is survived by sons, Wilburn (Lourdes) Misa, George (Janet) Misa, Miller (Minerva) Misa; daughters, Wilma (William) Williams, Lorna Misa; 10 grandchildren; 9 great-grand- children. Visitation 10:15 a.m. Friday (March 21) at St Joseph Catholic Church; (94-675 Farrington Hwy., Waipahu) Mass 11:30 a.m. Committal Servcie 1:00 p.m. at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Casual Attire. Flowers Welcome.

Christine Belaski Caravallo

Posted On March 17th, 2014 -

3-17  610613   Christine CaravalloCHRISTINE BELASKI CARAVALLO Left us to be with the Lord on October 9, 2013, at the age of 94 – born March 17, 1919, on the Big Island of Hawaii. Christine’s passion in life was her family. She enjoyed cooking, estate/yard sales, and reading The National Enquirer. Christine worked for St. Francis Hospital as a lab technician retiring in 1984 and relocated to the California Bay Area. She is preceded in death by her husband Paul Yambos Caravallo; parents, John and Christina Belaski; two sons, Gilbert and Clifford P. Caravallo; four brothers, Manuel, William, Joseph, and John Belaski. She is survived by her two daughters, Rosaline Holland (George) and Winifred Duchan; daughter in law, Paulette S. Caravallo; grandchildren, John and Annabell Holland, Tina Nishimoto, Gilbert P. Caravallo, Janey Lee Caravallo Maciel (George), Christine Reyes, Jonette Lu’I (Joshua); great grandchildren, George and Wesley Holland, Paul , Saul, and Consuela Reyes, Joshah, JonPaul, and Jaena Lu’i, and Ava Lee Maciel. Christine played an important role in her entire family’s life, and they are forever grateful! “Thank you for the memories, and thank you for the recipes.”

BESSIE KISHIE FUJIOKA

Posted On March 17th, 2014 -

BESSIE KISHIE FUJIOKA Age 94, of Honolulu, passed away on February 13, 2014, at her residence. Born in Ookala, Hawaii, she was the owner of School Street Delicatessen. Preceded in death by her husband, Nobuo, she is survived by her sons, Ralph (Eleanor), Thomas (Susan) and Stephen (Cindy) Fujioka; five grandchildren and three great- grandchildren. Private services held.

Gladys Shizuko Higa

Posted On March 17th, 2014 -

GLADYS SHIZUKO HIGA 93 of Honolulu. Passed peacefully at home on February 18, 2014. She was born on April 23, 1920 in Kahaluu. She was the Co-owner of the Hawaiian Cafeteria. She is survived by her son, Edwin (Eleanor); daughter, Diane Tanioka; 7 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 2 great- great grandchildren; brothers, Nobu and Tadashi Shiira; sister, Agnes Oshiro. Private services were held.

Lillian Miyoko Miyashiro

Posted On March 16th, 2014 -

LILLIAN MIYOKO MIYASHIRO Lillian Miyoko Miyashiro, 87, of Honolulu, retired waitress for Likelike Drive Inn, passed away on February 21, 2014 at home. She was born in Paia, Maui. She is survived by sons, Wayne K. (Lydia), Dennis T. (Ele), Stanley K. (Glenda) and Neal N. Miyashiro; son-in-law, Ray Nakagawara; brothers, Robert S. and Albert T. Shimabuku; and sisters, Shizue Tobara and Yeiko Kohagura, 8 grand- children and 6 great grand- children. Visitation: 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Service at 2:00 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

MAXIE SUBIATE GUARIN

Posted On March 16th, 2014 -

MAXIE SUBIATE GUARIN Age 91, of Honolulu, passed away February 17, 2014 in Avalon Care Center. Born July 30, 1922 in Camiling, Tarlac, P.I. Retired as a CNA from Hale Ho Aloha Nursing Home. She is survived by daughters, Josephine (Rolando) Ramos, Rose (Julio) Lazo; 4 grand- children; 4 great-grandchildren. Visitation 5:30 pm Friday 3/21 at Mililani Downtown Mortuary, Service 6:30 pm. Visitation also 9:00 am Saturday 3/22 at St. John The Baptist Church, 2324 Omilo Lane, Mass 11:00 am. Burial 2:00 pm at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park.

DAVANETTE MARY KAIMOOKALANI HARBOTTLE-CABINATAN

Posted On March 16th, 2014 -

3-16 DAVANETTE HARBOTTLE-CABINATANDAVANETTE MARY KAIMOOKALANI HARBOTTLE -CABINATAN Age 59, of Honolulu, passed away February 21, 2014 at Pali Momi Medical Center. Born Octobr 25, 1954 in Honolulu. She retired after 30 years service from Hawaiian Telephone & Verizon. She is survived by husband, Dallas Cabinatan; brothers, David Piikoi (Debbie) Harbottle II, Craig Lima (Leoni) Harbottle; sisters, Elizabeth Kealiikuaaina “Queenie” (Gary) Loo, Joyce Aliiloa Harbottle; sister-in-law, Haleakala Harbottle; god- children, Shawna Loo, Kalakaua Harbottle, Cedric Helliangao. Visitation 5:30 p.m. Wednesday 3/19 at Mililani Downtown Mortuary (20 S. Kukui St.); Visitation also 8:30 a.m. Thursday 3/20 at the Mortuary, Service 10:30 a.m. Burial 2:00 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery. Casual Attire. Flowers Welcome.

RIKIO MIYASHIRO

Posted On March 16th, 2014 -

3-16 RIKIO MIYASHIROA Celebration of Life RIKIO MIYASHIRO March 29, 2014. Diamond Head Mortuary. 9:30am Visitation, 10:30 am Service. Casual Attire. Survived by: Sons: Garrick (Velma) Miyashiro, Randy (Mei Lin) Miyashiro. Daughter: Tammy (Gary) Murakami. 7 Grand- children & 1 Great Grand Daughter. 2 Sisters: Nancy Shinsato, Betty Kinney.

ROBERT S. OSHIRO

Posted On March 16th, 2014 -

ROBERT S. OSHIRO Age 89, of Pearl City, HI, passed away February 19, 2014 in Honolulu. Born July 8, 1924 in Honolulu, HI. He is survived by son, Robert J. Oshiro; daughters, Diane (Gordon) Fukino, Juliann Oshiro, Lori Oshiro. Visitation 8:15 a.m. Wednesday (March 19) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel; Memorial Service 8:30 a.m. Burial 10:30 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual Attire.

BENJAMIN POLICAR JOCO

Posted On March 16th, 2014 -

3-16 BENJAMIN JOCOBENJAMIN POLICAR JOCO Benjamin “Ben” Policar Joco of Waipahu, died 19 days shy of his 80th Birthday on February 23, 2014 in Honolulu. He was born on March 13, 1934 in Naic, Cavite Philippines. Benjamin was the fifth of nine children of the late Francisco Pareja Joco and Marcela Cailao Policar Joco. He was a retired veteran of the United States Navy and a retired welder with the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. He had dedicated more than 40 years of Federal Service combined. Ben had many talents. He was a handyman and gardener who liked to share the fruits of his labor with friends, neighbors, and strangers. He loved to watch sports, being especially enthusiastic about boxing and basketball. He was a long time parishioner of Holy Family Church and a member of Hawaiian Lodge Free and Accepted Mason. His greatest passion was his family, whom he adored and was proud of. He was his granddaughters greatest playmate and hero. He was a generous and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle. Ben was a man of few words but his actions were compassionate and sincere. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Felicisima Jocson Joco, daughter Jessamine Joco Songheng (David), son Jeremy Joco (Vena) and granddaughters Jestine, Valerie,’Vanessa, Olivia and Francheska. He is also survived by his sister Julia P. Joco and brothers Rustico P. Joco (Nita) and Avelino P. Joco (Cristina) and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brother, Geronimo P. Joco, and sisters Ignacia J. Odvina, Leonisa P. Joco, Nieves J. Manalo and Ester J. Pabiton. A celebration of Ben’s life will be held on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Holy Family Church, 830 Main St., Honolulu, Hawaii. Gathering and Visitation will begin at 8:30 am, followed by Mass at 10:00 am. Internment will be at 11:30 am at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl). Lunch reception to follow.

GRACE DEISSLER KING

Posted On March 16th, 2014 -

3-16 609847   Grace KingGRACE DEISSLER KING Was born June 29, 1925 in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania, to William and Grace Ethel Deissler. She had a sister Lillian who was five years older and a brother William Jr., three years older, both of whom have predeceased her. She graduated from Springfield, PA High School in 1943 with honors, lettering in hockey, basketball, track and acrobatics. Grace graduated from Bucknell University in 1947 where she was Editor of the yearbook , a Member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, and played varsity field hockey, basketball, and volleyball. Grace achieved the distinction of being appointed to the Mortar Board (with pin). In addition she was chosen by the University to live with five outstanding seniors in Honor House and amazingly has kept in touch with all of them for seventy years. She majored in Psychology & Sociology, appeared in Who’s Who Among American College & University Students and graduated Cum Laude in 1947. Grace immediately went to work for the Pennsylvania Dept. of Public Assistance near Norristown as a social worker. In 1950 she married Dr. Heinz Gronau, moved to Middletown., Connecticut and had three children; Kurt, Gwen and Gail. Grace was active in community affairs, including volunteering at the State Mental Hospital as well as being a Member of AUW and the League of Women Voters. In Middletown, as part of the work she did with the State Mental Hospital, Grace provided a home for two women as a “nanny” to her young children–a testament to her commitment to mental health and bettering her community. In 1965 Grace and her family moved to Honolulu, HI. She returned to work as a social worker with the State of Hawaii, where she worked on welfare and child abuse cases. In 1967 she was chosen to be one of four social workers to be in the first child protective services unit. In 1970, while working for the State, she was honored with a stipend to return to higher education at the University of Hawai’i, Manoa where she received a Masters in Social Services, graduating Cum Laude two years later. Grace was divorced in 1972 and later married Leonard King. In 1977 she transferred to the State’s Department of Education to work as a School Social Worker and retired in 1980. During her lifetime she travelled extensively throughout the world, but remained in Honolulu, Hawai’i where she was very happy with Leonard, her children and grandchildren (and one great-grandchild). Grace was pre-deceased by Leonard King in 2007 Grace is survived by her three children, The Hon. Kurt A. Gronau, Gwen Pacarro and Gail E. Brown; five grand-children; Jason (“Kahi”) Pacarro, Noel Pacarro Brown, Amanda L. Gronau, Steven and Emily Brown and her great-grandchild, Gabriel A. Brown. A celebration of her life will be held on Friday, May 23, 2014 at the Elk’s Club Waikiki. Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m., service at 11:00 a.m. and ashes will be scattered thereafter.

OSAMU HARADA

Posted On March 16th, 2014 -

3-16 OSAMU HARADAOSAMU HARADA 83, passed away August 29, 2013, at the Kuakini Medical Center. He was born in Lahaina and was a retiree of Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate. After retirement he did volunteer work at the Hawaii Foodbank, Catholic Charities, and the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program. He is survived by his wife Edith; daughter Ann Harada, son-in-law Peter Litman and grandson Elvis Harada Litman. Visitation at 4pm; memorial service at 5pm on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Diamond Head Mortuary. Casual attire; no monetary or floral offerings, please.

GLEN KAZUTO OKAMURA

Posted On March 16th, 2014 -

GLEN KAZUTO OKAMURA Age 87, of Ewa Beach, HI, passed away February 25, 2014 in Aiea. Born December 28, 1926 in Koloa, Kauai. He is survived by wife, Kiku Okamura; sons, Gene (Emi) Okamura, Jon (Diana) Okamura; daughter, Lori (Joseph) Gaynor; 6 grandchildren. Visitation 5:30 p.m. Friday (March 21) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel; Memorial Service 6:30 p.m.

RONALD THOMAS MATA

Posted On March 16th, 2014 -

3-16 RONALD MATA 0000609649-01RONALD THOMAS MATA 69, retired from the Honolulu Advertiser. He was born in Hilo, Hawaii and is survived by brother Henry Mata Jr., Sisters Moani Dumaoal, & Pauline Naumu. Visitation Saturday, March 22 at 10:30 a.m. at Oahu Cemetery Services at 11:30 a.m.


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