Archive for the ‘Family Placed Obituaries’ Category

HENRY HIROSHI NAKAMURA

Posted On May 11th, 2016 -

$nameHENRY HIROSHI NAKAMURA Henry Hiroshi Nakamura, a former featured actor at MGM Studios during the 1950s passed away in Okinawa, Japan from interstitial pneumonia on February 6, 2016. He was 87 years old. He was born on December 5, 1928 in Honolulu and graduated from Farrington High School and the University of Hawaii. A Korean War veteran, he served with a military intelligence unit. He worked in Hollywood during the 1950s in a career that spanned nearly ten years. He appeared in "Go For Broke", Westward, the Women", Blood Alley", "Unchained Melody", "Athena" and "Lafayette Escadrille". In 1961 he entered Federal Service and worked in Okinawa for over 32 years, retiring in 1993. He is survived by wife Koto, son Derek (Joyce), brothers Wilfred & George and sisters Mary Murakami (Charles) and Mabel Nakamura and several nieces and nephews. Private services were held in Okinawa.

XAVIER “BUDA” ISHIHARA, SR.

Posted On May 11th, 2016 -

XAVIER BUDA ISHIHARA, SR. Age 77, of Pearl City, HI, passed away April 7, 2016 in Pearl City, HI. Born September 9, 1938 in Honolulu, HI. He portrayed King Kamehameha in the Kamehameha Day Parade and was King's Counselor of the Aloha Week Parade. He was retired from the Army/Air Force Exchange, was a member of Hawaii Country Club, and a Lions Club volunteer. He is survived by wife, Margaret "Mike" Ishihara; sons, Xavier Ishihara, Jr., Kurt (Kathleen) Ishihara, Xareth Ishihara; brother, Mervyn (Mary Lou) Ishihara; sisters, Eloise Sonoda; Rosina Kurosawa; 4 grand- children. Visitation 9:00 a.m., Sunday (May 15) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Memorial service 10:00 a.m. Casual attire. No flowers please.

EDWARD GREGORY CHERRY

Posted On May 11th, 2016 -

EDWARD GREGORY CHERRY SCOTTY CHERRY Age 91 of Honolulu HI passed away April 28, 2016 peacefully at his home. Born 1924 in Tacoma Washington Scotty lived his young childhood days in Astoria Oregon before moving to Honolulu with his mother in 1938. Scotty attended Roosevelt high school class of 1942. After an early graduation Scotty worked assisting with salvage and recovery after the Pearl Harbor attack. In 1943 he attended the Maritime Academy in Mill Valley California then joining the Merchant Marines. He married his high school Sweetheart Marian Lake in 1946 in Mill Valley CA where he was stationed during the war. They returned to Hawaii to live in Kualoa and raised their three children. The years in Kualoa were filled with love and laughter. He enjoyed catching fish with family and friends to eat while listening to Hawaiian music that he adored. He was a foreman/supervisor for Del Monte Pineapple Cannery until his retirement in 1982. Scotty was owner and Captain of the charter fishing boat "Lynell" operating out of Kewalo Basin. Over the years he won many fishing tournaments. The 'Lynell' also brought in two 1,000 pound marlins during this time. He was a stockholder of the Molokai Ranch where he spent many weekends hunting, fishing and hiking with his family and friends. He spoke often and always cherished the wonderful memories of those fun times at the ranch. In 1970 Scotty was blessed to marry his second wife Helen Higa who he loved and shared a wonderful life together until she passed in 2003. They enjoyed traveling to the mainland and shared the joy of fishing. After retiring, Scotty continued to enjoy the outdoors traveling to the mainland where he loved to hunt ducks and geese. He also was an avid swimmer, loved to go hiking Diamond Head and walk the waterfront early in the morning smelling the fresh ocean breeze. He loved to watch his grandson's volleyball, paddling and baseball games. He also was a long time season ticket holder for the UH Wahine Volleyball team which he loved. A member of the Hawaii Yacht Club for over 19 years he was able to continue his love/passion for boating and fishing building unbreakable friendships. Comradery with his friends is what kept him young at heart. This is also where he met his current wife Karen (Patton) Cherry marrying her on June 7, 2008. Scotty and Karen shared many road trips and adventures on the mainland also many long walks along the waterfront during these last few months. Scotty and Karen adored each other and shared a very special love and connection that was unbreakable. He is survived by his darling wife Karen Cherry, daughter: Chris (Keith) Letman, Son: Scott M. Cherry both of Honolulu. Stepchildren: Tommy Boyd and Manu Boyd of Honolulu, Derek (Darla) Kuboi of Tennessee, Doreen H. and Dayna Kuboi of Honolulu, Brian Patton and Stephanie (Russell) Drake of Michigan. Grandchildren: Blake Cherry and Kahiwa Letman of Honolulu and 6 step grandchildren and many cousins on the mainland. He was preceded in death by his parents Edward M and Mary C (Gregory) Cherry, his son Edward Gregory "Gregg" Cherry Jr. and his beloved wife Helen Cherry. Celebration of life will be held at the Hawaii Yacht Club on Saturday May 14, 2016 from 1pm to 4pm. Flowers / leis welcome. Casual attire.

FELIZA BANTOLINA GALACGAC

Posted On May 11th, 2016 -

FELIZA BANTOLINA GALACGAC Age 91, of Waipahu, HI, passed away April 14, 2016 in Waipahu, HI. Born August 6, 1924 in Abour, Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. Retired from Del Monte Fresh Produce. Active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. She is survived by sons, Jeffrey (Elena Helen Camero) Galacgac, David (Gloria) Galacgac; brother, Constante Bantolina; sister, Primitiva Ramirez; 5 grand- children; 6 great-grandchildren. Visitation 6:00 p.m., Monday (May 16) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Wake service 6:30 p.m. Visitation also 8:30 a.m., Tuesday (May 17) at St. Joseph Catholic Church (94-675 Farrington Hwy., Waipahu). Mass 9:30 a.m.; Burial to follow 11:00 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

EUSTAQUIA G. LENDIO

Posted On May 11th, 2016 -

EUSTAQUIA G. LENDIO Age 95, of Waialua, HI, passed away April 16, 2016 in Wahiawa, HI. Born September 20, 1920 in Cebu, Philippines. She retired from the Dole and Del Monte Companies. A member of St. Michael Catholic Church, Waialua. She is survived by her brother, Jesus Lendio; friend & caregiver, Michael D. Lyons. Private services held. Donations can be made to: St. Michael Catholic Church, Waialua.

ALICE HIROKO SADOWSKI

Posted On May 11th, 2016 -

ALICE HIROKO SADOWSKI Age 99, of Wahiawa, HI, passed away April 16, 2016 in Wahiawa, HI. Born January 20, 1917 in Waimanalo, HI. She is survived by brothers,John (Elly) Matsumuro and Tokushi (Patricia) Matsumuro; sisters Evelyn Fujinaga, Merry (Michael) Stout,Joy T. Galapia; many nieces and nephews Private services were held.

DEBORAH “DEBBIE” AKAU

Posted On May 11th, 2016 -

DEBORAH DEBBIE AKAU Age 56, of Waianae, HI, passed away April 22, 2016 in Aiea, HI. Born April 22, 1960 in Honolulu, HI. She is survived by mother, Gwendolyn Akau; sister, Natalie Santiago; father, Henry Akau. Private services were held.

PHILOMENA “MENA” PAO HICOM VERANO

Posted On May 10th, 2016 -

PHILOMENA MENA PAO HICOM VERANO Age 92, of Pearl City, HI, passed away April 12, 2016 in Aiea, HI. Born February 1, 1924 in Waialua, HI. Retired baker at Kapalama Elementary School cafeteria. Member of United Visayan Club and Silangan Singers. She is survived by husband,Jun Verano; daughter, Evelyn (Duke) Igarta; brother, Julian (Michiko) Ledesma; sisters, Dorothy Quizon, Francis (Douglas) Berbano, Dolores Ashimine, Catherine Kirsch; 2 grandchildren; 2 great- grandchildren. Visitation 6:00-9:00 p.m., Sunday (May 15) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Wake service 6:30 p.m. Visitation also 8:30 a.m., Monday (May 16) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Prayer service 10:00 a.m.; Burial to follow 11:00 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

SADAME “SADIE” MIYAZU

Posted On May 10th, 2016 -

SADAME SADIE MIYAZU Age 84, of Aiea, HI, passed away April 5, 2016 in Aiea. Born June 19, 1931 in Captain Cook, Kona, HI. She was retired from Japan Airlines and a member of the Aoyagi Music Studio/Dennis Oshiro Music Studio. She is survived by sister-in- law, Fumie Miyazu; nieces & nephews; caregivers, Lilibeth Caoile, Francis Gevera. Visitation 5:00 p.m. Saturday (May 14) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel; memorial service 6:00 p.m.

KEITH KAEOLANI PEDERSEN

Posted On May 10th, 2016 -

KEITH KAEOLANI PEDERSEN Keith was born of February 14, 1977 and passed away on April 26, 2016. He was born in Honolulu. Keith attended Maryknoll Schools and graduated from Aiea High School in 1995. He attended Hawaii Pacific University and Chico State University, playing soccer at both colleges. He was an auto salesman for dealerships in Hawaii and Arizona. He is survived by his parents Patricia and Ramsey Pedersen; brother Kevin Pedersen and sister-in-law Julie Pedersen; grandmother Beryle Puu; aunt and uncle Gayle and Joseph Carrol; cousins Anna and Marie; uncle and aunt John Kalani and Linda Puu; cousins Kela, Kalei, John Kalani III, and Dee Ann; uncle and aunt Dean and Carol Puu; cousins Joshua, Rachel and Jacob. Keith was a gregarious young man who loved his family and friends. His sports passion was as a soccer player, playing on five state championship HYSA teams for the Bulls Soccer Club and competing in Western Regional Championship Tournaments. He was selected by the USYSA to attend two Olympic Development tryout camps in Montana and New Mexico. He also played soccer for Aiea High School and was awarded a soccer scholarship by Hawaii Pacific University, later playing for Chico State University. He played for Lanikai Tuesday of the Major Island Soccer Organization. A private mass and celebration of life was held. Arrangements by Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary.

REV. SOLOMON KURESA, JR.

Posted On May 10th, 2016 -

REV. SOLOMON KURESA, JR. Age 62, of Honolulu, passed away April 25, 2016 in Honolulu. Born March 26, 1954 in Nuuuli, Amercian Samoa. Pastor of Victory Samoan Assembly of God in Kalihi. He is survived by wife, Agavaa Kuresa; sons, Ray (Jennifer) Kuresa, Peter Kuresa, Matthew (Tracey) Kuresa; daughter, Wendy (Tiuti) Vaimaona; brother, Fatausaga Kuresa, Harry Kuresa; sisters, Toeaso Anthony, Vaitia Tauala; 10 grandchildren. Visitation 10:00 AM Saturday May 14 at Hawaii First Samoan Assembly of God Church, 1420 Palama St., Service 11:00 AM; Burial 3:00 PM at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery. Flowers welcome.

ITSUO SAITO

Posted On May 9th, 2016 -

ITSUO SAITO Age 88, of Aiea, HI, passed away March 10, 2016 in Honolulu, HI. Born July 26, 1927 in Ewa, HI. He is survived by sons, Kent (Pamela) Saito, Ross Saito; brother, Minoru Saito; sisters, Clara Ouchi, Edna Tsutsumi, Masako Saito Private services were held.

Thelma AhSin Chung Courtney

Posted On May 9th, 2016 -

THELMA AHSIN CHUNG COURTNEY Thelma AhSin Chung Courtney of Honolulu, 90, passed away on April 14, 2016, at Straub Hospital. She was born on May 29, 1925. She is survived by her son Thomas Courtney (Rene), daughter Lynette Courtney-Noa (Thomas), 5 grandchildren: Courtney Noa, Tyler Noa, Martha Ann Aukai (Corey), Gabby Rodenhurst (Ikaika), Amanda O'Farrell (Christopher), and 8 great grandchildren. She is also survived by brother James Kimo Wong and sister Carolyn Skippy Tomiyama. Services will be held on May 14, 2016 at Star of the Sea Church. Visitation will be from 11:30 am, services at 12:15 pm. Interment to follow at 2 pm at Diamond Head Cemetary.

KAY YUKIKO WONG

Posted On May 8th, 2016 -

KAY YUKIKO WONG Age 91, of Pearl City, HI, passed away April 15, 2016 in Honolulu, HI. Born October 8, 1924 in Honokaa, HI. She was a retired stenographer for Headquarters Pacific Air Forces. She is survived by sons, Lin (Marcie) Wong, Lee (Annie) Wong; 4 grandchildren. Visitation 9:15 a.m. Thursday (May 12) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; memorial service 9:45 a.m. Burial to follow 10:30 a.m. Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

JOHN F. “JACK” CONRAD

Posted On May 8th, 2016 -

JOHN F. JACK CONRAD John Francis "Jack" Conrad, 83, a retired business man, died May 4, 2016, in Scottsdale, AZ, at the home of his son BJ and daughter-in-law Paula. Jack was born in Maryland and grew up on Long Island, where he developed a life-long love for the Dodgers. He graduated from Steubenville, OH, High School in 1950, and then earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University in 1954. He earned an MBA from the University of Hawaii in 1975. He was a licensed industrial engineer and held a California real estate broker's license. Jack served in ROTC in college, then was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army on January 2, 1955. A Ranger and veteran of the Korean War, he spent most of his service at Fort Riley, KS, with the 531 Transportation Corps. He achieved the rank of first lieutenant before leaving the Army on March 27, 1957. After his discharge, Jack and his family moved to La Mirada, CA. In 1958, he moved to Forest Hills, Pennsylvania, where he worked for U.S. Steel and then Westinghouse. In 1963 he moved to Montclair, CA for a few months, where he worked for General Dynamics, before he joined C. Brewer and Company in Hilo, HI in January 1964. After working for Brewer for 9 years both in Hilo and in Wailuku, Maui, he joined Alexander & Baldwin as Director of Development for the Wailea Resort on Maui, during which time he lived in Honolulu and in Sprecklesville, Maui. In 1979, Jack moved his family to the Bay Area and worked for Gabrielsen & Company before joining the Port of San Francisco as Director of Finance and Administration. He retired from the City and County of San Francisco in 1993 to care for his wife, Pat, during her battle with brain cancer. After her death, he joined Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. in Las Vegas and then Phoenix as a Business Associate from 1996-2005. In 1998, he married Norma Easley Potts and they resided in Lincoln, CA. Norma recently relocated to her native state of Oklahoma to live near her daughter's family and friends, while Jack moved last month to Scottsdale to live with BJ and Paula. An avid sportsman and enthusiast, Jack played lacrosse and squash in school, and then regularly engaged in softball, bowling, golf, diving, and hiking. He traveled extensively, proud that he had taken the official tour in all 50 state capitol buildings, as well as Europe, Central and South America, and Australia. He loved trains, going back to his youth when he was free to ride the Pennsylvania Railroad because of his father's job. He played poker three times a week in Lincoln for years. He had a good sense of humor, which he kept right until his last days. Jack strongly supported youth athletics for many years, serving as a coach for football and baseball. He also supported the US Olympic Team and Special Olympics. He enjoyed watching and supporting his grandchildren's athletics, from pre-school athletic programs all the way through watching them play in college. He was extremely proud of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, enjoyed his time with them, and kept up regular contact with them all. Jack was a long-time member of the American Legion, the Germany 40 & 8ers Association, ANAVICUS, the Purdue University Alumni Association, Sons of the American Revolution, and Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. He was very proud of the military service of his son, Kevin (Captain, USA) and grandson John W. Baker (Major, USAF). Jack is survived by his wife, Norma J. Conrad, of Norman, Oklahoma; 7 children: John R. (Paula Vessels) of Scottsdale, AZ; Catherine S. Baker of New River, AZ; Brian P. (Heidi Dinkel) of Oro Valley, AZ; Robert J. (Kristy) of Ione, CA; Patricia A. Wall (Rich) of Ridgefield, CT; Mark E. (Karin) of Karlshamn, Sweden; and Kevin T. (Suzanne) of Folsom, CA; 16 grandchildren, and 2 great- grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, Regis J. and Catherine M. Conrad, his first wife, Vivian L. White, his second wife, Patricia A. English, his brothers Robert J., Joseph H., and Donald W., and his sister, Celeste M. Visitation and rosary will be held at Messinger Mortuary, 8555 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale, AZ on May 13, 2016 508 PM, followed by a Celebration of Life Service at the same location Saturday, May 14, starting at 1:00 PM. Interment will be at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Gustine, CA, Monday, May 16 at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the National Brain Tumor Society, 55 Chapel St., Suite 200, Newton, MA 02458.

KAULANA “LANA BOY” MATTHEW AUWAE WERNER

Posted On May 8th, 2016 -

$nameKAULANA “LANA BOY” MATTHEW AUWAE WERNER Age 19, of Nanakuli passed April 24, 2016 in Nanakuli. He was born in Honolulu and was a Honolulu Wood Treating employee. He completed the fall semester at Sterling College in Kansas where he was majoring in business. He is survived by father Eddie Werner Jr.; mother Paula Werner; brothers Keola and Reno Auwae; sister Mary Werner, Hoku (Lando) Celes-Werner, Britney Alaiafune-Bailey, Rena Auwae and Rainna Yaw; grandparents, god-parents and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. on Saturday (May 14, 2016) at St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Nanakuli (parking at Nanakuli Ranch next to church). Eulogy 10:45 a.m. Mass at 11:30 a.m., cremation to follow. Memorial service on Saturday (May 21, 2016) at Kamehameha Schools Bernice Pauahi Bishop Memorial Chapel in Honolulu. Visitation 9:30 a.m., Service 11:00 a.m.

AMBROCIO RAMONES ESPIRITU

Posted On May 8th, 2016 -

AMBROCIO RAMONES ESPIRITU Age 80, of Mililani, HI, passed away April 4, 2016 in Wahiawa, HI. Born May 8, 1935 in Vintar, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. He was a retired Waikalani Woodlands maintenance worker. He is survived by sons, Edison R. (Rose) Espiritu, Jerry R. (Janet) Espiritu, Felinor R. (Esmeralda) Espiritu, Elmer R. (Nancy) Espiritu; brother, Florentino (Julita) Espiritu; 6 grandchildren; 1 great-grand- child. Visitation 9:00 a.m. Saturday (May 14) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel; memorial service 10:00 a.m. Burial 1:00 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Aloha attire.

MILDRED “MILLIE” YAENO TORIKAWA

Posted On May 8th, 2016 -

MILDRED MILLIE YAENO TORIKAWA Age 88, of Pearl City, HI, passed away March 25, 2016 in Pearl City. Born July 10, 1927 in Kaaawa, Oahu, HI. She was a salesclerk at Ethel's Dress Shoppe in Downtown, Honolulu. She is survived by husband, Wesley M. Torikawa; daughters, Caryn Torikawa, Lois (Charles Rivera) Torikawa; sisters, Elaine Soeda, Evelyn Chappell; brothers, Masaru Nakasaki, Charles (Sue) Nakasaki. Visitation 9:30 a.m. Saturday (May 14) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; memorial service 10:30 a.m. Casual attire. No flowers please. No koden (monetary offerings), please.

LUCIO “LARRY” FARINAS

Posted On May 8th, 2016 -

$nameLUCIO "LARRY" FARINAS Dec 13, 1922 - Mar 26, 2016 LARRY, 93, passed away at home while lovingly surrounded by his family in Honolulu, HI. He was born in Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. He is proudly recognized as a WWII FIL-AM Veteran. In 1945 his Guerrilla unit was placed under command of the US Sixth Army. Postwar, he embarked to Hawaii via the "SAKADAS'46" wave of imported sugar plantation laborers. This paved the way for other siblings to come to Honolulu. Quickly he became a self-made business man as owner of Standard Cleaners in Kalihi, the First Filipino proprietor of a laundry & dry cleaning company. He often rejoiced of his ballroom dancing days; up until the end he'd offer a "Cha-Cha-Cha" and a chuckle. He is survived by his wife, Felicidad "Fely" Cabanilla; son, Lawrence (Celeste Nakamoto); daughter, Lori-Ann (Laura Stickle). Grandchildren: Reece, Beau and Mia. Celebration of Life on FRI, May 13: Borthwick Mortuary Maunakea Chapel, 5:30pm Visitation, 6:30pm Wake Services. SAT, May 14: St John the Baptist Church, Kalihi, 9am Visitation, 10am Mass; 1pm Burial at Valley of the Temples.

JOSEPH KALEIALI’I KAU KEKAHUNA

Posted On May 8th, 2016 -

JOSEPH KALEIALI'I KAU KEKAHUNA Age 78, of Waipahu, HI, passed away April 12, 2016 in Waipahu, HI. Born December 23, 1937 in Honolulu, HI. He was a graduate of Farrington High School. He retired from Army & Airforce Exchange Service (AAFES) Hickam Air Force Base. He is survived by sons, Gaylord "Kalani" Apana, Brian "Kaipo" (Michele) Kekahuna; daughters, Gail "Ulu" (Willie Burt, Jr.) Apana, Gwenaeve "Gwenie" (Alika Limatoc) Kekahuna; sister, Marion Kau; 9 grandchildren. Visitation 5:30 p.m., Wednesday (May 11) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Wake service 6:30 p.m. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

DAVID TERUO TAKENAKA

Posted On May 8th, 2016 -

DAVID TERUO TAKENAKA Age 84, of Mililani, HI, passed away April 15, 2016 in Honolulu. Born March 20, 1932 in Waialua, HI. He is survived by wife, Mieko Takenaka; sons, Nelson (Yuki) Takenaka, Cliff Takenaka, Ross (Kara) Takenaka; daughter, Dorene Takenaka; brothers, Lawrence (Sueko) Takenaka, Harold (Esther) Takenaka, Stanley Takenaka, Wallace Takenaka; grandchildren, Tristyn, Troy, Kate, Koen. Prvate services held.

Madge M. Ichikawa (Tomoyasu)

Posted On May 8th, 2016 -

MADGE M. ICHIKAWA (TOMOYASU) Age 86, passed away 4/15/2016 in Aurora, CO. She was born on 1/17/1930 in Honolulu, HI to Giichi & Mitsu (Okazaki) Tomoyasu. She taught school for over 40 years in the Denver Public School system. Madge is survived by her husband, Ben K. Ichikawa; daughter, Cheryl Lammers (Kevin) of Omaha, NE; son, Brian Ichikawa of Aurora, CO; grandson, Brett Lammers (Jessica) of Riverdale, NE; great grandson, Rex Lammers; sisters, Elsie Takao (Frank) and Thelma Hirata, both of HI; as well as many nieces & nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents. Services were held on 4/22/2016 at Horan & McConaty in Aurora, CO. Private burial will take place at a later date at Ft. Logan National Cemetery in Denver. To view a full obituary or leave condolences for the family, please visit www.HoranCares.com.

Danny Casaquit, Sr.

Posted On May 8th, 2016 -

$nameDANNY CASAQUIT, SR. Danny (Domingo) Casaquit, Sr., 82 of Pearl City, Hawaii, passed away on April 19, 2016. He was born Apr 13, 1934 at Paia, Maui. Danny graduated from Maui High School in 1953. He worked at the Maui News, American Trucking, Hawaiian Bitumuls Paving and retired from Grace Pacific Grading and Paving. He was a Heavy Equipment Operator and a member of the Operating Engineer Local 3 with 38 years of service. He is survived by his wife, Catherine (Yap) Casaquit; son, Danny Jr (Doreen) Casaquit, daughters, Carol (Dennis) Kia, Anne Casaquit, and Cathy (Gaylon) Galera; including Grand- children and Great-Grandchildren. His siblings, brothers Benjamin Bardon (Betty), Larry Casaquit Sr (Carol), Santo Casaquit, and Paul Casaquit (Momi) and sisters, Helen Roback, Priscilla Archuleta (George) and Judy Sanchez (Bobby). Visitation will be held on Friday, May 13, 2016 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Pearl City, Hawaii. Visitation from 9:00am; Mass at 10:30am; with burial to follow at 2:00pm at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery in Kaneohe, Hawaii.

Mary Kiyome (Kushima) Matsumoto

Posted On May 8th, 2016 -

MARY KIYOME (KUSHIMA) MATSUMOTO Mary Kiyome (Kushima) Matsumoto, 91, of Aiea passed away peacefully on April 6, 2016 at her foster care home in Waipahu. A former banquet server at the Ilikai Hotel. She was born in Honolulu, and is survived by her sister Violet Sugiyama, her daughters Polly (Louie) Marrero, Donnie (Jeff) Anderson, Iris (Wesley) Taniyama, eight grand- children, 10 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Private services were held at Leeward Community Church.

PETRA LUCERO SOMERA

Posted On May 8th, 2016 -

PETRA LUCERO SOMERA Age 80, of Pearl City, HI, passed away April 17, 2016 in Aiea, HI. Born April 14, 1936 in Tagudin, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. She was employed as a program coordinator for Aged To Perfection. She is survived by sons, Leonard Somera, Albert (Sharon) Somera; daughter, May (Rocky) Somera Ribuca; sisters, Caridad Lucero Cabebe, Elvira Lucero Bauer, Leonora Lucero Dela Cruz; 7 grandchildren. Visitation 9:00 a.m. Friday (May 13) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; funeral service 11:00 a.m. Burial to follow 12:30 p.m. Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

Diane M. Witwer

Posted On May 8th, 2016 -

$nameDIANE M. WITWER Diane M. Witwer, 78, of Denver, CO passed away on April 1, 2016 in Denver. Diane was born on December 2, 1937 in Honolulu, HI. She graduated from Sacred Hearts Academy, and worked at Hawaiian Electric, St. Anthony's (Kailua), and Hawaii Business Directory, before moving to Colorado. Her parents, Basil and Kathleen Kuna, as well as brother, Brian Kuna, first husband, Ralph Calistro, and son Kevin Calistro all preceded her in death. She is survived by husband John Witwer; sons Keith Calistro, Darren Calistro, Dean Calistro, and Sean Witwer; step children Lynne Witwer and David Witwer; sisters Joan Gibbs and Janice Indie; brother Stephen Kuna. A Celebration of Life will be held at Kailua Beach Park (across from Buzz's Steak House) on Saturday, May 14 at 9:30am.

LILLIAN TOMASU CHUR

Posted On May 8th, 2016 -

$nameLILLIAN TOMASU CHUR Lillian Tomasu Chur, 82, died peacefully at home in Oakland, Calif. on March 14, 2016 from complications of heart failure. She was born in Honolulu in 1933 to Katashi and Mitsuye Tomasu, and witnessed the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor. As a teenager - after her mother died and her stepmother, Edith, lost her eyesight - Lillian helped cook and clean for a family of nine. Lillian earned her BA in education from the University of Hawaii, paying tuition by working the overnight shift at the Libby pineapple cannery for 91 cents an hour. Lillian had an adventurous spirit and an enduring love of travel. In 1957, she became a teacher in Levittown, Penn., for a chance to see snow and the East Coast. In 1959, she moved to Bremerhaven, Germany, where she taught elementary school at the US Army base. She made lifelong friends there, including Lois Adams, Mary Behrens, Effi Cartan and Marion Lindquist. Lillian traveled with some of them through Europe, experiencing a memorable encounter at a Berlin checkpoint when they refused to pay an East German soldier a bribe to leave East Berlin. In 1960, Lillian moved to Oakland. She taught at Santa Fe Elementary School and St. Augustine School in Oakland, later working as an aide at Wildwood Elementary School in Piedmont. In 1963, she married Gaylord Chur, a civil engineer with CalTrans. Together they had one daughter, Elizabeth. In later years, Lillian traveled to China, the Copper Canyon, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, France, the Galapagos, Hungary, Japan, Kenya and Russia, among other destinations. A talented seamstress, she sewed many of her family's clothes, and later enjoyed quilting. For many years she attended Berkeley Rep and Cal Performances. She was an avid reader of biographies and the Sunday New York Times, and enjoyed listening to NPR and watching MSNBC. Lillian volunteered with the East Bay Music Festival, and for 20 years coordinated the monthly Loaves & Fishes dinner for homeless neighbors at Newman Hall in Berkeley, where she was a longtime parishioner. Her buttery scones with dried apricots and orange zest were legendary. Lillian cultivated a vast network of friends from the many chapters of her life. She was extraordinarily generous and kind, had a steely inner strength that belied the physical frailty of her later years, and maintained her wry humor and flair for storytelling to the end. Deepest thanks to the many people who helped care for Lillian, including the staff at St. Paul's Towers; her outstanding team of caregivers, including Mila, Irma, Elisa, Alicia, Mae and Vanessa; and especially her sister-in-law, Diane Chur; her primary care physician, Dr. Mary Patton; and her cardiologist, Dr. Maria Ansari. Lillian is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth; many extended family members; and countless friends. A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m. at Newman Hall Holy Spirit Parish, 2700 Dwight Way in Berkeley, Calif., with reception to follow. Email LillianChurMemorial@gmail.com for more information. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Newman Hall's Loaves & Fishes program, the Alameda County Community Food Bank or your favorite charity.

JOANNE LOUISE LUNDSTROM

Posted On May 8th, 2016 -

$nameJOANNE LOUISE LUNDSTROM Joanne Louise Lundstrom, raised in San Diego, moved to Hawaii in 1962 after graduating from the UCLA School of Social work and began her long, caring, successful career in the field of social work. Her first employment at the Hawaii State Hospital was followed by the trend to de-institutionalize those with mental illness as she took her expertise into the community and, after a brief time at the Farrington High School Quick Kokua program, became executive director of a non-profit mental health agency called The House in 1979. Under Joanne's leadership, The House evolved into the multi-island, multi-facility Mental Health Kokua. Thousands of individuals with mental illness learned how to manage their illness and live successfully within the community while living at MHK. Joanne 'reinvented' her life after 29 years with MHK. She became active with the Mediation Center and was a co-founder of PHOCUSED, a non-profit dedicated to advocacy for Hawaii's most vulnerable citizens and she almost never missed a day of work out at the Waialae-Kahala YMCA. Throughout her adult life, Joanne traveled throughout the globe sharing her love and caring, participating in Global Volunteers and Road Scholars. She will be remembered for a saying she kept above her desk 'Never walk when you can dance', her offering of hope to so many, for believing in recovery, for being so very intelligent, for her astute leadership, for her kindness to all, and for the love she bestowed on all. She is survived by brother John (Ann) Lundstrom and nephews David and Steven, sister Carol (Henry) Ramirez and niece Jamie R. Burtzloff and nephew Christopher, hanai son Guy 'Kai' Aliikai (Terri) Adams, hanai niece Patricia 'Kapi' Kenoi (Russell) Chin, and her beloved cats Pumpkin and Sweet Pea. A celebration of life will be held at the Honolulu Elks Club, May 23, 4:30 to 6:30 pm. In lieu of flowers or monetary gifts, donations may be made to Mental Health Kokua or Hospice Hawaii.

WESLEY RIMEI KOHATSU

Posted On May 7th, 2016 -

$nameWESLEY RIMEI KOHATSU Wesley Rimei Kohatsu, of Wahiawa, passed peacefully on April 30, 2016 at Kaiser Hospital. Born in Honolulu on December 26, 1946. Graduate of University of Hawaii Manoa. Served in the Army. He was a retired teacher from Wahiawa Middle School and a part-time security guard at Lele Pono Condominium. He is preceded in death by Mother Sally Igarashi, Brother Eldon and Sister-in-law Gayle "Kehau". He is survived by Father Gary "Nobuichi", Sister Sharleen Isoshima, Brother Garrett and Brother-in-law Arthur Isoshima and numerous Nephews and Niece. Mahalo to the Dr.'s, Nurses & staff at Kaiser Moanalua Hospital for their efforts and care. Mahalo to his co-workers at Lele Pono. Private services will be held at a later date.

Francis Kealiinohopono Desha Beamer Jr.

Posted On May 7th, 2016 -

$nameFRANCIS KEALIINOHOPONO DESHA BEAMER JR. "Biggie" "Pono" "Pops" February 26, 1925- April 3, 2016 Born to Francis K. Sr and Louise Leomalama Walker Beamer with a love for music in that special Beamer style. He loved gatherings with his cousins Marmionett, Mahiai, Peter Carl, Gaye, Helen "Sunbeam", Milton "Sonny", younger brother Cleighton "Keola", and nephews Jesse,Matt and Billy Beamer. His house and heart was always open to all and a source of much merriment and fond memories. He is preceded in death by son and grandson, Francis lll and Francis IV, brothers Walker "Towhead", Cleighton "Keola", sister Nona, hanai son George Ferrara and his beloved wife Myrtle Ka'uinohea for whom he penned the song "The Letter" while away during World War II. He is survived by son David Kailipeleuli, daughter Leslie Louise Ka'uinohea "Addie" (Robert) Tanaka, hanai son W. Bones Yuen and sister Flora "Tita" (Randy) Solomon. Nine grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, great great grand- children, nephews and nieces. Uncle Biggie was a father figure to Mike,Terry and Jimmy Kincaid,Keith Meyer,Sal Ricca, Mike Mossman,Randy Godfrey, Foto Oliva, Billy Richards,Kumu Vasconcellos,Gordon Helm,Cliff Lancaster and Rodney Sakata to name a few. He was always there for a cold beer. a song and sound advice. Services are pending please contact David at (08) 987-7175 or Bones at (808) 987-3931

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