Archive for the ‘Family Placed Obituaries’ Category

LARRY S. YAMAGATA

Posted On January 11th, 2015 -

LARRY S. YAMAGATA 72, of Las Vegas, passed away on December 18, 2014. Born in Puna, on the Big Island, Hawaii and graduated from Farrington High. He left Hawaii in 1984, as an Executive Chef at the Sheraton Hotels to open, as the sole owner, of Aloha Specialties Restaurant in the California Hotel & Casino. He subsequently opened, in March 2001, Ross J’s Aloha Grill, named after his oldest grandson who tragically passed away in Maui, in October 1998. Larry was preceded in death by his wife of fifty years, Evelyn. He is survived by his daughters, Debra (Jim Hofert), Shelly (Ronald Kapuniai), of Kaneohe, Hawaii; his sons, Dean (Penny) and Greg (Sammie); 12 grandchildren and 2 great grandsons. Services will be held at the Palm Mortuary, 7600 S. Eastern Avenue, Las Vegas, on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at 5:00pm.

TOORU KATO

Posted On January 11th, 2015 -

TOORU KATO Age 85, of Waipahu, HI, passed away December 23, 2014 in Waipahu. Born November 23, 1929 in Honolulu, HI. He is survived by wife, Helen Tatsuko Kato; daughters, Irene (Ben) Ballesteros, Amy (Jason) Igarashi; brothers, Wayne (Kay) Kato, Dennis Kato, Yasuto (Marylou) Kato; sister, Elaine Kamibayashi; 1 grandson. Private Services.

AFIMUTASI “GUS” HANNEMANN JR.

Posted On January 11th, 2015 -

$nameAFIMUTASI GUS HANNEMANN JR. Afimutasi Gus Hannemann Jr., 78, of Hawaii Kai, Director of American Samoa Government’s Hawaii Office passed away peacefully on the evening of January 2, 2015. American Samoa’s Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga described Hannemann’s passing as “a big loss for us” [ because ] he touched a lot of lives … in a lot of ways…He was a go- getter … Everything he did was for others.” Throughout his life, Hannemann was regarded as the voice and face of the Samoan community as he spearheaded numerous causes to benefit all age groups and was an articulate and effective spokesperson. According to younger sibling Mufi Hannnemann, former Mayor of Honolulu, “no was not in my brother’s vocabulary when it came to helping people – the bigger the challenge the more he rose to the occasion to get the job done. He was the quintessential community leader.” Born on Christmas day in the village of Nu’uuli, American Samoa, Gus was the eldest son of the late Gustav Arthur Tafu Tupulo Hannemann Sr., and Faiaso Cecilia Dale Soliai Hannemann. His paternal grandmother, Rosie Young Hannemann, was the younger sister of Queen Makalita, Samoa’s last reigning monarch of the Manua Islands. On his maternal side, he was the great-grandson of Paramount Chief Muliufi Pinemua Soliai, one of the original signatories of the deed of cession that ceded Eastern Samoa and eventually the Manua Islands to the United States of America. In 2001, he was bestowed the chiefly title of Afimutasi in an investiture ceremony in American Samoa. He was a 1955 graduate of Farrington High School, who enlisted in the U.S. Air Force at age 19 and was assigned intelligence work in Germany and Japan. He became the youngest Bishop in Hawaii for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at age 26 and in 1963 was appointed as the youngest member of the original board of directors for the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie. In 1992, he was elected as a Faipule (Representative) to American Samoa’s Fono (Territorial Legislature) and in 1997 commenced serving for 4 years as the House Liaison for governmental affairs under then Speaker of the House Aina Saolunga Nua. In 2005, he was appointed as Special Assistant for governmental and international affairs for then Senate President Lolo Matalasi Moliga. While serving in his government capacities, Afimutasi worked tirelessly to organize many disaster relief efforts, Samoan Flag Day observances, Special Olympics Summer Games to send a Samoan delegation to Los Angeles, Job Corps initiatives to increase the number of youths from the Territory participating in the federal program and several projects benefitting the Independent Nation of Samoa, where he enjoyed an excellent rapport and relationship with government officials from Upolu and Savai’i through the years. Gus’ career also involved several successful business, marketing and public relations endeavors in tourism, entertainment, (including managing his brother Nephi’s professional show biz career) sports, media, insurance, automobile and commerce. Despite his extremely active professional schedule, his family was what he held as most precious and dear to him. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years Lydia Leimomi, son Tafu Keola “T.K.”, a transportation manager and daughter Teuila Ku’uipo Kaimikaua, a hotel manager in Nevada, seven grandchildren, two great- grandchildren and brothers Miller, Nephi and Muliufi “Mufi” Hannemann, and sisters Lady Vaofua Maughan and Gafanua Memea. Sister Faiaso “Titi” Hannemann passed away in 2013. Visitation is Sat., Jan.17 @10 a.m. Service begins @ 12 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 219 Lunalilo Home Road, Hawaii Kai. Burial is Mon., Jan. 19 @ 11:30 a.m., National Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. Aloha attire.

WALLACE KENSO KAGAWA

Posted On January 11th, 2015 -

$nameWALLACE KENSO KAGAWA Architect and 442 Veteran Wallace Kenso Kagawa passed away on January 3, 2015, at the age of 97. Born Kenso Kagawa in Honolulu in July, 1917, he graduated from McKinley HS Class of 1937 and from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Architecture. In 1943 he joined the Anti- Tank Company of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, serving in Italy and France. He flew in glider missions in the invasion of Southern France in August of 1944, surviving a crash in which both pilots were killed. After the war he earned his M.S. in Architecture and moved to Detroit, Michigan, where he married Yori Yamasaki, a registered nurse from Modesto, California. They raised three children, Kathryn, Paul and Kenneth. Wallace worked for the architectural firm of Minoru Yamasaki and helped design the World Trade Center in New York and the Jeddah Airport Pavilion in Saudi Arabia. In 1984 he and Yori returned to Hawaii, residing in Kaneohe. He earned a black belt in Aikido at age 72. He was active in the 442nd Veterans Club, the Hiroshima Historical Heritage Society and Church of the Crossroads. Later they moved to the Hawaii Kai retirement community where Yori died in 2008. Wallace is survived by sons Paul and Kenneth, grandson Kenso and wife Lauren Kagawa, granddaughter Alicia and husband Tim Koide, and great-grandson Kanoa Koide. An inurnment ceremony will be held at Punchbowl Cemetery on Monday, January 19, at 10:30am.

MARGARET C. YOUNG

Posted On January 11th, 2015 -

MARGARET C. YOUNG Margaret C. Young, Honolulu resident, passed peacefully at home on Sunday, January 4, 2015. Preceded in passing by her husband, Alfred Y.K. Young (1993), Margaret was ninety years “young” and enjoyed a wonderfully full life as a teacher at Pauoa Elementary School from where she retired, in 1992, from a nearly fifty-year teaching career. Margaret was an active member of the United Church of Christ-Judd Street and belonged to Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Beta Beta State Hawai’i Chapter, Kappa Kappa Iota Sorority, and the Associated Chinese University Women. She authored three books “Hawai’i’s People From China” (1974), “And They Also Came” (1976), and “An Historical Account of the St. Peter’s Church (Episcopal)” (1977). Margaret is survived by siblings Robert Chong, Elaine Wong, Lemuel Chong; sons Robert and Richard Young; daughter Linda Bessara; granddaughters Julie Young, Kristen and Laura Young, and Logan Bessara. A celebration of Margaret’s life will be held Saturday, January 17, at the United Church of Christ, 467 N. Judd Street. Visitation: 9:00 a.m. Services: 11a.m. Casual attire.

George Masatoshi Uyema

Posted On January 11th, 2015 -

GEORGE MASATOSHI UYEMA Age 79, of Kaneohe, passed away on December 18, 2014. Born in Waianae, he retired from the City and County of Honolulu as Chief of the Department of Wastewater Management. He is survived by his wife, Aileen; son, Alton (Lynne) Uyema; daughters, Carleen (Todd) Yokotake and Leanne (Mark) Watanabe; eight grandchildren and brother, Aaron (Terri) Uyema. Visitation from 4:30 p.m. on Friday, January 23, 2015, at Hosoi Garden Mortuary; memorial service 6:00 p.m. Casual attire.

JOHN F. WHITE

Posted On January 11th, 2015 -

$nameJOHN F. WHITE John F. White, 60, passed away on December 26, 2014 after a long battle with cancer. He left behind an amazing wife, Lixin Song White, stepson Song Zhang, four immediate siblings, Jackie Hastings, Ralph Spencer White, Rose Marie Everett, and Laura May Bucholtz. Each of these siblings, accompanied by John’s nieces Laura May Polanco, Giget Marie Davis, Jessie Marie Spickelmier, and John’s grandnephew Jason Daniel Everett, honored John’s last wish by making the trip to Hawaii to be with him during the final week of his life. John is also survived by ten other siblings who loved him just as much: brothers John White, Christopher White, Timothy White, Todd White and sisters Kathy Rybak, Tina Boucher, Tammy Franciose, Terry Masterson, DeeDee Naughton, Tracy Di Rienzo, and numerous nephews and nieces. John served as Director of Maintenance Operations for Hawaiian Building Maintenance in Honolulu. Prior to joining HBM, he was the chief engineer at Central Pacific Plaza where he implemented and managed several energy saving projects. John holds several energy and A/C certifications and was often invited to be a guest speaker on energy efficiencies around the state for various organizations, including HECO, Hawaii Energy, the Rebuild Hawaii Consortium and more. He helped several local buildings obtain Energy Star Awards, and continually provided feedback and consultation on LEED certified projects around the state. Originally from Worcester, Massachusetts, John moved to Hawaii in 1988 where he started his own maintenance company and oversaw maintenance at many of Waikiki’s condominiums. He served as President of the AOAO Board of Directors at Plaza at Century Court and Director of several Chinese organizations such as NDCC, NTDTV, and the Faulun Dafa Association of Hawaii. John dedicated his personal time to his wife, family and spiritual practice. He touched many lives and put smiles on many people’s faces as an internationally licensed clown. John will be greatly missed by his wife, family and friends.

Melvin “Butchie” Shigeyuki Yamada

Posted On January 11th, 2015 -

MELVIN BUTCHIE SHIGEYUKI YAMADA 73 passed away on 07/23/14 in Las Vegas, NV. Graduated St. Louis High School 1958 and served in the 442nd Infantry Army Reserve. Attended the UH for 2 years and became a direct salesman selling siding to homeowners and later extended his knowledge of home building and improvements and became a building contractor. He loved music, singing karaoke, cooking, eating and especially playing “live” poker. He was awesome in blackjack and on 01/20/12 won Fremont’s Progressive Pai Gow. Easygoing, kind and funny person, he will always be a part of me and will surround me with love, always and forever. He is survived by his wife Carol Ann (Uejo) (Miyahira) Yamada, 3 sons, 1 daughter, 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Brother Byron (Joan) Yamada, Sisters Merle (Late Bill) Honjiyo and Dyanne (Ed) McGrath. Private services were held on 12/05/14.

JOYCE SAYOKO OKIMOTO

Posted On January 11th, 2015 -

JOYCE SAYOKO OKIMOTO Age 80, of Honolulu, HI, passed away December 29, 2014 at Wahiawa Senior Behavioral Health. She was born May 29, 1934 in Puukolii Plantation Camp, Maui, HI. A retiree of Kahala Mandarin Hotel and a member of Kaimuki Christian Church. The family would like to thank the excellent nurses and doctors at Wahiawa Senior Behavioral Health. She is survived by sons, Lee (Nancy) Okimoto, Cary Okimoto; daughters, Charlynn (Jimmy) Shinjo, Laurie (Gareth) Usui; daughter-in-law, Jean Okimoto; brother, Tsuneo Kawabata; sisters, Doris Tosaka, Elaine (Franklin) Hamasaki, Edna Ng, Janet Kawabata; grandchildren, Gary (Thea Grace) Okimoto, Janice Okimoto, Jackie Okimoto, Cainan Shinjo, Kevin Okimoto, Megan Usui, Zachary Okimoto; caregivers, Alma and Angel Acasio. Private Service were held.

Puanani E.M. Montoya

Posted On January 11th, 2015 -

707943 Puanani MontoyaPuanani E.M. Montoya April 24, 1944 – December 20, 2014 Puanani E.M. Montoya, 70, of Ewa Beach passed away on December 20, 2014. Born on April 24, 1944 in Honolulu. Graduated from Farrington High School in 1962. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunty, cousin and friend. She will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. Puanani is survived by her husband of 52 years, Rudy Montoya; sons, Rudy Jr., David, Tony (Marci) & Eric; mother, Treasa Figueroa; sisters, Gloria Ferreira (Ernest) & Merry Figueroa; hanai brother John Hesia; grandchildren, Ella-Marie, Karma-Jean, Deanna, Desirea, David Jr. “Buddy”, Diamond, Destiny “Behbe,” Kylah, Tia, Tony Jr. “T.J.,” Ericka, Precious, Eric Jr. “Chubby,” Elijah and Jericsa. Visitation: 9am Thursday, January 15 at Borthwick Mortuary, Makai Chapel Service: 10am-Reception to follow. Burial: 1pm at Punchbowl National Cemetery

DEBRA LYNN STANFIELD MOORE

Posted On January 11th, 2015 -

$nameDEBRA LYNN STANFIELD MOORE Kapolei, HI, formerly of Milwaukee, WI Debra Lynn Stanfield Moore, 56, of Kapolei, HI, died Thursday, October 2, 2014 in Kapolei, HI, after a courageous battle with cancer. Debbie grew up in Milwaukee, attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison and graduated from the College of Medicine at the University of Florida. Debbie was a Certified Physician Assistant and member of the National Association of Physician Assistants. Throughout her career she specialized in the ophthalmology, cardiology, urology and gastroenterology fields, working for the Eye Institute of Florida, the Hawaii Eye Center and most recently at Tripler Army Medical Center, where she delivered preventative gastroenterology cancer screenings. Debbie also took medical missions trips to South Pacific Island nations, where she volunteered her medical expertise in vision care to residents. In addition to her work in medicine, Debbie was a FAA-certified pilot, rated in airplane single engine land and sea, and belonged to the General Aviation Council of Hawaii. Debbie also enjoyed sail boarding, sailing and kayaking. In her free time, she delivered sailboats from the United States to the Caribbean and South American regions. Dalmatians had a special place in her heart and Debbie owned and managed an AKC Grand Champion Dalmatian; she was a member of the Leeward Training Club of Hawaii. Her memory will be cherished by her loving husband, Robert P. Moore, of Kapolei; father, Harold William Stanfield and wife, Paulette, of Brookfield, WI; brother, Grant Stanfield and wife, Margaret, of Ripon, WI; sisters, Patricia Stanfield, of Kea’au, HI, and Paula Koss and husband, Scott, of Delafield, WI; step-son, Christopher P. Moore and wife, Tammy, and their children, Briana, Alex and Naomi Moore, of Seminole, FL; and step-daughter, Heather D. Medina and husband, Jose, and their children, Teigen and Sebastian Medina, of Tampa, FL. Debra was preceded in death by her mother, Dolores Velma (Graff) Stanfield. A celebration of life service will be Saturday, January 17, 2015, between 1-5 PM at the Pacific Aviation Museum, 319 Lexington Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96818. Entry into the museum for the celebration is covered. Friends who do not have military access to Ford Island should call Rob’s mobile phone or Debbie’s old mobile phone number for procedures on accessing Ford Island. Burial was in Kittanning Cemetery, Kittanning, PA. Contributions can be made in Debbie’s honor to the Pacific Aviation Museum, the National WASP WWII Museum or the American Cancer Society. To leave a condolence for Debra’s family or view a tribute honoring her life, visit www.bauerfuneral.com.

FOO W. LIM

Posted On January 11th, 2015 -

FOO W. LIM 84, of Honolulu, passed away on December 12, 2014. Boat builder, composites and fiberglass fabricator, designer, and yachtsman. Foo is survived by his wife, Evelyn L. Lim; children: Yal Lim (Kristin), Kui Lim (Debbie), and Wan Su Lim (Matt Wells); 4 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. A celebration of life will be held at Waikiki Yacht Club from 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 17, 2015. Casual or aloha attire. Questions? 391-3908. In lieu of flowers, donations suggested to the Waikiki Yacht Club Junior Sailing Program.

LORETTA “PEEP” ARNOLD (80) & THOMAS EARL ARNOLD, SR. (83)

Posted On January 11th, 2015 -

$nameLORETTA PEEP ARNOLD (80) THOMAS EARL ARNOLD, SR. (83) “Peep” Arnold, loving wife of Thomas Earl Arnold, Sr. will be memorialized at the Punahou School Chapel in Manoa on January 17, 2015. Visitation with the family will begin at noon and the memorial service for Loretta will begin at 1pm. A double inurnment service for both Loretta & Tom will be held at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery in Kaneohe at 3pm. Thomas died on January 20, 2014 in Wahiawa, HI and Loretta died on October 19, 2014 in Aldie, VA. “Peep” & Tom are survived by their 4 children; Jann, Debbie, Lesly & Tommy Jr., 6 grand- children & 3 great-grand- children.

CANESIA “CONNIE” SOJOT

Posted On January 10th, 2015 -

CANESIA CONNIE SOJOT Age 76, of Honolulu, HI, passed away December 18, 2014 in Honolulu. Born April 27, 1938 in Honolulu, HI. Canesia was a member of the Korean Club. She retired from the Federal Government – Regional Contracting Office. She is survived by sons, Wesley (Michelle) Olanolan, Gregory (Beulah) Olanolan, Nathan (Gale) Olanolan, Ronald Sojot, Nikki Gabay; step-sons, Charles (Marsha) Sojot, Bruce Sojot, Patrick Balbarino; daughters, Debra (Cecilio) Manuel, Cathy (Alan) Ching, Nadine Pua (John) Aipia; step-daughters, Valerie (Danny) Guevara, Pamela Keliikoa; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren & great- great-grandchildren. Visitation 9:30 a.m., Wednesday (Jan. 14) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel. Funeral Service 10:40 a.m. Burial to follow 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park.

WAKAKO “JUNE” TSUTOMI

Posted On January 10th, 2015 -

WAKAKO JUNE TSUTOMI Age 94, of Mililani, HI, passed away November 30, 2014 in Ewa Beach, HI. Born July 8, 1920 in Waipahu, HI. Wakako was a retired dressmaker. She is survived by daughter, Karen (James) Nakasone; 5 grandchildren; 8 great-grand- children; caregivers, Rufino & Evelyn Valdez. Private services were held. No flowers please. No koden.

REVELINDA “REBING” JULIAN VIERNES

Posted On January 10th, 2015 -

REVELINDA REBING JULIAN VIERNES Age 66, of Honolulu, passed away November 27, 2014 in Honolulu. Born September 13, 1948 in Barrio 62, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. Employed at Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park, member of United Vintarinian of Hawaii and Surva International. She is survived by son, Jonathan Viernes; daughters, Joanne Marie Viernes, Jeanne Mae Viernes; step-daughter, Shirley (Mat) Brown; step-son, Robert Arterburn; brothers, Alfredo (Amelia) Julian, Jr., Edwin (Sheila) Julian, Eden (Quita) Julian; sisters, Gladioly Kadokawa, Jean Abuel, Josielyn (Samuel) Agpaoa, Marissa Julian, Maricel (Steve) Fontenot; 5 grandchildren. Visitation 6:00 p.m. Friday 1/16 at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel, Waipio, Service 6:30 p.m. Visitation 8:30 a.m. Saturday 1/17 at St. Anthony Church, 640 Puuhale Road, Honolulu, Mass 9:30 a.m. Burial 11:00 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual Attire. Flowers Welcome.

DOROTHY JANE “SNOOKS” CHU LUM

Posted On January 9th, 2015 -

$nameDOROTHY JANE SNOOKS CHU LUM Dorothy Jane “Snooks” Chu Lum of Honolulu passed away at the age of 85 on December 26, 2014. Dorothy was born on September 22, 1929 to William Chin Chu and Amy Lau Chu. She graduated from Punahou School, attended the University of Hawaii, where she was a member of the Yang Chung Hui Sorority, and earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley. She married Clifford “Sugar” Lum, and was a working mother for 30 years, teaching at Waianae Elementary, Aina Haina Elementary, and Lincoln Elementary. A true educator, Dorothy brought out the best in each of her students, many of whom remember her fondly as a favorite teacher. She was a charter member of the Beta Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international women educators’ sorority. Aunty Snooks, as she was affectionately known, touched many lives, forging close and special relationships with relatives of all generations, and friends from all walks of life. With her open and kind heart, she gave friends and family unconditional love and acceptance, and provided a haven of comfort and warmth to them all. Her door was always open, and there was a constant stream of visitors to her home in Kaimuki. Dorothy’s keen intelligence, quick wit, and gentle sarcasm, along with her musical talent, made her the resident writer, director, and producer for assorted weddings, luaus, birthdays, and retirement parties. She was often called upon to compose a special poem, set it to music, and accompany the performance on the piano, which she played by ear. She was an active member of the Community Church of Honolulu, and for many years corralled all of the Church young people to sing and dance at its annual luau. Whether she was teaching children to play the ukulele, having a happy hour glass of scotch with friends, lunching with the ladies, singing old-time Hawaiian songs, oama fishing at Ka’a’a’wa, voraciously reading mysteries, crocheting beanies and yarn lei, or solving crossword puzzles, Dorothy found joy in everything she did. She lived with gusto, and was blessed by the love that surrounded her. Dorothy is survived by her sons Willie (Wanda), Doug, and Jon (Janice), daughter Tina (Richard Helfer), sister Mrs. Betty (Robert) Wo, and three grandchildren, Riana, Jonathan “Bou”, and Clifford “Vory” Lum. A celebration of Dorothy’s life will be held on Wednesday, January 14, at Diamond Head Memorial Park, with visitation from 9:30 a.m. and services at 11:30 a.m.

JOHN P. ALAMEDA

Posted On January 8th, 2015 -

JOHN P. ALAMEDA Age 96, of Wahiawa, HI, passed away December 2, 2014 in Wahiawa. Born August 4, 1918 in Waialua, HI. A member of the American Legion, Post 5. He previously worked at the Waialua Sugar Plantation and as a mechanic at Hickam Air Force Base. A WWII Army veteran. He is survived by sons, Robert (Linda) Alameda, John L. Alameda, Wayne (Liza) Alameda; daughters, Marie Kaaiawaawa, Hazel (Harry) Moore; sisters, Jerri Rodrigues, Thelma Bowden; 15 grand- children; 13 great-grand- children. Visitation 9:00 a.m., Monday (Jan. 12) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Funeral Service 10:00 a.m. Burial to follow 11:00 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. No flowers, please.

MAXIMA “SITAY” A. PULGA

Posted On January 8th, 2015 -

MAXIMA SITAY A. PULGA Age 95, of Waipahu, HI, passed away December 13, 2014 in Kapolei, HI. Born July 4, 1919 in Aringay La Union, Philippines. She is survived by sons, Rogelio (Virginia) Mapanao, Jessie (Eden) Pulga; daughters, Lourdes Agbayani, Fe (George) Manzano, Teresita (Eddie) Ramos; 26 grandchildren; many great- grandchildren; many great- great-grandchildren. Visitation 5:30 p.m., Monday (Jan. 12) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel. Wake Service 6:30 p.m. Visitation also 10:00 a.m. Tuesday (Jan. 13) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel. Prayer service and family program 11:00 a.m. Burial to follow 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual Attire Flowers Welcome.

ELLEN SHIZUKO GOTO

Posted On January 8th, 2015 -

$nameELLEN SHIZUKO GOTO Age 85, of Kaneohe, died on December 24, 2014 at Castle Hospital. She was born on March 7, 1929 on the Island of Kauai. She worked for the Hawaii State Senate, retiring as the Journal Clerk in 1993. She was respected and beloved. Ellen married Renji Goto on August 23, 1952. They were inseparable and lived together happily for 62 years, traveling near and far together. They raised two children, Jennifer (John) and John (Jana). She and Papa played a very special role in the raising of their three grandsons, Ioane Ren, Naki Satoru, and Kauanui Kichizo. Ellen is also survived by sisters, Elnora Wakatake, Takeko Yamane, and Jean Morioka, and a large extended Yoshida and Goto ohana. We celebrate Ellen’s life – her steadfast commitment to family and friends, her thoughtful gestures that let you know she was thinking fondly about you, and her passion for living life fully, joyfully and lovingly.

CALVIN CLAYTON CENO

Posted On January 8th, 2015 -

CALVIN CLAYTON CENO Age 60, of Wahiawa, HI, passed away December 2, 2014 in Honolulu, HI. Born March 30, 1954 in Wahiawa, HI. Member of United Bacarraneos of Hawaii. He is survived by spouse, Nita Suguitan Ceno; brothers, Calvert C. Ceno, Vernon (Harrine) Ceno, Wayne C. Ceno, Julian F. Ceno, Guy (Stacey) R. Ceno; sisters, Sandra C. Ceno, RoxAnn (Francis) Sakamoto. Visitation 8:30 a.m., Tuesday (Jan. 13) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Funeral Service 9:30 a.m. Committal Service 1:00 p.m. at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Casual Attire.

MELVIN MASAHARU WATANABE

Posted On January 7th, 2015 -

MELVIN MASAHARU WATANABE 72, retired major, U.S. Army, died in Chicago on Dec. 10. He was born in Honolulu. A graduate of Mid-Pacific Institute and the University of Hawaii, he spent 20 years in active military service. On retirement, he taught in the JROTC high school program in Chicago. He is survived by wife Martha, of Libertyville, Ill.; sons Wesley of Quincy, Ill. and Wendell (Amy) of Kenosha, Wi.; daughter Joy Lawson (Dave) of Brea, Ca.; brother Jerry (Kathleen) of Las Vegas, Nv.; sister Charlotte (Kenneth) Isa of Kaneohe; and two grandchildren. Committal service and interment: 11:30 a.m., Jan. 30, at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl.

Ronald Hiromi Kato

Posted On January 7th, 2015 -

DR. RONALD HIROMI KATO August 18, 1934 – January 4, 2015 Ronald Hiromi Kato, 80, was born in Otake Camp, Waialua. He was raised there and then Wahiawa until attending college. At the University of Hawaii he majored in Chemistry and participated in the ROTC. After graduation he joined the U.S. Air Force where he flew the F-86 Sabre jet fighter in Europe and Libya. Following that he attended medical school at the University of Colorado. In 1967, he married Maura O’Malley, an Irish nurse he met in San Francisco. His residency and surgical training were with the U.S. Army at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington D.C. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Major and as a board certified Ear, Nose, and Throat surgeon. They moved to Watsonville, California in 1975 where he practiced for over thirty years. Life there was busy raising their three children, growing beautiful trees, roses, and flowers, and taking care of their many and various pets. Their retirement years were spent alternating summers in Connemara, Ireland and winters in Honolulu, Hawaii. On January 4th, he passed from complications due to Multiple System Atrophy. He died peacefully at home and surrounded by his family. He is survived by Maura his wife of 48 years, his daughter Deirdre Kato, sons Brendan and Eamon Kato, his daughter in law Lien Tran, and grandson Nolan Kato. He lived a life of honor, purity, and integrity. He believed in equality and truth. Special thanks to the Kato family and Islands Hospice nurses who provided comfort and support. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Islands Hospice, 1301 Young Street, Suite 300, Honolulu, HI 96814. Visitation will take place January 9, 2015 at 1pm and funeral services at 2pm at Hosoi Garden Mortuary, 30 North Kukui Street, Honolulu, HI 96817.

UMEYO “PEGGY” ISHIMOTO

Posted On January 7th, 2015 -

UMEYO PEGGY ISHIMOTO Age 87, of Aiea, HI, passed away December 11, 2014 in Aiea. Born June 26, 1927 in Ulupalakua, Maui, HI. Formerly of Haleiwa. Umeyo was a Proprietor of Ishimoto Store. She is survived by brother, Masuji Nakamura; sisters, Hatsue Terada, Takeko Nakashima, Mitsuru (Masaru) Tsuhako. Visitation 10:00 a.m., Sunday (Jan. 11) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel. Memorial Service 11:00 a.m.

JEROME B CULBERTSON

Posted On January 7th, 2015 -

$nameJEROME B CULBERTSON 1934-2014 Jerry was born in Duluth, MN on July 25, 1934 and raised in International Falls, MN. He attended Notre Dame for a year before accepting a hockey scholarship to the University of North Dakota. He graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate in 1957 and was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. After 27 years of service, he retired as a Colonel in 1984. As an Army civil servant, he spent another 9 years as the Deputy Chief of Staff in USASCH. After full retirement in 1999 he continued to serve the Army as president of AUSA and as the Pacific representative to the Chief of the Army retirement council in Washington DC. His passion was golfing and traveling extensively with his wife, Alice. He leaves behind his wife of 30 years, 1 daughter, 3 step- children and 5 grandchildren. A Punchbowl service will be held at 3:00 PM on Thursday, January 8th, 2015 followed by a reception at the Hawaii Yacht Club at 4:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to AUSA Hawaii Wounded Warrior and Family Programs (WW&FP). PO Box 26, Kunia, HI 96759.

LYDIA KEE CHAI SHIMABUKURO

Posted On January 7th, 2015 -

LYDIA KEE CHAI SHIMABUKURO 82, of Honolulu, passed away on January 3, 2015 in Honolulu. She was a homemaker and was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband, Robert T. “Shima”; son, Robert T. (Audrey) Jr.; daughters, Joyce I. (Kenneth) Yoshida, Julie M. (Cary) Davis, Jan N. (PJ Sugamura) Shimabukuro; grand- children, Allison, Adam, Christian & Maile Lani. Visitation 5 p.m. Monday, January 12, 2015 at Hosoi Garden Mortuary with Services at 6 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Eleanor Masako Tanaka

Posted On January 6th, 2015 -

ELEANOR MASAKO TANAKA 102 years old September 15, 1912 – November 25, 2014 Eleanor was raised in a family of nine children in Nu’uanu, O’ahu to parents, Otokichi and Kimi Ishii (issei from Hiroshima, Japan.) They lived above their sundry store by the old Musashiya store along the River Street canal. Her fond memories included swimming in Honolulu Harbor, wearing kimonos as a salesperson at Liberty House, and aspiring to own her own children’s clothing store one day. She always valued education as she had to interrupt her own education before graduation from high school in order to help her family. She married Thomas Takeshi Tanaka and was the quintessential ‘shogun’s wife’ of those days, raising six children and fully supporting her husband’s endeavors as a general contractor in Moili’ili. Her hard work resulted in her “most wonderful family” that continued to have weekly Sunday dinners with her until her passing. Eleanor crocheted hundreds of nylon scrubbers and sewed countless Hawaiian print shifts and shorts that her family members treasure and use all the time. She proudly attended as many school ceremonies as she could for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren until shortly before her injurious fall in early October. Eleanor would say that her greatest accomplishment was her legacy of a large, close, happy, successful extended family of six children, 16 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. Her children are Ella and (Orin, deceased) Hakoda, Harold and Carol Tanaka, (Alfred, deceased) and Leonora Tanaka, Thelma and John Hamano, Gail and Steven Mizokawa, and (Pauline, deceased) and Richard Nakamura. Grandma Tanaka’s grandchildren are Dana Joy Hayashi, Troy Hakoda, Darcie Hoshide, Gregg Tanaka, Brett Tanaka, Ricky Murakami, Dawn Kim, Todd Murakami, Chad Murakami, Trisha Goya, Stephanie Helbush, Mark Mizokawa, Jeffrey Mizokawa, Jill Mizokawa, Jessica Laymon Nakamura, Lauren Nakamura and their respective spouses. She is also survived by her sister, Doris “Kimichan” Ishii. We will miss her ‘gambatte” (keep trying to do your best) and “kodomo no tame ni” (for the sake of the children) spirit and her constant presence until her 102nd birthday that reminded us about the importance of family and strong family traditions like making our Hawaiian food for New Year’s. Domo Arigato Mom, Domo Arigato Grandma Tanaka, Domo Arigato Great-grandma Tanaka! We have learned so much from you about a gracious, loving, and grateful life well-lived and we will always cherish you! Your “Most Wonderful Family” Private services were held at Hosoi Garden Mortuary, N. Kukui St., O’ahu

LAURA FUJIE KOIDE

Posted On January 6th, 2015 -

LAURA FUJIE KOIDE Age 73, of Pearl City, HI, passed away December 7, 2014 in Aiea, HI. Born May 2, 1941 in Honolulu, HI. Laura was a former Vice Principal at Mauka Lani Elementary. She was a member of Shinnyo-En Hawaii and Hawaii Lambda ADK Chapter. She is survived by sister, Anna Koide. Visitation 5:00 p.m., Saturday (Jan. 10) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Memorial Service 6:00 p.m.

VIOLET FELIX VEGAS

Posted On January 6th, 2015 -

VIOLET FELIX VEGAS Violet Felix Vegas, passed away on Monday, December 8, 2014 at the age of 87. She is survived by her five remaining children; Geraldine Bequette, Gloria Vegas, Jacqueline Kahele, Gwendolyn Lum and Benjamin Vegas. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren; Zachary Petersen, Sydney Sanchez, Brian Sanchez, Alex Kahele, Trinity Vegas, Tyron Vegas, Tazra Vegas, Gima Cabral, Alexander Feliciano, Brandon Vegas and Marcelina Feliciano- Mann as well as 12 great- grandchildren and one great- great-grandchild; a brother, Fred Belen and a sister, Helen Mendez. Before retiring from Kaiser Hospital, she worked at Dole Pineapple Cannery for many years. She also earned her GED after all of her children graduated from high school. She will be remembered by all as a grand lady who was talented, creative, organized and artistic, who raised six children with a “can do” attitude. She will be missed, but remembered well. Funeral services: January 11, 2015 Mililani Memorial Park Mauka 10:00 am. Reception to follow.

ALEXANDER “ALEX” SYLVESTER VINCENT

Posted On January 5th, 2015 -

ALEXANDER ALEX SYLVESTER VINCENT Age 83, of Waianae, HI, passed away December 16, 2014 in Waianae, HI. Born December 20, 1930 in Honolulu, HI. Retired from the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation. He is survived by daughters, Nona Gouveia, Olga Ah Sing- Lake, Lena Gualdarama; companion, Theresa Harley; brothers, Frank Vincent, Archie Vincent, Herman Vincent, Victor Vincent; sisters, Bernadette Vincent, Betty Stephan; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 1 great- great-grandchild. Visitation 5:30 p.m., Friday (Jan. 9) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Funeral Service 6:30 p.m. Casual attire.


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