ELSIE TOKIE NAKASONE
91, of Pearl City, passed away peacefully at home on December 17, 2019. She was born on November 8, 1928 in Kaiwiki, north of Hilo, Hawaii, to parents, Bunemon and Shige Oshita. After attending Hilo High School, she moved to Honolulu to attend Honolulu Business College where she met the love of her life, Larry Isami Nakasone. They were married for almost 50 years and together they raised four children: Lynn, Lance, Layne and Dayle. As the children grew she worked at several job sites, including the Schuman Carriage Company and the Department of Accounting and General Services and finally retired as a secretary from the Waipahu Community School for Adults in 1988. Elsie and Larry travelled to so many places around the world, including the Orient, Europe, Australia, Canada and numerous Mainland states. She collected a wall full of plaques from different countries and albums full of pictures she labeled after every trip. She was a member of HSOSA, while working for the State; member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Pearl City; member of the Cactus and Succulent Society for more than 40 years and a volunteer at the Halawa Xeriscape Garden for more than 25 years. Her passion for succulents and air plants and her extensive collection even won several ribbons at craft fairs and orchid shows. Her kindness and willingness to share her knowledge of succulents will be missed by many. She enjoyed going to breakfast every Saturday morning with her family at Zippy's Pearl City or Waikele Golf Course Restaurant or IHOP. As the grandchildren grew, she enjoyed watching them play sports and was an avid fan of UH football, baseball and volleyball. She loved get togethers with her grandchildren and always showed them kindness and generosity. She is survived by daughter, Lynn Onaga (Dennis) and sons, Lance (Linda) and Layne (Sarah); 6 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren, and brother-in-law, Harry Suzuki. Preceded in death by husband, Larry and daughter, Dayle Christian; sisters, Nellie Asayama, Nancy Shigeoka, Dorothy Kawashima, Sumiko Suzuki and brother, Roy Oshita. The family would like to thank the Islands Hospice staff for the care, dedication and compassion they showed to Elsie during the final weeks of her life. Elsie's life will be celebrated on Thursday, January 30, 2020, at Mililani Memorial Park and Mortuary's Mauka Chapel. Visitation at 5:00 p.m. and Service at 6:00 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers. Inurnment will be at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl on Friday, January 31 at 11:30 a.m.
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