Obituaries
Saturday, March 1 and Monday, March 3, 1997


Saturday, March 1, 1997

Lawrence D.C. Akana, 78, of Honolulu, died Feb. 21 in Kaiser Hospital. Born in Kealakekua, Hawaii, he is survived by sisters Hester Machado and Martha Keliiaa. Service: noon Tuesday at Diamond Head Mortuary. Call from 10 a.m. Burial: Diamond Head Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Gregory S. Andrew, 35, of Honolulu, died Feb. 7. Born in France, he is survived by daughter Julia L.; companion Sabrina Fairfax; mother Catherine Roberts; father retired Col. Donald G.; sister Catherine; and brothers Mark and Michael. Gatherings: noon tomorrow at Waialae Kahala Beach Park; and noon March 29 at Maunaloa Bay, opposite Hawaii Kai Drive. Casual attire.

Charles A. “Spike” Cordeiro, 72, a past president of the Honolulu Quarterback Club, died Wednesday at home. Cordeiro also was a coach for Pop Warner football, was an all-star football player at Roosevelt High School in 1943 and named to the United Press All-Star Western football team from St. Mary’s College. He had been an insurance office manager and as Kailua Jaycees secretary

served as chairman of the 1959 Jaycee Fair. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Lucille E. Fowler; sons Ron J. and Randal C.; daughter Colleen R. Tibbetts; sister Freida Swenson; brother Robert K.; and three grandchildren. Service: 9:15 a.m. Tuesday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Aloha attire.

Katherine L. Hawkins, 46, of Mililani, owner of Veterans Realty Inc., died last Saturday in Kapiolani Hospital at Pali Momi. Born in Waipahu, she is survived by sons Ernest Medeiros Jr. and Ernest Hawkins; daughters Michelle Valmoja and Chantel Hawkins; brothers Lawrence and Norman Medeiros; and three grandchildren. Service: noon Tuesday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call from 8:30 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Edward R. Jackson Jr., 48, of Honolulu, died Wednesday in Queen’s Hospital. Born in Charleston, W. Va., he is survived by companion Peter Suyat; daughter Kimberly Sparkman; mother Mary Malvitz; stepfather Ben Malvitz; sisters Wanda Vesely and Lisa Jackson; and hanai sister Dana Wells. Service: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call from 6 p.m. Cremation to follow.

Shujitsu “Mori” Mayeshiro, 89, of Mililani, a retired self-employed slipper maker, died Wednesday in Wahiawa General Hospital. Born in Okinawa, he is survived by wife Yukiko; son Glenn T.; daughter Joyce E. Osedo; and five grandchildren. Service: 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire.

Beatrice Medeiros, 74, of Mililani, retired Marine Corps Snack Bar manager, died Tuesday in

Kapiolani Hospital. Born in Waialua, she is survived by sons Lawrence and Norman; brothers Manuel “Sonny” and Ernest “Pete” Robello; 12 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. Service: noon Tuesday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call from 8:30 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Tomie “Clara” Nakatsu, 76, of Hilo, died Thursday in Hilo Hospital. Born in Honaunau, Kona, she is survived by husband Shuso “Jim”; sons Ronald and Miles; daughters Doreen Yamamoto and Lily Kuroyama; sisters Amy Otsu, Gladys Nakagawa, Doris Okumura, and Betty Tominaga; and 12 grandchildren. Service: 4 p.m. tomorrow at Dodo Mortuary. Call from 3 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Henry D. Pilanca, 58, of Honolulu, a Hawaii Newspaper Agency employee, died Feb. 19 at home. Born in Hilo, he is survived by son Henry Jr.; daughters Joyce Valmoja, Regina Pilanca-Smith and Quadra Pilanca; mother Evangelista Pantaleon; sisters Placita Amalato and Gloria Casteneda; brothers Domilado, Vicente Jr., and Philemon Pilanca, and Gomes Pelangka; and six grandchildren. Service: 7 p.m. Wednesday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call from 6 p.m. Mass: 9 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of the Mount Church. Call from 8:30. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park.

Pablo Sarono, 64, of Waianae, a Waianae Army Recreational Center groundskeeper, died Feb. 16 at Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center. Born in Waipahu, Sarono, a veteran of the 100th Battalion, 442nd Regiment, is survived by wife Saturnina L. “Nina,” also known as “Sat”; sons Peyton, Pablo J., and Pierson N.; daughters Pernell “Tessie” Zevenbersen and Pearlena Sarono; brothers Emilio, Jesus and Michael; sisters Gardencia Lopez, Mary Bontog, and Juanita Achiu; nine grandchildren; and two hanai grandchildren. Mass: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Sacred Hearts Church. Call

from 6 p.m. Service: 11:15 a.m. Tuesday at Sacred Hearts Church. Call from 8:45 a.m. Burial: Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe. Casual attire.

Suin Sida, 89, of Honolulu, a retired treasurer comptroller in Laos, died last Saturday in St. Francis-West Hospital. Born in Laos, he is survived by daughters Som Khit Phitsamay and Pissamai Chanthakeo; and 18 grandchildren. Buddhist service: 1 p.m. tomorrow at Borthwick Mortuary. Cremation to follow. Casual attire.


Monday, March 3, 1997

Mary Ann Bigelow, 88, of Kaneohe, a retired Territory of Hawaii Birth Registration Division secretary, died Feb. 21 in Aloha Health Care Center. She was born in Honolulu. Survived by son Thomas Kiesel; stepsons Cleghorn and Richard Boyd; stepdaughters Irene Hutchinson, Helen Rathburn and Janis Strohlin; sister Bertha Kahai; stepbrother Matthew Spencer. Services: 8 p.m. Thursday at Borthwick Mortuary, call after 6 p.m., and 10 a.m. Friday at St. Andrew’s Cathedral, call after 9:45 a.m. Graveside service: 10 a.m. Saturday, Oahu Cemetery. Casual attire.

Thelma C. Breg, 93, of Honolulu, a retired J. Paul Getty and Hilton Hotels secretary, died Feb. 20 in Hale Nani Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. She was born in Missouri. Survived by granddaughters Clark Stracener, Laura Rogers and Amanda Barry; grandsons Lloyd and Wade Gibson and Wade Barry; 3 great-grandchildren. Private services.

Francis L. “Frank” Cummings, 75, of Makakilo, died Feb. 24 in Honolulu. Cummings, a retired U.S. Navy officer, was born in Riverdale, Calif. Survived by wife Isabelle; sons Jim and Tim; daughter Eileen Rose; brothers Clarence and Winks; sister LaVerne Whitlock; 5 grandchildren. Private services.

Harold W. Davis, 79, of Honolulu, a retired carpenter, died Feb. 20 in Castle Hospital. He was born in Connecticut. Survived by sons Robert and Stephen; sister Janice Miranda; brothers Earl and Norman; a grandchild; a great-grandchild. Private services.

Ben S. Fowler, 78, of Hilo, a retired AeroJet assembly line inspector, died Feb. 19 in the Life Care Center of Hilo. He was born in Kentucky. Survived by daughters Beverly Parker, Theresa Totaro and Barbara Fowler; brothers William L., Joseph, Robert and Donald; sister Francis J.; 7 grandchildren; 11 great- grandchildren. Private services.

Bun Fukunaga, 101, of Honolulu, died Feb. 19 in Convalescent Center of Honolulu. She was born in Japan. Survived by sons Nobuichi and Hideo; daughter Kiyoko Miyasawa; 2 grandchildren. Private services.

Richard C. Pino, 50, of Honolulu, a retired TWA employee, died Feb. 22 in Honolulu. He was born in California. Survived by son Richard P.; daughter Jackie L. Trevino; brothers Vincent and Donald; mother Patricia; a grandchild. Private services.

Ignacio A. Ramones, 67, of Wailuku died Wednesday in Maui Memorial Hospital. He was born in the Philippines. Survived by wife Cresencia D.; son Fidencio; daughters Lilia Romero and Ida Baraoidan; brothers Vicente, Juan, Dionicio and Marcelino; sister Paula Dugay; 7 grandchildren; a great-grandchild. Service: 10 a.m. Saturday at Borthwich Mortuary-Norman’s. Call after 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. Saturday. Burial: Maui Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Melba D. Soares, 75, of Honolulu, died Thursday in Straub Hospital. She was born in Honolulu. Survived by husband Joseph P.; sister Lover Westling;2 grandchildren; a great-grandchild. Services: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Borthwick Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Noon, Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Katsuitsu Tachihata, 92, of Kahuku, a retired mill fireman at Kahuku Sugar Plantation, died Feb. 19. He was born in Honokaa, Hawaii. Survived by daughters Chieko Katsuitsu and Mae Misako; 2 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. No services.

Ann S. Taneda, 18, of Hilo, a University of Hawaii-Hilo student, died Feb. 22 in Hilo Hospital of injuries suffered in a traffic accident. She was born in Hilo. Survived by parents Sadao and Stella; brother Merrick; grandparents Anthony and Bertha Sassin. Services were private.

Kikuichi Torioka, 93, Honalo, Kona, Hawaii, a retired Hawaii County road foreman, died Saturday in Kona Hospital. He was born in Wailuku, Maui. Survived by wife Tomeyo; sons Jay and Roy; daughter Cynthia Thomas; brothers Tsuichi, Katsuji and Shunichi Masuda; sister Loretta Nishimura; 3 grandchildren. Services: 5 p.m. tomorrow, Kona Daifukuji Soto Mission. Call after 4 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Kame Uchima, 101, of Honolulu, died Feb. 18 in Kuakini Hospital. She was born in Okinawa. Survived by sons Kenneth Z. Chibana and George Y. Uchima; daughter Jeanne F. Yogi; 16 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. Private services.

Sarah K. Williams, 74, of Kihei, Maui, died Feb. 24 in Kahului Hale Makua. She was born in Honolulu. Survived by sons Luis P., Jack K., Mitchell K., Abel K., Hank K., Miles K. and Jeremiah K.; daughters Charity N. Williams, Marsha L. Alvior, Eliza M. Broadfoot, Joyce M. Kolowena, Yolanda P. Guy and Gaylene Donerson; brother Sam Namoku; 36 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren. Private service.

July A.O.K. Yam,84, of Manoa, a Hawaii Stevedore retiree, died Wednesday in Queen’s Hospital. He was born in Honolulu. Survived by wife Rose; sons Luther and Gordon; daughters Winona Diego and Laverne “Ipo” Cullen; sisters Keala Niderost and Katherine Mau; 18 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren. Service: 11 a.m. Thursday, Diamond Head Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Diamond Head Memorial Park. Aloha attire.




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