Obituaries
Tuesday, June 17, 1997


Fourteen-year-old
dies of leukemia

By Star-Bulletin staff

Stanley Carver, a 14-year-old Schofield Barracks boy suffering from leukemia, died Sunday at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle, where he underwent a bone-marrow transplant May 28.

Doctors had been hopeful about the operation but then his body rejected the marrow.

Carver’s mother Barbara Byrd and stepfather Michael Byrd were with him when he died. They plan to bury the youth in Oklahoma.

The family has lived in Hawaii for a total of about five years and consider the islands home, said Altha McDermott-Brown, chair of the Children’s Organ Transplant Association fundraising drive.

Carver’s last wish was to help his family pay his medical bills and funeral.

“He knew he had caused his parents to go into debt,” said McDermott-Brown, who plans to hold a benefit concert next month.

Call McDermott-Brown at 623-4305 for more information.

Joseph S. Adarna, 37, of Honolulu died June 2 in Tripler Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by parents Simon and Ciriaca; and sister Linda. Services: 7:30 a.m.

Friday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call 6-9 p.m. Mass: 8:45 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Baptist Church, 2324 Omilo Lane. Call after 8 a.m. Burial: Valley of the Temples.

Flora M.Y. Akana, 78, of Honolulu died last Tuesday in Bellingham, Wash. She was known for the “Granny’s Cookies” she sold at flea markets. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by sons Ronald F.K. and Jerry F.L.; brothers Patrick Y.Y., Douglas Y.F. and Robert Y.F. Tam; sister Miriam Victoria; and four grandchildren. Call 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Diamond Head Mortuary. Taoist services will be held. Burial: Diamond Head Memorial Park. Casual attire. No flowers.

Mere T. Betham, 65, of Pago Pago, American Samoa, a retired judge of American Samoa, died Friday in Queen’s Hospital. Born in American Samoa, she is survived by husband James M.; sons James Jr., John and Jason; daughters Mavis Medrano and Toni Betham; brother Palauni Tuiasosopo; and five grandchildren. Services: 5 p.m. tomorrow at St. Patrick Church. Inurnment will be in American Samoa. Casual attire. No flowers.

Daniel Damien Jr., 78, of Waianae, a retired city truck driver and World War II veteran, died Wednesday in Kailua. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by hanai sons Kenneth D. Kauluwehi and Samuel K. Paulo III; sisters Rose O. Kaohu, Mary K. Sorenson and Joann K.P. Mersberg; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Friday at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Waipahu Stake Center. Call after 9 a.m. Burial with military honors: Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Aloha attire.

Monico A. De Jesus, 87, of Honolulu died May 22 in Kuakini Hospital. Born in Urdaneta, Pangasinan, the Philippines, he is survived by wife Narcisa; daughters Brenda, Caroline and Gilda; brother Teofilo; and sister Rufina. Services: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call 6-9 p.m. Mass: 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony Church, 640 Puuhale Road. Call after 8 a.m. Burial: Valley of the Temples.

Mary S.K. Esprecion, 44, of Honolulu died Wednesday in Kaiser Hospital. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by daughters Natalie M. and Liana P. Saromines; parents Mr. and Mrs. Florentino; brothers Felix, Roberto, Rudy, Florentino E., Nicholas R.K. and Joseph A.; and sisters Cresencia Marzan, Linda Esprecion and Carolann Palafox. Services: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call 6-9 p.m. Services: 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the mortuary. Call 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park.

Li Hsa Liang Fo, 79, of Honolulu died June 9 in Kaiser Malama Ohana. Born in Shanghai, China, she is survived by sisters Alice Lai Kin Sheng and Emma Lai Dep Leung. Services: 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Diamond Head Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Diamond Head Memorial Park. Aloha attire.

Natsuko Hatano, 89, of Waianae, a retired chambermaid with Coral Sea Hotel, died May 14 in Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center. Born in Kumamoto, Japan, she is survived by son George Y. and Fred N.; daughters Margaret M. Nakamura and Jean F. Hayashi; brothers Paul M., Francis H. and Tamotsu Murayama; sister Jennifer S. Matsumoto; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Private services.

Noboru “Nobu” “Pops” Hidano, 81, of Honolulu, a construction superintendent for Kelly Hotels and retired carpenter, died Thursday at home. Born in Waialua, he is survived by wife Grace Y.; sons Roy H., Steven S., Bruce H. and Don H.; brother Allen K.; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Services: 6 p.m. Thursday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

James H. Higa, 64, of Honolulu, a retired garment retailer with Waikiki Apparel, died Friday at home. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by sons Clyde H. and Clifton H.; daughters Christine K. Iguchi and Liddy R. Higa; sisters Susan Unten and Rose Kau; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Memorial services: 6 p.m. Friday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

Olando N. Huch, 59, of Honolulu died June 5 at home. He is survived by wife Angeline; sons Olando Jr. and Theodore; daughters Geneva Toyama, Doreen Lee and Healani Huch; brother George Kala; sisters Maizielette Kupau, Pahukoa L. Morse and Georgette Kala; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Services over ashes: 10 a.m. Saturday at Hawaii Yacht Club, 1739C Ala Moana. Scattering of ashes off Magic Island.

Lou Ann K. Kaiwi, 60, of Mountain View, Hawaii and Honolulu, a bus driver for Moiliili Community Center and retiree of 700 Bishop Inc., died Wednesday in Castle Hospital. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by sons Adam Jr., Matthew, Mark and Wayne; daughters Loana Wahinepio, Moana May Nielsen, Joana Afuola and Roana May and Noana May Kaiwi; brother Henry K.T. Jr.; sister Winona L. Lee; half brothers Ben L., Anthony C., Allen M. and Nathan W. Kam; half sister Momi M. Kalua; 22 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Memorial services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Nuuanu Memorial Park Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Mary K. Kamaka, 85, of Kealakehe, Kona, a retired room maid with Kona Inn, died Thursday in Kona Community Hospital. Born in Keauhou Makai, Kona, she is survived by son Rodney K.; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two hanai grandchildren. Mass: 6 p.m. Thursday at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona. Call 5-9 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Katherine L. “Katie” “Vovo” Keopuhiwa, 87, of Pearl City died June 7 in St. Francis Hospital. Born in Hakalau, Hawaii, she is survived by son Joseph P. Jr.; daughters Katherine L. Cunningham and Sophie L. Muller; sisters Flora Jensen and Jane Soares; 12 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren. Mass: 11 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 1525 Waimano Home Road, Pearl City. Burial: Valley of the Temples. Casual attire.

Elena T. Maganis, 67, of Waianae died May 29 in the Philippines. Born in Abra, San Isidro, the Philippines, she is survived by husband Pedro; sons Josefino, Rodolfo, Eduardo, Florencia, Ronilo and Glicerio; daughters Leticia Madio and Catalina Valdez; brother Esperato and Tito Tuzon; sister Maria Bilan; 24 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Mass: 10:15 a.m. Friday at Sacred Hearts Church, 85-786 Old Government Road, Waianae. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: Valley of the Temples.

Clarence Markham, 89, of Waianae, a retired power plant lead man at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, died Saturday in Waianae. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Mabel P.; sons Clarence Jr., Marvin T. and Patrick V.; daughters Winifred T. Harris and Valerie I. Andrews; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Mass: 10 a.m. tomorrow at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park. Aloha attire.

Antone C. “Tony” Mercado, 66, of Waianae, retired head custodian of Waipahu High School, died Friday in Waianae. Born in Honoka‘a, Hawaii, he is survived by wife Ramona F.; daughter Lila Kahler; sons Steven, Randy and Matthew; brothers Cadio, Herman, Alan and David; sisters Carol Miller and Juanita DeCambra; and 12 grandchildren. Services: 12:30 .m. Thursday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Call after 10 a.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial park. Casual attire.

Gregorio C. Millari, 84, of Kahuku, a retiree of Kahuku Sugar Plantation and former groundskeeper at Turtle Bay Golf Course, died Wednesday in Honolulu. Born in the Philippines, he is survived by wife Rosario; daughter Felie Ulep-Mitzman; brothers Federica, Alejandro and Juan Cacal; and a grandson. Wake: 7 p.m. Friday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Call after 6 p.m. Services: 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Roch Catholic Church. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Jessica T.C. Nelson, 34, of Honolulu is also survived by grandmother Margaret Almodova. Incorrect information was published in an obituary Saturday.

Beatrice S. Ota, 65, of Wahiawa, a retired office clerk with Kilani Tire Service, died Sunday in Wahiawa General Hospital. Born in Wahiawa, she is survived by husband Itsuo; sons Calvin K. and Reed N.; daughters Linda M. Hamada and Wanda T. Ota; brothers Harold, Arthur and Clarence; sisters Irene Newcom and Laura Chee; and a granddaughter. Memorial services: 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Casual attire. No flowers.

Rachel L.Q. Riehn, infant daughter of Richard K. and Jeanie S. of Mililani, died Wednesday in Honolulu. She is also survived by grandparents Donald O. Riehn, Linda S. Shiraishi and Susan E. Faith. Services: 6:30 p.m. Thursday at University Avenue Baptist Church. Call after 5:30 p.m.

Bictoriano L. Saleon, 85, of Honolulu, also known as Bictoriano Celion, died Wednesday in Honolulu. He was a retired janitor for Waikiki Inn. Born in Cebu, the Philippines, he is survived by wife Mary Celion; daughter Anne F. Jambaro; stepsons Horendio, Donald, Antonio, Dimi, Norman and Owen Piligrino; stepdaughters Augustina Exzabe, Arsena Surrell, Ernesta Cooper, Shereen Matsumoto and Laureen Piligrino; sister Lolina Calderon; 25 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Mass: 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, 712 N. School St. Call after 9:30 a.m. Burial: Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe. Aloha attire.

Sau Tsang Tao, 84, of Honolulu died Wednesday in Queen’s Hospital. Born in China, she is survived by son Philip Law; daughters Anita, Lorena, Lilian and Selina Law; brother Fu Lin Doo; and eight grandchildren. Services: 10 a.m. Thursday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call 9-11 a.m. Burial: Valley of the Temples.




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