Obituaries

Thursday, January 8, 1998


Olaf Skinsnes, 80,
founded leprosy lab

By Harold Morse
Star-Bulletin

Dr. Olaf Skinsnes, 80, who founded the leprosy lab at Leahi Hospital and was also professor of pathology at the University of Hawaii, died Dec. 21 in Corvallis, Ore.

He provided data for the Citizens Committee on Leprosy in the latter ’60s that brought changes in the law to help bring about more humane treatment for leprosy patients in Hawaii.

Having spent the first 18 years of his life in China, he and wife Elizabeth retired there in 1985. They moved from there to Corvallis in August 1995.

Born in Sinyang, Honan, China, the son of medical missionaries originally from Norway, Skinsnes was educated at Kikungshan American School, Honan, China; St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn.; and University of Chicago School of Medicine.

He came to the University of Hawaii in 1967, remaining on its faculty until his 1984 retirement. His active later days in China included serving as an honorary faculty member at Zhongshan Medical College in Guangzhou (Canton). His wife, a nurse, was an honorary teacher of medical English there.

“My father always felt China was his home,” said daughter Anwai Law.

Of the many awards he received, the one he prized most was the Friendship Medal he received

from the Chinese government in 1992, she said.

When the Citizens Committee on Leprosy released its report in 1969, a Star-Bulletin editorial said the report made an irrefutable case that a victim of leprosy “should be no longer an outcast, no longer a leper, no longer a scourge.”

The committee said unanimously that days of involuntary isolation for leprosy patients must end.

“Hawaii owes a giant mahalo to each of its members,” the editorial said.

Though not an original member, Dr. Skinsnes later served on the Citizens Committee on Leprosy.

“For me personally, he was always very supportive of my work,” daughter Anwai said. “He got me interested in researching the history of Kalaupapa. I’m now involved in an international organization called IDEA which is an advocacy organization for people affected by leprosy.”

Her father also encouraged Ph.D candidates at UH, the University of Chicago and in China, she said.

“He just really worked to provide people with opportunities so that they could develop their interests.”

He edited an international journal on leprosy and significantly advanced knowledge as a pioneer in research on isolation and cultivation of the leprosy bacillus. His career included service on the faculty of the University of Chicago School of Medicine in 1959-67.

He is also survived by his wife, son Kasper; another daughter, Fredrikke Scollard; foster children Virginia M. Whitcomb and Barbara M. Scott; sisters Phoebe Holm and Ruth Jacobson; and three grandchildren.

A service took place in Corvallis Dec. 27, attended by professional associates who came from as far away as Japan. A memorial service may be held in Hawaii at a later date. The ashes eventually will be left in three different places, including the Pearl River in China.



David C. Bolosan, 85, of Honolulu died Dec. 24 in Convalescent Center of Honolulu. Born in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, the Philippines, he is survived by wife Anna R.; sons Mariano, Eliseo and Christopher R.; daughter Diane R.; brothers Federico, Regino, Nicanor, Pedro and Silverio; sister Encarnacion Diocares; and nine grandchildren. Wake services: 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Full Gospel Temple, 2464 N. School St. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church. Call after 10 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park.

Federico S. Colcol,87, of Eleele, Kauai, a McBryde Sugar Co. irrigator, died Dec. 30. Born in the Philippines, he is survived by wife Vicenta; daughters Cecelia McKee, Felimar Magaoy and Melda Battulayan; a brother; a sister; and seven grandchildren. Services: 9 a.m. Saturday at the Holy Cross Catholic Church. Call after 8 a.m. Burial: Kauai Memorial Gardens. Casual attire.

Marcela S. Corpuz, 84, of Honolulu died Dec. 20 in Queen’s Hospital. Born in Nueva Ecija, the Philippines, she is survived by sons Aurelio and Wilfredo; daughter Benita Colobong; brothers Domingo, Fedilo and Placido; 30 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Wake services: 7 p.m. Saturday at Mililani Downtown Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Services and burial in the Philippines.

Clyde C. Cortado, 68, of Honolulu, a retired chef for the U.S. Navy, died Dec. 17 in Tripler Hospital. Born in Candon, Ilocos Sur, the Philippines, he is survived by wife Narcy; daughter Clara Bantolina; brothers Ponciano, Jose, Gerbacio and Alejo; sisters Luisa D. Reyes and Dominga Cortado; and a grandson. Services: 7 tonight at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Services: 10 a.m. Friday at the mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery.

Flora DeMello-Pacrem, 80, of Pearl City died Dec. 30 in Kapiolani Hospital at Pali Momi. She is survived by sons Edward Pascua, Robert and Melvin Estacion, Milton, Rudy, Alex and Tim Pacrem; daughters Christine Espina, Elaine Morrison and Sylvia Pabalan; 42 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. Call from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 91-1004 North Road. Burial: Sunset Memorial Park. Aloha attire.

Hattie M. Dill, 94, of Merritt Island, Fla.,formerly of Pearl City, a schoolteacher, died last Thursday. Born in Hawi, Hawaii, she is survived by daughter Barbara Anderson, son Jan E., 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Services: 3 p.m. tomorrow at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl.

Cedra X. Edwards, infant daughter of Jennifer and John Idencio, died Dec. 17. She is also survived by brother Trevor E. Mika and maternal grandparents Eddie and Renita. Services: 3 p.m. Saturday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call after 2 p.m. Casual or aloha attire.

Autaele L. Falefa, 23, of Honolulu died Friday in St. Francis Hospital. Born in American Samoa, she is survived by parents Va’a and Fa’apito; brother Faimafili; sisters Senerita Gorniak and Epifania and Maryann Falefa; grandparents Epifania and Laumea Siaki; and great-grandmother Sina Tupea. Mass: 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at St. Elizabeth Church, 99-312 Moanalua Road. Call after 4:45 p.m. Cremation to follow.

Hiroshi Fujimori, 74, of Kaunakakai, a retired supervisor and diesel engineer for the Federal Aviation Administration, died Friday in Honolulu. Born in Lanai City, he is survived by wife Sarah M.D.; son Randy K.T.; daughters Sheila Ann Whipple and Joylynn M.M. Fujimori; brothers Mitsugu, Kiyoshi and Tsutomo Fujimori and Paul, Frank and Kenneth Akasaka; sister Ruth Palacios; and four grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Saturday at Kalaiokamanu Hou Congregational Church. Call after 8 a.m. Burial: Molokai Veterans Cemetery in Hoolehua. Aloha attire.

William L. Hession,77, of New Port Richey, Fla., retired from Hawaiian Insurance Co., died Dec. 16. He was also a firefighter for the city of New York. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he is survived by wife Helen; sons William and Brian; daughters Jane Shannon and Barbara Moss; and 11 grandchildren. Services held.

Morris Kahoonei, 62, of Honaunau, Kona, a retired freight clerk with Young Brothers, died Monday at home. Born in Honokaa, Hawaii, he is survived by wife Ruby Ann K.; sons John, Kila M., Imua and Kikiona; daughters Kimberly Miranda and Leona Kahoonei; brother Desmond Cagampang; sisters Virginia Oleyte, Janet Francisco and Molly Fowler; and 11 grandchildren. Prayer services: 7 tonight at St. Benedict’s Church Hall in Honaunau, Kona. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Mass: 10 a.m. tomorrow at the church. Call after 8 a.m. Burial: West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 3 in Kailua-Kona. Casual attire.

Stanley H. Kakuno, 68, of Honolulu, a retired businessman, died Dec. 19. He is survived by wife Ruth; sons Lance, Keith and Kyle; brothers Thomas, James and Robert; sisters Violet Bryant, Hazel Namba and Kathleen Morita; and three grandchildren. Memorial services: 4 p.m. Saturday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

Lawrence K. Kelley Jr.,63, of Honolulu, a longshoreman for McCabe Hamilton & Renny, died Dec. 31 at home. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Lily; daughter Elizabeth “Kawehi” Tomooka; sons Edward, Robert, Michael and Joel “Joey”; father Lawrence; brother William “Billy”; sisters Harriet and Emily “Happy” Bobbitt; and six grandchildren. Services: 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Inurnment: Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Yutaka Marushige, 81, of Wahiawa died Monday in Wahiawa General Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Evelyn H.; son Ralph; daughters Annette Honda, Suzette Arita and Lynette Sanemitsu; brothers Atsushi, Tadashi, Makoto and Hiroshi; sisters Yaeko Sasaki, Fumiko Fukuda and Florence and Yoko Marushige; and 10 grandchildren. Services: 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Casual attire. No flowers.

Jack K. Matsuo,80, of Waimanalo, a retired property developer, died Dec. 31 in Straub Hospital. Born in Waimanalo, he is survived by son Ian; daughters Sandra Matsuo, Wanda Lange and Lynn Walker; brothers Paul and Ted; sisters Doris Koga and Jean Frissell; and four grandchildren. Memorial services: 10 a.m. Saturday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Kazuto “Cash” Mitsuda,85, of Honolulu, a retired bowling alley and billiard installer, died Dec. 27 at home. Born in Waiakea, South Hilo, he is survived by son Edward; daughters Agnes Maeda, Jane Takayesu, Marian Ikeda and Cheryl A. Mitsuda; sisters Sally Liborio, Chiyome Yoshioka and Matsue Fujishige; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Private services.

Margaret K.L. Naai, 96, of Kailua, a retired schoolteacher, died Monday in Aloha Health Care Center. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by son Herman, daughter Yvonne Novotny, brothers Richard and James Mau, sisters Helen Lin and Angie Lum, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. tomorrow at Borthwick Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Mass: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the mortuary. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park. Aloha attire.

Kimiyo “Elsie” Nakama,74, of Honolulu, a retired waitress for Flamingo Kapiolani Restaurant, died last Thursday in Maunalani Nursing Center. Born in Kaneohe, she is survived by daughters Geri Hing, Dale Taira and Reiko Tom; brother Kenji Maeda; sisters Grace Maeda and Toyoko Lee; and two grandchildren. Memorial services: 5 p.m. Saturday at Nuuanu Memorial Park Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

Masaru “Monte” Nakasone,67, of Honolulu, a retired administrator with the state Department of Labor, died Dec. 26 at home. Born in Haiku, Maui, he is survived by sisters Edith M. Ginoza and Patsy S. Tanaka. Private services.

Christiana P.N. Nobriga, 82, of Hanamaulu, Kauai, an operator for Hawaiian Telephone Co., died last Thursday. Born in Lihue, she is survived by sons Al Jr. and Greg; daughters Karen Pongasi and Georgiana Abella; sisters Alice Iida, Annie Perreira and Josephine Herrmann; brothers Frank and Benjamin Napoleon; 15 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Services: 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call after 10 a.m. Burial: Lihue Public Cemetery. Casual attire.

Flora Pacrem,80, of Pearl City, a custodian for Fujikami Florist, died Dec. 30 in Kapiolani Hospital at Pali Momi. Born in Lahaina, she is survived by sons Edward Pascua, Robert and Melvin Estacion and Milton, Rudy, Alexander and Tim Pacrem; daughters Christina Espina, Elaine Morrison and Sylvia Pabalan; sister Dorothy Adams; 40 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. Services: 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 91-1004 North Road. Call after 9:30 a.m. Burial: Sunset Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Allen J. Prescott, 79, of Ewa Beach died Dec. 21 at home. Born in Louisiana, he is survived by wife Jo-Ann K.K.K. and daughters Keala and Kamaka. Services: 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Call after 9:30 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Richard S. Shibasaki,80, of Honolulu, retired owner of Richard’s Auto Glass Shop, died Dec. 27 in St. Francis Hospital. Born in Makawao, Maui, he is survived by wife Kay K.; sons Rowland K., Robin G. and Nelson M.; sisters Alice H. Endo and Yaemi Yogi; and four grandchildren. Memorial services: 11 a.m. Sunday at Nuuanu Memorial Park Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

Susan U. Shimabukuro, 69, of Honolulu, a retired office secretary for Fort Shafter, Corps of Engineering, died Saturday at home. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by husband Teruo; daughter Serena Y. Shibata; brothers Paul H., Charles H. and Melvin K.; sisters Tsuruko Taba, Kameyo Nakamura, Tomiko Uchima, Toshiko Ota and Helen F. Harada; and three grandchildren. Memorial services: 2 p.m. Saturday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

Kazuo Tamura, 88, of Haiku, Hawaii died Dec. 30 in Maui Memorial Hospital. Born in Haiku, Maui, he is survived by wife Misao; son Kenneth T.; daughters Elaine E. Tanaka and Lorna N. Beghtel; brothers Mitsuo and Yoshito; sisters Ayako Fujio and Shirley Yokouchi; and three grandchildren. Services over ashes: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Makawao Hongwanji Mission. Casual attire. No flowers.

Choji Tanaka,77, of Waipahu, a retired carpenter for S.M. Sakamoto Construction, died Dec. 20 in Maluhia Hospital. Born in Wahiawa, he is survived by daughter Lisa M. Among; brother Oshizo Tanaka; sisters Sumano Kunihiro and Sueno Nishimoto; and two grandchildren. Services: 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Nuuanu Memorial Park Mortuary. Burial: Valley of the Temples. Casual attire. No flowers.

James T. Taniguchi,88, of Honolulu died Dec. 19 at home. Born in Hilo, he is survived by wife Yoshiko; sons Raymond, Edwin and Rick; daughter Elaine Takenaka; sister Yoshiko Nakajima; and five grandchildren. Private services.

Glenhall E. Taylor,94, of Wailua, Kauai, a radio producer and director, died Dec. 28. Born in Buffalo, N.Y., he is survived by son Glenhall; daughters Cynthia M., Laurian Parducci and Patricia White; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. No services.

Thomas F. “Mr. T” Tokars, 69, of Kailua, a local businessman, died last Thursday in Queen’s Hospital. Born in Chicago, he is survived by sons Tom Jr., Jerry and Kenneth; daughter Mary-Ann Tokars-King; brother Jerry; and nine grandchildren. Mass: 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John Vianney Church. Call after 10 a.m. Private inurnment. Aloha attire. No flowers. Donations suggested to Make a Wish Foundation.

Douglas K.W. Tom, 66, of Kealakekua, Kona, Hawaii, a retired administrator and captain with the Hawaii Army National Guard, died Tuesday in Kona Community Hospital. He was also a U.S. Army veteran. Born in Kealia, Kauai, he is survived by wife Elsie; son Staff Sgt. Douglas C.L.; daughters Deborah A.L., Pamela A.O.K. Ambrose, Sharon Y.T. Yong and Sandra H.L. Dela Cruz; mother Anna C.; brothers George and Roy; and 11 grandchildren. Prayer services: 7 p.m. tomorrow at St. John’s Catholic Church. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Mass: 10 a.m. Saturday at the church. Call after 8 a.m. Military honors by the Hawaii Army National Guard to follow. Casual attire.

Diana J. Wehe,54, of Makawao, Maui, died Dec. 27 at home. Born in Oklahoma City, Okla., she is survived by husband A. Gary; mother Myra K. Doss; stepson Keith; stepdaughters Jill Luvaas and Gretchen Walker; brother Randall Doss; and six stepgrandchildren. Private services.

Mary R. White, 80, of Honolulu died Sunday in Columbia, S.C. Born in Camden, S.C., she is survived by husband Paul F., daughter M. Susan, son Paul F. Jr.; brother Herbert L. Richey; sister Sara L. Richey; two step-grandchildren; and a granddaughter. Memorial services: 3:30 p.m. next Thursday at Central Union Church. Donations suggested to the Arthritis Foundation, 1802 Sumter St., Columbia, SC 29204.

Kisano Yamaguchi,89, of Wailuku died Dec. 27 in Kuakini Hospital. Born in Puunene, Maui, she is survived by husband Kiujiro; son Don; daughters Flora Yashiro and Lorraine Thorne; brothers Takae and Dr. Carl Hasegawa; sisters Tokue Shishido, Sadako Yamaguchi and Hideko Miyajima; 14 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Private services.

Eileen R. Yamamoto, 51, of Honolulu, a veterinary receptionist, died Tuesday in Kailua. Born in Waimea, Kauai, she is survived by mother Fumiyo, sister Elaine Takayama and brothers Akimutsu and Gary. Private services. Call Ultimate Cremation Services of Hawaii for more information.

Ellen T. Yoshinaga,67, of Honolulu and formerly of Wailuku, a retired president of a catering service, died Dec. 26 in Kaiser Hospital. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by husband Fumio, son Douglas T., daughter Ida M. and brother Walter H. Miura. Private services.




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