Obituaries

Tuesday, February 24, 1998


John McCluskey, 87, retired
educator in Marianist schools

Star-Bulletin staff

Marianist brother John McCluskey, 87, who formerly taught at St. Louis School and Chaminade University, was retired after 50 years as an educator but friends say he never retired as a student.

“He was a great reader . . . history, biography, he was always interested in learning,” said Brother Joseph Becker. “He always had a lot of books around.”

When he worked in San Francisco, McCluskey belonged to a discussion group of clerics.

“They would meet weekly to discuss books, intellectual and spiritual discussions,” Becker said.

McCluskey, a member of the Society of Mary religious order for 62 years, died Feb. 16 in Cupertino, Calif.

An English and history teacher, he was the first dean of faculty after Chaminade University was founded in 1955-56. He returned to Chaminade in 1970 after several years as a teacher and administrator in Marianist schools in Ohio, California and Australia.

He retired from Chaminade in 1984 and remained with emeritus standing. He left Hawaii in 1987 for an assignment at the Newman Center for students at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

McCluskey was born in Newcastle, Neb., and attended Trinity College in Iowa.

He told of his first teaching job, an Iowa country school with nine grades in one room, Becker said. Later assignments included principal of Riordan High School in San Francisco and St. Monica High School in Santa Monica, Calif., and founding principal of a Marianist school in Melbourne, Australia.

“He was very liberal and had very strong feelings about politics, but he had a balanced view of the world,” said Joan Flynn, Chaminade academic support services director.

Flynn said McCluskey was in demand as a competitor when various campus groups used to compete in “College Bowl,” based on a quiz show requiring rapid answers to questions on a wide variety of subjects.

“He enjoyed telling stories and telling jokes,” said Flynn.

“He would stop by the library on his way to class and drop a few tales in our laps.”

“He could tell stories,” recalled Brother Edward Westbrock. “Being Irish, you know, he had a sense of humor. He was a very good teacher. That’s the reason he was made the provincial inspector of schools,” evaluating programs in Marianist schools.

Chaminade will hold a memorial service at noon March 4 at the Mystical Rose Chapel.

McCluskey’s students, friends and colleagues are invited to gather and share their memories and stories about him.

Funeral services and burial were in California.

He is survived by sisters-in-law Verena McCluskey and Marian McCluskey and 20 nieces and nephews.

Hatsue Akaki, 86, of Kaneohe died Feb. 10 in Ewa Beach. Born in Waialua, she is survived by sons Roy, Daniel and Glenn; daughters Ellen Kato and Grace Takamatsu; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Private services.

Alan T. “Rocky” Anduha, 53, of Waipahu, a warehouseman at the Naval Supply Center at Pearl Harbor, died Thursday in Kapiolani Hospital at Pali Momi. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Marilyn D.; sons Alan Jr., Jessie, Jeffrey, Alex and Robert; daughter Michelle Spencer; mother Pearl; brother David Jr.; sister Toni Del-Rosario; and 12 grandchildren. Services: noon Thursday at Oahu Cemetery. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park. Aloha attire.

Gaudencio B. Asencion, 74, of Halaula, Kohala, Hawaii, a retired employee at the Mauna Kea Beach Resort Hotel, died Saturday at home. Born in San Nicholas, Ilocos Norte, the Philippines, he is survived by wife Florencia C.; sons Dino, Fred, Rollie and Narie; daughters Leony Millet, Tess C. and Perla Asencion and Emma Mariano; brothers Ambrosio and Manuel; sister Julia Pascua; and 15 grandchildren. Prayer services: 6 p.m. Friday at Hawi Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Kohala. Call from 5 to 9 p.m. Call again 10 p.m. Friday at his home in Halaula, Kohala. Mass: 10 a.m. Saturday at the church. Call after 8 a.m. Burial: Kohala County Cemetery in Hawi, Kohala. Casual attire.

Violet Sau Kin Au Campbell, 87, of Honolulu, former owner of Violet’s Hawaiian Foods, died Friday in Honolulu. Born in Hawaii, she is survived by husband McKinney; sons Andrew Watson and William Campbell; daughter Irene Kaderman; brothers Sung Hin and Francis Au; sister Rose Choy; 14 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Thursday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Graveside services: 11 a.m. Friday at Diamond Head Memorial Park.

John F. Buffkin Jr., 76, of Honolulu, a retired lieutenant colonel with U.S. Army, died Sunday at home. Born in Orangeburg, S.C., he is survived by wife Mary; sons Frank and Ed; sisters Gloria Fields, Jewel Shirley and Dorothy Neal; and three grandchildren. Graveside services: 9:30 a.m. Thursday at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Aloha attire. No flowers. Donations suggested to Army Emergency Relief, National HQS, Department of Army, 200 Stovall St., Alexandria, VA 22332-0600.

Anthony “Maui” Cambra, 84, of Honaunau, Hawaii, a retired police chief for the Kona District, died Friday in Keauhou Rehabilitation Healthcare Center. Born in Hawaii, he is survived by wife Marian H.; sons Abraham K. and Alan K.; daughter Toni D’Angelo; sisters Irene Newton, Dora Francis and Addie Vida; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Services: 9 a.m. Thursday at Pukaana Congregational Church in Kealia. Call from 9 to 11 a.m. Scattering of ashes: Hookena Beach. Casual attire. No flowers.

Elizabeth K.K. “Kuulei” Crawford, 48, of Honolulu died Feb. 15 in Queen’s Hospital. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by husband Isaac “Ike”; daughters Lisa and Liza; hanai daughter Shawna Castilio; son Isaac “Ike” Jr.; father Jared Puu; hanai mother Katherine Sheppeard; brothers Lawrence “Kuni” Kapanui and Jared “Eli” and Jared “Jr.” Puu; sisters Francine Cavaco, Geraldine “Geri,” Genesis “Lani” and Faith “Haunani” Puu, Barbara “Bobbie Girl” Crawford, Roseline “Rosie” Ofa and Kamae and Bertha Kapanui; hanai sisters Lei Kellogg and Loke Rogers; and three grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Friday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Scattering of ashes: Sunday. Casual attire.

Vincent J. Crisafulli, 90, of Kailua, a music and vocal coach for Hollywood celebrities, died Feb. 12 in Honolulu. He was also a piano instructor. Born in New Jersey, he is survived by wife Ruth; sons Jamie and Robbie; and a grandson. Private services.

Earl P. Cuelho, 65, of Waialua, a retired city mechanic, died Saturday in Waialua. He was also a Korean War veteran. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by son Bryan; daughter Earlene Cuelho-Alexiou; mother Elizabeth; brother Frank; sister Betty Ferreira; and a grandson. Services: 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Services: 10:15 a.m. Friday at the mortuary. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Aloha attire.

Mary De Cambra, 86, of Waianae, a retired cook for Catholic rectories, died Feb. 8 in Queen’s Hospital. Born in Puunene, Maui, she is survived by sons George “Pee Wee,” Manuel “Bob,” Herbert, Donald, Andrew and Douglas; daughters Velma Cordeiro, Virginia “Pola” Burgess and Gertrude and Jo Ann De Cambra; sisters Virginia Richard and Cecilia Kina; hanai children LeBurta Smith and John R. Moore; 34 grandchildren; 55 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Mass: noon Saturday at Sacred Heart Church-Waianae. Call after 9 a.m. Burial to follow. Aloha attire.

Shizuko Dobashi, 88, of Pukalani, Hawaii died last Tuesday in Kahului Hale Makua. Born in Lahaina, she is survived by sons Harry and Ronald; daughter Mary L.; brother Toshio Fujimoto; sisters Nobue Hanada, Miriam Higashi and Marjorie Okinaka; and three grandchildren. Private services.

Victoriana E. Ganal, 95, of Waipahu died Feb. 15 in Convalescent Center of Honolulu. Born in Laoag, Ilocos Norte, the Philippines, she is survived by daughters Feliza Badua, Feliciana Ganal and Pilar Rambaud; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Services: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Nuuanu Memorial Park. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Services: 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the mortuary. Call after 8 a.m. Burial: Valley of the Temples.

Harriet J.S. Gilbert, 77, of Kailua, a retired registered nurse, died Sunday in Kailua. She was a past president of the Honolulu Symphony Association. Born in Anamosa, Iowa, she is survived by daughters Susan Parker, Sandra Graves and Sharon and Sarah Gilbert; brothers Richard and John Sanner; and five grandchildren. Aloha services: 8 a.m. Friday at Kailua Beach Park. Aloha attire. No flowers. Donations suggested to Hospice Hawaii. Call Ultimate Cremation Services of Hawaii for information.

Helen K. Giltner, 76, of Honolulu, retired from Young Laundry & Dry Cleaning, died Feb. 16, in Convalescent Center of Honolulu. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by sons Thomas, Dennis, Gill and Howard; daughter Harriet Kaawa; brother Samuel Kaliko; sisters Harriet Au Hoon and Annie Cabato; stepsons James and Robert; 15 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. Services: 12:30 p.m. Friday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call from 9:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Burial: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Casual attire.

Richard M. “Dick” Harada, 75, of Honolulu, a retired owner of Salt Lake Chevron, died Saturday in Kuakini Hospital. Born in Puunene, Maui, he is survived by companion Mitsuko Watanabe; son Melvin; daughters Emelyn Uesato and Gayle Fujiwara; brother James; sisters Dorothy Tanibe and Gladys Higashi; and seven grandchildren. Memorial services: 2 p.m. Saturday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Call after 1 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Kikue T. Higa, 78, of Hilo, a retired kitchen helper at the Sure Save Snack Shop, died Sunday in Hilo Hospital. Born in Ninole, Hawaii, she is survived by sons Kenneth and Thurston; daughter Thelma Shima; brothers Seiji, Seikichi and Akira Tokeshi; sisters Fujiko Kiyabu and Otome Hayashi; and six grandchildren. Services: 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Dodo Mortuary. Call after 4:30 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Sarah N. Hirata, 8, of Wahiawa died Feb. 16 in Kunia. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by parents Marc Hirata and Un Hwa Kim; grandparents Jesse Hirata and Lorraine Kaneshiro; and grandmother Young Soon Kim. Memorial services: 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Inurnment: Nuuanu Memorial Park.

Michael I. Ishikawa, 80, of Honolulu died last Tuesday in Kuakini Hospital. Born in Waialua, he is survived by sons Gerald and Gilbert; brothers Lawrence, Melvyn and Howard; sisters Frances Sabado, Yoshie Ishikawa and Norma Yoshika; and four grandchildren. Private services.

Jeanette W.S. Kageyama, 64, of Honolulu, a librarian for the Ing Learning Center at Punahou School for 25 years, died Sunday in Straub Hospital. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by husband Edward K.; daughters Teri L.K. Roney and Kathie K. Kageyama; sons Gregg M. and Edward S.; father Lum Chow Young; sister Sylvia W.S. Matsui; and four grandchildren. Wake services: 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mililani Downtown Mortuary. Call from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Henry K. Kaholi, 76, of Waimanalo, a city refuse collector, died Feb. 11 in Honolulu. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by sons Seriaco and Abraham; daughter Maude; sisters Lucy Reed and Kahili Chong; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Services: 7 p.m. Friday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Graveside services: 9 a.m. Saturday at the mortuary. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Kelli-Ann Kawahara, 25, of Honolulu, who worked for Lexus of Hawaii, died Thursday in Honolulu. Born in Koloa, Kauai, she is survived by parents Floyd and Ellen; maternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Lovell; and paternal grandmother Tomie. Services: 5 p.m. Saturday at Garden Island Mortuary. Call after 4 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers. Call Ultimate Cremation Services of Hawaii for information.

Charles T. Kimura, 72, of Aiea, a retired federal communication specialist, died Feb. 1 in Kapiolani Hospital at Pali Momi. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Peggy; daughters Debbie Jayne and Rickie Shiftet; sister Florence Kanno; and five grandchildren. Private services.

Jesus Lagasca, 95, of Honolulu died last Tuesday in St. Francis Hospital. Born in the Philippines, he is survived by sons Royalgene, Glenn and John. Private services.

Allen A. Matsuda, 91, of Honolulu, a retired A-1 Food Packer proprietor, died Thursday in Kuakini Hospital. Born on Okinawa, he is survived by wife Natsuko; sons Milton S., Alison N., Dennis T. and Roy H.; daughters Grace M. Takamoto and Leatrice M. Honda; sisters Kikue Kawabata and Kiyoko “Grace” Miyashiro; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services: 6 p.m. Thursday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

Edward Murakami, 94, of Lawai, Kauai, a retired warehouse supervisor with Kauai Pineapple Co., died Saturday in Wilcox Hospital. Born in Hanapepe, Kauai, he is survived by son Milton; daughter Eunice Sun; brother Ben; sisters Shigeko Kouchi, Martha Nose and Carol Chin; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Thursday at Garden Island Mortuary. Call after 9:30 a.m. Burial: Kauai Memorial Gardens. Casual attire. No flowers.

Earl T. Murakami, 72, of Aiea, retired from Young Brothers Ltd., died Thursday in Kapiolani Hospital at Pali Momi. Born in Pearl City, he is survived by wife Kazuko; son Neil T.; daughter Carol Ann; brothers Patrick K. and Roy S.; and a granddaughter. Memorial services: 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Call after 6 p.m. No flowers.

Tsuyako Ohashi, 87, of Haiku, Hawaii, died Friday in Kula Hospital. Born in Lahaina, she is survived by sons Peter, Clarence, Michael and Larry; daughters Doris Char and Elsie Perreira; brother Tadae Sato; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Services over ashes: 5 p.m. Thursday at Nakamura Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

Ruth S. Oshiro, 74, of Honolulu, a retired accountant, died Thursday in Aiea. Born in Honokaa, Hawaii, she is survived by husband Stanley; sons Steven T., Todd Y. and Kevin T.; daughter Audrey S. Ferris; brothers Raymond J., James J., Robert S. and Harold J. Tamaye; sisters Betty M. Maeshiro and Andrea H. Hokama; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Services: 11 a.m. Thursday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Call after 9:30 a.m. Burial to follow. Casual attire. No flowers.

Nancy Y. Oshiro-Omiya, 78, of Honolulu, a retired worker for Tripler Hospital, died Feb. 13 in Aloha Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Born in Piihau, Hilo, she is survived by daughters Lori Lee and Yvonne Omiya; brothers Kiyoshi and Akira Oshiro; sisters Yoshiko Kojiro, Sadako Kuwate and Akiko Hamanaka; and two grandchildren. Services: noon Thursday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park.

Beatrice “Emma” Rapoza, 76, of Honolulu died Feb. 7 in St. Francis Hospice. Born in Waialua, she is survived by husband Antone T.; daughter Michaelle A.R. Yamaguchi; brother Stanley K. Sato; sisters Janet Nakatsu, Doris Kawamata, Mildred Uyehara and Jean Nishimoto; and two grandchildren. Private services.

Tokie A. Ruiz, 86, of Pukalani, Hawaii died Friday in Wailuku Hale Makua. Born in Japan, she is survived by sons Michael Ruiz and Stanley Araki; daughters Mary Araki, Jeannette Waiohu, Loretta Holmes, Susan Ruiz, Barbara Kleeman and Judy Zipp; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Services: 10 a.m. Thursday at Nakamura Mortuary. Burial: Maui Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Seijiro “Mike” Sakihara, 75, of Honolulu, a retired trucking shipping clerk, died Feb. 15 in Nuuanu Hale. Born in Wailuku, he is survived by brothers Scott and Noboru; and sisters Amy Miyahira, Grace Arakawa, Sally Asato, Mildred Tagami, Gladys Watanabe and Keiko Shinjo. Private services.

Alice J. Schaar, 70, of Honolulu, owner and operator of the vending stand at Tripler Hospital through the Blind Vendors Association, died last Tuesday at home. Born in Richmond, Calif., she is survived by husband Harold; daughter Lynlee Lyckberg; son Charles; and four grandchildren. Private services.

Henry M. Souza, 87, of Kaimuki, a retired marine engineer, died Friday in Kailua. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by son James; daughters Mary Pugelli and Germaine Bento; stepsons Ralph and Daniel Freitas and Clyde Swaine; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. Mass: 11:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick’s Church. Call after 9:30 a.m. Entombment: Diamond Head Memorial Park. Casual attire. Donations suggested to Hospice of Hawaii.

Geraldine G. Westfall, 86, of Kailua, employee at Naval Supply Center Pearl Harbor, died Thursday in Honolulu. Born in Benton, Tenn., she is survived by son Ray, daughter Patricia Sanborn, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Services: 10 a.m. tomorrow at Oahu Columbarium. Aloha attire. Donations suggested to St. Francis Hospice. Call Ultimate Cremation Services of Hawaii for information.

Misao Yamanaka, 82, of Honolulu and formerly of Kona will be remembered in memorial services 2 p.m. Saturday at Kohala Jodo Mission in Kapaau, Hawaii. Call after 1 p.m. Incorrect information for an obituary published last Tuesday provided by the family.




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