Obituaries

Thursday, March 26, 1998


Joseph G.K. Chun, 85, of Honolulu, a retired wharf clerk, died last Thursday in St. Francis Hospital. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by daughters Carol Naone and Bobbi Nihipali; brother Herbert, five grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Mass: 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa. Call after 10:15 a.m. Burial: Nuuanu Memorial Park. Aloha attire.

Edward DePonte, 75, of Kula, Hawaii, a retired maintenance supervisor at Kula Hospital, died Tuesday in Maui Memorial Hospital. He was born in Kula. He is survived by wife Rosaline F.; daughters Diana Morino, Edwina Tavares, Linda Marquez and Barbara Figgeroa; sister Annie Wilson; brothers Fred and Frank, 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Mass: 1 p.m. Saturday at Holy Ghost Church. Call after 11 a.m. Burial: Maui Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Conchita O. Gilkey, 71, of Seattle and formerly of Honolulu, a former Philippine Airlines flight attendant, died Monday in Seattle. She was born in the Philippines. She is survived by husband Robert; sons John, Philip, Daniel, Joseph and Vincent; daughters Cristina Chun Fat and Victoria Gomes; sisters Nicena Roces, Nena Castaneda, Rica Davis and Janet Smith; brother Jose Ortiz, and eight grandchildren. Memorial mass: 1:30 p.m. Monday at Holy Trinity Church. Inurnment: Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Casual attire.

James Ah Tim Goo, 55, of Kihei, Maui, a security guard at Kahului Airport, died March 18 in Maui Memorial Hospital. He was born in Kaneohe. He is survived by wife Evelyn; mother Helen Kipi; sons Matthew J. and Kimo K. Goo and Joshua Smith; daughters Shonna Smith and Nikki U. Goo; sisters Helen Danielsen and Renadatte Mendoza, and brothers Nelson and George Goo and Fred Mendoza. Services were held.

Kiyoshi Jinnohara, 82, of Honolulu, a retired quality assurance inspector at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, died Sunday in Kaiser Foundation Hospital. He was born in Paia, Maui. He is survived by wife Shinobu; son James T.; daughters Sharon S. Kobayashi and Gail K. Ishikawa; brother Tsuyoshi; sisters Betty Yamashiro and Fumiko Matsumoto, and two grandchildren. Services: noon Sunday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

Francis “Bolo” Kaaihue, 63, of Waianae, who worked for B & C Trucking Co., died last Thursday in St. Francis-West Hospital. He also was retired from Grace Pacific. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by son Francis “Boboy” Jr.; daughters Paulette, Pauline, Bobbie-Jean, Joann and Muriel Kaaihue and Melody Galariada; sisters Marie “Pat” Anderson and Annie “Aloma” Aki; godsons Louis “Wigie” Kahui and Danny DeRego, 24 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Monday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday at the mortuary. Call from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cremation to follow. Aloha attire.

John Y.A. “Father John” Kim, 84, of Wahiawa, a retired federal carpenter, died Friday. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by son John; daughters Marian Chow, Ruth Itamura, Marjorie Kashiwada and April Kimura; brothers James and Lloyd; sisters Lily Kim and Mary Fuchigami, 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Memorial services: 6 p.m. tomorrow at St. Stephen’s Church.

Hiroshi “Frank” Kobayashi, 71, of Waipahu, a retired computer operator for the Department of Defense, died last Thursday in Kuakini Hospital. He was born in Kurtistown, Hawaii. He is survived by sons Mark, Clyde, David and Owen; brothers Takashi and Kiyoshi; sisters Harue Yoshioka, Fujino Yamashita and Aiko Yabuno, and three grandchildren. Memorial services: 6:30 p.m. Monday at Nuuanu Memorial Park Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

Gary I. Kure, 56, of Koloa, Kauai, a self-employed general contractor, died yesterday in Wilcox Hospital. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Kathleen; sons Nelson and Matthew; mother Miyako; sisters Lois Fujii and Beverly Yasuda, and two grandchildren. Services: 4 p.m. Saturday at Koloa Union Church. Casual attire.

Robert G. LaRue, 74, of Honolulu, a retired chief warrant officer, died Saturday in Queen’s Hospital. He was born in Osceola, Mo. He is survived by wife Mildred; daughters Patricia Guasconi and Michele Corboy; stepdaughter Shyan Kelly; sisters Frances Robbins and Geraldine LaRue, two grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Graveside services: 1 p.m. Monday at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. No flowers.

Mulivai Lavatai, 68, of Honolulu, an assistant manager at the Kaneohe Marine Corps base exchange, died March 17 in St. Francis Hospital. He was born in American Samoa. He is survived by wife Nana L.; sons Leti S. To’oto’o and Mulivai Lavatai Jr.; daughters Lealofagotoimoana Lavatai and Faaolaola Tuffin; brothers Tulei and Faima; sisters Vaioa Lavatai, Loini Paaga and Faaeteete Lauti, and five grandchildren. Services: 3 p.m. Sunday at the Samoan Congregational Christian Church. Call after 2 p.m. Services: 9 a.m. Monday at the church. Burial: Valley of the Temples. Casual attire.

Pio “Tata Pio” Mawirat, 89, of Pepeekeo, Hawaii, is survived by caregiver Geri Saturnio-Bibilone. Incorrect information was provided for an obituary published Tuesday.

Rosebelle K. Miller, 76, of Honolulu died March 13 in Honolulu. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sisters Adeline K. Estenes, Golden-Jean P. Steinhauer and Virgil L.K. Hodges, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Services: 3 p.m. Sunday at Kawaiahao Church. Aloha attire. Call Ultimate Cremation Services of Hawaii for information. Katherine S. “Kat” Ohta, 84, of Kailua, a retired cafeteria cook, died Saturday in Kaiser Foundation Hospital. She was born in Lawai, Kauai. She is survived by son Dennis; daughters Joy Igarashi, Susanne Kurosu and Wilma Meyer; sister Dorothy Nakagaki, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Memorial services: 4 p.m. Sunday at Nuuanu Memorial Park Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

Dora E.W. Otsuka, 59, of Molokai, a retired clerk at First Insurance Co., died Monday in St. Francis Hospital. She was born on Molokai. She is survived by husband Tadashi G.; daughters Deborah-Ann Otsuka and Doreen Otsuka-Griffith; stepdaughter Thelma; stepsons Tadashi Jr., Gary and Sherman; brothers Donald Y., Kenneth T. and Milton N. Watanabe; sisters Margaret M. Isagawa and Janet K. Nishikawa, seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Services: noon Saturday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Narciso B. Razo, 89, of Keaau, Hawaii, a retired orchid farmer for McConnell’s Inc., died Tuesday in Hilo Hospital. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by wife Paula; daughters Erlinda Marzan, Jean Torio and Lina Sumiki; sons Sim, Robert, Joel, Johnny, Daniel and Claudio, and 11 grandchildren. Services: 3 p.m. Saturday at Dodo Mortuary. Call after 1 p.m. Burial: Alae Cemetery. Casual attire.

Virginia S. Seslar, 93, of Honokaa, Hawaii, died Saturday in North Hawaii Community Hospital. She was born in Ahualoa, Hawaii. She is survived by niece Grace M. Johnson and nephew Manuel P. Soares Jr. Mass: 10 a.m. Monday at Honokaa Catholic Church. Call after 8 a.m. Burial to follow. Casual attire.

Richard H. Shimabukuro, 64, of Moorhead, Minn., a plant physiologist with the Fargo, N.D., Biosciences Research Laboratory, U.S. Department of Agriculture, died yesterday in Meritcare Hospital in Fargo. He was born in Hakalau, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Mary; sons Peter and Tom; daughter Ann; brother Carl, and sisters Ellen Okahara, Edith Ezuka, Mary Kam, Janet Matayoshi and Audrey Noahr. Memorial services tomorrow at Wright Funeral Home in Moorhead. Burial will be in Hilo.

Phoebe Simpson, 78, of Austin, Texas, and formerly of Hawaii, who worked for First Insurance Co. Ltd. for 30 years, died March 15 at home. She was born in Tulsa, Okla. She is survived by husband George; daughter Georgena Simpson-Li, and four grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Honolulu Academy of Arts.

Tootsie N. Steer, 83, of Kailua, a professional dancer and model, died March 15 in Honolulu. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Frank; daughters Twylla-Dawn, Doreline Borges and Bobbi Steer; sister Martha Makaiwi, two granddaughters and two great-grandchildren. Private services. Donations suggested to St. Francis Hospice, Attention: Gary Simon; 24 Puiwa Road, Honolulu, HI 96817.

Kiichi Takahashi, 97, of Kaneohe died March 14 in Ann Pearl Nursing Facility. He was born in Puna, Hawaii. He is survived by sons Michael, Melvin and Stephen; daughters Rebecca Davies, Lillian Chung, May Gonsalves and Darlene Mizota; sisters Shizuyo Kajioka and Tsuruyo Maielua; 31 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. Private services.

Gerald M. “Gerry” Tanioka, 51, of Honolulu, retired president of American Mutual Underwriters, died last Thursday. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Sue; son David; daughter Jill; mother Laura; brother Steve, and sister Carolyn Inoue. Memorial services: 4 p.m. Saturday at Diamond Head Mortuary. Call after 3 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Virginia F. Tavares, 93, of Hilo, a retired square dance instructor, died Saturday at home. She was born in Kaiwiki, Hawaii. She is survived by son Frederick “Fred”; daughter Shirley Christman; sisters Mary Correa and Annie Haskins, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Mass: 12:15 p.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Call from 10 a.m. to noon. Burial: Homelani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Donald K.L. Tom, 81, of Honolulu, owner of Car Quest Auto Parts Stores in Kaimuki, McCully and Kapahulu, died March 13 in St. Francis Hospital. He also had retired from Hickam Air Force Base. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Grace; sons Alan, Kenneth and Dennis; daughter Donna Yano; sisters Nora Chun, Betty Chang, Florence Young, Alma Yee, Eunice Kyle, Gertrude Chun and Brenda Pang, and four grandchildren. Services: 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Diamond Head Mortuary. Call after 9:30 a.m. Burial: Diamond Head Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Chester Y. Tomisato, 51, of Honolulu, vice president and manager of Central Pacific Bank, died last Thursday in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Amy; son Kevin; mother Yuriko, and brother Charles. Memorial services: 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Alban’s Chapel, Iolani School. Call after 1:30 p.m. Private inurnment. Casual attire. No flowers. Call Ultimate Cremation Services of Hawaii for information.

Carrie H. Umeda, 41, of Honolulu died March 17 in Straub Hospital. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by her father, Takashi. Memorial services: 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Mililani Downtown Mortuary. Call after 6 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Daniel K. Victor Sr., 59, of Nanakuli, a tour driver with Grayline Hawaii, diedMarch 14 in Nanakuli. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Margie K.; son Daniel K. “Brah” Jr.; daughters Darnele “Keani” and Nadine “Hoku,” and four grandchildren. Services: 2 p.m. Saturday at the family home, 89-439 Mokiawe St. in Nanakuli. Call after 10 a.m. Burial: Nanakuli Homestead Cemetery. Casual attire.

Thomas E. Waracka, 65, of Kailua, a retired electrical contractor, died Tuesday in Kailua. He was born in Louiseville, Neb. He is survived by wife Virginia “Ginny”; children Terri Dyer and Scott and Doug Waracka; brother Scott Doty; sister Sandra Vincent, and seven grandchildren. Shriner services: 9 a.m. Saturday at St. John Lutheran Church. Aloha attire. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Shriners Hospital For Crippled Children or to a favorite charity.

Jeanine P. Watanabe, 68, of Ewa Beach died last Thursday in Honolulu. She was born in Quebec, Canada. She is survived by husband Frank; sons Renald Watanabe and Michel Gauvin; sister Elaine Gauvin, and four grandchildren. Services held. Call Ultimate Cremation Services of Hawaii for information.

Allan Woodrow, 63, of Waikiki, director of convention services at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, died March 14 in Los Angeles. He was born in Billings, Mont. He is survived by wife Patricia; sons James, Matthew and Thomas; daughter Leslie, and sisters Ann Kane and Mary Beck. Services on the mainland. Condolences suggested to Patricia Woodrow, N. 2125 Hemlock, Spokane, WA 99205.

James Y. Yoshinaga, 76, of Honolulu, a retired fireman at Hickam Air Force Base, died March 18. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by daughter Terry Nui; sisters Alice Taniguchi and Louise Hada, and a granddaughter. Memorial services: 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Atherton Memorial Chapel, Central Union Church. Call after 2 p.m. Inurnment: 3 p.m. Monday at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Casual attire.

Noboru Yoshiwa, 87, of Honolulu, a retired employee at Otani Fish Market, died Monday in Kuakini Hospital. He was born in Pahoa, Hawaii. He is survived by brothers Eichi Nakao and Tsuruo, Yoshimasa and Kunimitsu Yoshiwa, and sisters Shigeko Yoshiyama, Namie Honda and Sumiko Kai. Services: 10 a.m. Sunday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

Howard K.S. Young, 77, of Pearl City, a retired household goods inspector with Pearl Harbor, died last Thursday in Kapiolani Hospital at Pali Momi. He was born in Canton, China. He is survived by wife Bo Jun Lau; sons Arthur, Bertram, Glenn and Edmund; daughter Nora Worsham, and eight grandchildren. Taoist services: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday at Borthwick Mortuary. Burial: Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Casual attire.




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