Obituaries

Tuesday, January 19, 1999



Star-Bulletin
Marion Webster Lyman, 82, died Saturday. She was
recognized by the Punahou Alumni Association for
her service to the school and the community.



'Auntie Molly' Lyman,
avid volunteer, gave
'true sense of aloha'

By Lori Tighe
Star-Bulletin

Tapa

Marion "Molly" Lyman and her son, David, then 5, saw a boy at the beach tumbled by a wave and yanked out by his mother.

Lyman told her son: "When that happens to you, I watch you. When you need me I'm there. But you usually can take care of yourself."

Known as "Auntie Molly," she watched over her family, friends, school students and people in the community she knew through her love for life and volunteerism.

Lyman, 82, died Saturday after fighting lung cancer since August.

"She was one of those people who everyone knew," said her son, David Lyman III. "She gave us a true sense of aloha for whoever we came in contact with, and a sense of community responsibility."

Lyman received the highest honor by the Punahou Alumni Association in 1985, recognizing outstanding community service and service to Punahou. She was a study hall supervisor of seventh and eighth grades and an assistant librarian until she retired.

"She was hugely popular with the students because she was a great listener," said Marion Lyman-Mersereau, her daughter.

"She was a very understanding person. They came to her with their problems and most of the time through her listening, figured the answers out themselves," she said.

Lyman spent her active retirement with her family and her many volunteer activities, including storytelling to kindergartners at Punahou.

She ushered for the Honolulu Theatre for Youth, helped at the Hawaii Maritime Center, and served as a docent at the Lyon Arboretum.

She was on the flower committee at Central Union Church, and on the board of directors for the Lyon Arboretum and the Punahou Alumni Association.

She was born Marion Webster in Honolulu. Her father came to Hawaii a few years before her birth to serve as president of Kamehameha Schools. He later became dean of students at the University of Hawaii. Webster Hall is named after him.

She married David "Bel" Belden Lyman Jr., whose missionary family arrived in Hawaii in 1832 from Connecticut.

Marion Lyman played the part of Sister Baldwin in "The Harp in the Willows" in 1947, a play based on the life of Rev. Lorenzo Lyons.

Lyman-Mersereau wrote a poem for her mother's funeral service to be held at 5 p.m. Thursday at Central Union Church's main sanctuary.

"She was a giver first, of time, money, understanding, love and of life. A lover next of family, friends, people and all their foibles, laughter, plants, flowers and the ocean. A lady always, classy, gracious, graceful and elegant."

Lyman is survived by sons David, Daniel, James "Kimo;" daughter Marion Lyman-Mersereau; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Molly W. Lyman Foundation at 2213 Hunnewell Place, Honolulu, HI 96822.


Observatory scientist
Reginald Okamura, 62, dies

By Rod Thompson
Star-Bulletin

Tapa

HILO -- Reginald Toru Okamura "was the glue that kept" the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory's family together, says Jack Lockwood, president of Geohazards Consultants International Inc.

Okamura, a retired assistant scientist-in-charge for the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, died Saturday at Hilo Hospital. He was 62.

Okamura was vice president for Geohazards Consultants.

Okamura joined the observatory staff as a chemist in 1958 and remained until his retirement 32 years later.

He rose to the No. 2 post where his long-term presence provided continuity for an agency where the scientist-in-charge rotates every five years.

"He always kept a couch in his office," Lockwood said. Anyone with a problem, about a co-worker, a supervisor, a sick dog, could sit and talk with Okamura.

"Reggie was a guy you could trust. He was the head of the family in a respected way," Lockwood said.

"Reggie was the ultimate fixer. He knew who to contact to smooth things in a very Hawaiian way."

Okamura was an active campaigner for Sen. Daniel Inouye, who asked him to serve on the Saddle Road Task Force.

He used his many contacts in the community to see that the project went smoothly, said Mel Hewitt, co-chairman of the task force with Okamura.

Okamura was born at Hilea Camp in Kau, sugar workers' housing that no longer exists, Lockwood said.

In a 1987 interview with the Star-Bulletin, Okamura said he studied insects in college, intending to use the knowledge in agriculture because he wanted to remain in Hawaii.

Instead, he used his college chemistry studies to get a job at the observatory in time for the most memorable event of his career, the 1,900-foot-high fountaining of Kilauea Iki in 1959.

In his younger days he liked to spear-fish, said Dwight Hamilton, a former chief naturalist at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park who knew Okamura since 1961.

Okamura also developed a passion for golf, belonging to four golf clubs.

Just recently, Hamilton proposed a party for "Reggie and the guys."

"That's the way we always thought of it, as 'Reggie and the guys,'" Hamilton said.

The party was set for last Friday. On Wednesday, Okamura suffered a heart attack and remained in a coma.

Hamilton and friends put on the party anyway, holding a moment of silence during it. Okamura died the next day.

Okamura is survived by wife Jane; son Dean; daughter Lori Okamura; brothers Ronald and Arnold; two sisters Francine Bidal and Gail Okamura; and a granddaughter.

Services over the ashes will be at 5 p.m. Thursday at Hilo Meishoin Mission. Call after 3 p.m.


Bullet Alipio P. Agoo,62, of Waialua, who retired from Waialua Sugar, died Wednesday at home. Born in Ilocos Norte, the Philippines, he is survived by wife Christine, son Kenneth A., daughter Charlene M., father Ciriaco, brothers Benjamin and Francisco, sisters Maria Banis and Araceli Manrique, and a grandson. Services: 7 p.m. Thursday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Call after 6 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Bullet Margaret Allison,78, of Honolulu, who retired from the mortgage servicing department of First Hawaiian Bank, died Nov. 23 in the Convalescent Center of Honolulu. Born in Ridge, Pa., she is survived by sister Betty Le Claire. No services. Scattering of ashes off Diamond Head.

Bullet Florence L.Y. Araujo,75, of Hilo, a billing clerk for the Hawaii Tribune-Herald, died Thursday in St. Francis-West Hospital. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by sons David and Dwight, sisters Gertrude DeCoito and Margaret Ah Sing, brother Charles Young, and a granddaughter. Wake services: 7 p.m. tomorrow at Dodo Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Mass: 12:15 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo. Call from 11 a.m. to noon. Burial: Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2.

Bullet Ellen Ashton,93, of Lihue died Jan. 10 at home. She was born in Canada. Private services.

Bullet Helen M. de Rego,83, of Honolulu died Jan. 11 in Queen's Hospital. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by companion Richard Olivieri; children Vicki de Rego Makua, Henrietta Holbron and Albert de Rego; 22 grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. Mass: 11:30 a.m. Friday at St. Stephen's Church, 2747 Pali Highway. Call after 8 a.m. Burial: Diamond Head Memorial Park. Aloha attire.

Bullet Delfin R. Delos Santos,79, of Wahiawa, a retired carpenter, died Jan. 9 in Wahiawa General Hospital. Born in Kohala, Hawaii, he is survived by sons Raymundo “Bino” and Nicholas “Nicky Boy;” daughters Anna Mae Hipolito, Philimena Ann and Mercedes Delos Santos and Elizabeth Cottrell; sisters Lorretta Riturban and Pacifica Haden; brother Pacifico Sabio; 33 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 1403 California Ave. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Sunset Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Bullet Joseph Dias,71, of Aiea, who worked on Honolulu's waterfront for more than 40 years, died Jan. 9 in Waukesha, Wis. He was also a retired clerk from Matson Navigation Co. and stevedore for McCabe & Renny, Castle & Cooke and Matson. Born in Kakaako, he is survived by wife Lillian; sons Gary and Steven; daughter- in-laws Robbie and Sandi; daughters Mary Ann Leleua, Claire Ash and Debbie Mason; sons-in-law Vai Leleua and Charlie Mason; brothers Doug and Clifford; sisters-in-law Betty and Tootie Dias and Gerrie Lindo; sister Clara Roberts; nephew Damian Lindo; 16 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Memorial Mass: 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Holy Family Church. Call after 9:30 a.m. Casual/aloha attire. No flowers. Burial of ashes: Diamond Head Memorial Park.

Bullet Christine Hall Evans,71, formerly of Honolulu, a portrait artist, died Sunday in Nashville, Tenn. Evans was active in the Pacific Handcrafters Guild. She left Hawaii in 1992. She is survived by husband and former Foundry sculptor Bill; sons David and Vincent; daughter Suzanne; sister Lucille Newman; and four grandchildren. Services on the mainland.

Bullet Charles K. Failing Jr.,69, formerly of Hawaii, who served in U.S. Army for 20 years, died Thursday in St. George, Utah. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Gertrude; sons Charles III and John H.; daughters Irene K. Jimenez and Ellen L. Knight; stepsons William C. and John H. Underhill; stepdaughter Sharon Shelton; 26 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brother Herman; and sisters Avenel Goodale, Hannah Mahoe, Molly Ann Kahui and Diane Makekau. Services held.

Bullet Saturnina L. “Nina” Farinas,77, of Ewa Beach died Friday in St. Francis-West Hospice. Born in Ilocos Sur, the Philippines, she is survived by children Elena Lacasandile, Emilio Farinas, Linda Lacasandile, Delia Pacificador, Cora Akiona and Ben Farinas; 20 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Wake services: 7 p.m. tomorrow at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Mass: noon Thursday at Immaculate Conception Church, 91-1298 Renton Road. Call after 10 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Bullet Donato R. Fernandez,85, of Waianae died Dec. 22 in St. Francis-West Hospital. Born in Ilocos Norte, the Philippines, he is survived by wife Amparo; sons Sixto, Melchor and Anthony; daughters Beatriz Pena and Laurie Madela; brother Juan; sister Maria Justo; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Friday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Mass: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the mortuary. Call after 8 a.m. Burial: Valley of the Temples.

Bullet Katherine L. Ferrer,81, of Waipahu died Jan. 11 at home. Born in the Philippines, she is survived by son Joseph A. Barrios; brothers Irineo Cabanatan and Alejandro Tapiro; sisters Linda Arming ton, Sally Aton and Rita Cabanatan; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Good Counsel, 1525 Waimano Home Road. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Graveside services: 11 a.m. Friday at Sunset Memorial Park. Aloha attire.

Bullet Richard Fontes,75, of Honolulu died Jan. 1 at home. Born in Hilo, he is survived by daughter Lisa Ann Deponte and sister Rose Fontes Harris. No services.

Bullet Mitsuo “Jack” Fujimoto,77, of Honolulu, a retired electrician, died Jan. 9 in Queen's Hospital. Born in Puunene, Maui, he is survived by wife Irene; sons Don T. and Brent I.; brothers Torao “Tiger,” Tamotsu, Yukio and Norio; sister Kay Ahyou; and four grandchildren. Private services.

Bullet Maximillani Gabriel,87, of Kaumakani, Kauai, a retired weaver with Kauai Economic Opportunity Inc., died Jan. 11 in Kauai Veterans Hospital. Born in Onomea, Hawaii, he is survived by sons Angelino and Artemio; daughters Teofila Vigilia, Filomena Gabriel-Lopez, Pacita Bugayong, Adoracion Del Rosario, Tita Visitacion and Lota Manuel; brother Emilio; sister Petra Tomas; 33 grandchildren; 71 great-grandchildren; and eight great- great-grandchildren. Rosary: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Garden Island Mortuary. Call after 6 p.m. Mass: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: Kauai Memorial Garden. Casual attire.

Bullet Stanley F. Haedrich Jr.,75, of Detroit Lakes, Minn., formerly of Honolulu, a retired chief estimator for Hawaiian Dredging, died Jan. 10 in Fargo, N.D. He was born in Minneapolis. He is survived by wife Marilyn and longtime friend Dorothy Brockhausen. Services on the mainland.

Bullet Yaeko M. Inouye,81, of Honolulu, a retired beautician and owner for Yae's Beauty Salon, died Jan. 10 in Straub Hospital. Born in Paia, Maui, she is survived by husband Yoshio; sons Gerald A. and retired U.S. Army Col. Randall R. Inouye and Stephen H. Ono; brothers Stanley M. and Francis M. Masaki; sister Helena S. Sasaki; and five grandchildren. Private services.

Bullet Alice S. Jordan,86, of Honolulu died Wednesday. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by brother Walter Simao. Mass: 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Holy Trinity Church, 5919 Kalanianaole Highway. Call after 10 a.m. Burial: Diamond Head Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Bullet Richard K. Kalepa Jr.59, of Honolulu, died Jan. 11 in Queen's Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by daughters Darlene Flores, Lori Ann Guerrero, Yvonne Corpuz and Laura Lynn Kalepa; sons Richard III and Reid; sister Maria Hoopii; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Services: 10 a.m. tomorrow at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call after 8 a.m. Burial: Valley of the Temples. Casual attire.

Bullet Tsuyuko “Marion” Fujimoto Kaluakini,85, of Wailuku, co-owner of Fujimoto Florist, died Friday in Maui Memorial Hospital. Born in Wailuku, she is survived by sons William and Leo Jr.; daughters Leona Tanaka, Charlene “Kita” Enriquez, Dawn Kaluakini and Daryl Atay; sister Florence Muroki; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Private services.

Bullet Nobuhide Kohagura,80, of Honolulu, a retired carpenter, died last Tuesday in Queen's Hospital. Born in Waimea, Kauai, he is survived by wife Dorothy H., sons Kenneth K. and Dennis H., daughter Carol S. Iha, brothers Nobuharu and Yozen and seven grandchildren. Services: 6 p.m. tomorrow at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire.

Bullet Samuel Kalama Langsi, 65, of Waipahu, retired from Kaiser Cement Corp., died Jan. 5 in Kapiolani Hospital at Pali Momi. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Marilyn; sons Terrance, Samuel, Stuart and Angus; daughter Norine; brothers Albert, David and Randall; sisters Hannah Ard, Momi Lee, Minerva Lau and Etta Moses; and seven grandchildren. Wake services: 7 p.m. tomorrow at Mililani Mortuary, Waipio, mauka chapel. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Call again from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the mortuary. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Bullet Gregory Lau,47, of Kaneohe, an employee with Hawaiian Electric Co. and Hawaiian Airlines, died Thursday in Castle Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by parents Fook Ki and Elizabeth and brother Garrett K. Services: 11 a.m. Friday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Bullet Juan Lopez Jr., also known as “Bulldog” or “DoDong,”71, of Waianae, who retired from Dole Cannery, died Dec. 31 in Kaiser Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Nora; sons Juan III, Jesse, Jodino and Jonathan; daughters Juanita Harwood, Julietta Lindsley, Julianadra Ness, Jerilyn Miguel, Joreen Anduha and Janell Lopez; 45 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Services: 11 a.m. Saturday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Burial: Sunset Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Bullet Clinton M.H. Low,46, of Aiea, a production control scheduler with the federal government, died Jan. 9 in Straub Hospital. Born in Hilo, he is survived by mother Rose H.M.; son Michael; daughter Sarah; brothers Cedrick, Curtis and Colbert; and sister Cindy Ogata. Services: 12:30 p.m. Saturday1/23 at Borthwick Mortuary. Call from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Burial: Valley of the Temples. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Bullet Laurence J. Maloney,83, of Honolulu, who retired from First Insurance Co. of Hawaii, died Jan. 11 in Oahu Care Facility. Born in Denver, he is survived by wife Viola, daughter Kathleen Hundhammer and a grandchild. Private services.

Bullet Ida Jeanne Douglass Mann,of Alexandria, Va., died Wednesday in Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News, Va. She was born on Oahu. She is survived by sons Stephen S. III and Douglass S.; daughter Lois M. Nichols; brother Owen T. Douglass Jr., and eight grandchildren. Services on the mainland. Memorial contributions suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Bullet Beverly M. Medeiros,52, of Hilo, a consumer sales specialist with Bank of Hawaii, died Jan. 11 in Hilo Hospital. Born in Pepeekeo, Hawaii, she is survived by companion Elroy Silva, daughter Terri Ferreira, son Don Ferreira, sisters Lani Victor and Momi Aumua and five grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Friday at Dodo Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Cremation to follow. Casual attire. No flowers.

Bullet Yoshio “Poka” Nagaji,of Honolulu, a retired president of Crown Sales Inc., died last Tuesday in Kuakini Hospital. Born in Waipahu, he is survived by wife Florence F., sons Dexter S. and Ross Y., sister Masae Inouye and a grandchild. Services: 6 p.m. Thursday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

Bullet Harold H. Paahana,66, of Wahiawa, a retired housekeeper for Tripler Hospital, died Wednesday in Wahiawa. Born in Lahaina, he is survived by wife Katherine R.C.; sons Harold Jr., Francis, Harry, Paul and Vincent; hanai son Bobby Roach; daughters Charlotte Keli, Kathleen Teuteu and Margaret Fjelstad; brothers Donald, David, Dennis, Steven and Allan; sisters Carol J. Paahana, Esther Bullard, Monica Solaita, Patricia Tolentino and Marilyn Cozo; hanai sister Mahealani Huseman; 23 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two hanai grandchildren; and hanai great-grandchildren. Mass: 7 p.m. tomorrow at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, Wahiawa. Call after 6 p.m. Services: 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the church. Call after 10:30 a.m. Burial: Mililani Cemetery. Casual attire.

Bullet Edmund H.K. Young,69, of Honolulu, who retired from the Honolulu Fire Department, died Wednesday in Queen's Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Callie; sons Dr. Karlon K.H. and Kelly E.; daughter Eddie P. Hyder; brother Harry H.W., Ralph H.K. and Daniel H.C.; sister Alyce Medeiros; and four grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. tomorrow at Borthwick Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Services: 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park. Aloha attire.



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