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Obituaries

Wednesday, March 24, 1999


Bullet Elaine M. Avilla, 80, of Kaneohe, a retired housekeeper at Hilton Hawaiian Village, died March 8 in Kaneohe. She was born in Hilo, Hawaii. She is survived by husband Jordon; sons Rodney K. Kurita and Jordon T. Avilla; daughters Winifred M. Matsumoto, Eileen K. Lum, Karen L. Uyeda and Terri T. Avilla; brothers Kenneth, Kunio and Akira Samori; sister Kikue Roumain, eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Private services.

Bullet Stanley G. Berrios, 68, of Hilo will be remembered in services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Call after 8 a.m. Incorrect information for an obituary published yesterday was provided by the mortuary.

Bullet Irene E. Bostwick, 92, of Kapaa, Kauai, a hospital nurse, died Thursday in Wilcox Hospital. She was born in New York. She is survived by daughter Joyce Macavaney and sisters Helen Billing and Beulah Adcock. No services.

Bullet Brownee R. Brown, 76, of Kihei, Maui, a professional dancer/teacher, died Friday in Maui Memorial Hospital. She was a civilian pilot in the U.S. Air Corps during World War II. She was born in Canada. She is survived by sister Verna Trimble and caretaker Elaine Hazlett. Private services.

Bullet Phoebe “Aunty Phoebe” Cullen,49, of Honolulu, former owner of Aloha Leis and Flowers and Aloha Leis by Phoebe, died Thursday in Kaiser Hospital. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Charles; daughter Christie-Ann K. Tanaka; mother Lillian Goo Sun; brothers Walter Goo Sun Jr. and Harold Goo Sun, and a grandson. Services: noon Sunday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cremation to follow. Aloha attire.

Bullet Kenneth C. Cundiff, 88, of Fremont, Calif., formerly of Hawaii, died Thursday in Fremont. He is survived by wife Florence; son Larry; daughter Darlene Kalauokalani; sister Cleo Hawley; brother Clarence, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Services on the mainland.

Bullet Remedios B. Dela Cruz, 64, of Omao, Kauai, a cashier at Wal-Mart, died Sunday at home. She was born in the Philippines. She is survived by sister Angela Manuel and brothers Dominador and Ricarte. Services: 10 a.m. April 10 at Holy Cross Church. Call from 8 to 9:45 a.m. Burial: Hanapepe Filipino Cemetery. Casual attire.

Bullet Alfred A. “Uncle Freddie” DeMello, 76, of Kalae, Molokai, a retired paniolo, died March 16 in Honolulu. He was born in South Hilo. He is survived by sons Alfred A. Jr., Vernon G., Sherwood A., Kalei F. and Iokewe T.N.; daughter Kuulei F. DeMello-Lee, 18 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. Memorial services: 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Waialua Congregational Church, Molokai. Scattering of ashes to follow. Casual attire. No flowers.

Bullet Janice S. “Suzie” Harada, 57, of Honolulu, a vice president for J.H.T. Inc. doing business as Mel's Sunrise Chevron, died Feb. 21 in Queen's Hospital. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Melvin M.; son Tracy M.; daughters Heidi S. and Jennifer S., and brother Chris T. Fukuoka. Private services.

Bullet Elaine M. Honda, 80, of Kaneohe, a retired owner of Cafe El-San in Naalehu, Hawaii, died Friday in Kaneohe. She was born in Honokaa, Hawaii. She is survived by children Patsy Kaneshiro, Aileen A. Kamakura, Stella, Alan, Roy and Thomas Honda and Jeanne Wright; mother Mitsuru Ban; brother Stanley and Robert Iwamoto; sister Besty Munekata, 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Buddhist services over the ashes: 6:30 p.m. next Wednesday, March 31, at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Call after 5:30 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Bullet Iwalani F. Ignacio, 23, of Ewa Beach will be remembered in prayer services at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Call after 10 a.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire. She died in Queen's Hospital after a car accident March 15. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Anthony Tan; daughter Misty Tan; mother Elaine A.; sisters Janet, Jolene, Jasmin and Jovita Borja; grandfather Juan S.; great-grandmother Gertrudis Sales, and great-grandfather Luis C.

Bullet David K. Kaea Jr., 64, of Wailuku, Maui, a groundskeeper for the old Maui Fairgrounds, died yesterday in Wailuku. He was born in Huelo, Maui. He is survived by wife Marjorie; son Michael; daughters Jacqueline Hala, Cathy Simmons and Davian and Leah Kaea; brothers John and Isaac; half-brothers Thomas and Raymond Bartoces; sisters Jenny Juario and Lucille Medley; half sister Charlene Kana, and 10 grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Saturday at Ballard Family Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Cremation to follow. Aloha attire. Leis only.

Bullet William Keanu, 72, of Kau, Hawaii, also known as “Willie,” “Bill” or “Pila,” died Friday in Hilo Hospital. He was a retired building maintenance supervisor for Naalehu School and a U.S. Army World War II veteran. He was born in Kau, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Janet K.; children Cheryl Aiono, Luana Fox and B.J., Charmaine, Maile, William Jr., Wayne and Alfred Keanu; stepchildren Georgiana L. Young and George Jr., Steve, Mark, Leona and Shane Loando; sister Mary K. Evangelista; brother Harry Nahinu, 42 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kau Ward Naalehu. Call after 9:30 a.m. Burial: Naalehu Community Cemetery. Casual attire. No flowers.

Bullet Florence K. Kobayashi, 69, of Kailua, a retired office secretary for Alii Realty, died Sunday at home. She was born in Koloa, Kauai. She is survived by husband George S.; daughters Annette Y. Maeda and Loraine M. Yokote; mother Teru Toyota; sister Dr. Millicent A. Nobu, and four grandchildren. Memorial services: noon Saturday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

Bullet Karnsong “Songie” Lau, 74, of Hilo, Hawaii,former proprietor of the “Candy Box” in Hilo, died Monday in Hilo Hospital. He was also a retired chief kitchen steward at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. He was born in Hilo. He is survived by wife Emma K.S.; sons Rian and Randal; daughter Anne Meis; brothers Ralph and Reginald; sisters NitLin, NitWan and NitUng Lau and NitMe Chu, and six grandchildren. Memorial services: 10 a.m. Friday at Dodo Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Bullet Hong Kwei Lee, 66, of Kaneohe died Friday in Castle Hospital. He was born in Canton, China. He is survived by wife Helen; sons Herling and An Sui; daughters Yuk Mei Lee Wong, Yuk Yu Lee Shek and Cindy Yuk Shee Oshiba; mother Xu Zing Liu; two sisters, and three grandchildren . Services: 1 p.m. Saturday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park.

Bullet Joseph M. Mihal, 81, of Kekaha, Kauai, a postmaster at Kekaha, died Saturday in Queen's Hospital. He was born in New York. He is survived by wife Eleanor; daughters Lockcey Goravica, Christine Wardle and Alna Mecham; sister Helen Fuller, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at Kekaha Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Call from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Burial: Kauai Veterans Cemetery. Aloha attire.

Bullet Robert I. Miyasaki, 54, of Wahiawa, who retired from the National Guard, died Friday in Queen's Hospital. He was also a retired construction superintendent from Pioneer Construction Inc. He was born in Waialua. He is survived by wife Jean C.; son Chad S.; daughters Roxane C. Gonzales, Corey Ann A. Bebb and Dee Ann T. and Kelly Ann C. Souza; mother Chiyeko; brother Dr. Neal T.; sisters Shirley F. Kitamura and Jeni Y. Miyasaki, and five grandchildren. Memorial services: 6 p.m. Saturday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call after 5 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Bullet Ira T. Morihara, 19, of Kailua, a sophomore at the University of San Diego, died March 15. He is survived by father Dennis; mother Cynthia; brother Jackson, and grandparents Morio and Lillian Morihara and Sally Wilson. Memorial services: 7 p.m. April 6 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Kailua. Casual attire.

Bullet Katherine M.G. Muramoto, 85, of Honolulu, a retired owner of Venus Beauty Salon, died Feb. 19 in Queen's Hospital. She was born in Kekaha, Kauai. She is survived by daughters Iris Takata and Karen Kanzaki; brothers Richard and Walter Goto, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Private services.

Bullet Luka N. Niheu, 70, of Kekaha, Kauai died Sunday in St. Francis Hospital. She was born on Niihau. She is survived by daughters Keala Niheu, Momi Schmidt, Lu Koerte and Nani Naka'ahiki; hanai daughter Momi Niau; sister Rebecca M. Kanahele, and nine grandchildren. Services: 2 p.m. Saturday at the family residence at 8044 Hoomau St. in Kekaha. Call from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Burial: Kekaha Hawaiian Cemetery. Casual or aloha attire.

Bullet Nisaburo “Saburo” Nishizawa, 84, of Kapaa, Kauai, a retired vegetable and fruit farmer, died Monday in Wilcox Memorial Hospital. He was born in Keapana, Kauai. He is survived by sons Francis K. and James S.; daughters Minnie Y. Nishizawa and Cynthia K. Gama; brothers Tatsujiro and Haruji, and two grandchildren. Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at Kapaa Hongwanji Mission. Casual attire. No flowers.

Bullet Craig T. Oshiro, 49, of Kaneohe, an employee at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Shop 31, died Sunday in St. Francis Hospice. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Doris S.; son Brandon; daughter Lori; mother Sadako; brothers Masami, Sanford, Darryl and Dean, and sisters Estelle Hamamura and Dale Oshiro. Services: 2 p.m. Saturday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Call after 1 p.m. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Bullet John K. Rasmussen, 89, of Honolulu, a retired electrician at Pearl Harbor Navy Shipyard Shop No. 51, died March 16 in Honolulu. He was born in Lawai, Kauai. He is survived by wife Maria A.; daughters Pauline M. and Hope M.; sister Martha Lance, eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Services: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Services: 11 a.m. Tuesday at the mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial to follow. Casual attire.

Bullet Henry Ah Pung Sen, 87, of Honolulu died March 16 in Queen's Hospital. He was born in Hawaii. He is survived by brothers Mannfred and Edward, and sisters Gladys Kam, Sadie Choy, Ethel Look and Stela Goo. Private services.

Bullet Eleanor A.C. “Jo” Shak, 72, of Pearl City, a retired rehabilitation specialist with the Hawaii Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, died Saturday in Queen's Hospital. She was born in Lihue, Kaui. She is survived by husband Lawrence; daughter Weili Cheng; sons Jon and Jamie Cheng; stepchildren Garrett, Bradley, Wendell, Dennis, Nalani and Leinani; brother Edward Albao; sisters Mary Sabate, Caroline Los Banos and Kathleen Aquino, and six grandchildren. Memorial services: 11 a.m. Saturday at Holy Nativity Church, 5286 Kalanianaole Highway. Call after 10 a.m. Private scattering of the ashes. Casual attire. No flowers.

Bullet Walter H. Tashiro, 89, of Laie died Saturday in Kahuku. He was born in Laie. He is survived by children Eloise I. Shinn, Wendell F. Kekauoha, Jacqueline K.N. Chang, Gordon T. Tashiro and Shelley K. Asao; 17 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Services: 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Laie First Ward. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Laie Cemetery. Casual attire.

Bullet Mother Mary Agnes J. Tse, 91, of Kaneohe will be remembered in a memorial Mass 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Stephen's Diocesan Center Chapel. Additional information for an obituary published March 9 was provided by the mortuary.

Bullet Justo A. Ventura, 75, of Kohala, Hawaii, a retired laundry attendant at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, died Sunday in Kohala Hospital. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by wife Ines; sons Alex, Bradly, Ernesto, Roger, Romeo, Roberto and Carmelo; daughters Margarita Visaya and Rosita Cabrera; brothers Melanio and Florentino, 22 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Wake services: 8 p.m. Friday at his residence in Kohala. Call after 6 p.m. for all night vigil. Mass: 10 a.m. Saturday at Hawi Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Call from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Burial: church cemetery. Casual attire.

Bullet Glenn M. Yonekura, 89, of Kaneohe died last Wednesday. He was born in Huleia, Kauai. He is survived by sons Norman and Stanley; daughters Evelyn Takemoto, Martha Chun, Claire Fujikawa and Glenda Yonekura; brother Hiroshi, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Private services.

Bullet Gertrude M.L. Zerbe, 83, who retired from Honolulu Iron Works, died March 16 in Queen's Hospital. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by brother Henry Jr. and sisters Eloise McIntosh and T. Phyllis. Mass: 10:30 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Parish Church on Wilder Avenue. Call after 10 a.m. Inurnment: Diamond Head Memorial Park. Casual attire. No flowers. Donations suggested to Sacred Heart Parish Church, Maryknoll Schools or charity.



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