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Obituaries

Wednesday, April 28, 1999


Bullet Sue Abe, 100, of Hilo died April 14 in Hilo Hospital. Born in Japan, she is survived by sons Motoyoshi, Mitsuru and Tadao Abe and Richard Keisuke; daughters Aiko Kanekuni and Fumiko “Helen” Takahashi; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Private services.

Bullet Charlotte T. Bailey, 85, of Kaneohe, a retired secretary, died April 18. Born in Washington, she is survived by stepdaughter Karin and brother Robert Tindall. Private services.

Bullet Twila M. Bennett, 75, of Honolulu died Saturday in Queen's Hospital. Born in Kansas City, Mo., she is survived by sons James and George and five grandchildren. Memorial services: 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Hale Puahi Ohana Room, 1001 N. School St. Private burial. Casual attire. No flowers.

Bullet Leon M. Bitterman Jr., 78, of Hilo, a retired maintenance supervisor for Hickam Air Force Base, died Saturday in Hilo Hospital. Born in Pennsylvania, he is survived by sons Norman and Douglas, daughter Linda Yoshimura, eight grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. Services: 1 p.m. Friday at Dodo Mortuary. Call after noon. Burial: Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire.

Bullet Felimon A. Canico, 77, of Lahaina, a farmer, died April 14 in Maui Memorial Hospital. Born in Hinunangan, the Philippines, he is survived by wife Anita; sons Felimon Jr., Fritz, Larry and Robert; daughters Erlinda Tangog, Aniefel Nitsche, Susan Rangillas, Nelia Buenaflor and Aloma, Evelyn and Marites Canico; sisters Maruha Capones and Eva and Lucy Canico; and 16 grandchildren. Services: 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Ballard Family Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Burial in the Philippines.

Bullet Elizabeth Chang, 71, of Kaneohe died Saturday in Queen's Hospital. Born in Hilo, she is survived by daughters Pearl Chang, Johanna Thoene and Johnnie Dano; son John Jr.; sister Florence Hinojosa; brother Robert Balai; 15 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. Services: 10:45 a.m. Saturday at Valley of the Temples. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Valley of the Temples. Aloha attire.

Bullet Rodney A. Ejima, 53, of Hilo, a construction inspector for the state Harbors Division in Hilo, died Saturday in Hilo Hospital. Born in Hilo, he is survived by son Kerry, daughters Kristy and Tricia, father Harry M., brothers Earl M. and Larry K. and sisters Doreen Yasuda and Betty Dickinson. Services: 5 p.m. Saturday at Dodo Mortuary. Call after 4 p.m. Cremation to follow. Casual attire. No flowers.

Bullet Robert “Bob” Fern, 53, of Honolulu died Monday on Maui. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by mother Eleanor and sisters Eleanor Lani and Rae Tang. Services: noon Friday at Diamond Head Mortuary. Call after 10 a.m. Inurnment: Diamond Head Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Bullet Herman S. Fong, 85, of Honolulu, a retired executive aide to former U.S. Sen. Hiram Fong, died April 14 in St. Francis Hospital. He was also former owner of Club Polynesia. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by sons Reginald, Wendall and Randie; daughters Lynette and Carolyn; brother Hiram; sister Beatrice Ching; and four grandchildren. Remembrances: 7:30 p.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Services: 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Nuuanu Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Bullet Christel Ann Gonsalves, 29, of Kapaa, Kauai, died Friday in Kuakini Hospital. Born in Lihue, she is survived by husband James “Kimo” Jr.; daughters Kimlyn Gonsalves and Chrislan and Daralyn Wright-Callejo; father Chris Wright; mother Sally Wright-Callejo; sister Chantel Wright; stepbrother Jeffery Callejo Jr.; stepsister Felina Silva; and grandmother Alice Artuyo. Services: noon Friday at Kapaa Assembly of God. Call from 9 to 11:45 a.m. Burial: Kauai Memorial Gardens. Casual or aloha attire.

Bullet Fusaye Hirai, also known as Fusae Hirai and Amy F. Hirai, 78, of Honolulu died April 20 in Straub Hospital. Born in Kilauea, Kauai, she is survived by husband James; sons Earl, Alan and Calvin; daughter Pamela; sisters Patricia Konno, Toyoko Okihara and Dorothy Kimura; brother Ronald Shimizu; and six grandchildren. Memorial services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Mililani Downtown Mortuary. Call after 9:30 a.m. Inurnment: 10:30 a.m. Monday at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Casual attire. No flowers.

Bullet Emily E. Hori, also known as “Emma” or “Aunty Emma,” 61, of Honomalino, Kona, formerly of Holualoa, Hawaii, a retired head custodian at Kahakai and Holualoa schools, died Saturday at home. Born in South Kona, Hawaii, she is survived by husband Masao; daughter Pearl K. Souza; sons Eric Hori and Ron Haraguchi; brothers William and Charles Delos Santos and Joseph, Raymond and Walter Baoy; sisters Beatrice Baoy Green, Annette Smith and Alice L. Potes; and hanai children. Prayer services: 7 p.m. tomorrow at St. Benedict's Catholic Church. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Mass: 10 a.m. Friday at the church. Call after 8 a.m. Entombment: Kona Memorial Park Mausoleum. Casual or aloha attire.

Bullet Arnold H. Ichimasa, 76, of Honolulu, a retired glazed tile contractor, died last Wednesday in St. Francis Hospice. Born in Lihue, he is survived by wife Rose; sons Arnold and Roy; daughters Diane Ichimasa and Pat Newalu; brothers Larry and Haruo; sisters Clara Shimizu, Dorothy Kaiso, Jane Dodson and Daisy Morita; and two grandchildren. Services: 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call after 8:30 a.m. Inurnment: Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Bullet Kiyoko Ishimi, 88, of Aiea died Saturday in Kuakini Hospital. Born in Honokaa, Hawaii, she is survived by sons Richard T., Lawrence J. and Howard A.; daughter Mildred C. Rubio; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Memorial services: 2 p.m. Saturday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

Bullet Mary M. Ito, 78, of Honolulu, a retired clerk, died April 17 at home. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by sisters Mildred, Nancy and Betty Ito, Kathleen Nishikawa and Doris Nakasato. Private services.

Bullet Chris S. Johnson, 42, of Lahaina, an apartment resident manager, died yesterday in Maui Memorial Hospital. Born in Manchester, Conn., he is survived by parents Robert and Shirley, grandmother Elsie Mulvey, brother Roy and companion Martha Roberts. Scattering of ashes in Hana, Maui at a later date. Donations suggested to Organ Donor Center of Hawaii.

Bullet Albert L. “Sonny Boy” Kahuena Jr., 51, of Kings Landing, Hawaii, a self-employed fisherman and outboard motor repairman, died April 20 in Hilo Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by father Albert L., mother Talalelei Afalava, brother Anthony Kulukulualani, sister Thelma Lutali, half-sisters Yvonne Sorensen and Stella Afalava, and half- brother Vaitogi Fely. Memorial gathering: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Puumaile, Kings Landing. Casual attire.

Bullet Itsuko Kawakami, 82, of Honolulu and Kona, died April 5 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Paia, Maui, she is survived by sons Donald and Michael, daughters Maxine Agena and Christine Kawakami, brother Kazuo Sugiura, sisters Kiyoko Gushiken and Sumiko Kurano, 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Private services.

Bullet Joshua D. “Kepa” Keliikoa, 73, of Seattle, a retired foreman, died March 7 in Overlake Hospital and Medical Center. Born in Kau, Hawaii, he is survived by son Joshua Jr. Memorial services: 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael's Catholic Church on Alii Drive in Kailua-Kona. Call after 9 a.m. Inurnment to follow. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Bullet Kenneth K.W. “Cap” Leong, 57, of Hawaii Kai, founder and president of KWL Services, died Sunday in Queen's Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Hee Ran “Linda,” sons Duane and Terence, daughter Cindy Yamauchi, stepson Tony Yun, mother Rosalind Wong, brothers Robert and Raymond, and five grandsons. Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire. No flowers.

Bullet William W. Lindsey, 82, of Honolulu, who retired from the U.S. Coast Guard, died last Wednesday in Tripler Army Hospital. Born in Huntington, Pa., he is survived by wife Martha, daughter Linda Miltimore, seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild. Services: 1 p.m. tomorrow at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Casual attire. No flowers.

Bullet Thomas M. Lorico, 74, of Wailuku, a past employee of A&B Commercial, Honolulu Iron-GMI, died Friday in Maui Memorial Hospital. He was also retired from Gomes Construction. Born in Paia, Maui, he is survived by wife Dora F., daughter Pamela, sons Thomas Lee and David, brother Joseph, hanai sister Rosina B. Pico and three granddaughters. Mass: 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Anthony's Church. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Maui Veterans Cemetery in Makawao. Casual attire.

Bullet Yoshie Matsuda, 74, of Honolulu, formerly employed by Mildred's of Hawaii and High Noon (Textile Arts) before retiring, died Friday. Born in North Hilo, she is survived by daughters Marilyn Kini and Sharon Y. Matsuda, sister Hatsue Nemoto, brother Glen S. Arakaki, three grandchildren and a great-grandson. Services: 6 p.m. Friday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Call after 5 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Bullet Lilian “Katsue” Matsuura, 33, of Portland, Ore., and Honolulu, a bookkeeper for White Horse Studios in Portland, died April 13 in Portland. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by parents Morris and Carol, sister Denise Rademacher, grandmothers Kikue “Jane” Matsuura and Chiyoko Kunishige and great-grandmother Ayame Haida. Memorial services: 5 p.m. Saturday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

Bullet Richard A.G. Mau, 88, of Honolulu, a retired carpenter from Pearl Harbor Supply Center, died last Wednesday in Straub Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Eleanor, son Clarence W.B., daughter Patricia P., three grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. Services: 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Burial: Diamond Head Memorial Park. No flowers.

Bullet Loyal “Arch” Mehrhoff Jr., 74, of Boise, Idaho, a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, died April 11 at home. Born in White Hall, Ill., he is survived by brothers Dick and Bill, sons Loyal and Kevin, daughter Jeannine and three grandchildren. Services and burial on the mainland. No flowers. Donations suggested to Ducks Unlimited, One Waterfowl Way, Memphis, Tenn., 38120 or charity.

Bullet Leatrice I. Miura, 74, of Aiea, a retired seamstress, died April 12 in Kaiser Hospital. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by sons Gary K. and Clyde T.; brothers Wallace N., Edward H. and Katsuji Ichiyama; sisters Shizue Suyama and Moran Fujimoto; and four grandchildren. Private services.

Bullet Mitsutoshi Miyamoto, 79, of Wailuku died April 16 in Kahului Hale Makua. Born in Haiku, Maui, he is survived by son Ranceford K.; daughters Jerri K. Young and Desiree Y. Miyamoto-Fujita; mother Kaori; brother Tsuneo; sisters Akie Ibara, Matsue Fujitomo and Sueno Taono; and a grandchild. Private services.

Bullet Hideo Morikawa, 81, of Honolulu died Saturday in Kuakini Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by sons Carl, George and Raymond; brother Harumi; sister Florence Higa; and four grandchildren. Memorial services: 5 p.m. Saturday at Mililani Downtown Mortuary. Call after 4:30 p.m. Aloha attire.

Bullet Joseph K. “Joe” Naeole Jr., 33, of Honolulu, a truck driver with Martin Warehousing/Lynden Air Freight, died Thursday in Honolulu. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Alison “Lehua,” father Joseph K., mother Nancy, brothers Kalani Kawainui and Kainoa Naeole, and sister Kamaka. Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at Oahu Cemetery. Call after 9 a.m. Casual attire.

Bullet Shizuko Nishihira, 85, of Mountain View, Hawaii died Sunday in Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center. Born in Waianae, she is survived by sons Thomas, Dennis and Howard; daughters Daisy Sakai, Setsuko Eto, Mitsuko Lau, Akiko Ushijima and Myrtle Rapoza; brother Yuken Arakawa; 19 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Services: 1 p.m. Saturday at Hilo Hooganji Mission on Manono Street. Call after noon. Casual attire. No flowers.

Bullet Ken K. Okamoto, 72, of Los Angeles, formerly of Hilo, a retired auto mechanic, died March 9 at home. He was also a former employee of S.K. Oda Ltd. in Hilo and North American Rockwell. Born in Hilo, he is survived by daughter Lani Takeshita; brothers Hisashi, Hiroshi and Melvin Y.; and two granddaughters. Services on the mainland.

Bullet Maka Oyafuso, 96, of Makawao, Maui died April 6 in Maui Memorial Hospital. Born in Gusukuma, Okinawa, she is survived by sons Wayne Y., Rex, Harry, Roy, Jeffrey, Robert and Stanley; daughters Dorothy Genn, Donna Kahahane, Terry Oyafuso, Ann Thiel and Mildred Onatz; 17 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Memorial services: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Nakamura Mortuary. Casual attire.

Bullet Ildefonso A. Ramos, 90, of Honolulu, a retired taxicab driver, died Thursday in St. Francis Hospital. He was also a former landlord of an apartment complex. Born in Ilocos Sur, the Philippines, he is survived by wife Betty T., son Stephen Y., daughters Sandra N. Lalic and Sharon M. Ramos, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Wake services: 7 p.m. Friday at Mililani Downtown Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Casual attire.

Bullet Mary R. Rico, 78, of Honolulu died Monday in St. Francis Hospital. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by son Benjamin; daughters Juanita Nitullama, Marian Rico, Julie-Anna Bardon and Lorna-Jean Claussen; brother Manuel Cuizon; sisters Angeline Rodrigues and Julia MacLachtan; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Memorial services: 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Diamond Head Mortuary. Call after 11 a.m. Inurnment: 2:30 p.m. Monday at Diamond Head Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Bullet Renilo S. Salmo, 42, of the Philippines, formerly of Naalehu, an employee with Kau Agribusiness, Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut and Mac Farms of Hawaii, died April 12 in the Philippines. Born in the Philippines, he is survived by son Renilo “Tyson” Jr.; daughters Remelyn, Renean, Rosalyn and Dynasty; parents Benjamin and Damiana; brothers Benjamin Jr., Efren, Edito, Edward and Rony; and sisters Precy Nazaire, Corazon Mercado, Leticia and Normalynn Salmo and Sue Bactad. Call after 4 p.m. tomorrow and after 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the family home in Naalehu. Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at Naalehu Assembly of God Church in Naalehu. Burial: Naalehu County Cemetery. Casual attire.

Bullet Mike Scafuri, 52, of Honolulu, an assistant professor in the Learning Center at Honolulu Community College, died April 19. He is survived by wife Margaret, mother Frances, brother Mark and sisters Jo Perkins and Lu McKay. Services: noon Saturday at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Call after 10 a.m. Private scattering of ashes.

Bullet Francis “Frank” Scheffner, 72, of Kailua, owner of F.P.S. Engineering Associates Inc., died Friday in Kailua. Born in New York, he is survived by children Marge West, Mary Yerich, Ann Tantlinger, Patricia Alberti, Ellen FitzPatrick Thomas and Francis J. and Philip Scheffner; and 11 grandchildren. Mass: 11:30 a.m. Friday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Call after 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations suggested to St. Francis Hospice.

Bullet Beatrice T. Serikaku, 66, of Beaverton, Ore., died March 31. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by husband James; son Warren; daughters Sharon Kokubun, Cheryl Sasaki, Wanda Teraoka, Aileen Takara, Jeanette Serikaku and Laura Bautista; brothers Frank and Lawrence Takao; sister Ellen Hanaoka; and 10 grandchildren. Services over ashes: 5 p.m. Saturday at Jodo Mission of Hawaii, 1429 Makiki St. Casual attire. No flowers.

Bullet Alice K. Shinn, 69, of Aiea, a retired computer operator, died April 3 in Honolulu. Born in Kapaa, Kauai, she is survived by husband Kenneth, sons Steven and Stuart, brother Gary Matsumura, sister Nancy Tada and three grandchildren. Private services.

Bullet Juan G. Soriano, 95, of Mountain View, Hawaii, a retired crane operator for the former Puna Sugar Co., died April 18 in Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in the Philippines, he is survived by sons John Collo and Herman, Gordon and Roger Cullio; daughters Diane Nishimura and Linda De Silva; 17 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Private services.

Bullet Ben S. Tabaco, 79, of Paia, Maui, died Monday in Maui Memorial Hospital. Born in Ilocos Sur, the Philippines, he is survived by wife Gliceria B., daughter Shirley Rigunay, sisters Victoria Tabangcura and Macaria Taasan and two grandchildren. Services: 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Borthwick Mortuary-Norman's. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Mass: 10 a.m. Monday at Holy Rosary Church. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Valley Isle Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Bullet Juan B. Tabulog, 90, of Waianae, a retired warehouseman for Pearl Harbor Naval Supply Center, died April 17 in Maluhia Long Term Care Health Center. Born in Laoag City, the Philippines, he is survived by wife Romana R., son Juan B. Jr., daughters Esther Adams and Erlinda Watson, eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Prayer services: noon tomorrow at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Bullet Arthur S. “Atta Boy” Tamashiro, 76, of Kailua, a retired Hickam Air Force Base firefighter, died April 22 in Castle Hospital. He was also a veteran of the 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment. Born in Honokaa, Hawaii, he is survived by wife Doris T., son Gene S., stepdaughter Sandra U. Wada, sister Masako Kiyuna, five grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Services: 6 p.m. tomorrow at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire.

Bullet Ronny S. Tanihiro, 52, of Wailua Homesteads, Kauai, a proprietor of the Bento House in Lihue, died April 18 in Las Vegas. He was also a U.S. Navy and Vietnam veteran. Born in Hilo, he is survived by wife Emi; sons Ronny Jr., Ryden and Reid; father Shigeo; mother Irene Ihori; sisters Arleen Sakoda and Pam Tanihiro; stepbrother Patrick; stepsisters Lorna Hanamoto and Joann Abe; and a granddaughter. Services: 6 p.m. Friday at Kapaa Missionary Church. Call after 5 p.m. Burial: 10 a.m. Saturday at Kauai Veterans Cemetery. Casual attire.

Bullet Lucy V. Vicens, 90, of Salem, Ore. died last Wednesday in Salem. Born in Kohala, Hawaii, she is survived by daughter Evelyn J. Peck; brothers Henry and George Vegas; sisters Winnie Chandler, Bebe Billings and Carmilita Jackson; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Services: 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at Mililani Downtown Mortuary. Call after 9:30 a.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Bullet Dorothy K. Waiwaiole, 86, of Haleiwa died Thursday at home. Born in Honaunau, Hawaii, she is survived by sons John “Sam,” Moses and Wayne “Alan;” daughters Annie L. Pahoa, Shirley A.K. Bell and Barbara H. Hookano; sister Annie Robello; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Services: 11:30 a.m. Friday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.



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