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Obituaries

Tuesday, September 14, 1999


Former First Hawaiian Bank
executive Whittemore dies

By Harold Morse
Star-Bulletin

Tapa

Frederick P. Whittemore, former member of First Hawaiian Bank's senior management team who retired as manager of the trust management division in 1981, died Sunday. He was 78.

Info BoxHis career included service as vice chairman of the state Land Use Commission.

He was a Marine Corps officer in the Pacific theater of World War II and the Korean War, attaining the rank of captain on active duty and major in the Marine Corps Reserve.

Whittemore joined Cooke Trust in 1948 and was named vice president when the company merged with First National Bank, predecessor of First Hawaiian. He became a First Hawaiian senior vice president in 1972. His banking career spanned 33 years.

"Fred Whittemore was a good friend who was one of the builders of today's First Hawaiian," said Walter Dods Jr., First Hawaiian chairman and chief executive officer. "He was a fine banker who always focused on the needs of his clients and his community."

A native of Boston, he graduated from Colgate University. His civic activities included service as president of Junior Achievement and as trustee of Blood Bank of Hawaii, Bishop Museum, Central Union Church, St. Andrew's Priory and Hawaii School for Girls.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia; sons Thomas and David; daughter Ann; brother Robert; and five grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Atherton Chapel, Central Union Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Blood Bank of Hawaii.


Service set for Tripler’s
former chief surgeon

By Harold Morse
Star-Bulletin

Tapa

Brig. Gen. Thomas J. Whelan Jr., 78, a doctor who was chief of surgery at Tripler Hospital and later chairman of surgery at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii, died Friday after an illness.

Info BoxA native of Lynn, Mass., he attended Phillips Academy at Andover and received bachelor's and medical degrees from Yale University, where he graduated cum laude and was captain of the Yale baseball team.

Following internship and residency at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y., he began a military surgeon's career which spanned three decades.

In addition to serving as chief of surgery at Tripler, he later held the same position at Walter Reed Army Hospital and was special assistant to the Army surgeon general. In that post, he was responsible for strategically positioning military physicians worldwide.

Based on his experience with wounds and trauma surgery during the Korean War, he published significant scientific papers. He retired from the Army in 1973 and later began his University of Hawaii affiliation.

He was active in the American Surgical Association, American College of Surgeons and the Pacific Coast Surgical Association.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, the former Norma Gianascol; sons Thomas III and Michael; and daughters Sharon, Rosemary, Sally and Christal.

A memorial service will take place at Star of the Sea Church at 10 a.m. Saturday. A visitation reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, gifts will be welcomed designated for the Thomas J. Whelan Endowment Fund, University of Hawaii Foundation, P.O. Box 11270, Honolulu, HI 96828-0270.


Rhody Mangaser Abrahano, 78, of Kaunakakai, will be remembered in services 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday at Hoolehua Congregational Church. Call after 8:30 a.m. Incorrect information for an obituary published Saturday provided by the mortuary.

Teodoro A. Acosta, 88, of Honolulu, died Sept. 1 in St. Francis Hospital. He was born in Apaya, the Philippines. He is survived by sons Aurelio and Urbano, daughters Consuelo and Esegia, sister Catalina Mateo, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Mass: 7 p.m. Friday at Our Lady of the Mount Church. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Services: 9 a.m. Saturday at the church. Call after 8 a.m. Burial: Valley of the Temples.

Annie L. Alapai, 87, of Honolulu, died Sept. 1 in Honolulu. She was born in Hawaii. She is survived by a daughter and a granddaughter. Graveside services: 2 p.m. Thursday at Greenhaven Memorial Park.

Alan G. Andrade, 64, of Kona, Hawaii, retired owner of A. Andrade Land Clearing, died Thursday in Kona Community Hospital. He was also a former heavy equipment operator for Walter Andrade Sr. Land Clearing of Kona. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Katie K.; sons Alan Jr., Dwayne, Earl and Dennis; daughters Pamela and Dorothy D. Andrade and Dawn Palaimaea; brothers Walter Jr. and Raymond; sisters Leihulu Alejado and Vicky Francisco; and 10 grandchildren. Wake services: 8 p.m. Thursday at Kahikolu Congregational Church. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Services: 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Call after 10 a.m. Burial of ashes: church cemetery. Casual attire.

Bonifacio Baris, 92, of Hanamaulu, Kauai, a maintenance man for Kauai Rehabilitation Unlimited, died last Tuesday in Wilcox Hospital. He was born in Ilocos Norte, the Philippines. He is survived by wife Engracia A.; daughters Naty Bali, Veronica Ganio, Cora Duran, Thelma Ruiz, Adora Ancheta and Alicia Mercado; sons Fel Boy, Nonito, Benny, Art and Jay;23 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Rosary: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at Borthwick/Kauai Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Services: 10 a.m. Sept. 25 at Eleele Sacred Hearts Church. Call from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Burial: Kauai Memorial Gardens. Casual or aloha attire.

Fred C. Belmonte, 72, of Honolulu, died last Tuesday in Kapiolani Hospital at Pali Momi. He was born in San Manuel, the Philippines. He is survived by wife Conchita; son Patrick; daughters Marilyn Roldan, Cecila Gerardo and Mindy Ulep; brother Ireneo; and nine grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Thursday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Mass: 10 a.m. Friday at St. Philomena Church. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: Valley of the Temples.

Christine L. Bernades, 78, of Omao, Kauai, a trimmer for the pineapple industry, died Wednesday in Hale Omao Nursing Home. She was born in the Philippines. She is survived by sons Jose, Lawrence and Richard; daughters Trinidad Bernades, Helen Batongan and Jean Trent; sisters Dorothy Pedroza and Patricia Pepito; brother Eugene Lisue; 29 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Thursday at Borthwick/Kauai Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Lihue Public Cemetery. Casual attire. No flowers.

Sheldon C.K. Bishaw, 53, of Kailua, a pump station operator for the city, died Friday in Kailua. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Christina "Skipper," sons Shane and Kamalu, daughters Tione and Misty, sister Andrea Ventura, and two grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Saturday at his home, 967 Kainui Drive. Casual attire. No flowers.

Margaret Y.Y. Chong Chang, 88, of Honolulu, who with her husband established Villa Roma and Chocolates for Breakfast stores, died Sunday at home. She was born in Canton, China. She is survived by husband Kenneth Kam Chew, son Gary, daughters Gwen and Audrey Fu and Deanna "Didi" Chang, eight grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Mass: 9:30 a.m. Monday at St. Augustine's Church. Call after 8 a.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire. No flowers. Donations suggested to St. Augustine's Church.

James R. de la Torre, 46, of Waipahu, owner of JD Productions, died Thursday. He was born in San Francisco. He is survived by wife Marlene E.; son Adrian S.; daughter Christina K.; mother Emerald R.; brothers Louis H., George A. and Robert J.; and sister Rosa A. Memorial services: 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Call after 5:30 p.m. Casual attire.

Alehandra C. Della, 75, of Mililani, who was employed by Del Monte Corp. on Molokai, died Sept. 5 in Kuakini Hospital. She was born in Kohala, Hawaii. She is survived by sons Ernesto and Roger Montero and Delfin and Calvin Juliano; daughters Lorraine Llorin, Suzie Bocobo, Darlene Tupinio and Gloria Josue; brother Demetrio Abalos; 19 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Wake services: 7 p.m. Thursday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Mass: 10:15 a.m. Friday at the mortuary. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. No flowers.

Mary Jane Donovan, 27, of Ewa Beach, died Sept. 4 in Waipahu. She was born in the Philippines. She is survived by sons Jason and Christopher, parents Leomedes Jr. and Lita, three sisters, and grandfather Leomedes. Services in the Philippines.

Sui Kin Fung, 65, of Honolulu, a proprietor of Fung Wah Yuk Noodle Factory, died Sept. 5 at home. She was born in Canton, China. She is survived by husband Wah Yuk; sons Kan, Robert and Albert; daughters Karen Cheung, Carolyn Gosset and Erin Saiki; brother Raymond Chun; sisters Peggy Von Parkinson, Barbara Bartley and Devona Chun-Furlong; and six grandchildren. Chinese Taoist services: 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Burial: Nuuanu Memorial Park.

Isabel R. "Abing" Ganade, 95, of Honolulu died Wednesday in Honolulu. She was born in Loon, the Philippines. She is survived by children Abondio, Crispo and Rosario "Sister Marie Christine" Plateros, Dolores Boncates, Conchita Castillo, Pacita Batula and Remondo, Elisa, Theodoro and Teresa Ganade; sister Trifuna Relampagos, 20 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. Mass: 10 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of the Mount Church. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl.

Mary T. Schmitz Gasper, 74, of Honolulu died Sunday at home. She was born in Dubuque, Iowa. She is survived by husband Fritz; sons David, Jonathan, Robert and Paul; daughters Christine, Margaret, Linda and Susan; and grandchildren. Mass: 10:30 a.m. today at the Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Call after 9 a.m. Aloha attire. No flowers. Donations suggested to St. Francis Hospice.

Edith C. Hamada, 89, of Aiea, a retired self-employed barber, died Thursday in Straub Hospital. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by son Warren T., daughters Adeline H. "Abbie" Ichino and May S. Matsui, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Memorial services: 6 p.m. Friday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary.

Mary T. "Tree" Hatlelid, 93, of Waialua, a ballet teacher, died Friday at home. She was born in Richmond, Va. She is survived by daughter Mary T. "Twig" Morris, son Douglas F. "Chip" and four grandchildren. Memorial services: 5 p.m. Thursday at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. Inurnment: 2 p.m. Friday at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Casual attire. No flowers. Donations suggested to St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Hospice Hawaii or Jacob's Pillow Scholarship Fund.

Mabel N. Huddy, 74, of Anahola, Kauai, tour driver with the tourist industry for Graylines Co., died Friday in Wilcox Memorial Hospital. She was born in Kekaha, Kauai. She is survived by sons George, Samuel, Joshua and Abraham; daughters Sarah Kuhaulua and Rachel Huddy; brothers Libert, Benjamin, Kenneth and Michael Nakaahiki and Larry Ching; sister Juliet Aiu; 18 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Friday at Koolau Ua'ia Church in Anahola. Call after 9 a.m. Burial to follow. Casual attire.

Larry K. "Lepo" Kaupu, 62, of Kau, Hawaii, a heavy equipment operator with the County of Hawaii, died last Tuesday in Kau Hospital. He was born in Kona, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Mary Mae K.P.; sons Larry K. Jr., McKinley K. and Rudolph H.; daughters Vivian K. Brown, Mary K. Kaupu, Stephanie E. Felder, Cheryllynn M. Kaneholani, Eleanor K. Kaupu-Fontes, Leslie K. Kaupu and Brianne "Honey Girl" Self; hanai sons Roy Martines and Jeremy Lorenzo; hanai daughters Lorrie Lynn Kawaauhau, Kamaka Davis and Lani Kane; brothers McKinley Davis and Nelson Kaupu; sister Eleanor Makida; 22 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Call from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the Verna Kaawa residence, 95-1163 Ohai St. Services: noon Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kau Ward. Call from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Burial: Naalehu Community Cemetery. Casual attire.

Betty Y. Kepani, 71, of Haiku, Maui, an assistant minister and secretary for Ekalesia O Kupalauaha Church, died Saturday in Maui Memorial Hospital. She was born in Makawao, Maui. She is survived by sons Kellen Kahalehau and Stacey Kepani, daughters Novalynn Barttels and Ronah Kepani, sister Alma Henry, 13 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Thursday at Ballard Family Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Casual attire.

Clarence H. Laborte, 65, of Lahaina, a maintenance worker with Sheraton Maui, died Friday at home. He was born in Lahaina. He is survived by wife Anju; sons Clarence Jr. and Timmy; daughters Lucy, Marie, Mole and Tammy Laborte and Lynn Hernanadez; brothers Frank, Albert, William and Benjamin; sisters Liz Edlao and Elise Hook; and hanai brother Calisto Cuzon. Mass: 7 p.m. Friday at Maria Lanakila Catholic Church. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Cremation to follow. Scattering of ashes: noon Saturday at Mala Wharf in Lahaina. Casual attire. Leis only.

Vivian G. "Vivi" Meyer, 80, of Kaneohe died Sept. 3 in Honolulu. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by daughters Carolanne "Lovey" Chock and Willette "Snooky" Bush; brother Carlos L. Medeiros; sisters Leone and Charlotte Erchardt and Eloise Louis; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Graveside services: 10:30 a.m. Friday at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. In lieu of flowers, donations suggested to Hospice of Hawaii.

Kum Sook Paik, 82, of Kapolei died Saturday in Convalescent Center of Honolulu. She was born in Korea. She is survived by sons Jung Gil and Chin Wook, daughters Myung Ja Woo and Debbie Park, eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Thursday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call after 10 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park.

John Ramos, 76, of Pahoa, Hawaii, a former mason for Okazaki & Sugai Construction Co., died Wednesday in Hilo Hospital. He was born in Kakaako. He is survived by sons Reuben, John Jr. and Phillip; daughters Barbara Emia, Abigail Fennelly and Marie Pablo, 23 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, a great-grandchild, and a great-great-grandchild. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Borthwick Mortuary. Services: 10 a.m. Friday at the mortuary. Call from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Burial: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl.

Alfredo Sarong, 69, of Honolulu, who retired from the federal government, died Sept. 5 at home. He was born in Ewa. He is survived by mother and stepfather Dionicia and Abelino Orial, and sisters Francisca Gascon, Ermohina "Nina" Kapukui and Juanita Macalino. Mass: 10 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of the Mount Church. Call after 9 a.m. Inurnment to follow. Casual attire. No flowers.

Rosalie "Auntie Nina" Silva, 85, of Kahului, who retired from Maui Pine Canery, died Friday in Hale Makua in Kahului. She was born in Paia, Maui. She is survived by sons Herbert, Dukie, David and Allen Vierra and Bobby Brown; daughters Rosalie Babayan and Virginia Bascon; sisters Vickey Mulggenborg, Pauline Joaquin, Mary Matsutani, Caroline Kaelio and Shirley Corioso; 30 grandchildren; 56 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Mass: 11 a.m. Friday at Christ the King Church in Kahului. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Maui Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Delma T. Takashima, 73, of Kahului died Thursday in St. Francis Hospital. She was born in Puunene, Maui. She is survived by husband Russell S.; daughter Faith M. Minyard; mother Aki Okamura; brothers Johnny K. and Raymond A. Okamura; sisters Betsy T. Shishido, Nancy A. Hiraoka, Alice M. Ogawa, Sally T. Takemori and Judy K. Miyamoto; and four grandchildren. Services: 5 p.m. Thursday at Nakamura Mortuary. Call after 4 p.m. Graveside services: 10 a.m. Friday at Maui Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Chisae Yoshimura, 93, of Pearl City died last Tuesday in Kuakini Hospital. She was born in Papaikou, Hawaii. She is survived by sons Hisao and Yoshiharu; daughters Kimiko Yoshimura, Hanako Izumigawa, Yvonne K. Yoshimoto and Betty M. Higa; brother Teruo Kawamoto; sisters Chiyoko Ebesuno, Shizuko Hashimoto and Hanayo Tanouye, 21 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren. Services: noon Thursday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio. Call after 10:30 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. No flowers.



You can also search the Hawaii State Library System's
Hawaii Newspaper Index online for older obituaries at:
http://www.hcc.hawaii.edu/education/hcc/library/hiindex.html
The index, which goes back several decades,
is available via Telnet software.



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