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Obituaries

Wednesday, February 9, 2000


Ted Sax, disc jockey,
promoter, dies at 73

Tapa

Services scheduled tomorrow
for veteran broadcaster Kucin

Tapa

David N. Ahia, 56, of Hilo, an employee of Hawaiian Airlines, also known as "Shinnosuke" or "27," died Saturday at home. He was born in Olaa, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Kate H.; daughter Francine Kaniho; father James K.; brothers James "Kimo" Jr., Nelson and Albert "Kalae"; sister Carol Fajardo, and a grandson. Services: 5 p.m. Saturday at Hilo Meishoin Mission. Call after 3:30 p.m. Aloha attire.

Stephen H. "Beliken" Atkins, 85, of Honolulu, a retired city employee, died Friday in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by sisters Alice Ryan and Helen L. Hunt and brother Stanley. Private inurnment.

Stephen A. Ayers, 87, of Honolulu, a retired conductor for Oahu Railway & Land Co., died Sunday in Convalescent Center of Honolulu. He was born in Kahului. He is survived by wife Mary, son Stephen F., daughters Stephanie Char and Glorietta Blossey, brothers Anthony and Thomas, and four grandchildren. Mass: noon Saturday at Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace. Call 10-11:45 a.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park. Aloha attire.

Remigio A. Calamaan, also known as "Remy" or "Ray," 72, of Waipahu, a retired heavy equipment operator with Oahu Sugar, died Jan. 11 in St. Franics-West Hospice. Born in Ewa, he is survived by wife Saturnina E. "Nina," son Ray, daughter Pinky Benjamin, brother Phillip, sisters Eugenia Academia and Rosita Villaluzm and three grandchildren. Wake: 7 p.m. Friday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call 6-9 p.m. Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the mortuary. Call after 8 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Kioki K. Canape-Mole, 23, of Waianae, a driver for File Minder, died last Wednesday at Kalaeloa Boulevard. He is survived by fiancee Pomaka'i, children Namaka'alohilohi and Kainalu Keali'i, mother Bonnie Canape, sister Naula Aiu, brother Kamuela Rubonal, and grandparents Robert and Caroline Mole. Services: 7 p.m. Friday at Waianae Protestant Church. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Scattering of ashes at a later date.

Augustine Correia, 89, of Ewa Beach, died Feb. 1 in St. Francis-West Hospital. He was born in Lahaina. He is survived by wife Ethel, sons Norbert and Alfred, daughter Shirley, brother Abel, sister Ellen Ross, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Graveside services: noon tomorrow at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Joseph J. DeCosta, 77, of Omao, Kauai, a retired district electrician with Kauai Electric, died Friday in Wilcox Hospital. He was born in Kekaha, Kauai. He is survived by wife Emma, son Joseph J. "Pancho," stepson Kamalino Wedemeyer, daughters Jeanne Nadatani, Marjorie Akita and Carol Shinagawa, brothers Louis and Alfred Costa and Frank DeCosta, 15 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. Mass: 11 a.m. Saturday at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Call from 9 a.m. Burial: Hanapepe Hawaiian Cemetery. Casual attire.

Grace H. Fujimoto, 72, of Kaneohe, a retired registered nurse at Queen's Hospital, died Feb. 1 in Hale Nani Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. She was born in Wailuku. She is survived by husband Wilfred S.; son Mark S.; daughters Kathleen Fong, Susan E. Fujimoto and Ruth N. Marchuk; brothers Masao, Donald and Herbert Fujitani; sister Katsue Shishido; and six grandchildren. Services: 5 p.m. Saturday at Makiki Christian Church. Casual attire. No flowers.

Alfredo Galapon, 91, of Waialua, who worked for JM Tanaka Construction Co., died Jan. 26 in Wahiawa General Hospital. He was born in Ilocos Norte, the Philippines. He is survived by brother Cesario. Services: 11:30 a.m. Friday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call after 10:30 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Alfred L. "Mustang" Gonzales, 83, of Kailua, a retired construction engineer and project manager with Ralph Parsons Construction-Engineer Co., died Saturday in Kailua. He was also a bishop for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kailua Second Ward, Kaneohe Stake. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Matilda; sons Alfred, Jack, Leonard and Nephi; daughter Stacia-Lee Thompson; brothers Jimmy, Tony, Raymond and Manny; sisters Josephine and Kathleen; 17 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Services: 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kailua Ward. Call from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Burial: Laie Cemetery. Aloha attire.

Wesley Y. Hayashi, 68, of Ewa Beach, a retired dentist, died Sunday in St. Francis-West Hospital. Born in Hilo, he is survived by wife Leva; sons Duane, Blane and Lon Nagahiro; daughters Gwen Ueoka, Helene Kau and Tori Nagahiro; sister Yoko Horiuchi; and eight grandchildren. Services: noon Sunday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call after 11 a.m. Private inurnment. Casual attire.

Misae Hirasuna, 82, of Torrance, Calif., formerly of Wahiawa, died Thursday in California. She was born in Papaikou, Hawaii. She is survived by sons George, Elton, Harold and Calvin; daughters Faith Tanaka, Mildred Shimizu and Amy Hirasuna; brother Mitsuji Nishimura, four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Services: 4 p.m. Sunday at Wahiawa Hongwanji Mission. Call after 3 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Shizue Hirota, 77, of Waialua, died Jan. 29 in Wahiawa General Hospital. She was born in Haleiwa. She is survived by daughters Wendy S. Mukai, Lynette M. Hirota and Dale M. Hayase; and sister Masako Morimoto. Private services.

Jeannie A. Kaneshiro, 51, of Waimea, Hawaii, a teacher at Honokaa High School, died Sunday at home. She was born in Hilo. She is survived by husband Melvin T.; daughter Noelle H. Kaneshiro Keizer; sons Richard J. and Niel K.; brothers Joseph, Paul and James Okuna; sister Susan Lussier; and a grandchild. Services: 5 p.m. Saturday at the Waimea New Hope Christian Fellowship, 65-1078 Mamalahoa Highway. Call after 4 p.m. Casual attire.

Richard H. Kimura, 60, of Wailuku, a tour driver with Roberts of Hawaii, died Jan. 31 at home. He was born in Puunene, Maui. He is survived by brothers Shuzo and Mitsu, and sisters Esther Kanagawa, Ruth Nakasone, Nancy Kimura and Bertha Hew. Private services.

Dr. Luann M. Klemme, 45, of Honolulu, a medical doctor, died Saturday. Born in Minnesota, she is survived by husband Steven; son Ardell; daughter Christina; mother Clarine Wilcox; sisters Barbara Kruschinski, Diane Sauter and Suzane Ching; brothers Kerry, Keith and Kenneth Wilcox Jr.; and stepfather Kenneth Wilcox. Services: 6 p.m. tomorrow at Nuuanu Baptist Church. Call after 4 p.m. Casual attire.

Filomena D. Lomboy, 73, of Kapolei, died Jan. 14 in St. Francis-West Hospital. Born in Ilocos Norte, the Philippines, he is survived by sons Edgar D., Onofre D., Celestino D. Jr., Nestor D. and Danilo D.; daughters Cely L. Andam and Fe D. Manguino; brothers Cesar and Rudy Diego; sister Cipriana Salvador; and 13 grandchildren. Wake: 7 p.m. Friday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Call 6-9 p.m. Mass: 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the mortuary. Call after 10 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Herald W. Lowe, 84, of Valley Center, Calif., formerly of Honolulu, a retired quarterman rigger for Pearl Harbor Shipyard Shop 72, died Jan. 18. He was born in Hubbel, Neb. He is survived by wife Jean; sisters Marilyn Fagan and Wilma Maison; daughters Leona Auerbach, Myrna Ramsey Dearna Hatcher and Andrea Jones, nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Graveside services: 1 p.m. Friday at the National Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl

Frank J. Mack, 58, of Honolulu, a pastor, died Jan. 19 in Kailua. He was born in Illinois. He is survived by daughter Kristin Williams, son Guy, mother Irma, brothers Ronald and Jim, and three grandchildren. Scattering of ashes: 3 p.m. Tuesday at Pali Lookout. Aloha attire.

Jeannette M. Matsunaga, 69, of Kaneohe, died Jan. 28 in Kaneohe. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by husband Ichiro; daughter Debra Y. Musgrove and Randal T. and Dana M. Matsunaga; and brothers and sisters Helen Maeda, Eleanor, Clarence and Glenn Nagamoto and Marion MacRitchie. Private services.

Angeline Mersburgh, 79, of Aiea, died last Wednesday at home. She is survived by children Geraldine Carpenter, Margaret Upchurch, Roberta Lorenzo, Angeline Robello, Judy A. Oliveria and James K., Gary, Kenneth and Stanley Mersburgh, 36 grandchildren, and 56 great-grandchildren. Services: 9:30 a.m. Friday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call from 8:30 to 11:15 a.m. Burial: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl.

Bethel R. Morris, 83, of Kihei, died Jan. 28 at home. She was born in Stockton, Calif. She is survived by husband Charles, son James R., daughter Mary Fankauser, brothers Harold and Winfield Ryland, two grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter. Private services.

Albert T. Murakami, 51, of Honolulu, owner of Blue Berry & Architect, died Nov. 5 in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Julie Cone, daughter Robin M. Cone-Murakami, son Jay E. Cone-Murakami, mother Suteyo, and brother Norman. Private services.

Joseph K. Nakamoto, 56, of Mililani Town, died Jan. 28 in St. Francis Hospital. He was born in Hamakua, Hawaii. He is survived by mother Onatsu; brothers Kazu, Francis, Clarence and Richard; and sisters Ayako Sunada, Maureen Onishi, Bertha Ohta, Cora Suayan and Dorothy Nakamoto. Private services.

Jared T. Nikaido, 14, a ninth-grader at Baldwin High School and son of Mark and Allison Nikaido of Kahului, died Feb. 1 in Kapiolani Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he is also survived by brother Chad, sister Leia, grandparents George and Jane Nikaido and Thomas and Lucille Aoki, and great-grandmother Miyoshi Nikaido. Service: 5 p.m. Saturday at Ballard Family Mortuary. Casual attire.

Sachiko K. Nishiguchi, 60, of Honolulu, owner of Sachiko Fashion, died Friday in Queen's Hospital. She was born in Hiroshima, Japan. She is survived by son Kent. Services: 2 p.m. Saturday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire.

Angeline M. Pacheco, 85, of Kilauea, Kauai, a housekeeper with Hanalei Plantation, died Sunday in Wilcox Hospital. She also worked for Hawaiian Fruit Packers and Club Mediterranean. She was born in Lihue. She is survived by sons Alfred Jr. and Gary, daughters Sally Kimura and Marilyn P. Louis, sister Sophie Pavon, 18 grandchildren, and 32 great-grandchildren. Mass: 11 a.m. Friday at St. Sylvester's Catholic Church in Kilauea. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Kauai Memorial Gardens. Casual attire.

Nick P. Pavia, 83, of Honolulu, a truck driver for Theo H. Davies, died Jan. 29. He is survived by wife Ruth M.; daughters Ann-Jo Fudala and Debra Laga, son Nick Jr., nine grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Private services.

Rufina Ramos, 93, of Kekaha, Kauai, died last Wednesday in Kauai Veterans Hospital. Born in Paniqui Tarlac, the Philippines, she is survived by husband Tomas; sons Tomas Jr. and Roberto; stepson Rufino; daughters Maxima Guirao and Erlina Caoagas; stepdaughters Juliana Pagaduan, Agatuna Bermudez and Juana Velasco; brothers Meliton and Pacifico Fernandez; 31 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Mass: 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Theresa Catholic Church. Call after 9 am. Burial: Kekaha Public Cemetery. Casual attire.

Marie Machado Rapozo, 95, of Hanamaulu, Kauai, died Monday in Wilcox Hospital. She was born in Kileaia, Kauai. She is survived by sisters Agnes Vasques, Margaret Victorino and Gussie Louis, brother Frank Machado; and care-giver Mildred Rapozo. Services: 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at Immaculate Conception Church. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: church cemetery. Casual attire.

Joan A. Rider, 76, of Honolulu, a retired interior decorator for Rattan Art Gallery, died Jan. 21 in Kuakini Hospital. She was born in Hagerstown, Ind. She is survived by sister Jacqueline M. Grove. Graveside services: 10:45 a.m. Saturday at Diamond Head Memorial Park. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Minnie M. Ripsom, 87, of Hilo and Kaneohe, a retired real estate agent for Bishop Realty on Oahu, died Sunday in Hilo Hospital. Born in Oakland, Calif., she is survived by daughters Brooke Yee and Barbra Green, sons Peter Ripsom and Barry Rose, six grandchildren, and a great-grandchild. Private services. In lieu of donations, contributions suggested to the Big Island Heart Association.

Ramona L. Sarsuelo, 82, of Hilo, died Friday in Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center. Born in Hakalau, Hawaii, she is survived by daughter Lilinoe M.K. Click; brother John M. Lopez; sisters Theresa L. Hosino, Annie L. Oliver, Isabelle Johnson and Maria L. Roberts; six grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. Mass: 12:15 p.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo. Call 9 a.m. to noon . Burial: Alae Cemetery. Casual attire.

Yoshiaki Sugawa, 79, of Honolulu, a retired painter for Global Associates, died Thursday at home. He was born in Paia, Maui. He is survived by brothers Takami, Itsuo and Yutaka, and sisters Nancy Sekioka, Martha S. Tanji and Ruth Ching. Private services.

Mildred M. Suzuki, 82, of Honolulu, died Feb. 1 in Kuakini Hospital. She was born in Ookala, Hawaii. She is survived by sons Norman H. and Gary S., daughter Darlene M. Tsuda, and nine grandchildren. Memorial services: noon Saturday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire.

Hinonita L. Tabac, 60, of Paauhau, Hawaii, a dining reservations clerk for the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, died Sunday in North Hawaii Community Hospital. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Amador "Pocondo" or "Bobby"; daughter Sharilyn Eskaran; sons Robert, Anthony and Roger; brothers George, Pat and Ralph Aquino and Sonny and Clifford Laborte; sisters Addy Lawler, Kris Konrad, Deliah Marieiro, Theresa Bear and Pamela Sulliban; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Mass: 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Call after 8 a.m. Burial: Honokaa Catholic Church. Casual attire.

Lydia C. Tam, 91, of Honolulu, a retired schoolteacher, died Jan. 27 in Straub Hospital. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons Ivan, Alan and Dr. Roland; brother Wallace Chang; sister Miriam Everhart; and three grandchildren. Graveside services: 11:30 a.m. Sunday at Diamond Head Memorial Park. Call after 10 a.m. at Diamond Head Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

Takeshi Tanaka, 87, of Honolulu, a retired plumber for Fort Shafter, died Jan. 25 in Queen's Hospital. He was born in Koloa, Kauai. He is survived by wife Yasuko "Jane," son David, daughter Kathleen Nakamura, brothers Stanley and Paul, sisters Judy and Beatrice, and two grandchildren. Private services.

Shinji Togashi, 79, of Pearl City, a retired supervisor from Oahu Sugar, died Jan. 25. He was born in Olaa, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Tazuko, son Ross, daughter Donna Wada, brothers Kazuo and Satoru, sister Ellen Nihei and Kay Matsuwaki, and four grandchildren. Private services.

Yoshimi "Japon" Tomito, also known as "Tom," 82, of Wahiawa, a retired first-class carpenter for Dole Corp., died Feb. 1. He was born in Paia, Maui. He is survived by wife Catherine; son Ricky; daughters Joan Barringer and Linda Ball; brothers Kazuo, Tsutae, Konomu, Itsuo and Hiroyuki; sister Evelyn Fukumoto; and nine grandchildren. Service: 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. No flowers. Casual attire.

Aurelio B. Valera, 85, of Ewa Beach will be remembered in services in the Philippines. He was struck by a car and died Sunday while walking to church on Fort Weaver Road. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by daughters Clarita Livica, Rosita Alcalde, Magdalena Rielo and Mila Almeida; sons Luis and Belo; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Harold M. Watanabe, 87, of Hilo, a retired postal clerk, died Monday in Hilo Hospital. He was born in Hilo. He is survived by daughter Sharon Purbaugh, brothers Takeo and Stanley K., sisters Kimie Miyaji and Hideko Umoto, and three grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Saturday at Dodo Mortuary. Call after 10 a.m. Casual attire.

Ethel Woo Wong, 101, of Honolulu, a retired teacher from Anuenue Elementary School, died Saturday in Honolulu. She was born in Kohala, Hawaii. She is survived by daughter Sharon S. Hutchinson, brothers Francis, Ivan and Thomas Woo, three grandchildren, and a great-grandson. Mass: 11:30 a.m. Friday at St. Clement's Episcopal Church. Call from 10 a.m.Inurnment: 1:15 p.m. Nuuanu Memorial Park. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Hsiu-Yuan Yang, 78, of Honolulu, a retired owner of Yeng-Fong Trading Co., died Jan. 21. She was born in Yuan-Lin, Taiwan. She is survived by husband Hsu-Zu; sons Chung-Jen and Chung-Kan; daughters Mon-Wa and Mon-Yuen "Kay" Yang and Mon-Jiuan "Debbie" Ide, and seven grandchildren. Private services.

Audrey J. Young, 71, of Lahaina, a retired cook for restaurants, died Friday in Maui Memorial Hospital. She was born in Oklahoma. She is survived by daughters Billie Kelton, Linda Nesbitt, Diane Tanaka and Carolyn DeLeon; sons James and Randy; brothers Arlie and Nelson Perkins; sisters Mary Sue Chatwin and Mary Shaw; 15 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Private services.



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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