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Obituaries

Tuesday, April 11, 2000


George Hemmeter, prolific inventor, dies
Tapa

John Luter, former chairman of
UH journalism, dies

Tapa

Tiburcio M. "Rudy" Alapag, 89, of Aiea, who retired from Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Shop No. 41, died Friday in Kapiolani Hospital at Pali Momi. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by wife Lucia "Lucy"; sons Rudolfo "Boo-D" and Glenn M.; daughters Pamela Jean Andrews and Suzanne Pukahi, 11 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Wake services: 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Elizabeth Church. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Mass: 11 a.m. Friday at the church. Call after 10 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Olivia L. Chong, 91, of Kaneohe, a retired cook at Maemae Elementary School, died April 2 in Honolulu. She was born in Hilo, Hawaii. She is survived by caregiver and granddaughter Toni-Linn Shaw and a great-granddaughter. Private services.

Joseph W. Choy, 63, of Honolulu died Wednesday in Queen's Hospital. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Carol; sons Patrick, Matthew and James; sisters Minnie Lau and Carol Ann Choy, and two grandchildren. Services: noon Friday at Diamond Head Mortuary. Call after 10 a.m. Burial: Diamond Head Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Amanda Marie P. DelaCerna, infant daughter of Christine and Derrick DelaCerna of Kaneohe, died Saturday in Honolulu. She is also survived by grandparents Remijo and Pat Pascua and Ruth Goo, and great-grandparents Modesto and Aniceta Saguiloo. Graveside services: 3 p.m. Saturday at Hawaiian Memorial Park.

Margaret S. Dilay, 87, of Kalihi, formerly of Maunawili Valley, will be remembered in services at noon tomorrow at St. Ann Catholic Church, 46-129 Haiku Road, Kaneohe. Incorrect information for an obituary published Friday was provided by the mortuary.

James W. Doeffinger, 74, of Honolulu, former owner of Doeffinger Dance School, died March 7. He was born in New Jersey. He is survived by wife Jeanene; daughters Mary and Fritzi; son Richard; brothers Bobby and George; sister Rita Hochstuhl and four grandchildren. Memorial services and scattering of the ashes: 2 p.m. Sunday off 700 row at Ala Wai Marina.

Yoshio "Daruma" Fujimoto, 72, of Lahaina, Maui, who retired from the Sheraton Maui Hotel maintenance department, died April 4 in Kula Hospital. He was born in Lahaina. He is survived by wife Pauline; daughters Sandra Harano and Val Casco; son Karl; sisters Namiko Fujimoto and Shizue Toma, and eight grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Saturday at Nakamura Mortuary. Call after 10 a.m. Burial: Maui Memorial Park.

Claire H. Fujioka, 69, of Kailua, a retired secretary, died April 1 in Castle Hospital. She was born in Ewa. She is survived by husband Thomas N. and sisters Mabel N. Endo and Mildred K. Higa. Private services.

Ellen S. Hawkins, 93, of Honolulu died April 5 in St. Francis-West Hospice. She was born in Hanapepe, Hawaii. She is survived by daughters Anna M. Guichard and Annabelle Cabral; brothers Richard and Robert Chung; sisters Margaret Straupe and Thelma Coe; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren. Private services.

Shigeo Hidano, 74, of Pearl City, former president of American Electric Co., died April 3 in Queen's Hospital. He was born in Kunia, Hawaii. He is survived by Mrs. C. Hidano; son Lance; daughters Charlene Ono and Lisa Poley; brother Jay "Fumio"; sisters Stella Miyachi, Roberta "Bobbie" Hironaka and Toyoe Mashita, and nine grandchildren. Call from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Private inurnment. Casual attire. No flowers.

Ethel T. Hirata, 92, of Honolulu, a retired bookkeeper, died March 31 in Kaiser Hospital. She is survived by brothers Motoharu and Hideo Nakayama and sister Martha Nakamura. Private services.

Walter T. Horne, 88, of Honolulu, a retired physician, died March 9 at home. He was born in Pennsylvania. He is survived by son George; daughters Coralie Kramer, Kathie McStavick and Trudy Vernon, 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Memorial services: 4 p.m. Sunday at 144A S. Kaleheo St., Kailua.

Sugio Imada, 76, of Pearl City, who retired from Nabisco, died March 21 in Wahiawa General Hospital. He was born in Kihei. He is survived by sisters Sumiko Shoda, Miyako Fukunami, Ayako Omachi and Gertrude K. Sakamoto. Private services.

Calvin D.Y. Jay, 69, of Honolulu died March 20 at home. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by brothers Joseph and Edwin, and sisters Annie Hee, Elnora Kim and Cora Jay. Services held.

Raphael Kahalekulu, 59, of Maui and California, a masonry contractor, died March 24 in Concord, Calif. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by mother Leatrice; sons Kevin K. and Sterling; daughters Coreen-Ann and Kerry; brother Mark E.; sister Yvonne Moriguchi, and five grandchildren. Memorial gathering: 10-11 a.m. Friday at Maria Lanakila Church. Burial: Makawao Cemetery. Aloha attire.

Shoji Katayama, 73, of Honolulu, a retired mason, died Wednesday. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by sisters Ruth Y. Goo, Alice Migita, Kathy Burn and Beatrice Bennett, and brothers Seichi, Harry, George, Takeshi and Yoshio. Private services.

Brian K. Kaya, 93, of Honolulu, a retired electrician, died April 5 at home. He was born in Japan. He is survived by sons Kenneth, Winston and Duane; daughters Marjorie Gample and Audrey Miyaki, nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Private services. Contributions suggested to Hospice Hawaii.

Gilbert D. Kobatake, 87, of Kaneohe, a retired structural engineer and surveyor, died April 3 at home. He was also owner of Gilbert Kobatake Inc. He was born in Pahoa, Hawaii. He is survived by sons Warren, Kenneth and James; brothers Masato and Buster, four grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Memorial services: 2 p.m. Saturday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Call after 1 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Leuluniu Lauama, 55, of Honolulu, a bus operator with the city Transit Service, died April 1. He was born in Vailoa Tai, American Samoa. He is survived by wife Faaolo; sons Leuluniu Jr., Kesi, Fosi, Joseph, John, Junior and Joshua; daughters Joan, Tuive'eve'e and Malia; mother Seupepe Talili; brother Tise, and 13 grandchildren. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Call again from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the mortuary. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Joseph Lewis, 57, of Pahoa, Hawaii, a staff sergeant for the U.S. Army during the Vietnam war, died April 3 in Hilo Hospital. He was born in Riverrough, Mich. He is survived by daughters Shereece and Samantha; brothers Sam Jr., Herman, Charles, Rudy and Gerald; and sisters Leonora Harris, Ruby Carter and Cheryl Maceyre. Graveside services: 9 a.m. Friday at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Inurnment to follow. Gathering: Alibi Tavern in Keaau.

Elizabeth M. Martin, 78, of Pearl City, first lady of state Church of God in Christ, died Wednesday in Kapiolani Hospital at Pali Momi. She was born in Hamakua. She is survived by husband Bishop Paul L.; son Lowrey A. Kim; daughters Elizabeth J. Chang, Dawn K. Acuesta, Myrna P. Jones, Elizabeth P. Malone, Leila V. Ulufale and E.P. Makahonu Vann; brothers Richard M. and Henry K. Kahalewai and Artemus, Solomon and Abraham Naone; sisters Abigail Kahalewai, Jessie Cavaco and Maryann Johnson, 23 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Services: 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Center of Deliverance, Church of God in Christ. Call from 5 to 9 p.m. Services: 11 a.m. Friday at the center. Call after 9:30 a.m. Burial: Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Hiroshi Nakamoto, 78, of Honolulu, a retired carpenter for Nordic Construction Ltd., died Saturday in Queen's Hospital. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by brothers Yoriyoshi, Frank and Newton, and sisters Helen Masunaga and Norma Nakamoto. Services: 2 p.m. Sunday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Call after 1 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Stanley M. Nakamura, 46, of Aiea, a U.S. customs inspector, died Saturday in Kapiolani Hospital at Pali Momi. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Penney M.; son Travis T.; parents Tatsuo and Evelyn M., and sister Linda. Services: 8 p.m. Thursday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

Jack G. Nosaka, 80, of Kailua, a retired real estate agent for Quality Resort Management Inc., died Wednesday in Castle Hospital. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Haru; sons Leroy K. and Daniel Y.; daughters Cynthia Gastiny and Carol Ann Naone; brothers Charles K., Raymond R. and Seichi; sister Teruko Akizuki; 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild. Memorial services: 6 p.m. Thursday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Call after 5 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Kazuko "Grace" Oba, 91, of Honolulu, a retired seamstress, died March 30 in St. Francis Hospice. She was born in Lihue. She is survived by daughter Elaine T. Tanaka; brothers Ichiro and Sadao Kato; sister Fujie Shinseki, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Private services.

Tokuo "Wacky" Okamura, 77, of Honolulu, a retired assistant production superintendent for Love's Bakery, died April 4 at home. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Shigeko; sons Michael M. and Stephen S.; daughters Ann A. Ling and Mildred M. Okamura; brothers Koichi Yoshida and Charles I. Okamura; sister Shigeko Matsumoto, and three grandchildren. Private services.

Florence K. Okuhara, 76, of Honolulu, a retired Hilton Hawaiian Village housekeeping supervisor, died March 26 in Kuakini Hospital. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons Steven and Clyde; daughters Lorraine Ashimine, Karen Kubota and Lynn Okumura; brothers Masei and William Chinen and James Oshiro; sisters Joyce Nakasato and Alice Ono, 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Private services.

Jimicio T. "Jimmy" Ornong, 70, of Kailua-Kona, a retired iron worker, Local No. 625, died Thursday in Veterans Center for Aging. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He was born on Maui. He is survived by daughters Jozanne "Sam" Ornong, Junna DeVitt and Juli Ann Adams; sons Jamin, Jourdan and Joshua; brother George; sisters Florence Cobb, Primativa Ornong, Maria Ku and Delores Jamero, 19 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Services: 10 a.m. tomorrow at Thy Word Ministries, Kona Faith Center. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery. Casual attire. No flowers.

Joseph L. Kepa Paahao Jr., 50, of Pearl City, a schoolteacher at Helemano School, died March 29. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Christine; daughters Heather, Chrislynne and Chaunelle, and sister Annie Faga. Mass: 12:15 p.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Pearl City. Call after 11 a.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Ivan A.W. Pang, 83, of Honolulu died Thursday. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by sons Courtland, Gordon and Irvin; daughters Lynette and Sheila Pang, Ivanette Kaneshiro and Debra Leong; brothers Wallace, Clarence and Lawrence; sisters Margaret Wong, June Tjon, Mildred Pang and Gladys Wu, and 12 grandchildren. Services: 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call after 10 a.m. Burial: Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Aloha attire.

Alejandro S. Ramos, 88, of Waianae, who retired from Kuakini Hospital, died March 27 at home. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by wife Lucita; daughters Lucilyn Rodrigues and Lucille Alferez; sisters Florence DeGracia and Irene Deleon, and three grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Friday at Nuuanu Memorial Park Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Services: 11 a.m. Saturday at the mortuary. Call after 9:30 a.m. Burial: Valley of the Temples. Casual attire.

Kimiyo Takitani, 85, of Wailuku, Maui died Friday in Wailuku. She was born in Eleele, Kauai. She is survived by husband Hideo; son Ivan; daughters Suzanne Hasegawa, Judith Ching and Audrey Takitani; brothers Satoru and Frederick Okamura; sisters Sumako Kim and Kikuyo Nakamura, 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Services: 4 p.m. Friday at Iao Congregational Church. Call after 3 p.m. Reception to follow. Burial: 2 p.m. Saturday at Maui Memorial Park.

Claire N. Tanaka, 56, of Honolulu, a schoolteacher at Royal Elementary School, died Thursday in Straub Hospital. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by parents George Yoshiyuki and Lorraine S. Tanaka; brother Glenn T., and sisters Joyce T. Higa and Lynn Y. Pang. Services: 4 p.m. Thursday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

Tsugio Tanaka, 87, of Honolulu, a retired auto parts salesman for Schuman Carriage Co., died March 25 in Hale Nani Rehabilitation and Nursing Facility. He was born in Hilo. He is survived by son Wallace "Wally"; daughters Gail Tanaka and Linda Kurata; brother Akira; sisters Maxine Yoshimura and Jean Ebisuzaki, and four grandchildren. Private services.

Iluminado B. Torres, 86, of Kapolei, a retired carpenter for the federal government, died Friday in Kapiolani Hospital at Pali Momi. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by wife Asuncion; sons Angelito, Arturo, Manuel, Orlando, Wenceslao and Edgardo; daughters Erlinda Ramirez, Aurora Rodrigues, Teresita Mendiola and Corazon Espino; brothers Leoncio and Salvador; sisters Consolacion Tumang and Teodora Armas, 26 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Jude Catholic Church, 92-455 Makakilo Drive. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Burial in Pampanga, the Philippines. Casual attire. No flowers.

Janet I. Tsutomi, 65, of Honolulu died April 3. She was born in Wahiawa. She is survived by parents Kenji and Sumiko; brothers Kenneth and Richard, and sisters Constance Lum and Ruth Yoshioka. Private services.

Le Roy M. "Roy" Tuttle, 91, of Kona, Hawaii, a retired plant engineer with Perkin Elmer Electronics, died Saturday in Keauhou Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center. He was born in East Orange, N.J. He is survived by daughter Pat Lewis-Fischer; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Memorial services: 6 p.m. tomorrow at Pat Lewis-Fischer's residence, 73-1247 Hiolani St. Potluck gathering to follow. Casual attire.

Miyono Yamafuji, 93, of Lahaina, Maui, a retired owner of the Liberty Restaurant in Lahaina, died April 4 in Kula Hospital. She was born in Lahaina. She is survived by sons Stanley and Robert; daughters Annette Miyoken and Betty Hirose; brothers George, Nobuyuki and Yukio Fujikawa; sister Florence Hasegawa, 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Private services.

Fusae "Ethel" Yamashita, 81, of Waimanalo died March 25. She is survived by son Norman; daughters Florence Miyata, Miriam Uehara and Caroline Chong, nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Private services.

Emiko "Pearl" Yanagihara, 83, of Honolulu died April 4 at home. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Shojiro; daughters Rebecca L.N. Lee and Kathleen T. Yanagihara-Brooks, and two 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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