A memorial service for Rachel Saiki, longtime Hawaii labor and justice activist who died July 3 at on the eve of her 81st birthday, takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Church of the Crossroads at 1212 University Ave.
Memorial today for
labor activist Saiki
By Harold Morse
She was an organizer with various labor unions and also helped organize Democratic Party clubs with John Burns, who later became Hawaii governor.
Attorney Harriet Bouslog represented her before the House Un-American Activities Committee here in 1950.
She issued a statement to the press that said in part: "In 1938 my fellow employees in the fountain department of the S.H. Kress Store protested the unreasonable demands of the head of that department by having a walkout. The CIO organizers got in touch with these employees and I, with many others, joined the union.
"I was elected on the board of trustees. A week later, several of us, each from a different department, were notified that we were fired. My work was never questioned before and it was clear to me that my joining the union was the cause of my dismissal. I am proud of the number of picket lines I have walked since 1938, and I will continue to fight."
Today's service is organized by the Hawaii People's Fund. Saiki was one of its board members for many years.
She lent support to Hansen's disease patients at Hale Mohalu, the Hawaiian sovereignty movement, gay rights and many labor causes.
She demonstrated against geo-thermal development at Puna and was a world traveler who supported workers' goals in such places as Japan and the Philippines.
Michael A. Agueros, 37, of Kailua-Kona, a freelance photographer, died Tuesday in Kona Community Hospital. He was born in Los Angeles. He is survived by mother Mary Anne Fullerton, stepfather James W. Fullerton, stepsister Lisa Hankey and grandmother Alice Aqueros. Services on the mainland.
Norman A. "Tony" Algiers Jr., 83, formerly of Honolulu, a retired commander of the U.S. Navy, died Aug. 27 in Sun Valley, Idaho. He is survived by daughter Jo Ann Algiers Levy, son Michael, sisters Katie Gable and Martha Schaefer and a grandson. Private services.
Ramon Arjona Jr., 80, of Kailua, a retired chief fireman for the federal Fire Department, died last Saturday in Queen's Medical Center. He was born in Puunene, Maui. He is survived by wife Mildred Ah Wong, son Ramon III, daughters Carol Ann Kahalewai and Kathleen Welsh, sister Susan Jirod, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Mass: 9:45 a.m. Tuesday at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Kailua. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire. No flowers.
William F. Corliss, 62, of Ewa Beach died last Saturday. He was born in Harrisburg, Pa. He is survived by wife Sandra, son William, daughter Tammy Perry and grandchildren. Memorial services: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Pearl Harbor Memorial Chapel, Building 1601. Call from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aloha attire. No flowers.
Prudencia C. "Aunty Ben" Eugenio, 91, of Wahiawa died Aug. 31 at home. She was born in Ilocos Norte, the Philippines. She is survived by daughter Marciana. Mass: 7 p.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Sorrows Church. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Prayer services: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park.
Richard B. Finkelstein, 41, of Honolulu, who ran Ranger Rick Bicycle Tours, died Sept. 1 in Queen's Medical Center. He was born in Boston. He is survived by mother Rosalie and sister Bonnie Gerard. Burial in Boston. Memorial services in Hawaii at a later date. No flowers. Donations suggested to National Head Injury Foundation, 280 Singletary Lane, Framingham, Mass. 01702.
Peter C. Garrett, 53, of Wailuku died Aug. 5 in Honolulu. He was born in Seattle. He is survived by parents Bill and Clydene; brother David; sister Jenifer Middlebrooks; children Brent, Heather, Tami and Jeremy, and six grandchildren. Private services. Scattering of ashes at a later date. Contact Bobbie at 947-1987 for information.
Brother Roland J. Hinger, 76, of Honolulu is survived by brother Eugene J. and sister Marilyn Petre. Additional information for an obituary published yesterday provided by the mortuary.
Buren H. "B.H." Jordan, 80, of Princeville, Kauai, a retired Army officer, died Aug. 25 in the Center for Aging, Tripler Army Medical Center. He was born in South Carolina. He is survived by wife Pauline, brother LeGett and sister Jean Guy. Graveside services: 2 p.m. Wednesday at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl.
Fritz L. Klattenhoff, of Honolulu, a maintenance man, died Aug. 31 in Ewa Beach. He was born in Vancouver, Wash. He is survived by sons Lauren and Shawn, daughter Sonya VanBuskirk, companion Lorna Muraoka, sister Betty, brother John, mother Doris Wilde and nine grandchildren. Private services.
Juan Lomboy, 77, of Waipahu died Aug. 21 in St. Francis-West Medical Center. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by wife Segunda Urmatan; sons Rolando, Paul and Juan Jr.; daughters Rosie, Nanny and Sol; sister Margarita Dawang, and grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Church. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Burial in the Philippines. Casual attire. No flowers.
Jose C. Millian, 82, of Wahiawa, a retired Merchant Seaman, died Sept. 1 in Leahi Hospital. He was born in Makaweli, Kauai. He is survived by son Reynaldo Sablay and sister Bibiana Ongie. Prayer services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. No flowers.
Joseph M. "Joe" Ortiz, 87, of Kahului died Monday in Hale Makua. He was born in Paauhau, Hawaii. He is survived by daughter Joyce Joseph. Prayer services: 7 p.m. Thursday at Norman's Chapel. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Graveside services: 10:30 a.m. Friday at the chapel. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Maui Memorial Park. Casual attire.
Melvin C. Pacheco, 75, of Kailua is survived by son Ronald Pacheco-Wagner. This corrects information in an obituary published Thursday.
Erenia Plaza, 82, of Honolulu died Tuesday in California. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by children Sabina McWilliams, Alihandro Plaza and Juanita Carter; sister Christina Martinez; brother Raymond Imbo, 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Graveside services: 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at Diamond Head Memorial Park.
Harry G. Poe Jr., 70, of Waianae, a carpenter in the construction industry, died Aug. 28 at home. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Margaret M.; son Harry III; daughters Lillian Aguinaloo and Nancy and Herilina Koani; companion Brenda Burgess; brother Edward; sister Kalakapu Crosby, and six grandchildren. Services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Burial: Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery.
Martha M. Shimizu, 80, of Aiea died Sept. 1 in Kapiolani Medical Center at Pali Momi. She was born in Honokaa, Hawaii. She is survived by husband James Y.; sons Roy Y., Craig S. and Dean M.; daughter Gayle Y. Kawata; brother Richard Miyasaka; sister Betty Shimozono, and five grandchildren. Memorial services: 6 p.m. Tuesday at Mililani Downtown Mortuary. Call from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aloha attire.
Lynne M. Sing Chow, 52, of Pearl City, who retired from Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, died Wednesday in Kuakini Medical Center. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Ralph Jr., son Blake, daughter Kara, stepson Chance, sisters Colleen Takemori and Ann Kadokawa, and brothers Roy T. Ogawa and Wesley Ogawa. Memorial services: 7 p.m. Wednesday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Aloha attire. No flowers.
Charee A.K. Whitford-Cantrell, infant daughter of Charla Whitford and Clifford Cantrell, is survived by great-great-grandfather George Kawelo. This corrects information for an obituary published yesterday.
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back several decades, is available via Telnet software.