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Obituaries

Tuesday, January 16, 2001


Isle historian, teacher
Irma Tam Soong dies at 88

Tapa

Peter C. Ahlgren, 33, of Kilauea, Kauai, general contractor for Pacific Plantation, died Wednesday in Wilcox Memorial Hospital. He was born in Massachusetts. He is survived by son Kegan; mother Joan Hershfeld; father David; brothers Taylor and Logan; sister Mandy, and grandparents Clarence and Ellen. Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at Hanalei Pier. Scattering of ashes to follow. Casual attire.

Trinidad T. Akamu, 76, of Hilo, a retired husker for Honomalino Orchard Ten, died Friday in Kau Hospital. She was born in Kona, Hawaii. She is survived by sons Warner "Jojo" and Gene; daughter Sherry Andrews; brother Samson Pebria, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Wake services: 7 p.m. Thursday at Dodo Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Memorial services: 9 a.m. Saturday at Kauahaao Congregational Church. Scattering of ashes at a later date.

Jay M.N. Awong, infant son of Satin-Jade Awong of Waianae, died Jan. 7 in Kapiolani Hospital. He is also survived by grandparents Rosemary Awong and Bernadine Notrangelo, and great-grandparent Manipan. Memorial services: 10 a.m. Saturday at Maili Beach Park.

William L. Barnette, 82, of Kailua, a labor relations manager for Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, died last Tuesday in Honolulu. He was born in Gainesville, Ga. He is survived by wife Grace; daughters Marge Barnette, Elizabeth DuBois, Patricia Klingler and Cynthia Paulson; sons William Leon Jr. and James Barnette; sisters Lena Sharpe and Ellen and Gertrude Barnette, and brothers Dupree and James. Memorial services: 9 a.m. today at St. Anthony Church. Rosary: 9:30 a.m. Mass: 11 a.m. Private inurnment. Aloha attire. Donations suggested to Society of St. Vincent DePaul, Honolulu District c/o 46-160 Hinalani St., Kaneohe 96744.

Rose E. Blue, 96, of Honolulu, a retired librarian, died Dec. 30 in Hale Malamalama. She was born in Honolulu. Private services.

Gilbert "Gil" Buna Jr., of Honolulu, a chief engineer, died Jan. 4 in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Jackie Joao-Buna; son Marcus Perry; mother Lena Perry; father Gilbert; stepfather Eddie Perry; sister Carlata Cera, and two grandchildren. Memorial services: 9 to11 a.m. Saturday at One Alii Park on Molokai. Scattering of ashes to follow. Casual attire. No flowers.

Kenneth J. "Father John" Coelho, 63, of Waimea, Hawaii, a golf course maintenance worker for Waikoloa Land Co., died Friday in North Hawaii Community Hospital. He was born in Puuanahulu, Hawaii. He is survived by wife June; daughter Odetta Conner; sisters Madeline Gusman, Iwalani Case, Norma Kaniho, Pattie Stancil and Ellarine Teves; brothers Henry Jr. and Joseph Keomalu, and six grandchildren. Wake services: 7 p.m. Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Waimea Ward. Call from 5 to 9 p.m. Services: 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Call after 8 a.m. Burial: Waimea Mormon Cemetery. Casual attire.

Juanita J. Dahlin, 81, of Ewa Beach, a retired supervisor for the state, died Jan. 8 in Kapiolani Medical Center at Pali Momi. She was born in Hilo. She is survived by sons Andres Abad and Fred and Robert Cresanto; daughters Marietta "Marie" Garcia and Nena Sato; hanai sons Roy Jr., Stanley and Bill; hanai daughters Muriel McCabe and Katherine Mehring; sister Angelina "Helena" DeLeon; 22 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Friday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Mass: 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Elizabeth Church. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Winifred Deconte, 89, of Honolulu died Jan. 6 at home. She was born in Ookala, Hawaii. She is survived by sisters Marie Mahoe, Josephine Malani and Mildred Arjona. Services: 11 a.m. Thursday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call after 9:30 a.m. Burial: noon Thursday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery. Casual attire.

William A. Dicrescenzo, 87, of Honolulu died Jan. 6 in St. Francis Hospice. He was born in Minersville, Pa. He is survived by wife Mary; daughter Marsha Duffy; son Richard W., and a grandchild. Private services.

William C. Francis, 64, of Aiea died Dec. 28 at home. He was born in Fredericktown, Mo. He is survived by wife Lushanya Cross; son William Carl Jr.; daughters Williamina C. Muranaka, May Francis and Lushanya M. Tong; brother Charles; sisters Wuanita and Anna Lou, and 16 grandchildren. Private services.

Kazue Fujii, 90, of Honolulu, a retired seamstress for Hub Clothier Co., died Wednesday in Beverly Manor Convalescent Center. She was born in Hiroshima, Japan. She is survived by son Norman; brother Koichi Okuda, and two grandchildren. Memorial services: 6 p.m. Friday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Call after 5 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Juanito C. Gonzales, 89, of Hanamaulu, Kauai, a mill mechanic for Lihue Plantation Sugar Mill, died Thursday in Wilcox Memorial Hospital. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by sons Galiardo, Virgilio and Juanito Jr.; daughters Warlina Crawford and Josephine Morris, 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Mass: 11 a.m. Monday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Call after 9 a.m. Burial to follow. Casual attire.

Bernard C. Gravrock, 97, of Kalaheo, Kauai, an accountant for Greyhound Bus Lines Service, died Saturday in Wilcox Memorial Hospital. He was born in Washington. He is survived by wife Pearl A.; daughter Shirley McDougall; brothers Arthur, Walter and Howard, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. No services.

Tsuruko Higa, 85, of Honolulu, a retired banquet waitress for Hilton Hawaiian Village, died Thursday in Straub Clinic and Hospital. She was born in Waiakea, Hawaii. She is survived by son Herbert; daughters Helen Cherry, Kathryn Sueda, Caroline Higa and Lorene Kim; brother Kamazen; sister Fumiko Kuba, 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Memorial services: 4 p.m. Saturday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Call after 3 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Ethelyne L. Holt, 71, of Kaneohe, a retired clothing retailer, died Friday at home. She is survived by son Clinton Kane Jr.; daughters Charlene Omalza, Clinette Manasas and Cori Rilliet; sisters Georgia Moku, Lillian Carmichael, Antoinette Brown and Illiana Wood; brother Anthony Garnier, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Thursday at Trinity Church Windward. Call after 6:30 p.m. Inurnment services: 9:30 a.m. Friday at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Aloha attire.

Macario M. Ignacio, 72, of Honokaa, Hawaii, a retired busboy at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, died Thursday in Hilo Medical Center. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by wife Mamerta; sons Eddie and Jun; daughters Evangeline Salvation, Ida and Marline Dela Cruz, Judith and Vergita Lacanlale and Beth Ramos; hanai daughter Dorothy Domingo, and 21 grandchildren. All-nite viewing and visitation: 6 p.m. Friday to 10 a.m. Saturday at the Victor and Vergita Lacanlale residence on Naupaka Street in Honokaa, Hawaii. Burial to follow.

Earl P. Kailiawa, 49, of Hilo, a para-medical assistant, died last Tuesday in Hilo Medical Center. He was also a security guard at the Hilo Medical Center. He was born in Pahala, Hawaii. He is survived by parents Andrew and Rachel; brothers Elroy Birch and Harold and Andrew N. Kailiawa; sister Joyce Henry, and hanai sister Heather Lill. Wake services: 7 p.m. Friday at Dodo Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at the mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Alae Cemetery. Casual attire.

Thelma A. Kaneshiro, 68, of Honolulu died Jan. 6 at home. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons Derrick "Rick," Garret "Hideo" and Blane "Champ"; daughter Gaylene Menza; hanai sons Mervyn and Steven Lam; hanai daughter Leslie Lam; brothers Thomas Mewborn and Robert Tsuda; sister Marguerite Stone, and nine grandchildren. Services: 10 a.m. Friday at Sacred Hearts Church, 1701 Wilder Ave. Call after 9 a.m. Scattering of ashes: Heeia Kea Pier. Casual attire.

Leah M.A. Kennison, 59, of Waipahu, a custodian at University of Hawaii, died Dec. 30 in Kansas City. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sister Amelia Poki; hanai sons Byron Tolbe and Jacob Poki; hanai daughters Leah and Roinna Tolbe and Darlene and Rosalie Combis, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Friday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Graveside services: 10 a.m. Saturday at the park. Aloha attire.

Willie B.Q. Lau, 82, of Honolulu, an aircraft sheet metal worker at Hickam Air Force Base, died last Tuesday in Straub Hospital. He is survived by wife Doris C.; sons Dennis and Willis; brother Chester; sisters Violet Wong, Alice and Abbie Fong, Jennie Wong, Flora Young, Yuk Lin and Yuk Mee, and four grandchildren. Services: 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park.

Rosalie Lepage, 77, of Honolulu died Jan. 8 in Queen's Medical Center. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by son Jeffrey; daughter Cindy Hoddick; brother Jonah Kim; sisters Dorothy Ahlet and Jennie Chromik, and four grandchildren. Mass: 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Holy Family Catholic Church. Call after 11 a.m. Burial: Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Casual attire.

Cuong Si Ly, 78, of Honolulu, a retired Chinese herbalist, died Saturday in Beverly Manor. He is survived by wife Muoi Luu; sons Sanh, Quang, Don K., Dat D. and Vinh; daughters Huong and Linh T. Ly, Helen Lee, Linh M. Oishi and Clairine Lee, and eight grandchildren. Taoist services: 8:30 to 10 a.m. Sunday at Borthwick Mortuary. Burial: Valley of the Temples.

Robert "Uncle Bobby" Maikai, 83, of Honolulu died Jan. 7 in Honolulu. He was born on Molokai. He is survived by son Clarence Kaipo; daughters Wilhelmina Naehu, Elaine Young, Viola Kauwe and Cecilia Nuuanu; hanai daughters Yvonne Mamaril and Yvonne Villoria; hanai sons Donald Kauwe and David and Daniel Keliiheleua; brother John Keliiliki, grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Memorial services: 9 a.m. Saturday at Waianae Boat Harbor. Scattering of ashes to follow. Casual attire.

Tadao "Mason" Migimoto, 81, of Honolulu, a retired bank officer for Bank of Hawaii, died Friday in Queen's Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Fumiyo and sister Sumie. Memorial services: 3:30 p.m. Friday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Inurnment services: 10:30 a.m. Monday at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Casual attire.

Hiroto "Jimmy" Mizubayashi, 73, of Kahului, superintendent for weed control at Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Co., died Friday in Maui Memorial Medical Center. He was born in Kula, Maui. He is survived by wife Margaret N.; son Glenn; daughter Lynette Horiuchi; brothers Akito and Danny; sister Shirley Takahashi, and a grandchild. Services: 11 a.m. Thursday at Nakamura Mortuary. Call after 10 a.m. Reception to follow. Burial: Maui Memorial Park. Casual attire. No flowers.

James Mupo, 81, of Kapaa, Kauai, a supervisor with General Motors Corporation of California, died Jan. 7 in Wilcox Memorial Hospital. He was also a World War II veteran. He was born in Pennsylvania. He is survived by two brothers, two sisters and five stepchildren. No services.

Akiharu "Aki" Nakauye, 75, of Mililani, a retired U.S. postman, died Dec. 26 at home. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by brother John Y. and sisters Hatsuko Yoneyama and Gertrude Y. Tenn. Private services.

Aiko Ogata, 79, of Pearl City, a retired forelady for Dole Pineapple Cannery, died last Tuesday in St. Francis-West Hospice. She was born in Aiea. She is survived by son Creighton; daughter-in-law and caregiver June Ogata; sisters Betsy Murakami, Hanako Ogata and Fujie Ogata, two grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Memorial services: noon Saturday at Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin. Call after 11 a.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Muriel K. Omoto, 93, of Honolulu, a retired custodian for Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, died Jan. 5 at home. She was born in Hakalau, Hawaii. She is survived by sons Albert, Theodore, George and Ralph; daughter Irene Miyama; brother Shigeo Nishiyama; sisters Eleanor Imai and Nora Yee, 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Memorial services: noon Saturday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Call after 11 a.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Ralph W. "Bill" Sanborn, 81, of Honolulu, a land assessor for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, died Thursday. He was born in Cleveland. He is survived by daughter Patricia "Patti" Frigillana and sisters Jean S. Lombard and Marion A. Sanborn. Services: 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Casual attire. In lieu of flowers, donations suggested to Christian Science Church, 1508 Punahou St.

Albert H. Souza, 82, of Kailua, who retired from HC&D Ameron, died Thursday in Kailua. He was a World War II veteran. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Carmen; sons Albert Jr. and Allen; daughters Lisa Rezentes, Lila Chun and Linda Rodriguez; brother Joseph, 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Thursday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Burial: 10 a.m. Friday at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Aloha attire.

Mitsuye Tabata, 82, of Honolulu died Jan. 8. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by son Dr. Russell; daughters Ardyce Sakimoto, Jaclyn Enright and Sharilyn Watanabe; brother Richard Harakawa; sisters Fannie Kono and Margaret Yokochi, 10 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Private services.

Raymond K.L. Tsui, 63, of Honolulu, a retired driving instructor, died Jan. 5 in Queen's Medical Center. He was born in Hong Kong. He is survived by son William; brothers Pak and Kwong Lam, and sister Molly Kam. Private services.

Robert M. Urata, 55, of Aiea, a custodian at Honolulu Community College, died Jan. 8 in Kuakini Medical Center. He was also a cook for Zippy's Restaurant in Kapolei. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Colleen; son Ross; daughters Lerae Bovee and Michelle and Colbie Urata; mother Kiyomi Sackwitz; brother Richard, and sister Judy Aono. Private services.

Chester A. Vause Jr. of Honolulu, who retired from Hickam Air Force Base, died last Tuesday. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Vivian; sons Chester III, Randal and Jeffrey; daughter Phyllis Jensen; brothers Bernard and Charles; sisters Eunice Tavares and Laura Moniz, and two grandchildren. Mass: noon Saturday at St. Philomena Church. Call after 10 a.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire. No flowers.

George C. Villaruz, 24, of Honolulu died Dec. 29 in Queen's Medical Center. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by son Austin and siblings Edwin, Rufino, Alfredo, Ernesto Jr. and Lorena Villaruz and Teresita Sagaysay. Services: 7 p.m. Friday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at the mortuary. Call after 8 a.m. Burial: Valley of the Temples.

Shinichi "S.H." Yasuda, 84, of Honolulu, a retired salesman for T. Sumida & Co., died Jan. 3 in Kuakini Medical Center. He was born in Kekaha, Kauai. He is survived by wife Toshie; sons Richard and Edmund; brother Nobuhiko; sister Doris Masaki, two grandchildren and two 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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