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Obituaries

Wednesday, April 4, 2001


Akizaki won park,
library for Moiliili


Star-Bulletin staff

Former state lawmaker Clarence Y. Akizaki died Thursday in Queen's Medical Center. He was 72.

Akizaki represented the McCully-Moiliili area for 12 years in the state House of Representatives, serving as vice chairman of the Finance Committee and chairman of the House Legislative Management Committee.

He was an advocate for construction of the state library branch in McCully and development of the old stadium site into a park.

After an election defeat in 1976, he formed Akizaki Enterprises, working as a driver and tour guide for tourists. He retired in 1994.

"No matter how busy he was, he took time to take the family crabbing and kite flying," said his wife, Peggy. "He was a humble man."

Services will be at 6 p.m. Friday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. The family asks that casual attire be worn and flowers be omitted.

He is survived by wife Peggy, son Vincent, daughter Claudia Teruya, sister Phyllis Akizaki and one granddaughter.


Isao "Al" Agawa, 84, of Lahaina, a retired supervisor from Pioneer Mill, died Sunday in Maui Memorial Medical Center. He was born in Lahaina. He is survived by wife Lillian, son Malcolm, daughter Florence Sakugawa, sister Margaret Hayashida, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services: 5 p.m. Friday at Lahaina Hongwanji Mission. Dinner reception at the church hall. Cremation to follow. Private inurnment. Casual attire.

Concepcion G. Aldana, 52, of Honolulu died last Wednesday. She was born in the Philippines. She is survived by husband Pedro, daughters Analisa Lindsey and Judith Albite, son Joel Albite and six grandchildren. Private services.

Florence Char Batungbacal, 75, of Aiea, a retired secretary from the federal government, died last Wednesday at home. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Freddie, sons Gary and Wayne, brothers Phillip and Clifford Char, two grandchildren and a great-grandson. Services: 11:30 a.m. Friday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call after 10:30 a.m. Inurnment: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Casual attire. No flowers.

Annie Smith Chang, 73, of China died Thursday in Honolulu. She is survived by daughters Anne Ho and Lisa Chen, son William Chang, companion Ta-Jen, caregiver William Smith III and four grandchildren. Private services.

Robert Dizon Jr., 48, of Haiku, Maui, a custodian at Maui High School, died last Wednesday in Maui Memorial Medical Center. He was born in Puunene, Maui. He is survived by mother Ponciana R., father Robert, brothers Ronald "Kila" and Edward "Eddie" and sisters Paula Murray, Audry Love and Sheila Dizon. Services: 7 p.m. Sunday at Ballard Family Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Mass: 10:30 a.m. Monday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Valley Isle Memorial Park.

Jessie Bell Eibel, 85, formerly of Hawaii, whose family operated the Original Pancake Houses and Camp Timberline, died Dec. 28 in Bend, Ore. She was born in Pendleton, Ore. She is survived by husband Rodney, son Gregory, daughter Saundra Freauff, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Burial in Pendleton.

William J. Froelich, 72, of Koloa, Kauai, a retired attorney with Search Drilling Co., died Monday in Wilcox Memorial Hospital. He was born in Omaha, Neb. He is survived by wife Ruth; daughters Kitsy Carnes, Nancy Grow and Jaimee Froelich; sister Mary Vetter and four grandchildren. Services: 9 a.m. Friday at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Kalaheo. No flowers. Donations suggested to Kauai Hospice. Casual attire. No flowers.

May Etsuko Hoshino, 66, of Honolulu, a retired schoolteacher from the Department of Education, died March 26 in St. Francis Hospice. She was born in Hilo. She is survived by husband Shunzo, son Terence T., daughters Valerie A. Hoshino and Lynn T. Glenn, sisters Betty Koto and Julia Pohan, and four grandchildren. Private services.

Lorraine Sachie Hussey, 51, of Hilo, a client of the Goodwill Industries Adult Day Care Program, died Friday in Hilo Medical Center. She is survived by brother William K. and sisters Mabel Castillo, Violet Oliver, Maile Fernandez and Nani Svendsen. Memorial services: 12:30 p.m. Friday at Onekahakaha Beach in Keaukaha. Memorial graveside services: 2 p.m. Saturday at Kanuha Cemetery in Niulii, North Kohala. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

Ruth Hisako Ishida, formerly known as Ruth Sakakihara, 67, of Hilo, a retired schoolteacher at Central Intermediate School, died Thursday in Queen's Medical Center. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Lincoln; sons Lane, Lyle and Leigh; daughter Lynn Estes; sister Jeanne Kanahele and four grandchildren. Memorial services: 6 p.m. Friday at Nuuanu Congregational Church. Call after 5 p.m. Casual attire.

Walter Ishii, of Kapaa, Kauai, a retired groundskeeper with TRW in California, died Friday in Wilcox Memorial Hospital. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Michi, daughter Cynthia Morris, brother Roger and sisters Jean Uchiyama, Doris Watanabe, Janet Kobayashi and Norma Kahalewai. Services: 5 p.m. Friday at Lihue Hongwanji Mission. Casual attire. No flowers.

Masako Kagesa, 96, of Honolulu, a retired secrtary/ treasurer for Rainbow Garden Inc., died March 25 at home. She was born in Hiroshima, Japan. She is survived by sons Sam and Arnold Kagesa and Thomas Naito; daughters Mildred Nishida, Doris Takahashi, Betty Pence and Sonja Kagesa; 17 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Private services.

Eric "Awe" Keawe Kepa, 36, of Waimanalo, a collector for Freedom Bail Bond, died Friday in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Tracey Kepa-Parker; daughters Colby, Aeja and Pele Kepa and Laakapu Kepa-Parker; mother Dawn; brothers Naka and Ala; and sisters Lei Ivester and Ipo, Cherlyn and Stacey Kepa. Services: 7:30 p.m. Friday at St. Matthew Episcopal Church in Waimanalo. Call after 6 p.m. Cremation to follow. Scattering of ashes: 4 p.m. Saturday off Kaiona Beach Park in Waimanalo. Aloha attire.

Enos Foster Kepoo, 75, of Waianae, a retired heavy-equipment operator, died Thursday in Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center. He was born in Hilo. He is survived by wife Hannah K.; sons Enos, John and David Kepoo and Peter, Albert and LeRoy Kamealoha, Moses Iokua and Jason Foster; daughters Ruth Dando, Francis and Marlene Kepoo, Helene Cole, Paulette Stojinski, Marilyn Wersing, Rose Beasley, Johnette Cambra, Hannah and Trina Miyashiro, Palmyra Hethcote, Deborah Tolentino and Larrieann Pagan; sister Helen Foster; brothers Roy and William; 75 grandchildren and 45 great-grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Saturday at Holy Hill of Zion Full Gospel Church, 87-112 Milikami St. in Maili. Call after 9 a.m. Cremation to follow. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Paul Chun Tuck Kim, 89, of Ewa Beach died Friday. He was born in Kohala, Hawaii. He is survived by sons Robert and George, daughters Shirley Head and Karen Rogendorf, brother John Lee, sister Elsie Gella, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Services: 10 a.m. tomorrow at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Roland R. "Pope" Kim, 51, of Mililani, vice president with Castle & Cooke, died Feb. 28. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Kristine, son Nicolas, mother Soon Cho and sister Rhonda. Memorial services: noon Saturday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call after 10:30 a.m. Committal services: 10 a.m. Monday at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Aloha attire. No flowers.

James William Lindow, 47, of Honolulu died March 26 in Honolulu. He was born in Watertown, N.Y. He is survived by mother Catherine. Memorial services: 3:30 p.m. Sunday at 3621 Diamond Head Rd., Honolulu.

Chieko Manmoto, 92, of Pahoa, Hawaii, died Thursday in Hilo Medical Center. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons Kenneth and Roy, daughters Elaine Nagasako and Marian Kim, nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Services: 5 p.m. Friday at Puna Hongwanji Mission, Keaau, Hawaii. Call after 4 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Emiliana Lilagan Melo, 77, of Waipahu will be remembered in services 7 p.m. Friday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Mass: 11:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Baptist Church. Call from 9 to 11 a.m. at the mortuary. Burial: Valley of the Temples. Incorrect information for an obituary published Monday provided by the mortuary.

Yukio Murayama, 74, of Pahoa, Hawaii, owner of Y. Murayama Farms, died Monday in Hilo Medical Center. He is survived by wife Judy Y., son Norman, daughters Wanda Nagao and Colleen Nakayama, brother Kooji, sister Elsie Mizutari and three grandchildren. Memorial services: 5 p.m. Sunday at Puna Hongwanji Mission in Keaau. Call after 4 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Tsutomu "Chan" Nakazaki, 77, of Kaneohe died March 26 in Castle Medical Center. He was born in Pahala, Hawaii. He is survived by brother Kiyoshi and sisters Natsuko Tashiro, Yukiko Yamada and Tatsuyo Taba. Services: 4 p.m. Saturday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire.

Tommy "Tommie" Ray Pittman, 44, of Wahiawa will be remembered in committal services 11 a.m. today at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. The mortuary provided incorrect information for an obituary published Sunday.

Robert Austin Silverman, 79, of Cathlamet, Wash., an East Coast sales manager for Oil Analyst Inc., died March 21 in Cathlamet. He was also a World War II veteran. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by son Scott W.; daughter Beverly Ann; brother Stafford; sisters Margaret Ehlke, Jane L. Silverman and Barbara Schaefer; and three grandchildren. No services.

Clint Phelps Spencer, 53, of Wainiha, Kauai, a retired stage director, died March 26 in Wilcox Memorial Hospital. He was born in New York. He is survived by domestic partner Maka Gilless, mother Rene, brother Jim and sister Mary-ann. Call after 1 p.m. Saturday at the Church of the Pacific at Princeville. Casual attire. No flowers.

Takeo "Take" Suemori, 79, of Kahului, a retired plant mechanic from Maui Pineapple Co., died Sunday in Maui Memorial Medical Center. He was born in Lahaina. He is survived by wife Emiko, sons Ricky and Kyle, brother Giichi and sister Sumiko Hashiro. Services: 11:30 a.m. Friday at Nakamura Mortuary. Call after 10:30 a.m. Burial: Maui Memorial Park. Lunch reception: Nakamura Mortuary. Casual attire.

Takao "Thomas" Tatsuyama, 75, of Kaneohe, a carpenter, died Monday at home. He was also a retired building inspector with the federal government. He is survived by wife Jane; sons Delbert, Grady, Coby and Jed; daughters Dee Scharl and Jan Wingo; brothers Muneo, Harold and Ralph; sisters Mildred Hirano, Tamiko Yamamoto and Winifred Kono; and seven grandchildren. Memorial services over ashes: 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Call after 5 p.m. Inurnment of ashes: 10 a.m. Monday at Valley of the Temples.

Calvin Kenichi Uchida, 50, of Hawaiian Beaches, Pahoa, Hawaii, a senior account clerk for the Hawaii County Police Department, died Sunday in Hilo Medical Center. He was born in Hilo. He is survived by wife Trisia Y., daughter Melissa Ann Y., parents Kazuo and Yukiko, sister Grace H. and grandmother Isao Yamashita. Services: 3 p.m. Sunday at Dodo Mortuary. Call after 2 p.m. Cremation to follow. Casual attire. No flowers.

Margaret Ahuna Wong, 93, of Honolulu died last Wednesday. She was born in Punaluu. She is survived by husband John K.S., sisters Ruth Williams and Martina Whitehead, brother Joseph "Tarzan" Ahuna and grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Scattering of ashes: 10 a.m. Sunday at Punaluu Beach Park.

Victoria Kalili Wong, 85, of Honolulu, who retired from Liberty House, died last Wednesday at home. She was born in Lihue. She is survived by sons Wesley A., Michael L. and Nani; daughters Frances Aina and Cado Lee; brother William Laa; sister Dorothy Caldido; 15 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. Private services.

George Tung Yee, 76, of Honolulu, an independent insurance agent, died March 21. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Adrienne, daughters Eileen Mark and Carolyn Wong, sisters Lily Chow and Shirley Allen, and four grandchildren. Services: noon Saturday at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 1317 Queen Emma St. Call after 10:30 a.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. 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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