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Obituaries
Wednesday, May 23, 2001


Guillermo Gregorio "Apo" Belen, 97, of Papaaloa, Hawaii, a retired rice farmer in the Philippines, died May 15 in Hilo Medical Center. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by sons Federico and Romulo; daughters Mercedes B. Arias, Pacita B., Manglallan, Romualda Calura and Angela Flores; 20 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Memorial services: 7 p.m. Friday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Laupahoehoe, call after 6 p.m.; and 9 a.m. Saturday, call after 8 a.m. Burial: Alae Cemetery. Casual attire.

Robert W. Cole III, 54, of Fruitland Park, Fla., a self-employed computer graphics worker, died Monday in Leesburg Regional Hospital. He was born in Rochester, N.Y. He is survived by wife Mona, daughter Sarah, son Robert T. and sister Sally A. Pope. No services.

William Bell Fincke, 54, of Honolulu, an electronic technician at Lockheed-Martin, died May 5 in San Jose, Calif. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by sisters Sarah Fincke and Alice Anne Keeler. Memorial services: 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Clement's Church. No flowers. Donations suggested to Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Niagai Tiresa Foafoa, 45, of Aiea died Thursday in Kapiolani Medical Center at Pali Momi. She was born in Western Samoa. She is survived by husband Losua; sons James and Motai; daughter Taisali Masaliai; parents Tootoo and Taisali Ili; brothers Taugata Sr., Taugati Jr. and Masi Ili; sisters Tolima Sila, Manioka Peni, Umala Tupuola, Ema and Naomi Ili; and four grandchildren. Memorial services: 10 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Aiea Ward, 99-641 Pohue St. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Laie Cemetery.

Elaine Kimiyo Hamada, 87, of Aiea, a retired secretary for Iroquois Point Elementary School, died May 8. She was born in Waipahu. She is survived by husband Nanao "Rusty," sons Sidney and Neil, sisters Frances Uyeda and Toyoko Suzuki, brother Fred Yamashige and two grandchildren. Private services.

Thomas Shigeru Higa, 91, of Aiea, a co-owner of Times Grill and retired salesman for Y. Hata & Co., died May 12. He was born in Kohala. He is survived by sons Walter, Wilfred and Wayne; daughters Katherine Tonokawa and Charlotte Higa; grandchildren; great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Private services.

Jong Wan Kang, 71, of Honolulu died Sunday in Kuakini Medical Center. She is also survived by husband Won Chan Kang. The family provided incorrect information for an obituary published Tuesday.

Demetria Placido Pascual, 94, of Honolulu died Friday. She was born in Laoag City, the Philippines. She is survived by sons Metheus and Bartolome; daughters Anastacia Sitris, Veronica Ranchez and Marciana Pascual; nine grandchildren and 13 great- grandchildren. Memorial services: 7 p.m. Friday at Mililani Downtown Mortuary, call after 6 p.m.; and 10 a.m. Saturday at St. John Baptist Church, 2024 Omilo Lane. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Sunset Memorial Park.

Yuriko Akimoto Sanborn, 80, of Honolulu, a retired buyer for Kress Stores, died Sunday in Honolulu. She is survived by sisters Sadako Sonoda and Kikue Takahama, and stepchildren. Memorial graveside services: 3 p.m. Thursday at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Marie Loreen Schwab, 85, of Pearl City died Thursday. She was born in Pakala, Kauai. She is survived by son James; daughters Barbara Crockett, Patricia Bridges and Carolyn Yamamoto; brother John Abreu; sister Odelia Pavao; 17 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Graveside services: 2 p.m. Friday at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. No flowers.

David Russell Smith, 51, of Hilo, a free-lance writer, U.S. Army Vietnam War veteran and Purple Heart and Pulitzer Prize recipient, died Nov. 22 in Hilo Medical Center. He was born in Franklin, N.C. Graveside services: 1 p.m. Friday at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2.

George Seth Sowers, 77, of Riverside Calif., died May 16. He was born in Ohio. He is survived by daughter Nathalie and half brother Dennis. Memorial services: 11 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Church. Burial: Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe.

Kenneth Katsuyuki Tadaki, 65, of Pearl City, a retired master sergeant with the Air Force for 22 years, died Monday. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Janet; sons Douglas and Paul; daughter Patricia Beardeaux; brothers Fumio, Roy and John Watanabe; and three grandchildren. Memorial services: 6 p.m. Saturday at Mililani Downtown Mortuary. Call after 5:30 p.m. No flowers. Casual attire.

Eugene Mamoru Takaki, 54, of Wailuku, a retired independent contractor, died Friday in Maui Memorial Medical Center. He was born in Paia, Maui. He is survived by wife Bernice; stepdaughters Nadine Gomes and Patience Kahula; mother Ruth; brother Donald; sisters June Kawanishi, Florence Utsumi and Diane Nishimura; and five grandchildren. Memorial services: 2 p.m., Saturday at Ballard Family Mortuary. Call after 1 p.m. No flowers. Aloha attire.

Clara Chiyome Tanaka, 84, of Pearl City, formerly of Wahiawa, died May 14. She was born in Waipahu. She is survived by son Sidney; sisters Ethel Sakai, Nancy Honda, Lillian Harioka, Dorothy Yoshimura and Tatsuno "Margaret" Nomura; and two grandchildren. Private services.

Arthur Atsushi Yamada, 61, of Pearl City, a retired paint supervisor with Hickam Air Force Base, died Friday. He was born in Aiea. He is survived by wife Carolyn; sons Larry and Jerry; daughter Terry Delgado; brothers Kenji, Takashi and Stanley; sisters Vivian Shimizu, Ester Hajiro, Susie Hara, Judith Tateishi, Mabel Yamada and Lorraine Davis; and four grandchildren. Memorial services: 7 p.m. Saturday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call after 6 p.m. No flowers. Casual attire.

Hyosaburo "H" "Hyo" Yoshida, 81, of Honolulu, a retired meter mechanic for the city Department of Transportation Services, died May 12. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Fumie, sons Norman H. and Bryan M., daughter Norma K. Sato, brother Charles S., sisters Hazel Y. Murakami and Clara R. Yamaguchi, and six grandchildren. Private services.

Wah Duck Young will be remembered in a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at Nuuanu Memorial Park Mortuary. Call from 9 a.m. An article yesterday gave an incorrect service date.



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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