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Obituaries
Wednesday, June 20, 2001


Pediatrics expert Bass
Botany advocate Burns



Nilasoni Sosiua Alatini, 18, of Pearl City, a graduate of Kahuku High School, died Monday in Kapiolani Medical Center at Pali Momi. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by parents Nilasoni and Elenoa; sisters Salome, Laumanu and Leilani; and grandparents Feki and Laumanu Seluini. Services: 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Waipahu Hawaii Stake Center, call from 6 to 9 p.m.; and 9 a.m. Friday at the church, call from 8 a.m. to noon. Burial: Valley of the Temples.

Ralph Motokatsu Asahina, 81, of Honolulu, chief executive officer of Universal Construction Inc., died June 11 in Queen's Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Shizue; sons Dean and Gene; daughter Audrey; brothers Daniel, Richard and Henry; and sister Irene Sato. Services: 4 p.m. Saturday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

Eleanor Buell Banks, 90, of Hawi, Hawaii, was born in Sioux Falls, S.D. The mortuary provided incorrect information for an obituary published yesterday.

Elvin Glenn Bickham, 79, of Kaneohe, a retired communications specialist from Hickam Air Force Base, died Friday. He is survived by wife Grace; daughters Geri Sasaki, Glenna Marti and Gay Ann Hite; stepsister Joanna Wenditz; five grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Services: 6 p.m. Tuesday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Call after 5 p.m. Burial: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Informal attire. No flowers.

Elizabeth "Liz" Pendleton Grandy Taylor Bledsoe, 86, of Honolulu, a retired records management analyst for Tripler Army Medical Center, died May 31 in Castle Medical Center. She was born in Norfolk, Va. She is survived by half brother J.W. Grandy III and half sister Jeanne Grandy Watkins. Sunset services for scattering of ashes: 6 p.m. Monday at Beachfront Rainbow Tower, Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel. Aloha attire. No flowers. Donations suggested to charity.

Ann Walker Burns, 75, of Honolulu will be remembered in graveside services 10 a.m. Friday at Oahu Cemetery. No flowers. Donations suggested to the Hawaiian Humane Society, 2700 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, or the Friends of the Honolulu Botanical Gardens. The mortuary provided additional information for an obituary published yesterday.

John Francis "Sean" Deasy, 78, of Kahului, a retired social worker, died yesterday at home under hospice care. He was born in Dublin, Ireland. He is survived by wife Evelyn; sisters Sheila Hendrixson, Ellen Meyers and Rita Cerasana; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services: 10 a.m. Friday at Christ the King Catholic Church. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Maui Veterans Cemetery. Aloha attire.

Jose Hipolito Jr., 66, of Honolulu, a retired master craftsman of Kamaka Ukulele, died June 10 at home. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by brothers Melvin and Julian, and sisters Irene Wheeler, Frances Ashley, Lillian Cash and Priscilla Bolongan. Memorial services: 10 a.m. Saturday at Depot Beach in Nanakuli. Casual attire.

Grace Fujiye Imamoto, 69, of Kona, Hawaii, a retired coffee farmer, died last Wednesday in Kona Community Hospital. She was born in Kona, Hawaii. She is survived by son Wesley, daughters Jacqueline and Gwyneth, brother Herbert Kaku, sister Elsie Nagasawa and a granddaughter. Services: 11 a.m. Saturday at Central Kona Union Church. Call after 10 a.m. Burial to follow. Casual attire. No flowers.

Soo Ahn "Swanee" Kim, 87, of Honolulu, a retired captain for the Honolulu Fire Department, died June 9. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Barbara, sons Dereck and Stephen, and sister Ah Chew "Clara" Goo. Services: noon Saturday at Diamond Head Mortuary. Call after 10 a.m. Inurnment: Diamond Head Memorial Park. Casual attire. No flowers.

Rene Eunike Koahou-Fearing, 30, of Kailua, a licensed practical nurse for the Hawaii State Hospital, died Friday. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Robert, daughter Keahi G. Fearing, mother Norma "Haunani" Koahou, brother Sean Koahou and grandparents Blanche Keahi and John Koahou. Memorial services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Bernice Pauahi Bishop Memorial Chapel, Kamehameha Schools. Call after 9 a.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Elaine Ching Lau, 80, of Honolulu died Thursday. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons Lawrence, Gregory, Rodney, Creighton and Bertram; brother George Ching; sister Alice Goldsmith and 12 grandchildren. Mass: 11 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Hearts Church, 1701 Wilder Ave. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Nuuanu Memorial Park. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Rosaline Lokelani "Aunty Loke" Loque, of Honolulu, formerly of Hana, Maui, died June 5 in Kuakini Medical Center. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons Benjamin, Ronald and Larry; daughters Lorita Gabriel, Rosemarie Lee, Mildred Spencer, Juanita Anakalea, Molly Kahele and Patricia and Jennie Loque; brother Benjamin Kaai; sisters Mariaha Kaaiawaawa, Geraldine Lancaster, Phyllis Wong and Annette Cadang; 24 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. tomorrow at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Graveside services: 9 a.m. Saturday at Maui Memorial Park.

Yoshiyuki Odanaka, 76, of Pearl City, who retired from Hickam Air Force Base, died June 10 in Kapiolani Medical Center at Pali Momi. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Hisako, son Sidney S., daughter Donna Walden and three grandchildren. Private services.

Nani Michie Okamoto, 50, of Honolulu, a retired manager for Kaneda's, died last Wednesday. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by son Marcus M., daughter Christine C., brothers Sanford S. and Alika S. Kaneda, and sister Joan M. Kurihara. Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

Faransiro "Frank" Tamala, 79, of Hilo, owner of the former Young's Shoe Repair on Keawe Street, died Sunday at home. He was also a baseball umpire. He was born in Hilo. He is survived by wife Katherine R.; sons Tad, Calvin and Frank; daughters Sheila Pang and Darleen Paiva; brothers Mugs, Andrew and Sonny; sisters Ann Boteilho and Nancy Antonio; 27 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. Prayer services: 7 p.m. tomorrow at Glad Tidings Church on Kapiolani Street. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Services: 10 a.m. Friday at the church. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Alae Cemetery. Casual attire.

Jiro Tomosada, 81, of Hilo, a retired supervisor at the Gas Co., died Friday in Life Care Center of Hilo. He was born in Kapoho, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Yoshie; daughter Laura M. Kerr; sons Gerald H., Steve T. and Clifford M.; brothers Kazuo, Mitsugi and Shigeno; sister Hatsue Tao; three grandsons and a great-granddaughter. Private services.

Takeo "Take" Yabuta, 73, of Hilo is survived by brother Tetsuo "Ted," sister Natsuko "June" Gyotoku and three grandchildren. The mortuary provided incorrect information for an obituary published Sunday.



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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