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Obituaries
Thursday, February 28, 2002


The Rev. Ernell K. Ah Sing, 64, of Hawi-Kohala, a homemaker, died Monday in Kohala Hospital. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Walter; daughters Daena and Terrene; hanai daughter Jennyjin Fong; sons Johansen and Joel; sisters Lanagaye Ernesto and Marcla Meheula; brothers William, Gordon and Brian Meheula; a grandson; and a great-granddaughter. Services: 11 a.m. Saturday at the residence. Call 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

Julie M.M. Akau, 71, of Honolulu, a retired teacher for Linapuni and Mokulele elementary schools, died Feb. 16. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by brothers Richard, Abraham, Maurice, James and Phil; and sisters Margaret Guereiro, Mary Simpson, Elaine Kaopuiki and Bertha Akau. Mass: 11:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick's Church. Call after 9:30 a.m. Burial: 12:45 p.m. at Diamond Head Memorial Park. Aloha attire.

Kathleen Celestino, 55, of Keaau, Hawaii, a homemaker, died Feb. 16 in Hilo Medical Center. She was also a free-lance photographer. She was born in Shenandoah, Pa. She is survived by sons Michael Celestino and Sean Galmon, daughter Tiffany Quillen, hanai son Gus and a granddaughter. Services on the mainland. Condolences may be sent to HCR 1 Box 5246, Keaau, HI 96749.

Robert Frank Davis, 71, of Kaunakakai, died Friday in Kaunakakai. He was born in Pueblo, Colo. He is survived by wife Geneva; sons Robert Jr., Kris and Mike; daughters Darlene Wise and Hollie Ann Carr; brother Harold; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Services at a later date.

Kimiko Fujii, 95, of Aiea, died Feb. 18. She was born in Honaunau, South Kona. She is survived by son Gary; daughters Jeannie Grawe, Constance Hamasaki, Ruby Takenaka and Gwen Isa; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Private services.

Jeff Gage, 48, of Kula, Maui, a self-employed construction worker, died Sunday in Maui Memorial Medical Center. He was born in Torrance, Calif. He is survived by mother Marjorie, daughter Krystina, son Stephen and sister Gerrianne Sakamoto. Private services. Donations suggested to Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation.

Doris Irene Griffiths, 82, of Kailua-Kona, an elementary school teacher in California, died Sunday in Kona Community Hospital. She was born in Washington. She is survived by son Carl Venstrom and four grandchildren. Services: 6 p.m. today at Kahalui Pavilion, Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona.

Peter Holiona Jr., 76, of Kailua, died Feb. 15. He is survived by wife Hope; daughters Lois Williams, Anne Chow, Faith Bode and Hope Reed; son Koa; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Private services.

Arthur Charles William "Bill" Ireton Jr., 79, of Hilo, died Saturday in Hilo Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Mary; daughters Judith Henderson, Jean Ireton and Janet Hodge; sister Eunice DeHay; brother Jack; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. No services. Donations suggested to the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine.

Takeo Kanemitsu, 93, of Kaunakakai, died Friday in Kaunakakai. He was born in Lahaina. He is survived by wife Doris; sons Frank, Ralph and Ted; daughters Nancy Hiraiwai, Lani Bell and Eve Grundy; brothers Shigeo, Fred and Henry; sisters Sadako and Hirai; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Friday at Seventh-day Adventist Church, Kalamaula. Call after 10 a.m. Burial: Kapaakea Cemetery.

Hazel Kiyoko Kawamoto, 90, of Honolulu, a retired head cashier for Kress Store, died Friday at home. She was born in Papaikou, Hawaii. She is survived by sister Bernice A. Services at a later date.

Ngeu Kong, 63, of Honolulu, died Saturday in St. Francis Medical Center. She was born in Cambodia. She is survived by sons Sokhar, Sokhan and Chamroeun Chhin; brother Youna; sisters Ngor and Rompa; and six grandchildren. Buddhist services: 5-9 p.m. Sunday at Borthwick Mortuary. Cremation to follow.

Charles K. Kuahine Sr., 68, of Kailua, died yesterday at home. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by children Charles K. Kuahine Jr., Zel Boddie, Claire Merseburgh, Mele Anderson, KeithAnn Lum, Suzanne Yamamoto, Fern Hamai and Christopher Kuahine; sisters Kealoha Pawai, Agnes Freitas and Catherine Puahala; 17 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Call 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at Ordenstein's Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Private graveside services at a later date.

Dorothy Hanato Kuluwaimaka, 53, of Kalaoa, Kona, a homemaker, died Feb. 14 in Kona Community Hospital. She was born in Kealakekua. She is survived by husband Jerry K. Sr.; son Jerry K. Jr.; daughters Clara, Nancy and Barbara; mother Lucy Hanato; brothers Walter, Melvin and Mervin Hanato; sisters Nancy Go and Rochelle Puhi; and three grandchildren. Services: 6 p.m. tomorrow at Kahaluu Beach Park, big pavilion. Call 5-9 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Gary James Kamakaokalani "Hawaiian" Laa, 20, of Honolulu, an inventory specialist for Washington Inventory Service, died Feb. 18. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by son Kekoa Martinez-Laa; parents Rodney and Shirley; brothers Rodney Jr. and Daniel; and sisters Lisa Felise, Leann Fo and Lynette Laa. Private services.

Helen Pai Cham Lee, 77, of Aiea, a retired employee for Liberty House, alterations department, died Saturday in Kaiser Medical Center. She was born in Waialua. She is survived by husband Harold, son Howard, daughter Cynthia Flugum, brother Kam Man Leong, sisters Ellen Higa and Edith Kam, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call after 10 a.m. Entombment: Nuuanu Memorial Park. Casual attire. No flowers.

Harold Arthur James Mariani Sr., 61, of Hanapepe, Kauai, president of Mariani's Auto Body Inc., died Sunday in Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Deborah; daughters Rose Silva, Marie Damasco and Cherie Rudolph; son Harold Jr.; sisters Emily Nazario and Leatrice Perons; stepdaughters Darie Relacion, Danielle Michioka and Dawn Michioko; and 15 grandchildren. Private services.

Mary Ione Marshall, 84, of Keauhou, Kona, a retired accountant, died Feb. 19 in the Life Care Center of Kona. She was born in Kansas City, Kan. She is survived by daughter Mary Marlene Schwartz and a grandson. Private services.

Tadahiro Matsuoka, 91, of Honolulu, formerly of Hana, Maui, a retired insurance agent for Occidental Underwriters of Hawaii, died Feb. 20 in Honolulu. He is survived by daughters Dawn Moroye, Sharon Yonamine and Joyce Matsuoka; brother Takashi Masuda; sister Shizue Chun; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Private services.

Harold Kealiwaiwaiole Mattson, 72, of Haiku, Maui, who retired from the U.S. Army, died Saturday in Maui Memorial Medical Center. He was born in Hana. He is survived by stepson Kenneth Dowd, brothers Edward K. Jr. and Jeremiah "Jerry," sisters Isabella Reeves and Rose M. Decoite, and a grandchild. Wake service: 7 p.m. Saturday at Borthwick/Norman's Mortuary. Call 6-9 p.m. Graveside service: 10 a.m. next Thursday at Maui Veterans Cemetery, Makawao. Aloha attire.

Mark "Marcus" Bejan Mehr, 43, of Wahiawa, died last Thursday. He was born in Twinsburg, Ohio. Services on the mainland.

William Leo Meyer, 49, of Honolulu, died Feb. 7. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by brother Jacob and sisters Sharon Texeira, Gladiola Meyer, Carol Szadkowski and Lana Meyer. Private services.

Anthony John Mileo, 79, of Honolulu, a retired business owner, died Tuesday in Honolulu. He was born in New York. He is survived by wife Eileen, daughters Laurie O'Sullivan and Janice Mileo, sister Helen Penna and four grandchildren. Private services. No flowers. Donations suggested to International Myeloma Foundation, Los Angeles.

Mitsuto "Joe" Mitsui, 79, of Pearl City, a veteran of the 442nd Regiment Combat Team, medical detachment, died Saturday. He was born in Hanalei, Kauai. He is survived by sons Alvin, Owen, Randy and Russell; daughter Karen Brookshire; brothers Saburo and Clayton; sisters Sumiye "Betty" Ohta, Gladys Johiro and Beatrice Mahikoa; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Services: 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call after 5:30 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Katsumi Muraoka, 84, of Honolulu, a retired employee for the Honolulu Department of Finance, died Feb. 17 at home. He was born in Waialua. He is survived by sons Lester and Wallace, daughter Joanne Furuya, brothers Joseph K. and Katsuyuki "Frickles," sister Chizuno Hiroshige, four grandchildren and a great-grandson. Private services.

Chiyoko Okuhara, 84, of Makaweli, Kauai, died Feb. 19 in Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital. She was born in Waimea. She is survived by son Bert; daughters Winifred Yamashita, Carolyn Kato and Faith Suzuki; brothers Kazuo and Yoshiaki Iwatate; sisters Yuriko Kimura, Kiyoko Miyao, Fumie Kasahara and Suzue Phillips; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Services: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Aloha Church, Lihue. Casual attire. No flowers. Private inurnment.

Dorothy Fusae Onaka, 79, of Wahiawa, died Feb. 14. She was born in Lahaina. She is survived by husband Denny, daughters Junet Higashihara and Lucille Tomita, brother Masaru "Dick" Fujiwara, sisters Asako Moriyama and Nancy Sugai, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Private services.

Shirley Lei Pacheco, 64, of Eleele, Kauai, a dishwasher for the restaurant industry, died Sunday at home. She was born in Hanapepe. She is survived by sons Vernon and Douglas; daughters Melissa Pacheco Agan, and Rosalind and Dolores Pacheco; brothers Robert, Donald and Roy Boro; sisters Irene Lovell and Barbara Rita; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services: 10 a.m. Monday at Borthwick Kauai Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Casual attire.

Chan Yo Park, 84, of Wahiawa, died Saturday in Ewa Beach. He was born in South Korea. He is survived by wife Hea Un Park, sons On Ho and Tae Ho Park, daughters Gloria Benson and Un Cha Asato, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Tuesday at Valley of the Temples Chapel. Call after 10 a.m. Burial: Valley of the Temples. No flowers.

Franklin Domingo Pascua, 57, of Jonesboro, Ga., formerly of Honolulu, a retired sergeant first class for the U.S. Army, died Oct. 8. He was born in Hawaii. He is survived by wife Kim U.; sons John F. and James F.; daughter Carolyn P. Bays; brothers William, Jose, Abelardo and Benjamin Sao, and Aurelio Pascua Jr.; sisters Elizabeth Batulanon, Shirley Wilkins and Stephanie Wood; and two grandchildren. No services. Condolences: 4921 Lake Park Lane, Acworth, GA 30101.

Ralph Clyde Presnall, 84, of Kailua, a retired radio technician for the Federal Aviation Administration, died Feb. 15 in Castle Medical Center. He was born in Seattle. He is survived by sons Verne and Sidney, daughters Sunya Porter and Tanya Pouls, sister Dorothy Lumsden and six grandchildren. Private services.

Marjorie P. "Polly" Roseberry, 92, formerly of Kailua, a retired children's librarian for the Honolulu and Kailua public libraries, died Tuesday in Vancouver, Wash. She was born in Fort Monroe, Va. She is survived by sons Bob and Russ, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Donations suggested to Lani-Kailua Outdoor Circle or the Friends of the Kailua Library.

Katsutoshi Shimizu, 69, of Honolulu, a veteran of the Korean War, died Friday. He was born in Hana, Maui. He is survived by brothers Kiyoharu, Toyoyuki and Roy; and sisters Hideno Matsumoto and Chiyoko Fujimoto. Services: 4 p.m. Sunday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Inurnment: 10:30 a.m. Monday at at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Casual attire. No flowers.

Jerry Hideyuki Tanaka, 91, of Wahiawa, a retired employee for the Wahiawa Post Office, died Saturday. He was born in Wahiawa. He is survived by wife Shizuko, sons Clyde and Steven, daughter Mae Kim, brother Toshio and sisters Lillian Makabe and Florence Uyehara. Services: 5 p.m. Saturday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Call after 4 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Sakae Teraoka, 84, of Hilo, died Feb. 15 in Hilo Medical Center. He was born in Wainaku. He is survived by wife Shigeko; brothers Moriso, Isamu "Mamo" and Tetsuo "Terry"; and sisters Fusayo Yoshimura, Matsuyo Ishihara, Yaeko Koizumi and Fumiko Tanaka. Private services. No koden.

James "Tok" Tokuda, 70, of Fairfield, Calif., a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, died Feb. 21 in Vallejo. He also retired from civil service as a crew chief for Military Air Transport, 60th Aerial Port Squadron. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Edith, sons Guy and Blake, daughter Patricia Lum, sisters Irene Yamashiro and Betty Inouye, brother Norman Tokuda, two grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. Services on the mainland.

Soane Fapiano Puliuvea Tuihalafatai, 78, of Waialua, died Feb. 20. He was born in Tonga. He is survived by wife Faleaka; sons Pulileka, Kalolo and Lisiate; daughters Fualupe Silva, Sesilia Taufateau, Akata Heines, Lesieli Vakauta and Tupou Afungia; and 19 grandchildren. Rosary: 7 p.m. tomorrow at St. Augustine's Church. Call 7-10 p.m. Mass: 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the church. Call after 9:30 a.m. Burial: 1:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park.

James Vallese, 76, of Honolulu, died Jan. 23. He was born in Follansbee, W.Va. He is survived by son James; daughter Joanne Lalama; brothers Adolf, Joseph and Angelo; sister Rose Allega; and two grandchildren. Committal service: 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe.

Olivia Filiapulotu Vea, 54, of Honolulu, died Wednesday in Queen's Medical Center. Services: 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1723 Beckley St. The mortuary provided incorrect information for an obituary published Sunday.

Bertha "Bert" Weeks Weeks, 85, of Kahaluu Mauka, Kona, a homemaker, died Sunday at home. She was born in Kainaliu. She is survived by sons Frank, Harvey C. Jr. and William O.; sister Thelma Tyler Jr.; and two grandsons. Services: 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at Christ Church Episcopal, Kealakekua. Inurnment: Christ Church Episcopal Cemetery. Casual attire. No flowers.

Peter Hiroto Yamaguchi, 76, of Honolulu, a retired manager for Waialae Bowl, died Friday. He was born in Puunene, Maui. He is survived by wife Clara R., son Jon M., daughter Jeri Y. Lung, brothers Yasushi "Yachi" and Kazuto, sisters Mitsue Alu and Amy Lee, and a granddaughter. Private services.

Taro Yomogida, 95, of Honolulu, a retired self-employed auto mechanic, died Feb. 18. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Yoshiko "June"; sons George M., Carl T. and David O.; daughter Nancy M.; sisters Fujie Koda and Asako Tachino; and three 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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