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Obituaries
Tuesday, May 14, 2002


Ray Yuen / Big Isle journalist



Cresencia Tomas Alonzo, 85, of Honolulu, died last Tuesday. She was born in Piddig, Ilocos Norte, the Philippines. She is survived by nieces Violeta Bernardino, Cionita Salvador, Nellie Borromeo and Lina Ja-cinto; and nephews Daniel, Ric, Ferdinand, Rudy and Ben. Mass: 7 p.m. Friday at Mililani Downtown Mortuary, call 6-9 p.m.; and noon Saturday at St. John the Baptist Church, call after 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Mililani Memorial Park.

Floserfina Ballesteros, 85, of Pearl City died May 4. She was born in Solsona, Ilocos Norte, the Philippines. She is survived by sons Reynaldo, Richard, Dominador and Placido Jr.; daughters Hilda Nakai, Eleanor Rowray, Lolita Konno, Jessie Omura, Norma Craig and Fely Chalmers; 28 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren. Memorial services: 7 p.m. Friday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call after 6 p.m. Additional services: 5 p.m. Saturday at Hale Kapuna O Lanai Center. Inurnment to follow at Lanai Cemetery. Casual attire. No flowers.

Harriet "Piola" K. Blakeman, also known as "Nani," 62, of Hilo died April 29 in Hilo Medical Center. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by aunts Betty Chang and Katherine Lindsey, and uncle Fred Lindsey. Private services.

Nemesia Ranches Butac, 75, of Honolulu died April 28 in San Francisco. She was born in Ilocos Norte, the Philippines. She is survived by sons Warlito "Wally," Stanley and Glen; daughters Erlinda Avelino and Shirley Butac; brother Anastacio Ranches; sister Francisca Ranches; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Mass: 7 p.m. Friday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call 6-9 p.m. Additional services: 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony Church, Kalihi. Call after 8 a.m. Burial to follow at Hawaiian Memorial Park.

William Robert Carroll, 78, of Mililani, a merchant marine, died Thursday. He was born in Cleveland. He is survived by wife Grace; sons David Oishi and Mark and Lawrence Carroll; daughter Muriel Niehenke; sister Mary Tarka; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Funeral services: 6 p.m. Thursday at Mililani Mortuary, mauka chapel. Call after 5 p.m. Burial: 10 a.m. Friday. Casual attire. No flowers.

Wilbert Ah Oh Chong, 52, of Honolulu died Wednesday in St. Francis Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Adele, son Jon, father Peter, brother Stanley and sisters Lois Ichimura and Janice Chong. Memorial services: 5 p.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu. Call after 4 p.m. No flowers. Donations suggested to First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu.

Bibiana Tabarangao Cruzata, 86, of Waipahu died May 4. He was born in Iriga City, the Philippines. He is survived by sons Santiago, Nicanor and Francisco; daughters Gloria Babagay and Marie Oliva; numerous brothers and sisters; 20 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Mass: 7 p.m. Thursday at Resurrection of the Lord Church. Call 6-9 p.m. Burial to be held in the Philippines. Casual attire. No flowers.

Kiyoto Hamamoto, 91, of San Diego, formerly of Honolulu, a cabinetmaker and skilled artisan, died April 23 in La Jolla, Calif. He was born in Wailuku. He is survived by sons Glenn and Roy, daughters Sandra and Merle, and six grandchildren. Services to be held in California.

Lisa-Ann Mahealani Kahapea, 36, of Oakland, Calif., formerly of Kailua, died April 25 in Alta Bates Hospital, Berkeley, Calif. She was born in Kailua. She is survived by parents Wendell Kaleoaloha and Barbara Joy Ginsburg, sister Lori-Lynn Lehuanani and grandmother Miriam McCabe Kahapea. Private services.

Joan Imeko Kawaguchi, 67, of Mountain View, Hawaii, died May 7 at home. She was born in Kona. She is survived by son Neal H.; daughters Andrea Hori, Kim Kagami and Dee Akasaki; brothers Tadayuki "Sonny" and Norman Kiso; sisters Kay Kimura, Jane Iwashita and Jean Kubota; and four grandchildren. Funeral service: 5 p.m. Friday at Dodo Mortuary. Call after 4 p.m. Casual attire.

Eloise Leimomi Kepaa, 67, of Hilo, a homemaker, died May 5 in Hilo Medical Center. She was born in Kau. She is survived by sons Reid and Harry Kepaa and William Kahele; daughters Noelani and Miniver Kepaa and Leihua Luhiau; brothers Kenneth and Stewart Kauwe; sisters Janet Keanu, Beatrice Anderson and Ruth Kaawa; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services: 11 a.m. Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Hilo Stake Center. Call after 9 a.m. Burial to follow at Alae Cemetery, Mormon section. Casual attire.

Veisinia Kiu, 37, of Lahaina, a self-employed crafter, died Saturday in Maui Memorial Medical Center. She was born in Tofoa, Tonga. She is survived by husband Soane I., mother Tulua Kafoa, brother Sitenili Kafoa and sisters Evai P. Haufekai, Akanesi Aulike, Haitelenisia Tuipulotu and Mafileo Latu. Services to be held in Tonga.

Mabel Ayame Kunishima, 90, of Honolulu, a retired Quality Bakery sales clerk, died May 4. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons David H. and Melvin T., four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Service: 6 p.m. Friday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

Shao Qiong Li, 82, of Honolulu died May 9 in Queen's Medical Center. She was born in China. She is survived by husband Bing Xiang Zhang; sons Gan Chow, Gan Chin, Gan Ching, Gan Ching, Gan Sing and Look Gan Zhang; daughters Chong Yuk Fong, Yuk Ling, Yuk Wa, Yuk Chee and Yuk Hong; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren. Taoist service: 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Friday at Borthwick Mortuary. Burial to follow at Hawaiian Memorial Park.

Narciso Estrada Magsanoc Sr., 69, of Ewa Beach died May 3. He was born in Pangapisan, Lingayen, the Philippines. He is survived by wife Erlinda, sons Reynaldo and Narciso Jr., daughter Nobleza, brother Tomas, sisters Florencia Vila and Judie Locquiao, and three grandchildren. Funeral service: 11:30 a.m. Friday at Mililani Mortuary, makai chapel. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial to follow. Casual attire.

Dorothy Ruth Norton, 81, of Kailua, a homemaker, died Sunday in Kailua. She was born in Stockton, Calif. She is survived by daughters Ruth Robison and Marnie Weeks, son Ted Jr., four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Private services. Donations suggested to Hospice Hawaii.

Mary Alexander O'Brien, 83, of Honolulu, retired preschool teacher at Central Union Preschool, died Saturday in Straub Clinic and Hospital. She is survived by husband Torlogh D., daughters Patricia Guinther and Margaret "Peggy" Fischer, and two grandchildren. Memorial service: 10 a.m. Saturday at Central Union Church. Call after 9 a.m. Inurnment to follow at Oahu Cemetery. Aloha attire. No flowers.

June Toshiko Oshiro, 71, of Honolulu, a retired sales representative for Conrad Enterprises, died Sunday. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by son Dennis Young; daughter Jeanne Wong; brother Richard Yamaguchi; sisters Yoko Akutagawa, May Moriyama and Helen Nakabayashi; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Memorial service: 6 p.m. Thursday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

Cornelio Sol Salmo, 86, of Paia, a retired truck driver at Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar, died May 1 in Maui Memorial Medical Center. He was born in Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, the Philippines. He is survived by wife Guadalupe S., son Rodolfo, daughter Remedios, brother Esteban and two grandchildren. Funeral service: 7 p.m. Friday at Ballard Family Mortuary. Call 6-9 p.m. Additional services: 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Christ the King Catholic Church. Call after 9 a.m. Burial to follow at Valley Isle Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Joyce "Ellen," also known as "Tida" Umiokalani Uli'i, 64, of Hauula died April 29 in Kailua. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons Paul Roman and Henry "Mosso" Jr., Steven, Guy and Warren "Kolo Boy" Uli'i; daughters Rose Makekau and Ellen "Tida Girl," Dolores "Lolly," Lucy, Hoonani and La France Uli'i; 16 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Friday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Call after 6 p.m. Additional services: 11 a.m. Saturday. Call after 9 a.m. Burial to follow. Aloha attire.

Bernard Villa, 77, of Honolulu, a retired production superintendent, machinist inside, at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, died May 3 in St. Francis Hospice West. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by wife Susannah, daughters Lenore Ogawa and Corinne Villa-Riese, brothers Arcadio and Riza, and sister Consolacion Castillo. Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at Diamond Head Mortuary. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial to follow. Casual attire.

Minoru "Lefty," also known as "Min" Wakatake, 79, of Honolulu, a retired dentist, died April 29. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Elnora, son Keith, daughters Sandra Corpuz and Laura Greer, brother Robert, sister Dorothy Tsugawa and four grandchildren. Private services.

Betty Jane Kaliileolani Wooton, 62, of Kekaha, Kauai, a public transportation bus driver, died Thursday in Straub Clinic and Hospital. She was born in Hawaii. She is survived by sons George "Bullet" N. Galbraith and Robert Alan Kunane, daughters Ann Marie K. Westerman and Celia M. Makikoa, father Charles B. Seamster, brother Charles N. Seamster, hanai sisters Kahili Ongoy and Kehau Villegas, half brother Clarence and Gene Seamster, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Thursday at Hanalei Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial to follow at Hanalei Public Cemetery. Casual attire.



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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