Thursday, May 30, 2002

Charles "Chuck" Parker Bishop, 75, of Kailua-Kona, a retired letter carrier, died May 21 in Kona Community Hospital. He was born in Bakersfield, Calif. He is survived by wife Donna M.; sons Sherwood, Michael and Michael S.; adopted daughters Darlene Iorio and Cindy Hemm; sister Rosalyn Waller; and numerous grandchildren and great-granchildren. Graveside services: 1 p.m. Friday at West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery, Highway 19, Mile 89, Kailua-Kona. Urn burial to follow. Reception: 4 p.m. at Central Kona Union Church gazebo in Kealakekua, Hawaii.

Constance Laura Bogert, 81, of Makakilo, a retired filing clerk, died Monday. She was born in Indianapolis. She is survived by sons Kenneth and Steve Suesz, daughter Connie Carr, brother David Bess, sister Mary Worten, five grandchildren and two great-granchildren. Memorial services: 7 p.m. Monday at Makakilo Baptist Church. Private inurnment.

Ronald R. Branco, 53, of Kailua-Kona, a heavy equipment operator at Hawaii Precast Inc., died Friday in Kona Community Hospital. He was born in Kealakekua, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Louella, daughters Leinaala and Anuhea, mother Mabel, brother Raymond Jr., sister Gen W. Chong and one hanai grandchild. Mass: 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael's Catholic Church. Call after 8 a.m. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Florinda "Flora" Medeiros Cambra, 86, of Kohala, Hawaii, a homemaker, died Saturday in Kohala Hospital. She was born in Kohala, Hawaii. She is survived by husband Arthur; son Robert; daughters Barbara Nichols, Angie Kozlowski, Rose Yamanaka, Lila Healy and Patricia Eli-Steckling; sisters Mary Vierra, Eva Lim and Dora Beach; 14 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren. Mass: 10 a.m. Saturday at Hawi Catholic Church. Call after 8 a.m. Burial to follow in the church cemetery. Casual attire. No flowers.

Ethel Kim Mau Ching, 99, of Honolulu died May 18 in Aloha Care. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons Randolph, Donald and Cedric; daughter Adrienne; and six grandchildren. Private services.

Violet Tam Dove, 95, of Niu Valley died Saturday at home. She was born in Makawao, Maui. Incorrect information was provided by the mortuary for an obituary published yesterday.

Wayne Edward Duncan, 91, of Honolulu, a retired civil engineer with the federal government, died April 24 in St. Francis Hospice. He was born in New Mexico. He is survived by nephew Neale. Private services.

Hazel Eguchi, 94, of Waimea, Kauai, a homemaker, died May 22 in Mahelona Hospital. She was born in Hawaii. She is survived by sisters Eunice Izumi and Jean Ishii. Private services.

Misue "Edna" Fujikawa, 76, of Honolulu, a retired self-employed seamstress, died Tuesday. She was born in Lahaina. She is survived by sons Melvin and Rod; daughters Gwen Oki, Cynthia Tengan, Karen Chung, Ethel Kaneshiro, Valerie Uyeda and Joy Asato; sisters Yukiko Yamaguchi and Futae Mizushima; and 10 grandchildren. Services: 6 p.m. Saturday at Mililani Downtown Mortuary. Call after 5:30 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Phonchareun Inthasane, 81, of Kahuku, a retired farmer, died Friday in Kahuku Hospital. He was born in Laos. He is survived by son Ky Chareun, daughter Kham Thepsenavong, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Laotian services. Visitation: 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Borthwick Mortuary. Cremation to follow.

Senichi "Yachi" Irei, 87, of Honolulu, a retired cook for Kuhio Grill and retired owner of Violet's Coffee Shop, died Monday. He was born in Paia, Maui. He is survived by wife Shizue; son Roy; daughters Carol Irei, Shirley Medeiros, Janet Kawada and Lynn Henline; brother Joei; and 12 grandchildren. Services: 2 p.m. Sunday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Call after 1 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Bailey Kaapokalani Kuewa Jr., 69, of Aiea, died last Thursday in Honolulu. He was born in Waialua, Hawaii. He is survived by sons Bailey K. III, Rodney K., Keith K. and Francis N.; daughters Eiko Duvauchelle, Wilma Nelson and Sheri Camara; sister Mapuana Ellenberger; 17 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Services: 10 a.m. Monday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Private burial. Casual attire.

Mabel Carmen Leong, 93, of Honolulu died May 20 in Kuakini Medical Center. She is survived by daughter Barbara Perreira; brother Ormal Martin; sisters Hazel Joseph, Lillian Ferreira, Mamie Lopes and Ruby Todd; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Private services.

Marian Toshie Masaki, 59, of Pearl City, a retired secretary for the state Department of Labor, died Monday. She was born in Wahiawa. She is survived by husband James, son Jason and brother Michael Mikami. Services: 5 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church of Pearl City. Call after 4 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Marco Ponicono, 71, of Lihue died Friday in Wilcox Memorial Hospital. He was born in Molokai. He is survived by stepmother Consorcia L. Estenzo; sisters Kathy J. Howell, Dorothy Verano, Filomena Quizon, Francesca Berbano, Dolores Ashimine, Catalina Kirsch, Rosa Dejos, Nora Agravante and Lani Ouye; and brothers Julian Ledesma and Nelson, Walter, G. Larry and Wilfredo Estenzo. Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at Holy Cross Church. Call after 9 a.m. Casual attire.

Albert H. "Mimi" Serikawa, 70, of Kailua, a retired proprietor of Al's Shell Service Station in Enchanted Lake, died Friday in Kailua. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Winona L.A.; sons Robert and Kaipo; daughters Sets and Mahina; brothers Herbert and Gilbert; sisters Betsy Tanaka, May Kawabata, Jane Serikawa, Sadie Katayama, Margaret Uyehara; and five grandchildren. Private services.

Walter "Shavid" Soares, 87, of Honolulu, a retired federal government employee, died Monday. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Katherine, sons Ronald and Reggie, daughter Bernadette Petropoulos, 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Services: 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call after 10:30 a.m. Burial: 3 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Aloha attire.

Beatrice "Cochi" Victoria Ayala Soza, 68, of Hilo, a housewife, died Sunday in Hilo Medical Center. She was born in Holualoa, Hawaii. She is survived by sons David Torres and Anthony and Delbert Maldonado, daughters Bernadette Cabral-Salas and Gertrude Dorr-Malupo, brother Daniel Torres, sisters Doris Carvalho and Joeanna Martinez, 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services: 7 p.m. Friday at Dodo Mortuary. Call after 6 p.m. Prayer services: 10 a.m. Saturday at the mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial to follow at Alae Cemetery. Casual attire.

Phil Swig, 44, of Novato, Calif., a commercial real estate agent for Coldwell Banker in Greenbrae, Calif., died May 16. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Maureen C., son Andrew, daughter Kristen, mother Mary and sisters Nancy S. Silberman, Sue Blackburn and Barbara Swig. Services on the mainland.

Jack King Watts, 74, of Waikele, Hawaii, a retired lieutenant colonel for the U.S. Air Force, died May 15. He was born in Oklahoma City. He is survived by wife Maria Antonia O. Watts, son Richard K., brother Jerry Dorsey and three grandchildren. Services: noon Friday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call after 11 a.m. Inurnment: 3 p.m. at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl.

Ruth Russ Wilkinson, 87, of Kahaluu, a retired library worker and an office assistant at Atlas Sales Inc. of Honolulu, died May 15 in St. Francis Hospice. She was born in New Hampshire. She is survived by son James, daughters Beth Cutting and Diane Remington, and four grandchildren. Private services.

Richard Toshio Yoshioka, 76, of Kaneohe, a retired self-employed limousine driver, died May 21 in Queen's Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Margaret M.; daughters Dawn T. and Dana M.; brothers Stanley M., Fred S., Nelson O. Sr., Ronald T. and Lawrence T.; sisters Ethel Y. Uemura and Ellen S. Kim; and two grandchildren. Services: noon Sunday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire.

Jerry Benjamin Younce Sr., 60, of Hilo, a former employee of C & H Ishii Contractor, died Monday in Hilo Medical Center. He was born in Hilo. He is survived by sons Jerry, Mili and Kenneth; daughter Nahaku Kailianu; sister Addie Miday; and three grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Saturday at Dodo Mortuary. Call after 6 p.m. Cremation to follow. Casual attire. No flowers.

Chi-Ling Trinh Young, 71, of Honolulu died Monday in St. Francis Medical Center. She was born in Vietnam. She is survived by husband Jack; sons Edgar and Robert; daughters Helen Young-Lu, Jenny Y. Chow, Mae Young-Ho and Bessie Young-Lee; brothers Trong and Chau Trinh; and sister Chi-Lam Trinh. Taoist services. Visitation: 10 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Sunday at Borthwick Mortuary. Cremation to follow.

Deaths Elsewhere

Josephine R. Abady, former Cleveland Play House artistic director and Tony Award nominee, died Saturday in New York after a six-year struggle with cancer. She was 52.

As the artistic director from 1988 until 1994, Abady disbanded the resident company in favor of recruiting actors from New York. Her first directing assignment was a revival of "Born Yesterday" starring Ed Asner and Madeline Kahn, which went on a national tour and to Broadway.

Col. Ruby Bradley, an Army nurse who was one of the nation's most decorated female veterans and a World War II prisoner of war, died Tuesday in Kentucky of a heart attack suffered last week. She was 94.

At a Japanese prisoner of war camp, Bradley went hungry to give her food to children being held captive. She and other nurses set up a clinic to care for the sick and wounded and to comfort the dying.

When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, she was a 34-year-old administrator serving in the Philippines at Camp John Hay. She was captured three weeks later.

Bradley was moved to Santo Tomas in Manila on Sept. 23, 1943. She was among a group of imprisoned nurses who became known to captives as the Angels in Fatigues. Not only did they provide medical treatment for prisoners, but they were adept at stashing food for the children.

Fernando Pavarotti, the father of opera star Luciano Pavarotti, died Friday in a clinic in Modena, Italy, the family's hometown. He was 89.

Clinic officials did not release the cause of death.

The tenor, who reportedly was by his father's side when he died, lost his mother, Adele Venturi, in January.

Fernando Pavarotti, who was once a baker, made a brief appearance onstage at a concert last year marking his son's 40th anniversary in opera.

Four days after the elder Pavarotti's death, the 66-year-old singer performed at his annual charity concert in Modena, "Pavarotti & Friends."

Carol Rosenzweig, a television writer and telethon producer who also was a 41-year cancer survivor, died May 20 in California of ovarian cancer. She was 71.

Born in New York City, Rosenzweig went to work in 1951 for a Pittsburgh public relations firm where she spent the next nine years producing nearly 20 telethons for the March of Dimes and other national charitable organizations.

She wrote "21 Days of America," a series of two-minute televised salutes to the country's bicentennial in 1976, which featured President Ford and Bob Hope.

In 1997 she became the first patient at UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center to receive a new genetic treatment for ovarian cancer, which helped push the cancer into remission.

Oscar Florentino Tellez, one of San Antonio's best-known "bajo sexto" players who was a regular with the Grammy-winning Texas Tornados, died Sunday in a one-vehicle traffic accident near Cotulla. He was 56.

Tellez, a native of Laredo, taught himself to play music as a small boy. By his teens he had learned to play the bass, drums, accordion, the keyboard and the bajo sexto, a Mexican bass guitar that resembles a 12-string guitar.

In Europe, Tellez was affectionately called the "Frito Bandito."

Nancy White, editor of Harper's Bazaar magazine from 1958 to 1971, died Saturday in New York. She was 85.

During White's leadership the fashion publication reflected the culture at the time, with evocative photos of models in bikinis and body stockings. Harper's only competition then was Vogue magazine.

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