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Obituaries
Sunday, July 14, 2002


Ralph Yempuku
service on Thursday


Services for retired sports promoter Ralph Tsuneto Yempuku, 88, are scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at the Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin. Yempuku died Tuesday in Queen's Medical Center.

He was born in Papaikou, Hawaii. He is survived by sons Roy Y. and Earl M., brothers Toru and Paul Yempuku, and six grandchildren. Additional parking will be available Thursday at the Honpa Hongwanji Mission School across the street from Pali Highway. Inurnment: 10 a.m. Friday at Diamond Head Memorial Park Cemetery. Aloha attire. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the University of Hawaii Foundation for the VVV Scholarship Fund.



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Juan Narciso Bahia, 63, of Honolulu, a counselor assistant for the Philippine Consulate, died Friday in Honolulu. He was born in Manila. He is survived by wife Janice Ann; daughters Bernadette Johnston and Gabriella Ross; sons Juan Jr., Angelo and Paolo; sisters Teresa De Paula, Leticia Balandra, Maria L. Isip and Maria I. Reyes; brother Ernesto Jr.; and seven grandchildren. Mass: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church on Kaheka Street. Call after 8 a.m. Cremation to follow. Casual attire.

Pearl Morgan Beers, 99, of Kailua died Tuesday in Castle Medical Center. She was born in Missouri. She is survived by son Ronald, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Private services.

Gregorio "Gorio" "George" Tungpalan Bonilla, 92, of Hilo, a retired HT&T Co. stevedore, died July 4 in Hilo Medical Center. He was born in Ilocos Norte, the Philippines. He is survived by daughters Loraine Pacheco, Sue Kamahele and Christina Perreira; brother Felix; sister Petronila Garibay; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Wake services: 7 p.m. Tuesday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Call after 6 p.m. Mass: 12:15 p.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Burial to follow at Homelani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Eunice Kaleialii Gunther Camacho, 83, of Honolulu, a retired director for the Kaimuki Evangelical Church Preschool, died June 30 in Holy Family Care Home. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by daughters Linda Viernes, Carolyn Troche and Alfrieda Young; brother Albert Stupplebeen; sister Kay Lee; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Services: 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call after 9:30 a.m. Burial: 2 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery. Aloha attire.

Socimo Damo, 75, of Keaau, Hawaii, a retired Puna Sugar Co. mill worker, died July 3 in Life Care Center of Hilo. He was born in Ilocos Norte, the Philippines. He is survived by sons Frederic, Harvey and Darryl; daughters Jocelyn Punsalan, Valerie Chiquita and Cynthia; brother Insiong; sisters Dalli Pasion, Maria Uda-Undo, Crecencia Sistoza, Anita Bareng, Lolita Delo Santos and Laling Sarte; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Mass: 12:15 p.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hilo. Call after 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Alae Cemetery. Casual attire.

Mary "Grandma" De Mattos, 80, of Hilo, a homemaker, died Tuesday in Hilo Medical Center. She was born in Hilo. She is survived by sons Bobby and Dan, daughters Helen Pacheco and Paulette Agliam, brother Albert Rodrigues, 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Wake services: 7 p.m. Wednesday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Call after 6 p.m. Services: noon Thursday at same chapel. Burial to follow at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 1. Casual attire.

Chief Faava'e James Louis Grey, 78, of American Samoa and part-time resident of Hawaii, a retired American Samoa administrative director, died Thursday in Castle Medical Center. He was born in Western Samoa. He is survived by wife Florence Coen-Grey; sons James A., Chester, Edwin, Augustine, Anthony and Michael; daughters Christina Kanekoa, Florence Liu and Genevieve Lelei; brothers David and Joseph Avegalino; sisters Christina Gregory and Amanda Moss; 30 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Services to be held in American Samoa.

Jesse Anne Hemingway, of Honokaa, Hawaii, infant daughter of Andrew and Marian, died July 6 in North Hawaii Community Hospital. She is also survived by sister Brittnee; grandparents Hazel Hemingway, and Siegfried and Pieroska Kutschke; and great-grandparents Ava Lutman and Willy Kutschke. Private services.

Rebecca Mikala Kekahu, 78, of Anahola, Hawaii, a retired state paramedical assistant, died July 5. She was born in Waimea, Hawaii. She is survived by son Jonathan K.; daughters Rowena Smith and Rhoda Simeona; brothers David, Moses and George Koani; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Services: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Borthwick Kauai Mortuary. Call after 6 p.m. Casual attire.

Condrada Taipin Martos, 88, of Ewa Beach, a laundry worker, died Monday in Ewa Beach. She was born in the Philippines. She is survived by children Alice Dalumpinis, Espe Ficiaro, Fely Reeves, Evangeline Sutton, Connie Sagisi, Priscilla Worsham, Eugenia Sosa and Pablo, James, Elmer and Angie Garcia and Billy and Joe Martos; 67 grandchildren; 127 great-grandchildren; and 46 great-great-grandchildren. Services: 1 p.m. Saturday at Oahu Cemetery. Call after 12 p.m. Aloha attire.

Vicenta "Bennie" San Nicholas Medeiros, 82, of Waianae, a homemaker, died Wednesday. She was born in Piti, Guam. She is survived by daughters Linda Shindo, Judy Garrett, Connie Chang and Juana Rasmussen; sisters Grietje Cruz and Pilar Kamminga; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Services: 6:30 p.m. Friday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Call after 5:30 p.m. Burial: 9 a.m. Saturday at Hawaiian Memorial Park.

John Yoshito Nakauye, 81, of Kaneohe, a retired Pacific Concrete Co. batching plant supervisor, died June 30 at home. He was born in Wakayama, Japan. He is survived by son Dennis K., sisters Hatsuko Yoneyama and Gertrude Tenn, and two grandchildren. Private services.

Joseph Paaoao, also known as Pappy Bowman, 78, a retired drummer and a musician who performed at Hilton Hawaiian Village, died June 30 in the Veterans Administration Center for Aging. He was born in Honolulu. Services: 10 a.m. Thursday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call after 9:30 a.m. Burial to follow at Valley of the Temples. Donations may be made to CSI Inc., 49 S. Hotel St., No. 310, Honolulu, HI 96813. Casual attire. No flowers.

David Anthony Sniffen Sr., 75, of Wailuku, owner of Sniffen Express Inc., died July 5 in Maui Memorial Medical Center. He was born in Wailuku. He is survived by sons David "Andy" Jr., Ted and Mike; daughters Gerry Enomoto, Carolyn Brown and Yolanda "Landa" Sniffen; hanai daughter Lily "Lei" Lay; brothers John, Obed "Buddy," Allen "Clover," Daniel "Danny," Fredrick "Freddy" and Bert; sisters Leocadia "D-Girl" Koki, Gladys "Tita" Christopherson and Elaine Turner; 17 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren. Wake services: 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Ballard Family Mortuary. Call after 9:30 a.m. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Maui Memorial Park. Aloha attire.

Alice Bernice Elf Stephens, 85, of Kihei, Maui, died last Sunday in Maui Memorial Medical Center. She was born in Washington. She is survived by hanai sons Roy and Walter Elf, brothers Oscar and Bob Elf, and sister June Sargent. Services: 5 p.m. next Sunday at 129D Auhana Road, Kihei. Private scattering of ashes at a later date. Casual attire. No flowers.

Jeanne Brayton Trusty, 36, of Kihei, Maui, a Clearly Maui real estate associate who also worked in public relations in Alaska, died July 6 in Lahaina. She was born in Michigan. She is survived by husband Tracy; parents Patricia Gakin, and Jon and Connie Brayton; sister Lisa Brayton; brothers Dan and Jim Brayton; and grandmother Mary Griffith. Services: 8 a.m. Tuesday at Kihei Canoe Club across from Suda Store. Casual attire. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kihei Canoe Club.

Jarren Po'aikealoha Tuitele, infant son of Clarke P. and Lia Y., died Thursday in Kaiser Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is also survived by sister Kayla P.; grandparents Tim and Sandra Tuitele, and Vance and Linda Akinaka; and great-grandparents Jewell Tuitele, and Anthony and Julia Ing. Services: 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Laie 1st Ward, mauka chapel. Call after 8 am. No flowers.

Shizuo Jack "Stonewall Jackson" Waki, 90, of Hawi, Hawaii, a retired Kohala Sugar Co. field schedule coordinator, died Tuesday in North Hawaii Community Hospital. He was born in Niulii, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Alice S., son Howard Y., daughter Norma Waki Jordan, brother Shuichi and one grandchild. 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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