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Obituaries
Thursday, August 1, 2002


Stephen Bettencourt, 95, of Pukalani, Maui, a steelworker for Hawaiian Reinforcement Steel, died Saturday at home. He was born in Lahaina. He is survived by wife Shigeko S.; son Gilbert; daughters Stephanie Okamoto, Shirley Shiroma and Patricia Deloso; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Private services.

Walter Fong Yee Chang Sr., 87, of Wahiawa, a retired Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard caulker and chipper, died last Thursday. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Catherine; son Walter Jr.; daughter Leonilda Malterre; sisters Odelian Kaikana, Josephine Loo and Bridget Castro; and three grandchildren. Private services.

Dr. Keith B. Godfrey, 62, of Kapoho, Hawaii, a retired chiropractor, died Monday at home. He was born in Alexandria, Minn. He is survived by wife Cindy, son Keith, parents Dr. Keith M. and Dr. Norma, brothers John Godfrey and Ned Seibel, and a grandchild. No services.

Frank M. Gonsalves, 75, of Hayward, Calif., an U.S. Army veteran and a retired general foreman for Public Works Center in California, died July 7 in Hayward. He was born in Omao, Kauai. He is survived by wife Helen, son Alfred, brothers John and Joe, sister Margaret Hill, two grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Services held.

Thomas Noboru Goto, 82, of Aiea, a retired air-conditioning equipment mechanic foreman and an U.S. Army veteran, died July 14. He was born in Paauilo, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Hisayo; son Tom H.; daughters Yvonne H. Lai, Sarah S. Goto and Cora T. Miyasaki; brothers Tatsuo "Mart" and Katsumi "Kats"; sisters Patsy M. Green, Edna N. Yamamoto, Thelma T. Tsuji and Carol M. Maeda; and five grandchildren. Private services.

Jeanette Josephine Hanson, 85, of Honolulu, a homemaker, died July 20. She was born in Winona, Minn. She is survived by daughter Leilani Nuanes, son Dale Meheula, sister Helen Weiss and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Private services.

Sumiko Hashiro, 86, of Mililani, died July 22. She was born in Olowalu, Maui. She is survived by son Kenneth; daughters Betty Watanabe, Doris Grason, Jean Fujimoto, Janet Lee and Carol Hashiro; brother Giichi Suemori; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Private services.

Isao Ishimaru, 76, of Honolulu, a retired U.S. Army command sergeant major, died July 10. He was born in Mountain View, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Sadako; daughters Pearl Fukuhara, Patricia Hata, Lillian Ishimaru, Marilyn Shigetani and Karen Hasegawa; and four grandchildren. Private services.

Sueyo Karasuda Kamei, 95, of Kailua died Saturday. She was born in Holualoa, Hawaii. She is survived by sons Kazuki, Donald R., Stanley K. and Larry Y.; daughters Lynne H. Morishige and Elaine M. Matsumoto; brother Takeo Karasuda; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandson. Services: 6 p.m. Monday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

Lily Yuke Lin Kekahuna, 85, of Kailua died last Thursday. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by daughter Wenonah Napolis and Lotus Fulton; brother Jonah and Solomon Chung; sisters Violet Wight, Esther Chung and Angeline Mokiao; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Visitation: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Monday at Valley of the Temples Chapel. Burial to follow at the cemetery. Casual attire.

Hospicio Tismio Maat, 82, of Waianae, died last Thursday in St. Francis-West Medical Center. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by wife Honorata A., sons Bobby and Gil, daughter Radegunda, stepson Edicio Tamangyan, stepdaughter Cerra Malay and sister Mauricia. Services to be held in the Philippines at a later date.

Kenji "Ken" Maeda, 73, of Wahiawa, died July 16. He was born in Wahiawa. He is survived by wife Florence and sisters Dorothy Asada, Helen Tatsuno and Toshiko Maeda. Private services.

Herbert Hisashi Mitsuda, 60, of Honolulu died July 23 in Queen's Medical Center. He was born in Hilo. He is survived by mother Fumiko, brothers Paul and Daniel, and sisters Alice Mitsuda and Lorraine Kameda. Private services.

Shigeto Murakami, 81, of Honolulu, a retired state Occupational Safety and Health Administration manager, died Monday. He was born in Honokaa, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Helen M.; son Dennis T.; daughter Cynthia Y. Pang; brothers Stanley, Tsukasa, Robert, Kiyoshi and Yoshiki; sisters Hatsuko Yamamura, Michiko Higa and Yoshiko Murakami; and four grandchildren. Services: 2 p.m. Saturday at Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin. Casual attire.

Gertrude Vuen Yee Pak-Chong, 83, of Waimanalo, a retired Kalani High School teacher and counselor, died Sunday. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sisters Agnes Okamoto and Vivian Jay and brothers Leonard, Richard, Wilfred and William Chong. Services: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: 11 a.m. at the cemetery. Casual attire. No flowers.

Ohilo Sakamoto, 83, of Kaneohe, a retired seamstress for Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station Alteration Shop, died Thursday in Leeward Integrated Health Services. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Sadaichi, sons Stanley and Gregory, daughter Jane Takahashi, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Private services.

Tsuyako Shigeta, 78, of Honolulu, a retired Aliiolani School secretary, died July 20 in St. Francis Hospice Puiwa. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by brothers George and Tomokazu. Services: 6 p.m. Tuesday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Call after 5 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Kenneth Sojun Teruya, 74, of Honolulu, a retired Koga Engineers welding supervisor, died July 22. He was born in Hakalau, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Lorraine S., son Scott T., daughter Cheryl L., brother Toshio "Lefty" and sisters Hatsue and Judy. Private services.

Paul P.S. Won, 90, of Kaneohe, a paving superintendent for Hawaiian Bitimuls and Paving Co., died Friday in Honolulu. He was born in Kula, Maui. He is survived by wife Nena; sons Paul and Peter; daughters Harriet Won, Haunani Lee, Kathleen Morgado and Helene Teves; sister Mary Krauss; 20 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Mass: 1:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Ann's Catholic Church. Call after 11:30 a.m. Burial: 3 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Judith Ann Yoshida, 54, of Mililani, a registered nurse at Leahi Hospital and Beverly Manor Convalescent Home and an instructor at Medical Assistant School of Hawaii, died Saturday. She was born in Selma, Ala. She is survived by husband Glenn, daughter Rachel, brother Mark Jones, stepmother Delphine "Dollie" Jones and a grandchild. Services: 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Call after 4:30 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Deaths Elsewhere

George Batchelor, aviation entrepreneur, philanthropist and the namesake of the Batchelor Children's Research Institute at the University of Miami's School of Medicine, died Monday of cancer. He was 81.

A pilot for 65 years, Batchelor founded Arrow Air in California in 1947 and moved it to Florida in 1964. He also founded Batch Air, an aviation maintenance firm, and International Air leases, which bought and sold aircraft.

Batchelor is believed to have donated more than $100 million to South Florida charities.

Kenny Gardner, a tenor who sang with Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians, died Friday. He was 89.

Gardner, the featured crooner, was remembered for such songs as "Enjoy Yourself, It's Later Than You Think" and "Frankie and Johnny."

The band, one of the most popular orchestras in American dance music, sold more than 100 million recordings and became known for its New Year's Eve broadcasts of "Auld Lang Syne."

Gardner left the group to serve in the military, where he was wounded and received a Purple Heart. He returned to perform with the band until his retirement in 1978.

Lee Maye, a singer who played in the Milwaukee Braves outfield with Hank Aaron in the 1960s, has died. He was 67.

Maye died July 17 of pancreatic cancer at Riverside Community Hospital in California, said his wife, Patricia.

Maye began his 13-year major-league career in 1959 and played with the Braves from 1959 to 1965. He later played for the Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators and Chicago White Sox before retiring in 1971.

Maye had a lifetime average of .274 and was admired for his ability to juggle his baseball and music careers.

He performed with two doo-wop groups -- Arthur Lee Maye and the Crowns, and Country Boys & City Girls -- and sometimes sang with the Platters.

He produced several popular singles during his 1960s recording career, including "Gloria," "Cool Loving" and "I Wanna Love."

Julius Tahija, a leading figure in Indonesia's oil and banking industry, died Tuesday. He was 86. A veteran of World War II, Tahija became a politician soon after Indonesia became independent in 1945, serving as a minister in the East Indonesia federal state.

He quit politics in 1951 and joined PT Caltex Pacific Indonesia. He quickly moved up the ranks, and in 1966 became the first Indonesian to lead the subsidiary of the U.S.-based oil company.

Gerhard Wessel, a former official in Hitler's anti-Soviet spy operation who became chief of the West German intelligence agency, has died. He was 88.

Wessel died Sunday at his home in Pullach in southern Germany.

Wessel was president of the agency, known by its German initials BND, between 1968 and 1978 and is credited with founding Germany's military counterespionage agency.

During World War II he worked at the German army's central command, analyzing the movements of Soviet troops. After the war he worked for U.S. intelligence and in industry.



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Hawaii Newspaper Index online for older obituaries at:
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The index, which goes back several decades,
is available via Telnet software.



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