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Obituaries
Tuesday, August 27, 2002


Fern Reidell Hayes / Community Leader



Byron Almeida, 31, of Kailua, died Aug. 17 in Honolulu. He was born in Kailua. He is survived by father Stanley F., mother Eliza K. "Kassebeer" Cummings, brothers Arnold K. Kassebeer and Stanley F. and Augustine Almeida, sisters Avis Apana and Terre Almeida, and grandmother Margrette Simons. Services: 11:30 a.m. Friday at St. George Church in Waimanalo. Call after 10 a.m. Burial: 1 p.m. at Greenhaven Cemetery in Kaneohe. Aloha attire.

Leonard Labiano "Primo" Baybayan Sr., 75, of Keaau, Hawaii, a retired machine shop supervisor for the former Puna Sugar Co., died Thursday in Hilo Medical Center. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by wife Primitiva; sons Glenn, Leonard Jr. and Roderick; daughters Dr. Carmen Baybayan and Carlyn "Carla" Werner; brothers Primitivo and Bernardo; and eight grandchildren. Rosary: 6:30 p.m. Friday at Dodo Mortuary in Hilo. Services: 7 p.m. at the mortuary. Call after 5:30 p.m. Additional visitation: all night Friday at the family residence, 16-768 Hame St., Keaau. Call after 10 p.m. For more information, call 987-2448. Mass: 11 a.m. Saturday at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Keaau. Call after 9 a.m. Burial to follow at Homelani Memorial Park, new section. Casual attire.

Valcino Hoolaiokalaniwakinikona Beckett, 70, of Honolulu, a retired interior designer, died Thursday in St. Francis Medical Center. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Al, son Russell, daughters Leann Hull and Alison Gethard, five grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Services: noon Thursday at Diamond Head Mortuary. Casual attire.

Albert Kealakaa Kaahumanu Davis, 79, of Aiea, died Friday. He is survived by wife Rebecca K. Pali Davis. The mortuary provided incorrect information for an obituary published yesterday.

Eleanor "Ella" Cabatuan Estencion, 74, of Honaunau, Kona, Hawaii, a retired Hawaii Visitors Information concierge and a retired security inspector and traffic controller for Keahole Airport, died Friday in Kona Community Hospital. She was born in Olaa, Hawaii. She is survived by husband Joseph C.; sons Joseph, Alan, Rodney and Aaron; daughter Renee Ching; stepmother Helen Madarang; brothers Romie and Sylvester Madarang; sisters Mollie Salomon and Felisa Rosario; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Friday at St. Benedict's Catholic Church Hall in Honaunau. Mass: 10 a.m. Saturday at the church hall. Call after 8 a.m. Burial to follow at Kona Memorial Park in Holualoa. Casual attire. No flowers.

Joaquina Valiente "Jackie" Gonzales, 87, of Halaula, Kohala, Hawaii, a retired macadamia nut harvester, died Saturday in Kohala Hospital. She was born in the Philippines. She is survived by brothers Limbanio and Elagio Alupay, sister Lourdes Gagalioan and stepson Jose. Services: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Gonzales' residence, 53-4224 Akoni Pule Hwy., Halaula. Visitation: all night at her residence. Call after 6 p.m. Mass: 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. Call after 8 a.m. Burial to follow at Halawa Catholic Cemetery. Casual attire.

Eleanor Lillian K. Keone, 74, of Pearl City died Aug. 10. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sister-in-law Julian Keone. Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Kahikuonalani United Church, 757 Hoomalu St., Pearl City. Call after 8 a.m. Burial: 11:30 a.m. at Sunset Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Marva Luka Lilith "Coconut Candy" Mabida, 64, of Pearl City, a Department of Education employee, died Aug. 15 in Kaiser Medical Center. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons William Jr. and Joseph; daughters Rosemarie Dudley, Miriam Mabida, Jessica Mabida-Bridges and Jodi Horcajo; brother Peter Kaeo; sisters Minnette "Louise" Herras and Marilyn "Luella" Hug; and 18 grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Saturday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call after 10 a.m. Burial: 2 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park.

Alexander Lee Massengale, 6, of Honolulu died Aug. 18. He was born in Oklahoma. He is survived by parents David and Katherine; brother Andrew; grandparents Bud and Nada Gibson, Betty Massengale and Joe and Pat Carrico; and great-grandparents Audrey Borden and Joe Carrico. Private services. Donations suggested to a local fire department.

Yoshiko Miyasato, 88, of Honolulu, a retired New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel housekeeping services employee, died Aug. 14. She was born in Sprecklesville, Maui. She is survived by sons Edward, James, George, and Peter; daughter Tomiko Takaesu, eight grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Private services.

Mitsugi Muraoka, 97, of Koloa, Kauai, a Koloa Plantation harvesting supervisor, died Friday. He was born in Lawai, Kauai. He is survived by sons Dennis and Eddie, daughters Shirley Harmon, Ruth Siu, Gladys Muraoka and June Muraoka-Jones, brother Ikito, sisters Sue Goon and Hitoe Kamm, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Sunday at Koloa Jodo Mission. Call after 10 a.m. Casual attire.

Hideko "Thelma" Nakamoto, 91, of Aiea, a retired license practical nurse for Waimano Training School and Hospital, died Aug. 17 at home. She was born in Waipahu. She is survived by daughters Sandra E. Kawamura, Dianne M. Okumura and Linda Y. Taguchi; brothers Katsuji and Isamu Kawamura; sister Shizue Inouye; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Services: 3:30 p.m. Friday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

Albert Teruo Nihei, 76, of Honolulu died last Tuesday at St. Francis Hospice-West. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Joan U.; daughters Colleen Kurasaki and Pamela Yuen; brother Clarence; sisters Edna Hashimoto, Amy Nishimura, Naomi Strickland and Ellen Nihei; and three grandchildren. Visitation: 10 a.m. tomorrow at Mililani Downtown Mortuary. Inurnment: 1 p.m. at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Casual attire. No flowers.

Diane Satomi Nishita, 37, of Honolulu, a former city bus driver, died Aug. 14 in a friend's home. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by father Hiroto and sisters Jane and Carol. Private services.

Simplicio C. Ochinang, 90, of Kekaha, Kauai, a Kekaha Sugar Co. irrigator, died Saturday at home. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by wife Mary; daughter Adela P.; stepsons Alfred Pagala and Elmer and Filamor Bisarra Jr.; stepdaughter Valerie Murata; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Services: 10 a.m. Thursday at Kekaha Methodist Church. Call after 8 a.m. Burial to follow at Kekaha Public Cemetery. Casual attire.

Daniel M. Pires, 55, of Honolulu, a pilot boat captain for Hawaii Pilot Association, died Wednesday. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by mother Lillian L., sister Linda M. Levikow, son Thomas P. Noel and companion Mary Hammond. Celebration of Life: 4-7 p.m. tomorrow at Maunalua Bay boat ramp in the Hawaii Kai area. Scattering of ashes: 5:30 p.m. at sea.

Eugene Reis, 76, of Kaneohe, a retired welder for Mutual Welding, died Wednesday in Honolulu. He was born in Keaukaha, Hawaii. He is survived by sons Gordon, Allen and Darren Reis; daughter Barbara Lilly; sisters Irene Dawe, Mary Chandler, Dorothy deSilva, Ivy Zabriskie, Mae Bryant and Faith Chu; brothers Samuel Among and William and George Reis; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Services: 10 a.m. tomorrow at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Call after 8 a.m. Burial to follow at the cemetery. Aloha attire.

Kenichi Sakai, 88, of Aiea, a retired M. Otani Co. bookkeeper, died Aug. 18 in Kuakini Medical Center. He was born in Pepeekeo, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Hatsue, sons Kenneth and Ralph, daughters Carolee Kaneshiro, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Private services.

Florentino "Butch" Sapigao Jr., 49, of Waianae died Aug. 4. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by sons Bronson, Brandon and Bradford Sapigao and Jesse and Jason Meyers; daughters Jasmine, Jocelyn and Tatiana; mother Daisy; brothers Henry Leong and Eddie Moore; sisters Lucille Tanaka and Theola Kaluhiokalani; and 11 grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Thursday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Call after 6 p.m. Committal service: 11 a.m. Friday at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe. Casual attire.

James Wah Sin Soong, 93, of Honolulu, an Aikane Fashions owner and manager, died Saturday in St. Francis Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by sons Wallace and Wilfred, daughter Winifred Kam, sister Helen Pang, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of the Mount Catholic Church. Call after 9:30 a.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Macrina Pascua Tabilin, 62, of Honolulu died July 31. She was born in the Philippines. She is survived by husband Saturnino; daughters Norma J. Whitehouse, Estella Canoy and Lornalyn Tabilin; sons Brian and Reynaldo; father Miguel Pascua; stepmother Antonia Pascua; sisters Lenny Nishimura and Petra "Alicia" Ozoa; and six grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Friday at Mililani Memorial Park and Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call after 6 p.m. Mass: 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Baptist Church, 2324 Omilo Lane. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: 11 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park.

Yukie Wakashige, 85, of Honolulu, a retired executive secretary for the County of Maui, died Aug. 17 in Queen's Medical Center. She was born in Puunene, Maui. She is survived by son Roy M., brother Mitsuo Goda, sister Ai Kawamoto and two grandchildren. Private services.

Albert Fernandez Yabut, 81, of Waipahu died Wednesday at Hale Nani Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by wife Neva E.; sons Robert, Rafael, Ronald, Carlito, Richard, Albert Jr. and Rogelio; daughters Marilou, Norma, Merle and Myra Yabut, Vivlan  Merjilla and Lorna Tsuneki; sister Elena Y. Ladrera; and 13 grandchildren. Mass: 7 p.m. Friday at St. Joseph Church in Waipahu. Call after 6 p.m. Internment to be held in the Philippines.



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