Monday, October 28, 2002

Hideji "Joe" Amimoto, 79, of Honolulu, a retired MidPac Lumber Co. glazier and a U.S. Army veteran who served in World War II, died Wednesday in Queen's Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Tsumayo; daughters Jerine Takara and Karen Sueoka; brothers Kazushige "Fred," Tomio and Raymond; sisters Hilda Hasebe, Lillian Akizuki, Florence Hata and Jean Akagi; and three grandchildren. Services: 6 p.m. Friday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Call after 5 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Wallace Garn Fong Ching, 69, of Kaneohe, a retired R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. employee, died Oct. 14 in Kuakini Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Joy, daughters Dana Ciacci and Darcie Ching, sister Agnes Wong and one grandchild. Services: 11:45 a.m. Saturday at Diamond Head Mortuary. Call after 10 a.m. Inurnment to follow at Diamond Head Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Mario Antonio D'Avirro, 87, of Ohio and Kailua, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served in World War II, died last Monday. He was born in Italy. He is survived by daughters Kathleen Fry and Debra Ann D'Avirro; sons Nicholas, David and Michael; brother Domenic; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services to be held at a later date. No flowers. Donations suggested to the Foundation for American Veterans Inc., 39500 Fourteen Mile Road, Suite 201, Walled Lake, Mich. 48390.

Albert Espaniola, 76, of Maunaloa, Molokai, a retired Kaluakoi Golf Course supervisor, died Wednesday. He was born in Hakalau, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Mercedes "Cedes"; sons Karl-Albert Schumacher and Guy Espaniola; daughters Juliana Hartman, Theresa "Terri" McCutcheon, Mary Ann Keohuloa, Ellen M. "Elly" Abafo and Maylene and Madonna Espaniola; brothers Joseph "Joe," Moses, George and Philip; sisters Dione "Nan" Cabango, Helen Tolentino, Vicky Quiocho, Judy Cabison and Laurie Rocha; 20 grandchildren; one hanai grandchild and seven great-grandchildren. Mass: 11:30 a.m. Friday at St. Vincent Ferrer Church in Maunaloa. Call after 9 a.m. Burial to follow at Hoolehua Veterans Cemetery.

Margaret Hatsuye Kurihara, 83, of Honolulu died Oct. 21 in St. Francis-West Medical Center. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Henry; daughter Marianne Okura; brothers Robert, Bert and Howard Fukuda; sisters Rosaline and Mary Fukuda; and two grandchildren. Mass: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Pius X Church. Casual attire. No flowers.

Harry K. Matsuo, 67, of Honolulu, a retired Community Planning Inc. registered land surveyor, died Oct. 17 at home. He was born in Hilo. He is survived by wife Irene, son Marc, daughters Sherry Yamaguchi and Holly Shikada, mother Molly, sister Merle Matsuyama and two grandchildren. Private services.

Ayako Nishizawa, 68, of Pearl City, a homemaker, died Thursday. She was born in Japan. She is survived by husband Yasushi, daughters Grace Kajihiro and Anne Nishizawa and three grandchildren. Services: 3 p.m. Saturday at Jodo Mission of Hawaii. Call after 2 p.m.

Bounma Sivongxai, 63, of Waianae died Saturday at home. He was born in Laos. He is survived by son Khamsing; mother One; brothers Maychanh, Thongphoun, Outh and Tit; and sisters Phimpha and Seum. Laotian services: 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Borthwick Mortuary. Cremation to follow.

The Rev. Arthur Bowles Ward, 88, of Portland, Ore., an Iolani School teacher and a St. Andrew's Cathedral canon, died Sept. 24 in Portland. He was born in Newark, N.J. He is survived by wife Ruth Ann, son Stephen B., daughters Caroline W. Oda and Sally W. Wright and six grandchildren. Services to be held in July 2003. Donations suggested to Iolani School or St. Andrew's Cathedral.

Yasuo Yoshida, 83, of Pearl City, formerly of Pahala, Hawaii, a retired heavy equipment mechanic for the former Kau Sugar Co., died Oct. 19 in Straub Clinic and Hospital. He was born in Hakalau, Hawaii. He is survived by daughter Elaine K. Murakami, brother Sadakichi and two grandchildren. Private funeral services held. Memorial services: 4:30 p.m. Friday at Dodo Mortuary in Hilo. Call after 3:30 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

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