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Obituaries
Monday, January 13, 2003


Lionela Louisa Aviles, 71, of Kailua, a homemaker, died Jan. 4 in Castle Medical Center. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Albert; sons Alberto Jr. and Robert; daughter Elizabeth Hoke; sisters Violet Foreman, Anna Gray and Loretta Lopez; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Mass: 11:30 a.m. Friday at St. John Vianney, 920 Keolu Drive, Kailua. Burial: 1 p.m. at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe. Casual attire.

David "Batman" Batulanon, 68, of Waipahu, died last Monday in St. Francis-West Medical Center. He was born in Ookala, Hawaii. He is survived by sons David Jr. and Flavin; daughters Bonny, Davelynn and Claudia Batulanon, Jasmin D. Asing, Gina Heal, Josephine Sherrod and Anastasia Roberts; brothers Vicente and Joseph Batulanon and Manuel Sugitan; sister Theresa Francisco; 16 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Mass: 6 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Church. Call after 5:30 a.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Ellen Lilinoe Davis Choy, 83, of Honolulu and Saco, Maine, died Jan. 2 in Saco. She is survived by husband Harry; sons David and Daniel; daughters Lydia-Mae Bernardo, Marjean D'Anjou and Marilyn Choy-Gibson; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Friday at Kalihi Union Church. Call after 6 p.m. Private burial.

Concepcion B. Doria, 86, of Ewa Beach, died Jan. 3 in Pearl City Nursing Home. She was born in the Philippines. She is survived by son Valentin, daughter Remy Dalmacio, 11 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Mass: 11 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 91-1004 North Road, Ewa Beach. Interment: 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

Ruth Kimie Funakoshi, 78, of Honolulu, a homemaker, died Jan. 4 in Kuakini Medical Center. She was born in South Hilo, Hawaii. She is survived by son Melvin Y., brother Kiyoshi Akamine and sisters Alice Tomei and Mitsuko Uyehara. Private services.

Desha Chantel Kainoa Gray, 22, of Anchorage, Alaska, formerly of Kailua, a One Stop Travel and Sam Goody's employee, died Jan. 3. She was born in Kailua. She is survived by mother Eva Makahilahila-Hefner; father Jeffrey Gray; stepfather Lyle Hefner; grandparents Piilani and Wilda Gray and Rudy Kealohi; brother Kepili; and sisters Kapena, Sheena, Kira and Deidree. Services: 2 p.m. Friday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Call after 12:30 p.m. Burial: 3 p.m. at the cemetery. Blue attire. No flowers.

Louise Hisako Imamoto, 90, of Honolulu, a homemaker, died last Monday at home. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by daughter Mary Louise Aihara; brother Richard Tomiyoshi; sisters Christine Sugihara, Irene Uda, Toshie Kanda and Betty Kishimoto; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Committal services: 1 p.m. at Moiliili Japanese Cemetery. Casual attire. No flowers.

Merlette Kaipoonaona Evelyn Tanaka Liu, 51, of San Diego, a state Department of Education employee, died Jan. 1 in San Diego. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Melvin; sons Kapuni and Lokahi; daughters Kaipo and Teeanna; mother Evelyn Kamakawiwoole; brothers Len and Kalani Kamakawiwoole and Robert, Edward and Kenneth Tanaka; sisters Lei Lewis, Lin Paia, Lea Iwamoto, Momi Kwan, Iwalani Gomard, Annie Plunkett, Wilma Makilan and Louise Nawatani; and four grandchildren. Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Diamond Head Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial to follow at Diamond Head Memorial Park. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Masue Morita, 86, of Pearl City, died Tuesday in Pearl City Nursing Home. She was born in Papaikou, Hawaii. She is survived by son Thurston T., daughters Carole K. Mitsuyoshi and Diane E. Morita, brother Roy Takao, sister June Takao, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Private services.

Walter Yoshito Oumae, 90, of Honolulu, a proprietor of Walter Oumae Orchids and grower of dendrobium orchids, died last Monday. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Gladys. Buddhist services: noon Sunday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call after 11:30 a.m. Private burial. Casual attire.

Ping Wen Su, 71, of Waianae, died Jan. 1 in St. Francis-West Medical Center. He was born in Taiwan. He is survived by son Chi Jen "Andy"; daughter Ming Li Su-Kam; brothers P.K., Ping C., Bing F., Ping F. and Ping H.; and sisters Fukuyama Keiko, Aki Christopher and Yu Er and Lucy Su. Services: 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call after 10 a.m. Cremation to follow. Casual attire.

Stanley Sadayuki Takahashi, 70, of Honolulu, an executive vice president and chief operating officer for Kyoya Co. Ltd., died Dec. 23 in the Queen's Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Annette M., son Tod, daughter Nan Tome, brother Nelson, sisters Carol Tanaka and Jean Morita, and one grandchild. Services: 10 a.m. Friday at Sheraton-Waikiki. Call after 9 a.m. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Mildred Sato Uyehara, 72, of Kailua, a homemaker, died Jan. 2 in St. Francis Medical Center. She was born in Waialua. She is survived by husband Hidehiko; son Dean; daughter Terri; brother Stanley Sato; sisters Janet Nakatsu, Doris Kawamata and Jean Nishimoto; and three grandchildren. Services: 6 p.m. Thursday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Call after 5 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Matilda "Mattie" Gorospe Velasco, 77, of Mililani, a retired federal government secretary, died Dec. 30 in Wahiawa General Hospital. She was born in Pahala, Hawaii. She is survived by sons Max R. Jr., Gordon and Van; daughter Lynn Dower-Green; brothers Nestor "Pat," Benidicto "Ben," Guillermo "Andy" and Jose "Bull" Gorospe; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Mass: 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's Apostle and Evangelist Church. Call after 9:30 a.m. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

Thelma Kiyoko Wong, 86, of Honolulu, a Star supermarket clerk, died Dec. 27 in Straub Clinic & Hospital. She was born in Wailuku. She is survived by husband Paul Apau, sons Peter and Paul, daughter Paula Sumida, brothers Henry Yukio and Rikio Fukunaga, and three grandchildren. 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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