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Obituaries
Wednesday, February 19, 2003


Kameko Arakawa, 84, of Honolulu died Feb. 8 in Pearl City Nursing Home. She was born in Mana, Kauai. She is survived by brothers Donald and Charles S. Kubota and sister Tsuruko Oshiro. Private services.

Kenneth Hiroshi Arakawa, 61, of Honolulu, a Quality General supervisor, died Thursday. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Carol, stepsons Al Tod and Troy Sakata, stepdaughter Leeann Muranaka, father Robert, brothers Bert and Richard, sister Sandra Oshiro and five grandchildren. Services: 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Cremation to follow. Casual attire. No flowers.

Helen Ann Brinkmann, 71, of Honolulu, a property manager, died Friday in the Queen's Medical Center. She was born in Carroll, Iowa. She is survived by husband Martin "Marty" H., daughter Karen Mooty and Kay Rendleman, and four grandchildren. Mass: 1 p.m. Saturday at Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Call after 12:30 p.m. Inurnment to be held in California at a later date. Aloha attire. No flowers. Donations suggested to American Cancer Society, Honolulu Unit, 2370-B Nuuanu Ave.,Honolulu 96817.

Norberto "Gino" Cabugon Jr., 62, of Honolulu died Jan. 19 in Kuakini Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by brother John, sisters Dolores Saupan and May Rosales, and companion Jerry Shelsmidine. Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at Unity Church of Hawaii, 3608 Diamond Head Circle. Call after 9:30 a.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Ellen Sau Lin Chang, 89, of Hawaii, a homemaker, died Monday in Las Vegas. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons Elton and Dr. Clayton, daughters Arlene Schmidt and Colleen Bumba, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services to be held at a later date.

Yew Quon Chun, 85, of Hono-lulu died Feb. 3 in St. Francis Medical Center. He was born in China. He is survived by wife Yuk F.; son Lawrence L.; daughters Hannah Y.S. Gee, Judy Chun-Schofield and Lorraine Chun; brother James H.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Taoist services: 9:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Saturday at Borthwick Mortuary. Burial: 1:30 p.m. at Valley of the Temples.

Dr. Herbert I. Cohen, 71, of Floral City, Fla., a medical doctor and a U.S. Air Force veteran, died Jan. 22. He is survived by wife Linda L. Halinski, sons Thomas and Andrew and daughter Susan. Services held in Inverness, Fla.

Alfreo Tumamao Domingo Sr., 93, of Ewa Beach, a retired McDonald's maintenance man in Palolo, died Feb. 11 in Ewa Beach. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by wife Norberta; sons Alfreo Jr., Johnny, Ernesto Sr., David and Julio; daughters Magalena Padayao, Mercedes Lavilla and Letty Domingo; 35 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. tomorrow at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call after 6 p.m. Additional services: 9:30 a.m. Friday at the mortuary. Call after 8 a.m. Burial to follow at Valley of the Temples. Aloha attire.

Umeko H. Fujii, 95, of Hilo, a retired Kalanianaole Elementary School teacher in Papaikou, Hawaii, died Feb. 10 in Life Care Center. She was born in Papaikou. She is survived by son Kenneth K. and daughter Marilyn Hoffman. Private services.

Masachika "Chika" Fukunaga, 83, of Naalehu, Hawaii, a Chika's Repair Shop proprietor and a U.S. Army veteran who served in World War II, died Feb. 11 in Kau Hospital. He was born in Kealakekua, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Mitsuko; brothers Takanari, Yasuteru, Shozo, Yoshikage, Suetaka, Shigeyuki and James; and sisters Fujiko Ito, Hanako Miyahara, Setsuko Vallance and Etsuko Sato. Private services.

Pantaleon Galang Gajes, 96, of Wahiawa, a retired Hawaii Sugar Plantation maintenance worker, died Jan. 28 in Wahiawa. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by hanai son Shannon Martin, brother Delfin and hanai family the Robertson family. Services: 11 a.m. Saturday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial to follow at Valley of the Temples. Casual attire.

Israel Garza Jr., 48, of Renton, Wash., a Transportation Security Administration supervisor and a retired U.S. Navy senior chief of communications, died Sunday in Renton. He was born in Kerville, Texas. He is survived by wife Lydia, son Nicholas and daughter Alessandra. Services to be held in McAllen, Texas.

Violet Mitsuko Harada, 88, of Wahiawa died Feb. 7 in the Queen's Medical Center. She was born in Kahuku. She is survived by husband Walter G.; son James; daughters Joan Takayama, Lorraine Hashimoto, Patricia Taoka, Sharon Kashima, Charlotte Oki and Gail Tanimura; brother Bob Tomasu; sisters Dorothy Anamizu and Gladys Hanashiro; 18 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Private services.

Florence Maka'imoku McKeague Hepa, 92, of Waianae, a former telephone operator for the federal government, died Feb. 11 in Ann Pearl Care Home. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons Richard K. Carney, Edward C. Corney and William C. Hepa; daughters Helene Pierce and Elaine Mortensen; brother Hilary McKeague; 16 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 1525 Waimano Home Road. Call after 8 a.m. Burial: 11 a.m. at Sunset Memorial Park, Pearl City. Aloha attire.

Takeichi Kaneshiro, 87, of Honolulu, former owner of Kane's Fishmarket, died Feb. 9 in the Convalescent Center of Honolulu. He was born on Maui. He is survived by sons Harold, Kenneth and Raymond; daughter Katherine Potter; sister Masako Oshiro; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Private services.

Beatrice Hio Sim Kim, 84, of Honolulu, a retired Straub Clinic & Hospital employee and a city swimming instructor, died Jan. 28 in Honolulu. She was born in Waialua. She is survived by daughters Ruby O.S. Kamaka, Portia G.S. Okamoto and Lisa K.S. Kim; four sisters; a brother; and three grandchildren. Private services.

Harumi Kodani, 87, of Hilo, a Woolworth restaurant cook in Hilo, died Thursday in Hilo Medical Center. She was born in Papaikou, Hawaii. She is survived by husband Satoru, sons Ronald and Gary, daughters Patricia Yokomizo and Lorraine Travers, father Nigoro Takahashi, mother Haruyo Kusaka, brother Junichi Takahashi, sisters Haname Endo and Aiko Hashimoto, 10 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Services: 5 p.m. Sunday at Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home. Call after 4 p.m. Graveside services: 10 a.m. Monday at Homelani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Loose flowers and leis welcome.

Zebedee Robert Wayne Leahy, 21, of Waianae died Feb. 1. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by brother Jonathan, sister Anastasia and grandmother Elizabeth Dela Cruz. Services: 4 p.m. Saturday at Oahu Cemetery Chapel, 2162 Nuuanu Ave. Call after 3 p.m. Cremation to follow. Casual attire. No flowers.

Mary Ann "Mana" Kaneao Lerma, 77, of Waikoloa, Hawaii, a homemaker, died Feb. 11 in North Hawaii Community Hospital. She was born in Kealakekua, Hawaii. She is survived by sons Ralph Kaneao, Lloyd L. Paauhau and Peter Lerma Jr.; sisters Martha Kaneao and Adaline "Aina" Bryd; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Mass: 10 a.m. Feb. 28 at Our Lady of Lourdes, Honokaa Catholic Church. Call after 8 a.m. Burial to follow at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2 in Hilo. Casual attire.

Melissa A. Lopes, 63, of Kaaawa died Jan. 28 in Castle Medical Center. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by son David, daughter Vanessa, sister Roberta Kapai, brother Derrick Lebenz and three grandchildren. Graveside services: 9:30 a.m. Friday at Valley of the Temples. No flowers.

Yoshiyuki Momotomi, 84, of Wahiawa, a retired heavy equipment mechanic at Schofield Barracks, died Feb. 10 at home. He was born in Wahiawa. He is survived by wife Sunako, son Roy Y., daughter Sandra S. and brother Shigeto. Private services.

Momoyo Muranaka, 86, of Lahaina, a Lahaina Cannery employee and a Household DeVille general manager, died Feb. 10 in Maui Memorial Medical Center. She was born in Lahaina. She is survived by daughters Elaine Nakamura, Ethel Fujii, Edna Makiya and Dorothy Oshiro; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Services. 11 a.m. Saturday at Lahaina Shingon Mission. Call after 10 a.m. Reception to follow at church social hall. Burial: 10:30 a.m. Monday at Maui Memorial Park.

Tatsumi "Buster" Nishimura, 85, of Wahiawa, a retired Barbers Point Naval Air Station employee, died Feb. 6 in St. Francis Hospice-West. He was born in Waialua. He is survived by wife Masako; son Richard M.; daughter Pearl N. Wiedlin; brothers Kenneth K. and Shigeru; sisters Eleanor A. Ukishima, Pat C. Takemoto and Ruth S. Umemoto; and four grandchildren. Private services.

Edna Fern Pakele, 64, of Aiea, a Tripler Army Medical Center registered nurse and case manager, died Feb. 9 in St. Francis Hospice-West. She was born in New York. She is survived by husband James L. Jr., sons James L. III and Joey K., brothers Lynn and John Killingbeck, sisters Ruth Vanbroklyn and Marie Vanspanj, and seven grandchildren. Services: 4 p.m. Saturday at Aiea United Methodist Church, 99-101 Laulima St., Aiea. Call after 3 p.m. Cremation to follow. Aloha attire.

Edward Mathew Pomroy, 83, of Germany, formerly of Hono-lulu, a U.S. Army veteran who served in World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars, died Nov. 27, 2002. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Ingeborg; sons Edward A. and Melvin; hanai sons George Oana and Francis and John Reis; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Services: 1 p.m. Friday at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl.

Franki Grant Pottorff, 50, of Lahaina, a Maid for Maui maid, died Feb. 2 at home. He was born in San Diego. He is survived by wife LyAnn, mother Virginia Brown and brother John. Services: 5 p.m. Friday at Nakamura Mortuary. Call after 4 p.m. Reception to follow. Aloha attire. No flowers. Scattering of ashes: 9 a.m. Saturday at Mala Wharf, next to Lahaina Jodo Mission Church. Beach attire. Leis welcome.

John Jerome Rhine, 62, of Kailua-Kona, an Interpace Inc. business manager, died Jan. 24 in the Queen's Medical Center. He was born in Hibbing, Minn. He is survived by wife Marianne R.; sons Jon B. and James J.; hanai son James Geoffroy; brothers Terry, Dennis, Jeff and Chris; sister Judy Hanners; and three grandchildren. Private services.

Peter Sataraka, 63, of Hono-lulu died Feb. 9 in Kuakini Geriatric Care. He was born in American Samoa. He is survived by wife Lucille K.; son Blair K.P.; brothers the Rev. Elder S., Charles S., Etisone, Enele, the Rev. Isakara, Andrew and Eniko; hanai brothers Viliamu S. Siaosi and Malala L. Pei; sisters Fagotaitaielua Sataraka and Meleselese S. Ma'o; and a grandchild. Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Mililani Downtown Mortuary. Call after 9:30 a.m. Burial: 2 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Milton "Sol" Solomon, 60, of Honolulu, a retired waiter for various hotels and restaurants in Honolulu and a U.S. Army veteran, died Feb. 7 in the Queen's Medical Center. He was born in Kohala, Hawaii. He is survived by mother Margaret Gusman; brothers Richard Jr. and Fred Solomon and George Gusman Jr.; and sisters Margie Duenas and Flora Tobby. Mass: 10 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hawi, Hawaii. Call after 9 a.m. Burial to follow at Hawi County Cemetery. Casual attire.

William Cullen Toben, 82, of Mililani, a retired U.S. Army first sergeant, died last Wednesday. He was born in Duluth, Minn. He is survived by wife Shirley Whittington, son William, daughter Diane Brim, sister Barbara Weitensteiner, six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Mass: 3 p.m. Friday at Holy Trinity Church, 5919 Kalanianaole Highway. Casual attire. No flowers.

Melvin Louis Kane Uwekoolani Sr., 55, of Waiehu, Maui, a retired construction laborer, died Thursday at home. He was born in Paia, Maui. He is survived by wife Betty Jane "BJ"; sons Melvin Jr. and Dillon; daughters Malicia "Tita," Danyel Barcai and Rose L. Uwekoolani; brothers John Jr., Wilfred and Stanley; sisters Cynthia Yap and Pamela Villiarimo; and nine grandchildren. Services: 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ballard Family Mortuary. Call after 6 p.m. Additional services: noon Monday at the mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: 2 p.m. at Maui Veterans Cemetery. Aloha attire.

Corey Kumaki Watanabe, 33, of Kaneohe, an Aina Haina

Elementary school teacher, died Thursday in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is

survived by parents Gary Watanabe and Linda Fujimoto-Watanabe, sister Dana and grandmother Hanako. Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Call after 9:30 a.m. Burial to follow at the cemetery. Aloha attire.

Lam Hing Yip, 88, of Hono-lulu died Feb. 6 in the Queen's Medical Center. She was born in China. She is survived by sons Michael Y.M. and Sam, daughter Kam C. Cheang, sister Sam M. Tse, 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Taoist services: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday at Borthwick Mortuary. Burial: 1 p.m. at Valley of the Temples.

Velma Yoder, 80, of Pukalani, Maui, owner of E & V Pool Service, died Friday at home. She was born in Sherwood, Ohio. She is survived by husband Elmer; sons Myron, Merlin, Art, Mark and Kevin; sisters Charlotte Dennis, Sheila Sorenson, Sharon Torres and Marilee Bos; sisters Sarah Miller and Esther Delagrange; brother Isaac; 15 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Visitation: 6-8 p.m. tomorrow at Ballar Family Mortuary. Cremation to follow. Celebration of life: 1 p.m. Saturday at Hale o Kaula, 262 Anuhea Place, Pukalani. Call for more information: 572-8274.



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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