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Obituaries
Friday, March 28, 2003


American Samoa Gov. Tauese Pita Sunia



Irene Kawohionalani Aiona, 91, of Honolulu, died March 20 in the Queen's Medical Center. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by daughter Betty Mason, brother Ernest, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial to follow at Makiki Cemetery. Casual attire.

Jene M. Bixler, 81, of Kailua, a retired U.S. Navy commander and a decorated air combat veteran, died Wednesday in Kailua. He was born in Kenton, Ohio. He is survived by wife Patricia, son Brent, daughters Susan Bixler-Wilcox and Gretchen Bixler-Robinson, sister Marie Bixler-Bone and five grandchildren. Services: 4 p.m. Sunday at St. Christopher Episcopal Church in Kailua. Aloha attire. In lieu of flowers, donations suggested to the American Lung Association for Emphysema Research.

Francisco "Cody" Cordero, Sr., 65, of Pepeekeo, Hawaii, a retired truck driver for the former Mauna Kea Agribusiness, died Saturday at home. He was born in Ookala, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Mary; sons Francisco Jr. and Wayne Sr.; daughters Lisa Cordero and Marilynn Lowery; brothers Mario Sr., Ernest Sr., Alfonso Sr. and Kenneth; sisters Feliza Paglinawan, Esabel Domingo, Carridad Gallegos and Nina Agliam; and six grandchildren. Wake services: 7 p.m. Monday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel in Hilo. Call after 6 p.m. Mass: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Honomu. Call after 8 a.m. Burial to follow at Alae Cemetery. Casual attire.

Masao Gushi, 76, of Honolulu, a retired Foodland Supermarket meat manager, died Sunday. He was born in Puunene, Maui. He is survived by a wife, children, brother, sister, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Private services.

Orchid Puanani King, 69, of Waianae, died last Friday in the Queen's Medical Center. She was born on Maui. She is survived by sons Darryl "Butch" Jr. and Kelly Poulsen; daughters Sherry Takai and Puanani Kalawa; sisters Evelyn Chan, Dale Souza and Irene Tau-a; brothers Rudolph and Merriwell "Keli'i" Tau-a; and three grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Maili Kai Ward. Call after 10 a.m. Burial: 2 p.m. at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe.

Leonard Marks, 58, of Willits, Calif., formerly of Kailua-Kona and Kailua, died March 18 in Willits. He was born on Oahu. He is survived by companion Sig Bielefeldt; son Kilinoe; daughters Aulani, Kanoe and Kayla Marks, Leona Faulkner and Makalani McKormick; father Joseph Sr.; brothers Joe Jr., Steven Sr. and Randy; and sisters Sherry Kealoha and Moana Pabre. Visitation begins at 9:30 a.m. next Saturday at Honokohau Harbor (north end), Kailua-Kona. Services and scattering of ashes to follow. A celebration of life will take place at the Charter Boat Association Club House. Loose flowers welcome.

Tsuruo Maruoka, 96, of Honolulu, retired founder of Modern Macaroni Co., died March 16 in Beverly Manor Convalescent Center. He was born in Hiroshima. He is survived by son Roy A., daughter Joanne M. Kikuchi, brother Kiyomi and two grandchildren. Private services.

Ralph Jutaro Ogata, 84, of Honolulu, a retired Holmes and Narver deck hand, died March 19 in Wahiawa Rehab & Nursing Center. He was born in Hakalau, Hawaii. He is survived by son Morris and sister Sueko Sato. Private services.

Joevelyn "Jovi" Baguio Palanzi, 29, of Ewa Beach, an Automatic Doors Specialist Inc. employee, died March 15 in Kaiser Medical Center. She was born in Laoag City, the Philippines. She is survived by husband Paul D., parents Bernardo and Ermilinda Baguio, brother Allen, sister Anna and grandparents Emilio and Pacita Ganeron and Martin Baguio. Wake services: 7 p.m. Monday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call after 6 p.m. Mass: 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Church, 94-675 Farrington Highway, Waipahu. Call after 10 a.m. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Anthony "Tony" Robello, 76, of Kaneohe, a retired Matson Navigation Co. damage prevention and security manager, died March 19 at home. He was also a former McCabe, Hamilton and Renny Co. employee, merchant seaman, U.S. Army Motor Pool employee and longshoreman. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Norah N., son Karl P., daughters Carlyne H. Owens and Daryl L. Keomaka, sister Beatrice Moniz, six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Tuesday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call after 6 p.m. Mass: 9 a.m. Wednesday at St. Ann's Catholic Church. Burial: 10 a.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Kahauliilii Ching Rodrigues, 85, of Honolulu, a retired Central Union Church Preschool janitress, died Saturday in Honolulu. She was born in Makaweli, Kauai. She is survived by daughters JoAnn Rodrigues and Evelyn Alacantra, brother Edward Apuna Ching, and grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Services: 10 a.m. Thursday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: 11:30 a.m. at Sunset Memorial Park.

Michael Nobuo Takara, 36, of Kailua, a Kailua service station auto mechanic, died March 20 in Kailua. Takara died in an automobile accident on Keolu Drive. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by mother Janet, brother Sean, and sisters Nadine Akamine and Rene Tokunaga. Services: 6 p.m. Wednesday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Call after 5 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

William Yukio Uemura, 77, of Honolulu, a retired lineman and equipment installer for the federal government at Fort Shafter and GTE Hawaiian Tel, died March 16 in the Queen's Medical Center. He was born in Keei, Kona, Hawaii. He is survived by daughters Susan Damerville and Joyce Kishaba; brothers Tomoki "Ted," Nozomu, Edward and George; sisters Eileen Fukumoto, Madeline Tanaka and Ellen Tanioka; and three grandchildren. Private services.

Matsu Wada, 93, of Honolulu, a homemaker, died Sunday at home. She was born in Kumamoto, Japan. She is survived by daughters Katherine Shimizu, Florence Wada, Lily Medrano and Edna Wada. Private services.

Pui On Young, 68, of Pearl City, a retired Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Shop 56 employee, died March 13 in St. Francis Medical Center. He was born in Chung Shan, China. He is survived by wife Venus W.H., son Vincent, daughter Venisa Hayamoto, sister Wai Kuen Lui and five 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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