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Obituaries
Friday, April 11, 2003


Clara Akuna, 87, of Hanapepe, Kauai, a tour guide, died Wednesday in Hale Kapuna Heritage Home. She was born in Waimea, Kauai. She is survived by sons Edward and Nicholas Taniguchi and Gordon Akuna; daughters Ermine Kailikini and Beverly K. Dickson; hanai daughters Stephanie Iwai and Audrey and Ermine Akuna; brother Anthony D. Taniguchi; sister Elmira Apo; 44 grandchildren; 67 great-grandchildren; and 35 great-great-grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Monday at Borthwick Kauai Mortuary. Call after 9:30 a.m. Burial to follow at Kauai Veterans Cemetery.

Michael K. Arras, 35, of Honolulu, died March 15 in Honolulu. He is survived by father Manfred, mother Ingeborg and sister Karen. Private services.

Tanya Kaimalia Beck, 13, of Kaupo, Maui, died Tuesday at home. She was born in Wailuku. She is survived by parents Leighton and Esther; brothers Kealoha A., Reynold K., Duane Jr. and Prince K.; sister Le'o; and grandmother Julia Perrier. Services: 11 a.m. tomorrow at Ballard Family Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Dorothy "Fuzzy" Bernard, 71, of Honolulu, a retired barmaid, died March 17. She was born in Hilo. She is survived by sons Louis Jr., Leroy, Ronald and Stanley Saragosa; daughters Vanessa Bernard, Lynette Brooks and LeAnn Kinney; hanai daughter Stella Flores; brother John "Sonny" Flores; sister Anita Flores; 19 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. Services held.

Edwin Y.T. Chun, 86, of Honolulu, a retired Hawaiian Bitimuls and Paving Co. dispatcher, died Tuesday in Kuakini Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Lily; sons Wendell and Ivan; daughter Edwina Char; brothers Robert, David, Wilfred and Albert; sisters Inez Ching, Jane Vickers and Janet Park; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services: 10 a.m. Thursday at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: 11 a.m. at the cemetery. Casual attire. No flowers.

Frank Coito Jr., 87, of Halaula, Hawaii, died Saturday at home. Services: 11 a.m. Sunday at Seventh-day Adventist Church in Hawi, Kohala, Hawaii. Call after 9 a.m. The mortuary provided additional information for an obituary published yesterday.

Gottlieb Dambach, 72, of Honolulu, a retired Sheraton-Waikiki Hotel food and beverage director, died Tuesday. He was born in Oberbozberg, Switzerland. He is survived by wife Mei Kam, daughter Heidi Mei, brothers Hans and Max, and sisters Kathi Graf and Vreni Kohli. Services: 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Call after 7:30 p.m. Cremation to follow. Aloha attire.

Meliton R. Gamayo, 94, of Kurtistown, Hawaii, a retired mill fire room crew chief for the former Puna Sugar Co., died Tuesday at home. He was born in Batac, Ilocos Norte, the Philippines. He is survived by wife Catalina; son Melton V. Sr.; daughters Helen Nelson, Judy Cullio, Dolly Veloria, Arlene Aranita, Teresa Gapol, Ann Mejia and Selene Riveira; brother Roberto; sisters Anita Galacgac and Pacita Corpuz; 20 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Monday at Dodo Mortuary. Call after 6 p.m. Mass: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Keaau Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Call after 9 a.m. Burial to follow at Alae Cemetery. Casual attire.

Marlene Lokelani Helser-Kama, 45, of Ewa Beach, ground transport bus aide, died Sunday in St. Francis-West Hospice. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Robert Helser Jr.; sons Edwin and Mark Kama and Lopaka, Likeke and Royce Helser-Kama; daughters Marlissa and Marlena; mother Sarah Bertilmann; brothers Daniel, Larry, Norman and Alvin Kama; and sisters Sarah Vines and Charlene Kealoha. Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday at West Oahu Calvary Chapel, 91-928 Fort Weaver Road. Call after 9 a.m.

Dino "Di" Maipoinaoeiau Kaawa, 18, of Naalehu, Hawaii, died March 31 in Kau Hospital. He was born in Hilo. He is survived by mother Evon; sister Malinda K.; brother Shawn; grandparents Marjorie and David H. Kaawa Jr., Eleanor K. Makida, Nelson Kaupu and McKinley Davis; hanai sisters Tanya Silva and Hiilani Lipe; and hanai brothers Halley and Michael J. and David "Bulu Boy" Kaawa IV and Pomai Olson, Nathaniel Davis and Dason Udac. Visitation: 2-10 p.m. today at Verna Kaawa's residence in Waiohinu, Hawaii. Services: 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kau Ward. Call after 9 a.m. Burial to follow at Naalehu Community Cemetery. Casual attire. No flowers.

Nancy Sumi Chagami Kawamura, 87, of Aiea, a 49ers Restaurant former employee in Aiea, died Saturday in the Queen's Medical Center. She was born in Aiea. She is survived by sons Glenn M. and Alvin Y.; brothers Richard K., Robert M. and Henry S. Chagami; sisters Ruth C. Otsuka, Lillian C. Yamamoto, Betty T. Koizumi and Jennie N. Tsuchidana; six grandchildren; and three grandchildren. Services: 6 p.m. Tuesday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call after 5:30 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Dwight H. Lowrey, 87, of Honolulu, a First Hawaiian Bank senior vice president and corporate secretary, died Wednesday in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by sons Dwight C. and Russell H., daughters the Rev. Leila Power and Jean Weigle, brothers John and William, sisters Kathleen Hamlim and Lillian Power, 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Services: 4 p.m. tomorrow at Oahu Cemetery, Lowrey family plot. No flowers. Donations suggested to Punahou School or Arcadia Irrevocable Trust.

Harriet Aana Mitchell, 76, of Pahoa, Hawaii, a homemaker, died March 28 in Hilo Medical Center. She was born in Hilo. She is survived by husband Charles D.; sons Leiohu Montayre and Aulii Mitchell; daughters Dorette Johnson, Dona Schlosberg, Kawena Shrewsburg and Pauahi Tarrant; brother Charles Cash; sister Lorraine Reid; 11 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Private services.

Toyoko Mori, 97, of Hilo, formerly of Keaau, died last Friday at home. She was born in Hiroshima, Japan. She is survived by daughters Chiyoko Ishii, Florence Kashiwabara and Diane Minemoto; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Private services. No monetary donations.

Takeshi "Rocky" Murakami, 77, of Honolulu, a retired Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard welding instructor and a U.S. Army veteran who served in World War II, died Tuesday in the Queen's Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Ellen M.; son Ross T.; daughters Joy Ching, Patty Kepner, Ann Bae and Cris Asino; brothers George, Moses and Walter; sisters Mary Otsuka and Ellen Stamsos; and four grandchildren. Services: 6 p.m. Tuesday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Stanley "Claude" Nailima, 79, of Honolulu, a retired Hilton Hawaiian Village room service attendant, died March 31 in Kaiser Medical Center. He was born in Hawaii. He is survived by sister Margaret N. Zinkie and hanai brother Albert Bolst. Services: 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Augustine Church, 130 Ohua St. Call after 8:30 a.m. Scattering of ashes: 11 a.m. on the Maitai Catamaran, located behind Sheraton-Waikiki Hotel. Luncheon to follow at 12:30 p.m. Aloha attire.

Nobushige Nakasone, 91, of Honolulu, a retired Waialae Country Club greenskeeper, died Tuesday at home. He was born in Hakalau, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Masako; sons Yasuo, Stanley K., Warren S., Wallace H., Kenneth Y. and Richard Y.; daughters Judy F. Muramoto, Doris S. Oshiro and Lynn Y. Dang; brother Isamu; sister Tomiko Miyashiro; 22 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Services: 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Hanako Nishimura, 89, of Waipahu, formerly of Kahului, a retired Nashiwa Bakery salesclerk, died Tuesday. She was born in Kohala, Hawaii. She is survived by sons Richard and Donald, daughters Helen Okamura and Joyce Okuhama, 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Services: 6 p.m. Tuesday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

Arlene Kuuleiikawekiu Hoke Obrey, 70, of Honolulu, died Sunday in Kaiser Medical Center. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons Ronald and John; daughters Robyn Hara, Sherry Chang and Shannon Miyashiro; sisters Marguerite Wong and Panana Alden; brothers Arthur Hoke and Panaewa Widemann; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Mass: 7 p.m. Monday at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 2821 Lowrey Ave. Call after 6 p.m. Graveside services: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Hawaiian Memorial Park.

Frank Haruo Okumura, 80, of Honolulu, a retired state auditor, died April 3 in Straub Clinic & Hospital. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Betty-Anne R., sons Randolph and Michael, daughters Carole and Sandra-Anne Maeda, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Private services.

Eleanor Robello, 71, of Aiea, died March 28 in Kaiser Medical Center. She is survived by daughters Janis M. McCormick and Jamie Kanae, son Joseph J., sister Margaret M. Eckman, hanai son Alex Ah Tou, five grandchildren and a great-grandchild. The mortuary provided incorrect information for an obituary published yesterday.

Anson Naoi Kapono Saiki, 8, of Pahoa, died Wednesday in Kapiolani Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by father Ronald K.; mother Mina Tsuburaya; sister Mika; grandparents Shigeo Tsuburaya, Paulette Maeshiro and Ronald F. Saiki Jr.; and great-grandparents Dorothy Thompson, Ronald F. Saiki Sr. and Toshi Serizawa. Services: 2 p.m. Sunday at Dodo Mortuary. Call after 1 p.m. Casual attire.

Arcadio Buenaloz Sanchez, 90, of Kaneohe, a retired Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard dry-dock employee, died Saturday in Honolulu. He was born in Santa Barbara, Pangasinan, the Philippines. He is survived by sons Ludrigo, Ernest, Rodney, Arcadio Jr. and Robin; daughters AlohaLinda Sheldon and Pearly Esperas; 17 grandchildren; and 14 grandchildren. Services: noon Wednesday at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Call after 10:30 a.m. Burial: 1 p.m. at Valley of the Temples. Casual attire.

Elizabeth Slater, 84, of Anahola, Kauai, a homemaker, died Monday in Wilcox Memorial Hospital. She was born in Anahola. She is survived by sons Kalani Slater and Flynn Wood, sisters Mary Ahana and Luka Texeira, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Tuesday at Garden Island Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial to follow at Kauai Veterans Cemetery.

Marvazola Leilani Sterling, 80, of Kailua-Kona, a retired Leilani's Beauty Salon owner and beautician in Keauhou, Hawaii, died March 31 at home. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by son Robert Milbrat, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services: 10 a.m. tomorrow at Helani Church on Mamalahoa Highway in Kahaluu Mauka, Kona, Hawaii. Call after 9:30 a.m. Graveside services: 11 a.m. April 19 at Oahu Cemetery. Casual attire. No flowers.

Aiko Tachikawa, 89, of Kailua, a retired Tachikawa Japanese Language School instructor, died March 13 in Kuakini Medical Center. She was born in Lahaina. She is survived by son Arthur, daughters Kiyoko E. Tachikawa-Buss and Ruby Tachikawa-Burton, brother Shugo Masuda and five grandchildren. Private services.

Fred Katsukichi Tengan, 79, of Honolulu, a retired carpenter, died March 31 in Honolulu. He was born on Kauai. He is survived by daughter Faith Wood, brother Katsuichi, sisters Betty Jones and Gladys Litke, and a grandchild. Private inurnment.

Wesley M. Thomas, 79, of Kaneohe, a retired land surveyor and a U.S. Marines veteran who served in World War II, died Wednesday in Kaneohe. He was born in Gilroy, Calif. He is survived by wife Jean; sons Michael, Robert, Steven, David and Mark; daughter Janet Bafaro; brother H.A. Thomas Jr.; sister Shirley Velthoen; 12 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Private services.

Violet Chun Lin Chung Wight, 93, of Waimanalo, a travel agent, died April 1 in Castle Memorial Hospital. She was born in Kaneohe. She is survived by sons Allen E. and Samuel C. Cluney, brothers Jonah and Solomon Chung, sisters Esther Chung and Angeline Mokiao, seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Services: 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Mililani Downtown Mortuary. Call after 10:30 a.m. Private burial.



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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