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Obituaries
Tuesday, April 15, 2003


Esther Monahealii Balogbog, 54, of Waimanalo, a retired housekeeper for Bellows Air Force Station, died April 2. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Jerry Sr.; sons Jerry Jr. and Phil; daughter Tammy; brothers William, Lloyd, Cleveland and Delbert Dedrick; sister Sharon Kamai; and three grandchildren. Services: 8 p.m. Thursday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Waimanalo Chapel, 41-972 Oluolu St., Waimanalo. Call after 6 p.m. Cremation to follow. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Alma Emma Buffum, 81, of Waimea, Hawaii, a beautician, homemaker and artist, died April 5 in Waimea. She was born in Pittsburgh. She is survived by husband William B., daughters Karen Clarkson and Diane Klieforth, and three grandchildren. Private services.

Tiodolo Dalida, 68, of Ewa Beach, died April 3 at home. He was born in Waipahu. He is survived by wife Kathleen K.; sons Wendell Cabunoc and Dwayne, Tiodolo Jr. and Darin Dalida; daughter Lisa; brothers Frankie, Felix and Bert; sisters Josephine Mesina and Thelma Miyaguchi; 11 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Services: 12:45 p.m. Thursday at Mililani Downtown Mortuary. Call after 11 a.m. Committal services: 2 p.m. at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe. Casual attire.

Raymond Victor Fridrich, 57, of Volcano, Hawaii, formerly of Kailua, former owner of Kailua Roofing Co. and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served in the Vietnam War, died Thursday in Hilo Medical Center. He also was a mechanic and landscaper. He was born in Galion, Ohio. He is survived by wife Gail, daughters Lauren Carter and Zittles Fridrich, mother Eloise and brothers Karl and Jay. Private services.

Albert "Al" M. Fujishiro Jr., 76, of Lahaina, died Saturday at home. He was born in Olowalu, Maui. He is survived by brother Paul, sister Ruth H. Gonsalves and caregiver John Gonsalves. Services: 10 a.m. Thursday at Borthwick/Norman's Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: 11 a.m. at Maui Veterans Cemetery.

Chong Ok Hencshel, 41, of Honolulu, died Friday at home. She was born in Korea. She is survived by husband David S., sons Larry and Thomas, and sister Eun Chong. Services: 10 a.m. tomorrow at Tripler Army Medical Center Chapel. Inurnment to be held in Texas at a later date.

Junkichi Higa, 84, of Honolulu, died Sunday. He was born in South Hilo, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Shizuko, sons Thomas and Calvin, daughter Marion Fukuhara and three grandchildren. Services: 6 p.m. Friday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

Daniel Kekuhio Haleakala "Sonny" Keliiaa, 80, of Kealakekua, Hawaii, a retired Hawaii County police officer and a security supervisor for the former Liberty House, died Thursday in Kona Community Hospital. He also was a U.S. Army veteran who served in World War II. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Martha A.; sons Kauhi and Daniel Jr.; daughters Danielle Thompson and Diane Ota; brothers Samuel, Henry and Joseph; sisters Elizabeth Black, Helen Lee, Esther Kahawaii, Cynthia Jacobs and Margaret Ching; hanai son Bodie Akana; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Saturday at Central Kona Union Church. Call after 10 a.m. Burial to follow at church cemetery. Aloha attire.

Rachel Akana Keliikuli, 85, of Waimanalo, a homemaker, died March 26 in Kailua. She was born in Hilo. She is survived by son Randolph, daughter Lorraine Hoapili, sister Mary Ann Lum, five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Services: 11:45 a.m. Saturday at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Call after 9:30 a.m. Burial to follow at the cemetery. Aloha attire.

Bong-Gum Kim, 92, of Honolulu, a homemaker, died Sunday in Ka Punawai Ola. She was born in Korea. She is survived by sons Byung Jo and Byung Oh, daughter Young Hui Lum and four grandchildren. Mass: 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Manoa. Call after 10 a.m. Burial: 2 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park.

Yuriko Kochi, 84, of Waipahu, died April 6 in Ka Punawai Ola. She was born in Laie. She is survived by husband Nobuo; sons Dan, Robert K. and Clifford T.; daughter Faith Kubo; sister Misako Furuya; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Private services.

Ronald Philip Maika'i "Ipo" Lee Sr., 65, of Waianae, a retired superintendent for Dole Cannery Castle & Cooke Foods, died April 1 in Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Marie M.; sons Ronald P.M. Jr., Brian K., Wyatt G. and Chadwick D.K.K.; daughters Brenda K. and Desiree; brothers Nelson K. Lee, Clifford Akana, Douglas Morton, Isy Ho'omanawanui and David Keola; sisters Carmen "Black" Mata, Sharon "Lani" Awana, Mary G. Arocha, Olinda Murray and Blossom Bishop; and seven grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Call after 6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday. Burial: 11 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual and aloha attire.

Joseph Samuel "Joe" Nahulu Jr., 45, of Waianae, died April 3 in St. Francis-West Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Robin U.; sons Joseph, Shaun and Joshua; daughter Rochelle; mother Kaneko; sister Kayoko Kahananui and a grandchild. Services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Call after 9:30 a.m. Burial: 11 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Aloha attire.

Richard Hisamitsu Nakayama, 74, of Honolulu, a retired heavy equipment maintenance supervisor, died April 4 in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Grace M., son Joel T., brothers Gilbert K. and Steve I., and sister Nancy K. Nakatsu. Private services.

Profita Janet Osthoff, 72, of Aiea, a retired waitress for Three Coins Restaurant and Zippy's Restaurant in Wahiawa, died last Tuesday in Kapiolani Medical Center at Pali Momi. She was born in Aiea. She is survived by son Patrick D.; daughters Stephanie J. Stanek, Theresa M. Cambonga, Sandra A. Pasoquen Jr., Mary F.C. Burgess and Norma J. Osthoff; father of children Norman D. "Major"; 16 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Services: 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call after 10:30 a.m. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Ruth Ayako Pacheco, 88, of Honolulu, a retired Oasis Night Club and Chaco's Restaurant owner, died Friday in Kuakini Medical Center. She was born in Lihue. She is survived by brothers Thomas K. and James H. Hashimoto, and sister Helen K. Motoyama. Services: noon Friday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Call after 11 a.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Nobuichi Sakoeki, 96, of Honolulu, a retired THOHT construction carpenter, died April 1 in Beverly Manor Convalescent Center. He was born in Kukaiau, Hawaii. He is survived by son Robert M., daughter Karen Nakagawa, sister Sadako Muraoka, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Private services.

Shigeru Sasaki, 84, of Mililani, a retired Foremost Dairies employee, died Wednesday at home. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Yukimi, sons Kenneth and Lester, daughter Shirley Paoli, brother Minoru and five grandchildren. Private services.

Richard Sachio Takemura, 72, of Pearl City, died March 30 in Kapiolani Medical Center at Pali Momi. He was born in Ewa. He is survived by wife Elsie T.; son Neal K.; daughter Sharon S. Hahn; sisters Shizuko Nose, Sumiko Nakahara, Momoe Maeda and Keiko Sanidad; and two grandchildren. Private services.

Clayton Don Tano, 49, of Kaneohe, a federal government analyst supervisor, died Friday in Kaiser Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Cynthia M.; son Christopher; daughters Jennifer, Laura and Kimberly; brothers Mervyn, Kenneth and Stephen; and sisters Dorene Pitkin, Lorinda Welch and Vanessa Dupree. Services: 7 p.m. Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kaneohe Hawaii Stake, 46-117 Halaulani St. Call after 6 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Hoichi "Paka" Tsuyama, 91, of Kaneohe, a retired state painter, died April 5 in Kaneohe. He was born in Eleele, Kauai. He is survived by wife Midori, sons Richard and Clifford, daughter Pauline Taylor, brother Tadao, stepbrothers Teruo and Suemito Matsuda, and stepsister Fusae Jyo. Private services.

Estevan Vargas, 57, of Hilo, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served in the Vietnam War, died April 5 in the Queen's Medical Center. He was born in Los Angeles. He is survived by sons Sundance E. and Uriah R.; daughter Sierra; stepdaughter Dove Johnston; mother Magdaline Aguilar; brothers Rudy, Edwardo and Ricardo J. Vargas and Johnnie and Ronnie Delgado; and sisters Eileen Matsuda, Sandra Castro, Yolanda Morin, Diane Kreszyn and Trudy Simone. Private services.

Leslie Weingard, 63, of Lahaina, a Flippers Beach Shack owner, died Wednesday at home. He was born in New York. He is survived by parents Dorothy and Barney, brother Rick and sister Karen. No services.

Arnold Akira Yamashiro, 69, of Pearl City, also known as "Arnold Da Painter," died Wednesday at home. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Audrey, son Joe, daughters Evelyn Chock and Ruth Yamashiro, and brother Jack. Services: 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mililani Downtown Mortuary. Call after 5:30 p.m. Casual attire.

Katherine Yonamine, 84, of Honolulu, a retired Makiki Kindergarten School principal, died April 3 in the Queen's Medical Center. She was born in Ewa. She is survived by husband Stanley S.; sons Ronald and Dean; brother Warren Y. Kobashigawa; sisters Mary Miyashiro, Tsugie Shiroma, Leatrice Goya and Patsy Akamine; 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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