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Obituaries
Saturday, April 26, 2003


Cleighton Pono Adams, 52, of Nanakuli, a planner and estimator for the federal government, died last Saturday in Waianae. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Lou-Ann; son La noa O Pono Keahinu'uanu; daughters Chanda Adams, Janice Kaawa and Amaris Peneku; brothers Clarence Jr., Gregory, Ellsworth and Gordon; sisters Deborah Robinson and Cynthia Villaver; and seven grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Thursday at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Call after 9 a.m. Military honors: 1 p.m. at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe. Cremation to follow. Aloha attire.

Walter Kam Ming Chang, 64, of Honolulu, a retired U.S. Postal Service mail handler technician at the main airport office, died Tuesday in Kaiser Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by son Jason, brother Francis, sisters Aileen Lum-Akana and Elaine Sunahara, and two grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Tuesday at Oahu Cemetery Chapel. Call after 9:30 a.m. Private burial. Casual attire. No flowers.

Leatrice Yaeko Fujii, 81, of Kailua, a retired C.Q. Yee Hop Co. employee, died Monday in Kaneohe. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by son Wilfred, daughters Winona Yim and Lani Tamaye, brother Kenneth "Kenji" Okihiro, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Call after 5:30 p.m. Private inurnment. Casual attire. No flowers.

Amber Sophia Keopuolani Grasa, 73, of Makawao, Maui, a Hawaiian Telephone Co. operator, died Wednesday in Maui Memorial Medical Center. She was born in Wailuku. She is survived by husband Edward, sons Edward Jr. and Arthur, daughter Charleen Parker, brother Chester Dilley and eight grandchildren. Services: 7:30 p.m. Monday at the First Assembly of God, Kahului. Call after 6 p.m. Additional services: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Ballard Family Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: 11:30 a.m. at Maui Veterans Cemetery.

Il Huh, 79, of Honolulu, a retired Assemblies of God Cedar Hawaii Church volunteer deacon, died Tuesday in Honolulu. He was born in Korea. He is survived by wife Ung Joo, sons Johan Soon and Soon Jung, daughters Kwi Soon and Kwi Hyang, and five grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Thursday at Assemblies of God Cedar Hawaii Church, 1545 Kamehameha IV Road. Call after 10:30 a.m. Burial: 1 p.m. at Valley of the Temples. Casual attire.

Tomiko Joyo, 80, of Kahului, a retired Maui Pineapple Co. trimmer, died Sunday in Maui Memorial Medical Center. She was born in Keahua, Maui. She is survived by husband Sadao, son Dennis, daughter Wendy Isbell, brothers Harry and Ted Umetsu, sister Mitsuko Tamasaka and three grandchildren. Private services.

Agnes M. Mahoe, 53, of Wahiawa, died April 17 in Wahiawa General Hospital. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by daughter Valerie S. Williams; brothers Charles II and Charles III; and sisters Charlotte Matapua, Julia Pittman, Joan Hillen, Susan Mahoe, Linda Segovia, Renee Scanlan and Francine and Rose Molio'o. Scattering of ashes: 2 p.m. tomorrow at Kaena Point, North Shore.

Taeko Harriet Sugiyama Matsuda, 82, of Honolulu, a retired seamstress, died April 16 in Honolulu. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by son Melvin; daughter Rachel Quesinberry; brothers Harold, Toshi and Shigeo; sister Ethel Sugiyama; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Private services.

Virginia Eileen May, 83, of Lihue, died Thursday in Wilcox Memorial Hospital. She was born in Marion, Ohio. She is survived by daughters Sharon Cerrina and Kim Tulypan, one grandchild and four great-grandchildren. Services: 3 p.m. today at Kapaa Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness. Call after 2 p.m. Aloha attire.

John Joseph McHale, 77, of Honolulu, a retired dentist, died April 18. He was born in Chicago. He is survived by wife Elaine; daughters Joan, Sheila, Bridget and Peggy; son John; and eight grandchildren. Mass: noon Monday at Sacred Heart Church on Wilder Avenue. Call after 10 a.m. Burial: 2 p.m. at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe. In lieu of flowers, donations suggested to Sacred Heart Church.

Flora Niitani, 93, of Eleele, Kauai, a homemaker, died last Saturday in Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital. She was born in Koolau, Kauai. She is survived by sons David and Jack, daughter Esther Ogasawara, brothers Wallace and James Yoshida; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Private services.

Tatsuo Nishi, 64, of Hanapepe, Kauai, a state Department of Land & Natural Resources inspector, died Thursday at home. He was born in Waimea, Kauai. He is survived by wife Elsie; sons Nikola and Pete Nishi and Matthew and Richard Iwatate; daughters Ama Nishi, Donna Richards and Marcella Kaita; stepfather Katoru Kaneko; sisters Lena Tanaka, Kiyomi Berry, Michie Munechika and Gail Kaneko; and 16 grandchildren. Services: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kalaheo Ward. Call after 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Kekaha Japanese Cemetery. Casual or aloha attire.

Patrick T. Obatay Sr., 49, of Kaneohe, died Sunday. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by sons Patrick Jr., Jeremy and Brandon; daughters Jenny, Candyce and Merena; mother Anatalia; former wife Betty Ann; brothers Anthony and Dennis Obatay and David Mindoro; sisters Katherine Simeona, Abigail Farm and Shirley Ruiz; stepbrothers LeRoy, Melvin, Daniel, Ronald and Fred Havellana and Walter Albao; stepsisters Josephine Timson, Paullette Glessner, Eleanor Soriano, Sandy Ritz, Rose Nacion and Jeanne Hiveley; and four grandchildren. A family program will take place 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Kaneohe, with Mass to follow at noon. Call after 9:30 a.m. Burial: 1 p.m. at Valley of the Temples. Aloha attire.

Antonino Rulloda Pulido, 89, of Waipahu, a retired hotel dishwasher, died April 6 in Ewa Beach. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by sons Miguelito and Orlando; daughters Emilia and Elvira Rivera, Remedios Catli, Florenda and Elsa Mondina, Criselda Santa Monica and Editha Sanchez; 39 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Tuesday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call after 6 p.m. Burial at a later date in the Philippines. Casual attire.

Benjamin Castle Sigal, 96, of Honolulu, a retired labor lawyer, died March 11 in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Freda. Services: 2 p.m. May 4 at Temple Emanu-El, 2550 Pali Highway, Honolulu.

Flordelino Villados Tabion, 45, of Las Vegas, formerly of Honolulu, a fire inspector for National Fire Co., died April 16 in Las Vegas. He was born in Nagsuputan San Juan, Ilocos Sur, the Philippines. He is survived by wife Lorenza "Elma" "Lori"; sons Flodel, Darrell and Brandon; mother Dolores; brothers Florencio, Felipe Jr. and Floro; sisters Flordelina Ganal and Christina Arce; and two grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Tuesday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call after 6 p.m. Mass: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Theresa Co-Cathedral Church. Call after 9 a.m. Burial to follow at Valley of the Temples. Casual attire.

Kimiko Tomita, 97, of Honolulu, a homemaker, died April 17 in Kuakini Medical Center. She was born in Kapaa, Kauai. She is survived by sons Harry H., James T. and Herbert T.; daughter Marian M. Holokai; brother Clarence K. Okimoto; sisters Florence S. Yabusaki and Hazel Y. Okuno; eight grandchildren; and five great-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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