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Obituaries
Wednesday, August 6, 2003


Yukio Akiyama, 73, of Pearl City, a retired carpenter for Hirano Brothers Ltd. and Herbert K. Horita Development, died July 24, 2003, in Straub Clinic & Hospital. He was born in Pahoa, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Hiroko S.; son Garrett; daughters Iris Oshiro and Laurie Higa; brothers Yoshio, Tomio and Albert; sisters Ritsuko Takemoto, Betty Omori and Ellen Tanaka; and six grandchildren. Services: 2 p.m. Sunday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Call after 1 p.m. Aloha attire.

Julia Navarro Argana, 72, of Honolulu died July 24, 2003. She was born in the Philippines. She is survived by sons Juanito, Marcelo, Dave, Rolando, Joselito and Miguel Jr.; daughters Rosalinda Javier, Leticia and Evelyn Argana, Aurora Gonzales, Christina Ampunin and Josephine Guerra; 32 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Saturday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call after 6 p.m. Burial to be held in the Philippines.

Elaine Yukiko Kakogawa Bermoy, 69, of Waipahu, a retired state employee, died July 31, 2003, in Kapiolani Medical Center at Pali Momi. She was born in Waialua. She is survived by husband Benny S.; sons Keith, Michael and Ricky; daughter Blanche; brother Robert M. Kakogawa; and four grandchildren. Private services.

Raiden Xavier Corpuz Bosque, infant son of Richard and Charlene Bosque of Hawi, Hawaii, died July 31, 2003, in Kapiolani Medical Center. He was born in Waimea, Hawaii. He is also survived by brothers Kauahi and Kekoa, grandparents Maura Oropilla and Clarie Gutierrez, and great-grandparent Andres Adona. Services: 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hawi. Call after 6 p.m. Visitation: all night at the Gutierrez residence, 55-470 Hawi Road. Call after 9:30 p.m. Mass: 11 a.m. Friday at the church. Call after 9 a.m. Burial to follow at church cemetery. Casual attire.

Frank Caitano, 84, of Hawi, Hawaii, a Kohala Sugar warehouse clerk, died July 31, 2003, at home. He is survived by sons Frank Jr. and Kenneth; daughters Ellen and Carol Caitano, Shelly Kato and Alice Comeau; brother Paul; sisters Irene Henderson, Susan Wynn and Mariah Rosehill; and three grandchildren. Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at Kalahikiola Congregational Church. Call after 8 a.m. Burial: 11 a.m. at Waialae Cemetery. Casual attire.

Eunice K.M. Kalahiki "Mema" Cullen, 72, of Kaneohe died Aug. 1, 2003, at home. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons Charles Jr. and Roland "Aipa," daughter Claudine Jenny, brothers Paul A. and Melvin L. Kalahiki, sisters Winona K. Aoki and Lorraine L. Pahio, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Sunday and 11:30 a.m. Monday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call after 6 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. Monday. Burial: 2 p.m. at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe.

Cecilia Porfiria Deguzman, 79, of San Francisco died July 25, 2003, in Honolulu. She was born in Tulsa, Okla. She is survived by hanai daughter Maggie Perofeta, hanai son the Rev. Maselusi Perofeta and four grandchildren. Services: noon Saturday at Trinity Baptist Church. Call after 11 a.m. Burial: 2:30 p.m. at Valley of the Temples.

Merrill Gambsky, 57, of Orchidland, Hawaii, a construction laborer, died Aug. 2, 2003, at home. He was born in Hawaii. He is survived by wife Iwalani; son Alexander; daughters Jessica and Roberta; brothers Clifford, Gene and Richard; sister Penny; and two grandchildren. No services.

Theodore N. "Tito" Gomes, 82, of Kaneohe, a construction laborer, died July 28, 2003, in Kailua. He was born on Hawaii. He is survived by wife Lynne L.; son Harlan; daughters Blanche Tollefsen, Teddie Chartrand and Sharon Uratani; brother Frank N.; sister Dorothy Brinkman; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Services: 12:15 p.m. Tuesday at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Call after 9:30 a.m. Burial to follow at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe.

Sunny Joy Nims Gugudan, 49, of Honolulu, a Home E Comm vice president, died July 26, 2003, in Kaiser Medical Center. She was born in Everett, Wash. She is survived by husband James R., stepson Kimo, stepdaughter Kimi Valdez, father Bobbie D. Nims, mother Ecco J. Nims, brothers Lon and Rex Nims, sister Kim Voetberg and four step-grandchildren. Services: 4 p.m. Saturday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Call after 3 p.m. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Barbara M. Hashimoto, 60, of Honolulu died July 31, 2003. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Godwin; son Corey; daughter Alison Hashimoto-Inamine; mother Mary Nakamura; brother Jensen Nakamura; and sisters Joan Sugawa, Joyce Cahaan and Karen Magno. Services: 7 p.m. Tuesday at Nuuanu Congregational Church. Call after 6 p.m. No flowers. Inurnment to be held at a later date at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl.

Fusae Ito, 78, of Waipahu, a retired barber doing business as Ito's Barber Shop, died July 24, 2003, at home. She was born in Lihue. She is survived by sons Allan and Walter, daughters Edwina Nishimoto and Phyllis Takara, brother James Kawaguchi, sisters Hannah Yee and Jane Okano, 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Services: 6 p.m. Friday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Call after 5 p.m. Incomplete information ran in Monday's obituary.

Patricia Puanani "Pua" Kumali, 65, of Pahoa, Hawaii, a Naniloa Hotel room maid, died July 31, 2003, at home. She was born in Papaikou, Hawaii. She is survived by son Thaddeus "Kalani" Mahelona, daughter Joline K. Paradis, brother Charles "Charlie" Mahelona and three grandchildren. Mass: 12:15 p.m. tomorrow at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo. Call after 10 a.m. Cremation to follow. Casual attire.

Alice Kaleimomi "Elsie" Labra, 63, of Haleiwa, a retired Haleiwa Post Office employee, died Aug. 1, 2003, in Wahiawa General Hospital. She was born in Waialua. She is survived by husband Richard Sr.; sons Robert, Melvin and Maurice; daughters Carolyn Owens and Claire Kumura; brothers Richard Spillner and Thomas Lopez; sisters Irene Primacio and Lily Caban; and 14 grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Saturday at United Gospel Fellowship Church, 95-061 Waimakua Drive, Mililani. Call after 6 p.m. Additional services: noon Sunday at residence, 61-247 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa. Call after 11 a.m. Casual attire.

Robert T. Leary, 83, of Kaneohe, a former Prudential Securities vice-president and a retired U.S. Coast Guard Reserve captain, died July 29, 2003, in Kaneohe. He is survived by sons Bill and Tom, daughter Lani Leary-Houck and three grandchildren. Celebration of life: 5 p.m. Monday at Kaneohe Yacht Club. Private scattering of ashes.

Jacinto Rafael Magusara, 75, of Waianae, a retired minister, died July 12, 2003, in Honolulu. He was born on Maui. He is survived by wife Esperanza; sons Mark, Osias and Adonicam; daughters Rose Lacuesta and Asionita Harness; sister Marcelina Pananganan; 16 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: noon at Valley of the Temples. Casual attire.

Mansei "Lefty" Mugitani, 88, of Honolulu died July 24, 2003, in the Convalescent Center of Honolulu. He was born in Mana, Kauai. He is survived by wife Laura M., daughter June M. Takata, brother Yoshikiyo, sister Fusa Mugiya and two grandchildren. Private services.

Edward Herman "Uncle Eddie" Nishihara Jr., 56, of Makawao, Maui, a clinical laboratory employee, died Aug. 3, 2003, at home. He was born in Puunene, Maui. He is survived by parents Marie and Edward H. Sr., fiancee Teri Tavares, brother Kevin and sister Francine McOmber. Mass: 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Call after 9:30 a.m. Burial: 2:30 p.m. at Maui Veterans Cemetery.

Domingo Orbina, 83, of Mililani died July 25, 2003, at home. He was born in Waialua. He is survived by wife Juliana S.; son Donald; hanai son Paulino Basilio; daughters Priscilla Ambrosio, Stephanie "Staffy" Balios and Lucille "Lucy" Lumanlan; sister Dolores Natividad; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Services: 11:30 a.m. Friday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call after 9:30 a.m. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Morris Pavao, 50, of Volcano, Hawaii, a Hawaii Volcanoes National Park pest controller, died July 30, 2003, in Hilo Medical Center. He was born in Hilo. He is survived by companion Kim Tavares; sons Santana Gentry and Mokuhalii Pavao; mother Mildred Pavao; brothers Edwin Pavao Jr. and Russell Paio; and sisters Rita, Leola and Mokihana Pavao and Brenda Domingo. Services: 7 p.m. today at Dodo Mortuary. Call after 6 p.m. Graveside services: 1 p.m. tomorrow at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2 in Hilo. Casual attire. Incomplete information was printed in Sunday's obituary.

Mele Siu Pupunu, 72, of Salt Lake City, died July 31, 2003, in Salt Lake City. She was born in Holonga Vava'u, Tonga Island. She is survived by husband Solomone L., son Kolosaini, sister Hingano Langi and three grandchildren. Visitation: 9-11:45 a.m. Friday at United Methodist Church in Napili. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Maui Memorial Park.

Bernardina Alegre Quengua, 87, of Waipahu died July 29, 2003, in St. Francis-West Medical Center. She was born in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, the Philippines. She is survived by sons Leopoldo Sr., Bonie and Prescy; brother Felix Alegre; sisters Dolores Salvador and Eustacia Bayogo; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Mass: 7 p.m. Friday at the Resurrection of the Lord, 94-1260 Lumikula St. Call after 6 p.m. Rosary: 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Mililani Downtown Mortuary. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: 11 a.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Karen K. Rita, 40, of Makaweli, Kauai, a homemaker, died Aug. 4, 2003, in Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital. She was born on Niihau. She is survived by husband Frank M. and sisters Denise and Wanda Kanahele, Rose Palakiko and BettyLou Pahulehua. Mass: 11:30 a.m. Friday at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Kalaheo. Call after 11 a.m.

Wayne Basilio "Buckwheat" Roberts, 52, of Haiku, Maui, a city refuse collector, died Aug. 3, 2003, at home. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by mother Vivien McNeel, son Wayne "Winnie" Jr., brothers Samuel Jr. and Glen P., sister Yvonne Ohelo, half sisters Tracy and Karen McNeel, half brother Eric and a grandchild. Private services pending.

Marcela Garen Salvador, 74, of Waipahu died Aug. 1, 2003, in St. Francis-West Medical Center. She was born in Cagayan, the Philippines. She is survived by father Fidel Montero Sr.; brothers Fidel Jr., Antonio J., Manuel L. and Edmundo Montero; and sisters Remedios Miyachi, Dionisia Villareal, Concepcion Montero and Soledad Aquino. Mass: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 94-675 Farrington Highway. Call after 9 a.m. Burial to follow at Valley of the Temples.

Richard Kotoku Shimabuku, 82, of Kaneohe, a U.S. government auto mechanic inspector at Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station, died Aug. 3, 2003, in Nuuanu Hale Hospital. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Elaine K.; sons Ricky M. and Randy N.; daughter Diane Burton; brothers Shintaro, James S., Robert and Thomas; and three grandchildren. Services: 5 p.m. Friday at Kalihi Union Church, 2214 N. King St. Call after 4 p.m. Aloha attire.

Wilma Pauline Takaki, 58, of Kailua-Kona, a Pristine Clean house cleaner, died July 26, 2003, in Kona Community Hospital. She was born in Hilo. She is survived by companion Raymond Santiago; sons Henry Jr. and James; daughter Tracy Takaki-Puou; mother Edith B. Santiago; brothers William and Thomas Moran, Anthony Santiago, John Focht and Julio Ruiz; and sisters Irene Birchland, Carol Gusman and Sharon Bess. Services: 6 p.m. Friday at Immaculate Conception at Holualoa, Hawaii. Call after 5 p.m. Mass: 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Kailua-Kona. Call after 8 a.m. Burial to follow at Kona Memorial Park. Casual attire. No flowers.

Daniel Bryan Tate, 86, of Hilo, a retired California State University-Long Beach groundsman, died July 25, 2003, in Life Care Center of Hilo. He was born in Texas. He is survived by wife Helen D. and brother Cloves. Graveside services: 10 a.m. Friday at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Burial to follow. Casual attire.

Alice G. Vares, 58, of Kihei, Maui, a homemaker, died Aug. 3, 2003, in Maui Memorial Medical Center. She was born in Cleveland. She is survived by husband Norman D.; sons Troy A., Edward A., Jeffrey M., Shawn C. and Brendan J.; sisters Annette Eberhart and Carolyn Moore; and brother Edward. Services: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Ballard Family Mortuary. Call after 6 p.m. Additional services: 8 a.m. Saturday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Burial: 9:30 a.m. at Maui Veterans Cemetery. Aloha attire.

Mark K. Yano, 45, of Waipahu, an Automatic Door Specialist Inc. employee, died July 27, 2003, on Molokai. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Janice, parents Paul S. and Miyako S., and brothers Shelton and John. Services: 6 p.m. Saturday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, Mauka Chapel. Call after 5:30 p.m. Casual attire.




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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