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Obituaries
Wednesday, September 17, 2003


Katherine Yoshie Abdul, 79, of Honolulu, a retired Realtor, died Sept. 12, 2003, in Honolulu. She was born in Wailuku. She is survived by son Daniel L.; daughters Cassandra L. and Corinna; brothers Dick, Harry and Richard Kanada; sisters Aileen Unemori and Akie Ogasawara; and four grandchildren. Services: 9 a.m. Saturday at Central Union Church Sanctuary. Call after 8:30 a.m. Private inurnment. No flowers. Donations suggested to Hospice Hawaii, 860 Iwilei Road, or Alzheimer's Association, 1050 Ala Moana.

Crescencia Concordia Braceros, 70, of Lanai, a Lanai Co. golf maintenance employee, died Sept. 11, 2003, in Maui Memorial Medical Center. She was born in Magsiwgal, Ilocos Sur, the Philippines. She is survived by son Abe, daughter Lita Urban, sisters Loring Pichay and Asteria Meror, and four grandchildren. Visitation: 6 p.m. Friday at Filipino Club House. Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Hearts Church. Burial to follow at Lanai City Cemetery.

Grace Mori Honda, 79, of Kailua, a retired Aetna Insurance Co. senior account clerk, died Sept. 13, 2003, at home. She was born in Kapaa, Hawaii. She is survived by sons Llewellyn, Alva and Avery; daughter Verna Rabacal; brothers Alfred, Albert and Kenneth Mori; sisters Elsie Masunaga and Barbara Won; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Services: 2 p.m. Saturday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

Fortunata "Forchie" Ibrao, 71, of Waialua, died Aug. 28, 2003, in Mililani. She was born in Kahuku. She is survived by son Romeo; daughters Clarita Icari, Gwen Nolasco, Laurie Ibrao-Rubeck, Natalie Sims, Carey Berky and Leah Ruiz; brothers Eddie, Freddie, Andres and Miguel Asuncion; sisters Mary De Castro and Petra Manalo; 15 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Friday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call after 6 p.m. Mass: 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael Church, 67-390 Goodale Ave., Waialua. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: 11 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

The Rev. Sinaipa Langi, 49, of Wailua, Kauai, a Lihue United Church associate pastor in Kauai, died Sept. 11, 2003, in Waialua. He was born in Tonga. He is survived by wife Otusia; sons Nathaniel "Daniel" and Simione "Simi"; daughters Heulupe "Lupe" and Matilda "Tilda"; mother Mele; brothers Pau, Fatani, Valeti and Noa; and sisters Selomiti Soakai, Lokeli Liavaa, Kato Makisi, Luisa Tiueti, Louhuni Tuihalafatai and Lesieli Domingo. Services: 7 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church, 1020 S. Beretania St. Call after 6 p.m. Additional services: 2 p.m. Saturday at Lihue United Methodist Church on Kauai. Call after noon. Burial to follow at Lihue Cemetery.

Mary Ann Lemon McShane, 99, of Honolulu, a retired Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard employee, died Sept. 5, 2003, in Straub Clinic & Hospital. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by nephews and nieces. Graveside services: 10 a.m. Friday at Oahu Cemetery.

Clifford Marion "Sonny" Medeiros, 66, of Pahoa, Hawaii, a retired truck driver, died Sept. 6, 2003, in Hilo Medical Center. He was born in Hawaii. He is survived by wife Beverly S.; hanai son Nicholas "Nick" Berido; daughters Molliann Waltjen, Beverly L. Ortiz-Medeiros and Kawahine Boyer-Medeiros; hanai daughters Rosanna-Lyn Medeiros and Kimberlee Lorenzo; sister Priscilla Nuevo; and six grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. tomorrow at Glad Tidings Church on Kapiolani Street in Hilo. Call after 6 p.m. Additional services: 10 a.m. Friday at the church. Call after 8 a.m. Cremation to follow. Casual attire. No flowers.

Sabina A. Palmin, 76, of Honolulu, a retired Queen's Medical Center employee, died Sept. 11, 2003, in Honolulu. She was born in Puunene, Maui. She is survived by husband Tamio "Peanut" Kunihiro; sons Sesario, Rodrick, Eugene, Anthony and Jesse Parinas; daughters Anacleta Tabaldo and Aline Parinas; 19 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. Rosary: 6 p.m. Sunday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call after 5 p.m. Services to follow. Casual attire. No flowers. Additional information for an obituary printed yesterday.

Benjamin A. Savellano, 73, of Lahaina, died Sept. 13, 2003, at home. He was born in Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, the Philippines. He is survived by wife Virginia; sons Diosdado, Decoroso, Benjamin Jr. and Wenseslao; daughters Dena Gazman and Absalon Ardezani; sister Anita Pre; and 12 grandchildren. Mass: 7 p.m. tomorrow at Maria Lanakila Catholic Church in Lahaina. Call after 6 p.m. Burial to be held in the Philippines at a later date.

The Rev. Joe Soliz, 61, of Waianae, a founder and pastor of Shield of Faith Christian Ministries and My Brother's Keeper Rehabilitation Center in Waianae, died Sept. 3, 2003, in Ewa Beach. He was born in Riverside, Calif. He is survived by wife Yvonne; sons Steve Soliz and William Cruz; daughters Rosemary Soliz, Teresa Soliz-Baier, Clarisse Talisayan and Blossom Gionson; mother Frances; brothers David, Jess and Robert; sisters Lucy Lara and Margaret Molina; and 14 grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Friday at Shield of Faith Christian Ministries, 86-015 Farrington Highway. Call after 5 p.m. Additional services: 9 a.m. Saturday at the church. Call after 7 a.m. Burial: 1 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Raphael A. "Coach Ralph" Soto, 58, of Hanapepe, Kauai, a Kauai Surf and Kauai Lagoons employee, died Sept. 14, 2003, in Wilcox Memorial Hospital. He was born in Waimea, Kauai. He is survived by wife Bernadette "Bernie"; sons Dale and Randy; daughter Sherry Farias; brothers Tommy Rita and Albert, Dennis and Mervin Soto; sisters Hilda and Cecilia Lazaro; and six grandchildren. Mass: 2 p.m. Friday at Holy Cross Church in Kalaheo, Kauai. Call after noon. Burial to follow at Kauai Veterans Cemetery in Hanapepe. Casual attire.

Sarah Kanoelani Takai, 57, of Honolulu, died Sept. 11, 2003, in the Queen's Medical Center. She was born in Lahaina. She is survived by husband Theodore T. Jr.; sons Theodore T. III and Derek N.Q.; daughter Michelle N.; brothers Charles "Kale," Samuel "Yochi," James, Douglas and George Makekau; sisters Emma B. Wallen, Berthaline "Millie" Henry and Jerry Cabanilla; and a grandchild. Services: 12:50 p.m. Saturday at Star of the Sea Church. Call after 11:30 a.m. Burial: 2:15 p.m. at Diamond Head Memorial Park. Aloha attire. Incorrect information was given in an obituary Sunday.

Michael H. Thomas, 61, of Kailua, a retired Honolulu Fire Department captain, died Aug. 30, 2003. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Juanita; sons Jon, Jay and Jac; brother Robert Nelson; sister Muriel denHaan; and five grandchildren. Services: noon Saturday at 41-420 Saddle City Road, Waimanalo. Call after 10 a.m. Paaina to follow. Casual attire.

Sefo Veni Unga, 84, of Waipahu, died Sept. 8, 2003, in Kapiolani Medical Center at Pali Momi. He was born in Halaupuli, Tonga. He is survived by sons Makihele, Malakai and Steven; daughters Ionita Kalamafoni, Faiekina Pierce, Hueina Pekipaki, Lilieta Unga, Ramona Tuiono and Rima King; brothers Vaini, Lihati L., Okusi and Whitley "Lose"; sister Lusiane M. Tuivailala; 38 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Services: 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 94-210 Kahualii St., Waipahu. Call after 6 p.m. Additional services: 10 a.m. Friday at the church. Call after 8 a.m. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Carl H. Woerishofer, 63, of Pahoa, Hawaii, a retired machine operator for Briggs and Stratton and U.S. Army veteran, died Sept. 15, 2003, in Hilo Medical Center. He was born Milwaukee. He is survived by wife Patricia W. "Pat"; sons Terrance and Timothy; daughter Tammy Breitwish; mother Eleanore; brothers Jim and Mark; sisters Monica Millane, Lynn Wiler and Mary Conrad; and two grandchildren. Mass: 11 a.m. Saturday at Pahoa Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Call after 9 a.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Shizuko Yamamura, 86, of Kula, Maui, a homemaker, died Sept. 15, 2003, in Kula Hospital. She was born in Olaa, Hawaii. She is survived by husband Paul T.; sons Paul H., Roy and Kenneth; daughter Jane Steckbauer, Rosaline Watabe and Ruth Yamamura; sister Fumie Kakimoto; 16 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. tomorrow at Nakamura Mortuary. Call after 10 a.m. Reception to follow at mortuary dining facility. Burial: 2:30 p.m. at Kula Shofokuji Cemetery.




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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