Obituaries
Wednesday, October 23, 1996



Father Lees was
president of Chaminade

By Star-Bulletin staff



Father Charles J. Lees, the fourth president of Chaminade University of Honolulu, died last Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio.

Lees, 76, a member of the Society of Mary (Marianists) for 59 years, served as Chaminade president from 1975-1977, then went into parish ministry in Hawaii until 1986. He was known as a master retreat director and an outstanding English teacher.

Born in South Fork, Pa., Lees graduated from the University of Dayton in 1942 and earned his master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh 10 years later. He studied for the priesthood at St. Meinrad Seminary in Indiana and was ordained in 1946.

From 1965-1974, Lees served as an administrator at the University of Dayton, where he is credited with reforming tenure and promotion policies for faculty and introducing several graduate programs. Lees left the university as senior vice president for administration and planning.

Burial and internment will be in Dayton. Memorial donations may be made to the Society of Mary, 4435 East Patterson Road, Dayton, OH 45430-1095.


Evangeline "Angie" Rin Aki, 50, of Glenwood, Hawaii, a nursery worker, died Thursday in Queen's Hospital. She is survived by husband Hilton K. Aki; father Gabino Rin; brothers Keoki and Alfredo Rin, and Alfred Lariosa; and sisters Mattie Len Wai, Harriet Escobar, Beatrice Lariosa, Annabell Mashino, Katherine Cuello and Monica Rowland. Service: 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home-Hilo. Call after 10 a.m. Burial: Homelani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Lope C. Ancheta, 89, of Kahului died Sunday in Kahului. He is survived by wife Juliana J.; sons Edwin J. and William "Lope"; daughter Jane J. Pelkey; brothers Bernardo C. and Enrique C.; and four grandchildren. Mass: 8 p.m. Friday at Christ the King Church. Call after 6 p.m. Service: noon Saturday at the church. Call after 11 a.m. Burial: Maui Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Frederick "Al" Benzon, 55, of Kailua, a Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, Shop 72, laborer, died last Wednesday in Castle Hospital. He is survived by brothers Benny K., Raymond V., Richard I., Anthony "Tony" and Nicholas K.; and sisters Josephine "Tita" Rabago, Diana F. Hunter, Bernadette M. Olivera and Andrea G. Waro. Mass: 10 a.m. Friday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: Valley of the Temples.

Mabel K.K. Cabatic, 76, of Hilo, a C.W. Maintenance Inc. Co. retiree, died Saturday in Hilo Hospital. She is survived by sons William and James Keliipaakaua, and Frank, Wilfred and Marvin Cabatic; daughter Mabel K. Urbanozo; brother Joseph Keliipaakaua Jr.; sisters Mary Baysa and Elizabeth Loando; and 11 grandchildren. Service: 9 a.m. Saturday at Dodo Mortuary. Call 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and after 8 a.m. Saturday at the mortuary. Burial: Alae Cemetery. Casual attire.

Domingo "Popcorn" Caluag, 69, of Kealakekua, Hawaii, a retired janitor II for Keahole-Kona Airport and a fisherman, died Sunday in Kona Community Hospital. He is survived by wife Rita K. Esmeralda; sons Domingo Caluag Jr. and Frank Alvarez; daughters Theresa Sterns, Lola Teter, Julie Reynon and Laurie Wong; brother Placido; sister Mary Recolan; stepsons Angus Jr., Alston and Aaron Chong; stepdaughter Kaleo Fuller; 22 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Memorial service: 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii in Keahole, Hawaii (south side of the restrooms). Call after 9 a.m. Potluck to follow at 73-4635 Mamalahoa Highway in Kaloko, Hawaii. Casual attire. No flowers.

Joaquin A. Camacho, 41, of Kailua died Sunday in El Paso, Texas. He is survived by wife Lila Marino-Camacho; daughter Alicia; mother Anna Sanchez; father Arturo; brothers Rene, David and Gabriel; and sisters Sarah Taylor and Lordes Camacho. Mass: 7 p.m. Friday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Call after 6 p.m. Cremation to follow. No flowers. Donations suggested to the Alicia Camacho Education Fund, Attention: Bank of Hawaii, Enchanted Lake Branch, 1051 Keolu Drive, Kailua, Hawaii 96734.

Laura S. Endow, 65, of Pearl City, a retired receptionist, died Sunday in Waipahu. She is survived by sons Eric and Neal Y.; daughters Lori Ann M. and Dr. Rene A.; brother Erling Mitsumoto; and sister Jane T. Matsunaga. Memorial service: 6:30 p.m. Friday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Casual attire. No flowers.

Marcellina M. Garcia, 64, of Waipahu died Oct. 15 in St. Francis-West Hospital. She is survived by husband Joseph; children Marvalee J.G. Damatta, Ann F. Ishikawa, Joseph Garcia, Donna M. Hoopii and Angela G. Ea; brother Petronello Montera; sisters Theresa Pacheco, Epifania Kaaihue and Agnes Romena; halfsisters Frances Encarnation, Mary Garcia, Shirley Hertling, Julia Raboy, Carol Miliken and Elizabeth Franco; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Service: 7 p.m. tomorrow at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call after 6 p.m. Mass: 9:45 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Church, 94-675 Farrington Highway. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Manuel "Frankie" Gomes Jr., 69, of Ewa, formerly of Honolulu, died Monday21 in St. Francis-West Hospital. He is survived by several nieces and nephews. Wake: 7 p.m. Friday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Call after 6 p.m. Casual attire.

John "Tol Pau" Lee, 84, of Aiea, a retired Del Monte welder, died Monday in Kaiser Hospital. He is survived by wife Hope C.; sons Marvin, Duane, Byron, Harmon, Reuben and Clayton; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Service: 10:30 a.m. Friday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial to follow. Aloha attire.

Barney Lopes, 79, of Hilo, a U.S. Army veteran who served during World War II, died Oct. 6 in Hilo Hospital. He is survived by friends Herman and Harriet Pacheco. Service: 2 p.m. Friday at Dodo Mortuary. Call after 1 p.m. Burial: Hawaii Veteran Cemetery No. 2.

Geraldo Madriaga, 101, of Waimea, Kauai, died Aug. 2 in the Waimea Mill Camp. No known survivors. Burial: 10 a.m. Friday at Kekaha Public Cemetery.

John D. McCurry is also survived by cousin Mary F. Boak. Incorrect information for an obituary published Thursday was provided by the mortuary.

Frances V. Medeiros, 89, of Omao, Kauai, a retired school teacher, died Friday in the Hale Omao Nursing Home. She is survived by sons James and Patrick C.; sister Sophie Nunes; and four grandchildren. Mass: 10 a.m. tomorrow at Koloa St. Raphael's Church. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: church cemetery. Casual attire.

Matsuko Odani, 82, of Honolulu died Monday in Tripler Hospital. She is survived by husband Masao; sons Wesley and Myron; brothers Frank, Ryozo and and Tokuro Nakamura; sisters Daisy Nishibe and Dorothy Yasutomi; and five grandchildren. Service: 6:30 p.m. Friday at Diamond Head Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

Akie Sonomura, 86, of Honokaa, Hawaii, died Friday in the North Hawaii Community Hospital. She is survived by husband Torao; sons Akira, Thomas T. and Harold H.; daughters Doris A. Velasco, Ruth R. Goshi, Kay K. Hamamoto and Joyce S. Sonomura; brothers Tsutomu, Sunao, Tom T., Mamoru and Larry S. Kadooka; sister Masae Honda; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Memorial service: 6 p.m. Friday at the Paauilo Hongwanji Mission. Call after 5 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Robert P. Weber, 73, of Ewa Beach, a U.S. Air Force civil service retiree, died Oct. 15. He is survived by wife Yoshie; daughters Jennifer Patten and Joyce Weber; and two grandchildren. Service: 10:30 a.m. Friday at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Casual/aloha attire. No flowers.




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