Obituaries
Saturday, December 7 and Monday, December 9, 1996


Saturday, December 7, 1996

Len Hironaka, 68, was
pianist and songwriter

By Star-Bulletin Staff



Leonard D. “Len” Hironaka was a fixture at the piano at the old Pearl City Tavern.

He formed a trio and played the Royal Hawaiian’s Surf Room and Chuck’s Cellar, Black Angus, Clark’s and Three Coins.

Hironaka, also a song writer, wrote “To Prove My Love” and “Tracy’s Song.”

Hironaka, 68, of Waipahu, a federal retiree who worked at Barbers Point Naval Air Station, died Tuesday at home.

Born in Honolulu, he is survived by daughters Misty N. Hironaka-Tampon and Tracy S.K. Hironaka-Keao; sons Leonard D. “Tiki” Jr., David K., Kevin K. and Mack-Leonard “Mackey”; mother Lillie K.; sisters Elizabeth Rathborn, Sister Laola Hironaka and Lydia Lake; and six grandchildren.

Wake: 7 p.m. Wednesday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Call after 6 p.m. Service: 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the mortuary. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial with military honors: Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe.


Saturday, December 7, 1996

Tameo Kawasaki, 87, of Haleiwa, a Pearl Harbor Naval Supply Center retiree, died Sunday at home. Kawasaki, a World War II veteran who served with the Military Intelligence Service, was born in Honolulu. He is survived by sons Gary S. and Glenn K.; and two grandchildren. Private services.

Joseph D. LaMonte, 59, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., formerly of Hawaii, a semi-retired entrepreneur, died Nov. 10 in Port St. Lucie. Born in Brooklyn, he is survived by ex-wife Jacomina; daughters Jacomina Clayton, Marionina LaMonte, Michelena Anoba and Tiffani Soroos; son Joseph Jr.; parents Vinet and Peter; brothers Salavotore LaMonte and Peter LaMontia; sisters Michelina Pizzarelli and Terri Tufano; and seven grandchildren. Services held.

John F. Leonard, concert promoter, broadcaster and founder of Records-Hawaii, will be remembered in a service in Hilo and Honolulu. The services begin at 5 p.m. today at Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home in Hilo, call after 4 p.m.; and 4 p.m. tomorrow at Waikiki Shell. Casual attire. No flowers.

Lawrence M. Nagamine, 57, of Haliimaile, Maui, an electrician for Lite Electric, died Thursday at home. Born in Wailuku, he is survived by wife Joan C.; son Don; daughter Leslie; brothers Stanley Miyashiro, and Robert, George, James and Melvin Nagamine; sisters Kameko Taira, Nora Nagamine and Thelma Shiba ta; and three grandchildren. Service over his ashes: 5 p.m. Monday at Nakamura Mortuary. No flowers.

George P. Lim, 86, of Honolulu, owner of Paramount Venetian Blind Co., died Wednesday in Honolulu. Born in Oakland, Calif., he is survived by wife Bessie S.C.; sons Ronald S., Richard G. and Randall A.; daughter Roberta E.; brothers Phillip and Edward; sisters Carrie Ng, Eva Jay, Mary G. Lee, Marcella Chow, Rose Ann Haw and Angela Chin; and seven grandchildren. Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Peters Episcopal Church. Call after 10 a.m. Burial: Diamond Head Memorial Park. Aloha attire. No flowers. Donations suggested to the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific and/or St. Peters Episcopal Church.

Marcelino U. “Jerry” Rieta, 82, of Honolulu, an executive chef and fry cook, died Nov. 7 in Honolulu. Born in Ilocos, the Philippines, he is survived by sons Gaylord A., Jonathan V. and Vernon P.; and several grandchildren. Service: 9:30 a.m. Dec. 21 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Waikiki. Scattering of ashes to follow at Kewalo Basin. Casual attire. No flowers.


Monday, December 9, 1996

Marvyl A. Brittain 89, of Honolulu died Dec. 1 in Queen’s Hospital. She was born in Newton, Iowa. She is survived by sister Lenore Palmer; brother Loren Vieth, and a stepson. Service: 5 p.m. tomorrow at Unity Church. No flowers. Donations suggested to the Unity Church Stained Glass Window Fund.

William P. Bryan Jr. , 68, of Wahiawa died Nov. 7 in Tripler Hospital. He was born in North Carolina. He is survived by daughter Yvonne. Graveside service with military honors: 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl.

Helen S. Byars 67, of Honolulu, a Veterans Administration secretary, died Thursday in Honolulu. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by son Colin K.; stepsons Eldon G. and George W.; brothers James Y., Richard M., Raymond M. and Kenneth K. Iha; sisters Tamayo Kaneshiro, Helen M. Hashimoto, Beatrice K. Shimabukuro and Judy Tengan, and four grandchildren. Service: 6 p.m. tomorrow at Nuuanu Congregational Church. Inurnment: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Casual attire. No flowers.

Yoshio Funakoshi, of Honolulu, 84, a retired carpenter, died Thursday in St. Francis Hospital. He was born in Waialua. He is survived by wife Haruko; sons Harold Y., Kenneth Y. and Charles S.; daughter Joy T. Tanabe; brother Jack, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Memorial service: 6 p.m. Thursday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

Brian A. Lewis, 40, of Mililani died Nov. 26 in Wahiawa General Hospital. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by brothers Patrick Low, George and Paul Marigmen, and Dennis, Lester and Wallace Lewis, and sisters Loretta Schwartz, Lei Sanchez, Carlotta Janik and Beverly Lewis. Private services.

Effie B. Moller, 83, of Boulder, Colo., formerly of Honolulu, a retired Hawaii state social worker, died Friday in Boulder. Moller, a registered nurse, was born in American City, Ala. She is survived by son Gary K., three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Private services. Donations suggested to the American Diabetes Association, 2450 S. Downing St., Denver, Colo. 80210.

Satsuki Nishimura, of Hilo, 96, who turned a hobby into a business and founded Hilo Vanda Nursery, died Nov. 25 in Hale Puloma Mau (Kuakini Home). She was born in Pauka, Hawaii. She is survived by son Dr. Pete H. Nishimura; daughters Chiyo Kobayashi, Emi Hata and Misa Kawakami; brothers Dr. Masao Okumoto, Dr. Pete T. Okumoto and Yoshinobu Okumoto; sister Misue Ogawa, nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Services were private.

Ausasala “Sala” Maiava Palepale, of Honolulu, 72, died Thursday in Kapiolani Hospital at Pali Momi. She was born in Fagatogo, American Samoa. She is survived by husband Viola F. Sr.; sons Mahafutau “Tau,” Augustine “Gus,” Richard “Rickie,” the Rev. Father Marisi, Afa and Viola F. Jr.; daughters Beverly Tavake, Sarah “Emily” Palepale; Lovey-Lavinia Palepale-Papalii and Anefataifo‘ou Ta‘ai; brothers Anoa’i Maiva, Sologatua Fa‘agata, Mano Fa‘agata, Malae Ole Talu Fa‘agata and Siaosi Fa‘agata; sisters Aifai Tevaga, Lole Hunter, Dollie Ah-Hing and Nafanua Fa‘agata, 23 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services: Mass at 7:30 p.m. Friday and prayer service at 8:45 a.m. Saturday at St. Augustine Catholic Church. Call after 6 p.m. Friday and after 8 a.m. Saturday. Burial: 10 a.m. Saturday in Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Ioane I. Pooloa, 62, of Honolulu died Nov. 10 in Maluhia Hospital. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by brother William G. and sisters Elizabeth Kahala, Frances Lucas and Rosemarie Keaweehu. No services. Call after 8:30 a.m. Thursday at Borthwick Mortuary. Burial: 10 a.m. at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe.

Stanley B. Sojot, 74, of Waipahu died last Mondayin Kaiser Hospital. He was born in Cebu, the Philippines. He is survived by wife Clara E.; sons Farrel, Reginald and Gary; daughters Cynthia Murphy and Stephanie Reese; brothers Angel and Bay; sisters Peding Quemado and Angela Daclison, and 17 grandchildren. Service: 7 p.m. tomorrow at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Mass: 9:45 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 1525 Waimano Home Road. Call after 6 p.m. tomorrow and 8 a.m. Wednesday at the chapel. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Sueo Suzumoto, 79, of Honolulu died Nov. 24 in Straub Hospital. He was born in Waialua. He is survived by wife Tori; daughter Linda M., and sister Kimiyo Sugimoto. Services were private.

Helen M. Tokuyama, of Honolulu, 84, died Nov. 27 in St. Francis Hospital. She was born in Hilo. She is survived by son Ronald R.; daughter Patricia H. Obatake; sisters Mrs. Kinuyo Tsukiyama and Clara A. Oyama, and four grandchildren. Services were private.




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