Obituaries
Wednesday, May 14, 1997


Aldyth Morris, 95,
wrote ‘Damien’ play

By Harold Morse
Star-Bulletin

Beatrice Krauss remembers the characters in Aldyth Morris’ plays well.

“The sensitivities of her characters were so wonderful,” Krauss said. “I think her ‘Liliuokalani’ was very, very impressive. But, of course, the one that impressed me the most was ‘Damien’ ... I think we were so lucky in Hawaii to have had her here.”

Morris died April 24 in Pasadena, Calif. She was 95.

Krauss, a devotee of Hawaiian culture, recalls Morris as a quiet person of dignity and charm.

In 1978, a video of “Damien,” a one-character play, was broadcast nationwide by the Public Broadcasting System. It won a prestigious Peabody Award. The play reached the notice of the Vatican, and Morris received a short letter from the pope. The play has been translated into Japanese, Flemish, French and Spanish.

Morris wrote two more one-character plays -- “R.L.S. (Robert Louis Stevenson)” and “Captain James Cook.” Both plays later were published by the University of Hawaii Press in 1995.

When Morris left Hawaii several years ago, it was a tremendous loss, Krauss said.

“Of course, she’s left a wonderful memorial in her work.”

Regarding “Damien,” Krauss said: “I always admired what Damien had done. He (Damien) was always sort of a hero to me. ... I just thought the way she handled it was so very, very beautiful. It could have been a very hum-drum type of thing, but she handled his whole life in such a wonderful way.”

She saw “Damien” three times, she said, “and each time, I was as impressed as ever.”

Others have pointed out that Morris could weave elements of people’s lives together into stories of clear but unusual structure that would grasp and enthrall her audiences, with words and metaphors that engaged and then penetrated, engaging emotions and hearts, each time a work was read or viewed.

Morris was born in Logan, Utah. She met her husband, Ray Morris, in the 1920s in San Francisco. They married in 1929, moving to Hawaii shortly after. Her husband, an architect, died in 1988. She remained here until 1993 when she moved to Pasadena.

Her 63 years here included time as an editor, then managing editor, of the University of Hawaii Press. She also was an editor at the East-West Center.

Morris is survived by son Richard V.; sister Frances Fagerlund; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Private family services were held. A memorial service will take place at 10 a.m. May 24 at St. Clement’s Church, where her ashes will be placed beside her husband’s ashes.

Anna K.D. Abraham, 80, of Waianae, died May 5 in St. Francis-West Hospital. Born in Kamalo, Molokai, she is survived by husband Kenneth K.; sons William E. “Earl” Hagerty and Kenneth K. “Kema” Abraham; daughters Annette M. Santana and Eloise L. Torres; brother Benjamin Duvauchelle; sisters Helen Apau and Gladys “Pua” Joao; 12 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Wake: 7 p.m. tomorrow at Mililani Downtown Mortuary. Call after 6 p.m. Service: 10 a.m. Friday at the mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe. Casual attire.

Cirilo I. “Shorty” Agdeppa, 83, of Waialua, a Waialua Sugar Plantation retiree, died May 4 in Wahiawa General Hospital. Born in Sinait, Ilocos Sur, the Philippines, he is survived by wife Trinidad T.; daughters Catherine M. and Cynthia T.; and two grandchildren. Service: 11 a.m. Friday at St. Michael’s Church, 67-390 Goodale Ave. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. No flowers.

Helen T. Arakaki, 82, of Honolulu, a retired Stewart’s Waikiki Restaurant waitress, died May 5 in Kuakini Hospital. Born on Maui, she is survived by husband Tetsuo; son Dean R.; daughters Faith M. Won, Ruby T. Kobayashi, and Ginger H. and Pauline S. Arakaki; and two grandchildren. Private services.

Sheldon D. “Rocky” Canida, 43, of Los Angeles, formerly of Lanai City, died April 30 in Los Angeles. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by mother Alma Gordon; stepmother Yone; sisters Loretta Viduya, Stephanie Eugenio and Charla Duhay; and brothers Clyde, Llewellyn and Dayton Canida, Francis Lo and Robert Revilla. Service: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Our Lady of Good Counsel, 1530 Hoolana, Pearl City. Call after 6 p.m. Graveside service: 11 a.m. Saturday at Homelani Memorial Park, Hilo. Casual attire. No flowers.

Kenneth T.S. Chow, 75, of Honolulu died Monday in Queen’s Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Lily; son Steven; and three grandchildren. Services: 11:30 a.m. Friday at Borthwick Mortuary. Visitation: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire. No flowers.

Chew S. Chun , 90, of Waipahu died May 6 in Ewa Beach. Born in China, he is survived by son Raymond W.S.; daughters Peggy V. Parkinson, Barbara S.L. Bartley, Sui K. Fung and Devona B.L. Chung-Fur Long; 16 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. Graveside services: 12 p.m. Saturday at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Hannah W. Cummings, 75, of Waipahu, a former Gomes Bus Service school bus driver and Iwilei Jail matron, died last Wednesday in Liliha Health Care Center. Born in Watertown, she is survived by daughters Gerry Andrews and Pinky Lima; sisters Annie Kauhane, Helen Souza and Mary Miller; 17 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Wake: 7 p.m. Friday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call after 6 p.m. Mass: 9:45 a.m. Saturday at St. John’s Apostle and Evangelist Church, 95-370 Kuahelani Ave. Call after 8:45 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Mary H. Erwin, 80, of Kailua died May 2 at home. Born in Florida, she is survived by sons Gerald Jr., Mark, Jon and Patrick; and seven grandchildren. Graveside service: 2 p.m. Friday at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Thomas H. Fowler, 51, of Mililani, a Navy retiree, died May 6 in Honolulu. Born in Washington, he is survived by wife Darling; daughter Shawnie; sons Nicholas and Thane; mother Clara Monroe; father Leon Monroe; sisters Michele Ary, Sharon Bassler and Terrie Van der Meyden; hanai brother Andrew BonWerder; and a grandson. Private scattering of ashes. No flowers. Donations suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Yutaka “Francis” Furubayashi, 79, of Honolulu, a retired city Wastewater Management Division foreman, died Sunday in the Aloha Health Care Center. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Bernarda; daughters Helenita J. and Noreen E. J. Furubayashi; stepson Edwardo Luzano; stepdaughters Paz Ongayo and Adela Blades; brother Isamu, 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services: 2 p.m. Saturday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Cremation to follow. Casual attire. No flowers.

David A. Hegele, 76, of Makawao, Maui, a retired Coca-Cola Company of Honolulu military sales manager, died yesterday in Makawao, Maui. Born in East Cleveland, he is survived by wife Ruth Gillespie Hegele; sons John, Roger, Christopher and David; sister Betty Grulke; and four grandchildren. Services: 4 p.m. Friday at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Keokea, Maui. Burial: St. John’s Cemetery. No flowers. Homemade leis welcome.

Andy J. Higashi, 44, of Hanamaulu, Kauai, a truck driver for Olaf Thronas Inc., died May 4 in Wilcox Hospital. Born in Lihue, he is survived by companion Victoria Maghanoy; parents David and Theresa; brother Glyn; and sister Tina Rapozo. Mass: 10 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Lihue Public Cemetery. Casual/aloha attire.

Ernest R. Kapuaala, 90, of Las Vegas, a retired Honolulu Fire Department equipment operator, died April 26. Born in Waianae, he is survived by wife Ruby; sons Ernest S. and Elmer K.; daughter Dorothy Alo; 20 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Service: 7 p.m. Friday at Oahu Cemetery. Call after 5 p.m. Graveside service: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual/aloha attire. No flowers.

Miulan P. Kealoha, 89, of Hilo, a retired schoolteacher at the former Olaa Elementary School, the Waiakea Uka Elementary School and the Kapiolani Elementary School, died Sunday at home. Born in Olaa, Hawaii, she is survived by daughters Leihulu E. Cooper and Leiohu Sequeira; hanai daughters Roselani Stevens and Elsie Thompson; hanai sons James Lancaster, Alexander Lancaster and Donald Lancaster; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Services: 3 p.m. Saturday at Dodo Mortuary. Call after 1:30 p.m. Burial: Homelani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Helen L. Kinnaman, 84, of Omao, Kauai, died Tuesday in Hale Omao Nursing Home. Born in Edwards, Neb., she is survived by husband Dan R.; sons Harold “Hal” and Roger; brothers Leland Morse and Glen Morse; sisters Ellen Jones and Lois Faast; four grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Services: 5 p.m. Friday at Waimea Baptist Church. Aloha attire.

Ruby G.Y. Lee, 69, of Kaneohe, a retiree from the U.S. Army, Hawaii, Education Branch at Fort Shafter, died Friday in Kaneohe. Born in Wailuku, she is survived by husband George C.S.; sons Gerard and Garrett; daughter Lourdes Whang; brother Eugene Dang; sister Rosaline Nip; and four granddaughters. Mass: 11 a.m. Friday at St. Ann’s Catholic Church. Call after 10 a.m. Burial: noon Hawaiian Memorial Park. Aloha attire.

Shirley C. Mau, 57, of Aiea died last Wednesday. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by husband Clarence W.B.; son Carlton K.S.; daughters Colleen K.S. and Cariann K.S.; brother Norman K.S. Chang; and sisters Elaine K.L. Chang and Lorraine K.Y. Osato. Service: 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call after 10 a.m. Burial: Honolulu Memorial Park. No flowers.

Edwin A. Medeiros, 77, of Honolulu, a retired state Department of Accounting and General Services supervisor, died Saturday in St. Francis Hospital. Born in Hilo, he is survived by wife Mona H.; daughter Julia H. Souza; stepson Lloyd Wilson; brother John A.; sisters Mabel Stone, Mae Canfield, Blanche Henson, Virginia Birch and Patricia Carvalho; and four grandchildren. Wake: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mililani Downtown Mortuary. Call after 6 p.m. Mass: 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Peace Cathedral. Call after 8 a.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park. Aloha attire.

Dionisio Miguel, 73, of Waipahu, a retired Pearl Harbor Shipyard welder, died May 5 in Waipahu. Born in San Manuel, Pangasinan, the Philippines, he is survived by wife Severina; son Leo; daughters Gloria Awakuni, Pat Okada, Fran Shigemasa, Nina Miguel and Susan Acosta; brother Benito; and 13 grandchildren. Service: 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Ray S. Mishima, 80, of Hilo, a retired Hilo Hospital maintenance supervisor and the proprietor of Mishima Orchids, died Saturday in St. Francis Hospital. Born in Hilo, he is survived by wife Elaine; daughters Maureen Yamashita, Karen Hara, Charlene Hirano and Diane Nakasue; son Dale; sisters Helen Fujimoto, Kimiyo Tsugawa and Alice Nagao; brother Robert “Rusty” Mishima; 14 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Services: 3:30 p.m. Friday at Dodo Mortuary. Call after 2:30 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Tsurue N. Morita, 103, of Mililani, formerly of Wailea, Hawaii, died May 3 in Wahiawa General Hospital. Born in Kumamoto, Japan, she is survived by sons Tommy T., Jack T., Kazuo, Roy and Shigeyoshi; daughter Alice H. Tamanaha; 18 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Memorial service: 10 a.m. Saturday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

Frank F. Neves, 82, a retired Hawaiian Electric switch operator, died Friday in Kyburz, Calif. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by siblings Victoria Mullen, Bernice Moreira, Ruth Medeiros, and William, Clarence, Vernon and Norman Neves. Graveside service: 2 p.m. Monday at Nuuanu Memorial Park.

Robert K.S. Ng, 62, of Waipahu, an Aloha United Way employee, died May 4 in Kaiser Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Leimomi R.; sons Robert Jr. and Randy; daughters Barbara Wilson and Jo-Ann Torres; and eight grandchildren. Memorial service: noon Friday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call after 10 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Kapono E. Pagaduan, infant son of Keiki Doo and Josua Pagaduan, died last Thursday in San Diego. Born in Honolulu, he is also survived by grandparents Randy and Barbara Doo and Paulo and Cecilia Pagaduan; and great-grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Larry Casaquit Sr., Roseline Doo, and Pablo and Florence Pagaduan. Services: 12:30 p.m. Friday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park. Aloha attire.

Leonora D. Paulino, 68, of Honolulu died April 22 in Honolulu. Born in San Nicolas, the Philippines, she is survived by daughters Ernesta Udasco, Florentina Ilovino, Geronima Abad and Catalina Gallegos; mother Venancia Coloma; brother Candido Damo; sisters Maura, Erlinda, Ramona and Eugenia Coloma, Angela Caraang and Ignacia Bagano; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Services: 7 p.m. Friday at Nuuanu Mortuary, call after 6 p.m.; and 9:30 a.m.

Saturday at Full Gospel Temple, call after 8 a.m. Burial: Valley of the Temples.

Lawrence D. Peralto, 58, a clothing manufacturing employee, died May 6 at home. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Zeta M.; sons James B. and Dickie; daughter Faith Stillman; brothers Frank L. Jr. and Leon; sister Hannah P. Kaina; and five grandchildren. Services held.

Margaret P. Priest, 88, of Honolulu, first principal of Makakilo Elementary School, died Friday. Born in Manan, Idaho, Priest was a licensed radio amateur. She is survived by son Donald. Services over her ashes: 7 p.m. tomorrow at Nuuanu Mortuary. Reception to follow. Casual attire. No flowers. Donations suggested to the Margaret Peggy Priest Trust, 3615 Harding Ave., Suite 501, Honolulu 96816.

Juan T. “Johnny” Rabanal, 68, of Wahiawa died April 25 in Wahiawa General Hospital. Born in Abulug, Cagayan, the Philippines, he is survived by wife Emilia R.; sons Juan Jr., Abraham, Felix and Diomedes; daughters Digna and Junabeth Rabanal, Emma Bulan, Emelita Villaros and Rosemarie Dakis; brother Santos; sisters Francisca Ramos and Petra Reynon; and several grandchildren. Wake: 7 p.m. Friday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Call after 6 p.m. Service: 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the mortuary. Call after 8 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Marion S. “Babe” Singer, 84, of Honolulu, a World War II veteran, died April 19 in Honolulu. Born in Monroe, Wisc., she is survived by sister Ruth Kline. Private services.

Charles D. Singletary, 72, of Wahiawa died May 6 in Kaiser Hospital. Born in Winterhaven, Fla., he is survived by wife Wakayo T.; son Jan G.; daughters Shirley A. Gold and Barbara M. Ono; brothers Robert and Willie T.; and four grandchildren. Services held. Private inurnment.

Arsenia V. “Inyang” Suniga, 77, of Honolulu died April 22 in Kuakini Hospital. Born in the Philippines, she is survived by sons Melecio and Pedrito; daughters Leticia and Melendrina Manuel, and Clare Suniga; sister Crecencia Villanueva; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grand children. Mass: 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, 712 N. School St. Call after 6 p.m. Service: 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call after 9:30 a.m. Burial: Valley of the Temples.

Manuel R. “Mac” Sylva, 85, of Pearl City, a retired Pearl Harbor, Shop 06 supervisor, died May 3 in the Pearl City Care Home. Born in Waiehu, Maui, he is survived by companion Ruby Hoke; sister Mary Silva; and hanai families. Service: 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call after 8 a.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park. Aloha attire.

Kenso Takamoto, 87, of Kukuihaele, Hawaii, a retired Honokaa Sugar carpenter, died Sunday in North Hawaii Community Hospital. Born in Kukuihaele, Hawaii, he is survived by wife Sueko; sons Ronald, Ernest and Stanley; and eight grandchildren. Services: 3 p.m. Saturday at the Honokaa Hongwanji. Call after 2 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Cristeta T. Tapuro, 56, of Lahaina died May 5 in Maui Memorial Hospital. Born in Sived Santo Domingo, Ilocos Sur, the Philippines, she is survived by husband Juan T.; children Nestor B., Reynaldo T., Anastacia T. and Giovenal T. Tapuro, and Rosalyn T. Ulep; sisters Rosita T. Tapat and Esmeralda T. Pagallaman; brothers Maximo T., Teofilo T. and Benjamin T. Tapuro, and Rudolfo T. Tabora; and six grandchildren. Mass: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Maria Lanakila Church. Call after 6 p.m. Burial in the Philippines.




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