Kau Kau KornerBy Harold Morse
Patricia "Patty" Sundstrom, who with her late husband, Hanley P. "Sunny" Sundstrom, owned the famous Kau Kau Korner drive-in at Kapiolani and Kalakaua Avenue, died here Tuesday. She was 74.
The business, started by Hanley Sundstrom in 1935, was at that location until it lost its lease in 1960.
He kept it open 24 hours, even during World War II. He complied with wartime blackout regulations by putting up blue denim curtains. He later started Kau Kau Jr. at 755 Nimitz Highway and Kau Kau Kitchen at 2154 Kalakaua Ave., a pancake house and Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant.
World War II sailor and former Star-Bulletin reporter Lyle Nelson -- who first saw Kau Kau Corner in 1944 -- remembers it.
"It was a very popular place," he said. "I think the servicemen during the war were particularly interested in the mileage signs on the very corner of the street which showed you how far Moscow and Paris and Tahiti were from Kalakaua and Kapiolani."
"The girls (carhops) were always young and cute and wore brief uniforms," Nelson said. "In 1950, I pulled my black '39 Ford V-8 right in there and had my hamburger and malted milk."
After her husband died, Patricia Sundstrom continued with the first KFC franchise here, selling it back to the corporation in 1968.
She was born in Omaha, Neb. She is survived by daughters Sigrid, Karen and Kristina, and two grandchildren.
Memorial services will be at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church, 1020 S. Beretania St. Inurnment will be private.
Seso Baguio, 78, of Kaneohe, a retired city mechanic, died Monday in Kailua. Born in Hilo, he is survived by sons Keith, Robert, Anthony and John; daughters Sissy and Quanita; stepsons Henry Moku and Lawrence Mau; stepdaughters Henrietta Vaskin and Joyce Hall; and sisters Florence Duran, Mary Gurrobat and Wilma Makilan. Services at a later date.
Maryann Barcai, 79, of Kahului died Wednesday in Maui Memorial Hospital. Born in Wailuku, she is survived by sons Manuel and Bernard Portabes; daughter Rebecca Ann Lynch; stepsons Richard, Melvin and Clifford; stepdaughters Karen J. Gushiken and Beverly Montes; sister Hilda B. Agdeppa; nine grandchildren; 28 stepgrandchildren; and 26 stepgreat-grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Tuesday at Ballard Family Mortuary. Call from 6 to 8 p.m. Burial: 9 a.m. Wednesday at Maui Memorial Park.
Brenda Y.S. Chong, 25, of Ewa Beach died Tuesday in Pali Momi Hospital. Born in Seoul, she is survived by parents Sung Joon and Joyce Chong, brother Steven C.W., sister Jenny H.S. and grandmother On Yo Yun. Services: 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Korean Christian Church, 1832 Liliha St. Call from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire.
Carol B. Jenkins, 90, died Friday in Castle Hospital. Born in Lewistown, Mont., she is survived by nieces and a nephew. No services. Donations suggested to a library or charity.
Flora C. Kang, 91, of Mililani, a retired elementary schoolteacher, died April 16 in Kapiolani Hospital at Pali Momi. Born in Hawaii, she is survived by daughter Patricia L. Arakawa and three grandchildren. Private services.
Angelina Keyes, 81, of Honolulu, a retired registered nurse for the U.S. government, died last Friday in Honolulu. Born in Tamp, Fla., she is survived by husband Jack; son Ron; and brothers Angelo, Joseph and Louis La Barbera. Private services. Donations suggested to the American Cancer Society.
Grace M. Kidani, 53, of Honolulu died April 4. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by mother Grace Y., brother Stanley and sister Joyce. Private services.
Viola E. McGivern, 89, of Hawaii Kai died Wednesday in Queen's Hospital. Born in Milwaukee, she is survived by sons Daniel, James and Lawrence; 12 grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. Mass: noon Tuesday at St. Augustine Church in Waikiki. Call from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Rosary and eulogy to follow. No flowers. Burial in the mainland.
Capt. William D. McReynolds, 79, of Honolulu, a retired airline pilot, died Saturday in Honolulu. Born in Long Beach, Calif., he is survived by wife Ruth, sons David McReynolds and Robert Patterson, daughter Carole Farley, brother Donald, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Scattering of ashes by the Hawaii Yacht Club.
Ginger U. Nagata, 96, of Paia, Maui, a former lab technician and janitress at HC&S Paia Mill, died yesterday in Wailuku Hale Makua. Born in Puunene, Maui, she is survived by son Tamotsu; daughters Harriet Welch, Ruth Murakami, Mildred Endo, Joyce Tam Ho and Sally Viveiros; brothers Kiyoshi, Iwao and Toshiaki Takamori; 21 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. Services: 6 p.m. Monday at Nakamura Mortuary. Call from 5 to 7 p.m. Services: 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Maui Memorial Park. Casual attire.
Fidel D. Nagtalon, 50, of Ewa Beach, an employee at Alamo Rent a Car & Terminal Transportation Inc., died April 17 in Queen's Hospital. Born in Ilocos Norte, the Philippines, he is survived by wife Elizabeth F.; daughters Mary Joy, Kimberly and Rowena; son Eugene; mother Leonora D.; brother Rudy; and three grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Sunday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Mass: 10 a.m. Monday at the mortuary. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.
John B. Robello, 80, of Honolulu, who retired from Pearl Harbor Public Works Center, died Wednesday at home. Born in Kula, Maui, he is survived by wife Jane, daughters Betty Robello-Siu and Linda Okafuji, brother Raymond, sister Frances Fernandes and two granddaughters. Services: 11:15 a.m. Wednesday at Diamond Head Mortuary. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: Diamond Head Memorial Park. Casual attire.
Vicenta B. Rubio, 93, of Waianae died April 15 in Wahiawa General Hospital. Born in Cebu, the Philippines, she is survived by sons Ceasar, Samuel, Diosdado, Reuben and Daniel; daughters Angela Navarro and Rebecca Becky Galios; 27 grandchildren; 55 great-grandchildren; 29 great-great-grandchildren; and a great- great-great-grandson. Rosary: 7 p.m. Sunday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Mass: 11 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Church. Call after 9:30 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.
Romualdo M. Ardo Tadina, 88, of Honolulu, a retired stevedore at Pearl Harbor Supply Center, died April 21 in Hale Nani. Born in the Philippines, he is survived by wife Laureana, daughters Laurie Ann and Brenda Tadina and Evelyn Akai, son Mario, brother Telesforo, sisters Magdalena Rivera and Maria Cobino, and six grandchildren. Prayer services: 7 p.m. Wednesday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Mass: 9:30 a.m. Thursday at St. John Baptist Church. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery.
Helen H. Tam, 69, of Kaneohe died Sunday in Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by husband Charles; sons Lester M. and Colin M. Kamikawa; daughter Cheryl A.; brothers Joji, Stanley and Clifford Miyashiro; sister Violet Murakane; and five grandchildren. Memorial services: 6 p.m. Monday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.
John L. Tanabe, 67, of Pearl City, a retired civil engineer, died Sunday in Beverly Manor Convalescent Center. Born in Lawai, Kauai, he is survived by wife June M.; sons Brent Y. and Kyle T.; daughter Joy K.; parents Fusao and Ichiyo; and sisters Jane Yoshimori, Barbara Inafuku and Jessie Ginoza. Memorial services: 6:30 p.m. Monday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call after 5:30 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.
Lillian C. Tseu, 92, of Honolulu died April 19. Born in Hankou, China, she is survived by sons Frederick, Albert, Dr. Lawrence K.W. and Dr. Joseph; 21 grandchildren; and 42 great-grandchildren. Services: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kaimuki Ward, 4847 Kilauea Ave. Call from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Private burial. Aloha attire. No flowers.
Victoria R. Wassman, 78, of Honolulu died last Friday in Honolulu. Born in Kealia, Kauai, she is survived by husband Henry Jr.; children Linda A. Beghtol, Henry Wassman III and Kathleen R. Clarke Jr.; brothers Frank R. Jr. and Walter R. Souza; 12 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. Mass: 12:15 p.m. Monday at Star of the Sea. Call after 10 a.m. Burial: Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Aloha attire.
Edward Zervic, 78, of Honolulu is survived by wife Sophia Lois. Incorrect information for an obituary published yesterday provided by the mortuary.