Monday, July 5, 1999

Ordenstein, 72,
led Hawaiian Memorial
Park Mortuary

Star-Bulletin staff


Francis K. Ordenstein, 72, of Kailua, a fourth-generation funeral director and owner of Ordenstein's Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary Corp. and Ordenstein's Center for Prearranged Funeral Planning Inc., died June 29 at Kaiser Hospital.

Ordenstein formerly owned Williams Funeral Services and continued to run it with the Hawaiian Memorial mortuary in Kaneohe until his retirement. The two businesses, now run by sons Kenneth and David, serve 800 to 900 families a year. Ordenstein also previously owned Windward Crematory.

His great-grandfather, Manuel Enos Silva, started the family business in 1900. Ordenstein's father, Walter, wanted him to become a dentist, but Ordenstein talked him into sending him to the University of Hawaii to major in business administration. Upon graduating, he learned the business and eventually took over.

"He enjoyed working with families," said his son, Kenneth.

Ordenstein was an active member of the community and his profession. "He was always involved in leadership roles in the community while he was active in the business," Kenneth said.

He had been a member of the state embalmers advisory board, a past president of Hawaii Funeral Directors Association, a past president of Kaneohe Business Group, a past lieutenant governor of the regional division of the Kiwanis International, a two-time president of the Kaneohe Kiwanis Club and a 35-year Legion of Honor member of the Kiwanis Club.

Familiar to Kailua residents and merchants for wearing funny hats, Ordenstein would participate in the Kaneohe Christmas parade wearing reindeer antlers.

He is survived by wife Anna Rose Kwai Sim; sons Kenneth W.K., Michael K., Jon J.K.,and David K.; brother Harold W.; 12 grandchildren; a great-granddaughter, and hanai daughters Kim Huff, Codie King and Pauline Anakalea.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ordenstein's Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery at noon. Contributions will go to the Augustine Educational Foundation, which provides scholarships to Catholic schools.

St. Sure dies

In 1954, he tried one of the
worst mass-murder cases
in state history

Star-Bulletin staff


Robert St. Sure, 90, who served as Honolulu prosecutor from 1952 until 1954, died June 28 at St. Francis hospital after a long illness.

In 1954, St. Sure personally prosecuted one of the worst mass-murder cases in state history. Farmworker Jose Aloag was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for killing his boss Richard Sumida, Sumida's wife Betty and three of their four children.

"He took it himself because he wanted to get the convictions," said St. Sure's wife Beryl.

St. Sure joined the prosecutor's office in 1943. His twin brother George also became a deputy prosecutor and after leaving the city, they went into private practice together until Mayor Frank Fasi appointed St. Sure to become a deputy corporation counsel and George to a post in the prosecutor's office.

St. Sure and his brother spent most of their lives together. They married sisters and both families lived together in the same house on Kealaolu Avenue and then on Nenue Street for more than 50 years, raising five children between them and numerous grandchildren. George died in 1981. The twins were born in Wailuku, two of five sons of a plantation doctor. They attended Maui High School, the University of Hawaii and the University of Alabama.

St. Sure is survived by his wife, Beryl, son Robert W., daughter Mrs. John Derby and two grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Star of the Sea church in Kahala. The family requests no flowers and casual attire.

Masanao Aoki, 88, of Honolulu, a retired city and county groundskeeper, died last Monday at Kaiser Hospital. He was born in Haleiwa. He is survived by wife Satsuyo; son Roy; daughter Anne, and six grandchildren. Service: 6 p.m. Thursday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire.

Hanae (Nonin) Karimoto, 87, of Honolulu, died last Monday at Queen's Hospital. She was born in Waimea, Kauai. She is survived by sons Frederick and Clifford; sister Michie Yamashiro, and two grandchildren. Services were private.

Annie Quon Ann Lock, 67, of Honolulu, died June 23 at St. Francis Hospital. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by brother Wah Tim Lock and sister Lena Wong. Service: 10 a.m. Thursday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial to follow at Nuuanu Mortuary. Casual attire.

Charles "Charley" Tatsuno Mitsumori, 82, of Honolulu, retired owner of Hawaii Typesetters, died Wednesday at home. He was born in Honolulu. Service: 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Honolulu Japanese Seventh-day Adventist Church, 2655 Manoa Road. Casual attire.

You can also search the Hawaii State Library System's
Hawaii Newspaper Index online for older obituaries at:
The index, which goes back several decades,
is available via Telnet software.

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