Friday, October 8, 1999

Jack Roney was
Marine captain,
isle lawyer

Star-Bulletin staff


John A. "Jack" Roney, 59, a former Honolulu attorney and a Naval Academy graduate who became a Marine Corps captain, died Sept. 8 after a heart attack at his home in Vancouver, Wash.

He was born in Philadelphia and was a standout athlete in high school in Pennsylvania. He lettered four years in baseball at the Naval Academy, graduating in 1963, and got his law degree in 1970 from Villanova Law School.

Moving to Honolulu, he was admitted to the Hawaii Bar and practiced law here for 26 years. He served as minority counsel with the state House of Representatives and also as a member of the Campaign Spending Commission for eight years. In 1993, he was admitted to the Washington state Bar.

He is survived by mother Clare M. Roney; daughters Lynn Lyons, Ann Reynolds, Elizabeth Roney, Julie Trumpower and Mary Leong; son Christopher; sister Jean Yoder; and 10 grandchildren. He also was close to William and Geoffrey Noyes, sons of Mary Noyes, his betrothed partner.

A memorial Mass will be said at noon next Friday at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace, followed by 2 p.m. burial with military honors in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging.

Anthony S. Carvalho, 90, of Hilo, a retired chief administrator for Circuit Court on the Big Island, died Tuesday in Hilo. He was born in Paauilo, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Virginia P.; sons Anthony S. Jr. and Bertram I.; sisters Mary C. Ramos, Annie Souza Christiano and Helene G. Mason, and 11 grandchildren. Private services.

Charles G. Criswell III, 56, of Kalispell, Mont., formerly of Honolulu, died Sept. 21 at home. He was born in Great Falls, Mont. He is survived by wife Jackie, parents Charles and June and sister Janey Bonham. Services on the mainland.

Jane N. English, 62, of Pearl City, a retired cashier at Kelly's Coffee Shop near the airport, died Sept. 29. She was born in Kapaa, Kauai. She is survived by William and William English Jr., Tamara Kaleimamahu and Starlette Tobosa; brothers Benjamin and Teodorico Samonte; sisters Elizabeth S. Monios, Lapaz and Doris Samonte and Priscilla Samonte Markee, and six grandchildren. Memorial services: 11 a.m. tomorrow at Newtown Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Call after 9 a.m. Casual attire.

Lucrecio P. "Mesiong" Espanto, 78, of Hanamaulu, Kauai, an equipment operator for Lihue Plantation, died Wednesday at home. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by wife Romana L.; sons Lucrecio Jr., Clifford and Patrick; sisters Francisca Castaneda and Esmeralda Pazro; brother Salvadore, and a grandson. Services: 7 p.m. next Friday at Borthwick/Kauai Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Services: 8:30 a.m. Oct. 16 at the mortuary. Call after 7 a.m. Burial: Kauai Kalapaki Bay Cemetery. Casual attire.

Doris E. Forster, 69, of Waianae died Oct. 5 at home. She ws born in Oakland, Calif. She is survived by daughters Juline Forster, Joyce Hanson and Joan-ne Fernandez; son Richard Gardner Jr., five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Memorial services: 11 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Church, 85-786 Old Government Road. Call after 10 a.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Richard M. "Dickie" Fujikawa, 75, of Honolulu, a retired cabinet maker for the state Department of Accounting and General Services, died Saturday in Straub Hospital. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Lillian; son Glenn; daughter Gayle Luke; brothers Yoshiharu "James," Albert and George "Joe" and sister Sumiko Betty. Memorial services: 6 p.m. Wednesday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Call after 5 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Juana F. Garo, 76, of Delano, Calif., formerly of Honolulu, died Sept. 22 in Calif. She was born in Talugtog, the Philippines. She is survived by husband Pedro C.; sons Alejo F., Catalino F. and Oliver F.; daughters Vicenta G. Bonilla, Avelina G. Villaluz, Emily G. Manuel, Ann G. Rafanan, Precila G. Dela Cruz and Dominga G. Montano; brothers Fermin and Santiago Flores; sisters Lourdes Dalere, Justina Kelnat and Anna Alejandro, 23 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Wake services: 7 p.m. Sunday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Services: 10 a.m. Monday at the mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Herbert T. "Teru" Hamada, 59, of Naalehu, Hawaii, will be remembered in services 4 p.m. tomorrow at Naalehu Hongwanji. Incorrect information for an obituary published yesterday provided by the mortuary.

Edith Hamamoto, 89, of Lihue, a retired Kauai Surf employee, died Wednesday in Wilcox Hospital. She was born in Koloa, Kauai. She is survived by son Lawrence Yamamoto, daughter Amy Mendonca, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Services: 5 p.m. Tuesday at Lihue Hongwanji Mission. Call after 4 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Pili Isumu, 67, of Honolulu, a supervisor for the Supply Department for the Samoan government, died Sept. 13 in Kuakini Hospital. He was born in Western Samoa. He is survived by wife Asopaepae; sons Lisi, Paepae, Taumaoe and Fuifui; daughters Tilafaina, Taema, Mila and Saleatua Isumu, Fola Powers and Faavela Saole; brothers Kunise, Siuta, Siulepa, Tupu and Muliulu Alofaitama; sisters Ufi Ao, Olive Koko, Tua Faaolatoa, Tigaluutiea Pereita, Luavalu and Asiasiga Alofaitama, Vaitagutu, Faaivivi Aiolupeta, Leitu Faalava, Simativa Monanu, Tapuita Pauea and Vaioleta Fiso, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Services: 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at Mililani Downtown Mortuary. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: Sunset Memorial Park.

Clarence Y. Matsukawa, 48, of Honolulu, a tour coordinator for HIS Hawaii, died Sept. 30 in Straub Hospital. He was born in Osaka, Japan. He is survived by parents Kogen and Terumi and brothers Andrew J. and Daniel H. Memorial services: 6 p.m. Tuesday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

Bertha W. Maule, 87, of Honolulu died Tuesday in Honolulu. She was born in Massachusetts. She is survived by sons Robert and Thomas L. Private services.

Godwin K. Pirga, 31, of Ewa Beach, a first class journeyman lineman for Hawaiian Electric Co., died Sunday at home. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by sons Godwin K. Jr. and Taylor W.K.; parents Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Pirga; grandfather Edmund K. Kahue, and brothers Charles E. Jr. and Ernest M. Call from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Casual attire. No flowers.

Alfredo "Rap" Rapacon, 54, of Kapaa, Kauai, a security guard with Freeman Guards at the Coconut Plantation in Waipoli, Kauai, died Tuesday at home. He was born in Waimea, Kauai. He is survived by wife Teresita; sons Fred Jr., Chris, Wynson, Ricky and Brandon; daughters Marcela Hornos, Abbey Santos and Julie Rapacon; mother Basilia, and 12 grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Kauai Veterans Cemetery. Call after 10 a.m. Burial to follow. Casual attire.

Tom T. Sato, 60, of Wailuku, a painting supervisor at Wailea Point Property Management, died Wednesday in Maui Memorial Hospital. He was born in Paia, Maui. He is survived by wife Geraldine F.; daughter Joanne; brothers Takashi and Nobuo, and sisters Kiyono Endo, Loretta K. Morikawa and Lorraine Sato. Mass: noon Monday at St. Anthony Church. Call after 10:30 a.m. Burial: Maui Memorial Park. Luncheon: Nakamura's Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

Ludy M. Solheim, 60, of Kailua, a ceramist, died Tuesday in Ewa Beach. She was born in Negros Oriental, the Philippines. She is survived by husband Wilhelm; sons Edwin and Gary; daughters Kristina, Valerie, Lisa and Siripon Solheim and Mei Li Fisher; hanai sister Sally Lamson, and seven grandchildren. Services: 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Oahu Cemetery. Casual attire.

George S. Wong, 100, of Honolulu, a retired First Hawaiian Bank regional vice president, died Sept. 24 in St. Francis Hospice. He was born in Pepeekeo, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Ruth, son Franklin, daughters Ruthlyn Stephan and Georgene Rognier, brother Dr. A.Y., sister Marian Lui-Kwan and six grandchildren. Memorial services: 12:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at Hilo Yacht Club. No flowers. Donations suggested to United Community Church in Hilo or the Lyman House Museum.

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