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Thursday, March 9, 2000

Tumanu A. Alailefaleula, 75, of Waianae, minister for the First Leeward Samoan Church in Waianae, died Feb. 29 in St. Francis Hospital. Born in Manua, American Samoa, he is survived by wife Tuioleloto; sons Mulimuli, Malaki, John and Joshua; daughters Lagimavae Mauai, Ferila Brimus, Asenati Palaita, Saofaiga Faitaua and Rose S'aau; brother Manino; sisters Apaau, Suauu, Anolilo, Faamama and Tuaefu, 45 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. Services: 6 p.m. Sunday at First Leeward Samoan Church. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Services: 9:30 a.m. Monday at the church. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: Sunset Memorial Park.

Wilfred K.C. Chock, 74, of Honolulu died Feb. 29 in Queen's Hospital. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Betty Ann Au; daughters Lori Ann and Terri Lynn Chock and Wendy Miller; sisters Margaret Ng and Virgie Chun; brothers Francis and Dr. Clifford; and two grandchildren. Services: noon Monday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call after 10 a.m. Burial: Nuuanu Mortuary. Aloha attire.

Gilbert J. Cruz, 70, of Hilo, a retired construction worker on Oahu and in Kona, Hawaii, died Monday in Life Care Center of Hilo. He was born in Aiea. He is survived by wife Elixa K.; son Gille B.; daughters Linda Torres, Elena Tran, Rachel Arrojo, and Elizabeth, Margarita, Monalisa, Nancy, Chica, Keleeda and Nina Cruz; brothers Joseph and Able Cruz and Junior and Albert Orta; and 32 grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Monday at Dodo Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Prayer services: 10 a.m. Tuesday at the mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Alae Cemetery. Casual attire.

Casey R.L. Goings, 21, of Kaneohe, died Sunday in Honolulu. He was born in Kailua. He is survived by mother Leslie, brother George III, sisters TracyLynne Lindsey and Lorna N. Goings, grandparents Abigail Gonzalez and George and Lorna Goings, and great-grandfather Richard A. Private services.

Vernon K. "Blue" Gomes, 48, of Nanakuli died Friday. He was born in Ewa. He is survived by sons Kinohi and Pono, daughter Mohala Nunies; brother Joseph, sisters Juliana Stratton, Josephine Paaluhi and Violet Gomes, and a granddaughter. Mass: 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Rita Church, 89-318 Farrington Hwy. Call after 9 a.m. Aloha attire.

Elsie K. Hewison, 80, of Sacramento, Calif., formerly of Honolulu, who retired from Shan's Bakery in Wahiawa and Miles' Bakery in Waianae, died Feb. 26. She is survived by daughter Ella Chiyo; sons Roy, Ernest and Raymond Sugimoto; sisters Harriet H. Palmero and Patricia A. Drake; brother Mitsuo Kawami; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Graveside services: 2 p.m. tomorrow at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl.

Seiko Ikehara, 94, of Honolulu, a retired maintenance worker for Honolulu Sake Brewery & Ice Co., died Feb. 24 in Convalescent Center of Honolulu. He was born on Okinawa. He is survived by wife Nancy K., sons Charles S. and Raymond M., daughter Patsy K. Izumigawa, 22 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. Services: 2 p.m. Sunday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

Florence Iwamoto, 82, of Lihue, who retired from Robert's Dynasty, died Tuesday. She was born on Kauai. She is survived by brother Motomo Onishi; sister Chieko Takeuchi; sons Robert Jr., Sonny and Allan; daughters Arleen Contrades and Linda Uohara; 27 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. Memorial services: 5 p.m. tomorrow at Lihue Hongwanji Mission. Casual attire. No flowers. Donations suggested to Lihue Hongwanji or Lihue Senior Center.

Mary C.V. "Consing" Lawas, 78, of Pearl City died Feb. 20 in Kapiolani Hospital at Pali Momi. She was born in Ewa. She is survived by daughter Betty J. Camarillo; sons Richard L., Leo E.C. Jr. and David V. Patacsil; sister Virginia "Meding" Magaoay, 19 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandchild. Memorial services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Call after 9:30 a.m. Casual attire.

Ernie H. Lee, 43, of Mililani will be remembered in services 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at Borthwick Mortuary, mauka chapel. Incorrect information for an obituary published yesterday.

Bernard H. "Bernie" Matano, 65, of Honolulu, a retired lieutenant colonel for the U.S. Air Force, died Tuesday. He was born in Waianae. He is survived by wife Amy; daughters Tina Choo, Lisa Kamoe, Lani Elkin and Rina Meyer; brother Albert; sisters Betsy Sugihara, Jane Hatta, Cherry and Florence Matano, Alice Fujieda and Caroline Yang; and 12 grandchildren. Memorial services: 6 p.m. Monday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Inurnment: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl, with full military honors. Casual attire.

James S. Nakamura, 68, of Honolulu died Feb. 29 in Queen's Hospital. Born in Wahiawa, he is survived by wife Dorothy S.N.; daughters Donna Roberts, Rae Silva and Lorna Nakamura; brothers Harold and Ernest; and sister Jane Matsumoto. Private scattering of ashes.

Teofilo P. Paa, 84, of Haliimaile, Maui, a retired truck driver for Maui Land & Pineapple Co., died Sunday at home. He was born in Ilocos Norte, the Philippines. He is survived by wife Sonia N.; sons Rudy, Junior and Anthony; daughters Julita Porte, Catherine Paa and Linda Severson; sister Lourdes; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Monday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Mass: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Makawao Cemetery. Casual attire.

Michael R. Papuzza, 63, of Kailua, a retired equipment service chief for Northwest Airlines, died March 3 in Kailua. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. He is survived by children Lisa Papuzza-McGuire and Michael A. Papuzza, brothers John and Ted, and four grandchildren. Private services.

Madeline L.F. Park, 81, of Honolulu died Saturday in Tracy, Calif. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Richard Sondo, sons Linton and Dana, daughter Dicksie Tamanaha, brother Moses Ferreira, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Monday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Private burial. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Julian Ritter, 90, of Makawao, Maui, a self-employed artist, died Saturday in Maui Memorial Hospital. He also served in World War II. He was born in Germany. He is survived by son Michael, daughter Christine, and two grandchildren. Private services.

Nobuko Saito, 79, of Wahiawa, a personnel administrator from Dole Cannery, died Feb. 27. She was born in Wahiawa. She is survived by brothers Masaaki, Masaharu and Etsuo, and sisters Itsuko "Sue" Nishikawa, Hiroko Yamaki and Edith Gima. Memorial services: 5 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Wahiawa. Call after 4 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers. Donations suggested to Alzheimer's Association of Hawaii.

Herman Soares, 69, of Waialua, a retired boilerman for the U.S. Army, died Feb. 18 in St. Francis-West Hospice. Born in Waialua, he is survived by son Gordon, daughter Kaleilani, brothers Able and George, sisters Thelma Liu and Helen Lausterer, and five grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Saturday at Liliuokalani Protestant Church. Call after 9:30 a.m. Inurnment to follow. Casual attire.

Edith M. Splater, 77, of Honolulu, a retired licensed practical nurse at Leahi Hospital, died Friday in Kaiser Foundation Hospital. She was born on Kauai. She is survived by sons Ivan, Steven and Robert; daughter Oliver Marquez; brother Kazuo Yamamoto; sisters Sumako Viloria, Barbara Rickett and Michiyo Yamamoto; and four grandchildren. Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Oahu Cemetery. Call after 9:30 a.m. Inurnment: Oahu Cemetery columbarium. Casual attire. No flowers.

Betty M. Tanaka-Yuen, 81, of Honolulu, a chef for airlines catering, died Feb. 25. She is survived by son Mitchell Tanaka, brothers Takeshi and Harry Matsuki, sister Bertha Shikada, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Private services.

Julius M. Vetter, 91, of Kaneohe, a retired manager of transmitter station KGMV on Maui, died Feb. 29 in Kailua. He was born in New York. He is survived by son Robert, and two grandsons. Graveside services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Oahu Cemetery. Casual attire.

Bob H. Yanazaki, 75, of Keaau, Hawaii, owner of Bob's Jewelers, died Saturday in Hilo Hospital. He was born in Olaa, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Anne M., son Robert E., brother Hideo, sisters Wakako Matsuoka and Tatsuko Hino, and two grandchildren. Services: 4 p.m. Sunday at Dodo Mortuary. Call after 3 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

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