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Thursday, April 27, 2000


Charles Pietsch III, 57,
dies in California

By Harold Morse


Charles J. Pietsch III, 57, well-known Honolulu businessman, died Tuesday in Vista, Calif.

The Honolulu-born Pietsch was a partner in Associates Four and co-owner of Waimea Falls Park, where Waimea Falls Adventure Park is located on a portion of the overall property. Associates Four retains an interest in the adventure park at Waimea and also Sea Life Park in East Honolulu.

Pietsch's partner in Associates Four, John Spierling, described him as "very energetic, very forceful and a doer," active in a number of community endeavors.

He also served on the boards of Queen's Hospital and Hawaii Pacific University and was very interested in those organizations. "It will be a loss both for the partnership and the community," Spierling said.

Pietsch was a Punahou graduate and alumnus of Syracuse University. He also served as an Army officer in Europe.

He was in banking with Wells Fargo in California before returning home to Honolulu where he went to work for his father, Charles Pietsch Jr., in Bishop Corp.

His father had branched out into subdivision development, home building and apartment building. The elder Pietsch also built three hotels in Hawaii, including the Kahala Hilton, now known as the Kahala Mandarin Oriental.

Additionally, the enterprising father had rescued Sea Life Park and taken it out of bankruptcy, also acquiring Waimea Falls Park. Son Charles III became involved in these ventures.

Charles III was president of the Waimea Arboretum Foundation and also chaired the Historic Hawaii Foundation. He was a trustee of the Hawaii Maritime Center and owner of a valuable stamp collection.

Funeral services are pending.

Milton Carter, Musicians
Union leader, dies

By Treena Shapiro


When negotiations got tough, the local Musicians Union president would threaten to play music himself.

"It was always fun to be across the negotiating table from Milton Carter," said Honolulu Symphony Executive Director Michael Tiknis. "He was a wonderful representative of the musicians of Hawaii, and in particular for the musicians of the Honolulu Symphony."

Carter, president of the Local 677 of the American Federation of Musicians since 1984, saw the symphony through contract negotiations resulting in a 4 month strike in 1986, a one-day strike in 1990 and the cancellation of the 1993-1994 Honolulu Symphony season.

Milton Carter Jr., 73, died Tuesday night at home from heart-related problems. He had been planning to retire at the end of May.

"If it weren't for him, there may not have been an orchestra in this town," said Musicians Union Vice President Michael Largarticha. "He was the rock around here. He just kind of held it together. He opened the doors to the musicians."

One door was his own. During the 1986 strike, Carter began inviting the orchestra to dinner once a week. "He'd be negotiating one minute and going in and checking on his Portuguese bean soup the next," Largarticha said.

Born in Hilo, the trumpet and string bass player moved to Honolulu in 1944, where he performed with orchestras led by Marie Mitchell, Pua Almeida and Ray Andrade, as well as his own band.

In 1956, Carter moved to the mainland and formed the Modernesians, whom he performed with for 15 years before returning in 1969 to start a nine-year gig at the Top of the I at the Ilikai Hotel.

Jim Moffitt, who began chairing the orchestra players committee the same year Carter became president, said Carter continued to play "all the time," pulling out his trumpet in his office after work, and playing both upright and electric bass at his church.

"When he first decided to run for president, he missed the nominating meeting ... because he was playing at the Merrie Monarch Festival," Moffitt said. "Music was always the most important thing."

Services are pending. The Honolulu Symphony will be dedicating its 4 p.m. Sunday performance of Bach's B-Minor Mass to Carter. The symphony will play with guest-conductor Hanns-Martin Schneidt and the Schneidt Bach Choir of Tokyo. Call the Honolulu Symphony at 792-2000 for more information.

Modesto L. Abuce, 78, of Pepeekeo, Hawaii, a seed cutter, died last Thursday in Hilo Hospital. He was also a barber. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by sons Amador, Wilfredo, Virgilio and Remgio; daughters Nelia Dela Cruz and Dolores Abuce; brother Ben, and grandchildren and great-grandchildren in the Philippines. Mass: 11 a.m. Monday at Papaikou Catholic Church. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2.

Edwin M. Beckley, 66, of Vancouver, Wash., a heavy equipment operator for the Burlington Northern Railroad, died April 5 at home. He was born in Nuuanu. He is survived by wife Beverly; daughter Michele Lipps; son Edwin Lupton; sisters Frances Ohelo and Harrietta Naki; brother James Kahea, and three grandchildren. Services over the ashes: 11 a.m. Sunday at Sans Souci Beach next to the Waikiki Natatorium. Scattering of ashes to follow. Casual attire.

Conner J. Callaway, infant son of Tim and Lynn Callaway, died April 18 in Kapiolani Hospital. He is also survived by brother Caleb; sister Abigail Corpuz, and grandparents Sergie and Hazel Serrano and Rodrigo and Magdalena Ignacio. Services: noon Sunday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call after 10 a.m. No flowers.

Lily L. "Momi" Earls, 62, of Hilo died Friday. She was born in Wailuku, Maui. She is survived by daughters Sandra Sardina and Sabrina Cruthird; sisters Grace Manalo, Julia Keaweehu, Harriet Lurendez and Irene Akahi; brothers Samuel, James and Edward Akahi, four grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Memorial services: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

Joseph F. Gonsalves, 57, of Kaneohe, a neuropsychologist, died Sunday in Honolulu. He was also an acupuncturist. He was born in Petaluma, Calif. He is survived by son Sean; mother Antoinette Valentine; sister Marlene Dentoni, and brother John Hayward. Committal services: 3 p.m. Wednesday at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery.

James F. Greig, 82, of Honolulu, a national and local investment counselor, died Monday. He was a World War II veteran. He is survived by wife Elaine; sons James F. Jr. and Dr. Phillip; daughter Penny; brothers Ronald and George; sister Sheila Atkinson, eight grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Memorial services: 4 p.m. tomorrow at Punahou School Chapel. Casual attire. Graveside services at a later date.

Anthony H. Hall, 43, of Wahiawa, pastor of the Faith Tabernacle Apostolic Church, died April 19 in Queen's Hospital. He is survived by wife Kwindolyn; children Precious, Anthony II and Cordero, and brothers Wallace, Jerome and James. Services: 10 a.m. tomorrow at Pentecostal Church of Deliverance, 1001 California Ave. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery.

Norman G. "Pete" Jones, 78, of Kailua, a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, died April 17 in Kailua. He also retired from Hawaiian Insurance, Guarantee and H&R Block. He was born in Oklahoma. He is survived by wife Jane; daughter Terrell Jones-Anderson; son Phillip; hanai daughter Sarah; sister Dixie McCullum, and five grandchildren. Inurnment held.

Yoshitomi Kaihara, 82, of Hanamaulu, Kauai, an electrical contractor, died Tuesday in Queen's Hospital. He was born in Kealia, Kauai. He is survived by caregiver Helen Iwai; sons Patrick and Wesley; daughter Alison Matsumoto; brother Yasuto, and five grandchildren. Services: 4 p.m. Tuesday at Borthwick Kauai Mortuary. Call after 3 p.m. Casual attire.

Buster K. Kauahikaua, 49, of Hauula, a nursery worker with the city Parks and Recreation Department, died last Thursday. He was born in Kailua-Kona. He is survived by wife JoAnn Kealoha; son Buster "Boy" Jr.; daughters Ginger Kalamau, Momi King, Lisa Hanohano and Sweetie, Corrine and Cindy Keanu; hanai daughter Casey Kealoha; brother John Fernandez; sisters Carole Mae Hilacion, Alice Kepano, Diane Ii and Barbara Costa, and 11 grandchildren. Services: 6 p.m. Saturday at Oahu Cemetery. Call from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cremation to follow. Casual attire.

Lynn-Ann K. "Lyndo" Kepa, 39, of Waimanalo, a retired cashier at Daiei Holiday Mart Kailua, died Sunday in Kailua. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Milton; children Robynlee McCandless and Rozilynn, Waylon, Charleston and Rondilee Kepa; parents Reuben Gooman Jr., "Mama Sweetie" and Daddy Gabe Kilakalua; brothers Barnie and Michael Gooman, Chris, Robert, Edmund, Charles and John Kaohu and Gabe Jr. and Daniel Kilakalua, and sisters Lani, Nalei, Susan, Roxanne and Haunani Kaohu and Robin Kilakalua. Services: 8 p.m. Monday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Call after 5:30 p.m. Cremation to follow. Private scattering of ashes. No flowers.

Mak Nyo Kim, 83, of Honolulu died Monday in Honolulu. She was born in Korea. She is survived by son Soo Young Kang; daughters Kum Sun, Hak Sun and Hui Son Kang, five grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Services: 11 a.m. tomorrow at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call after 10 a.m. Cremation to follow.

Edward F.S. Ling, 82, of Honolulu will be buried at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Incorrect information for an obituary published yesterday was provided by the mortuary.

Pedro "Jerry" Martin, 63, of Wahiawa, a retired corrections officer at the Oahu Community Correctional Center, died April 3 in Wahiawa General Hospital. He was born in Waialua. He is survived by son Jaylen P.; daughter Jaydeen P.; brothers John Martin, Herbert Dela Cruz and Eddie, Hymie and Ricky Cortez; sisters Elsie Culligan and Shirley and Linda Lor, and eight grandchildren. Wake services: 6 p.m. Saturday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Call from 5 to 9 p.m. Aloha attire.

Helen K. Mashiyama, 64, of Honolulu and formerly of Hilo is survived by sister June Washiashi and caregiver Hiroshi. No flowers. Donations suggested to a charity. Additional information for an obituary published yesterday was provided by the mortuary.

Masako U. Muramoto, 77, of Honolulu died Monday in Honolulu. She was born in Japan. She is survived by daughters Sumiko Nashiro, Shannon Evancho and Rachele, Laura and Laurie Muramoto; sons Masakazu, Marc, Clyde and Keith, and five grandchildren. No services.

Helen T. Soma, 73, of Kealia, Kauai, died Monday in Wilcox Hospital. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Takazo; sons Warren and Layne; daughter Aileen Daima; brother George Uemura; sister Katherine Takayama, and four grandchildren. Services: 4 p.m. Sunday at Kapaa Hongwanji Mission. Casual attire. No flowers.

Carl R. Sorbo, 56, of Mililani, a teacher at Leilehua High School, died Tuesday in Mililani. He was born in Everett, Wash. He is survived by wife Marcia; sons Edward, Eric and Douglas Jenkins; daughter Marni; mother Elvira; brother Boyd, and a grandson. Memorial services: 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Unity Church of Hawaii, 3608 Diamond Head Circle. Casual attire. No flowers.

Otto Thompson, 87, of Kona, Hawaii, a retired manager of University of Hawaii Experiment Station in Kahuku, died Sunday in Kona Community Hospital. He was also an overseer at the Maui Sugar Plantation. He was born in Haiku, Maui. He is survived by wife Chiyono Kobayashi; son Joseph; daughter Edith A. Baisa; stepson Grant Kobayashi; stepdaughters Glenna Bell and Charlotte Graham; brother Alexander G.; sisters Mina Cambra and Emma Welker; half brothers Charles, Gerard, Bobby, Francis, Joseph and Charles; half sisters Mary Ann Lorenzo, Isabell Ugat, Pikake Saffery, Charlene Thompson, Theresa Tavares, Germaine Cramer, Mary E. Awai, Anne Low and Adrian Abreu, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Memorial services: 11 a.m. Saturday at Central Kona Union Church. Call after 10 a.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

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