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Monday, June 26, 2000

Shigeru Akamatsu, 85, of Kealakekua, Hawaii, a retired United Electric Company electrician, died Tuesday in Kona Hospital. He was born in Keauhou, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Fujiko; son Gary T.; daughters Mildred Tromberg, Linda Camp, Phyllis Alani and Cynthia Bennett, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Services: 4 p.m. tomorrow at Kona Daifukuji Soto Mission, Honalo. Call after 3 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Kwai C. Chun, 91, of Honolulu, a retired machinist, died June 16 in Hale Nani Nursing Home. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Helen C.M.; son Irving; daughters Jane Lopez, Brenda Schwingel and Adelia Cheng, nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Private services.

Fred J. DeWitte, 66, of Lake Wales, Florida, a retired machinist, died Friday at home. He was born in Michigan. He is survived by wife Patricia A.; sons Fred Jr., Glen D., Mark W. and Timothy F.; stepson Steven Parker; stepdaughter Terri Jones; brothers Archie, Henry F. and Ed, 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Services to be held today in Florida. Donations suggested to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 2333, Winter Haven, FL 33883-2333.

Harry V. "Jake" Gaynor III, 44, of Ewa Beach, a self-employed painter, died June 16. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by daughter Jennifer; parents Harry and Theresa; sisters Deborah and Vicki, and brothers Joseph and John. Private services.

Federico A. "Daris" Hernandez, 85, of Honolulu, a retired landscaper, died Wednesday in St. Francis Hosptial. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by wife Mercedes; sons Felemone "John", Juanito "Ito" and Admer; daughters Loring Bumanglag, Aileen Villanueva and Lilia Hernandez, 19 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Thursday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call after 6 p.m. Additional service at 9 a.m. Friday at St. John the Baptist Church. Call after 8 a.m. Burial to follow at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park.

Masami "Harry" Hirata, 90, of Honolulu, a retired Honolulu Auto Parts employee, died Wednesday. He was born in Waipahu. He is survived by son Robert; daughter Elaine Shimabuku; sisters Masue Sato and Takako Ikehara, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Services: 6 p.m. Thursday at Diamond Head Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

Saburo "Sharp" Ibara, 84, of Waimea, Kauai, a retired journeyman carpenter, died June 17 in Queen's Hospital. He was born in Waimea, Kauai. He is survived by wife Rose T.; sons Richard, Wilfred, Leslie and Thomas; daughters Patsy Nitta and Susan Arquette; brothers Itsuo, Katsuye, Hisao, Mutsuo and Akikazu; sisters Matsue Horikawa, Shizue Harada, Mitsue Kimura and Yaeko Suehiro, and 12 grandchildren. Private services.

Vera I. Kelepolo, 80, of Honolulu, a retired housewife, died June 15 in Straub Hospital. She was born in Canada. She is survived by husband Matthew; daughter Deanna Aston, two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Private services.

Harriet N. Maki, 84, of Honolulu, a retired beautician for Sears Roebuck and Co. Hair Salon, died June 19 at home. She was born in Kilauea, Hawaii. She is survived by brother Clarence and sisters Shirley Takeshita, Ethel Funasaki and Virginia Cuskaden. Services: 4 p.m. Friday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Call after 3 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Masako S. Toda, 84, of Honolulu, a retired Diner's Drive Inn cook, died June 18 in Queen's Hospital. She was born in Ewa. She is survived by daughters Jane Oda, May Serai and Karen Toda; mother Komano Sugai; brothers Wallace Sugai, Gilbert Sugai, Francis Sugai, Kiyoshi Sugai, Mutsuo "Bruce" Sugai and Walter Sugai; sisters Margaret Matsufuru and Esther Mori, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Private services.

Case K. Tong, 67, of Minnesota, formerly of Honolulu, a retired engineer for the federal government, died Wednesday in Fairview University Hospital. He was born in Macau. He is survived by wife Jo H. Gustafson; daughters Peri A. and Doremy L.; sons Edric H. and Kieran C.; brother Richard K.Y.; sisters Sue N.L. Lum and Winifred N.Y. Hee, and seven grandchildren. Services: 10 a.m. Thursday at Borthwick Mortuary. Burial: 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Lin Yee Chung Cemetery, Manoa. Causal attire.

Shizuo Uchimura, 75, of Kainaliu, Hawaii, a public accountant and U.S. Army veteran, died Friday in Kona Hospital. He was born in Kealakekua, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Patsy H.; sons Glenn and Patrick; brother Ritsuo; sisters Sakae Nishimoto and Suzue Okazaki, and one grandchild. Services: 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Kona Hongwanji Mission, Kealakekua. Call after 4 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Donald L.Y. Yee, 82, of Honolulu, retired owner of Yee Brothers and Don's Western Store, died June 1 at home. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by sons Alan and Colin; daughter Darilyn Morales; brothers Howard, Kalfred and Riley, and nine grandchildren. Services: 11:30 a.m. Friday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call after 9:30 a.m. Burial: 1 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery. Aloha attire. No flowers.

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