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Monday, July 3, 2000

Longtime Democratic
leader Momi Minn
Lee dies at 80

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Star-Bulletin staff


Momi Minn Lee, longtime Democratic Party leader and former state House member, died Wednesday.

Friends may call beginning at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Peter and Paul Church. The Mass will be said at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be private at the National Cemetery of the Pacific.

Lee, 80, was a 1938 graduate of McKinley High School and the University of Hawaii in 1942. She was appointed in 1966 to fill the term of her husband, Philip, in the state House, and was re-elected in 1968 and 1970. Both she and her husband joined the Democratic Party in 1952.

As a member of the Democratic Party for more than 40 years, Lee served as Democratic National commiteewoman for 24 years and attended every national presidential nominating convention.

She also was a longtime member of the Democratic Party's state Central Committee and a delegate to the state's first constitutional convention in 1968.

She is survived by two sons, Philip Nathan and Michael; two daughters, Geraldine Giffin and Phyliss; three brothers, Joseph, Jonah and Peter Ting; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Joseph Y.H. Chun, 83, of Honolulu, a retired Hawaii Housing Authority employee, died Friday in St. Francis Hospital. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Beatrice L.S.; sons Ronald C.S. and Robert C.C.; sisters Beatrice Ching, Gladys Enos and Barbara Young, and brothers Clifford and Harry. Graveside services: 10 a.m. Friday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery. Casual attire.

Damien Y.K. Dang, 79, of Honolulu, funeral director at Diamond Head, Nuuanu and Valley of the Temples mortuaries and cemeteries, died June 18 in Straub Hospital. He was born in Wailuku, Maui. He is survived by wife Elsie; sons Frederick, Vincent, Michael, Thomas and Phillip; daughter Mary; brothers Francis and George; sisters Barbara Cooper, Pauline Ontai and Sister Damien Therese, and 10 grandchildren. Services: 11:30 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick's Chphurch. Call after 10 a.m. Entombment to follow at Diamond H

ead Memorial Park. Casual attire. No flowers.

Thelma M.L. Duvauchelle, 84, of Honolulu, died Wednesday in Kuakini Hospital. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband James; son Harold Holley Jr.; daughters Harolyne Phillip and Eleanor Kia; brother Lawrence Lii; 14 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and seven great great-grandchildren. Services: 10 a.m. Friday at International Christian Church, 2322 Kanealii Avenue. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: 11 a.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery. Casual attire.

Julian A. Eleccion, 88, of Honolulu, died June 13 in Kaiser Hospital. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by wife Elena; sons Romy, Archie and Elmer; daughters Rosemarie Bello and Joann Balcobeco, 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Friday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call after 6 p.m. Mass: 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony Church, Kalihi. Call after 8 a.m. Burial to follow at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park.

Richard T. Fujieki, 85, of Honolulu, retired part-owner of Star Super Markets, died June 22 in Kuakini Hospital. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Emiko; sons Paul A., Patrick T. and Peter Y.; brothers John H. and Raymond H.; sister Sueko, and five grandchildren. Private services. Donations suggested to Kuakini Hospital.

Arlene M. Gerdau, 49, of Hilo, a waitress at the former Woolworth restaurant, died June 18 in Hilo Hospital. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by companion Peter B. Khounta; sons Preston Zamora and Sheldon Zamora; daughter Kimberly; brother Nelson Arlos; sister Jessica Kitajima, and four grandchildren. Private services.

Charles M. Hayashi, 78, of Honolulu, a retired warehouseman for Eki Cyclery, died June 24. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by son Vernon A.; brothers Richard Y. and Harry T.; sister Edith M. Nakamura, and one grandchild. Private services.

Stanley H. Hong, 56, of Kaneohe, a mason for Kas Construction, died June 26. He was born in Lahaina, Maui. He is survived by wife Kalei; sons Sam Ching, Stan Hong Jr. and Daniel Hong; daughters Victoria "Kehau" Ching, Nancy "Muffit" Hong, Moana Scholtz and Nanyne Hong; stepmother Theresa Hong; stepfather Samuel Castillio; brothers Joseph Hong Jr., David Hong, Samuel Castillio, Frederick Castillio and Mario Castillio; sisters Carol Nakaahiki, Kamela Bailey, Jennifer Neizman, Constance Cardoza and Veronica Paaga, 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Services: 7 p.m. Thursday at Ordenstein's Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Call after 6 p.m. Cremation to follow. Inurnment: 2 p.m. Friday at Valley of the Temples. Aloha attire.

Dorothy Moreira, 66, of Honolulu, a housekeeper for the Royal Grove Hotel, died June 23 in Kailua. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons Daniel Jr. and James A.; daughter Deborah G. Moreira-Vicari; brothers George Israel and Stanley and Gilbert Balbuena; sisters Frances Gragas, Clara Frederickson, Helen Liaga and Emily Verdi, and five grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Friday at the Oahu Cemetery chapel, 2162 Nuuanu Avenue. Call after 10 a.m. Burial: 1:30 p.m. at Valley of the Temples. Casual attire. No flowers.

Helen K. Murobayashi, 70, of Honolulu, a retired head housekeeper for the Breakers Hotel, died June 25 in Queen's Hospital. She was born in Kurtistown, Hawaii. She is survived by husband Kazumi; sons Lloyd I. and Eric K.; sisters Alice Murakami, Ruth Masaki and Ethel Nonaka; brother Stanley Ota, and four grandchildren. Services: 6 p.m. Thursday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. No flowers. Casual attire.

Naomi Okahashi, 59, of Honolulu, a retired U.S. Corps of Army Engineers secretary, died June 16 in Kuakini Hospital. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by daughter Dani Maeda; brothers George Chinen, Harry Chinen and Ralph Chinen, and sisters Beatrice Uchima, Betty Naka, Kay Katoku and Connie Matayoshi. Private services.

Michael A. Puig, 49, of Kihei, Maui, a self-employed travel director, died Wednesday at home. He was born in Miami, Fla. He is survived by fiancee Sandi Vereb; parents Miguel and Yolanda; son Gus; brother Alberto, and sister Maria. Memorial services: 4 p.m. today at St. Theresa Catholic Church, Kihei. Donations suggested to Hale Kau Kau, c/o St. Theresa Catholic Church, 25 W. Lipoa St., Kihei 96753.

William S. "Bill" Saito, 83, of Honolulu, a retired house painter, died June 24 in Queen's Hospital. He was born in Pearl City. He is survived by wife Stella T.; son Kent A., and brother Hideo. Private services.

Doris C. Sasaki, 72, of Lihue, Kauai, died Wednesday in Wilcox Hospital. She was born in Japan. She is survived by husband David K.; daughters Shirley Tani and Alice Sasaki-Yamamoto; sisters Masako Kline, Yoshiko Aizawa, Nobuko Ito and Toshiko Ozawa; brother Minoru Takeuchi, and two grandchildren. Services: 5 p.m. Thursday at Lihue Hongwanji, Kauai. Call after 4 p.m. Casual attire.

Ross M. Shigeta, 40, of Kapaa, Kauai, a Pacific Cafe employee, died Thursday in Wilcox Hospital. He was born in Lihue, Kauai. He is survived by parents Esther and Motomi, and brother Galen. Services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Kapaa Jodo Mission. Call after 9:30 a.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Andy K. Takara, 75, of Honolulu, a retired Navy Public Work Center plumber, died June 24 at home. He was born in Hakalau, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Yoshiko; daughter Betty F. Ando; brothers Mack K., Robert I. and Paul J.; sister Patricia T., and one grandchild. Private services.

Stanley S. Uetake, 64, of Honolulu, a retired supervisor for Holsum Bakery, died Tuesday in Kuakini Hosptial. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by son Craig S. Suda; brothers George and Arthur; sister Carol Shapiro, and three grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Thursday at the Hosoi Garden Mortuary chapel. Inurnment: 2 p.m. at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Casual attire.

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