Thursday, March 22, 2001

Isle percussionist Robert DeMello
was generous educator

Lansing Kekoolani Akuna, 48, of Wailuku died Saturday in Maui Memorial Medical Center. He was born in Wailuku. He is survived by mother Anita Moana, brother Leslie H. Kahalekai and sisters Candance S.N. Legsay and Sandra A. Akina. Services: 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Ballard Family Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Hawaiian Cemetery in Waiehu, Ka Home Mahamau.

Rogelio "Roger" Pascual Arellano, 59, of Kona, a cook at Drysdale II Restaurant in Keauhou and Club 53 in Kailua-Kona, died Monday in Kona Community Hospital. He was born in Tarlac, the Philippines. He is survived by wife Erlinda; sons Arnold and Joemar; daughters Leny Calilung and Mary Jane and Marilyn Arellano; brother Crispino; sister Connie Saplan; and 10 grandchildren. Wake services: 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Erlinda Arellano residence, 74-5039 Kealakaa St. in Kona. Call after 6 p.m. for an all-night visitation. Mass: 10 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Holualoa, Kona. Call after 8 a.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Colleen McCorriston Bartron, 65, of Hilo died March 11. She is survived by husband Don, sons Michael McCorriston and Edward Smith, daughter Susan Smith and sister Martha Ann Rice. Memorial services: 5 p.m. today at Punahou School Chapel. Celebration of life: No-host meal at Hee Hing Restaurant, 449 Kapahulu Ave. Casual attire. Donations suggested to Punahou School or Daughters of Hawaii.

Victor Jerry Crosetti, 82, of Kailua-Kona, a former owner of Pacific Bindery Inc., died Sunday at home. He was also a World War II veteran. He was born in California. He is survived by wife Patricia, son Victor Jerry Jr., daughters Juli N. Damazo and Lani Kahawaii, sister Natalina DelGeorge, 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael Catholic Church, Alii Drive. Call after 9:30 a.m. Casual attire. No flowers. Donations suggested to the American Lung Association of Hawaii.

Antone Costa "Tony" Elesarke, 58, of Kurtistown, Hawaii, is survived by wife Maraia. The mortuary provided additional information for an obituary published Monday.

Mitchell Lee Groth, 47, of Kailua, a student at Hawaii Pacific University, died March 9 at home. He was born in Fort Campbell, Ky. He is survived by fiancee Sheri Quiming, parents Edward F. and Patricia and grandparents Edward and Freda Groth and William Semrau. Services: 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Kailua Beach Park. No flowers.

Chiyono Higa, 96, of Kahului, Maui, died Friday in Hale Makua, Kahului. She was born on Okinawa. She is survived by sons Toshimi, Takeo and William Y.; daughters Florence H. Rodrigues and Nancy T. Cho; 13 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren. Private services.

Toshiaki Honda, 71, of Tacoma, Wash., died March 14. He was born in Makawao, Maui. He is survived by sisters Evelyn Lee, Violet Kido, Alice Panui, Jean Ferreira and Rose Nishida and brothers T. Bruce, Richard M. and Edward H. Services on the mainland.

Catherine Kawelo, 67, of Honolulu, a Hawaiian entertainer, died March 14 in Honolulu. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Frank, sons Frank Jr. and Joseph "Naoe," daughter Franny "Kuulei," and brothers Richard Kane and Joseph Arboleda. Services: 7 p.m. Monday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Call after 6 p.m. Services: 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the mortuary. Call after 11 a.m. Burial to follow. Aloha attire.

Edward "Peto" Kitamura, 72, of Kalaheo, Kauai, a retired clerk with Catalina Sportswear, died March 11 in Wilcox Memorial Hospital. He was born in Eleele, Kauai. Private services.

Jane Hisae Koga, 86, of Pearl City, a retired seamstress, died March 7 at home. She is survived by sons Herbert N. and Edwin T., daughter Elaine A. Higa, brother Kenneth Yamamoto, sister Karen Nakasone, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Private services.

Hercules Costa Lauriano Jr., 81, of Honolulu, a retired supervisor at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Shop 38, died Sunday. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Marillyn; daughters Carolyn Shorba and Maria Tome; brothers Daniel and Joe Lauriano and Richard Costa; sisters Alice Pickens and Lorraine Tubbs; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Services: 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Call after 1:30 p.m. Cremation to follow. Inurnment: 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Casual attire. No flowers.

William B. Lovell, 88, of Honolulu died March 13 in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Dora, daughter Karen Kameenui, son Bennett, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Private services.

George Masatome Mizushima, 78, of Pearl City died March 5. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Jane; son Ernie; daughters Lynn Kataoka and Tracy Yoshikane; brothers Edward, Albert and Raymond; sisters Edith Hisaoka and Alice Abe; and three grandchildren. Memorial services: 6 p.m. Saturday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Casual attire. No flowers.

Esteban Negre, 89, of Pepeekeo, Hawaii, a retired machine operator, died last Thursday at home. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by sons Dino and Norman; daughters Rosita Cabatu, Andria C. Negre and Ernesta Lapenia; brother Feliciano; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Mass: 11 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Papaikou. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Homelani Memorial Park. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Donald E. Pagelsdorf, 66, of Waianae died Monday. He was born in Greenfield, Wis. He is survived by wife Gloria; daughter Pearl; stepsons Florentino, Ronald and Dennis Das; stepdaughters Sylvia Day and Virginia Das; brothers James and Arnold; sisters Pearl Meddaugh and Marlene Bol; and three grandchildren. Memorial services: 11 a.m. Saturday at Lualualei II Beach Park, Middle Park, Waianae. Lunch to follow.

Alohalinda Sales Pendleton, 59, of Kailua, a retired registered nurse from Castle Medical Center, died March 13 in the medical center. She was born in Kahuku. She is survived by husband Richard, sons David and John, mother Maria Sales, brother Douglas Sales and three grandchildren. Services: 6 p.m. Monday at Honolulu Central Seventh-day Adventist Church. Call after 5 p.m. Burial: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Hawaiian Memorial Park.

Guadalupe "Openg" Bio Respicio, 77, of Kunia, who retired from Del Monte Fresh Produce, died Friday. She was born in Abra, the Philippines. She is survived by husband Emilio; son Danilo; daughters Esperanza Peria and Alma Ariota; brothers Sinforoso, Bonifacio, Elpidio, Mauro and Tony Bio and Ernesto Arelleano; and sisters Marina Bio and Erma Lobetos. Wake services: 7 p.m. Sunday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Mass: 9:30 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Sorrows Church. Call after 8:45 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Yachiyo Sato, 69, of Honolulu died March 14 in Las Vegas. She was born in Lihue. She is survived by husband George; sons Toby T. and Troy K.; daughter Tammie N. Aoki; brothers Tokuichi, Tamotsu, Muneo, Megumi and Ichio Nagato; sisters Yuriye Yokoyama and Shizue Yoshimoto; and six grandchildren. Services: 6 p.m. Monday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire.

William Kahui Smith, 53, of Kaneohe, a construction laborer, died Tuesday at home. He is survived by wife Marvis J.; sons Daniel and Abraham Smith and Pierre Braganza; daughter Tiare Smith; and his parents, brothers and sisters. Memorial services over ashes: 11 a.m. Saturday at 47-193 Kamehameha Highway, Kaneohe. Call after 10:30 a.m. Private scattering of ashes.

Doreen Eiko Waipa, 61, of Lahaina died March 13. She is survived by daughters Cindy and Trudy; sons Randy, Derek and Donald; mother Helen Fronda; sisters Thelma Park, Mariann Hucson and Karen Halemann; brothers Thomas and James Yamauchi and Larry, Ernie and Norman Fronda; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Private services.

Misao Wannomae, 88, of Kaneohe died March 5 in Honolulu. She was born in Olaa, Hawaii. She is survived by sons George, John, Warren, Martin, Edwin, Franklin and Wayne; daughters Carrie Miyashiro, Alice and Joyce Wannomae and Mildred Yoshimura; brother Shigeru Kaneshiro; sister Haruko Zukeran; 26 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. Private services. Donations suggested to charity.

Deborah Williams, 47, of Waipahu, who started the Waipahu Baseball Association, died Saturday in Ewa Beach. She is survived by husband Glenn; sons Elliott J. Mathias and Jerome and Glenn Williams Jr.; father Salvadore Mathias; brothers Butch Paauhau and John Mathias; sisters Lillian Morris, Annette Faletogo, Naomi Williams and Myrtle Smith; and two grandchildren. Services: 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery.

James Do Shang Wong, 71, of Honolulu, a retired minister at Nuuanu Baptist Church, died Monday at home. He was born in China. He is survived by wife Kai-Kuen Wu; daughters Grace Un-Men, Amy Un-Ma and Alice Un-Wai Cheung; son Samuel Un-Sum; and two grandchildren. Services: 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Nuuanu Baptist Church. Call from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park.

Kiyoko Yukumoto, 89, of Honolulu died March 9. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons Paul and Ralph; brother Minoru Okabe; sisters Ayame Okabe, Matsuyo Nose, Kimiko Aoyama and Natsuko Kubo; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Private services.

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