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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, February 13, 2002


Advertiser Staff

The Advertiser publishes obituaries about people of interest to its readers as a free public service. Obituaries may be submitted by mortuaries or, with proof of death, by individuals in writing. Fax 525-8037 or write to Obituaries Editor, The Honolulu Advertiser, P.O. Box 3110, Honolulu, HI 96802. Include a contact name and phone number. We reserve the right to edit for form, style and newsworthiness. Date of publication cannot be guaranteed. To publish paid death notices, call the classified ads department at 521-9111.

MOSES HULAMA COOK ADAMS, 80, of Honoka'a, Hawai'i, formerly of Lahaina, Maui, died Feb. 10, 2002. Born in Kealia, South Kona, Hawai'i. A Purple Heart recipient who retired from the U.S. Air Force and served during World War II. Also a businessman. Survived by wife, Patricia; sons, Moses III, Aaron and Peter Adams and Michael Eckrich; three grandchildren; sister, Helene Hanohano. Service to be held at a later date in Wisconsin. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Hilo.

MARY HO AKUTAGAWA, 84, of Honolulu, died Jan. 30, 2002. Survived by husband, Norio; son, Clinton; brothers, Steven Ho and Philip Ho; sisters, Eva Kim, Lily Yim, Phyllis Lee and Phoebe Bock. Visitation 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Nuuanu Mortuary; service 11 a.m. No flowers. Casual attire.

WILFRED YOU FOOK AONA, 79, of Honolulu, died Feb. 1, 2002. Born in Kona, Hawai'i. A civil engineer retired from the Department of Transportation. Survived by son, Wilfred Jr.; daughters, Francine Kenyon and Cynthia Aona; two grandchildren. Visitation 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at Nuuanu Mortuary; service noon; burial at Nuuanu Memorial Park. Casual attire.

SUE CHUIN BALLESTEROS, 64, of Kea'au, Hawai'i, died Feb. 3, 2002. Born in Taiwan, Republic of China. A homemaker. Survived by daughter, Rachel Velez; son, Thomas Jr.; brothers and sisters; seven grandchildren. Memorial gathering 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Kauaha'ao Congregational Church,Waiohinu, Hawai'i. No flowers. Casual attire. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Hilo.

LEONORA PUBLICO CALAUSTRO, 81, of Waipahu, died Jan. 28, 2002. Born in Cagayan, Philippines. Survived by daughter, Mary Molina; sisters, Victoria Publico, Virginia Roldan and Mercedes Palijo. Visitation from 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Philomena Catholic Church; Mass 11 a.m.; burial 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Arrangements by Leeward Funeral Home.

ERNEST KALANI COCKETT SR., 90, of Honolulu, died Feb. 10, 2002. Born in Honolulu. Retired assistant fire chief for the City and County of Honolulu. Survived by son, Jon Pakahea; daughter, Ernette "KawehioKalani" Bright; three grandchildren; a great-grandchild. Visitation from 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Bernice Pauahi Bishop Memorial Chapel, Kamehameha School; service 1:30 p.m. No flowers; lei welcome. Aloha attire. Arrangements by Moanalua Mortuary.

JOSEPH B. DE SILVA, 67, of Honolulu, died Jan. 31, 2002. Born in Honolulu. Retired as an auto painter and tug and barge worker. Survived by sisters, Eva Suster and Frances Thompson. Mass 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 'Ewa; inurnment 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. No flowers. Casual attire. Arrangements by Mililani Mortuary.

ROBERT L. FRITTS, 71, of Kailua, died Feb. 4, 2002. Born in Baltimore, Md. A retired public school teacher. Survived by daughter, Allison Mikuni; grandson, Robert "Trebor" Mikuni; brothers, Donald and Gerald; sister, Marylou Palmer. Visitation 3:30 p.m. Monday at Kaimuki Christian Church; service 4 p.m. Inurnment 10 a.m. Tuesday at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. No flowers. Aloha attire. Arrangements by Ultimate Cremation Services of Hawai'i.

BETTY KOKO FURUMIZO, 71, of Honolulu, died Jan. 15, 2002. Born in Honolulu. A kitchen worker retired from Okahara Saimin. Survived by brothers, George and Roy; sister, Nellie Fontes. Private service held. Arrangements by Ultimate Cremation Services of Hawai'i.

JAY MICHAEL GATIUAN, 31, of Kapa'a, Kaua'i, died Feb. 8, 2002. Born in Kaunakakai, Moloka'i. A golf course groundskeeper with Princeville Corporation. Survived by parents, Jose and Josie; brother, Gary; sisters, Deborah Carter and Sharon McDonough. Visitation 9 a.m. Friday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church; Mass noon; burial at Kauai Memorial Gardens. Casual attire. Arrangements by Garden Island Mortuary.

TOSHIO "TOSHI" HANZAWA, 77, of Kahului, Maui, died Feb. 10, 2002. Born in Haiku. A stevedore at McCabe Hamilton and Renny. Survived by daughters, Velma Sugimoto, Linda Ferreira and Faye Fuerte; three grandchildren; a great-grandchild; brothers, Donald and Walter; sisters, Yaeko Umetsu and Margaret Hanzawa. Visitation 3 p.m. tomorrow at Nakamura Mortuary; service 4 p.m. Reception to follow. Urn burial 9 a.m. Friday at Maui Memorial Park.

CHARLES KAUAHIIKANOEOPELE HEKEKIA, 90, of Pahala, Hawai'i, died Feb. 7, 2002. Born in 'Opihikao, Hawai'i. A diesel mechanic for various contractors. Survived by wife, Lily; daughter, Puanini Woo; sons, Jack, Charles Jr., Francis and Gerald; sister, Lydia Ching; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren. Service 11:30 a.m. Sunday at Kauahaao Congregational Church. Scattering of ashes Feb. 23 off Rabbit Island, Waimanalo. Meet at Sea Life Park Pier at 11:30 a.m. Casual attire. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary-Hilo.

TANYA MAE ESMERALDA JONES, 37, of Pukalani, Maui, died Feb. 10, 2002. Born in Wailuku. A former school teacher at Wailuku Elementary School. Survived by husband, James Jones; parents, Matias and Petra Esmeralda; brothers, Pedro Valdez, Michael Valdez and Patrick Valdez; sisters, Loretta Mendez, Sylvia Valdez, Barbara Awa, Patricia Texeira, Theresa Valdez, Debbie Arakawa and Suzie Exmeralda. Visitation 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday at Ballard Family Mortuary; service 5:30 p.m. No flowers. Aloha attire.

SARAH KAAI, 86, of Wai'anae, died Feb. 4, 2002. Born on Hawai'i. Survived by daughter, Pearl Weiss; grandchildren, Frederick Weiss III, Benjamin Weiss, Homer Weiss and Christie Ramos; eight great-grandchildren. Service 10 a.m. Saturday at Jesus Tabernacle Church, Waipahu. No flowers. Casual attire. Arrangements by Moanalua Mortuary.

RUTH NAHALEIAAULULANI KAMOHALII, 46, of Pahoa, Hawai'i, died Feb. 5, 2002. Born in Honolulu. A collection representative for Penncro Associates. Survived by husband, Cedric; son, Michael Ripley; daughters, Nadine Ripley and Kakau Kamohalii; hanai daughter, Kanani Pahio; brothers, Kimo Makua, Ronald Makua, Ruben Makua and Daniel Pililaau; sister, Emily Lopez. Memorial gathering noon Wednesday at the family home, 14-3426 Kapuna Road; Nanawale Estates, Pahoa. For directions call 965-0115. Casual attire. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Hilo.

FAIR KANOE KAUAI, 77, of Kapa'a, Kaua'i, died Feb. 5, 2002. Born in Kapa'a. Kapa'a Hawaiian Cannery pineapple canning/packing lady. Survived by brothers, Charles, Raymond and Milbert; sister, Meibers Torcato. Service 1 p.m. Feb. 23 at Kapa'a Kingdom Hall, Jehovah's Witnesses. Casual attire. Arrangements by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.

MELVIN KUPUAUIOKALANI KUNUKAU JR., 34, of Wai'anae, died Jan. 21, 2002. Born in Honolulu. A junior varsity coach at Waianae High School and Waimea High School, coached Makaha Alii football and owned Big Kahuna Productions. Survived by wife, Melanie "Bermodez"; son, Ransen; daughter, Destiny; mother, LaVerne; father, Melvin Sr.; brothers, Casson, Ru, Levi Jacobs, Nainoa and Sanoe-Braxton; sisters, Emily, Tiare and Keaholani; hanai sisters, Hope Rowlan and Chris Ann Apo. Visitation 5:30 p.m. Friday at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; service 6:30 p.m. Casual attire.

ERNEST "POP" B.V.K. LEE, 85, of Kailua, died Feb. 7, 2002. Born in Honolulu. Retired Hickam Air Force Base machinist and from state Department of Transportation, Materials Testing and Research Branch; and past president and treasurer, and current secretary, Pali Seniors Club. Survived by wife, Ellen; children, Michele Minhoto, Eric and Ervin Lee, and Dorellen Saiki; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brothers, Henry and Robert; sister, Mary "Kuulei" Young. Visitation 8:30 to 10 a.m. Tuesday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary; service 10 a.m.; burial 11 a.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire.

DONALD BAUTISTA PINSON, 78, of Honolulu, died Feb. 11, 2002. Born in Bantay, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. Retired construction laborer. Survived by wife, Clarita; sons, Bonifacio Palacpac, and Marlo and Marceliano Nino; daughters, Maria Johnson and Ernalinda Viniegas; 10 grandchildren; brothers, Pedro Palacpac, Rudy, Victor, Tony, David, Eddie and Fernando; sisters, Rosemarie Perez, Helen Yoreguien and Delia. Visitation 6 to 9 p.m. today at Nuuanu Memorial Park Mortuary; service 8 p.m. Visitation also 8 to 9 a.m. tomorrow at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Kaheka Street; Mass 9 a.m.; burial to follow at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. Casual attire.

RAYMOND A. PORTER, 73, of Buena Park, Calif., died Jan. 28, 2002. Born in Denver, Colo. A retired U.S. Navy petty officer first class. Survived by brothers, Roland and Leland; grandchildren, Elena Walker, Colette Niedrich, Rosette Kaanapu-Carter, Donald Kaanapu Sr. and Harold Kaanapu; nine great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren. Visitation 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Oahu Cemetery Chapel; service 11 a.m.; inurnment to follow. Aloha attire. Arrangements by Ultimate Cremation Services of Hawai'i.

EUGENE TATSUJI SAKATA, 57, of Honolulu, died Feb. 10, 2002. Born in Honolulu. Survived by wife, Doris; mother, Kikuye; brothers, Kenneth and Wilbur. Service 6:30 p.m. Monday at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Kalihi. Arrangements by Moanalua Mortuary.

PETER SANTOS, 87, of 'Aiea, died Feb. 2, 2002. Born in Lahaina, Maui. A maintenance man for Lockheed Missiles & Space Co. Survived by son, Peter Jr.; daughters, Violet Castro, Charlotte Salvador, Leilani Hagmoc and Barbara Baliguat; six grandchildren; great-grandchildren. Visitation 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church; Mass 10:30 a.m.; burial to follow at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. Casual attire. Arrangements by Nuuanu Mortuary.

CATHY-DAY SCHMIDEL, 62, of Waikoloa, Hawai'i, died Feb. 12, 2002. Born in New York City, N.Y. A Hawaii Preparatory Academy mathematics teacher. Survived by husband, Robert; son, Benjamin; mother, Amy Radin; brother, David Radin. Private service. In lieu of monetary gifts, donations may be made to North Hawaii Hospice. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Hilo.

TUAVALE LEALOFI SOLIPO, 77, of La'ie, died Feb. 6, 2002. Born in Aua Village, Pago Pago, American Samoa. Former Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Western Samoa, labor missionary; Polynesian Cultural Center employee; Hau'ula Shell station owner, and retired auto mechanic. Survived by wife, Sigalu; sons, Lealofi, Curry and Teleni; daughters, Tausaga Matavao, Lilly Moeai, Mary Helen Moana and Sigalu Matthews; brothers, Tepatasi Lealofi and Fred Vasai; sisters, Vaiala Lealofi, Tausaga White, Sio Fiso and Faatafa Ah Yen; 20 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren. Visitation 9 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, La'ie North Stake Center, La'ie Fourth Ward Chapel; service 10 a.m.; burial to follow at La'ie Cemetery. Arrangements by Woolsey-Hosoi Mortuary.

TAKEKO SUZUKI, 84, of Wailuku, Maui, died Feb. 10, 2002. Survived by sons, Richard, Harry and Roy; daughters, Lorraine Stringfellow, Elanor Machida, Betty Fujiwara and Sally Suda; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren. Visitation 9 a.m. tomorrow at Nakamura Mortuary, Maui; service 10 a.m.; reception to follow; burial 2 p.m. at Maui Memorial Park. No flowers. Aloha attire.

MARY RAMOS TARUTANI, 86, of Kaimuki, died Jan. 30, 2002. Born in 'Ewa. Retired Star of the Sea Catholic Church secretary. Survived by daughters, Charlene Suzuki, and Cathy; brothers, Frederick Ramos; sisters, Lucy Troche, Caroline Blakeley, Angeline Gallo, Haleema Hashim and Jeannie Earl; two grandsons; two great-grandsons. Private service held. Arrangements by Diamond Head Mortuary.

PASCUAL ARELLANO USITA, 85, of Hilo, Hawai'i, died Feb. 10, 2002. Born in Magsingal, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. Retired Mauna Kea Sugar Co. boilermaker. Survived by sons, Cenon and Barry; daughters, Nora Usita and Helen Lee; sister, Adriana Jurado; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Hilo.

PATRICK T. "PAT" "DASHI" YONEMURA, 47, of Kahului, Maui, died Feb. 2, 2002. Born in Kailua, Kona, Hawai'i. Maui Master Builders Inc. construction supervisor. Survived by companion, Julie Walthers; sons, Kainoa and Patrick Jr.; hanai son, Robert Avilles; daughters, Tiana, Malia, Julie Marie and Mikki; parents, Kenneth and Julia; brother, Kenneth; sisters, Emma Berdon, Lorelei Jones and Cindy Thrasher; 16 grandchildren. Maui visitation 6 to 10 p.m. tomorrow at Borthwick-Norman's Mortuary; service 7 p.m. Big Island visitation 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Calvary Community Church, (above Kuakini Chevron Station); cremation to follow.

TSUTOMU "TOM" YOSHIMOTO, 89, of Wahiawa, died Feb. 1, 2002. Born in Lihu'e, Kaua'i. Member of 100th Infantry Battalion. Private service held. Arrangements by Mililani Memorial Park Mortuary.