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WENDY KWAI LAN ABEAR, 37, of Las Vegas, Nev., formerly of Honolulu, died June 25, 2002. Born in Honolulu. Survived by husband, David; daughter, Adrienne; son, Clayton; parents, Alfred and Frances Balasbas; brothers, Alan and Warren Balasbas; sister, Cindy Gin. Visitation 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Mililani Memorial Park Mortuary, Mauka Chapel; service 7 p.m. Visitation also 9:30 a.m. Friday at St. John Apostle and Evangelist Church; Mass 11 a.m.; burial 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.
CLIFFORD KOON SING AU, 82, of Honolulu, died June 29, 2002. Retired from the Veterans Administration. Survived by granddaughters, Jamie Tin and Shaunna; brothers, Raymond and Clarence; sisters, Annie Chang, Lillian Leong and Ellen Wong. Visitation 3 p.m. Sunday at Diamond Head Mortuary; memorial service 4 p.m. No flowers. Casual attire. Arrangements by Nuuanu Memorial Park Mortuary.
DWIGHT R. "BARRETTA" BLAKE JR., 45, of Honolulu, died June 24, 2002. Bellows Air Station garden tractor leader. Survived by mother, Constance; sister, Donna. Visitation 6 p.m. Friday at Borthwick Mortuary; service 7 p.m. Burial 10 a.m. Saturday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery. No flowers. Casual attire.
BENJAMIN FOOK WAH FONG, 84, of Honolulu, died June 30, 2002. Born in Hilo. Survived by son, Robert Sr.; grandson, Robert II; great-grandson, Robert Ryan; brother, Archie; sister, Eleanor Watson. Visitation 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 'Aiea; service 7 p.m. Cremation to follow. Aloha attire. Arrangements by Moanalua Mortuary.
LUIS G. GARDE, 88, of 'Aiea, died July 2, 2002. Born in the Philippines. Retired state Harbors Division vector control exterminator. Survived by godson, John Lara; and caregiver, Incha Lara. Visitation 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Borthwick Mortuary; service 9:30 a.m.; burial 11 a.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park.
WILLIAM MEGUMI HIROSE, 64, of Mililani, died July 3, 2002. Born in Hilo. Survived by wife, Debbie; sons, Chris, Scott, Keaka and Willie; daughters, Robin Higa and Gabrielle; sister, Hilda Morishita, Florence Doi and Helen Doi; five grandchildren. Private service. No flowers. Arrangements by Borthwick Mortuary.
BENJAMIN PAUL KEKONA, 88, of Hilo, died June 28, 2002. Born in Kahakuloa, Maui. Local businessman and owner of Kekona Tours, Northshore Shuttle Bus, and Kekona's Junkyard. Survived by wife, Tamae; sons, Ronald and Richard, Alan Oshiro, Dennis and Kevin; daughters, Diane Graves, Paulette Kawakami and Kathryn; 20 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; brother, Andrew Apuna. Visitation 6 p.m. Wednesday at Mililani Memorial park Mortuary, Mauka Chapel; service 7 p.m. Visitation 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the chapel; service 10:30 a.m.; burial 11 a.m. at the park. Aloha attire. Family requests you bring favorite photo of Benjamin Kekona to service.
IRENE "AUNTY IRENE" AUREA KEOHOKUPA, 73, of Waimanalo, died July 4, 2002. Born in Honolulu. Retired state dietician. Survived by husband, Joseph Jr.; sons, Purdy and Glenn Keohokupa and Joe Gomes; daughters, Jonella Peters, Madonna Keohokupa-Meria and Vannessa Dela Cruz; 26 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers, Rado, Toi and Lawrence Lagapa; sisters, Phyllis Dano, Resti Lam Ho, Nene Manalo and Pat Royos. Visitation 6 p.m. Thursday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary; service 7 p.m. Visitation also 9 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Mount Carmen Catholic church; Mass 11:30 a.m.; burial 1 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Aloha attire.
ADALINA "TITA" "DOMEN" OPISTA, 75, of Wai'anae, died June 25, 2002. Born in Kapa'a, Kaua'i. Survived by daughters, Beverly Domen, Vicky Madeira and Carmen "Nina" Figeroa; brothers, John, Henry, William, Phillip, Manuel, George and Douglas Domen; sisters, Rose Villanueva, Elizabeth Henriques, Helen Cenal, Margaret Shepard, Diana Vasques and Gloria Wallace; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Visitation 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Mililani Memorial Park Mortuary; service noon; burial 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.
HERMOGENES MATA PARAOAN, 80, of Waipahu, died June 23, 2002. Born in Ilocos Norte, Philippines. Retired from Hawaiian Telephone Co. Survived by wife, Andrea; son, Jeremiah; sisters, Romula Agunat, Mary Fagarang and Irene Aquino. Visitation 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Nuuanu Memorial Park Mortuary; service 7 p.m. Visitation also 8 to 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the mortuary; service 8:30 a.m.; burial to follow at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. Casual attire.
ANGELINE RODRIGUES, 99, of Honolulu, died June 25, 2002. Born in Honolulu. Retired Dole Pineapple Co. cannery forelady. Survived by hanai son, Tony Contento; hanai daughter, Julia Kamai; sister, Julia MacLachlan; seven grandchildren; four great grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren. Visitation 8:30 to 10 a.m. Friday at Diamond Head Mortuary; service 10 a.m.; burial to follow at Diamond Head Memorial Park. Aloha attire.
JOHN YONTING SABEY, 78, of Waipahu, died July 2, 2002. Born in Waipahu. Retired Hickam Air Force Base civil service fire vehicles maintenance supervisor; and retired Hawaii Air National Guard master sergeant. Survived by wife, Lucinda; sons, Patrick, Dennis, Jonathan, Christopher and Nathan; daughters, Lourdes Wilson, Cecilia Cruz, Katherine Sabey-Cadiente and Lisa Namoc; brothers, Danny Yonting, and Charles and Michael Luta; sisters, Lily Acoba, Julita Peterson, Elizabeth Daniel and Olena Luta; 27 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren. Visitation 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Mililani Memorial Park Mortuary, Makai Chapel; service 7 p.m. Visitation also 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Church; Mass 11 a.m.; cemetery committal service 2 p.m. at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Casual attire.
DINAH HATSUME YAFUSO, 49, of Honolulu, died July 1, 2002. Born in Honolulu. Retired State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations supervisor. Survived by father, Morikichi; mother, Fumie; brother, Alvin. Visitation 6 p.m. Thursday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Inurnment 9:30 a.m. Friday at Oahu Cemetery. No flowers. Casual attire. Arrangements by Hosoi Garden Mortuary.
KATHERINE C. YOUNG, 90, of Honolulu, died July 5, 2002. Born in Hilo. Survived by sons, Erwin and Dr. Earl; daughters, Dolores Yuen, Judy Ann Ching and Carol Jean Ching; brother, Man Hing Chong; sister, Harriet Yin; 16 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren. Visitation 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 720 N. King St.; service 10 a.m.; burial to follow 11 a.m. at Manoa Cemetery. Aloha attire. Arrangements by Borthwick Mortuary.