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LIBRADA LUIS, 92, a longtime leader in the Big Island's Filipino community, died Tuesday at home after months of hospice care. See story.
STEPHEN JOHN DE COITE of Waimanalo, an award-winning truck driver for The Honolulu Advertiser, died April 25 at Castle Medical Center. He was 49.See story.
NELLIE KAM MUI AKANA, 95, of Honolulu, died April 29, 2002. Born in Honolulu. Retired from Dole Cannery. Survived by daughter, Audrey Won; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother, Melvin Yuen; sister, Muriel Chung. Visitation 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Borthwick Mortuary; service 7 p.m. Burial 1 p.m. Tuesday at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Arrangements by Borthwick Mortuary.
IRENE KALANIMOIWAI CULLEN AKASE, 85, of Kailua, died April 27, 2002. Retired from the Aloha Surf Hotel. Survived by sons, Joseph and Robert; daughter, Mary Taum; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister, Elsie Kali. Visitation 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Kailua; Mass 11:30 a.m.; burial 1 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Aloha attire. Arrangements by Borthwick Mortuary.
JEROME WOODMAN ANDERSON, 48, of Gooding, Idaho, formerly of Hawai'i, died April 25, 2002. He attended Punahou School. Survived by father, D.G. "Andy" Anderson; mother, Jean; wife, Martha; daughter, Martha Jean; brother, Brian; and sister, Randi Grobe. No local service. Memorial donations to the American Cancer Society or Hospice, An Organization of Angels.
WENDY JOY PUANANI ARRUDA, 43, of Kailua, died April 20, 2002. Born in Honolulu. Survived by son, Joshua Parish-Arruda; friend, Severo Cargo Jr.; sisters, Sandra Bryant and Cindy; brothers, Bobby, Johnny and Timmy. Visitation 3:30 p.m. Monday at Bethesda Chapel; service 5 p.m.; scattering of ashes to follow at Makapu'u Beach. Arrangements by Moanalua Mortuary.
BETTY ATSUKO ASAKURA, 62, of Honolulu, died April 27, 2002. Born in Honolulu. A Bank of Hawaii loan processor. Survived by sons, Paul and Sean; brother, Ray Okimoto; sisters, Helene Nojima and Faith Ono; three grandchildren. Service 5 p.m. Sunday at Harris United Methodist Church. No flowers. Aloha attire. Arrangements by Hosoi Garden Mortuary.
JAMES "JIM" EDWARD BALAT, 35, of Kapolei, died April 28, 2002. Born in Dover, Del. University of Hawai'i History Department assistant. Survived by mother, Lorna; brother, Gregory; sisters, Deborah Burdeen and Ann Gasperini; fiancee, Joann Shen. Private service. Donations to University of Hawai'i libraries. Arrangements by Ultimate Cremation Services of Hawai'i.
CLAYTON WILLIAM BENHAM, 81, of Honolulu, died April 29, 2002. Born in Honolulu. Interscholastic League of Honolulu executive secretary. Survived by wife, Marian; daughter, Betsy Benham-del Fierro; son, Gerald Anderson; five grandchildren; brothers, Roy and Howard; sisters, Eula Sugarman and Eloise Pavich. Visitation 3 p.m. tomorrow at Central Union Church; service 4 p.m. Aloha attire. No flowers; donations to the Clayton Benham Scholarship Fund (checks payable to Interscholastic League of Honolulu. Address: call Ultimate Cremation Services of Hawai'i, 528-3441.) See story.
SARA A. BOUTWELL, 76, of Kane'ohe, died April 19, 2002. Born in Greenville, Ala. A retired lab technician. Survived by sister, Margrace Ladd. Committal service 10 a.m. tomorrow at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Arrangements by Williams Funeral Services.
FRANCIS XAVIER CONLON, 84, of Honolulu, died April 28, 2002. Born in Manchester, Mass. A U.S. Air Force veteran. Survived by son, Thomas; daughters, Judith Donnelly and Suzanne Conlon; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Committal service 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Arrangements by Moanalua Mortuary.
ROSEMARY ALDORA GORDON, 68, of Kailua, Kona, Hawai'i, died April 21, 2002. Born in Walla Walla, Wash. A paralegal. Survived by sons, Randall and Ralph; daughters, Debra Young, Sandi Ficker, Mary Winstanley and Kagey Dahlquist. Private service. Arrangements by Ultimate Cremation Services of Hawai'i.
HARRIET MITSUKO OWAN AIPA GRINDLEY, 61, of Honolulu, died April 24, 2002. Born in Hawai'i. A bookkeeper for Royal Development. Survived by son, Jonathan Aipa; daughter, Jodie Aipa-Kane; sister, Doris Yoshinaka; six grandchildren. Visitation 6 p.m. Monday at Mililani Downtown Mortuary; service 6:3 p.m. No flowers. Casual attire.
RODERICK L. HARVEY, 84, of Edmonds, Wash., formerly of Kailua, died April 29, 2002. Born in Peshastin, Wash. Retired Army colonel, Army Corps of Engineers, real estate division. Survived by wife, Virginia; daughters, kay Cathcart, Judy Hatfield, Sharman Kincaid and Jo Anne Harvey-Waddell; eight grandchildren. Burial with military honors Monday at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, Wash. No flowers; donations to The Alzheimer's and Related Disorders Association, local chapter.
TAMAE IMAOKA, 89, of Wai'anae, died April 21, 2002. Born in Kona, Hawai'i. Member of Hale'iwa Shingon Mission and Waipahu Hongwanji. Survived by sons, Leslie and G.T.; daughters, Marion Imaoka and Eunice Laybon; sister, Kiyono Kunitake; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Visitation 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; service 6 p.m. No flowers. Casual attire.
BETSY SAYO ITO, 81, of 'Aiea. died April 14, 2002. Born in Waipahu. A retired barber. Survived by sons, Kenneth and Calvin; daughters, Harriet Lei and Charlene Sano; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Private service held. Arrangements by Nuuanu Mortuary.
ANNA BUCK TAO LAI, 59, of Honolulu, died April 20, 2002. Born in Waimea, Kaua'i. Co-owner of Air Control Inc. Survived by husband, Darrell; son, Barry; daughters, Daynee Krauss and Dahna Valdivia; three grandchildren; brother, Howard Ako; sister, Janet Kiyan. Visitation 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary; service 10 a.m.; burial 11 a.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. No flowers. Aloha attire
LORRAINE Y. LAU, 56, of Manteca, Calif., died April 20, 2002. Born in Honolulu. A business teacher. Survived by children, Le Ann and Christopher; father, Shotatsu Yamauchi; brothers, George, Roy, Stanley and Gary; sisters, Linda Yamauchi and Florence Seabury. Service 11:30 a.m. May 11 at Hawaiian memorial Park, Garden of Reflection. Casual or aloha attire. Arrangements by Hawaiian memorial Park Mortuary.
NINI LETUU, 27, of Mililani, died April 14, 2002. Born in Western Samoa. Survived by parents, Falima and Faamaini Letuu Peo; eight brothers; three sisters. Private service held. Arrangements by Mililani Mortuary.
HAROLD KALANI LYMAN, 54, of Kapolei, died April 26, 2002. Born in Honolulu. Survived by sisters, Helene, Elena DeRego, Rosalyne Williams, Marlyne Mahoe and Lurlyne Kelly. Visitation 9 a.m. Saturday at Borthwick Mortuary; service 11 a.m. Aloha attire.
MARY KEMP MAGLALANG, 81, of Waipahu, died April 27, 2002. Born in Metro Manila, Philippines. A homemaker. Survived by sons, Rene, Francis and Peter; daughters, Violetta Becera, Mary Lou MacDonald, Susan Custodio and Marilen Duenas; 16 grandchildren; great-grandson; hanai sister, Aurea. Private service. Arrangements by Ultimate Cremation Services of Hawai'i.
ROY MANABU MITSUKA, 93, of Wahiawa, died April 21, 2002. Born in Pahala, Hawai'i. Principal at 'O'okala, Ho-nomu, Kunia, Helemano, Waimalu and Wahiawa Elementary schools. Survived by wife, Margaret; daughter, Sharon Kurio; two grandchildren; great-granddaughter. Visitation 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Wahiawa United Methodist Church; service 5:30 p.m. No flowers. Casual attire. Donations may be made to Wahiawa Lions Club Site Conservation Fund. Arrangements by Mililani Mortuary.
NORMAN ABRAHAM SAPIRO, 83, of Honolulu, died April 22, 2002. Born in Lynn, Mass. Honorary member of the Tachikawa Lion's Club in Japan. Survived by wife, Dora; daughter, Linda; brother, Louis; sister, Janet Finkelstein. Private service held. Arrangements by Borthwick Mortuary.
HISASHI SEKI, 86, of Lihu'e, Kaua'i, died April 23, 2002, Born in Hule'ia, Kaua'i. Former owner of the Lihu'e Central Service station. Survived by wife, Matsuyo "Merle"; brother, Henry; sister, Katherine Moriguchi. Visitation 10 a.m. Monday at Lihu'e Hongwanji Mission; service 11 a.m. No flowers. Casual attire. Arrangements by Moanalua Mortuary.
ELEANOR MARGARET SOUZA, 80, of 'Ewa Beach, died April 28, 2002. Born in Pu'unene, Maui. Member of Navy Exchange Retirement Club. Survived by brother, Frank Rapoza; grandson; three great-grandsons; daughter-in-law, Christine. Visitation 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church; Mass 11 a.m.; burial 12:30 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Park. Casual attire. Arrangements by Mililani Mortuary.
CALVIN DENNIS VELASCO, 46, of Wai'anae, died April 21, 2002. Born in Honolulu. Survived by mother, Dorothy; sisters, Yvonne Lum, Charlotte Meshane, Olga-Jean Doi and Lori-Ann; brothers, Norman Velasco, Clifford Velasco, Clayton Thoma and Curtis Noble. Visitation 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday at Nuuanu Mortuary; service 11:30 a.m.; burial 2 p.m. at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. Casual attire.
AVON CHOON YIN YAP, 78, of Honolulu, died April 23, 2002. Born in Ho-nolulu. An American Mutual Insurance agent. Survived by nieces, Electa Sam and Celeste Ibara. Visitation 3 p.m. Saturday at Community of Christ, Makiki; service 4 p.m. Inurnment 10:30 a.m. Monday at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Aloha attire. Arrangements by Hosoi Garden Mortuary.
GEORGE SEEICHI YASUDA, 82, of Kailua, died April 22, 2002. Born in Honolulu. A retired electrician for the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. Survived by wife, Jeanette; sons, Brian and Glenn; daughter, Angela Ratnayake; eight grandchildren; great-grandchild; brother, Chester. Private service held. Arrangements by Hosoi Garden Mortuary.