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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, May 27, 2010

Obituaries

Advertiser Staff

Sandra "Sandee" Kay Williams Chesser, 59, of Captain Cook, Hawaii, died May 20, 2010. Born in Abingdon, Va. Medical secretary. Survived by daughter, Christy Coghlan; sister, Shelba Cortez; hanai sister, Deanna Crabtree; companion, Jim Browning. Private service. Arrangements by A Hui Hou Crematory and Funeral Home of West Hawaii.

Jo Ann Sayoko Dawson, 64, of Manhattan Beach, Calif., formerly of Honolulu, died May 10, 2010. Born in Honolulu. Elementary school teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Survived by sister, Suzanne Matsumoto. Private service. Arrangements by Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary.

Jerry Dela Cruz Sr., 72, of Kaneohe, died May 2, 2010. Born in Honolulu. Retired commercial fisherman. Survived by sons, Jerry, Dean, Kyle and Ray; daughters, Cynthia, Brenda and Marjorie "Momi" Taputu; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Jane Haumea and Elizabeth Ondayog. Visitation 5 to 9 p.m. June 3 at Borthwick Mortuary; service 6 p.m.; cremation to follow. Aloha attire. Arrangements by Borthwick Mortuary.

Philip Palma Directo, 93, of Honolulu, died May 21, 2010. Born in Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. Retired McCabe and Renny longshore supervisor. Survived by wife, Iluminada. Visitation 6 p.m. June 3 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Kalihi; service 6:30 p.m. Visitation also 8:30 a.m. June 4 at the church; Mass 10:45 a.m.; burial noon at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. Casual attire. Arrangements by Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary.

Sadako Kitty Imura, 84, of Honolulu, died May 18, 2010. Born in Honolulu. Retired beautician. Survived by son, Michael; grandson, Ken; sister, Shizue Hisano. Private service held. Arrangements by Hosoi Garden Mortuary.

Valdene Ehukai Kalulu, 33, of Waialua, died April 13, 2010. Born in Wahiawa. Foster Botanical Garden nursery worker; Manu O Ke Kai Canoe Club paddler. Survived by life partner, Sandy Kurch; father Willard Sr.; brothers, Willard Jr., Warner, John Pu and Norman Allen; sisters, Vanessa, Diane Quilinderino and Ernie Allen. Service 11 a.m. Saturday at the Waiwaiole home, 59-412 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa. Flowers welcome. Casual attire. Arrangements by Moanalua Mortuary.

Gerald "Junka" Kaonohi Leslie Jr., 51, of Honolulu, died May 6, 2010. Born in Honolulu. Survived by daughters, Leimaile Leslie-Mendez and Kapuaokala; father, Gerald; brothers, William, Gordon and Guy; sisters, Geraline Pascua, Georgette Arruda and Gordean Leslie-Walk; two grandchildren. Visitation 10 a.m. tomorrow at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, KaimukÝ Ward; service 10:30 a.m. Casual attire. Arrangements by Woolsey Mortuary Services.

Catherine "Cathy" Bunsaan Parinas, 37, of Waimea, Kauai, died May 3, 2010. Born in Waimea, Kauai. Nurse Finders certified nurse's aide. Survived by son, Austin Parinas-Kenny; daughters Sheena and Chalissah Parinas-Kenny; mother, Amancia; sisters, Marcelina, and Josefina Johnson; companion, Jon Nakashima. Visitation 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Theresa's Church, Kekaha; service 11 a.m.; burial to follow. Casual attire. Arrangements by Garden Island Mortuary.

Mark C. Pearson, 61, of Honolulu, died May 16, 2010. Born in New Jersey. Owner and contractor; U.S. Army veteran. Survived by wife, Merilee; sons, Christopher, Jason and Mathew; daughters, Sara and Christina; brother, Art; sisters, Mary, Julie, Jayne and Patty. Private service. Arrangements by Ultimate Cremation Services of Hawaii.

Jack Powell Jr., 76, of Waianae, died May 21, 2010. Born in Samson, Ala. Minister for the Assembly of God; U.S. Navy veteran. Survived by wife, Sallie; sons, Jack III and Jeffrey; daughter, Jennifer; brother, Frankie; five grandchildren. Private service held. Arrangements by Borthwick Mortuary.

Jordan Roman Rivera, 16, of Kailua, Kona, Hawaii, died May 23, 2010. Born in Nevada. Kealakehe High School student. Survived by mother, Melanie Rodriguez; brothers, Olu Napoleon, Jonah Cazimero, Frank Nobriga, Jess and Ravan Napoleon; sister, Taryn Napoleon. Memorial service 10 a.m. today at the Kailua Pier. Arrangements by A Hui Hou Crematory & Funeral Home of West Hawaii.

Kenneth Rogers, 80, of Honolulu, died May 25, 2010. Born in Liverpool, England. Retired University of Hawaii mathematics professor with 40 years of service. Survived by wife, Consuelo; sons, Erik and Kenneth; daughter, Ligaya Mishan; one granddaughter. Private service held. Arrangements by Diamond Head Mortuary.

Betty Tsumoru Sekido, 95, of Honolulu, died May 13, 2010. Born in Paauilo, Hawaii. Former proprietor of Betty's Dress Shop in Hilo. Survived by daughters, Leona Okimoto, Diana Teruya and Roanne Chu; sisters, Alice Kawamoto and Jean Oda; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Private service held. No koden (monetary gifts). Arrangements by Hosoi Garden Mortuary.

Kathleen "Kay" Dewane Steffen, 64, of Wisconsin, died May 8, 2010. Born in Green Bay, Wis. Former principal at Epiphany School in Honolulu; coordinator of the Family Literacy Program at Literacy Green Bay. Survived by husband, Frank; children, Suzanne Roper and Sgt. Jonathan, U.S. Marine Corps; stepchildren, Gary Ill, Frank, Janet Jeter, Caroline Mendoza and Laura; two grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; mother, Lorraine Dewane; brother, Patrick Dewane; sister, Sue Vine. Mainland service held. Memorial fund has be established in her name. Online messages of sympathy may be e-mailed to mcmahonfh@centurytel.net for the Dewane and Steffen family. Arrangements by McMahon Funeral Home, Luxemburg, Wis.

Mitsuki Taguchi, 84, of Lahaina, Maui, died May 23, 2010. Retired Kaanapali Beach Hotel groundskeeper. Survived by sisters, Fusae Saito and Violet Nago; brother, Itsuki. Private service held. Arrangements by Nakamura Mortuary.

Rosemarie "Oma" Herta Watanabe, 84, of Aiea, died May 8, 2010. Born in Altotting, Germany. Retired Army & Air Force Exchange Services manager with 25 years of service. Survived by son, Albert Jr.; daughters, Sonja Rizzo and Rosalie Cummings; six grandchildren. Private service held. Arrangements by Mililani Mortuary.