Obituaries for December 29
Gudrun Lina Chaffin, 59, died Dec. 16 at her Waikoloa home. Born in Schwenningen, Germany, she was a banquet worker at the Hilton Waikoloa. Private services held. Survived by husband, Timothy Chaffin of Waikoloa; daughters, Danielle Chaffin and Nichole Chaffin, both of Waikoloa; sister, Traudi Newerla of Germany; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Joseph Punsalan, 90, died Dec. 13 at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home. Born in Honomu, he was a retired truck driver with the former Hilo Coast Processing. He was also a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Friends may call at the Dodo Mortuary chapel on Thursday, Jan. 2, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Wake service at 7:00 p.m. Friends may also call St. Joseph Catholic Church on Friday, Jan. 3, from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., followed by burial at the Hawaii Veterans Cemetery #2. Casual attire. No flowers. Survived by sons, Steven Punsalan of Hilo and Ronald (Jocelyn) Punsalan of Hilo; daughter-in-law, Kathleen Punsalan of Kona; five grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Inc.
Michael Ray Allen, 70, of Ninole, died Dec. 7 at the Hilo Medical Center. Born in Dallas, he was a retired salesman. Private services were held. Survived by wife, Gerry Allen of Ninole; sons, Brandon (Kaori) Allen of Honolulu, Christopher (Sally) Allen of Mountain View and Stacey (Sally) Allen of Maui; brothers, Jerry (Susan) Allen of Austin, Minn. and Theodore (Pat) Allen of Houston; six grandchildren, one great granddaughter; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Inc.
Roy Ancheta Leoneza, Sr., 63, died Dec. 6 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he worked for the former Puna Papaya Company. Friends may call 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at Zion’s House of Praise Holiness Church for a Celebration of Life. Casual attire. Survived by son, Roy (Kyra) Leoneza, Jr. of Hilo; brother, Alliento Gallegos of Kona; sister, Visitacion “Visa” (Harry) Fernandez of Waimea; two grandsons, Colby Cunningham, Tyger Cunningham, both of Kona; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Herbert Sachio Kamiyama, 80, died Dec. 13 at his home. Born in Hilo, he was the proprietor of Kini Po-Po Creations, Inc. Private services held. No flowers. No Koden. Survived by wife, Elsie Kamiyama of Hilo; sons, Russel Kamiyama of Hilo and Dwayne S. (Julie) Kamiyama of Hilo; brother, George (Amy) Kamiyama of California; sisters, Dorothy (Seigo) Shiigi of Hilo and Ellen Onaga of California; one grandson; numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Inc.
Jackie Lee Yamamoto, 59, died Dec. 21 at the Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. Born in Kealakekua, she retired from the National Car Rental Company in Hilo. Visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 3, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel in Hilo from 3:30-5:00 p.m. A Celebration of Life service will begin at 5:00 p.m. Casual attire. Survived by husband, Iran Yamamoto of Hilo; daughter, Seilee (Kris) Yahiku of Honolulu; father, Milton Morikami of Hilo; step-mother, LaVerne Morikami of Hilo; sisters, Candace Lee of Hilo, Joyce Fleming of San Diego, Lorna Wilson of Hilo, and Myra (Stephen) Lodge of Mililani; brother, Francis (Winnie) Morikami of Hilo; grandson, Kasen Yahiku of Honolulu; numerous uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Inc.
Mac Matsushige Sunabe, 89, died Dec. 5 at the Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Hakalau, he retired from the former Hilo Coast Processing Company as a diesel mechanic. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel in Hilo. Memorial service at 11:00 a.m. Casual attire. No flowers. Survived by wife, Agnes Sunabe of Hakalau; son, Russell (Sheri) Sunabe of Honolulu; daughters, June (Melvin) Kaetsu of Hakalau, Patti (Howard) Kodama of Hilo, Eva (Steven) Miura of Hilo, and Lisa (John) Min of Honolulu; sisters, Edythe Tanaka of Honolulu and Judy (George) Ichikawa of Honolulu; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Inc.
Valerie “Cracka” Leihuanani Agliam, 51, died Nov. 22 at Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu. Born in Hilo, she was a caregiver for Ohana Health Plan. Visitation will be held from 5 -6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral Service at 6 p.m. Cremation to follow at Dodo Mortuary. Casual attire. Survived by daughters, Cherylyn (Miguel) Puga of North Carolina, Joslyn Silva of Puna and Sheylyn (Lokela Tavares) Botelho of Hilo; grandchildren, Elizabeth Puga of North Carolina, Izeah Botelho of Hilo and Izeck Botelho of Hilo; sister, Yolanda (Richard) Kaleohano of Kona; brothers, Bobo (JoAnn Bright) Agliam of Puna, Darrell (Evelyn) Agliam of Hilo, Royden (Pilialoha) Agliam of Puna, Terrance (Corrine Moses) Agliam of Puna and Ronald “Tubbs” (Trisha Savella) Nahakuelua of Puna; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Inc.
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