Obituaries for December 8
Alice Filoteo Legaspi, 91, of Hilo, died Nov. 19 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Waiakea, she retired from Kilauea Inn, K K Tei Restaurant, and the 50th State Bar. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo and a client of Hawaii Island Adult Care. Visitation from 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Alae Cemetery, Section C. Aloha and casual attire. Survived by son, Roy (Shirley) Legaspi of Hilo; daughters, Estrelleta “Lita” (Glenn) Taguchi, Eleanor (John) Bello and Marcella Stroh, each of Hilo; sisters, Anita Cadaoas and Lillian Naihe, both of Hilo; brothers, Larry (Shirley) Castillias and Ronald (Donna) Castillias, both of Puna; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Napoleon “Nappy” Kealoha Haena, 76, of Keaau, died Nov. 24 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a retired carpenter and a U.S. Army veteran. Visitation from 9-11 a.m. Friday at New Hope Christian Fellowship, 840 Kupulau Road, Hilo; celebration of Life at 11 a.m. Private urn burial to be held. Casual attire. Survived by daughter, Fay (Sheldon) Karratti of Hilo; sister, Rosemarylee (Sam) Dwight of Carson City, Calif.; granddaughter, Jasmin (Keoni) Lester of Hilo; great-granddaughter, Kyla Lester of Hilo; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Mary Ellen Wong, 73, of Volcano, died Nov. 25 in Honokaa. Born in Ookala, she was a cattle rancher, a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Honokaa and a member of the Hawaii Cattlemen’s Association. Visitation from 6-9 p.m. Thursday at Dodo Mortuary. Funeral service at 7 p.m. Visitation continues from 7-8:30 a.m. Friday at the mortuary. Burial to follow at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 1. Casual attire. Survived by sons, Kevin (Claudine Mendes) McIver of Honokaa and Clay McIver of California; brother, Waltham (Bernadette) Johansen of Paauilo; granddaughters, Erin McIver of Honokaa and Jessica Timberlake of Oregon; great-granddaughter, Lillith Timberlake of Oregon; an aunt; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Shigeko Matsuda, 97, of Pahoa, died Nov. 29 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Kipapa, Oahu, she was a retired farmer. She was also a member of Puna Hongwanji Mission, Buddhist Women’s Association, Pahoa Nikkei Jin Kai and Kyu Pahoa Kumiai. Private services held. No koden. No flowers. Survived by sons, Albert (Lillian) Matsuda of Hilo and Edwin (Ellen) Matsuda of Cypress, Calif.; daughter, Dorothy Kansako of Honomu; sister, Keeko Takasaki of Japan; brother-in-law, Shigeru (Tokie) Matsuda of Honolulu; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Geraldine “Aunty Gerry” Kuuiini Johansen, 71, of Pearl City, Oahu, died Nov. 23 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hawi, she was a retired alumni director of Kamehameha Schools, Kapalama. Celebration of life Saturday at the Bishop Memorial Chapel of the Kamehameha Schools on Oahu. Visitation from 1:30-3 p.m.; memorial service at 3 p.m. No flowers. Survived by husband, Albert Johansen of Pearl City, Oahu; daughters, Michelle “Kahea” Johansen of Pearl City, Oahu, and Tanya Johansen of Culver City, Calif.; brothers, Allen Vinta of Mililani, Oahu, and Gregory “G.G.” Vinta of Kohala; sisters, Pauline Vinta Requelman of Kona, Henrietta Labisores of Waikele, Oahu, and Ginger Vinta of Las Vegas; granddaughters, Taylor Burks and Delon Burks. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Leroy “Butch” Paul Fry, 75, of Keaau died Nov. 29 at his residence. Born in Lodi, Calif., he was a carpenter and sailor. Private services. Survived by wife, Celeste Volivar-Fry of Keaau; sons, Andy (Heidi) Fry of Moorea, French Polynesia, and Tevaite Fry of San Diego; daughter, Nicolette (Randal) Smith of Costa Rica; six grandchildren; one great-granddaughter. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Evelyn Ruth Mertz, 95, of Waikoloa, died Monday at her residence. Born in Allentown, Penn., she was a retired office clerk for an oil company and a member of Waikoloa Baptist Church. Celebration of life at 6 p.m. Jan. 5 at Waikoloa Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her name may be made to Waikoloa Baptist Church or North Hawaii Hospice. Survived by daughter, Patricia (Robert) Althouse of Waikoloa; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.
Kikuye “K” Sasaki, 93, of Kalaoa died Nov. 28 at her home. Born in Honolulu, she was the former proprietress of Harold’s Union Service in Kainaliu and a member of Kona Hongwanji and Kamalumalu Kumiai. Private services held. No flowers or monetary offerings. Survived by sons, Wayne (Lynne) Sasaki of Kalaoa, Ronald (Avis) Sasaki of Ewa Beach, Oahu, and Earl (Barbara) Sasaki of Kona Palisades; daughter, Laura (Gary) Kirihara of Kealakekua; sister, Fujiko (Chosei) Takue of Okinawa; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Rick Clayton Brown, 50, of Kailua-Kona died Nov. 22 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Burbank, Calif., he was a finish carpenter. He was also a former drummer with the group Crystal Image and an artist. Friends may call at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 16 at Mokuaikaua Church in Kailua-Kona for a 12:30 p.m. memorial service. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Emi Brown of Kailua-Kona; mother, Judy (Richard) Harrison of Kailua-Kona; brothers, Scott (Diane) Brown of Ramona, Calif., Ronald Brown of Henderson, Nev., and Michael Brown of Brigantine, N.J.; sister, Shari (Scott) Lindenberg of Kailua-Kona; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
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