Obituaries for January 18
Jerry Yoshimasa Uemura, 93, of Captain Cook died Monday at Life Care Center of Kona. Born in Kealakekua, he was a coffee farmer, carpenter and a retired maintenance worker for Huggo’s. Memorial service Feb. 1 at Kona Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in Kealakekua. Visitation at 3 p.m. Service at 4 p.m. Survived by spouse, Katy Hideko Uemura of Captain Cook; sons, Dean (Lisa) Uemura of Captain Cook and Keith (Jan) Uemura of Honolulu; daughters, Lois (Dexter) Choy of Mililani, Oahu, Cynthia Fukuda of Mililani, Oahu, and Sharon Mendoza of Las Vegas; brother, Yoshiharu (Marion) Uemura of Kaneohe, Oahu; sisters, Masae Ikehara of Aiea, Oahu, and Norma (Mervyn) Ah Tou of Waipahu, Oahu; sister-in-law, Janet Uemura of Pearl City, Oahu; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home.
Mark Kaimana Gilliland, 54, of Laupahoehoe died Jan. 3 at home. A self-employed carpenter, he was from Kailua, Oahu. Private services. Survived by mother, Olga Gilliland; brother, Guy Gilliland; sister, Sissi Snow; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home.
Mamoru Oka, 81, of Keaau died Jan. 8 at home. Born in Puunene, Maui, he was a recreational director and a U.S. Army veteran. Memorial service at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Wailuku Hongwanji. Urn burial at 2 p.m. at Maui Memorial Park. Survived by son, Kevin Oka of Honolulu; brother, Patrick Oka of Honolulu; sister, Ellen Sasayo Okazaki of San Mateo, Calif.; nieces and nephews.
Pacita “Pat” Manasas, 78, of Kailua-Kona died Dec. 19 at home. Born in Ewa, Oahu, she was a health aide at Kealakehe Elementary School and member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church. Friends may call at 6 p.m. Jan. 26 at Mililani Park and Mortuary’s Mauka Chapel in Waipio, Oahu, for a 7 p.m. wake service. Friends may also call at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 27 at the chapel for a 10 a.m. funeral service with burial to follow. Casual attire. Survived by husband, Roddy Manasas of Kailua-Kona; sons, Patrick (Kaohu) Fuentes of Pahoa, Michael (Annemarie) Fuentes of California, Marvin (Rowena) Fuentes of Mililani, Oahu, Leland (Johnette) Fuentes of Aiea, Oahu, and Sean (Brianna) Manasas of Las Vegas; daughters, Joanne (Larry) Rios of Aiea, Oahu, Leona (Jason) Castillo of Wahiawa, Oahu, and Tara (Chad) Aragosa of Pearl City, Oahu; brothers, Roy (Rose) Respicio of Ewa, Oahu, Artie (Remy) Respecio of Ewa, Oahu, Rosalino (Lourdes) Respecio of Ewa, Oahu, Bruno (Leona) Respicio of Ewa, Oahu, Cornelio Respicio of Waipahu, Oahu, and Jack Respecio of California; sisters, Vicki Smith of California and Catherine (Philip) Cabudol of Kapolei, Oahu; 30 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangement by Dodo Mortuary and Mililani Memorial Park and Mortuary.
Stephen “Steve” J. Miller, 69, of Hilo died Jan. 7 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Meridian, Miss., he was a retired Hawaii County police sergeant. Visitation from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel, Hilo; funeral service at 11:30 a.m. Cremation to follow at Dodo Mortuary. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Elizabeth “Betty” Miller of Hilo; sons, Gilbert Manikis of Hilo and Glen (Charlene) Manikis of Oregon; daughters, Patty (Patrick) De Silva and Jasanda (Herbert) Laranang, both of Hilo; son-in-law, Joseph Pavao of Hilo; mother, Mildred Uldine Look of Texas; sisters, Louann (Dennis) Schwab and Brenda Miller, both of Alabama; brothers, Bartley Miller of Alabama and Braxton Miller of Illinois; one aunt; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Donovan Kent “Duke” Cooper, 68, of Kahului, Maui, and formerly of Hilo, died June 16 at home. Born in San Francisco, he operated Helani Gardens Nursery in Hana, Maui. Internment at noon Monday at Hilo Veteran’s Cemetery No. 2, Column Burium section. Survived by wife, Theresa (Farias) Cooper of Maui; son, Matthew (Suzanne) Cooper of Maui; daughter, Sarah Cooper of Bend, Ore.; brother, Chris (Margie) Cooper of Hilo; sisters, Donna (Joe) Caimi and Ann (Stefan) Uyehara, both of Maui; mother-in-law, Frances Farias of Hilo; sister-in-law, Carol Farias of Hilo; brothers-in-law, Joseph (Chantal) Farias of Tennessee and Patrick Farias of Hilo; one grandson.
Agapito “Pete” Sumarnap Jr., 67, of Hilo died Jan. 7. Born in Naalehu, he was a retired drafting engineer. He was also a member of the Ainaola Ward at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Celebration of life Jan. 25 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Hilo Stake Center, Ainaola Ward). Visitation at 8:30 a.m. Services at 10:45 a.m and 2:30 p.m. Burial to follow at Naalehu Cemetery. Survived by spouse, Stella Sumarnap of Kona; sons, Shane Sumarnap of Molokai and Charles Jay (Shauna) Sumarnap of Oahu; daughters, Chelsi Akina of Oahu, Mahana Akina of Oahu and Riann Sumarnap of Hilo; stepsons, Melvin (Sara) Thomas and Mark (Renee) Thomas, both of Kona; sister, Norma (Michael) Kneese of Idaho; 13 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home.
Peter Keka, is also survived by Duane (Cynthia) Medeiros; 16 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one great-great grandchild. This information was omitted from an obituary published Jan. 10.
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