Obituaries for April 16
Joyce Emma Akana, 77, of Kapaau died April 10 at home. Born in Kohala, she was a homemaker and worked as a cook at Luke’s Restaurant, a server at Waimea’s McDonald’s, a receptionist at Sunshine Helicopters and a member of the Kohala Senior Citizens and Waimea Church of Christ. Friends may call at 8 a.m. Monday at the 7th Day Adventist Church in Hawi for a 10 a.m. funeral service. Burial at Hawi County Cemetery. Casual attire; flowers OK. Survived by daughters, Brendalynn (Art) Owens and Dena (Delphine) Soares, both of Kohala, Cecelia (Colin) Souza of Kealakekua, Celeste (James) Keyes and Jadelyn (Dale) Hoopai, both of Kawaihae, Johanna (Kana) Walker of Las Vegas and Rowena (Gene) Kanaha of Honolulu; hanai daughter, Shirley Tomei of Waimea; hanai son, Sam Kaeo of Ocean View; brother, Henry (Peggy) Akana Jr. of Honolulu; sister, Olivia Teramoto of Honolulu; sister-in-law, Barbara Akana of Kohala; 25 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Alice Tachera-Larimer, 93, of Honolulu died March 30. Born in Hamakua, she was a homemaker. Visitation from 10:30 a.m.-noon May 2 at St. Jude Catholic Church. Services at noon. Burial at 2 p.m. at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. Survived by husband, Louie Van Larimer; son, Gary Tachera; daughter, Norma Sielken; brothers, Fred Lawrence, Joseph Lawrencce and Bobby Lawrence; sisters, Hilda Mendonca, Loretta Vasconcellos and Katherine Lawrence; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren.
Hannah Hanayo Nardini, 87, of Hilo died April 2 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, she was a former Law Offices of Carlsmith employee and member of Komohana Kumiai and AARP, Hilo Chapter. Private services held. Survived by son, David Nardini of Hilo; brother, Richard Will of Honolulu; two grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Jay Fredrick Neumann, 68, of Kainaliu died March 29 at home. Born in La Jolla, Calif., he was a plumbing contractor, owner of Preferred Plumbing and Talking Dolphin Records and was a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Celebration of life at noon Sunday at Kahaluu Beach Park in Keauhou. Survived by son, Jayson Neumann of Kainaliu; daughters, Marama Patrick of Kapaau and Angela Neumann of Makawao, Maui; sisters, Anne Neumann of Kurtistown and Jackie (William) Parecki of Pahoa; brothers, Dan Neumann of La Pine, Ore., Gregory Neumann of San Francisco, Jeffrey Neumann of Pahoa, Mark Neumann and William Neumann; two nephews; three nieces. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Norma “Scotty” Jean Scott, 79, of Hilo died April 5 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in New York, she was a licensed architect for Media 5 and Group 70 and a member of Hawaii Museum of Contemporary Art and YWCA, a docent for the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo &Gardens, a volunteer for RSVP and an alumna of University of Hawaii at Hilo, College of Agriculture. Memorial service at 11 a.m. April 25 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Survived by niece, Pamela Scott of Vancouver, British Columbia; nephew, William (Jacqueline Balazsovits) Peter Scott of Toronto, Ontario.
Prosper Quentin Tomich, 93, of Honokaa died March 11 at Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. Born in Orange Vale, Calif., he was an animal ecologist for the state Department of Health, a U.S. Navy veteran, a farmer, an avid telephone insulator collector, a member and volunteer with Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, the Hamakua District Development Council, the Hamakua Humanities Project, the Conservation Council for Hawaii, the State Natural Area Reserves Commission, and was a founding member of the North Hawaii Community Hospital board of directors. Friends may call from 8-10 a.m. April 26 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Honokaa. Mass and celebration of life at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Additional celebration to be scheduled at Kalopa State Park. In lieu of flowers or monetary gifts, donations may be sent to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, North Hawaii Community Hospital or Conservation Council for Hawaii. Survived by sons, Michael (Hannah Springer) Tomich of Kukuiohiwai and Peter (Samantha) Tomich of Honokaa; daughters, Catherine Tomich Luthe of Kalopa, Marcia (David) Rose of Kalopa and Margot (John David) Griffith of Volcano; brother, Thomas C. (Lillian) Tomich of Orange Vale, Calif.; sister, Eleanor Bertrand of Newell, S.D.; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
Shawn “Burp” Cameron Weeks, 46, of Pahoa died Dec. 6 at Hilo Medical Center. Born on Kauai, he was an auto mechanic. Memorial service at noon Sunday at Makekua Point. Survived by daughter, Pono Weeks of Oahu; brother, Todd Weeks of Oahu. For further information, call Robert Stallard at (808) 747-3956.
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