Obituaries for December 1
Rebecca Peke Abraham Baji, 87, of Hilo died Nov. 17 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Hawaii, she was a retired aide for Hawaii Island Adult Center and member of Thy Word Ministries Faith Center of Hawaii. Visitation 9–10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at Thy Word Ministries Faith Center of Hawaii. Celebration of life at 10 a.m.. Aloha attire. Survived by sons, Marshall (Patricia) Baji Jr. of Pahoa and Wade (Cynthia) Baji Sr. of Naalehu; daughter, Maylene Baji Teregeyo of Hilo; brothers, William Abraham and Jack Odani Sr. of Hilo, Timothy (Katherine) Papalimu of Papaikou; sister, Ruth Papalimu of Hilo; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Renate Eva-Maria Gassmann, 67, of Volcano, formerly of Maui, died Nov. 18 at home. Born in Germany, she was a retired veterinarian and member of numerous environmental and conservation organizations. Private services on Maui at a later date. Survived by son, Kai Duvall of Honolulu; daughter, Anna Duvall of Portland, Ore.; brother, Klaus Gassmann of Germany; sister, Helga Gassmann of Germany. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Clinton Hinano “Pancho” Kahilihiwa, 69, of Hilo died Nov. 15. Born in Kalapana, he was retired from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Kyser residence, 13-3548 Makamae St., Leilani Estates in Pahoa. Memorial service at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by brothers, Fai-o (Marrissa) Jeong of Hawaiian Paradise Park and Michael (Laury) Jeong of Honolulu; goddaughter, Yaeko (Larry) “Konanui” Kim of Hilo; aunts, uncles, cousins, one niece and one nephew. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Shozo “Chabo” Nagao, 86, of Hilo died Nov. 20 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Facility. Born in Hilo, he was a retired Hawaii County fire chief, U.S. Army World War II veteran and member of Heritage Christian Fellowship, Hawaii Fire Chiefs Assn., Hawaii County Retired Firemen’s Assn., Pirates Golf Club and Waiakea Pirates Assn. Visitation 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by wife, Betty E. Nagao of Hilo; son, Ian T. Nagao of Hilo; daughters, Vicki (Lloyd) Narimatsu and Ada (Kevin) Hayashi of Hilo; sister, Kazuko Young of Newark, Calif.; sisters-in-law, Ellen Nagao and Irene Nagao of Hilo; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Samson Nani “Samboy” Peneku Jr., 33, of Mountain View died Nov. 6 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he was a self-employed carpenter and landscaper. Visitation 3–4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Celebration of life at 4 p.m. Casual attire. Survived by parents, Samson and Darlene Peneku Sr. of Mountain View; daughter, Alexia Peneku of Discovery Harbour, Naalehu; son, Isiah Filateo of Hilo; stepdaughters, Tiara Borges and Tania Borges of Pahoa; stepson, Paka Kamaka of Discovery Harbour, Naalehu; sisters, Elizabeth (Stanley) Soares of Ewa Beach and Emily (Lanakila Poaha) Peneku of Hilo; nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Setsuyo “Sue” Tanabe, 87, of Hilo died Nov. 17 at home. Born in Hilo, she was a retired public school secretary and member of Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin Buddhist Women’s Association and Gojikai, Anela Street Kumiai and HGEA. Visitation 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin, 398 Kilauea Ave. Memorial service at 10:30 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by son, Ronald (Sharon) Tanabe of Hilo; daughters, JoAnn (Frederick) Wong of Pukalani, Maui and Gwen (Guy) Kimura of Hilo; brothers, Kwanichi Yuda and George (Kayleen) Yuda of Hilo, Shimei (Agnes) Yuda of Fullerton, Calif.; sister, Kay Murashige of Hilo; two grandsons and a great-grandson; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
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