Obituaries for December 25
Matsuko “Mats” Teragawa, 90, of Papaikou died Nov. 30 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Paauilo, she was a retired private housekeeper and a member of Honomu Henjoji Mission. Private services held. Survived by son, Thomas (Carol) Teragawa of Kauai; daughter, Iris Kansaku of Papaikou; brother, Yoshito (Florence) Kidani of Oahu; sister, Janice Koga of Oahu; four grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Sharon C. Medeiros Colburn, 65, of Keaau died Dec. 13 at home. Born in Hilo, she owned Krane Inspection and Safety Services. Private Services held. Survived by daughter, Lyssa Phelan Warren of Oregon; sons, Ron (Sandy) Phelan of Hawaiian Paradise Park and Sean (Tricia) Phelan of Hilo; mother, Aiko “Grace” Medeiros of Papaikou; brothers, Virgil (Lorraine) Medeiros of Hilo and Ken Medeiros of Houston; sister, Audrey Balucan of Kailua-Kona; three grandchildren; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Marcel Llopis Hernandez, 100, of Honokaa died Sunday in his home in Honokaa. He was born in Havana, Cuba. Services to be held. Survived by son, Marcel, of Honokaa; daughters, Jane, of Berkeley, Calif., and Madeline, of Montreal, Canada; two grandchildren; one great-grandson. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home.
Janice Mary Elizabeth Ulii Akana, 77, of Waimea died Dec. 9. Born in Honolulu, she was a retired medical transcriptionist for Straub Clinic. Memorial services Jan. 4 at Waimea Annunciation Church. Visitation at 8 a.m.; service at 10 a.m. Survived by spouse, Joshua K. Akana of Waimea; mother, Kamila Malterre of Honolulu; daughters, Janna (Kimo) Keawe of Kailua and Jerri (Alex) Dizol of Waimea; brother, Joseph (Sally) Malterre of Honolulu; sisters, Ritchie (Clifford) Ramseyer of Waimanalo, Oahu, Kami Keala Civetz of Waikoloa and Hazel Lee (Tom) Shaw of Honolulu; four grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home.
Terry Teruyo Mitsuyoshi, 64, of Hilo died Thursday at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, she was a retired teacher at Keaau Elementary School and was a member of the Ahualani Community Association. Friends may call from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Monday at the Dodo Mortuary chapel. Memorial service at 3:30 p.m. Casual attire. Survived by husband, Earl Mitsuyoshi of Hilo; daughter, Jeni Terumi Mitsuyoshi of Honolulu; mother, Teruko Yamada of Hilo; sister, Carol (Gerald) Makino of Hilo; brothers, Robin Yamada and Gene (Martha) Yamada, both of Hilo; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Hisako Hamakawa, 98, of Hilo died Dec. 13 at a care home in Hilo. Born in Hilo, she was a retired office clerk for the 7UP Bottling Company and was a member of Higashi Hongwanji Mission, Higashi Hongwanji Senior Fujinkai, Higashi Hongwanji Bonsai Club, Kamana Center Senior Citizens, Villa Franca Kumiai and Settlement U.E. (University Extension) Club. Friends may call from 3-4 p.m. Sunday at Dodo Mortuary chapel in Hilo; memorial service at 4 p.m. Casual attire. Survived by son, Roy H. (Carol) Hamakawa of Hilo; daughter, Carol S. Minami of Hilo; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Gloria “Jeannie” Wright Smith, 64, of Folsom, Calif., died Sunday at the Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, she was a retired accountant. Friends may call 9-10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo; memorial Mass at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by husband, Howard Smith of Folsom, Calif.; daughter, Amber (Gilbert) Bostwick of Modesto, Calif.; son, Christopher (Zrinka) Smith of Rancho Cardova, Calif.; mother, Marcia Turner of Kurtistown; sister, Zelma (Herbert F.) Yadao of Oahu; brothers, John Otto Wright, Jr. of New Hampshire and Gregory Keith Wright of Oahu; three grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Dee Carson Moser, 62, of Hoapuloa died Dec. 16 in the Kona Community Hospital. Born in Clayton, Iowa, he was the owner of Dee Moser Pool and Spa, a former cook at the King Kamehameha Hotel and member of the American Racing Pigeons Club. Private services held. Survived by sons, Todd Moser of Kailua-Kona, Scott (Kimberly) West of Lisbon, Iowa, Calvert Madriaga of Captain Cook and Brock (Carrie) Madriaga of Kailua-Kona; daughter, Kathy (Brian) Baxter of Ocean View; brothers, Steve of Moser of Missouri and Lynn (Christina) Moser of Iowa; six grandchildren; three great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Adam Lloyd Ludwig, 28, of Kailua-Kona died Dec. 14 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Olympia, Wash., he was a deck hand on the fishing boat, Hookele. Services held. Survived by mother, Susan Steinman of Olympia, Wash.; sister, Audra Ludwig of Olympia, Wash.; nephew, Ian Ludwig of Olympia, Wash. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Alexander Nainoa Kaopuiki, 83, of Hilo died Dec. 19 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Kona, he was a retired Truck Checker Boy for Hilo Transportation and Terminal Company and a Hawaii National Guard veteran. He also was a rodeo bull rider. Friends may call Sunday at Alpha &Omega Church in Hilo. Visitation from 9-10 a.m.; memorial service at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Scattering of ashes to be held. Survived by son, Joseph “Joe” Kaopuiki of Hilo; brothers-in-law, Samuel Kamoku and Peter Lee, both of Hilo; sister in-law, Anna (Spike) Cordero of Hilo. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
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