Obituaries for February 1
Lupe Apodaca, 88, of Hawi, died Jan. 30 at her residence. Born in Superior, Ariz., she was a homemaker. Private services to be held. Survived by son, Charles (Suzi) Apodaca of Ainaloa; daughters, Maria (Jeremiah) Robitaille of Hawi, Caroline (Dale) Hayashi of Ainaloa; five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.
Kaaren Sue Farmer, 72, of Pahoa died Jan. 10 at the Hilo Medical Center. Born in Sleepy Eye, Minn., she was a homemaker. Private services. Survived by daughters, Lori Recio of Pahoa, Shelly Cabanting of Kailua-Kona, Kristen (Tim) Duffy of Kealakekua; brothers, Thomas (Pat) Berkner of Makaha, Russell (Shirley) Berkner of Hemet, Calif.; nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Alfred Mookini Kipilii, 70, of Honolulu died Jan. 17 at Care Home of Honolulu. Born in Kapoho, he was a tour driver and served in the U.S. Navy. Private services to be held. Survived by sons, Don (Kathleen) Kipilii of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Windsor Alapai of Honolulu; daughter, Roanna Kipilii-Siliga of Menifee, Calif.; brothers, Alexander Kipilii of Naalehu, Obed (Christina) Kipilii of Hilo; sisters, Winona (Bill) Kaluna of Pahala, Natalie Kuluwaimaka of Kona; three grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Ultimate Cremation Services.
Momoye Matoba, 105, formerly of Honomu, died Jan. 21. Funeral service to be held Monday, Feb. 3, at 4 p.m. at Orange County Buddhist Church, 909 S. Dale Ave., Anaheim, Calif. No koden or flowers. Survived by children, Shirley (Norman) Nishioka, Kenneth (Leilani) and Dennis (Lorna); seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Aiko and Itsuko; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives. Arrangements by Fukui Mortuary Inc.
Masaye Nagao, 93, of Hilo died Jan. 4. Born in Onomea, she was a homemaker. Private services held. Family requests no flowers and no koden. Survived by husband, Kazuo Morimoto of Hilo; sons, Mike (Diane) Nagao of Hilo, Gene (Karolyn) Nagao of Hilo; sister, Yuriko Honda of Los Angeles, Calif.; sister-in-law, Yayoi Nakamura of Hilo; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Francis Lucky Shafer, 69, of Kailua-Kona died Jan. 23 at the Kona Community Hospital. Born in Pago Pago, American Samoa, he was the owner of Lucky’s Concrete Pumping. He was a 4th degree black belt kempo karate instructor, professional musical entertainer, Konawaena High School football coach, he volunteered his time for search and rescue, and donated his concrete pumping services to Hawaii Island parks and schools. Friends may call at 9 a.m. Feb. 8 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 2nd Ward in Kailua-Kona, for an 11 a.m. funeral service. In lieu of flowers, monetary condolences may be sent to Lance Shafer at P.O. Box 3087, Kailua-Kona, HI. 96745. The family requests aloha attire. Survived by wife, Karen Shafer of Kailua-Kona; son, Lance (Sammie) Shafer of Kailua-Kona; daughter, Nanishell (Keahi) Shafer-Robins of Kailua-Kona; sisters, Marie (Richard) Munn of Central City, Neb., Margaret (Jerome) Pollard of Laie, Oahu, Patricia Malic of Las Vegas, Nev., Mary Peralta of San Diego, Calif.; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Toshiyuki Takaki, 97, of Naalehu died Jan. 13 at Ka‘u Hospital. Born in Naalehu, he was a retired construction supervisor for the former Hutchinson Sugar Company and a member of the Naalehu Hongwanji Mission. Private services held. Family requests no flowers and no koden. Survived by wife, Sumiye Takaki of Naalehu; son, Vernon Takaki of Naalehu; daughter, Janice Ogi of Naalehu; sister, Mildred Takaki of Los Angeles, Calif.; brother-in-law, Masaaki Okamuro of Honolulu; sister-in-law, Mildred Takaki of Honolulu; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
William “Bill” Alexander Wright, 63, of Kealakekua died Jan. 28 at his residence. Born in Natchez, Miss., he was an artist, a carver of gourds and owner of Ipu Hale Gallery. Services to be held at a later date. Donations may be made in his name to Hospice of Kona. Survived by wife, Colleen Wright of Kealakekua; brother, Terry Wright of San Clemente, Calif.; sister-in-law, Shelley Stockman of Seattle, Wash.; niece, Emily Stockman of Seattle, Wash. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
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