Monica “Monie” Mahealani Chong, 52, of Kailua-Kona died Feb. 2 at her residence. Born in Kealakekua, she was the site coordinator for Kealakehe Elementary School A+ Program and member of Jehovah’s Witnesses Kaloko Congregation. Service at 11 a.m. Saturday at OTEC. Casual attire, no flowers. Survived by husband, Angus Chong Jr. of Kailua-Kona; sons, Angus (Tiare) Chong III, Jacob Duarte; daughters, Lehua LaLa (Hua Peters) Chong, Maxine (Manuel Lemus) Chong, Jerelyn Chong, Sienna Chong; mother, Harriette Wentworth; sisters, Bernadine Nastor, all of Kailua-Kona, Decemberine Mukini of Ocean View, Tammy (Warren) Cho of Hookena, Pili (Kalehua) Perry of Kailua-Kona; Kanani (Jesse) Minamishin of Kealakekua; brothers, Moses Wentworth III, John Wentworth, both of Kailua-Kona; five grandsons, numerous nieces and nephews.
Anthony “Tony” Paul DeMello, 67, of Honalo died Jan. 25 at The Queen’s Medical Center. Born in Ka‘u, he was a retired heavy equipment operator for E.M. Rivera &Sons and Rivco Construction. Visitation 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Lanakila Congregational Church in Kainaliu. Family requests casual attire to be worn and flowers omitted. For information call 322-6803. Survived by wife, Charlyn DeMello of Honalo; mother, Agnes Kailiawa of Kailua-Kona; sons, John (Sherri Fernandez) DeMello of Waikoloa, Chance (Leslie Clarke) DeMello of Waikoloa, Rocky (Monica Akamu) DeMello of Kailua-Kona; daughters, Toni DeMello of Honalo, Lisa (Wendell) DeCoito of Waimea, Jessica (Kaleo Malapit) DeMello of Kailua-Kona, Paula (Michael Flanary Jr.) DeMello; hanai-son, Macyn Honma, all of Honalo; sisters, Dolores DeMello of Kealakekua, Helen May (William) Nakagawa of Kailua-Kona, Janette Ballesteros of Las Vegas, Nev., Kathleen (Michael) Boyd of Anaheim, Calif.; brothers, Alfred DeMello Sr. of Kailua-Kona, Manuel (Kookie) DeMello Jr. of Broken Arrow, Okla.; 18 grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii and Leeward Funeral Home.
James Yoshiaki Nakao, 84, of Honokaa died Jan. 29 at the Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. Born in Kapulena, he was a retired welder. Visitation Thursday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel in Hilo from 9-10 a.m.; Memorial service at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery #2 in Hilo at noon. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Virginia Nakao of Honokaa; son, Jason Nakao of Hilo; step-sons, Mark “Orlan” Miguel of Arizona and Rod (Theresa) Miguel of California; step-daughter, Ruby (Ben) Morse of Waikoloa; brother, Richard (Elaine) Nakao of Honolulu; sister, Betty (Keiji) Nakano of Honolulu; brothers-in-law, Bob Ishikuro of Honokaa and Juan Pascual of the Philippines; sisters-in-law, Corazon (Paul) Collado of Kapulena and Nena (Clito) Guzman of Kukuihaele; seven grandchildren; numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Inc., Hilo.
Peter Petersen Sr., 83, of Hilo died Wednesday, Jan. 29, at the Hilo Medical Center. Born in Bronx, N.Y. He retired as a U.S. Navy chief petty officer and as a supply officer for the Department of Defense. Survived by sons, Jason (Anna) Petersen of Alaska and Peter Petersen Jr. of Hilo; daughters, Susan (Andy) Encabo of Alaska, Joana Petersen of the Philippines &Cathlene (James) Reinold of Alaska; 13 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home, Hilo.
Arline Ellen Rood, 82, of Hilo died Feb. 5 at Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center. Born in Fresno, Calif., she was a housewife and member of the Waiakea Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Friends may call from 2-3 p.m. Sunday at the Waiakea Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 2629 Kilauea Ave.; Memorial service at 3 p.m. Survived by daughters, Denise (Alec) Miyasato of Ainaloa, Celeste (Neal) Maki of Keaau, Melanie (Charlie) Idao of Portland, Ore.; sister, LaVerne Tompkins of California; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
David Alan Tetz’s obituary in Tuesday’s edition gave an incorrect place of residence for the decedent. Tetz lived in Pahala.
Mitsue Yamamoto, 92, of Hilo and formerly of Lahaina, died Wednesday, Jan. 29, at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home. She was a housekeeper for the Sheraton Maui and a member of Hawaii County Nutritional Center and Lahaina Methodist Church. Private services held. Survived by sons, Lester (Laura) Yamamoto of Honolulu, and Ron (Pearl) Yamamoto of Hilo; daughter, Sue Yamamoto of Honolulu; brothers, Shigeo (Kiyono) Iwamoto of Honolulu, and Stanley (Jane) Iwamoto of California; sisters, Yumiko Nishimoto of Maui, Toyoko Nishiki of Honolulu, Jean (Ray) Sakai of Honolulu, and Irene (Keiji) Ushiro of Calif.; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Online condolences: www.homelanimemorialpark.com.