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Obituaries for January 7

Rochelle Akie Ashikawa, 91, of Keauhou, Hawaii, died Dec. 19, at Life Care Center of Kona. Born in Holualoa, she was a land developer with Kona Scenic Land. She was a mango, banana and avocado farmer and member of Daifukuji Soto Mission, an honorary member of the Kona Rotary Club, University Extension Club and a former 4-H leader. Private services held. Survived by husband, Gilbert Ashikawa of Holualoa; son, Gary Ashikawa of Honolulu; daughters, Amy Hata of Holualoa and Faye (Terry) McComas of Kealakekua; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Andrew Martin Bachesta Jr., 80, of Pahoa died Tuesday, Dec. 31. Born in Missouri, he was a retired engineer at the Hilo Airport Post Office and a senior chief petty officer in the U.S. Navy. Inurnment services will be held at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery #2 on Friday. Service starts at noon. Survived by spouse, Janet DeVault-Bachesta of Pahoa; sons, Jim (Robyn) Bachesta of Washington, and Andrew M. Bachesta III of Honolulu; brother, Ronald Bachesta of Missouri; two grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home, Hilo.

Henry Cho Sr., 80, of Honaunau, Hawaii, died Nov. 28, at his residence. Born in Keei, Hawaii, he was a supervisor for the South Kona State Highway Division, the deputy managing director for the County of Hawaii, past president of the Kona Lions Club and South Kona Aloha Lions Club, Hawaiian Homes commissioner, a sensei at the Kona Judo Club, PTO president, May Day chairman at Honaunau School, member of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church and its restoration committee, grand marshall for the Kona Coffee Festival Parade, CEO of H. Cho Enterprises, owner of Cho’s Lei Stand, owner of Kona No Ka Oi Poi Shop, a coffee, plumeria and carnation farmer and a fisherman. Friends may call at 5 p.m. Friday at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Honaunau for a 7 p.m. Mass. All-night vigil will follow at the family’s residence. Friends may also call from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Sheraton Keauhou Resort and Spa’s convention center; Burial to follow at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church cemetery. Casual attire, flowers welcome. Survived by wife, Beatrice Cho of Honauanu; sons, Donovan (Roberta) Cho, Henry (Gayle) Cho Jr., and Wesley Cho, all of Honaunau; hanai sons, Donald Sasaki of Kainaliu, Warren Matsumoto of Kalaoa, Kona; daughters, Sharlyn Dumaguin, Karen (Charles) Nahale and Joycelyn (Daryl) Willingham, all of Honaunau; hanai daughter, Dee (Ken) Ono of Capt. Cook; brother, George (Trina) Cho of Aiea, Oahu; 19 grandchildren; 1 hanai granddaughter; 20 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Dolores Nakako Ida, 89, of Hilo and formerly of Honolulu, died Dec. 20 at Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home. Born in Wahiawa, Kauai, and raised in Kahuku, Oahu, she was a homemaker, a member of Waiokeola Congregational Church, and recipient of a degree in flower arrangement from the Sogetsu School of Ikebana. Private services held at Punchbowl National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Survived by sons, Dennis (Sherri) Ida of Hilo, Gerald (Aimee) Ida of Lawai, Kauai; four grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Julian C. Velez Jr., 80, of Glenwood died Friday, Dec. 6, at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Kohala, he worked for Kohala Sugar Company. Friends may call Saturday at the Gospel of Salvation Church in (Kokoike) Kohala; Visitation from 10 a.m.-noon; Memorial services at noon. Casual attire, no flowers. A graveside urn committal to follow at Hawi County Cemetery. Survived by sisters, Frances (Emelio) Molcilio of Hilo and Beatrice Walker of Mt. Angel, Ore.; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


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