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Obituaries for August 28

Barbara Anne Currier, 79, of Captain Cook died July 27 at her home. Born in Oakland, Calif., she was a homemaker. No services. Survived by husband, James Currier of Captain Cook; sons, Robert Currier of Captain Cook, and Michael (Deborah) Currier of Los Gatos, Calif.; brother, Michael (Barbara) Edwards of Stockton, Calif.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for Aug. 27

Caroline Gloria Rapozo Fichera, 85, of Honokaa died Aug. 22 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Kalopa, she worked at Trader Dick’s and Orozko restaurants at John Ascuaga’s Nugget in Reno, Nev. No services. Survived by nieces and nephews in Hawaii and Oregon and hanai families and friends in Reno and Hawaii. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for Aug. 26

Josephine Ramil Guerpo, 72, of Honokaa died Sunday, Aug. 17, at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Amacalan, Gerona, Tarlac, Philippines, she was a Community Service Program assistant for the Park &Recreation Elderly Activities Division County of Hawaii and a member of the Honokaa Seventh-day Adventist Church. Friends may call on Sunday, Aug. 31, at the Honokaa Seventh-day Adventist Church, Visitation from 8-9:45 a.m.; Services at 10 a.m. Casual attire; Burial to follow at the Honokaa Seventh-day Adventist Church Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. Survived by sons, John Ramil Guerpo and Ken Ramil Guerpo of Honokaa; brothers, Augusto (Violy) Ramil of Lonalinda, Calif., Aurino (Lina) Ramil of Honokaa, Domingo (Mercy) Ramil of Seattle, Wash.; sisters, Sabina (Ben) Palermo and Mimi (Rowell) Villarin of Kamuela, Anita (Frank) Soares of Kapaa; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for August 25

David Karl, 64, of Pahoa died Aug. 17 at home. He retired from the business world, and became an accomplished stained glass artist, specializing in volcanic eruptions. Memorial service to be held at noon Sunday, Aug. 31, at the Ainaloa Longhouse. Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to local AIDS foundation or hospice organization. Survived by stepmother, Louise Richards Karl; brother, Philip Karl; and sister-in-law, Jane Karl of Jackson, Ohio. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Inc., Hilo Branch.

Obituaries for Aug. 24

Steven “Steve” P. Bowles, 76, of Waimea died Aug. 17 at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. Born in Honolulu, he was a water and land resource management consultant, owned Waimea Water Services, and served on the Hawaii Island Fire, Agriculture, and Energy Advisory commissions, and the board of Kahua Ranch. Visitation 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30 at Thurston Memorial Chapel at Punahou School in Honolulu. Service at 10:30 a.m. service. Big Island service 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 at Kahua Ranch. Aloha attire; no flowers. Survived by wife, Helen Bowles of Waimea; son, Dan (Donna Reisling) Bowles of Kawaihae; daughter, Lani (Kirk) Eubank of Hawi; brother, John (Gay) Bowles of Greensboro, N.C.; sisters, Helen (Christopher) Nicholson of Philadelphia and Virginia “Ginny” (Jay) Schnell of Klondyke, Ariz.; three grandchildren and two great-granddaughters; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Borthwick Mortuary, Honolulu.

Obituaries for Aug. 22

Bette Lou Buckingham, 90, of Kailua-Kona died Aug. 16 at home. Born in Huntington Park, Calif., she was a homemaker and a U.S. Navy World War II veteran. Celebration of life 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday at Sacred Grounds Coffee Farm visitor center, 82-6011 Mamalahoa Highway, Captain Cook. Survived by sons, James (Linda) Buckingham Jr. of Austin, Texas, William (Gail) Buckingham of Captain Cook; sister, Dixie Sundberg of San Clemente, Calif.; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Obituaries for Aug. 21

Earl Michael Duarte, 65, of Hilo died July 18 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Facility. Born in Honolulu, he was a security guard and U.S. Army Vietnam War veteran. Urn committal on Oahu at a later date. Survived by daughters, Michelle Duarte of Keaau, Rochelle (Gregory) Wagner of Hilo and Earllyn (Renfred) Jardine of Kurtistown; sisters, Gwendolyn Hensley of Texas and Penny Geter of New Jersey; three grandchildren; nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for Aug. 20

The Rev. Harlan Edward Kalles, aka “Brother Kalles,” 86, of Hilo died Aug. 2 at home. Born in Puyallup, Wash., he was senior pastor at Family Christian Center in Hilo. Visitation 8-10 a.m. Sunday at Family Christian Center. Funeral service at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Alae Cemetery. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by daughters, Debbie (Pastor Rusty) Fields and Tina (Harold) Fujii of Keaau; Kimi (Frank) Wehrsig of Hilo; son, Shawn (Bridgette) Kalles of Vancouver, Wash.; sister, Harriet Smallwood of Spanaway, Wash.; 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for Aug. 19

Charlene Fay Andresen, 55, of Pahoa died July 17 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Oregon, she was a waitress. Celebration of life will 1 p.m. Saturday at Christ Lutheran Church, 595 Kapiolani St., Hilo. Survived by sons, Joshua Michael Baughman and Justin Lee Baughman; mother, Theresa L. Baughman; sisters, Diane K. Myers and LaDonna Privratsky. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for Aug. 18

Maryanne Gonsalves, 61, of Hilo died July 31 at a care home. Born in Hilo, she was a Goodwill program participant. Visitation 6-7 p.m. Thursday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Wake service at 7 p.m. Visitation again 10-11 a.m. Friday at the mortuary. Funeral service at 11 a.m. Burial to follow at Alae Cemetery. Casual attire. Survived by aunts, Clara Gonsalves of Honolulu, Christine Mattos of Hilo; uncle, Manuel Gonsalves of Oregon; godmother, Dolly Pagan of Hilo; caregivers, Grace and Paul Andres of Hilo; cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for Aug. 17

Henry “Mugs” “Pops” Grace Sr., 91, of Kealia died Aug. 5 at the Kona Community Hospital. Born in Olelomoana, South Kona, he was a retired heavy equipment operator for the former C. Brewer, cane truck driver for the former Ka‘u Agribusiness, member of Ka‘u Hawaiian Civic Club and avid volleyball and softball player. Visitation 8-10:30 a.m. Saturday at Pukaana Congregational Church in Kealia. Funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Burial at Kalahiki Cemetery in Kealia. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Survived by wife, Kalua Alapai-Grace of Kealia; sons, Henry (Doris) Grace Jr. of Kailua-Kona, Gary Grace of Kealakekua, Roy (Laverne) Grace of Kapolei, Oahu, James (Caryn) Grace of Captain Cook, Douglas Grace of Ewa Beach, Oahu and Clayton (Laurie) Grace of Keauhou Mauka; stepson, Keawe (Daeja) Alapai of Kona; daughters, Sandra (Leighton) Freitas of Naalehu, Patricia Montgomery and Barbara Jean (Chris) Kalapodes of Kaneohe, Oahu, Jeanette Grace and Jacquelyn Grace of Kona, Susan Teshima of Honalo, Maria Grace of San Antonio; stepdaughters, Nani Alapai-Kupihe and Deisha Taetuna of Kona; 42 grandchildren, 59 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for Aug. 16

Robby Mateo Makanalani Alcoran, 14, of Kailua-Kona, died Aug. 5 at home. Born in Honolulu, he was a Kealakehe Middle School student and member of Jehovah’s Witnesses Kaloko Congregation. Services held. Survived by father, Robert Alcoran of Kailua-Kona; mother, Charlotte Nowlin of Lebanon, Ore.; brothers, Joel Dalme and Tyson (Michelle) Alcoran of Kailua-Kona, Matthew (Moani) Stapp of Kekaha, Kauai; sisters, Starr (Gregg) Yamada of Keaau and Shyla Farm-Alcoran of Kailua-Kona; grandmother, Katherine Alcoran of Keaau; grandfather, John (Linda) Nowlin of Yreka, Calif.; uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Obituaries for Aug. 15

Yonife Villareal Elisaga, 61, of Pahoa died Aug. 9 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Pagadian City, Philippines, she was a member of Hilo Door of Faith Church and Hilo Visayan Club. Visitation 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Burial to follow at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire. Survived by husband, Tommy Elisaga of Pahoa; sons, Taddy (Belinda) Elisaga of Honolulu, Troye (Ruschelle) Elisaga of Bothell, Wash., and Timothy (Janine) Elisaga of Kurtistown; daughter, Yarnell (Justin) Matsu of Keaau; brothers, Yolando Yray, Roden Yray and Morvil Yray of Philippines; sister, Charita Alvarez of Philippines; six grandchildren; uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for Aug. 14

Helen Gillette Thompson, 93, of Hilo died Friday at the Hilo Medical Center. Born in Wakeeney, Kan., she was a journalist and writer. Private services. Survived by companion, Dan Wahl of Hilo; sons, Brian Gillette of Anchorage, Alaska, and Lance (Leola) Gillette of Fairbanks, Alaska; daughter, Maia Cummings of Anchorage; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for Aug. 13

Marva Joy Bennett, 89, of Hilo died Aug. 7 at home. Born in Ferron, Utah, she was a member of the Imperial Second Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Funeral services in Salt Lake City. Survived by sons, Charles Everett (Rhonda) Bennett, Jr. of Longs, S.C., Mark Zwahlen (Kelly) Bennett of Sandy, Utah, Gary Lambert (Sandra) Bennett and James Hyrum (Frank) Bennett of Salt Lake City, Vern Leroy (Billie Jo) Bennett of American Fork, Utah, and David Lewis (Kristi Kea) Bennett of Hilo; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary and Independent Funeral Service, Salt Lake City.