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Obituaries for April 24

Pamela Ann Blackman, 56, of Pahoa, passed away April 17. She was born in Oregon. Private services to be hosted. Contact family for more information. She is survived by her spouse, Debra Preston; son, Anthony Grabher; daughters, Heather Overby and Amber Grabher; brothers, Randy Snodgrass and Keith Snodgrass; sisters, Debbie Snodgrass Sabin, Mary Snoddgrass Robbins and Marsha Snodgrass Motsenbacher; 17 grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home, Hilo.

Obituaries for April 23

Sueko Nishioka Marumoto, 98, of Hilo died April 12. Born in Pahala, she was retired as a homemaker. Private services held. Survived by sons, Sidney Marumoto and Garry Marumoto, both of Honolulu; daughters, Betsy (Norman) Nakano of Hilo and Myrna (Robert) Klose of California; brother, Tommy (Barbara) Nishioka; sister, Yayoi Fujii of California; nine grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home.

Obituaries for April 22

Paz Gallardo Ducusin, 75, of Keaau died Saturday, March 22, at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. Born in Pagudpud, San Fernando La Union City, Philippines, she was a retired flower cutter in Kuola Farm and a factory worker in Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation in Keaau; She also was a member of Keaau Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Friends may call Friday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel from 5-9 p.m.; Wake service at 7 p.m. Friends may call on Saturday at Keaau Holy Rosary Catholic Church, from 8-9 a.m.; Mass at 9 a.m. Casual attire; Burial at Homelani Memorial Park (Ilima Section). Survived by husband, Manuel Ducusin of Keaau; sons, Loreto Ducusin and Ray (Raquel) Ducusin of Keaau, Ador (Leah) Ducusin of Hilo; daughters, Lorna Carpio of Kohala, Imelda (Andrew Ito) Ducusin Agustin of Keaau and Marylou (Alfredo Jr.) Ventura of Keaau; brothers, Benjamin Gallardo, Jaime Gallardo and Mario Gallardo, all of the Philippines; Eufresena Lamsen of Manila, Praxedes Ducusin of Pepeekeo and Marcilina (Jovencio) Macaraeg of Ewa Beach, Oahu; 16 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for April 21

Frances Chieko Nagai Kama, 77, died March 16 at the Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Honolulu, she graduated from the Kamehameha Schools Class of 1954. She worked as a book binder at the Kamehameha Schools Print Shop and Hawaii Library Binding for over 25 years. She retired in 1984 and left for the Big Island where she and her husband resided for 30 years. She was a lifetime member of the Hale o Na Ali’i, Honolulu Chapter. A Memorial Service/ Celebration of Her Life will be held on April 26 at Kaumakapili Church in Honolulu. Visitation from 9-10:45 a.m. Services at 10:45 a.m. to noon. Aloha attire. Scattering of her ashes at a later date. Survived by son Eric H. (Vivian) Kama Jr. of Salem, Ore.; daughters Milli Kama of Pahoa and Alice “Nani” (James) Santee of Houston; sister Alice N. Mau of Honolulu; four grandchildren, Erin (Mike) Budke and Deric Kama of Salem, Ore., Jamie Santee of Houston, Emmalani Kama of Honolulu; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for April 20

Eugene “Captain” Pacheco, 82, died March 29 at Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home. Born in Hilo, he was retired from Hilo Coast Processing Company, a U.S. Army Korean War veteran and member of the Family Christian Center. Visitation from 6-7 p.m. Friday at the Family Christian Center in Hilo located at 168 Holomua Street. Funeral service at 7 p.m. Graveside committal service 9 a.m. Saturday at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire. No flowers. Survived by wife Helen Pacheco of Hilo; daughters Debra (Saffrey) Tajon of Keaau, Sharie Pacheco-Enovejas of Hilo; son Tracy (April San Jose) Pacheco of Hilo; sister Agnes Pacheco of Hilo; 10 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for April 18

Dora Takako Mori, 89, of Holualoa died April 11 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Hakalau, she retired as school secretary at Kailua Elementary and Kealakehe Elementary and Intermediate schools. She was a member of the Waiaha Kumiai, Fukuoka Kenjin Kai, Senior Bowling League and Parks and Recreation Bowling League. She was a volunteer with the Kona Senior Coordinated Services and the Blood Bank of Hawaii. Friends may call at 9 a.m. April 26 at Lanakila Congregational Church in Kainaliu for a 10 a.m. memorial service. Casual attire. No koden. Survived by sons, Randall (Susan) Mori of Holualoa, Bryant (Gay) Mori of Los Angeles, Rickie (Debra) Mori of Holualoa and Elson (Lillian) Mori of Kealakehe; daughter, Gwendolyn (Charles) Onaka of Honaunau; brothers, Paul (Jane) Sakamoto of Honolulu, Tadao (Miyoko) Sakamoto of Honaunau and Larry (Ann) Sakamoto of Las Vegas; sisters, Audrey Takano of Kailua, Oahu, Kay Matsuda of Kaneohe, Oahu, Jane Iyama of San Francisco and Pauline (Albert) Morita of Los Angeles; 10 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for April 17

Bruce Edward Bowen, 50 of Greenville, Ill., died March 7 in St. Louis. Born in Washington, D.C., he was a member of Critical Care Transport Team at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and graduated from Hilo High School. Memorial service at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Malia Puka O Kalani Church, 326 Desha Ave., Hilo. Visitation at 3 p.m. Survived by parents, John and Anne Bowen of Hilo; wife, Christine Bowen of Illinois; sons, Jace and Corey of Illinois; daughter, Lauren of Illinois; sisters, Maureen Figueira and Denise Marjarum of Pennsylvania; one grandson.

Obituaries for April 16

Joyce Emma Akana, 77, of Kapaau died April 10 at home. Born in Kohala, she was a homemaker and worked as a cook at Luke’s Restaurant, a server at Waimea’s McDonald’s, a receptionist at Sunshine Helicopters and a member of the Kohala Senior Citizens and Waimea Church of Christ. Friends may call at 8 a.m. Monday at the 7th Day Adventist Church in Hawi for a 10 a.m. funeral service. Burial at Hawi County Cemetery. Casual attire; flowers OK. Survived by daughters, Brendalynn (Art) Owens and Dena (Delphine) Soares, both of Kohala, Cecelia (Colin) Souza of Kealakekua, Celeste (James) Keyes and Jadelyn (Dale) Hoopai, both of Kawaihae, Johanna (Kana) Walker of Las Vegas and Rowena (Gene) Kanaha of Honolulu; hanai daughter, Shirley Tomei of Waimea; hanai son, Sam Kaeo of Ocean View; brother, Henry (Peggy) Akana Jr. of Honolulu; sister, Olivia Teramoto of Honolulu; sister-in-law, Barbara Akana of Kohala; 25 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for April 15

Tracey Eiko Kaneshiro, 56, of Hilo died Friday at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, she was president of Hilo Radiator &Glass Shop, Inc. She was a member of the Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin, sat on their Board of Spiritual Affairs, and was a Dharma School teacher. She was also a member of the East Hawaii Hiroshima Kenjin Kai, Big Island Automotive Trades Association, and was leader of the Cloverbuds 4-H Club. Visitation from 3-5 p.m. Saturday at Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin Buddhist Temple, 398 Kilauea Ave.; memorial service at 5 p.m. Casual attire. Survived by husband, Roy Kaneshiro of Hilo; daughter, Kandyce Kaneshiro of Montana; step-daughter, Crystal Kaneshiro of Hilo; mother, Saeko Sato of Hilo; sisters, Colleen (Robin) Morishita and Maureen (John) Conlon, both of California; two grandchildren; numerous uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for April 12

Shon Micheal Kawika “Goose” Luta, 36, of Ocean View died April 4 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Kealakekua, he was a painter for WE Painting Company and a member of the painter’s union. Private services held. Celebration of life at later date. Survived by wife, Jody Luta of Ocean View; daughters, Tyra (Dylan DePriest-Tag) Jones, Tia Jones and Tory Jones, each of Kailua-Kona, and Tayler Libarios of Ocean View; son, Tyler Libarios of Ocean View; parents, Charles and Irene Luta of Ocean View; brothers, Charles (joy) Luta, Jr., of Waimea, Preston (Davelyn) Luta of Kalaoa, Bryson (Danielle) Luta of Ocean View and Braxton (Kanoe) Luta of Ocean View; god parents, Andy and Alice Quanan of Waimea; one grandson; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for April 11

Kathleen Hamilton, 71, died March 26 at her residence in Glenwood. Born in Waialua, Oahu, she was a retired preschool teacher. Services took place on Oahu. Survived by husband, Jeffery Hamilton, of Glenwood; daughters Tomi (Ron) Peppler of Kailua-Kona, Rena (Jamie) Roberts of Tennessee, Kiki Hamilton-Amoncia of Honolulu, Ulu Hamilton of Honolulu; sons, Lee Toki of Mountain View, Pono Hamilton of Honolulu; sisters, Irene Tays of Texas, Dani Hookala of Honolulu; 15 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for April 9

Matthew “Matt” Somchai Therrien, 26, died April 6 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Bangkok, Thailand, he was an English major and will be honored with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Hawaii at Hilo, and served on the board of directors for Hawaii Big Brothers Big Sisters Hilo. A Celebration of Life will be held 4-7 p.m. Saturday at Laupahoehoe Gymnasium. Scattering of ashes to follow. Casual attire. Survived by parents, Mark and Rae Therrien of Laupahoehoe; sisters, Mari (Michelle) Therrien of State Park, Pa., Kate (Claude) Betene of St. Paul, Minn.; special friend, Vicky Chung of San Francisco, Calif.; three nieces and a nephew. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Obituaries for April 7

Lucille Maria “Pi‘ilani” Aki, 59, died March 29 at her residence. Born in Hilo, she was an educational assistant at Hilo High School, a May Day coordinator with the CSAP Program, assistant manager at Kinney Shoes, an educational assistant at Chiefess Kapiolani Elementary School, and worked at SASA and was a vice principal and PCNC coordinator. A special thanks to Pohai Malama for the wonderful care they provided. No services. Survived by daughter, Corinne Inada-Aki of Hilo; brothers, Ernest Kahili of Hilo and Ronald “Kehaulani” (Kathy) Kekoa of Maine; sisters, Eva Inada and Antoinette “Toni” (Joseph “Bully”) Kaipo, both of Hilo; hanai daughter, Karen Ikeda; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews and great grand nephews. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home.

Obituaries for April 6

Quintin Gary John Aiona, 54, of Hilo died March 28 at Hilo Medical Center. He was born in Hilo. Visitation 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday at Malia Puka O Kalani Catholic Church in Keaukaha. Services at 4:30 p.m. Memorial Mass at 5 p.m. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Myrna Aiona of Hilo; sons, Kala‘i (Ha‘amauliola) Aiona and Kelekolio Aiona of Hilo; daughter, Nawahine‘opio Aiona of Waianae, Oahu; brothers, Tommy (Micci) Aiona of Waimea, James (Carol) Aiona and Patrick (Annette) Aiona Sr. of Hilo, Mark (Tammy) Aiona of Kona; sisters, Jane (Phil) Aganus of Waimea, Billie (Andy) Baclig and Joanne Peralta of Hilo, Cosie (Curtis) Sasaki of Sunnyvale, Calif.; five grandchildren; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Inc. — Hilo Branch.

Obituaries for April 5

Phyllis Marie Hamilton, 90, of Keaau died March 27 at home. Born in Manchester, N.H., she was a retired Realtor for Sleeping Giant Realty. No services; scattering of ashes at a later date. Survived by brother, Howard Walsh; daughter, Chris (Kele) Oda; seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home.

Obituaries for March 17

Elizabeth Reynolds Havard, 98, of Hilo died March 6 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Fairhope, Ala., she was a retired physical education teacher. Services to be held in Alabama. Survived by son, Jesse B. (Becki) Havard, Jr. of Highland, Md.; daughter, Mildred (Richard F. Pacheco, Jr.) Cooke of Australia; daughter-in-law, Diane T. Havard of Daphne, Ala.; brother, Ralph Reynolds of Mobile, Ala.; hanai son, Keith Kehaulani Kaaukai of Hilo; hanai daughter, Myrna Ablao of Hilo; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Local arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for March 25

Kenneth “Kenny” Alton Dyer, 57, of Kailua-Kona died March 19 at home. Born in Tulsa, Okla., he was a framer and painter for Metcalf Construction Co., Tom Catton Painting and STP Painting LLC, and member of Narcotics Anonymous Hawaii. Celebration of life 10 a.m. Saturday at Kona Old Airport Beach double pavilion. Service at 11 a.m. Loose flowers welcome. For info call 960-5183. Survived by brother, Sam Dyer of Garden Grove, Calif.; sister, Marcia (Jerry) Bisbee of Garden Grove, Calif.; hanai brothers, Mark (Donna) Pollard of Hawaii Kai, Oahu, John (Ruth) Gallagher, Joe (Kathy) Tawater and Rob Stough of Kailua-Kona; hanai sister, Melanie Gallagher of Kailua-Kona; hanai sons, Jacob Pollard and Chance Pollard of Hawaii Kai, Oahu, Finn Gallagher of Kailua-Kona; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii

Obituaries for March 24

Kehaulani Kua, 36, of Hilo died March 18 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, she was a preschool teacher at Headstart Piihonua, former preschool student teacher for Edith Kanaka‘ole Foundation, worked at Office Max and was a member of New Hope Christian Fellowship. Visitation 9–10 a.m. Saturday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Celebration of life at 10 a.m. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by sons, Jacob Kua-Cantan, Jason Kua-Cantan and Jamin Kua-Cantan of Hilo; father, Joel Kua Sr. of Hilo; brothers, Joel (Mina) Kua Jr. of Sedro-Woolley, Wash., and Justin Kua of Hilo; maternal grandmother, Pearly (Jacob) Pa of Hilo; paternal grandfather, Futoshi Shintani of Hilo; one grandson; nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for March 22

Cheyne Drew Inman, 32, died March 7 at his family’s residence. Born in Kealakekua, he was a server for The Cookshop in New York and a graduate of the Art Institute of California in San Francisco. Information on a Kona and San Francisco service will be announced at a later date. Condolences may be sent to the family at P.O. Box 1666, Kealakekua, HI 96750. Survived by mother Christine Vannucci of Honaunau; father Alan Inman of Kailua Kona; brothers Jon (Angie) Inman of San Francisco, Kai Inman of Hilo, Christian Fornerod of New York; sisters Rachel (Anthony) Loando of Holualoa, Shanelle (Nick Delostrico-Hunt) Inman of Kailua-Kona; grandmother Marilyn (Cassius Goodloe) O’Connell of Phoenix; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii

Obituaries for March 20

Eleanor “Granny” Chow, 91, of Hilo died Sunday at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Waiakea, she was a homemaker and member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church. Friends may call from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Mass at 10 a.m. Burial at Homelani Memorial Park to follow. Casual attire. No flowers. Survived by son, Jim Chow of Pahoa; daughters, Elaine (Leo) Christian of Hilo and Diane Chow of Hale Kamahina; brother, Thomas Rapoza of Hilo; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for March 19

Makani Nathanael Perry, 6 months old, of Kailua-Kona died Feb. 15 at home. He was born in Honolulu. Celebration of life from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at Carol Perry’s home, 76-271 Kealoha St. in Kamani Trees. Survived by parents, Michael and Laura Perry of Kailua-Kona; brother, Jesse Cuaresma of Kailua-Kona; sister, Lexie Cuaresma of Kailua-Kona; grandparents, Carol Perry of Kailua-Kona, Charles and Jane Scott of Montgomery, Ill., and Bill Perry of Bishop, Calif.; numerous uncles, aunts and cousins. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Obituaries for March 18

Patricia Mary Armstrong, 82, of Captain Cook, died March 4. Born in San Luis Obispo, Calif., she worked as an executive secretary and was an award-winning quilt maker. Private services. Survived by sons James McKinley (Susan) of Richland, Wash., and Patrick McKinley of Kailua-Kona; daughters Susan Rosenbaum of Captain Cook and Diana Dreyer of Las Vegas; brother Robert Ballew of San Francisco; sister Joan McDonald of San Ramon, Calif.; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Arrangements by A Hui Hou Crematory &Funeral Home of West Hawaii.

Obituaries for March 16

Petra “Etrang” Camero Cabatu, 100, of Pepeekeo died March 7 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Facility. Born in Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, Philippine, she was a homemaker and a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Visitation 5-9 p.m. Friday, March 21 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Wake service at 6 p.m. Visitation again 9-10 a.m. Saturday, March 22 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Papaikou. Mass at 10 a.m. Aloha attire. Burial at Mauna Kea Memorial Park on Kaieie Homestead Road in Papaikou. Survived by daughters, Virginia (Ramon) Pajo and Rae Cabatu of Pepeekeo, Natalia (Andy) Abad of Oahu, Cecelia Cardines of Pahoa; sons, Bernardino (Julia) Cabatu of Oahu, Jaime (Sharon) Cabatu of Pepeekeo and Elson (Liana Boyce) Cabatu of Hawaiian Paradise Park; 29 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren and 19 great-great-grandchildren; grandnieces and grandnephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for March 15

Norine Luann Madrona, 79, of Hilo, died March 2 at home. Born in North Dakota, she retired as an operator services manager. Private services held. Survived by sons, Randall (Annette) Clay of Waikoloa, Terry Clay of Kailua-Kona and Robert (Kelly) Carter of Washington; daughter, Dinah (Edward) Clay-Melvin of Hilo; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Condolences may be sent to Dinah Clay-Melvin at 100 Hoomalu Place, Hilo, HI 96720. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home.

Obituaries for March 14

Bessie Itsuyo Shimizu, 72, died March 4 at the Hilo Medical Center. Born in Kealakekua, she was a homemaker. Private services held. No flowers. No koden. Survived by husband, Raymond Shimizu of Hilo; sons, Clayton (Wendy) Shimizu of Hilo, Keith Shimizu of Anaheim, Calif., Dean Shimizu of Hilo, and Calvin Shimizu of Hilo; mother, Itoe Miyazono of Hilo; brothers, Roy Miyazono of Hilo, Jerry (Florence) Miyazono of Hilo, Allen (Shirley) Miyazono of Hilo, and Rodney Miyazono of Hilo; sister, Linda (Jerome) Mina of Molokai; one granddaughter; numerous uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.