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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 April 4

Judith “Judy” Ann Leinenweber, 62, of Kailua-Kona died March 28 at her residence. Born in Brownsville, Texas, whe worked as an operating room technician and a restaurant manager. Private services. Survived by spouse, Christian Leinenweber. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Hospice of Kona, P.O. Box 4130, Kailua-Kona, HI 96745. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Obituaries for March 1

Roy Mun Leong Pang, 74, of Hilo died Feb. 20 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a retired electrical engineer for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Services held. Survived by stepdaughter, Francine (Samuel) Sharp of Texas; brother, Floyd (B.J.) Pang Ching of Hilo; sisters, Rosaline (Sam) Chun of Hilo and Roberta (Bert) Pieffer of Utah; grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 28

Sarah Ann Iwalani Kahee, 49, of Hilo died Feb. 17 at home. Born in Hilo, she worked for the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel. Visitation 4-7 p.m. Monday, March 3. Cremation to follow. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by sons, John K. Iopa and Jake K. Iopa of Puna; daughters, Tierry Roboman of Colorado and Samantha Iopa of Puna; brothers, George Kahee of Washington, Harry Kahee and Kihei Kahee of Oregon; sister, Aisha Kahee of Oregon; stepmother, Rhonda Kahee of Oregon; five grandchildren; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 27

Leon Andrew Muresan, 62, of Hilo, formerly of California, died Feb. 16 at home. Born in Bolton, England, he was a retired water treatment operator for the state of California. Private services. Condolences to Vicki Muresan, P.O. Box 1529, Hilo, HI 96721. Survived by wife Vicki Muresan of Hilo; son Brandon (Kimberly) Muresan of California; daughter Faith Muresan of California; brother Alec Muresan of California; sisters Vanda Moore and Sylvia Pani of Nevada. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 26

Nora Yoshino Inaba, 90, of Hilo died Feb. 10 at Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center. Born in Honolulu, she was a social worker before becoming a homemaker. Visitation noon-1 p.m. March 2 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service at 1 p.m. Casual attire. No koden (monetary gifts). Survived by sons Alan Z. Inaba, Gordon (Ann) Inaba, Melvin K. Inaba and Jason K. (Audrey) Inaba of Hilo; daughters Eileen H. Franco of Hilo and Barbara S. (Tom Prlain) Inaba of San Francisco; sister Florence Yasuda of Honolulu; eight grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 25

Nora Yoshino Inaba, 90, of Hilo died Feb. 10 at Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center. Born in Honolulu, she was a social worker before becoming a homemaker. Visitation noon-1 p.m. Sunday, March 2 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service at 1 p.m. Casual attire; no koden (monetary gifts). Survived by sons, Alan Z. Inaba, Gordon (Ann) Inaba, Melvin K. Inaba and Jason K. (Audrey) Inabal of Hilo; daughters, Eileen H. Franco of Hilo and Barbara S. (Tom Prlain) Inaba of San Francisco; sister, Florence Yasuda of Honolulu; eight grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 24

Elizabeth Margaret Frendo, 95, of Hilo died Feb. 9 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Amesbury, Mass., she was a retired state Department of Health social worker, former Girl Scouts regional director, past worthy matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, past president of the Zonta Club of Hilo, past board member of the United Cerebral Palsy Assn. of Hawaii, member of the Hawaii Masonic Order, International Order of Rainbow for Girls, Daughters of the American Revolution, Hoike Club and the University Extension, and numerous other civic and cultural organizations, as well as a black belt with the Hilo Aikido Ki Club. Visitation 10-11 a.m. Saturday, March 1 at Hilo Coast Community Church in Honomu. Celebration of life service at 11 a.m. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by sons, Stephen (Nadiline) Frendo of Kailua-Kona and Keith (Monica Meyer) Frendo of Keaau; sister, Gladys (Ebert) Smith of Sun City West, Ariz.; seven grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 23

Tyrus Rex Kazuo Hoshino, 35, of Hilo died Feb. 17 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a university student. Visitation 4-5 p.m. Wednesday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service at 5 p.m. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by parents Winston and Wakako Hoshino of Hilo; sister Camie (Dane) Ayers of Las Vegas; brother Logan Hoshino of Hilo; aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 22

Roy “Pops” Papanuumealani Jensen Sr., 87, of Waimea died Feb. 16 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he was retired from the fuel department at the former U.S. Naval Air Station Barber’s Point on Oahu, a U.S. Army veteran and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Waioha Trio, Alu Like, Ke Ola Pono No Na Kupuna, Waimea Hawaiian Civic Club, Ka Ulu O Lauhala, National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARF), and Hale O Na Alii. Visitation 9-11 a.m. Saturday, March 1 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Waimea 2nd Ward. Memorial service at 11 a.m. Survived by wife, Donna-May Hopkins Jensen of Waimea; sons, Arthur (Doreen) Jensen, Roy (Vanessa) Jensen, Rodney (Jill) Jensen and Robin Jensen of Waimea; daughters, Kathleen (Howard) Nishida and Katherine (Markus) Muller of Waimea, Bernice (John) Redmayne of Buena Park, Calif., Dore-May (Teddy) Elmer of North Ogden, Utah; brother, Edward Jensen of Honolulu; 23 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 21

LaPaz “Lei” Alcosiba Acidera, 86, of Castro Valley, Calif., formerly of Hilo, died Jan. 25 in California. Born in Papaikou, she was a homemaker who formerly worked as a clerk for the military in Honolulu. She was also a member of the Naalehu Assembly of God Church. Memorial service 3 p.m. Sunday at Naalehu Assembly of God in Naalehu. Survived by niece and hanai daughter, Jermayne (Bruce) Powell of California; sister, Rose Surigao of California; sisters-in-law, Naomi Alcosiba and Connie Alcosiba of Hawaii; three hanai grandchildren and four hanai great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Obituaries for February 20

James “Jim” Grant Kerr, 66, of Kailua-Kona died Monday at Kona Community Hospital. Born in New York City, he was formerly employed with Mahalo Air, Ocean Sports Waikoloa and Jack’s Diving Locker. He had also retired from San Diego Gas &Electric in California. Celebration of life at 4 p.m. Sunday at Hale Halawai. Reception to follow. Casual attire. No flowers. Survived by wife, Janice Kerr of Kailua-Kona; sisters, Marion Kerr of Chula Vista, Calif., Barbara (Kenneth) Crawford of Greenwood, Ind., Evelyn (Donald) Yount of Lancaster, Calif., and Margaret Kerr of Martinez, Calif.; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.