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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Joseph “Joe” Lawrence De Costa Jr., 85, of Mountain View died July 28 at home. Born in Pahala, he was a retired heavy equipment operator who owned Joe’s Bulldozing Service and worked for Yamada &Sons, the former Hamakua Sugar Co., and Willocks Construction. Visitation 10-11 a.m. Friday at Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home. Service at 11 a.m. Survived by sons, Gordon (Pat) De Costa of Mountain View and Leroy De Costa of Waimea; daughters, Debbie (Walter) Wong Yuen of Pahala and Charna (Aaron) Ontiveros of Las Vegas; brother, Raymond De Costa of Washington; sisters, Lorraine (Walter) Gonsalves of Honolulu and Frances (Hank) Kirkland of California; nine grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; cousins. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home.
Sally Kailauaala Edwards, 94, of Honolulu and Waimea died July 27 in Honolulu. Born in Berkeley, Calif., she was a Davies travel agent and U.S. Navy veteran. No flowers. Survived by cousins in Hawaii, California and Washington State. Donations to Hawaii Humane Society or Daughters of Hawaii. Online condolences at www.BorthwickOahu.com .
Reina Rico Garcia, 101, of Waimea died July 29 at Hale Hoola Hamakua. Born in Sonora, Mexico, she was a homemaker. Visitation 9:30–10:45 a.m. Friday at Annunciation Catholic Church in Waimea. Eulogy at 10:45 a.m. Memorial mass at 11. Casual attire. Survived by daughters, Lettie (Bob) McGillivray of Waimea, Georgia (Ray) Rodriguez of Tucson, Ariz., Aida (Steve Denight) Garcia of Ocean View; seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Kimberly Ann Blankenfeld-Derr, 45, of Hilo died Aug. 6 at home. Born in Honolulu, she was a kindergarten teacher at Kamehameha Schools Hawaii Campus. Visitation 1:30-2 p.m. Sunday at the Performing Arts Chapel on the school’s Keaau campus. Celebration of life at 2 p.m. Aloha attire. Survived by companion, Scott Provost of Hilo; sons, Miles Kawena Derr, Makana Provost and Nakoa Provost of Hilo; parents, Richard and Judy Blankenfeld of Hilo; brother, Scott (Jenny) Blankenfeld of California; sister, Kristine (Bill) Lindsey of California; maternal grandmother, Ruth Langesen of Iowa; uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
A celebration of life for Dennis Allan Branco Sr. has been changed to Aug. 16. Visitation from 10-11 a.m. at Glad Tidings Church, 113 Kuawa St. Celebration of life at 11 a.m.
Donald Dee Giles, 89, of Kailua-Kona died July 30 at Life Care Center of Kona. Born in Silverton, Colorado, he was a retired real estate salesman, member of the Shriners and a U.S. Army veteran. Private services to be held. Survived by son, Scott (Joan) Giles of Kailua-Kona; daughter, Laura (Gil) Jorgenson of Coos Bay, Oregon; grandsons, Allen and Warren Giles, both of Honolulu. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.