Hilario Bajet Baltero Sr., 101, of Kealakekua died Aug. 5 at home. Born in the Philippines, he was a laborer with the former Puna Sugar Co., a coffee farmer and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Friends may call at 8 a.m. Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Keei Ward; service at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at the church cemetery. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Survived by sons, Frederick Baltero of Pahoa, Hilario (Harrilyn) Baltero, Jr., of Mililani, Oahu, Randolph (Elaine) Baltero and Leonard (Jackie) Baltero of Paradise Park, Raymond (Christine) Baltero of Honalo, Alfred (Leaticia) Baltero of Kealakekua; daughters, Sarah (Alvin) Villanueva of Utah, Lillette Beckett of Kealakekua; sisters, Juanita Pasqua of Riverside, Calif., Marina Ballesteros of Carson, Calif., Claudia de Peralta of Canada; 25 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Jonathan “Jon” Erece Blanco, 27, of Kalaoa died Aug. 8 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Pahala, he was a houseman for a hotel in Kona and a member of the Pahala Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Friends may call 5-9 p.m. Friday at Pahala Holy Rosary Catholic Church; wake service at 7 p.m. Friends may also call 8-10 a.m. Saturday at the church Mass at 10 a.m. Casual attire; burial at Pahala Catholic Cemetery. Survived by fiancée, Madonna Maile Kalavi of Kalaoa; parents, Mamerto Jr. and Guadalupe Erece Blanco of Pahala; sister, Cathy (Jerome) Rodrigues of Kihei, Maui; maternal grandparent, Laurdis Penera Erece of Pahala; one niece, two nephews, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Michie Kamitaki, 91, of died July 28 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Kona, she was a public health nurse for the state. Interment at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Survived by daughter, Lisa; son, Stuart; siblings, Itsuko Takamura, Fumiko Yoshikawa, Mitsugi Komo, Richard Komo, David Komo and Emiko Kaneko. Arrangements by A Hui Hou Crematory and Funeral Home.
Sonny Puerto, 81, of Keaau died Aug. 5 at the Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in the Philippines, he retired as an bartender for the Manele Bay Hotel on Lanai. Friends may call 6 p.m. Friday at Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home; service at 7 p.m. Survived by wife, Josefina Puerto of Keaau; son, Sonny Puerto Jr. of Keaau; daughters, Jane Puerto of Keaau, Felicia Remmen of Washington; one grandchild, numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home.
Harold Santiago, 73, of Hilo died Aug. 9 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hakalau, he retired as a sugar plantation Farmer for Hamakua Coast Plantation and was a U.S. Army veteran. Friends may call 5 p.m. today at Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home; service at 6 p.m. Survived by wife, Beatrice Santiago; sons, Thomas (Sheila) Malendres of Mississippi, Timothy (Shana) Malendres and Jonathan (Michelle) Malendres of Las Vegas, Joshua (Francine) Santiago, Nick Santiago and Hans Santiago, all of Hilo, Oliver Santiago of France; daughters, Eldergard Manasas of Hilo, Iris Camacho, Sasaki Santiago of New York, Pupi Santiago of Maui, Sabrina Santiago of Mexico; brothers, Wallace (Julia) Santiago of Honolulu, Norman Santiago of Arizona, Stafford (Leslie) Santiago of Hilo, Stanford (Cindy) Santiago of Kona; sisters, Stephanie (Russel) Lawrence, Caroline of Georgia, Kathy of Georgia; 33 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home.