Ralph Benoit, 91, of Hilo died Aug. 26. Born in Massachusetts, he was retired from the Civil Service. Private services held. Survived by spouse, Sumie Benoit of Hilo; son, William (Jodie) Benoit of California; daughter, Deirdre Benoit of Hilo; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home.
Reginald “Reggie” Hideo Yamano, 62, of Bishop, Texas, and formerly of Pahala died Sept. 17, 2012, in Texas. Born in Pahala, he was an aircraft mechanic for NAS-Kingsville in Texas and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Friends may call 4-5 p.m. Friday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel; memorial service at 5 p.m. Casual attire. Survived by daughter, Mika Womack of Riviera, Texas; mother, Miharu Yamano of Hilo; brothers, Terrence Yamano of Kona and Wendell Yamano of Hilo; sister, Corrine Yamano of Hilo; two nephews; numerous cousins, aunts and uncles. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Seana Waters Esquer, 52, of Puna died July 30 at home. Born in Ontonagon, Mich., she was a member Seventh-day Adventist Church and a graduate of Andrews University with a master’s in divinity. Memorial service to be held at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Kapiolani Street in Hilo. Survived husband, Leo Esquer of Puna; mother, Arlyss Waters of Wisconsin; sisters, Lauren (Brent) Hightower of Hilo and Linnea (John) Schmid of Wisconsin; brothers, Daniel (Nora) Waters of Alaska, Dion (Anne) Waters of Chicago and Glenn (Kerry) Waters of Chicago; and numerous nieces and a nephew.
Thomas Steven Estacio Sr., 45, Napoopoo died Monday at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Kealakekua, he was employed in maintenance for the state Deptartment of Transportation at Kona International Airport, was a volunteer firefighter at the Kona airport, worked as a cook at the Sheraton Keauhou’s Resort and Spa, Maxwell’s Landing at the Kona airport, and was also a fisherman, diver and a graduate of Hawaii Community College. Friends may call at 9 a.m. Sept. 7 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Kealakekua for an 11 a.m. Mass. Private scattering of ashes. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Survived by son, Thomas Estacio Jr., of Kealakekua; stepson, Melvin Hose of Opihale; daughter, Juliette Estacio of Kealakekua; mother, Thelma (John) Akiona of Napoopoo; sister, Tammy (Peter) Pahinui of Arizona; half-sister, Stacie Estacio of Fresno, Calif.; five grandchildren; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Carol Loraine Neilson, 84, of Kailua-Kona died Aug. 18. Born in Iowa, she was a certified nurse aid and also worked as a charter boat captain and Kenai River guide. Memorial services at 3 p.m. Sept. 28 at The Point at Honokohau. Survived by sons, Steven Taylor of Kailua-Kona; Kip (Julie) Taylor of Kailua-Kona; daughter, Christy Taylor of Ocean View; two granddaughters, three great-grandsons. Arrangements by A Hui Hou Crematory & Funeral Home of West Hawaii.