Obituaries for August 9


The Rev. Deacon Dr. Don M.R. Aanavi, 72, of Ninole died July 22 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in New York City, he was a retired professor of art with the University of Hawaii at Hilo, campus minister, curator of the Laurance Rockefeller Collection of Asian and Oceanic Art at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, author of “The Art of Mauna Kea,” and deacon of the Roman Catholic Church at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo. Friends may call from 8-10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Casual attire. In lieu of flowers, donations be made to Hospice of Hilo in memory of the Rev. Dr. Aanavi. Survived by son, Michael Aanavi of Mill Valley, Calif. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Judith May Edwards, 91, of Keauhou died Aug. 4 at the Life Care Center of Kona. She was an active Jehovah’s Witness and a homemaker. Private services held. Survived by daughter, Vivian (Joe) Murphy of Waddell, Ariz.; sons, Douglas (Suzanna) Edwards of Seattle, Wash., Richard (Linda) Edwards of Orange County, Calif., and Arthur (Suzan) Edwards of Kailua-Kona; six grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

John Francis Flynn, 61, of Kapaau died Aug. 1 at home. Born in Boston, Mass., he was a metalsmith, jewelry designer and owner of Elements Jewelry & Fine Crafts in Hawi. Private services held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to North Hawaii Hospice, 65-1328 Kawaihae Road, Kamuela, HI 96743. Survived by wife, Prakash Flynn of Kapaau; daughters, Jennifer Muller of Ohio, Seana Nisbet of Tennessee and Colleen Flynn of Florida; sister, Kitty Flynn of Colorado; brother, James Flynn of Massachusetts; five grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Richard Y. Segawa, 84, of Gardena, Calif., died July 5 at Sunnyside Skilled Nursing Hospital in Torrance, Calif. Born in Hilo, he was retired as deputy engineer at Glendale County, Calif., played on the the Hilo High School Vikings championship basketball teams of 1944-46, and was a U.S. Army veteran. Services held. Survived by brother, Herbert (Kay) Segawa; sister, Dr. Lillian (Justin) Ekuan of Dana Point, Calif., three children, a grandson, an aunt, several nephews, nieces, and cousins.

Benjamin “Uncle Ben” Torres, 76, of Mountain View died Aug. 2 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a retired mason. Private service. Condolences may be sent to Rosemarie or David Torres at P.O. Box 277 Kurtistown, HI 96760. Survived by wife, Rosemarie Torres of Mountain View; son, David (Beatrice) Torres of Kailua-Kona; daughters, Bernadette (Thomas) Salas of Hilo and Gertrude Dorr Malupo of Washington; stepsons, Harold Joseph (Michelle) Germano Jr. of Kailua-Kona, Olival J. (Vicky) Germano, Tom G. (Dawn) Germano and Anthony (Janice) Maldonado, all of Hilo; sisters, Mabel Garcia, Bella Flores, Josephine (Howard) Nash, Barbara Jackson and Betty Lou Torres, all of Hilo; 27 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home.

 

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