Obituaries for February 17
John Aldaya, 72, of Pahala died Feb. 2 at home. Born in Pahala, he was a retired custodian for Kahakai Elementary School and member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses Naalehu Congregation. Memorial service 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at Punaluu Beach Park pavilion No. 1. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by wife, Mildred Leilani Aldaya of Pahala; daughter, Sar’ai (Ezra) Keohuloa of Pahala; sister, Dorothy Aldaya of Kailua-Kona; five grandchildren; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
John Fontanilla Anicas, 91, of Hilo died Jan. 18 at Pohai Malama Hospice Care Facility in Hilo. Born in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines, he was a retired powerplant operator for Ka‘u Agribusiness and member of Pahala United Methodist Church and Hilo Parks & Recreation bowling league. Private services. Survived by wife, Emilia Damazo Anicas of Hilo; son, Steven (Tracy) Anicas of Honolulu; daughters, Melba (Darryl) Quiocho and Susan (Brian) Okamoto of Hilo; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Dan “Danny Boy” Joseph Grotkin, 63, of Keaau died Feb. 6 at Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo. Born in Iowa, he was a supervisor for the former Hamakua Sugar Co., a supervisor for Puna Flowers & Foliage and U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam veteran. Celebration of life 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Feb. 23 at Kolekole Beach Park pavilion. Casual attire. Survived by sons, Joshua (Jill) Grotkin of Keaau and Cash William Helman of Kurtistown; daughters, Rebekah (Dean Williamson) Grotkin of Keaau and Kristine (Christopher) Ganir of Kurtistown; brothers, David (Bobbie) Grotkin of Oregon and Tom (Pat) Grotkin of California; sisters, Cathy (Tom) Boeing of Ohio and Teri (Doug) Stevens of California; former spouse, Sally (Michael) McKay of Keaau; five grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
James “Ula” “Jimmy Boy” Kaeha Jr., 69, of Hilo died Jan. 30 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, he was a retired longshoreman for Hilo Transportation and Terminal Company (HT&T) and member of International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Pensioners Club, numerous bowling leagues and New Hope Christian Fellowship. Visitation 5-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 7 p.m. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Survived by wife, Lillian Nani Kaeha of Hilo; sons, Frederick Dean “Dino” Kaeha of Hilo, James Kealoha (Crystal) Kaeha III and George (U’i) Kaeha of Waianae, Oahu, Sonny (Stephanie) Apolo of Kona; daughters, Dawn Enos of Ainaloa and Elizabeth “Tita” (Arnold Abot) Kaeha of Hilo; brothers, Charles Kaeha of Maui and Jerome (Dona) Kaeha of Hawaiian Paradise Park; hanai children, Peter Kawika Mahi of Volcano, Clyde Wong and Suzanna (Cyrus) Nagamine of Hilo; brothers-in-law, Richard (Josephine) Kalauli of Honolulu, Danny (Pam) Kalauli of Nanawale, Randy (Kathy) Kalauli of Kapoho and David Hall of Kahului, Maui; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Frank Pacheco, 83, of Hilo died Feb. 5 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a retired heavy equipment operator for the former Hilo Coast Processing Co. Visitation 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Wake service at 7 p.m. Visitation again 9-9:30 a.m. Friday. Feb. 22 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Alae Cemetery. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Sarah Pacheco of Hilo; daughters, Priscilla Kaua of Denver, Kelly Pacheco of Hilo and Lokelani Green of Kona; sister, Agnes Pacheco of Hilo; brother, Eugene (Helen) Pacheco of Hilo; sisters-in-law, Michiko Pacheco and Emily Pacheco of Hilo; 16 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
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