Bernadette B. Johnson, 66, of Annandale, Minn., died Feb. 1 at Lake Ridge Care Center in Buffalo, N.Y. Born in Hilo, she was a cosmetologist and a para-professional for Annandale Schools. Memorial Services to be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Annandale, Minn. Friends may call from 3-7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Survived by husband, Ron Johnson; sons, Brian (Melissa) Johnson, of Big Lake, Minn., and Keola Johnson of Ningbo, China; two grandchildren, Noah and Malia Johnson; brothers, Harry Nathaniel of Spokane, Wash., Frank (Cheryl) Nathaniel of San Antonio, Texas; sister, Violet (Conrad) Nathaniel of Hilo; and sister-in-law, Betty Nathaniel of Honolulu. Arrangements by Dingmann Funeral Care.
Takayoshi Kouchi, 84, of Hilo died at his home Jan. 27. Born in Hilo, he was a retired captain of the Hawaii County Fire Department, member of the Taishoji Soto Mission, Firemens’ Retiree Club, Waiakea Homestead Chuo Kumiai and the Wreckers Golf Club. Private services held. In lieu of flowers and koden, donations may be made to Hospice of Hilo. Survived by wife, Tsugino Kouchi of Hilo; daughter, Beverly (Rick) Barlongo of Hilo; son, Don (Kathy) Kouchi of Hilo; sister-in-law, Margie (Ken) Shigeoka of Hilo; brother-in-law, Shigeto Narikawa of Honolulu; two granddaughters; two grandsons; one great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Lawrence “Junior” Rodrigues Jr., 57, of Pahoa died Dec. 28 at home. Born in Honolulu. Services to be held at 10 a.m. Saturdayat Solid Rock Ministries in Pahoa. Survived by parents, Lawrence Rodrigues Sr. and Annie Rodrigues; brother, Roy (Carolynn) Rodrigues; sisters, Roxann (Duane) Poouahi, Josephine (Howard) Troches, Stephanie Rodrigues, all of Pahoa; daughters, Christina (Carlos) Huerta, Leilani (Marcos) Rodriguez, Rosalinda (Teagen) Rodrigues, all of California; son, Lawrence (Roxanne) Rodrigues III of California; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, neices and nephews.
Yoshiyuki “Tommy” “Papoose” Tomiyama, 89, of Kailua, Oahu, died Jan. 25 at Kohala Hospital. Born in Wahiawa, Oahu, he was a retired technical librarian for Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and a WWII Army veteran who served with the 442 RCT and 100th INF Battalion C Company. Visitation at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Gospel of Salvation Church in Kokoiki, North Kohala. Service at 10:30 a.m. No flowers. Service also to be held on Oahu. Visitation at 9 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at Club 100 located at 520 Kamoku St., Honolulu 96826. Service at 10:30 a.m. No flowers. Private interment at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery to be held. Survived by wife, Carolyn “Skip” Tomiyama of Kailua, Oahu; daughters, Sharon (Andy) Goodman of South Kohala, Kwaj (Willy) Perez of Hawi, Judy Morris of Waimea, Kay Brooks of South Kohala; sons, Terry-John (April) Tomiyama of Kapaau, Bruce Tomiyama, Brian Tomiyama, Neal Auld, all of Kailua, Oahu; brother, James (Melinda) Nishimura of Pearl City; sister, Judy Bertelmann of Manoa, Karen Nishimura of Kailua, Oahu; 16 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, 14 great-great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.
Francis “Tora” Satoshi Yamamoto, 65, of Kailua-Kona died Jan. 28 at his residence. Born in Kealakekua, he was an electrician with the IBEW Local Union 1186, and after retirement he went to work at the Makalei Golf and Kona Country Club. He was a member of the Honaunau Kumiai#1, Kona Japanese Civic Association, Lolo Golf, Kona Junior Golf, and a U.S. Army veteran. Friends may call at 3 p.m. Feb. 10 at Kona Hongwanji Mission in Kealakekua for a 4 p.m. memorial service. Casual attire, no flowers. Survived by mother, Sumiko Yamamoto of Kailua-Kona; brothers, Cy (Rosemarie) Yamamoto of Kona, Kerry (Nancy) Yamamoto of Ocean View Estates, sisters, Peggy Ciriako of Kona, Naomi (Edmund) Yamagata of Kealakekua, Sandra Taosaka of Kealakekua; numerous aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.