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Obituaries for March 8

Pauline Masako Ando, 83, of Aiea, Oahu, and formerly of Hilo died Feb. 1 at Queen’s Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, she was a retired nurse. Visitation at 5 p.m. March 15 at Kalihi Union Church. No flowers. Casual attire. Survived by sons, Russell Hisashi (Donna) Ando of Mililani and Marshall Hiroshi (Kyle) Ando of Mililani; sisters, Jane Y. Yamashiro of Honolulu and Irene S. Morimoto of Honolulu; three grandchildren. Arrangments by Hosoi Garden Mortuary.

La Verne Figueira Rapoza, 67, of Hilo died Feb. 26 at her residence. Born in Hilo, she was a homemaker, retired retail store manager, member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and a graduate of St. Joseph High School. Friends may call 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel; wake service at 7 p.m. Friends may call again 9-10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo; funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Homelani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Survived by husband, Harold Rapoza Sr. of Hilo; daughter, Tammy (Mark) Flores of Oahu; sons, Harold (Michele) Rapoza, Jr. of Dallas, Darren (Melanie) Rapoza of Oahu; brothers, Leslie (Shirley) Figueira of Hilo and Elmer Figueira of Hilo; sister, Mary Ann Mandaloniz of Hilo; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Nancy Mitsue Kitajima, 103, of Hilo died Feb. 26 at the Pohai Malama Hospice Facility. Born in Saga Prefecture, Japan, she was a member of the Hilo Meishoin and Hilo Meisho Fujinkai. She began taking Chanoyu (Tea Ceremony) classes in 1971, which was also the beginning of the “Way of Tea” in Hilo. She was recognized as a Cultural Treasure by the Japanese Community Association of Hawaii for her contribution in perpetuating the Japanese culture of Chado. She was actively involved with various activities such as the Taishoji Haiku Club, teaching flower arrangement and Japanese language school. Private funeral services were held at the Hilo Meishoin Mission. Survived by daughters, Sumie Kitajima-Ogata and husband Earl Ogata of Hilo and Grace Kitajima of Colorado; son, Stanley Kitajima of Honolulu; daughters-in-law, Mae Kitajima of California and Jean Kitajima of California; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Ann Marie Ferguson, 92, of Kapaau died Feb. 23 at her residence. Born in Lahaina, Maui, she was a retired waitress for Club Rodale and Molina’s Bar in Wailuku, Maui. She was also a Haiku School bus driver. A celebration of life will be held at noon March 16 at the Makapala family residence, located at 52-191 Makapala Road in Kapaau. Condolences may be sent to P.O. Box 1669 Kapaau, Hawaii 96755. For information, call 889-6434.

Tahe‘e Kekaiola Einar Bergan, 2, of Waimea, died Feb. 25 at North Hawaii Community Hospital. He was born in San Luis Obispo, Calif. A private celebration of life will be held. Survived by parents, Bryce and Jhoevonne Bergan; sister, Nikaiya Bergan; grandparents, Kathy (Shane) Kiyota, Michael (Jolynn) Len, James (Skye) Bergan all of Waimea, and Beverly Morgan of California; great-grandparents, Martha and George Stephenson of Honolulu, Martha Bergan of Waimea, Bevly Morgan of California and Alayne Smith of California; numerous uncles, aunts and cousins. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.


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