Obituaries for May 14
Albert Alexander, 88, of Mountain View died May 9 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in California, he retired as an electronic technician for RCA and Litton Industries. Private services held. Survived by wife, Annette Alexander of Kurtistown; daughter, April (Bruce) Hayward of Arkanans; sister, Evelyn (Wayne) Poff of California; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home, Hilo.
Matilde B. Balboa, 99, of Honokaa died May 8 at home. Born in Darrat, Pinili, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, she was homemaker and a member of the Honokaa Saranay Club and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Honokaa. Friends may call on Friday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Honokaa; Visitation from 5-9 p.m.; Rosary at 6 p.m. Friends may again on Saturday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church from 9-11 a.m.; Mass at 11 a.m. Casual attire; Burial at the Honokaa Catholic Cemetery. Survived by daughters, Darna Sales of Honolulu, Luzonica (Henry) Dela Rosa of Honokaa, and Mercedes (Reynaldo) Paule of Milipitas, Calif.; sister, Francisca Jara of Philippines; sister in-law, Erlinda Bayaca of Maui; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
William M. “Gabe” Gabriel Sr., 89, of Mountain View died May 5 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Paauilo, he was a retired aircraft mechanic at Hickam Air Force Base on Oahu and a veteran in the U.S. Army. He also was a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Mountain View. Friends may call on Sunday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel; Visitation from 5-9 p.m.; Wake service at 6 p.m. Friends may call on Monday, May 20, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo; Visitation from 8:30-10:30 a.m.; Mass at 10:30 a.m. Casual attire; burial at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Survived by sons, John A. (Candace) Gabriel of Reno, Nev., William M. Gabriel Jr. and Stephen J. (Susan) Gabriel of Hilo, Daniel Gabriel of Oahu; daughter, Serena (Russel Sr.) Botelho of Hilo; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Stanley “Pogot” Sadaaki Iwashita, 71, of Hilo died April 14 at his home. Born in Hilo, he was a longtime fisherman and retired carpenter foreman for Isemoto Contracting Co., had also worked for M. Sonomura Contracting Co. and Constructors Hawaii Inc. and a member of Hilo Higashi Hongwanji Mission, Big Island Karaoke Club, Hui Okinawa, The Mushroom Group, and Carpenters Union Local 745. Friends may call from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at Dodo Mortuary chapel in Hilo; Memorial service at 11 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Karen Iwashita of Hilo; sons, Duane Iwashita of Hilo, Randy (Kristen) Iwashita of Honolulu; daughter, Danette (Alan) Koochi of Hilo; brother, Elven (Jane) Iwashita of Hilo; sisters, Lillian Yamashita of Hilo, Jeanne (Bob) Kaneshiro of Honolulu; sisters-in-law, Mitzi Iwashita of Hilo, Sharon Iwashita of Honolulu; six grandchildren, one great-grandchild, numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Rose Lokelani Ho‘a Spencer, 87, of Lihue, Kauai, formerly of Laupahoehoe, died at home on March 30. Born in Keaukaha, she was co-owner of Spencer Equipment Corp., and was a dedicated homemaker. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 8, at Laupahoehoe Congregational Church with visitation from 9-11 a.m.; services at 11 a.m.. Casual attire. Survived by one daughter, Lavern (Pat) Roberts of Oahu, one son, Enias “Kalau” (Noelani) Spencer Jr. of the Big Island; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
Dorothy S. Yasutomi, 95, of Hilo died Apr. 22 at the Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Kainaliu, she was a homemaker and a member of the Taishoji Soto Mission. Private services held. No flowers, no koden. Survived by daughters, Irene (Ken) Namimatsu of Saratoga, Calif., Leilani Katherine (Sakae) Higaki of Hilo; son, Kenneth (Ann) Yasutomi of Hilo; son-in-law, Donald Komatsu of Hilo; brothers, Frank (Jane) Nakamura of Honolulu, Tokuro (Hisako) Nakamura of Honolulu, Riozo Nakamura of Honolulu; 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Alika Liwai Kuheana’s obituary in the Saturday, May 11, edition contained a misspelling of the name of a survivor. Kuheana is survived by sister, Jamelle (Benson) Galicinao of Honolulu.
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