Obituaries for May 5


Christopher Jay Aamodt, 48, of Hilo died April 16 at home. He was born in New Haven, Conn., he was a Hospice of Hilo social worker and member of East Hawaii Cultural Center. Celebration of life 10 a.m. Saturday at Estrella Mountain Regional Park in Goodyear, Ariz. Survived by wife, Luoluo Hong of Hilo; sister, Carla Aamodt-Worth of Kansas City, Mo.; father, Gary Aamodt of Minneapolis; mother, Lila Aamodt of Kansas City, Mo.; two nieces and a nephew. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

June Kikue Matsushita of Hilo died May 1 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Pahoa, she was a retired substitute teacher. Private services. Survived by son, Gordon (Jean) Matsushita of Honolulu; two grandchildren and three great-granddaughters; one niece, one nephew and cousins. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home.

Kinue Murata Furukado, 83, of Hilo died April 14 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, she was a homemaker, retired office clerk for the former Hilo Macaroni Co. and Hawaii Grocers, and member of Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin. Services held. Survived by son, Ted M. (Ida) Furukado of Hilo; brother and caregiver, Alan S. Murata of Hilo; brothers, Akio (Florence) Murata and Ralph Y. Murata of Honolulu; sisters, Miyuki Murata, Virginia Akahoshi and Patsy T. Murata of Honolulu; sister-in-law, Takako Murata of Pearl City, Oahu; three grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Yasuo Kuwaye, 90, of Hilo died April 17 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Facility. Born in Honokaa, he was chairman of Kuwaye Trucking Inc. and a member of Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin, Japanese Community Association, Hui Okinawa, Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Hawaii, East Hawaii Hiroshima Kenjinkai, “2-10 Golf Club”, lifetime member of Hawaii Island Contractors Association, honorary member of Hilo Jaycees, and past member of Kiwanis Club of East Hawaii. Visitation 9-11 am. Saturday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service at 11 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Hanako Kuwaye of Hilo; daughter, Frances Kay (Leroy) Chow of Hilo; son, Wayne Yoshio (Carol) Kuwaye of Hilo; sisters, Misao Sakamoto of Palo Alto, Calif., Sumiko (Stanley) Toyama of Hilo and Sachiko (Tomoo) Kanetake of Mountain View, Calif.; sisters-in-law, Masako Kuwaye of Costa Mesa, Calif., and Michie Kuwaye of Hilo; three grandchildren; nephews, nieces and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Florentino M. “Tino” Sagon Sr., 106, of Hilo died April 27 at home. Born in Manaoag, Pangasinan, Philippines, he was a head chef for Volcano House restaurant. Visitation 9-11 a.m. Wednesday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 11 a.m. Casual attire. Burial at Homelani Memorial Park, Ilima section. Survived by sons, Florentino Sagon Jr., Randolph (Larrine) Sagon and Leonard (Ann) Sagon of Hilo, Alvin (Nancy) Sagon of Wailuku, Maui, and Michael (Judy) Sagon of Waimea; daughter, Clarita (Eric) Waldram of Hilo; son-in-law, Jan Medusky of Honolulu; sisters, Valentina Sagon, Pauline Sagon, Pilarita Sagon and Leonora Sagon of Philippines; 18 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Shoji Taketa, 85, of Honalo died April 15 at home. Born in Kainaliu, he was a retired maintenance worker for Islander Inn, worked for Parker Ranch and JM Tanaka, and was a U.S. Army Korean War veteran and Hawaii Army National Guardsman. Visitation 4:30-5:30 p.m. May 17 at Lanakila Congregational Church in Kainaliu. Service at 5:30 p.m. Interment 9 a.m. Saturday, May 18 at West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery. Survived by wife, Charlene Taketa of Honalo; daughters, Irene (Julius) Adams of Oklahoma City, Shorene (Michael) Akiona and Pearl (Rob Bartz) Muraki of Ocean View,Lori Ann (Stephen) Strolberg of Boise, Idaho, and Priscilla (Daniel) Lovejoy of Captain Cook; sons, Gregory (Stephanie) Taketa of Sacramento, Calif., Mark (Raynette) Taketa of Hilo, Andrew (Angela Loando) Taketa of Honalo and Thomas (Geonette) Taketa of Captain Cook; brothers, Sunao Taketa of Kainaliu and Takashi (Maureen) Taketa of Pearl City; sister-in-law Midori Taketa of Kaimuki, Oahu; 33 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

 

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