Obituaries for May 9
Mary Kuulei Chandler, 95, died April 15 in Aiea, Oahu. Born in Kealia, Kona. Friends may call 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Borthwick Mortuary-Mauka Chapel in Honolulu; service at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by sons, Douglas Wilson (Linda Quarberg) of Volcano and Merrill (Deborah) Chandler of California; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Annie Kalehua Lee, 85, of Kaneohe, Oahu, died April 28 in Kaneohe. Born in Olaa, she was a U.S. Coast Guard comptroller. Friends may call 10-11 a.m. Tuesday at Nuuanu Memorial Park and Mortuary, East Chapel. Service at 11 a.m. Burial to follow at 1 p.m. at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. Casual attire. Survived by sons, Nelson KKC Lee of Honolulu and Darrell KKC Lee of Kaneohe; daughters, Stephanie U. Lee of Palm Springs, Calif., and Phyllis U. DeMota of San Jose, Calif.; brother, Roger Ah Tou of Kunia; sister, Pearl Ignacio of San Jose, Calif.; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Ruth Shizue (Kihara) Nishijima, 70, of Hilo died April 30 at her son’s residence. Born in Hakalau, she was a former caregiver. Private services. Survived by son, Mark Yukio (Mandie-lee Haunani Nishijima-Rapozo) Nishijima of Hilo; daughters, Merle Kuulei Nishijima and Leinani Yukie Nishijima, both of Hilo; sisters, Selina Brockmiller of Hilo and Florence McKenzie of Texas; brother-in-law, Jack Nishijima of Honolulu; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Richard Orey, 59, of Ormond By-The-Sea, Fla., died April 19 at home. He was a master carpenter and member of Salty Church and Hilo Church of God. A celelebration of life will be held 6 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Richardson’s Beach Park. Survived by wife, Denise Orey; daughter, Tera Orey; son, Danny Orey; brother, Mike Harmon; sister, JoAnne Benkin; and a grandson.
Robert “Rob” “Bobby” Jacobs Kaaimoku Roy, 69, of Waimea died May 3 at home. Born in Kainaliu, he was a retired social worker for Hawaii State Corrections Department, a cowboy, horse trainer, hunter, teacher, former coach and member of Queen Liliuokalani Canoe Club. Private services. Condolences may be sent to P.O. Box 2026, Kamuela, HI 96743. Survived by wife, Sheila Roy of Waimea; sons, Nicholas (Cynthia) Roy of Omaha, Neb., and Clint Roy of Lakewood, Colo.; daughter, Shonnelle Mamhot of Las Vegas; sister, Heather (Frank) Minton of Seattle, Wash.; brothers, Charles (Katie) Roy of Las Vegas, Corbett Roy of Kailua, Oahu, and Jake (Jaylyn) Roy of Colorado Springs, Colo.; three grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.
Sophie Correia Soares, 88, of Hilo died May 3 in Keaau. Born on Kauai, she was a retail store manager for Bartley’s and volunteer at Castle Medical Center. Friends may call 9-10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 16, at St. Joseph Church; Mass at 10:30 am. Private inurnment. No flowers. Survived by sons, Daryl (Leslea) Soares and Dennis (Christy) Soares, both of Mountain View; daughters, Donna (Steven) Hirashima of Honolulu and Doreen (William) Park of Waialua; sisters, Agnes Cadinha of San Francisco and Geraldine Ferreira of Kauai; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home.
Thomas Jay Veriato, 56, of Mountain View died April 27 at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. He was a self-employed diesel mechanic. Friends may call 8-10 a.m. Friday, May 17, at St. Joseph Catholic Church; Mass at 10 a.m. Survived by wife, Natalie Veriato; hanai daughter, Katrin Walesch; sons, John (Lani) Veriato and Dexter (Jessie) Veriato; brothers, aunties, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and godchildren.
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