Pearl Ann Read, 95, of Keauhou died Nov. 1. Born in Minneapolis, Minn., she was a bookkeeper and member of the Unity Church. Private services. Survived by son Michael (Ginger) Waldman; one hanai granddaughter; one nephew; cousins. Arrangements by A Hui Hou Crematory & Funeral Home of West Hawaii.
Richard Lasher Strother, 74, of Naalehu died Nov. 1 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Glendale, Calif., he enjoyed boating, fishing, hosting parties and exploring the Big Island with out-of-town guests. Celebration of life 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at his Milolii beach house. Survived by sons, David (Kaye) Strother of Las Vegas, Nev., and Todd (Yvette) Strother of Arizona; daughter, Cheryl Lyn (Mathew) Brown of California; brother, Bud Strother of California; companion, Pat Carter of Naalehu; one granddaughter. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
James “Kainoa” Pauaka Kahooilihala Jr., 95, of Papaikou, died Oct. 18 at home. Born in Aleamai, Kalaoa, he was a retired firefighter and truck driver, U.S. Army World War II veteran, former member of the Hawaii Army National Guard and member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Honomu Branch. Friends may call from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at Dodo Mortuary chapel in Hilo; service at 7 p.m. Friends may again call from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday at the mortuary; funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Burial to follow noon at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No.1. Casual attire. Survived by five daughters, Faith Nalani Kahooilihala Bromwich of Tiffin, Iowa, Elizabeth N. (Ricky Sr.) Pacheco of Papaikou, Jamie L. (Kama) Kahooilihala of Papaikou, Veronica (Timothy) Egan of Kona, Elnor Bento of Papaikou; two sons, Richard (Doreen) Kahalewai of Wahiawa, Oahu, Francis Bento of Papaikou; son-in-law, Rubin (Priscilla) Reyes of Kona; 16 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Robert Earl Kailiala Saladaga, Sr., 76, of Lihue, Kauai, died Nov. 1, at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Wailua, Kauai, he was a retired technical sergeant and distinguished aerospace control and warning system technician for the Hawaii Air National Guard. Friends may call 9:30–10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Kauai Veterans Center; a celebration life will begin at 10:30 with military honors to follow. Casual attire be worn. No flowers. Survived by daughters, Earlene (Philip) Wilson of Oahu, Nadine (Jesse) Quides of Vallejo, Calif., Charlene (Dean) Sacramed of Kapaa, Raeleen (Salvador) Salinas of South Carolina; son, Robert Saladaga, Jr. of Hilo; sisters, Augusta “Gussie” Shumacher of Lihue, Theresa Yoshioka of Lihue, Beatrice “Maui” Miller of Alabama, Roberta “Maile” Consibog of Waianae, Gladys “Lani” Costa-Ayres of Koloa, Juanita Freeman of Washington; brother, George Saladaga of New Jersey; 14 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Jack Russell, 94, of Mountain View died Nov. 6 at home. Born in Byron, Mich., he was proprietor of Hilo Scrap Metal and member of Slewfoot Promenadors and Lava Klinkers. Private services. Survived by wife, Nancy Russell of Mountain View; son, Dennis (Judith) Russell of Calif.; four daughters, Carrie Ann Russell, Mary Ann (Edward) Tsuchiyama, Laurie Ann (Gary) Tavares, all of Hilo, and Shirley Ann (Dwight) Shiotani of Wash.; hanai son, Manuel (Deborah) Castillo of Fern Forest; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.
Mitsuko Saito, 94, of Hilo, formerly of Papaikou, died Oct. 23 at home. Born in Hilo, she retired Secretary for the Japanese Chamber of Commerce in Hilo and member of the Trinity Community Church. Friends may call 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel, Hilo; Celebration of life service at 10 a.m. Casual attire. No flowers. Survived by daughters, Myrna (Stanley) Watanabe of Hilo, Sandra (James) Bullock of Georgetown, California, and Lorna (Earl) Nishiguchi of Lihue, Kauai; son, George Saito of Papaikou; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Tami “Tommy” Mitsuda, 85, of Hilo died Oct. 25 at the Hilo Medical Center. Private serives held. No flowers and no koden. Survived by wife, Jane H. Mitsuda of Hilo; son, Glenn (Jan) Mitsuda of Hilo; and two grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Richard R. Helmick, 85, of Hilo died Oct. 11 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Minatare, Nebraska, he was a retired attorney and certified public accountant and member of Hilo Coast United Church of Christ. Friends may call 1-2 p.m. Sunday at the Hilo Coast United Church of Christ in Honomu; service at 2 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers. Survived by wife, Ilah Helmick of Hilo; two sons, Peter (Sandra) Helmick of Kamuela, Eric (Terry) Helmick of Idaho Springs, Colo.; three daughters, Barbara (James) DeJarnette of Colorado Springs, Colo., Elsa (Stephen) Wolff of Morrison, Colo., and Sarah (David Staley) Charles of Kealakekua; 14 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Marilyn M. Paiva, 68, of Hilo died Oct. 20 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, she was a retired factory worker with the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Company, member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Red Hats Society. Friends may call 6-9 p.m. Thursday at Dodo Mortuary chapel; wake service at 7. Friends may also call 8-10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16 at St. Joseph Catholic Church; mass at 10. Casual attire. Survived by companion, Alan Mefford of Hilo; sons, Derek (Dawn) Paiva of Honolulu and Joseph Paiva of Kihei, Maui; brothers, Robert (Momi) Diego of Hilo and Nemesio “Junior” (Anna) Diego of Las Vegas, Nev.; sister, Vallyrie (Gary) Jardine of Hilo; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.