Tolentina Rubia Gragas, 74, of Los Angeles, Calif., formerly of Hawaii, died May 17, 2008, in California. Born in South Kona, she was a homemaker and retired licensed practical nurse. Friends may call Thursday at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo; Visitation from 9-10:30 a.m.; Mass at 10:30 a.m. Casual attire; Burial at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Survived by husband, Antonio Gragas of Los Angeles, Calif.; sons, Bo (Luz Maria) Gragas, Adrian (Darla) Gragas and Aaron (Wendy) Gragas of California all from California; 11 grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Gladys Fujiko Kuroda, 96, of Keaau died Oct. 10 at Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center. Born in Kapoho, she was a retired Pantry 1 Naniloa Surf Hotel kitchen worker, member of Puna Hongwanji Mission Kyodan and Fujinkai, Church of World Messianity, Parker Hirai Dance Studio, Keaau Village Kumiai Association, and the Hawaii Shima Fukuoka Kenjinkai. Private services held. Survived by daughters, Violet (Valta) Cook of Hilo, Sharon Kuroda of Longview, Wash.; son, Edmund (Joan) Kuroda of Keaau; sister, Asayo Takaki of Hilo; sisters-in-law, Edith Ihori of Waipahu, Oahu, Lily Kuroda of Keaau, Jean Yamada of San Diego, Calif.; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Soopahp Nakasato, 62, of North Kohala died Sept. 28. Born in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand, she was a licensed cosmetologist. Potluck to be held Sunday from 1-3 p.m. at Holoholokai Beach Park. In lieu of flowers and gifts, donations may be made out to American Cancer Society, The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation, or the Hawi JODO Mission. Survived by husband, Elmer Nakasato of North Kohala; son, Richard Nakasato of Washington, D.C.; and cat, Mimi.
Michael Takeo Saito, 58, of Hilo died Oct. 8 at Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. Born in Kona, he was a professor in the Hawaii Community College Auto Body Repair & Painting program. Friends may call from 10-11:30 a.m. Sunday at Dodo Mortuary chapel in Hilo; Memorial service at 11:30 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by sons, Brad (Betty) Saito of Kailua, Oahu, Scott Saito of Hilo; daughter, Brandie (Jay) Munechika of Hilo; mother, Ukie Saito of Captain Cook; brother, Alan Saito of Hilo; sisters, Emi Saito, Lyn (Tony) Guillermo, both of Captain Cook, Marcia (John) Eckel of Walla Walla, Wash.; father-in-law & mother-in-law, Seigi and Ethel Yogi of Hilo; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Vasili Ivan Zvansov, 89, of Kailua-Kona died Oct. 1 at his residence. Born in Zaysan, Russia, he was a retired business owner, a member of the Russian orchestra in San Francisco in the 1950s and enjoyed fishing. Private service to be held at a later date. Survived by wife, Tamara Zvansov of Kailua-Kona; son, Alex (Wendy) Zvansov of Mountain View, Calif. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.