Obituaries for Saturday, July 27
Grebelen Baybayan, 46, of Keaau died Saturday, July 6, at the Hilo Medical Center. Born in Keaau, she was a food service worker for McDonald’s Puainako. Memorial service to be held at Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home at 570 Kinoole St. on Saturday, Aug. 3. Visitation at 10 a.m. Service at 11 a.m. Survived by mother, Virgina Regatcho of Keaau; brothers, Gregorio (Melissa) Baybayan of Kona, Gilford (Renee Lecht) Baybayan of Washington, Kevin (Jennifer) Nakano of Keaau; Numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home, Hilo.
Andres M. “Kobie” Cabel Jr., 53, of Honolulu and formerly of Hilo, died April 29. Born in Hilo. Mass will be held on Aug. 3 at 10 a.m., visitation at 9 a.m., at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Papaikou. Aloha attire. No flowers. Private scattering of ashes will be held at a later date. Survived by mother, Rosalina Bocok of Mililani, Oahu; step-father, Donald Bocok of Mililani, Oahu; companion, Sandy McKendree of Honolulu; sister, Beverly Cabel of Aiea; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and numerous friends.
Tanya Alma Louise Kapika Castro, 58, of Keaau died Tuesday, July 16, at home. Born in Honolulu, she retired as an accountant. Celebration of life to be held at Kealoha Beach Park (4 miles) on Saturday, Aug. 3, at 10 a.m. Survived by sons, Joseph Manuel “Joe Boy” Castro Jr. of Honolulu, Pono Alexander Sergei (Avislynn) Castro of Honolulu, Robert Wayne (Tracy) Castro of Honolulu, Duncan “Dj” Jr. (Leila) Castro of Mountain View, Frank Martinez Castro of Keaau; daughter Kanani Uluwehi (Robert Freeman) Castro of Keaau; brothers Nedric Robinson “Boy” Kapika of Kentucky, Ned “Jr” Kapika Jr. of Honolulu, Lordel “Lord” (Terry) Kapika of Hilo, Nedrian “Biggie” Kupa (Jeanine) Kapika of Arizona, Michael “Mikey” Robert Kapika of Keaau, Nedward “Blackie” Kapika of Honolulu, Nedwynn “BooBoo” Walter Kapika of Honolulu; sisters, Nedyne “Fat” (Leslie) Watanabe of Honolulu, Nedette “Tiga” Nihipali of Volcano, Malania Nedina “Baby” (Peter) Eseroma of Keaau; 18 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews. Casual attire, no flowers, Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home, Hilo.
George Isami Hamano, 71, of Seattle, Wash., died Friday, July 19. Born in Hilo, he was a civil engineer for the City and County of Los Angeles, eventually becoming a litigator for the National Labor Relations Board in Seattle, Wash. Funeral to be held Friday, Aug. 2, at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Church in West Seattle, with reception to follow. In lieu of flowers or monetary gifts, please donate to your favorite charity. For more information or to leave an online condolence, visit www.dignitymemorial/forest-lawn-funeral-home-seattle. Survived by wife, Charity Kay Hamano; and siblings, Helen Nakamura, John Hamano, Mae Takamoto, James Hamano, Miles Hamano, and Emma Sousa.
Suzan Stephanie Whallon Serbu, 53, of Kailua-Kona, died July 16 at Nakamaru Hale in Holualoa. Born in Wilmington, De., she was a homemaker, a teacher and member of Amazing Grace Ministries. Friends may call at the Amazing Grace Ministries 9:30 a.m. service located at the North end of the Old Kona Airport on Saturday, Aug. 11. Suzan’s memorial service will be at 10:15 a.m. Survived by husband, Denis Serbu of Kailua-Kona; sons, Aron Wolkind, and Jesse Whallon, both of Delaware, and Collie Townsend of Molokai; daughter, Poni Lea Townsend of Texas; sisters, Kit Whallon, Betsy Whallon; brothers, Chris Whallon, all of Delaware, Tim Whallon of California; mother-in-law, Martha Serbu of Colorado; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.
Ronald “Blue” Joseph Smith, Sr., 64, of Kailua-Kona died July 18 at the Kona Community Hospital. Born in New Orleans, La., he was a taxi driver for J&L Taxi, a rental representative for Hertz, Avis, and Budget Rent-A-Car companies, a driver for Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council and Roberts Hawaii, a security officer for Securitas, Loomis and Wackenhut; and a counter server at McDonald’s, Domino’s Pizza and Kentucky Fried Chicken. Friends may call at 8 a.m. Aug. 3 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 74-574 Honokohau St. in the Honokohau Industrial Park for a 10 a.m. funeral service. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Erlinda Ascino Smith of Kailua-Kona; sons, Ronald (Ashley) Smith Jr., of Dana Point, Calif., Travis Smith of Kailua-Kona; daughters, Crystal Smith, Kimberly (Ahmed) Ouedrago and Shannon Smith, all of Wilmington, Calif., Jolene (Roderick) Malone of Colorado Springs, Co., Aaliyah Smith of Kailua-Kona; brother, Richard (Yvonne) Smith Jr., of New Orleans, La.; 16 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Robert “Beach Bob” Oliver Shosie, 66, of Napoopoo died July 20 at his home. Born in Rockford, Ill., he was a retired sailor and a U.S. Navy veteran. Private services held. Survived by sister, Luz Shosie of Guilford, Ct.; and brother, Richard Shosie of Tucson, Ariz.; two nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Angel Ramos Guerrero’s obituary in the Friday, July 26, edition contained two errors. He was born in Batac, Ilocos Norte, and his celebration of life will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3. The Tribune-Herald Regrets the errors.
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