Obituaries for Sept. 11
Ernest “Uncle Ernie” “Maka‘i” M. Almeida, 87, of Hilo, formerly of Poipu, Kauai, died Aug. 25 at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home. Born in Koloa, Kauai, he was a retired sergeant and district commander for the Kauai Police Department and retired from the Hyatt Regency Kauai. He also served in the U.S. Army as a sergeant during World War II and was a member of the ILWU. Private services. Survived by daughter, Marlene (John) Maze of Honolulu; sons, Mark (Linda) Almeida of Tacoma, Wash., Robert Almeida of Hilo; brothers, Harold Kang and William Almeida of Oahu; sister, Lucille Yuen of California; six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Pearl Winona Awaa, 73, of Papaikou died Aug. 17 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Kohala, she was a sales clerk for 7-Eleven in Hilo. Friends may call 5-9 p.m. Saturday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel; celebration of life at 6 p.m. Aloha attire; flower and lei welcome. Survived by sons, Bernard (Yvonne) Torres Jr., Raymond Abenes and Rene Talisay of Hilo, Mathew (Laura) Torres of Papaikou, Rayburn Abenes and Lawrence (Brendon) Abenes of Honolulu, Larry (Lee) Abenes of Colorado; daughters, Theresa Emeliano, Stephanie Wong of Hilo, Raynette (Allan) Lacad of Honolulu; brother, Samuel (Lulu) Awaa Jr. of Tacoma, Wash.; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Leodora Gladys Conn, 82, of Kailua-Kona died Aug. 30 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Honolulu, she was a homemaker. Private services. Survived by sons, Swope Conn of Kona, Jerry Conn of Kona; daughters, Carvat (Brian) Jenkins and Karen (Martin) Izawa of Kona; son-in-law, Gay Spencer of Kona; 17 grandchildren, four great- grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home.
Edward E. “Ned” Decker, 96, of Tulsa, Okla., formerly of Hilo, died Aug. 12 in Oklahoma. Born in Narrowsburg, N.Y., he was a minister with the Assemblies of God, East Hawaii circulation manager for the former Honolulu Advertiser, World War II veteran and a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Battle of Iwo Jima. Friends may call Monday at the Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2, graveside urn committal service for both Mr. Decker and Mrs. M. Lois Decker, who died Nov. 20, 2010. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations suggested to Hospice of Hilo, 1011 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo, HI 96720. Condolences may also be emailed to the family at: email@example.com. Survived by son, Dr. Edward (Terese) Decker Jr. of Oklahoma; daughters, Julene “Julie” (Gordon) Ignacio of Hilo, Nadine (Craig) Davies of Ocean View; 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Elaine Toshimi Oyadomari, 92, of Keaau died Aug. 19 at the Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Olaa, she was a retired flower packer for the former Mauna Loa Orchids, member of the Puna Hongwanji Mission and its Fujinkai and the Keaau Village Community Association. Private services. No flowers; no koden. Survived by husband, Dixon Oyadomari of Keaau; son, Alvin (Sharman) Oyadomari of Keaau; sisters, Kiyoko Nakamura of Honolulu, Yaeko (Mitsuo) Kitagawa of Hilo; two grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Mitsuo “Tug” Shinde, 86, of Honokaa died Aug. 24 at Hale Ho‘ola Hamakua. Born in Paauhau, he was a retired tractor operator with the former Hamakua Sugar Co. and a member of the Honokaa Hongwanji Mission. Private services. No koden. Survived by sisters, Yoshie (Lawrence) Hashimoto and Miyoko Shinde of Honolulu, Satsuki (James) Naito of Ookala; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
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