Obituaries | 5-27-14


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Ruth Winson

Ruth Louise Winson, 91, of Hilo died May 3, 2014, at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born May 29, 1922, in Lorraine, Ohio, she was a real estate agent, an employee of Pacific Hawaii Bed and Breakfast and member of the Church of the Holy Apostles.

Friends may call at 3:30 p.m. May 29 at the Church of the Holy Apostles for a 4:30 p.m. service. Family requests aloha attire be worn. Condolences may be posted at homelanimemorialpark.com.

She is survived by daughters, Tamara (Rodney Nekoba) Winson-Kakazu of Hilo, Valerie (Dennis) Cain of Magnolia, Texas, Pamela (Dan) Hankins of Parker, Colo., Melanie (Jeff) Merril of Lake City, Colo., Cynthia (Pete) Glasior of Napa, Calif.; son, Rex (Joni) Winson of Kaneohe, Oahu; 16 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.

Emilio Madamba

Emilio “Milio” L. Madamba, 92, of Pahoa died May 10, 2014, at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Facility. Born Dec. 30, 1921, in Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, he retired from Kuwahara Anthurium Farms in Paho, was a papaya farmer and member of the Pahoa Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. May 30 at Dodo Mortuary chapel for a 7 p.m. wake service. An all-night vigil follows at the family residence in Nanawale Boulevard in Pahoa. Friends call at 8 a.m. May 31 at Pahoa Sacred Heart Catholic Church for a 10 a.m. Mass. Burial follows at the Pahoa Catholic Cemetery with a gathering to follow at the Madamba residence in Nanawale Boulevard in Pahoa. Family requests casual attire be worn.

He is survived by wife, Leonora Madamba of Pahoa; sons, Juanito (Milagros) Madamba, Felicidad (Concepcion) Madamba, Don (Remedios) Madamba, Joveno (Josie) Madamba and Ignacio (Tina) Madamba, all from Pahoa, Dencio (Esmenia) Madamba of Long Beach, Calif., Santiago (Milagos) Madamba of Hawaiian Beaches; daughters, Leticia (Regino) Dalmacio of Pahoa, Susan (Barney) Tasani of Maui; brother, Mariano Madamba of Philippines; sister, Virginia (Inyang) Gervacio of Philippines; 22 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Abraham Mahi Jr.

Abraham Leone Mahi Jr., 85, of Waimea died May 4, 2014, at his daughter’s residence in Waikoloa. Born May 9, 1928, in Kapulena, he was a retired maintenance supervisor for the state Highway Division, retired sergeant in the Army and kahu at Ke Ola Mau Loa Church in Waimea.

Friends may call at 4 p.m. May 30 at the family’s residence in Kuhio Village at 64-1068 Kamanawa St. in Waimea for a 5 p.m. service. Friends may call again at 7 a.m. May 31 at the residence for an 8 a.m. service. Burial follows at the Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2 in Hilo. Family requests casual attire be worn. Flowers are welcome.

He is survived by daughter, Melissa (Joseph) Lindsey of Waikoloa; son, Mark Mahi of Waimea; brothers, Paul Mahi of Las Vegas, Jacob Mahi of Honolulu; sisters, Dinah Kaikuana and Elizabeth Halualani, both of Hilo, Phoebe Hopfe of Honolulu, Katherine Mahi of Kailua-Kona; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary

Thomas Hodgins

Thomas “Tom” Wayne Hodgins, 64, of Waipahu, Oahu, formerly of Molokai and Captain Cook, died May 8, 2014, in Aiea, Oahu. He was born Feb. 9, 1950, in Honolulu.

Friends may call at 10 a.m. May 31 at Christ Church Episcopal in Kealakekua for a service. Condolences may be posted at hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary.com.

He is survived by mother, Wilda Hodgins; brother, William (Pearl) Hodgins; sisters, Mary Helen (Jim) Higgins, Hannah Hodgins; 10 nieces and nephews; 15 grandnephews and grandnieces.

Arrangements by Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary.

Akira Omonaka

Akira “Sonny” Omonaka, 86, of Pepeekeo, died May 9, 2014, at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a retired business agent with the International Longshoreman’s and Warehouseman’s Union, member of Honomu Hongwanji Mission and a World War II Army veteran.

Friends may call at 3 p.m. May 31 at Dodo Mortuary chapel for a 4 p.m. service. Family requests casual attire be worn and no flowers or monetary donations.

He is survived by wife, Yuriko Omonaka of Pepeekeo; son, Guy (Delaine) Omonaka of Renton, Wash.; daughter, Eadie Omonaka of Honolulu; brothers, Thomas (Marcella) Omonaka of Redondo Beach, Calif., Rupert (Lillian) Omonaka of Kaneohe, Oahu, Stanley (Susan) Omonaka of Waipahu, Oahu; sister, Kikuyo (Earl) Sueyoshi of Kaneohe, Oahu; two grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Rose Stevens

Rose Lee “Eva” Evalani Stevens, 66, of Hawi died May 17, 2014, at Kona Community Hospital. Born Feb. 14, 1948, in North Kohala, she was a homemaker, former housekeeper, secretary and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kohala Ward.

Friends may call at 9 a.m. May 31 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kohala Ward, for an 11 a.m. service. Interment of ashes will be held at a later date.

She is survived by husband, John Stevens of Hawi; son, Michael (Vergina Karratti) Medeiros; brother, Bill (Nani) Neves of Kapaau; four grandchildren; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Dolores Sumibcay

Dolores Pulgados Tobosa Sumibcay, 87, of Pepeekeo died April 28, 2014, at Hilo Medical Center. Born April 27, 1927, in Pepeekeo, she was a homemaker and member of the Hilo Coast United Church of Christ in Honomu, Pepeekeo Senior Citizens Club, Kulaimano U.E. Club and International Longshore and Warehouse Union Women’s Auxiliary.

Friends may call at 9 a.m. May 31 at Dodo Mortuary chapel for an 11 a.m. service. Burial will be at Homelani Memorial Park, Lehua Section. Family requests casual attire be worn.

She is survived by sons, Alvin Tobosa of Hilo, Andrew (Jacquie) Tobosa of Pearl City, Oahu, Eric (Theresa) Tobosa of Maui, Rikey (Tricia) Tobosa and Donilo Sumibcay, both of Pepeekeo; brother, Gadioso (Vinora) Pulgados of Pepeekeo; sisters, Dolly (Ernesto) Defiesta of San Jose, Calif., Lucia (Zack) Abregano of Waipahu, Oahu, Elsie (Ashley) Hung of Aiea, Oahu, Rosaline (Emery) Wong of San Luis Obispo, Calif.; 19 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Ronald Berdon Sr.

Ronald Berdon Sr., 68, of Kailua-Kona, died May 21, 2014, at Kona Community Hospital. Born Aug. 3, 1945, in Honokaa, he was the owner of Berdon Marine Repairs; a former boat mechanic for Akamai Marine, Aloha Marine and B &L Marine; and member of Hope Chapel Kailua-Kona and Gospel of Salvation Kohala.

Friends may call at 10 a.m. June 7 at Kona Palisades Recreational Center for an 11 a.m. service. Luncheon follows. Family requests casual attire be worn. Lei and loose flowers are welcome.

He is survived by wife, Emmalani Berdon of Kailua-Kona; sons, Ronald (Jenny) Berdon Jr., Brian (Tupu) Berdon, Clinton (Josie) Berdon, Kaliko Berdon and Wendell Fujino Jr., all of Kailua-Kona; daughters, Sheila (Martel Perez) Berdon of Kailua-Kona, Cindy (Daniel) Thrasher of Des Moine, Iowa; sisters, Helen Berdon-Kauhi of Hilo, Lorraine Kaono and Rose (Edward) Spencer, both of Waimea, Leinora (Tom) Wright of Tucson, Ariz., Raimie (Joey Chong) Berdon and Bernice Berdon, both of Waimea; brothers, George (Sonja) Berdon of Ocean View, Kenneth (Leah) Demaya of Waimea; hanai mother, Julia Yonemura of Kailua-Kona; hanai sister, Lorelei Jones of Kailua-Kona; hanai sons, Carl (Kathy) Ciriako, Shane (Lisa) Jones, Billy (Val) Jones and Antonio Larios, all of Kailua-Kona; hanai daughters, Jonette Jones and Leesha (Clint Hirayasu) Jones, Elnohr (Raindy Saoniver) Lipai, all of Kailua-Kona, Tee (Harry Waahila) Rodrigues and Kehaulani Berdon, both of Kohala; 31 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Charles Ricketts

Charles William Ricketts, 83, of Volcano and formerly of San Diego died May 14, 2014, at his residence. Born in Walsenburg, Colo., he was a retired park ranger at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, master diver, former president of the San Diego Underwater Photographic Society, Hilo Orchid Society, life member of Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and a Korean War Navy veteran.

Private services were held.

He is survived by wife, Loretta Ricketts of Volcano; daughter, Cynthia James of San Marcos, Calif.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Veronica Limayo

Veronica “Boning” Ramelb Limayo, 64, of Keaau died May 19, 2014, at Hilo Medical Center. Born Jan. 20, 1950, in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, she was a former housekeeper at Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center, a former papaya packer for the Diamond Head Papaya Co. and Hawaiian Fresh Products and member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Keaau and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. June 1 at Dodo Mortuary chapel for a 7 p.m. wake service at 7 p.m.. An all-night vigil follows at the family residence in Keaau. Friends may also call at 8 a.m. June 2 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo for a 10 a.m. Mass. Burial follows at Homelani Memorial Park. Family requests casual attire be worn.

She is survived by husband, Carlito Limayo of Keaau; son, Sherwin (Lae Anne) Limayo of Las Vegas; daughter, Sheila Limayo of Honolulu; brothers, Reynaldo Ramelb of Kauai, Domingo Ramelb of the Philippines, Jose (Evelyn) Ramelb of Orchiland; sisters, Isabel (Juan) Agpaoa, Cecilia Ballesteros, Araceli (Bernard) Corpuz, Myrna (Elmer) Sumaoang and Rosie Sumaoang, all of Keaau; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.