Obituaries | 7-1-14


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Thomas Sonomura

The family of Thomas “Tats” Tatsuo Sonomura, 79, of Hilo has changed the site for his services. Friends may call at 9:30 a.m. July 1 at Dodo Mortuary chapel in Hilo.

Samuel Lum Ho Sr.

Samuel “Aiau” Lum Ho Sr., 75, of Hilo, died June 20, 2014, at Hilo Medical Center. Born April 17, 1939, in Hilo, he was self-employed as a local fisherman.

Friends may call at 3:30 p.m. July 3 at Dodo Mortuary chapel, Hilo, for a 5 p.m. service. Cremation follows. Family requests casual attire be worn.

He is survived by daughters, Haunani (Sateki) Nau of Keaau, Leimomi Lum Ho and Leilani (George) Kimura, both of Hilo; son, Samuel (Mavis) Lum Ho Jr. of Hilo; sister, Dorothy Leite of Hilo; brothers, Johnny Lum Ho of Hilo, Nolan (Valerie) Remmers of Keaau; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Lois Hartley

Lois “Reg” Reginald Hartley, 93, of Kailua-Kona died June 26, 2014, at his residence. Born Feb. 3, 1921, in Comanche, Okla., he was a retired carpenter, a former flight steward for Pan American Airlines and member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

A memorial will be held 2 p.m. July 5 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Keauhou.

He is survived by wife, Sonja Hartley of Kailua-Kona; sons, Paul Hartley of Mexico, Pieter (Beverly) Salas of Modesto, Calif., Mark (Heidi) Hartley and Brett Hartley, both of Bethlehem, Pa.; daughters, Charmaine (Wayne) Wagner of South Carolina, Eden (Darren) Kapaun of Kailua-Kona; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Harland Reed

Harland “Uncle Handsome” Ross Reed, 69, of Waimea died June 26, 2014, at his home. Born March 10, 1945, in Kahuku, Oahu, he was a retired motion picture teamster driver.

Friends may call at 11 a.m. July 5 at the family residence in Waimea, 64-794 Poliahu Alanui St., for a noon service. Family requests casual attire be worn.

He is survived by wife, Antonnette Reed of Waimea; daughters, Mapuana (Stan) Mataele of Laie, Oahu, Tahiti Reed of Honolulu; son, Mesepa Reed of Honolulu; brothers, Leo Reed of West Lake Village, Calif., LeRoy Reed of Laie, Oahu; sister, Darlene Reed-Asuega of Laie, Oahu; five grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Marcos Rillanos Jr.

Marcos “Padgie” Rillanos Jr., 66, of Honokaa died June 25, 2014, at home. Born Dec. 5, 1947, in Haina, he was an employee of Mauna Kea Resort Services, former employee of Hamakua Sugar Co. and member of HK Team (Honokaa) Kapuna Senior Baseball League and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Honokaa.

Friends may call at 8 a.m. July 5 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Honokaa for a 10 a.m. service. Family requests casual attire be worn.

He is survived by wife, Mary Rillanos of Honokaa; son, Shawn (Haunani Giltner) Rillanos of Waimea; sisters, Grace Kaulunahele and Diane (Phillip) Akao, both of Kailua-Kona, Linda Kaulunahele of Paauhau, Helen Canoneo of Honolulu; brothers, Kenneth (Dawn) Rillanos of Laupahoehoe, Marcos Rillanos of Honolulu; two grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Marion Shintani

Marion Midori Shintani, 75, of Hilo died June 22, 2014, at Hospice of Hilo’s Pohai Malama Facility. Born Aug. 15, 1938, in Pepeekeo, she was the restaurant owner of Koji’s Bento Korner and member of the Hilo Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

A service will be held at 2 p.m. July 5 at Dodo Mortuary chapel, Hilo. Family requests casual attire be worn.

She is survived by husband, Koji Shintani of Hilo; daughters, Karen Murakami of California, Sandra Wilson and Robyn (Bruce) Oda, both of Hilo; son, Drew Shintani of Hilo; brothers, Mitsunori Mihara and Hisao Mihara, both of Hilo; sisters, Jean Tomosada of Hilo, Masako Kawasaki of Honolulu; numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Richard Kaleohano

Richard “Piggy” Kuakini Kaleohano, 56, of Keaukaha died June 20, 2014, at Kaiser Moanalua Medical Center on Oahu.

Born in Hilo, he was professional entertainer, audio engineer proprietor of RK Audio and member of the Keaukaha Community Association and Merrie Monarch Festival Committee.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 6 at the Kawananakoa Hall in Keaukaha for an 11 a.m. service. Family requests casual attire be worn.

He is survived by wife, Patricia Kaleohano; daughter, Kasie (Tallon Torres) Kaleohano; son, Richard (Brittany Iyo) Kaleohano; brother, Smith (Cindy) Kaleohano; sisters, Charmian (Leonard) Baltero, Michelle (Steve) Morishita, Sancivee Kaleo all of Hilo; two grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Mary Alpaca

Mary Kathleen Aplaca, 58, of Waialua, Oahu, died June 16, 2014, in Hilo. She was born Jan. 22, 1956, in Omaha, Neb..

A service will be held at noon July 12 at Alii Beach Park in Haleiwa, Oahu. A potluck follows service. Cards can be sent to Pamela Rivera at: P.O. Box 861103, Wahiawa, HI 96786.

She is survived by sons, Bradley Aplaca of Waialua, Oahu, Chadwick Aplaca of Waialua, Oahu, Damon Aplaca of Killeen, Texas; brothers, Bill (Vivian) Jacobsen of Omaha, Neb., Paul (Lena) Petschow of Haleiwa, Oahu, Phillip (Anna) Petschow of Oxnard, Calif.; sisters, Dianna (Daniel) Preister of Omaha, Neb., Susan (Bill) Foster of Kent, Wash., Pamela (Rocky) Rivera of Waialua, Oahu; three grandchildren; 28 nieces and nephews and numerous cousins.

Evelyn Bursey

Evelyn Pearl Bursey, 89, of Hilo died June 6, 2014, at Hilo Medical Center. Born April 21, 1925, in Boston, she was a retired hotel casino worker.

No services are planned.

She has no know survivors.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Delansey Gacuzana

Delansey “Dee” Juan Gacuzana, 70, of Keaau died May 31, 2014, at his home. Born in Opihikao, he was a maintenance chief at a high-rise Waikiki hotel, as well as Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children in Honolulu, a retired businessman, private pilot, inventor, sky diver and ukulele musician.

Private services were held.

He is survived by son, Darin Gacuzana of Atlanta; sister, Maring Gacusana of Pahoa; brothers, Wendell Gacusana and Melvin Gacusana, both of Hilo; four grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Mary Myers

Mary Morning Star Myers, 83, of Ocean View died June 8, 2014, at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance, Calif. Born Dec. 24, 1930, in Hokah, Minn., she retired from the County of Los Angeles Department of Family and Children’s Services - Indian Unit, was an Army Corps veteran, and a Ho Chunk Elder in the American Indian community.

Services were held in Torrance, Calif. Scattering of her ashes will be held at a later date in Hawaii.

She is survived by children, Geneinne (Mike) Morgan and Harlow (Rose) Myers, both of Torrance, Calif., Mark (Danette) Myers of Kaloko, Christ Myers of Ocean View; brother, David Twinn of Fresno, Calif.; hanai daughters, Phaedrea Twinn of Torrance, Calif., Tamara Twinn of Minot, N.D.; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews.

Gene Young

Gene Allan Young, 83, of Kailua-Kona died June 15, 2014, at his residence. Born Sept. 10, 1930, in Glendale, Calif., he was a retired machine shop business owner and Navy veteran.

Private services were held.

He is survived by wife, Jeannine Young of Kailua-Kona; daughters, Chris Young of Napa, Calif., Robin Young of Missoula, Mont.; one grandson.

Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

George Constantis

George Christopher Constantis, 80, of Kailua-Kona died June 23, 2014. Born Sept. 23, 1933, in Greece, he was a handyman and small appliance repairman.

Private services are planned.

He is survived by niece, Leslie Woods of Kailua-Kona.

Arrangements by A Hui Hou Crematory & Funeral Home.

Patrick Summerfield

Patrick Albert Summerfield, 87, of Hawi died June 5, 2014. Born March 24, 1927, in Stratford, West Ham, England, he was a British army veteran of World War II and metallurgical engineer.

Private services are planned with burial at Kona Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to North Hawaii Hospice.

He is survived by wife, Barbara Summerfield of Hawi.

Arrangements by A Hui Hou Crematory & Funeral Home of West Hawaii.

Ayako Sunada

Ayako Sunada, 93, of Hilo died June 24, 2014, at her residence. Born in Waimea, she was the owner of the former Hawaiian Orchid Co. and member of the Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin and its Buddhist Women’s Association.

Private services were held. Family requests no flowers or monetary gifts.

He is survived by sons, Gilbert Sunada of Hilo, Kelvin (Christine) Sunada of Honolulu; daughter, Sharon (Goering) Toda of Honolulu; stepmother, Onatsu Nakamoto of Mililani, Oahu; half-brothers, Francis Nakamoto of Mililani, Oahu, Clarence Nakamoto of Kahului, Maui, Richard Nakamoto of Kaneohe, Oahu; half-sisters, Maureen Onishi of Honolulu, Bertha Ohta of Kona, Cora Suayan of Texas; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Albert Alba Sr.

Albert “Bert” Goles Alba Sr., 96, of Naalehu died June 21, 2014, at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born Sept. 16, 1917, in Kilauea, Kauai, he was a retired harvesting supervisor for the former Hutchinson Sugar Co.

Private services were held. Family requests no flowers or monetary gifts.

He is survived by sons, Albert Alba Jr. of Hilo, Ronald (Karen) Alba of Kaneohe; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.