Obituaries | 7-15-14


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Leonard Pacheco Sr.

Leonard Hubert Pacheco Sr., 89, of Mountain View died June 17, 2014, at Hilo Medical Center. Born Jan. 28, 1925, in Hana, Maui, he was a retired National Park Service ranger at Yosemite National Park and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and a World War II veteran.

Friends may call at 9 a.m. July 16 at Dodo Mortuary chapel in Hilo for a 10:30 a.m. service. Burial follows at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2 in Hilo. Family requests casual attire be worn.

He is survived by wife, Fumiko Izumi-Pacheco of Mountain View; sons, Leonard Pacheco Jr. of the Philippines, Allan (Lori) Pacheco of Ninole, Ricky (Elizabeth) Pacheco of Pepeekeo, Charles Reyes Jr. of Hawi; daughter, Terry Burcena of Hilo; sister, Frances McCulley of Morgan Hill, Calif.; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Jose Gancinia

Jose S. Gancinia, 84, of Honokaa died July 2, 2014, at his residence. Born Sept. 18, 1929, in Pangasinan, Philippines, he was a laborer for the Hamakua Sugar Plantation Co. and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Honokaa.

Friends may call at 9 a.m. July 18 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Honokaa for an 11 a.m. service. Burial will be at the Honokaa Community Cemetery (Paalea). Family requests casual attire be worn and flowers are welcome.

He is survived by wife, Geraldine Gancinia of Honokaa; sons, Augusto (Cecilia) Gancinia and Gjim Gancinia, both of Honokaa, Mario (Cynthia) Gancinia of North Shore, Oahu; daughters, Adoracion Gancinia and Odessa Gancinia, both of Honokaa; sisters, Pacita Valejos and Letty Mangabat, both of the Philippines, Florentina Dacquel of Honokaa; brothers, Mamerto Gancinia of Honokaa, Pedro Gancinia of Philippines; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Moses Moke

Moses “Uncle Moke” Kealoha O Nalani Kuamoo Moke, 74, of Hilo died June 4, 2014, at Hilo Medical Center. Born Jan. 10, 1940, in Keaukaha, he was a retired senior truck driver-Class A for Yamada Transfer, Inc., a former treasurer for ILWU Local 142, Unit 1412, treasurer for Hawaii Division ILWU Local 142 Pensioners Council, president for Papaikou ILWU Local 142 Pension Club, treasurer and former president for Hilo ILWU Local 142 Pension Club, treasurer for Keaukaha Community Association, president and genealogist for Ohana Ka-Uaua-A-Mahi Ohana O Hawaii, member of the Kuamoo Foundation, a member sacristan and building maintenance chairman for Malia Puka O Kalani Catholic Church, former member of the Hawaii Island Archery Club, co-chairman for the former Hawaii Island King Kamehameha Day Parade Committee of Hilo and Royal Court co-director for King Kamehameha Day Celebration at Moku-ola formerly sponsored by Malia Puka O Kalani Catholic Church.

Friends may call at 5 p.m. July 18 at Dodo Mortuary chapel for a 7 p.m. service. An all-night vigil follows at Malia Puka O Kalani Catholic Church, 326 Desha Ave. in Keaukaha. Friends may call again at 8 a.m. July 19 at the Malia Puaka O Kalani Catholic Church in Keaukaha for a 9:30 a.m. service. Burial will be at Alae Cemetery Section F. Family requests casual attire be worn.

He is survived by son, Phillip (Sylvia) Moke of Keaau; stepdaughters, Deborah (Randy) Akui and Jacquline (Larry) Sabate, both of Hilo; brothers, Herbert (Karen) Moke and Herman Moke, both of Hilo; sisters, Sandra (Bobby) Lee of Hilo, Theresa Becktel of Kailua-Kona; hanai brothers, Robert Keliihoomalu III of Aiea, Oahu, Charles (Marion) Moody of Linden, N.C.; hanai sisters, Theresa Correa of Kailua, Oahu, Thelma (Samson) Kamekona of Kahului, Maui; one grandson; numerous stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Spencer Pomroy

Spencer “Poco” Lee Kawaihoola Pomroy, 49, of Mountain View died June 21, 2014, at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, he was a bus driver for Roberts Hawaii Tours and Hawaii County Hele On and owner of Volcano Sound System with Slides by Deysia Views.

Friends may call at 8 a.m. July 18 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo for a 10 a.m. service. A service will also take place at 9 a.m. Aug. 9 at St. George Catholic Church in Waimanalo, Oahu. Family requests casual attire be worn.

He is survived by wife, Darrilynn Pomroy of Mountain View; daughters, Shandie Pomroy and Kaulana Pomroy, both of Keaau; sons, Kawai Pomroy, Darren (Autumn) Rodrigues Jr. and Dietrick Rodrigues, all of Mountain View; brothers, Henry (Nadine) Pomroy III of Hilo, Gerald (Lorraine) Morison-Pomroy of Oxford, Calif.; sisters, Serena (Clyde) Pomroy and Kalaniwela (Joseph) Glory, both of Hilo, Lesley Pomroy of Ellensburg, Wash.; stepmother, Jeanie Pomroy of Hilo; seven grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Margaret Espiritu

Margaret Jonolino Espiritu, 86, of Kapaau died June 30, 2014, at her son’s residence. Born March 24, 1928, in Kohala, she was a housewife and member of Sacred Heart’s Catholic Church.

Friends may call at 8 a.m. July 19 at Sacred Heart’s Catholic Church in Hawi for a 10 a.m. service. Burial will be in the Hawi County Cemetery. Family requests casual attire be worn. Flowers are welcome.

She is survived by sons, Rudy (Jeri) Espiritu of Kona Palisades, Philip (Laurie) Espiritu of Keaau, Anthonly (lIly) Espiritu of Honolulu; daughters, Nancy (Roy Jr.) Antonio of Kapaau, Lucy (Lawrence) Antonio of Waimanalo,Oahu; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Leeward Funeral Home and Dodo Mortuary.

Velma Tanaka

Velma Leilehua Tanaka, 57, of Keaau died May 20, 2014, at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Pahala, she was a homemaker.

Friends may call at 9:30 a.m. July 19 at the Naalehu Assembly of God Church in Ka‘u for a 10:30 a.m. service. Family requests casual attire be worn.

She is survived by husband, James Tanaka of Hilo; son, Kelson (Mondy) Tanaka of Hilo; daughters, Kimberly (Jim) Tittle and Heidi Avila, both of California, Kendra (Jeremy) Moniz of Keaau; brothers, McKinley (Wendy) Davis Jr. of Naalehu, Melvin (Eunice) Davis of Ka‘u; hanai brothers, Rudy (Corrine) Kaupu and Nelson (Bernie) Kaupu, both of Ocean View; sisters, Juann Kai of Hilo, Lena Mae (Bryan) Davis-Natividad and Rochel Davis, both of Pahala, Angie (Clifford) Okimoto of Naalehu; nine grandchildren; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Diane Hara

Diane Hisako Hara, 93, of Hilo died June 6, 2014, at her residence. Born in Honalo, she was the retired owner of the former Kilauea Preserve Center and member of Hilo Hooganji Mission.

Friends may call at 2 p.m. July 20 at Dodo Mortuary chapel for a 3 p.m. service. Family requests casual attire be worn and no flowers.

She is survived by sons, Glenn (Janet) Hara of Hilo, Bradley Hara of Honolulu; sisters, Grace Uyemura of Honolulu, Theresa Lee of Ahualoa; three grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Bernice McCartin

Bernice Eleanor McCartin, 91, of Keaau died July 5, 2014, in Keaau. Born Sept. 12, 1922, in Niagara Falls, N.Y., she was a homemaker and member of Hawaii Adult Day Care.

Services will be held in Cave Creek, Ariz. Online condolences may be posted at homelanimemorialpark.com.

She is survived by son, Dennis (Sharon) McCartin of Keaau; daughter, Sue Beauregard of Tucson, Ariz.; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.

Loretta Evangelista

Loretta Lorraine Evangelista, 68, of Hilo died June 24, 2014, at Hospice of Hilo’s Pohai Malama Facility. Born Sept. 8, 1945, in Hilo, she was a retired housekeeper.

Friends may call at 9 a.m. July 19 at Dodo Mortuary chapel in Hilo for a 10 a.m. service. Cremation follows. Family requests aloha attire be worn and no flowers.

She is survived by hanai sons, Troy Julian and Kaniala Estrada; hanai daughters, Patrice Julian and Fern Peahi; brother, Raymond Agpoon; sisters, Florence Respicio and Odetta Ah Nee; numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.