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Obituaries: 2-27-17

February 27, 2017 - 12:05am

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Yuen Chong Young

Yuen Chong “Uncle Chang” “Abraham” Young, 91, died Jan. 27, 2017, at Hilo Medical Center. Born Oct. 2, 1925, in Kalapana, he was a retired school bus driver.

Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. March 3 at Dodo Mortuary chapel in Hilo. Eulogy will be read at 6 p.m. An all-night vigil will follow at the Star of the Sea Painted Church in Kalapana. Visitation will continue from 8-10 a.m. March 4 at Pahoa Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pahoa with a 10 a.m. funeral Mass. Cremation will follow. Casual attire is requested.

He is survived by nephews, Andrew Dunn of Lincoln, Neb. Gerald (Noe) Dunn of Kalapana; nieces, Aileen (Tony) Obina, Patricia Dunn, Gail (Robert) Sandstrom, all of Hilo, Frances (Bob) Lynch of Milwaukee, Annette (Charles) Tirrell of San Antonio, Texas.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Hilo.

Irene Arakaki

Irene Yoshiko Arakaki, 74, of Pepeekeo died Jan. 30, 2017, at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Kamaee Mauka, she was a retired Licensed Practical Nurse from Hilo Medical Center and member of Hakalau Jodo Mission, Honomu Henjoji Mission, Red Hat Society, Hui Okinawa, UPW Retirees, Hilo Hospital Retirees, RSVP, and Pepeekeo Senior Citizens Club.

Friends may call at 4 p.m. March 4 at Dodo Mortuary chapel in Hilo for a 5:30 p.m. service. Family requests casual attire be worn and no monetary gift or flowers.

She is survived by brothers, Ted (Muriel) Arakaki of Honolulu, Bobby Arakaki of Pepeekeo; sisters, Hanako Shishido of Kaneohe, Oahu, Kikue Matsuoka of California, Kikuko Oshiro and Fumie Poka of Honolulu; one aunt; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Frank Ogawa Sr.

Frank “Pumpkin” Ogawa Sr., 71, of Hilo died Jan. 29, 2017, at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Hilo, he was a retired loader operator for Yamada &Sons.

Friends may call from 10–11 a.m. March 4 at Dodo Mortuary chapel for an 11 a.m. a celebration of his life. Casual attire.

He is survived by wife, Aileen Ogawa of Hilo; sons, Frank (Roslyn) Ogawa Jr., Kelden Frank Ogawa, Shane Ogawa, all of Hilo; stepdaughter, Jeanie (Kevin) Arakaki of Wailuku; sister, Rowena (Eddie) Noriega of Palm Springs, Calif.; brother, Dennis Ibanez of Hilo; 12 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and aunts.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Jacinto Conol Jr.

Jacinto Conol Jr., 65, of Mountain View died Feb. 18, 2017, at Hilo Medical Center. Born July 16, 1951, in Hilo, he was a retired truck driver instructor at Chevron USA and a caregiver for his spouse.

Visitation will be from 5-6 p.m. March 5 at Dodo Mortuary chapel with a 6 p.m. memorial service. Casual attire and flowers are welcomed.

He is survived by wife, Carolyn Conol of Mountain View; sons, Jacin Conol of Mountain View and Jino Conol of Auburn, Calif.; two grandsons; brothers, Paul (Melva) Conol and Ronnie (Miriam) Conol of Mountain View, Carl (Millie) Conol and Roy Conol of Hilo, Jeff Conol of Paradise Park; sisters, Carol Conol, Patricia Yung and Felicia (Dan) Waters of Arizona; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, uncles and aunts.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Emily Kauhaihao

Emily “Kauwe” Kauweakanoaakakawaleno haleakalakauweakekiniao koolau Kauhaihao, 83, of Captain Cook, died Feb. 1, 2017, at Life Care Center of Kona. Born July 17, 1933, in Honolulu, she was a retired kitchen helper for Kamigaki Store in Kealakekua and member of Lanakila Congregational Church.

Visitation will be at 9 a.m. March 11 at Lanakila Congregational Church with a 10 a.m. service. A luncheon will follow. Condolences may be sent to the family c/o T.Guillermo, P.O. Box 297, Captain Cook, Hawaii 96704. For information call 987-6495.

She is survived by sister, Margarette (Andres) Guillermo Sr. of Captain Cook; numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Remedios Bacxa

Remedios “Meding” Gonzales Bacxa, 85, of Kailua-Kona died Feb. 17, 2017, at her residence. Born June 10, 1931, in Laoag City, Philippines, she was a homemaker, a former teacher and laboratory assistant and a member of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Visitation will be at 10 a.m. March 18 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Holualoa with a 11 a.m. service. A luncheon will follow at Queen Liliuokalani Subdivision recreation center. For information call 329-1370.

She is survived by sons, Roland (Myrna) Bacxa, Justo Bacxa; daughters, Josephine (Manny) Sadumiano, Imelda (Irenio) Bulong, all of Kailua-Kona; seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Hilda Decker

Hilda Kathleen Decker, 90, of Waimea died Feb. 21, 2017, in Honokaa. Born Aug. 22, 1926, in Indiana, she was a Sunday school teacher and a homemaker.

Private services will be held. Online condolences may be posted on

She is survived by sons, Johnny (Marilyn) Decker of Stratham, N.H,; Robert (Pam) Decker of Waimea; daughter, Nancy (Michael) Douherty of Walnut Creek, Calif.; sister, Rosalee Rogers of Santa Rosa, Calif.;five grandchildren.

Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary-Kona.

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