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Obituaries: 3-20-17

March 20, 2017 - 12:05am

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Mariano delos Santos

Mariano Viloria delos Santos, 65, of Pahala died Feb. 10, 2017, at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. Born Nov. 2, 1951, in Barbar, San Juan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines, he was a retired wheel tractor operator for Royal Hawaiian Orchards in Pahala and member of the Pahala Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

An all-night vigil will be held on March 22 at the delos Santos residence at 96-3127 Puahala Street in Pahala, Visitation from 5 p.m. Friends may call at 8 a.m. on March 23 at Pahala Holy Rosary Catholic Church for a 10 a.m. Mass. Casual attire and flowers and lei are welcomed. Burial to follow at the Pahala Catholic Church Cemetery.

He is survived by wife, Francisca Penera delos Santos of Pahala; daughters, Marife (Percival) Nazaire of Kailua-Kona, Maribel (Dayne, Sr.) Tsunezumi of Makakilo, Oahu, May (Philip) Galacio and Maricel (Mikhal) Graig of Pahala; brothers, Marino (Rufina) delos Santos and Manuel (Erlinda) delos Santos of Philippines; sister, Dionisia (Benito) Visoria, Antonina delos Santos Verano and Apolonia (Diego Jr.) Dador of Philippines; five grandchildren; 12 nephews, 10 nieces and one grandniece.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Michael Spalding

Michael Kimo Spalding, 50, of Hilo died March 1, 2017, at Hilo Medical Center. Born Jan. 5, 1967, in Hilo, he was a Tahitian drum maker, the president of Poe O Hawaii, a member of the Culture and Music of Pacific Islands and a member of Koa Puna Motorcycle Club.

Visitation will be held from 8-10 a.m. March 25 at Dodo Mortuary chapel, Hilo with a 10 a.m. celebration of his life. Cremation will follow. Casual attire.

He is survived by wife, Monalisa Spalding of Hilo; daughters, Michaelette (Weston) Yamada of Oahu, Melissa Spalding-Carriaga, Eden Spalding-Carriaga and Micolle (Casey) Spalding-Carriaga, all of Hilo; mother, Daisy Spalding of Hilo; sisters, Gwen (Harold) Spalding-Mercado, Crystal (Cisco) Spalding-Poepoe and Victoria (Thomas) Spalding-Harris, all of Hilo; two grandchildren; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Hilo Branch.

Tien Tran

Tien Minh Tran, 24, of Aurora, Colo., died March 7, 2017, at Nederland, Colo. Born in Hawaii, he was a Senior Airman with U,S. Air Force.

Friends may call from 3-4 p.m. March 23 at Dodo Mortuary chapel for a 4 p.m. wake service. Friends may also call from 9-10:30 a.m. March 24 at St. Joseph Catholic Church for a 10:30 a.m. Mass, followed by burial at the Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. The family requests casual attire.

He is survived by father, Frank Tran of Houston; Step mother, Phung Mai of Houston; mother, Nhan Tran of Kurtistown; brother, Luan Tran of Pearl City, Oahu; sister, Sandy Tran of Las Vegas; a niece and a nephew.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Hilo.

Elsie Fontes

Elsie Fontes, 90, of Honolulu died March 14, 2017, at the Liliha Health Care Center of Oahu. She was a homemaker.

Friends may call at 9:30 a.m. March 23 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo for a 10:30 a.m. Mass. Burial will follow at the Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. The family requests casual attire and that flowers are welcome.

She is survived by son, Damian Fontes of Kaneohe, Oahu; daughters, Donna Fagót of Los Angeles, Eloise Akau of Seattle, Trudy Cutler of Los Angeles; sister, Lorene Della Torre of Kona; five grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren; cousins, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Hilo.

Steve Morishita

Steve Rikio Morishita, 62, of Hilo died March 4, 2017, at his home. Born in Hilo, he was retired from the United States Postal Service and a member of Hilo Hongwanji Judo Club.

Friends may call at 5 p.m. March 24 at Dodo Mortuary chapel in Hilo for a 6 p.m. service. Family requests casual attire be worn.

He is survived by wife, Michelle Morishita of Hilo; sons, Chase Morishita, Blaine (Carrie) Morishita, Ashley Morishita, all of Hilo; brother, Jon Morishita of Mountain View; sister, Ann (Michael) Imaizumi of Papaikou; four grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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