Obituaries 10-25-13


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Yonola Cho

Yonola Olani Cho, 67, of Kealakekua died Oct. 21, 2013. She was born June 13, 1946, in Honolulu.

A celebration of life will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 26 at Honaunau Beach.

She is survived by sisters, Abigail (Victorino) Bio of San Antonio, Charlene Taketa of Kawanui; several nieces and nephews.

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

Virginia Mathison

Virginia “Sister Matt” Trelma Mathison (Kelch), 86, of Volcano died Oct. 16, 2013, at her residence. Born June 22, 1927, in California, she co-directed the Pentecostal Children’s Home in Alaska before filling the pulpits of various churches on Oahu and the Big Island, including Kona Gospel Chapel in Kealakekua, Haleiwa Assembly of God and Glad Tidings Assembly of God in Hilo. She also co-founded Volcano Assembly of God.

Friends may call at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Volcano Assembly of God for a service. Burial follows at Alae Cemetery in Hilo. Family requests aloha attire be worn and no flowers. Any gifts or contributions may be made to Volcano Assembly of God, with “Missions” indicated in the memo.

She is survived by daughters, Susan (Mike) Bryant of Volcano, Linda (Casey) Cochran of Georgia; son, Kenneth Mathison of Arizona; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home.

Hiromi Hatada

Hiromi Hatada, 94, of Hilo died Oct. 19, 2013, at Hilo Medical Center. Born Feb. 8, 1919, in Hilo, she was a homemaker and member of Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin and Fujinkai.

Friends may call at 4 p.m. Oct. 29 at Dodo Mortuary chapel in Hilo for a 5 p.m. service. Family requests casual attire be worn and no flowers.

She is survived by husband, Shunichi Hatada of Hilo; sons, Wesley Hatada of Hilo, Maurice Hatada of Honolulu; daughter, Frances Sadayasu of Hilo; brothers, Kiyoshi Matsuoka of Anaheim Hills, Calif., Hisashi Matsuoka of Hilo; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; numerous nephews and nieces.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Tyrone Reinhardt

Kahu Tyrone Lee Kealiiaimoku Reinhardt, 73, of Waimea died Sept. 27, 2013, at home. Born Sept. 12, 1940. in Waipahu, he retired from United Church of Christ as a minister.

Friends may call at 10 a.m. Nov. 9 at Imiola Congregational Church in Waimea for an 11 a.m. service. Inurnment will be at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 10 at Ka Home Maha Mau Cemetery on Maui. Family requests casual attire be worn and no flowers.

He is survived by daughters, Sarah Kamalei (Sheldon) Sunada of Honolulu, Katarina Bahnsen-Reinhardt of Oregon, Hana Reinhardt of California; son, Henry Reinhardt of California; sister, Tina Stuart of Waimea; one niece.

Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Edward Oakley

Edward Lee Oakley, 66, of Kailua-Kona died Oct. 8, 2013. Born Sept. 6, 1947, in Pittsburg, Calif., Oakley worked in the construction field and was a bartender for the Hilton Waikoloa for 10 years.

Friends are welcome to call Bryan at 443-1058 for service information.

He is survived by sons, Bryan Oakley of Kailua-Kona, Scott Oakley of Los Angeles; brother, Michael Oakley of Richmond, Texas; sisters, Carolyn McKennan of Aptos, Calif., Barbara Carr of Palmer, Alaska; one grandson; several nieces and nephews.

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

Gilbert Wiggins

Gilbert Webster Wiggins, 71, of Hilo died Oct. 15, 2013, at Hilo Medical Center. Born Feb. 1, 1941, in Newport News, Va., he was a pawn broker, a Vietnam War Army and Air Force veteran who earned a Purple Heart and three Bronze Star Medals and member of the American Legion Post 432 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3875.

No services are planned. Online condolences may be posted at homelanimemorialpark.com.

He is survived by a nephew, James Ross of Cambria, Calif.

Ernest Moerlien

Ernest Donald Moerlien, 88, of Kailua-Kona died Oct. 3, 2013, at his residence. Born Aug. 24, 1925, in Granite City, Ill., he was a retired auto body business owner and World War II Navy veteran.

Private services were held.

He is survived by wife, Grace Moerlien of Kailua-Kona; daughter, Anita Moerlien of San Jose, Calif.; sons, Nathan Moerlien and Preston Moerlien, both of San Jose, Calif., Stephen Moerlein of Clayton, Mo.; brothers, James Moerlien of Edmonton, Ky., Henry (Judi) Moerlien of Chicago, David (Biana) Moerlien of Jacksonville, Fla.; sisters, Margaret (Dave) Howard of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., Janice Reinhart of East Alton, Ill.; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Kazuko Borish

Kazuko Kuriyama Borish, 81, of Paauilo died Oct. 10, 2013, at her residence. Born in Tokyo, she was a retired secretary and Paauilo Kongoji Mission and Thursday Senior Handicap Bowling League member.

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

She is survived by companion, Murao Suzuki of Paauilo; daughter, Patricia (Walter) Mikell of Riverside, Calif.; sons, Richard (Cheryl) Borish and Eric Borish, both of Riverside, Calif.; sisters, Shoko Steele of Keaau, Sachiko (Alden) Berkenshire of New Hampshire; seven grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Justin Smith

Justin Elmer Smith, 38, of Ocean View died Sept. 15, 2013, in the Kona Community Hospital. Born March 19, 1975, in Portland, Ore., he was a construction laborer.

Private services will be held.

He is survived by father, Larry Smith of Sandy, Ore.; mother, Judy (Charles) Cook of Oregon City, Ore.; brothers, Clinton Smith, Charles Cook, Nathan Cook and Dylan Cook, all of Oregon City, Ore.; maternal grandparents, Raymond and Lillie Simpson of Yuma, Ariz.; girlfriend, Ayzsha Nakapalau of Ocean View.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Nalani Markell

Nalani Eleanor Rita “Lani” Markell, 50, of Hilo died Oct. 11, 2013, at the Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama facility. Born in Honolulu, she was a legal assistant with the state Attorney General’s Office, a freelance artist and photographer and member of the Kaumana Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kamehameha Schools Alumni Association, The Ship for World Youth No. 1 and Hawaii Government Employees Association.

Private services will be held on Oahu.

She is survived by parents, Elliott Markell Jr. and Mona Markell, both of Volcano; sister, Moana Molale of Hilo; brother, Elliott Markell III of Honolulu; three nephews; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.