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Obituaries 11-8-13

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Tiffany Esperago

Tiffany Leialoha Esperago, 32, died Aug. 31, 2013, in Eugene, Ore. She was born Jan. 6, 1981 in Hilo.

Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 9 at Living Stones Church on Alii Drive. Lunch will follow.

She is survived by mother, Alisha Paul of Hawaiian Ocean View Estates; father, Micheal Esperago of Pahoa; sisters, Brandy Gomes of Kailua-Kona, Michelle Werner of Galveston, Texas; half-sister, Kelsy Miyake-Kamahele of Kailua-Kona; brothers, Cody Esperago of Kailua-Kona; half-brothers, Lane Miyake-Kamahele and Jake Miyake-Kamahele, both of Oahu; grandparents, Carol Paul and Kanui Esperago, both of Hilo, James Paul of Kailua-Kona; nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Margaret Veriato

Margaret Agnes Ah Sing Veriato, 91, of Hilo died Nov. 2, 2013, at Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center. Born in Hilo, she was a homemaker and member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Friends may call at 5 p.m. Nov. 12 at Dodo Mortuary chapel for a 6:30 p.m. wake. Friends may call again at 9 a.m. Nov. 13 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo for a 10 a.m. Mass. Burial follows at Homelani Memorial Park. Family requests casual attire be worn.

She is survived by sons, Franklin Veriato of Hilo, Steven Veriato of Texas, Rodney Veriato of Washington; daughter, Valerie Victorine of Hilo; brothers, Raymond Ah Sing of Wahiawa, Oahu, Walter Ah Sing of California, Melvin Ah Sing of Hilo; sisters, Katherine Lopez of Wahiawa, Oahu, Rosemarie Ciaramitaro, Agnes Ah Sing and Betty Lou Melanson, all of California; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Jane Webb

Jane Knowles Webb, 92, of Kailua-Kona and Weston, Mass., died Nov. 1, 2013, at her home. Born in Milton, Mass., she was a retired college professor, author and peace activist.

Friends may call at 9 a.m. Nov. 12 for a celebration of life at the Keauhou Surf and Racquet Club pavilion, 78-6800 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona. Donations in her memory may be made to American Friends Service Committee (, Colby Sawyer Junior College ( or

She is survived by husband, Robert Webb of Kailua-Kona; sons, Philip (Claudia) Webb of Arlington Heights, Ill., R. Scott (Jessica) Webb of Montclair, N.J.; daughter, Betsy (Rick) Guyre-Allen of Ocean View and Pukalani, Maui; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild, numerous cousins.

Shirley Helms

Shirley Catherine Slaughter Helms, 89, of Waimea died Oct. 25, 2013, at home. Born April 30, 1924, in Denver, she was a homemaker.

Plans are pending for a gathering in celebration of her life in late December. Contact Mike at 985-7550, or other family members for time and place. Any gifts or contributions may be made to North Hawaii Community Hospital or North Hawaii Hospice.

She is survived by daughters, Patricia Kimball of Puako, Carol Case of Waimea; son, Michael Helms of Fern Forest; brother, Charles Slaughter of Arizona; sister, Jane Slaughter of New Mexico; four grandchildren; one great-grandson; numerous nephews and nieces.

Chieko Iwasaki

Chieko Iwasaki, 95, of Hilo died Oct. 20, 2013, in the Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Facility. Born July 28, 1918, in Honolulu, she was a retired bookkeeper for the American Trading Co. in Hilo and member of Hilo Meishoin Buddhist Temple Kyodan and Fujinkai and the Lower Kawailani Kumiai.

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

She is survived by daughters, Lillian Lebel and Janice Ikawa, both of Hilo; brother, Akira Fujimoto of Hilo; sister, Emiko Kamei of Honolulu; hanai daughter, April Fely of Puna; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Kenji Murota

Kenji Murota, 96, of Hilo died Oct. 25, 2013, at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Paia, Maui, he was the retired owner of the former K. Murota Bus Service.

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

He is survived by sons, Kenneth Murota of Pearl City, Oahu, Melvin Murota of Honolulu; daughters, Eileen Murota, Kayleen Honda and Linda Tsunoda, all of Hilo; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Wayne Okada

Wayne Masaichi Okada, 79, of Hilo died Oct. 22, 2013, at Hilo Medical Center. Born April 4, 1934, in Hawi, he was a retired fumigator and retired proprietor of Okada’s Termite Control.

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

He is survived by wife, Irene Okada of Hilo; son, Clay Okada of Waikele, Oahu; daughter, Lorraine Okada of Hilo; brothers, Glenn Okada of Honolulu, Roy Okada of Hilo; sister, Karen Okada of Hilo; four grandchildren; numerous nieces and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Arthur Saiki

Arthur “Seibo” Seiya Saiki, 76, of Holualoa died Nov. 2, 2013, at his residence. Born Oct. 19, 1937, in Honolulu, he was a retired meat cutter for Matsuyama Store and former carpenter.

Private services were held. Memorial donations may be sent to Hospice of Kona, P.O. Box 4130, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740.

He is survived by wife, Betty Saiki of Holualoa; daughters, Sonja Kahawaii of Honolulu, Peggy Nakagawa of Holualoa; sons, Chuzo Kahawaii of Plano, Texas, Haruo Kahawaii of Kaneohe, Oahu, Osamu Kahawaii of Holualoa; sisters, Betty Maglasang, Miriam Fuchigami, Hiro Hamada; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Laura Perry

Laura Marie Perry, 92, died Oct. 26, 2013. Born June 15, 1921, in Lynn, Mass., she was a homemaker.

Private services were held.

She is survived by sons, Eric Perry of Waikoloa, Craig Perry of Tavares, Fla.; daughter, Lynn (Perry) Liebers of Gloversville, N.Y.; four grandchildren.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.