Obituaries for Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Epati Su‘esu‘e Faima

Epati Su‘esu‘e Faima,76, of Kapaa, passed away at Wilcox Medical Center on Oct. 6, 2018. He was born in American Samoa on May 23, 1942, and retired as a carpenter with Carpenter Union Local 745.

He is survived by wife Marilyn Nani Faima of Kapaa, children Herbert (Hilary) Faima of Wailua, Marilyn Fuipu‘a (Brandon) Oili of Oahu, Patrick Faima of Wailua and Herberlyn Louiza Faima of Kapaa, 12 grandchildren, brothers Masina “Mike” Su‘esu‘e and Su‘esu‘e Su‘esu‘e, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be held inside the large pavilion at Lydgate Park on Sunday, Nov. 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Kauai Memorial Gardens &Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Gavin Ishii

Gavin Ishii, 39, of Oxnard, California, was tragically taken too soon doing what he loved the most on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. Rest easy until we see you again.

He was born on March 13, 1979 on Kauai. Moving to Oxnard, California as a teenager, you could take the boy from the island but never take the island from the boy. A true local boy at heart, he loved his family, his home state, animals, cars and good food. He finally found his stride in life, graduating from technical school and finding a great career at Kaiser Air Conditioning, where he could put his handiness and work ethic to good use.

A proud father, beloved son and cherished brother, he will be missed by friends and family alike. He is survived by his son Tyler Fontanilla of Kapaa, parents Linda and Ronald Robles of Oxnard, California, brother Shane (Rick) Ishii-Huffer of Auburn, Washington, stepsister Celina (Ryan) Osgood of San Diego, stepbrother Ronald (Ashley) Robles Jr. and stepsister Sofia (Leo) Jurado of Oxnard, California, niece Tabytha and nephews Ronald III, Nolan and Nixon, and extended families. His grandmother Mary Lou Correa and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins of the Ishii, Correa and Robles families join in our grief.

He was preceded in death by father Steve Ishii, and grandparents Harold Correa and Hideaki and Yoshino Ishii of Kauai.

A celebration of life service will be held at Holy Cross Church in Kalaheo on Saturday, Nov. 17, with visitation from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. with Mass to follow.

The family suggests casual attire, and is accepting flowers and lei.

Joseph Conrad Kauahi Sr.

Joseph Conrad Kauahi Sr., 67, of Kekaha, passed away on Oct. 30, 2018, at Wilcox Medical Center.

Born on Aug. 17, 1951 on Kauai, he was a retired law enforcement agent with the Kauai Police Department.

He was preceded in death by parents Clarence and Helen Kauahi, son Joey Kauahi, and sister Lorraine Brun.

He is survived by son Keith Kama Kauahi of Kekaha, daughters Crystal Kanani (Richard) Graham of Utah and Heizel Kauahi of Hanapepe, grandchildren Connor Graham and Allysa, Ayson and Aidan Kauahi, brothers Anthony (Beverly) Kauahi of Kekaha and Harvey (Collette) Kauahi of Kalaheo, sisters Claire (Charles) Carveiro of Kalaheo, Leila Vasconcellos of Koloa, Verna Kauahi of Koloa and Carol Apilado of Kekaha, daughter-in-law Heizel Kauahi, and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, Nov. 17, at St. Theresa Church in Kekaha from 8 to 9:45 a.m., where Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m.

Burial will follow at Kauai Veterans Cemetery in Hanapepe.

The family suggests casual attire.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Alison Rosemary Beardsworth ‘Ali’ Koepfgen

Alison Rosemary Beardsworth Koepfgen, 59, passed peacefully away on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, at her home in Kekaha, after a valiant fight against cancer.

She was born in Hinckley, United Kingdom, on March 7, 1959, to Molly Brinham Beardsworth and Dr. Brian Smith Beardsworth. She is survived by husband Donald Fred Koepfgen, beloved (90-year-old) parents, brother Jonathon Paul Beardsworth and family of Burbage, United Kingdom, sisters Isabelle Molly Beardsworth of Petaluma, California, Sheila Joy Woodward of Walsall, United Kingdom, and Dr. Helen Kathryn Howes of Hinckley, United Kingdom, six nephews, four nieces, one great-nephew, one great-niece, two uncles and six cousins.

She was preceded in death by brother Timothy Stephen Beardsworth, grandmother Winifred “Nanny” Violet Brinham, and grandma Alice Smith.

It was fitting Alison died on Guy Fawkes Night, as she exploded into the family as the third child. In a moment of exasperation at her antics and constant chatter, she said to her mother, “Aren’t you glad I wasn’t twins.” She was a unique person and a ball of energy she propelled into her life and in service to others. After high school she attended nursing school in Nottingham, United Kingdom, then traveled and married Don, characteristically on Feb. 29, 1988 (leap year) on Kauai. She worked and traveled extensively abroad with her husband until settling back on Kauai. She became an accomplished massage therapist specializing in myofacial/cranial work at Alexander Spa for 15 years and her own business, Restoration Works.

She loved Kauai and dedicated much of her free time taking care of the aina through volunteering with the Kokee Resource Conservation Program, protecting the indigenous flora and fauna of the special place. She had myriad interests including backpacking, exploring, motorcycling with her husband, playing the piano, and even completed a solo flight in hang gliding. She was an avid long-distance runner, completing some 15 marathons over two decades. She gave so much to so many. She was much loved.

A celebration of life will be held at Kokee State Park pavilion near the museum on Kanaloahuluhulu Meadow on Sunday, Nov. 18, beginning at 10:30 a.m. It is a potluck, BYOB, chairs and blankets to see a slide show and participate in open-mic sharing. Mahalo.

For further information, call 415-601-1801.

Kauai Memorial Gardens &Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Juana Galera Jacinto

Juana Galera Jacinto, 87, of Eleele, passed away on Oct. 3, 2018, at her home in Eleele.

She was born on Jan. 10, 1931, in Agoo, La Union, Philippines.

She was preceded in death by husband Guillermo Unico Jacinto, son Joseph Galera Jacinto, and parents Leoncio and Maria Galera.

She is survived by sons Ernesto Galera Jacinto and Amador (Jan) Galera Jacinto, daughter Veda Marie Jacinto Pascua, five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family on Monday, Nov. 19, at St. Theresa Church in Kekaha from 8 to 9:45 a.m., where Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will be private with the family only.

The family suggests casual attire.

Borthwick Kauai Mortuary is assisting the family with arrange

Paula Jane Yamamoto

Paula Jane Yamamoto, 64, passed away on Nov. 1, 2018, at Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital.

Born on Sept. 5, 1954, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital, she was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by parents Toshikatsu and Mutsue Yamamoto.

She is survived by brother Keith (Raynette) Yamamoto of Eleele, nephew Keanu Yamamoto of Eleele, niece Mia Yamamoto of Eleele, and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 3 p.m. at the Lihue Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

The family suggests casual attire.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Sinforoso Macadangdang Antonio

Sinforoso Macadangdang Antonio passed away on Nov. 2, 2018, at Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital. He was born on May 23, 1933 in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. He retired from Kauai Resort as a kitchen utility worker.

He was preceded in death by parents Crispolo and Saturnina Antonio, brother Manuel and sister Aurora. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Consolacion (Tangonan) Antonio, daughter Agnes, son Alvin, brother Andres in the Philippines, and many nieces and nephews.

Viewing will be from 8 to 9:45 a.m. and Mass will follow at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, at Immaculate Conception Church in Lihue. Burial will follow at Kauai Memorial Gardens. Borthwick Kauai Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Masanori Emoto

Masanori Emoto, 98, of Hanapepe, passed away on Nov. 8, 2018, in Waimea.

Born on Aug. 29, 1920, in Kekaha, he was a retired shop superintendent with Kekaha Sugar Company.

He was preceded in death by parents Matahei and Etsu Emoto, wife Shizuko Emoto, sister Tokie Miyake and brother Mike Emoto.

He is survived by son Jeffrey (Gail) Emoto of Hanapepe, daughter Donna (James) Fuji of Eleele, grandchildren Ashley (Kevin) Newton, Joel Fuji, Jacie Emoto, Lyndi (Damon) Chong and Thad (Desiree) Fuji, great-grandchildren Hope Newton, Lucy Newton, Noah Chong, Willow Chong, Keola Ching Teyah Fuji and Tavena Fuji, sister Yukiko Van Landingham of Florida, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, Nov. 18, at Garden Island Mortuary chapel in Lawai from 2 p.m., with services at 3 p.m.

The family suggests casual attire.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Presentacion Deleon Fermin

Presentacion Deleon Fermin, 81, of Eleele, passed away on Nov. 8, 2018, at Wilcox Medical Center.

Born on Jan. 11, 1937 in Maananteng, Solsona, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, she was a retired hotel inspectress and teacher of English as a second language.

She was preceded in death by daughter Grace Fermin Dixon, parents Angel Deleon and Adela Pascual, and sister Purification Domingo.

She is survived by husband Ricardo Sales Fermin of Eleele, son Randall (Chrystal) Lee Deleon Fermin of Oahu, daughter Aileen Deleon Fermin of Eleele, grandchildren Timothy Dixon, Jessica Dixon, Madison Fermin, Makanalani Fermin and Mallory Fermin, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17, at Garden Island Mortuary chapel in Lawai from 3 p.m., with services at 3:30 p.m. The family suggests casual attire and requests that flowers be omitted.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

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