Obituaries for Thursday, July 18, 2002

Teotimo Batis, Masanobu Mukai, James Jones, Marjorie Sweeney, Gertrude E. Ezekiel

Teotimo Batis

Teotimo Batis of Kekaha, Kaua’i, died at Hale Omao Heritage Home on July 12, 2002 at the age of 88.

Born in Cebu, Philippines on Dec. 18, 1913, he was a Tractor Mechanic with Kekaha Sugar Plantation.

He is survived by four sons, Norman Batis of Las Vegas, NV., Jerry (Ann) Batis of San Diego, CA., Thomas (Judy) Batis of Kekaha, Kaua’i and Wayne (Karen) Batis of Kekaha, Kaua’i; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brother, Albert (Pauline) Batis of Oahu; nine sisters, Connie (Melecio) Mier of Colorado, Felicidad Valdez of Kekaha, Kaua’i; Gloria (Ralph) Aranita; Helen Ariola of Lawai, Kaua’i, Marie (Clem) Ceballos; Juanita (Paul) Parongao of ‘Ele’ele, Kaua’i; Sofronia Bate of Cebu, Philippines, Maxima Bate of Cebu, Philippines and Florence Hubahib of Waimea, Kaua’i.

Friends may visit with the family at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 22, at the St. Theresa Catholic Church; service to begin at 10 a.m. Followed by burial at the Kauai Veterans Cemetery.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd

Masanobu Mukai

Masanobu “Maxie” Mukai of Lihu’e, Kaua’i, went to be with his Lord on July 15, 2002 at the age of 86.

Born in Hanama’ulu, Kaua’i on Sept. 18, 1915, he was a Service Station Owner/Manager of Kauai Veterans Service Station.

He is survived by his wife, Shimoe of Lihu’e, Kaua’i; daughter, Julie (Gary) Dixon of Seattle, WA., grandchild, Chloe Dixon; sister, Kimiyo Takeuchi of Waimea, Kaua’i; numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with the family at 2:30 p.m. on Sat. July 20, 2002 at the Lihue Christian Church; service officiated by Pastor James Koyama will begin at 3 p.m. Casual attire is suggested and flowers omitted.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

James Jones

James Albert (Al) Jones of Princeville, died on July 13, 2002, at the age of 85. He was born Dec. 23, 1916, to John and Myrtle Jones in Kidder, S.D. After graduating from St. Cloud State University he taught school in Clarkfield, MN until the outbreak of W.W.II, at which time he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Following pilot training, he served in the Aleutian Islands.

After the war he earned a masters degree from the University of Minnesota, and later a Ph.D. from Iowa State University. He taught at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, where he was a professor of biology until his retirement in 1981. A long time advocate of ecology, he also worked as an environmental consultant for a number of firms in the upper Midwest.

He is survived by his wife: Shirley, five daughters: Peggy Don (Boggle) of Neosho, MO, Pat (Chuck) Brown of Oliva, MN, Cindy Laybourn of Excelsior, MN, Lynn (Lane) Berger of Eden Prairie, MN, and Laurie Coster of Kailua, HI. He is survived by 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 20, at 10 a.m. at the Lighthouse Christian Fellowship, 4760 Kuawa Rd, Koaluea, located on the road to the Guava Plantation.

Marjorie Sweeney

Marjorie Case Sweeney died in southern California on June 28, 2002, at the age of 89. Born in Canton Center, Connecticut, she moved to Hawai’i in 1937. She worked as a nurse on the Big Island in hospitals and dispensaries until 1965, when she moved to Kaua’i and worked at KVMH until retirement.

She is survived by her sons: Jim Sweeney of Berkeley, Calif., Sean Sweeney of Brisbane, Calif., Frank Sweeney (Mary Jo) of Koloa, and Lewis Sweeney (Debbie) of New York and daughter; Bridgett Hammerquist of Newport Beach, Calif. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at St. Raphael’s Church in Koloa on Aug. 16.

Gertrude E. Ezekiel

Gertrude E. Ezekiel of Waimea, Kauai, died on July 15, 2002 at the age of 91.

Born in Djakarta, Indonesia on Oct. 31, 1910, she was a high school home economic teacher.

She is survived by two daughters, Margaret Ezekiel Cull of Waimea, Kaua’i and Joyce Lachman of Los Angeles, Calif.; and one grandchild.

Friends may visit with the family at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 20, at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church; service officiated by Rev. Jan. C. Rudinoff will begin at 11 a.m. Casual attire is suggested.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

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