Obituaries for Wednesday — March 5, 2003

Jodine Yago, Jeanne Balinong, Sergio Asuncion Sr., Pedro Saligumba, Sr., Benjamin Cabatan, Uichi Miyao


Jodine Yago

Jodine “Jodi” Renae Yago of Lihu’e, died at Wilcox Memorial Hospital on March 1, 2003 at the age of 31 after a courageous eight year battle with cancer.

Born in Heidelberg, Germany on Sept. 17, 1971, she was a Registration Manager with Kauai Medical Clinic.

Preceded in death by her father, Jerry Holt and step-father, Ronald Williams, she is survived by husband, Bernard; daughter, Kailee; mother, Vicki Williams of Hilo; brother, Jason Holt of Michigan; maternal grandmother, Judy Miller “Grams” of Reno, maternal grandfather, Edmund Learned of Washington, Nev., paternal grandparents, Katie and Ray Uptain, of Oregon; in-laws, Floro and Flora Yago of Puhi; Sonia and Eddie Topenio of Lihu’e; Wilfred and Editha Yago of Ewa Beach; Gerry and Kristle Yago of Kapolei; nieces and nephews, Tianna and Magen Holt, Robert and Tyler Topenio, Brandi, Viktor and Charmayne Yago, numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins.

A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 9, at the Salt Pond Pavilion in Hanapepe. The family request in lieu of donations, please donate blood in her name to the Blood Bank. Casual and swim wear attire is suggested and that flowers be omitted.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.


Jeanne Balinong

Jeanne Balinong of Wailua, Kaua’i, died at Wilcox Memorial Hospital on Feb. 27, 2003 at the age of 68.

Born in Canton, Ohio on Dec. 22, 1934, she was a homemaker.

She is preceded in death by daughter, Patti Balinong. She is survived by husband, Alby; two sons, Dale Pochinski of Idaho and Warren Balinong of Oma’o; three daughters, Angela Balinong of Kona, Donna Kovarik of Wailua and Alexis (Gordon) Carvalho of Wailua; 5 grandchildren; 1great-grandchild; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 7, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church; service officiated by Father Paul will begin at 10 a.m. Followed by interment at Kaua’i Veterans Cemetery in Hanapepe. Casual attire is suggested.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.


Sergio Asuncion Sr.

Sergio Asuncion Sr. of Hanama’ulu, Kaua’i, died at Wilcox Memorial Hospital on March 3, 2003 at the age of 78.

Born in Banqued Abra, Philippines on May 15, 1924 he move to Kaua’i in 1944. He was an irrigation field worker for Lihu’e Plantation and later retired in 1989.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred “Millie” Asuncion of Lihu’e; five sons: Sergio (Francine) Asuncion, Jr. of Lihu’e, Harold A. (Doreen) Asuncion of Puhi, Roland (Dione) Asuncion of Arizona, Bernard Asuncion of O’ahu, Christopher (Ellani) Asuncion of Kapa’a; three daughters: Lee Ann (Randal) Watanabe of Kapa’a, Carolyn Asuncion of Hanama’ulu, Priscilla Asuncion of Mexico; two brothers: Angel (Barbara) Asuncion of Wahiawa, O’ahu, George (Phylis) Mique of SanDiego, CA; 17 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces & nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Eduardo and Maria Gandeza Asuncion.

Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, March 8, at Holy Cross Church in Kalaheo from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. where memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. by Father Keahi. Inurnment to follow at Lihu’e Cemetery. Casual attire is suggested.

Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.


Pedro Saligumba, Sr.

Pedro Saligumba, Sr. of Kaumakani, died at Wilcox Memorial Hospital on Feb. 23, 2003 at the age of 92.

Born in Bohol, Philippines on Dec. 2, 1910, he was a retired mechanic with Olokele Sugar Company. He is survived by wife, Tarcela; three sons, Pedro Saligumba Jr. of Hanapepe, Frankie (Corazon) Saligumba of ‘Ele’ele, and Bob Saligumba of Hanapepe; two daughters, Tarcela (Keith) Shirota of Kahului, Maui; and Jenny Saligumba of Pullman, Washington; four grandchildren.

Friends may visit with the family at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, 2003 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kaumakani; service officiated by Father Larry will begin at 5:30 p.m. Casual attire is suggested.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.


Benjamin Cabatan

Benjamin Cabatan of Lihu’e, died on March 3, 2003, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital, at the age of 88. An equipment operator for McBryde Sugar, he was born in the Philippines on Aug. 21, 1914.

He is survived by his wife, Sergia Cabatan of Puhi; seven children, Emelda Cabatan of Puhi, Nestor Cabatan of Puhi, Leonardo (Primitiva) Cabatan of ‘Ele’ele, Norma (Claro) Reposar of Hanapepe, Lucing (Fernando) Nino of the Philippines, Triping Cabatan of the Philippines, and Puring (Justinyano) Abaya, Jr. of the Philippines. There are numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call on Friday, March 14, at Borthwick Mortuary Chapel in Koloa from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and again on Saturday, March 15, at Borthwick Mortuary Chapel where viewing will be at 9 a.m. Services will be conducted from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Kaua’i Memorial Gardens.

Arrangements by Borthwick Kaua’i Mortuary.


Uichi Miyao

Uichi Miyao of Makaweli, Kaua’i, died at Kauai Care Center on Feb. 24, 2003 at the age of 89.

Born in Koloa on July 9, 1914, he was a retired foreman with Gay & Robinson Plantation.

He is survived by five sons, Verne (Rose) Miyao of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Lance Miyao of Makaweli, Randy Miyao of Kalaheo, David (Lilia) Miyao of ‘Ele’ele and John (Gail) Miyao of Honolulu; daughter, Vicky (Walter) Rivera of Kingwood, Texas; and 4 grandchildren.

Friends may visit with the family at 3 p.m. on Sat. March 8, 2003 at the Garden Island Mortuary Chapel; private services will begin at 4 p.m. Casual attire is suggested and flowers omitted. Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

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