Obituaries for Friday — August 01, 2003

• Joyce Thompson

• Mary Oshiro

• Sydney Sakai


Joyce Thompson

Lihu‘e resident Joyce C. Thompson passed away on June 20, 2003. A lifelong educator, she graduated from University of California, Berkeley, and received her Masters degree in Education from Mills College in Oakland, CA. She held teaching credentials in Pre-school, Elementary and Junior High School, and Community College education, which she also received in California.

During her long teaching career, Joyce worked at schools in California, Alaska, and Hawaii. On Lana‘i, she worked at the Keiki o Lana‘i preschool in 1989 and 1990. In 1990, she also served as a Site Director for Princess Nahi‘ena‘ena School on Maui. Here on Kauai, she served as an activity aide at Wilcox School.

She loved nature’s beauty, and enjoyed sharing it with children of all ages. While working at the Hayward California Recreation Department, she developed programs for teaching young children about the natural world through songs, arts, games, and hikes. The success of this program led her to write a Guide to Teaching in the Out-of-Doors.

Her work as an educator was not limited to youngsters, however. She also helped developmentally disabled adults at Twelve Acres Residential Facility in San Jose, California, and served as a nurses aide to elderly people at Fern Lodge Nursing Facility in California.

Joyce was also a member of Christian Science Society, Kaua‘i. She served this church as a Reader, Director, and Treasurer.


Mary Oshiro

Mary Oshiro of Koloa, died at her residence on July 29, 2003 at the age of 81.

Born in Hawai‘i, on March 12, 1922, she was a homemaker.

She is survived by her husband, Yoshinobu “Lefty” Oshiro of Koloa; daughters, Jaeda (Curtis) Elvenia of Koloa, Colette (Glen) Akau, Mary Lee Pemberton, Nancy (Paul) Andrade, Marlynne (Jesse) Felipe, Judy (Hamilton) Rodrigues; three sisters, Rose Aranio, Frances Kamibayashi, Julia Rodrigues; three brothers, Joseph, Manuel and Nick Castillo, 15 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren.

Friends may visit with the family on Monday, Aug. 4, at Koloa Assembly of God Church from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. where services will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Burial to follow at church cemetery. Casual attire is suggested.

Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.


Sydney Sakai

Sydney Sadao Sakai of Oma‘o, died at home on July 25, 2003 at the age of 57.

Born in Lihu‘e on October 27, 1945 he was a Senior Air Condition/Refrigeration Mechanic with ITT Industries.

He is survived by wife, Edith; son, Sean (Pauline) Sakai of Oma‘o; daughter, Sydette (Mark) Hamasaki of Oma‘o; mother, Haruko Sakai; two brothers, Colin Sakai of Puhi and Sterling Sakai of San Francisco, CA.; sister, Penny Dusenberry of Puhi; 5 grandchildren, Shana Oshima, Sharla Dela Cruz, Shantell Sakai, Justin Hamasaki and Sheldon Sakai, numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family at 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 2, at the Garden Island Mortuary Chapel; service to 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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