Obituaries for Thursday — October 30, 2003

• Cornelio Lutao Jr.

• William “Bill” Helm

• Hazel Gahran

• Ryan Duarte


Cornelio Lutao Jr.

Cornelio Begara Lutao Jr., died on Dec. 14, 2002 in Mansilingan, Bacolod City, P.I. at the age of 43.

He was born on December 25, 1959 in Pontevedra and was buried in Bacolod Memorial Park City, P.I.

He is preceded in death by his father, Carnelio Begara Lutao Sr. He is survived by his mother, Lucia Lutao; four sisters, Patricia (Delfin) Cariaga, Zeny (Benjamin) Cavdari Sr., Angles Lutao, Conchita Lopez; six brothers, Leo (Edith) Lutao, Fernando (Belen) Lutao and Joseph Lutao all from Bacolod City P.I., Domingo (Ming) Lutao, Mansueto (Ade) Lutao, Salvador (Mercy) Lutao.


William “Bill” Helm

A special memorial service will be held Saturday, for former Kaua‘i resident William “Bill” Helm, who died May 11, 2001, at the age of 82.

Stationed on Kaua‘i during the war, he returned to live here after retiring from a job which took him around the world. He stayed on Kaua‘i for over 12 years before moving back to the mainland to be closer to his family.

On Sept. 11, 2001, his daughter and son-in-law were bringing his remains home to Kaua‘i for a burial when they perished aboard Flight 77. Saturday, his remaining son, daughter and son-inlaw are returning to Kaua‘i to bid him a final farewell. Those who knew Bill are welcome to attend the memorial service at Kaua‘i Veterans’ Cemetery in Hanapepe at 11 a.m.


Hazel Gahran

Hazel Gahran died Oct. 24, 2003, at Wilcox Hospital at the age of 86.

Born in Hartford, Conn., she worked in the record business, eventually becoming manager of the record department of Schirmer’s Music in New York. During World War II, Mrs. Gahran volunteered with the USO and worked with Celeste Holm, Mary Martin, Imogene Coca, and other Broadway legends. After the war she married Robert Augustus Gahran of Albany, New York. In 1948, the couple relocated to Hawai‘i, where Mr. Gahran had been stationed during the war. After several years with the Hawaii State Library, Mr. Gahran accepted a position with the Lihue Public Library and the family moved to Kaua‘i. Always active in her community, Hazel opened one of the first book stores on the island: The Book Mark. The Gahrans were founding members of the Kauai Community Players, and frequently hosted members of the Honolulu Symphony when they came here for a concert.

The family relocated to Spokane, Wash., for several years, while their son, Christopher, attended Gonzaga Preparatory School. Robert was a librarian at Gonzaga University in Spokane, and Hazel worked part-time at the Spokane Public Library. After their son’s graduation, the couple returned to Kaua‘i where he became Director of the Kauai Museum and Mrs. Gahran managed the museum shop. A long time member of Zonta, Hazel devoted many hours to volunteer work with the Wilcox Hospital Auxiliary.

She also hosted a radio show sponsored by the Hawaii Sugar Planters’ Association in the 1950s. The show, which featured interviews with visiting celebrities and prominent local personalities, was an early example of “talk radio.”

Mrs. Gahran is survived by son, Christopher of New York, sister Dorothy Hoyt of Connecticut and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Requiem Mass will be said for her at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, October 31, at Immaculate Conception Church.

Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary. The family requests that flowers be omitted. Memorial donations may be made to Immaculate Conception Church or the Kauai Museum.


Ryan Duarte

Ryan Norman Duarte of Makawao, Maui, died Oct. 27, 2003, at the age of 34.

Born on Kaua‘i on Dec. 21, 1968, he was a Service Consultant with Maui Toyota; and also graduated from Waimea High School in June 1995.

Preceded in death by his mother, Patricia Rose Duarte and brother, Darrick John Duarte, he is survived by two daughters, Tiffanie and Cheyanne Duarte, both of ‘Ele‘ele; father, Ronald “Skippy” Duarte of Kalaheo; two sisters, Pernella (Jesse) Soares and Elizabeth (Derek Arakaki) Duarte, both of Kalaheo; two brothers, Ronald (Marleen) Duarte Jr. and Caesar (Vanessa) Duarte, both of Kalaheo; also survived by Editha Arrocena; numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins; companion, Jerry Nelson of Makawao, Maui.

Friends may visit with the family from 9-11 a.m.; on Sat., Nov. 1, at the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Kalaheo; Mass to follow officiated by Father Biz.

Local arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

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