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• David L. Gonzalez
• Yvonne Somera Wilson
• Michael Bonilla Sr.
• Earl Anthony Apo
• Arendje Wasano
• Vance Lee Akiyama
• Lenna Ryll
David L. Gonzalez
David L. Gonzalez, 65, born on January 7, 1939, entered into rest on January 3, 2005.
He was the loving husband of Vicki Gonzalez for 25 years. Father to Terri Castro-Chavez (Carlos) of Stockton, Calif., and step-father to Vanessa Castro-Drivon (David) of Stockton, Calif. and Toni Castro (Reba Gonzalez) of Renton, Wash.; and hanai keiki Jude Huber of Moloa‘a and Damon Hauk of Maine and Kaua‘i, loving grandfather to numerous grandchildren; brother of Molly Jones (Stan) of Penn Valley, Calif. and Bacilio Gonzalez of Stockton, Calif.
A native of Stockton, Calif., David and Vicki relocated to Kaua‘i, in 1984 where they resided for 17 years. While on Kaua‘i, David was an employee associate for the jewelry store, the Black Pearl at Coconut Marketplace, and retired after 12 years of dedicated service as a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor at Serenity House, Po‘ailani and the Hina-Mauka Treatment Center, helping many addicts find freedom from active drug addiction.
David received an honorable discharge from the National Guard and was an active member and sponsor in Narcotics Anonymous (he would have celebrated 20 years clean on April 3, 2005). He loved spending time with his wife, grandchildren, and his loving pets “Damon” and “Sabie”, watching sports and old movies, eating great foods, and his favorite pastime, boogie boarding.
David’s remains (transported by his adopted son, Damon) will return to Kaua‘i where he found healing, serenity, life-long friendships and his “Aloha Spirit.” A memorial gathering to scatter his ashes followed by a Celebration of Life service will be held at Wailua Beach (by the bridge), 12 noon, Sunday, Jan. 16. Please bring flowers to scatter and a surfboard or boogie board.
Yvonne Somera Wilson
Yvonne Y. Somera Wilson of Port Austin, Mich., died Monday, Dec. 27, at the Huron Medical Care Facility near Bad Axe, Michigan at the age of 56.
Born in Honolulu on Aug. 31, 1948, she was the daughter of the late Damaso and Rosita (Langtad) Somera and was raised in Anahola and Kapa‘a by her late grandparents, Sotero and Laurencia Langtad. She graduated in 1966 from Kapa‘a High School.
In addition to her husband, Charles Wilson, she is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Chad and Kiyoko Willey of San Diego, Calif.; three grandchildren: Summer, Naomi and Aaron Willey; brother and sister-in-law, Rudy and Elena Somera of Lihu‘e; sister and brother-in-law, Claudia (Somera) and Howard Kanai of Kaneohe and Kauai Creations by Cleo. She is also survived by special aunts and uncles: Caesar Rubio, Espe (Stanley) Oana; aunt Lorraine Paler, uncle George (Kathleen) Langtad; several cousins, nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by uncles and aunts, Rose Rubio, Among Langtad, Serbando Paler, and Robert Langtad.
A celebration of Yvonne’s life will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
Michael Bonilla Sr.
Michael “Mike or Cisco” Bonilla, Sr. of Puhi, died Jan. 6, 2005, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at the age of 74.
Born Feb. 8, 1930, in Koloa, he was a trailer driver for Grove Farm & McBryde Sugar Plantation.
He is survived by his wife: Dorothy “Dottie” Bacarro Bonilla of Puhi; five daughters: Anita (William) Kaneakua of Lihu‘e, Marie (Wes Uchida) Bonilla of Kapa‘a, Virgie (Larry) Texeira of Hanama‘ulu, JoAnn (Keith) Silva of Kekaha, and Lola (Charlie Tam-Hoy) Bonilla of Honolulu; two sons; Michael (Thelma) Bonilla, Jr. of Puhi and Wayne Jeffrey (Audrey) Bonilla of Lihu‘e and his favorite brother Antone (Tony) Bonilla of Kapa‘a; 18 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
Services are scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 20, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kapaia at 9 a.m. Service at 11 a.m. Scattering will be held at a later date at Kukuiula Harbor. Casual attire is suggested. Arrangements are being handled by Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home.
Earl Anthony Apo
Earl Anthony Apo, Sr. of Hanama‘ulu, died at Maui Memorial Hospital on Jan. 9, 2005, at the age of 78.
Born in Wailuku, Maui, he was a retired police officer.
He is survived by his wife, Agnes Cummings Apo; three sons: Earl Apo, Jr., Carl Apo and Byron Apo; and one daughter: Debbie Liu; 16 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Also surviving are four brothers, Jesse Apo of Maui, Ralph (Anne) Apo of O‘ahu, Francis (Mokihana) Apo of Maui and Patrick (Kitty) Apo of Molokai; and two sisters: Bernice Lei (Richard) Tam of O‘ahu and Sarah Pua Iaea of O‘ahu
Friends may call from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 22, at St. Anthony’s Church on Maui where services will be held at noon. Burial will follow at Maui Veterans’ Cemetery.
Arendje “Anne” Wasano of Sanford, Fla., and Kapa‘a died at home in Sanford, on Nov. 14, 2004, at the age of 73.
Born in Amsterdam, Holland on Oct. 27, 1931, she was an entrepreneur and loved collecting and selling antiques.
She is survived by her husband, Rodney Wasano of Lihu‘e; daughters: Loukey (Nico) Duin of Holland, Carol (Roland) Cristobal of Kapa‘a, Milded Royals of Lihu‘e, Anki (Alden) Takata of Lihu‘e; 6 grandchildren,Leah Royals, Lehua Cristobal, Sasha Sogi, Traci Cristobal, Anya and Katsumi Takata; two great grandchildren: Alex and Jeffery and three sisters: Willemiena De Kater of Holland, Geerteruide De Kater of Holland and Louise Romans De Kater of Florida, also many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends and family may call on Jan. 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Anki’s residence at 3236 Hiraoka St., in Lihu‘e behind Kentucky Fried Chicken. A festival of life will be held in her honor at 1 p.m. Casual attire is suggested. Arrangements are being handled by the family. Pupus will follow. For information, call 245-8102.
Vance Lee Akiyama
Vance Lee Akiyama of Ogden, Utah and Lihu‘e, died Dec. 18, 2004, in Salt Lake City, Utah at the age of 23.
He was born April 22, 1981 in Honolulu, lived most of his life on Kaua‘i, and is a 1999 Kauai‘i High School graduate. He relocated to Ogden in 2001 to attend Weber State University.
He became a team member of Weber State’s nationally ranked bowling team, and received numerous awards of excellence for leading his team to break national college records.
While a college student, he became owner/operator of Ace’s Pro shop, in Hilltop Lanes. Over the next two years he expanded his operations and opened pro shops at Davis Lanes, Bonwood Bowl, and Sandy Brunswick Lanes. He also became an owner/landlord of an apartment building in Ogden, and was hired by one of the largest bowling manufacturing companies in the world, Storm Bowling Products in Brigham City, as a Technical Services Manager.
Bowling was Vance’s life. At age 13 he said he wanted to be a professional bowler.
He self-taught and educated himself to learn everything about bowling, and became an expert in that field, becoming one of the first and youngest of 212 bowling pro shop and instructional professionals in the world to have earned Technical Certification from the International Bowling Pro Shop & Instructors Association. He was always willing to share his knowledge and this, with his easygoing manner, helped him forge personal and professional friendships and gain respect from countless people in Hawai‘i, Utah and across the states.
Surviving are his mother, Rose Akiyama Probasco, Lihu‘e; sister Wendy K. Akiyama, Portland, OR; grandmother Cleophas Kubota, Honolulu; honorary friends Darryl Izumo, Mike Sukehira, Lihu‘e; Denny Yu, Eri Ogami, Ogden, Utah; numerous dear and beloved friends in Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i and Utah and father, Roddy Akiyama, Waipahu.
Memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 29, at 10 a.m. at Lihu‘e Christian Church, 2943 Kress St., Lihue. Family will meet friends at the church from 9:30 on that day.
Family requests that flowers be omitted.
Lenna Ryll of El Cajon, Calif., died Jan. 11, 2005, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at the age of 83
Born Feb. 12, 1922, in Kansas, she was a retired postmaster for the Federal Government and was also a veteran of the U.S. Navy (Waves).
She is survived by her husband: Fred Ryll, Sr.; two daughters: Guen Warren and Candie Ng; one son: Fred Ryll, Jr.; four brothers: Wayne McGlothern, Herman McGlothen, Delbert McGlothen, and Melvin McGlothen; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She will be flown to Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home in Sonora, Calif., and she will be interred at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Gustine, Calif. Services are pending.
Arrangements are being handled by Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home.
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