Obituaries for Thursday — November 24, 2005

• Harue Fong

• Thomas Hughes

• Rikio Shimei

Harue Fong

Harue Fong of the Huntington Place Memory Unit, died Nov. 12, 2005 at Mercy Janesville, Wisconsin at the age of 78.

She was born on Feb. 16, 1927, in Kapa’a, the daughter of Yoshitaro and Kinu (Uyemura) Fujinaka. She lived in Janesville for 14 months, and was married to Kee Chong Fong on Aug. 19, 1944, on Kaua’i. She was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Hawai’i.

Harue is survived by a daughter, Esther (James) Helgesen of Janesville; a son, Patrick Fong of Willow Park, Texas; five grand-children: Joshua (Jill) Helgesen of Woodbury, MN, Melani Helgesen of Janesville, Patricia Fong of Willow Park, Texas, and Kevin and Eric Fong, both of Honolulu; two great-grandchildren, Kalia and Jacob; a daughter-in-law, Yvonne Fong of Honolulu; a sister, Asako Takeuchi of Kaua’i; a brother, Matsuo (Bernadette) Fujinaka; and a sister-in-law, Mazie Fujinaka, both of Kaua’i, and sisters-in-law Gwendolyn Hughes of Hendersonville, TN, Cecelia Fong of Milford, DE; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kee Chong Fong and son, Steven Fong.

A family service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2005 at New Horizon United Methodist Church in Orfordville, WI and a celebration of life service will be held on Kaua’i in January 2006.

Schneider Apfel Schneider & Schneider Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Thomas Hughes

Thomas Hughes of Ventura, Calif., died on Nov. 6, 2005, at the age of 86.

Born on Oct. 26, 1919, in Woodhaven, N.Y., he was one of six sons of John and Mary Hughes. He studied philosophy, chemistry, and education. He served his country in the Navy during World War II.

A gifted teacher and author, he taught chemistry at Ventura College from 1962 to 1986. After his retirement, he and his wife lived on Kaua’i for 18 years and only recently returned to live in Ventura.

Tom is survived by his wife of 50 years, Edris Rose; children, daughter and son-in-law Catherine and David Otto of Corvallis, Ore., daughter and son-in-law Jeanne and David Wilson of Ventura, daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Craig McAtee of Grass Valley, son Peter Hughes of Seattle, Wash., daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Rick Schneck of Encinitas, and daughter Karen Hughes of Grass Valley and13 grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Helen Hughes; and brothers Eddie Hughes and Father Charles Hughes.

He was preceded in death by brothers John Hughes and Andrew Hughes.

Funeral Mass for Thomas was celebrated on Nov. 10, at the Old Mission in Ventura, Calif.

Rikio Shimei

Rikio Shimei of Kalaheo, died Nov. 18, 2005, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital.

Born in Waimea, he was raised by stepparents in the hanai tradition. Besides Maui, he also lived in Honolulu and California. He traveled widely in Japan and Europe but recently enjoyed revisiting Waimea to reminisce about his childhood along the river.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edith, and is survived by his son, Nathaniel, and wife Jerri Shimei of Florida; numerous grand-children and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Services will be held in Honolulu. Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.


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