Obituaries for Sunday — December 4, 2005

• Mathew R. Chandler

• Olaf Elia Thronas

• Albert “Bill” Hicks


Mathew R. Chandler

Mathew R. Chandler of Kalaheo, died at home on Nov. 30, 2005, at the age of 84.

Born in Newington, Conn., on Jan. 29, 1921, he was a retired business owner of dry-cleaning plants; also a WWII decorated veteran.

Preceded in death by a brother, Stephen Chandler and a sister, Estelle Noyes. He is survived by his wife, Betty Chandler of Kalaheo; four daughters, Holli Traeumer of Fairfax, Va, Margaret Traeumer of Daly City, Calif., Nancy Chandler and Susan Chandler, both of Conn.; three sisters, Helen (James) Cunningham of Oregon; Harriet Tobits of California and Birdie Bezursik of New Jersey; numerous nieces and nephews. Friends may visit with the family from10 – 11 a.m. on Tues., Dec. 6, at the Garden Island Mortuary Chapel; service officiated by Father Felix will begin at 11 a.m.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd


Olaf Elia Thronas

Olaf Elia Thronas passed away surrounded by his family on Nov. 27, 2005 at the age of 79.

Born in Papa’a, Kaua’i on April 4, 1926, he was a lifelong rancher. He was a mechanic, car salesman, started his own business in heavy equipment rental and repairs, reforestation and cesspool digging. His largest achievement was his incorporation of trucking, readymix concrete manufacturer and material supplier. As president and owner of O. Thronas, Inc. he secured his concrete business and became the owner of Kauai Aggregates, a rock quarry and crusher operation. He was an independent businessman for over 50 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Olaf Thorkil and Irene Maka Thronas; brothers Stanley, Fred, and Samuel Thronas, James Kaneakua, and sister, Agnes Thronas.

He is survived by three children, Stanley (Ginger) Thronas, Ku’ulei Thronas (Larry Loganbill) and Nalani (Andrew) Finn, five grand-children, James Kahea Thronas, Taylor Kapono Thronas, Anna Ku’uleimakamae Thronas Loganbill, Zoe Kamalei Finn and Andrew Eli Finn. Also survived by a brother, Henry (Renee) Thronas of Wailua and two sisters, Irene Strong and Betty La Coe, both of California; two sisters-in-law; Mary Thronas and Betty Jean Thronas of Wailua as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with the family on Friday, Dec. 9, at Borthwick Kauai Mortuary in Koloa 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Service to follow at 11:30. Private burial. Aloha attire is suggested.

Albert “Bill” Hicks

Albert “Bill” Hicks of Walnut Creek, Calif., died of natural causes at Kaiser Hospital on Nov. 14, 2005, at the age of 91.

Born January 12, 1914 in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, he moved to Oakland, Calif. at the age of 5. When he was 21 he married Liz and they raised a family together, living in the San Francisco Bay Area. He and Liz first came to Kaua’i in 1964. They fell in love with the island and returned every year until her death in 1973. In 1975, he married Ada in the chapel at the Coco Palms. In 1982, they moved to Kapa’a, living in a home on Puuopae Rd. for a wonderful 10 years. He served as Master of the Kauai Masonic Lodge. He also volunteered as a docent at the Sugar Cane Plantation House Museum. He and Ada sang in the choir at the Congregational Church in Kapa’a. He was also a lay minister at the Coco Palms chapel. In 1992 they moved to Concord, Calif.

He is survived by his wife Ada; daughters Kathleen, Nancy and their husbands; two stepchildren; five grandchildren; and three greatgrandchildren.

Memorial services will be on Saturday, Dec. 3, 11 a.m., at St. Paul’s Chapel, 1924 Trinity Ave., Walnut Creek, Calif.


Myra Hokulani Meatoga

Myra Hokulani Meatoga died Nov. 27, 2005, at the age of 76.

Born Aug. 5, 1929, she was also known as “Sandii Hall” or “Aunty Hoku.”

She is survived by her children: Bruce M. Meatoga, Debra H. Meatoga, Brian V. Meatoga, Winifred Asing (hanai); sisters: Mary “Honey” Bowman, Cecelia Martin Harbottle; brother: Theodore E.M. Osorio; numerous nieces and nephews.

Church services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Nuuanu Ward, 622 N. Judd St. on O’ahu on Saturday, Dec. 10, wih viewing from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and services from 11 a.m. to noon.

A beach memorial will be held on Kaiser Beach on O’ahu on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 10 a.m.

Scattering of ashes will follow a beach memorial at Lihi in Kapa’a on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon. For more informtion, call 635-0019.

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