Obituaries for Sunday — December 25, 2005

• Melbourn Kelly Moore

• Gumercindo Rodrigues

• Linda Moran

• Joseph Francis Hall

• Pedro Sapinoso

• Helene Nuesca

• Louis Nuesca Jr.


Melbourn Kelly Moore

Melbourn Kelly Moore of Princeville, died on Dec. 9, 2005, at the age of 87. He passed away quiely at home, surrounded by family members. Mel was born on Nov. 23, 1918, in Cincinnati, Ohio. He served in the Army from 1936-1946, starting out by riding horses in the Cavalry, and later serving in the infantry in the European and Pacific theaters during WWII. After the war, he and his young family settled in Southern California where he worked as a banker. After retiring as a bank vicepresident, Mel and his wife, Mary Jane, retired to Kaua’i in 1980, where he was a founding member of the Church of the Pacific in Princeville (A UCC church), and a member of the Princeville Men’s Golf Club. (Until recently, Mel played about 300 rounds of golf a year.)

Mel leaves his wife of 65 years, Mary Jane Moore, and his children Richard Moore of Wexford, Ireland, Sally Moore (Ralph) Rubio and David (Carolyn) Moore, both from the North Shore; seven grand-children and two great-grandsons.

On Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 1:30 p.m., there will be a memorial service at the Church of the Pacific, Prnceville. Casual attire is suggested and the family requests that flowers be omitted. Gifts of remembrance can be made to the International Medical Corps (www.imcworldwide.org), 1919 Santa Monica Blvd., #300, Santa Monica CA 90404.


Gumercindo Rodrigues

Gumercindo “Cindo” Rodrigues was born July 30, 1909, at Hale Haka in Lihu’e and died on Dec. 12, 2005, in Hayward, Calif.

He worked full time for the sugar plantation in Lihu’e from age 13 until he moved to Hayward in 1925 at age 16. In California he worked at Mare Island Shipyard, Holly Sugar Company, St. Regis Paper Company, and Swift Fertilizer Company. He enjoyed bowling, gardening — in particular planting taro in the backyard — tending his Koi pond, curing olives, and made countless audio-tapes recounting his childhood life on Kaua’i. His favorite times were spent with friends and his extended family. He was the last surviving member of 11 siblings, all born in Hale Haka on Kaua’i.

Cindo always called Kaua’i the island of love, and loved to tell stories such as George Wilcox giving him a ride to school in one of the first cars on Kaua’i, about his brothers working on construction of the Nawiliwili breakwater, and about daily life in the plantation camps. His parents came to Kauai from Puerto Rico in 1899 and his father was an irrigation specialist for the plantation.

He is survived by Isa, his loving wife of 46 years; sons Paul, Jacobson, “Sista’ SHE” of Kauai, and Terri, Cindy, Melvin, Debbie. Ernie Jr., Melissa, Jessica, and Jillian of California; and many great-grandchildren and greatgreat grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his children Sarah, Junie and Shirley.

Services were held at Sorensen Brothers Mortuary in Hayward Dec. 14.


Linda Moran

Linda G. Moran of Hanalei died at home on Dec. 11, 2005.

She was born in Palo Alto, Calif., where she worked as an office manager for Stanford University. She also lived in Rome, Italy, and Calistoga, California, before moving to Kaua’i in 2002.

She is survived by her husband, Stephen Cinocco; her parents, Cecil and Gloria Skanderup, of San Carlos, Calif.; and her brother, Kenneth Skanderup of San Rafael, Calif.

Arrangements are pending in California


Joseph Francis Hall

Joseph Francis Hall of Kapa’a, died on Dec. 18, 2005, at the age of 88.

Born in Haverhill, Mass., he was a retired hospital administrator for the state of Hawai’i.

He is survived by his wife, Gladys; son, Kenneth E. (Roslynn Y.C.) and daughter, Kathy (Jo) Yap; four grandchildren. Private services were held.

Arrangements were handled by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.


Pedro Sapinoso

Pedro Sapinoso of Kaumakani died Dec. 23, 2005, at Hale Kupuna, at the age of 89.

Born Dec. 1, 1922, in the Philippines, he was a drip irrigator.

He is survived by his wife: Leonora Sapinoso of Kaumakani; one son, Peter (Kathleen) Sapinoso of Puhi; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and grand-children.

Friends may visit with the family from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2005, at Eleele Sacred Hearts Church where Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. by Father Nap. Burial to follow at Hanapepe Filipino Cemetery.

Casual attire is suggested. Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.


Helene Nuesca

Helene Nuesca of Anahola, died Oct. 31, 2005, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at the age of 61.

Born June 2, 1944, in Honolulu, she was a security guard for Lihue Airport.

She is survived by her son: Robert (Mercy) Nuesca of Kapa’a; two daughters: Danette (Mark) Nuesca of Kapa’a; Eleanor (Thomthy) Rita of Kapa’a; six brothers: Herman Puahi, Harold Puahi, Hiram Puahi, Robert Puahi, Thompson Puahi and Arthur Puahi; eight sisters: Shirley Morales, Betty Robello, Janet Lono, Dorothy McLuth, Alice Fuller, Frances Puahi, Sharon Salvador and Dalphine Victor-Kuoha; nine grandchildren and six great grand-children; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends may call on Friday, Jan. 6, at Borthwick Mortuary Chapel in Koloa from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and again on Saturday, Jan. 7, at Borthwick Mortuary Chapel in Koloa from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. where services will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Burial to follow at Kapaa Public Cemetery.

Casual attire is suggested. Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.


Louis Nuesca Jr.

Louis Nuesca Jr. of Anahola, died Dec. 3, 2005, at Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu at the age of 62.

Born March 23, 1943, in Maui, he was a security guard for Wilcox Memorial Hospital.

He is survived by his son: Robert (Mercy) Nuesca of Kapa’a; two daughters: Danette (Mark) Nuesca of Kapa’a; Eleanor (Thomthy) Rita of Kapa’a; nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren; five sisters: Eleanor Robello, Pheby Jones, Pat Lacey, Helen Cheeks, Maggie Jennings; and one brother: Alexander Nuesca; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends may call on Friday, Jan. 6, at Borthwick Mortuary Chapel in Koloa from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and again on Saturday, Jan. 7, at Borthwick Mortuary Chapel in Koloa from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. where services will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Burial to follow at Kapaa Public Cemetery.

Casual attire is suggested. Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.

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