Obituaries for Wednesday — April 19, 2006

• Lucy C. Manus

• John M. English

• James L. McConkey

• Christina Acoba

• Victoria Hilacion

• Jerry Yonemura

• Anthony Louis

• Gino Joseph Maggi

• Liwayway Braceros


Lucy C. Manus

Lucy C. Manus of Kalaheo died at Wilcox Memorial Hospital on April 5, 2006, at the age of 87.

Born in Lawai on May 17, 1918, she was a knife sharpener and fore-lady with Kauai Pine.

She is survived by her husband of 72 years, Daniel Manus Sr.; son, Daniel (Lorraine) Manus Jr. of Hanapepe; daughters, Madeline Braddock of Oklahoma and Dolores “Dolly” Saladaga of Kekaha; 15 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; two brothers, Joaquin Ayres and Charles Costa; two sisters, Virginia Mendez and Violet “Catherine” Clarlo; friends may visit with the family from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Friday, April 21, at the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Kalaheo; Mass at 11 a.m. followed by burial at the church cemetery. Casual attire is suggested.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.


John M. English

John M. English died April 12, 2006, while at Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu at the age of 82, after a month-long battle following cancer surgery.

Born in Paia, Maui, on Jan. 29, 1924, he was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII, he later served both with the Army and Air National Guard Units on Kaua’i and retired with the rank of Major. Following his Air Guard retirement he was employed by the Mahelona State Hospital and was retired as the hospital administrator. He was also a dedicated fisherman and spent many hours on his fishing boat named “Emmy.”

Preceded in death by his wife, Emaline Mokihana English, he is survived by one daughter, Gwendolyn Rezentes of Kapa’a, one brother, Arthur English of Maui, three sisters: Myrna Kaholokula of Maui, Maile Zanakis of Honolulu, and Geneive Gildrsleve of Chicago. Also son-in-law Wally Rezentes; three grandchildren, four great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Family members and friends may call on Tuesday. April 29, at St. Catherine Church in Kapa’a from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. by Father Al. Burial to follow at Kauai Veterans Cemetery in Hanapepe.


James L. McConkey

James L. McConkey, of Koloa, died April 13, 2006, at home in Koloa after a long illness at the age of 75.

Known as “Jimmy” to his high school and college friends, and as “Diego” to his friends in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, McConkey had a passion for playing guitar and singing.

Born in Dallas on July17, 1930, to Homer V. and Ella McConkey, he was named all-state tackle from the 1947 state finalist football team and graduated from Highland Park in 1948. He attended the University of Texas and Southern Methodist University before serving two years in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed a career in radio in Austin, Nacogdoches and Albuquerque, and he was the announcer for the Los Angeles Dodgers’ farm team in Albuquerque for its home games. Mc-Conkey also owned the Black Mesa jewelry manufacturing company, in Albuquerque before retiring to San Miguel de Allende in the early 1980s. In 1992, he and wife Frances Purnell McConkey retired full-time to Koloa. An enthusiastic musician, he acted in several state and musical productions in both Mexico and Hawai’i.

McConkey is survived by his wife, Frances: stepchildren, Christobal Sartori and Rebecca Rhea; four grandchildren and his brother, Mike McConkey of Albuquerque. A memorial service will be held in Santa Fe, N.M., at a date yet to be determined.


Christina Acoba

Christina Acoba of Waimea, died at her home on April 15, 2006, at the age of 71.

Born in Koloa, on Aug. 7, 1934, she was a homemaker.

She is survived by her husband, Joveto “Jay” Acoba; two sons, Corwin (Joanne) Acoba of Hanapepe and Christopher (Karen) Acoba of Hanapepe; daughter, Joveen (Byron Wong) Acoba of Waimea; five grandchildren, Bryanne (Gordon) Wotherspoon of Bothell, Wash., Kalawe-Kalei K.Y. Wong of Everett, Wash., Kaioli Vi Acoba of Kalaheo, Chyson and Kicah Acoba, both of Hanapepe; great-grandchild, Brydon M. Wotherspoon of Bothell, Wash.; brother, Lawrence Ariola of Australia, three sisters, Florence Begonia of Wahiawa, O’ahu, Celia Dana of Hanama’ulu and Carol Sonoda of Honolulu, O’ahu; hanai son, Pat Baniaga of Kaumakani; two hanai daughters, Fran Acoba of Kalaheo and Nadine Mier of ‘Ele’ele.

Friends may visit with the family from 8:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, at the Waimea Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary Mission Church; Mass to follow. The family suggests aloha attire and requests that flowers be omitted.

Arrangements are being handled by the staff of Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.


Victoria Hilacion

Victoria Racelo Hilacion of Lihu’e, died April 13, 2006, at Valley Hospital, Las Vegas, Nev., at the age of 75.

Born in Koloa on Nov. 27, 1930, she was a retired nurse.

Preceded in death by her son, Phil Hilacion, Jr., she is survived by her husband of 56 1/2 years, Phil Hilacion Sr. of Lihu’e; three daughters: Adele (Jeffrey) Silva of Kalaheo, Sharon (David) Abreu Jr. of Lawa’i and Jocelyn Malina—Lee Malina of Las Vegas, eight grandchildren; 13 great-grand-children; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be on Sunday, April 23, at Aloha Church in Lihu’e from 3 p.m. with service beginning at 3:30 p.m. Aloha Church is located across Taco Bell on Kaumuali’i Highway in Lihu’e.

Arrangements are being handled by the staff of Palm Mortuary.


Jerry Yonemura

Jerry Mamoru Yonemura of Kapa’a, died at his home on April 17, 2006, at the age of 91.

Born in Kapa’a, on Jan. 30, 1915, he was a sign maker with the County of Kauai.

He is survived by daughter, Arlene (Larry) Iida of Kaua’i; son, Bryon (Sandra) Yonemura of O’ahu; five grandchildren, Sheryl, Russell and Lori Iida, all of Kaua’i, Bryce (Susan) Yonemura of Honolulu and Scott Yonemura of O’ahu; seven great-grandchildren, Melissa, June, Raymond, Stacie, Alicia, Keio and Evan; four great-great-grandchildren, Lisa, Brandon, Jorden-Ray and Jayden; sister, Michiyo (Takeo) Yasuda of Lihu’e; sister-in-law, Fujiko Amihara of Hanama’ulu; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family from 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 21, at Kapaa Hongwanji Mission, where services will be held at 5:30 p.m.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.


Anthony Louis

Anthony Nelson Louis of ‘Oma’o died April 12, 2006, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at the age of 73.

Born Jan. 4, 1933, on Kaua’i, he was a purchasing agent for Mc-Bryde Sugar Company.

He is survived by his wife Hiroko Louis; two sons; Matthew (Kathy) Louis and Nathan Louis; one sister; Evelyn (Richard) Keeler; two grand-children: Matthew Louis and Bridget Louis, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Private services were held on Monday, April 17, at St. Raphael’s.

Arrangements were handled by the staff of Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.


Gino Joseph Maggi

Gino Joseph Maggi of Kalaheo, died at his home on April 15, 2006, at the age of 81.

Born Oct. 9, 1924, in Italy, he was a truck driver.

He is survived by two daughters: Barbara Maggi of California and Rebecca (Alex) Kelekoma of Anahola; two sons: Michael Maggi of Thailand and Daniel Maggi of Texas; two sisters: Louise Beusco and Tillie Marugliano; companion: Daisy Costa and her son: Dean Costa; seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with the family from 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 20, at Borthwick Kauai Mortuary Chapel in Koloa, where services will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial to follow in Lihue Cemetery.

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


Liwayway Braceros

Liwayway Santos Braceros of Hanama’ulu, died April 3, 2006, at Queen’s Hospital at the age of 36.

Born Dec. 8, 1969, in the Philippines, she was a housekeeping clerk.

She is survived by her husband: Chavit Braceros; son: Mark Braceros, daughter: Destiny Grace Braceros; parents: Rodolfo and Crispina Santos; five brothers: Rolly (Stelita) Santos, Roy (Evelyn) Santos, Rex (Rose) Santos, Rey Santos, and Rio Santos; one sister: Lunengneng (Jun); grandparents: Felomina Danipog and Encarnacion Santos; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

Family and friends may call on Friday, April 21, at Borthwick Mortuary Chapel in Koloa from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and again on Saturday, April 22, at Immaculate Conception Church from 8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. where Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. by Father Bill. Burial to follow at Lihue Cemetery.

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

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