Obituaries for Friday — April 28, 2006

• Murray (Mick) Peters

• James Bacarro Sr.

• John Michael Rupp

• Minoru Takashima

• Leiliwin Kalei Mahuiki


Murray (Mick) Peters

Murray (Mick) Peters of Santa Rosa, Calif., and long-time Kaua’i resident, died at home on April 16, 2006, at the age of 59.

During his life, he worked on fishing boats in Alaska, as a backroads tour guide and bouncer, sales person, and photographer. He also became part of a volunteer team Patterning Katherine Blackburn in 1990 and was an integral part of the Center for Neurological Reprogramming in Santa Rosa for the past 12 years.

He is survived by his mother, Elsie Peters and father Murray Peters, brother Charles Randolph Peters of Colorado Springs and Dennis Peters of Tifton, Ga.

At his request there will be no formal services. His ashes will be sent to his father and mother in Leesburg, Ga.

Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend a celebration of life the afternoon of Sunday, April 30, at Lydgate Beach Park from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. (beachside, look for white balloons.) Any questions call Angelei (808) 635-0760.


James Bacarro Sr.

James “Jimmy” Fujii Bacarro Sr. of Lihu’e died on April 19, 2006, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at the age of 74.

Born in Lihu’e on April 30, 1931, he worked as a heavy equipment driver with Grove Farm Plantation and also was the food and beverage manager at Kauai Surf.

He is survived by his wife, Laureta Nasis-Bacarro of Lihu’e, son, James (Kathy) Bacarro Jr. of Lawai, daughter, Verna (Owen) Bacarro Nishihara of Lihu’e, two step-sons: Jose D. Valdez Jr. of Lihu’e, Leo Valdez of Washington, D.C., two stepdaughters: Janet (Michael) Paragas and Lorna (Richard) Asuncion, both of Honolulu, two sisters, Dorothy “Dottie” Bonilla of Puhi, Katherine “Potot” (Cereal) Fernandez of Koloa, brother, Alfred (Naty) Bacarro of Honolulu, four grandchildren, two step-grand-children, two great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews.

Services were private.

Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home assisted family with arrangements.


John Michael Rupp

John Michael Rupp died April 18, 2006, at his home in South Burlington, VT, after battling cancer for several years. He died peacefully in the company of family and friends.

Born July 21, 1947, in Bradford, Pa., he lived on Kaua’i for over 20 years, working as a care-taker, land-scaper and volunteer in Koke’e.

He is survived by his wife Paula (Provencher) Rupp, daughter Noelani Rupp, son Orion Penn of Seattle, hanai son Kiahi Barretto and hanai daughter Ka’iulani Barretto, both of Kaua’i, his Hawai’i ‘ohana and numerous devoted friends around the world and across the country.

Memorial service planned for May 13, in the meadow within Koke’e State park, 2 p.m. with a remembrance hike to follow.


Minoru Takashima

Minoru Takashima died April 17, 2006, in Seattle, Wash., at the age of 83.

Born on June 27, 1922, in Kapa’a, he was a veteran of the 442nd Company “K” and a retired concrete plant manager at Hale Kauai.

Predeceased by wife, Kisoe “Kay” Takashima, granddaughter, Jessica Takashima, brothers Tom Takashima and Sadamu Takashima, and sister, Amy Ogata, he is survived by son, Alvin (Monica “Kehau”) Takashima of Las Vegas, and daughters, Sandy Morita of Las Vegas, Cynthia Ikehara of Kapa’a and Julie (Ray) Bertram of Seattle, eight grandchildren, and brother, Clarence “Gadget” Takashima of Molokai.

Visitation will be at 2 p.m. on April 29, at All Saints Episcopal Church in Kapa’a with services to follow at 3 p.m. The family requests that flowers be omitted. Casual attire is suggested.


Leiliwin Kalei Mahuiki

Leiliwin Kalei Mahuiki of Hanalei, died April 14, 2006, at Wilcox Hospital at the age of 66.

Born May 24, 1939, in Hawai’i, she was a homemaker.

She is survived by 13 children: Ardella (David) Sperling, Jeremiah (Dana) Mahuiki, Lawrence “Tira” Mahuiki, Roland (Crystal) Mahuiki, Russell (Shelby) Mahuiki, Jolly Ann Mahuiki, Doiron Mahuiki, Ezera (Mele) Mahuiki, Randy Mahuiki, Matthew Mahuiki, Stanley Mahuiki, Mark Mahuiki and Luke Mahuiki; two brothers: Ezera Pa and Sam Pa Jr.; one sister: Winona, 21 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 29 at Wai’oli Hui’ia Church in Hanalei. Services will be celebrated from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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

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