Obituaries for Wednesday, January 31, 2007

• Nobuyoshi Tamura

• Luke Keola Ichiyama

• Ruth Akiko Senda

• Mary Inoshita

• Janet Nii

• Michael Longley

• Georgi G. Gallagher

• Catherine Agueda


Nobuyoshi Tamura

Nobuyoshi “Nobu” Tamura of Kilauea died in Hawai‘i Kai, O‘ahu, on Jan. 27, 2007, at the age of 91.

He was born in Kilauea on Feb. 25, 1915, was a plumber with Kilauea Sugar Company and retired as a business agent with ILWU. He also served as a Kaua‘i Police commissioner, Hawai‘i Housing Authority commissioner, Contractor Licensing Board commissioner and was also a member of the Kaua‘i County Highway Safety Council.  

He is survived by his wife Eleanor Tamura; daughters Avis Tamura and Holly Tamura, both of Honolulu, and Melissa Ebinger of San Diego; step-daughters Cris Asuncion of San Diego, Joanne Asuncion of Germany and Faith (Joel) Sugahara of Arizona; step-son Leonard Asuncion of California; brother Tatsuo (Itsuko) Tamura of Kilauea; sisters Michie Yonekura of Honolulu, Masayo Yoshihara of Kapa‘a, Miyako (Shoichi) Takenaka of Kapa‘a and Chieko Ota of Kapa‘a; sister-in-law Elaine Tamura of Kapa‘a; nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces nephews and cousins.

Visitation with the family will be held on Friday, Feb. 2, at St. Sylvester Church in Kilauea with viewing from 9 a.m. and Mass celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Kauai Memorial Gardens in Kapaia.

Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.


Luke Keola Ichiyama

Luke Keola Ichiyama of Kealia died at Wilcox Memorial Hospital on Jan. 25, 2007, at the age of 25.  He was born in Anahola on June 4, 1981, and was employed as a master diver with Sea Sport Divers.

He is survived by his wife Christina Ichiyama of Kealia; parents Roy and Lisa Ichiyama of Fiji; brother Adam Ichiyama of Kekaha; grandparents Howard and Jan Smith; and numerous aunts and uncles.

Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, Feb. 3, at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Kapa‘a with visitation from 11 a.m. and services beginning at noon.

Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.


Ruth Akiko Senda

Ruth Akiko Senda of Lihu‘e died at Wilcox Memorial Hospital on Jan. 26, 2007, at the age of 86. Born in Lihu‘e on Oct. 23, 1920, she was a clerk with Senda Photo Studio.

Preceded in death by brother George Haruo Senda, she is survived by two brothers, Kazuo (Norma) Senda of Lihu‘e and John Senda of Wailua Homesteads; two sisters, Eiko Muranaka and Flora Senda both of Lihu‘e; sister-in-law Mabel Senda of Lihu‘e; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with the family at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, at Lihue Christian Church; service at 11 a.m. Casual attire and flowers omitted.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.


Mary Inoshita

Mary Masako Inoshita of Kapa‘a died at Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital on Jan. 22, 2007, at the age of 87. She was born in Kapaia on June 17, 1919, and retired as a sales clerk for the Wailua Marina Gift Shop.

She is survived by one brother, Tatsumi (Kathryn) Hiramoto of Wailua Houselots; one sister, Mitsuko Fujise of O‘ahu; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, Charles Takeo Inoshita.

Private services were held.

Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.


Janet Nii

Janet Hisako Nii of Kalaheo died at her home on Jan. 19, 2007, at the age of 88.

Born in Makaweli on Dec. 29, 1918, she was considered a wonderful mother, friend and traveler.

She is survived by five sons, Herman Nii, Andy Nii, Elmer Nii, Jesse Nii and Sterling Nii, all of Honolulu; 15 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Masato (Asako) Hori of Kalaheo and James (Michio) Hori of Waimea; and sister Harriet Inouye of Kalaheo.

Friends may visit with the family from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Garden Island Mortuary chapel; service at 10 a.m. The family suggests aloha attire and that flowers be omitted.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.


Michael Longley

Michael John “Mike” Longley died at home on Jan. 22, 2007, at the age of 59.

Born in Yass, N.S.W., Australia, Mike came to Kaua‘i in 1972 after serving with the Australian army in Vietnam. He was a ranch hand at Princeville Ranch and later became the ranch manager. Mike, who grew up on a sheep and cattle ranch in Australia, was an accomplished horseman. He participated in Hawai‘i rodeos in the 1970s and 80s and was also a founding member of the Kauai Polo Club. Fishing was his passion in recent years. He owned and operated The Fence Company in Kilauea. His zest for life was contagious and he made many friends along the way.

Michael is survived by his son Kelsey Longley of Kilauea; his daughter Michele Longley of Hilo; five grandchildren, Sierra Longley Ka‘aumoana and Harry Longley Ka‘aumoana III of Hilo, and Phoenix Longley, Cruz Longley and Dayton Longley of Kilauea; his mother Brenda M. Longley; and three brothers, Mark, Joe and Tim (his fraternal twin) Longley of Sydney, Australia.

A celebration of his life will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, in Hanalei on the lot across from Kauikeolani, the old Wilcox House. Mike requested flowers and asked that there please be “no wobbly boots.”

Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.


Georgi G. Gallagher

Georgi G. Gallagher, formerly of Kaua‘i, died Jan. 28, 2007, in Two Rivers, Wis., at the age of 82.

Born Feb. 5, 1924, in Oak Lawn, R.I., she was the daughter of the late Manley J. and Lanna T. Tait Goodspeed. On June 4, 1956, she married Melvin L. Gallagher in Los Angeles. He preceded her in death on May 5, 2000. Georgi was a piano teacher for many years and was an accomplished organ player.

Survivors include his son David (Sarah) Gallagher; their children Bridget and Brian; step-son Brent (Gina) Gallagher of Hakalau; step-daughter Stella (Fred) Cordes of Oakland, Calif.; and brothers M. Judson Goodspeed of Torrance, Calif., and David Goodspeed, Smithdale, Miss.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, Jan. 30, at Grace Congregational United Church of Christ, Two Rivers. E-mail condolences may be sent to trgallaghers@charter.net.

Deja & Martin Funeral Chapels of Two Rivers is assisting the Gallagher family with funeral arrangements.


Catherine Agueda

Catherine Louise Agueda died at Wilcox Hospital on Jan. 26, 2007, at the age of 86.

Born on July 12, 1920 in Gardena, Calif., she retired from Honeywell Inc. in 1993 moving to Kaua‘i in 1994 to be with her family.

Preceded in death by her husband Ernest Agueda, she is survived by a daughter Constance (Mike) Law of Wailua Homesteads; granddaughter Lisa (Jeff Mira) Patterson of Wailua Homesteads; great-granddaughter Kelley Patterson of Wailua Homesteads; sister Nancy (Bob) of Whittier, Calif.; brother Richard (Lorena) Meagher of Torrance, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Service will be held at St. Michael and All Angels Church on the corner of Umi and Hardy on Feb. 9 at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association or St. Michael and All Angels Church.

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