Obituaries Friday, March 2, 2007

• Herbert Hoover Cox

• Jeremiah Johnson

• Benjamin Julian Jose

• Eli B. Ames

• Hatsuko Niau


Herbert Hoover Cox

Herbert Hoover Cox of Newport Beach, Calif., died Feb. 18, 2007, at the age of 78.

Born Oct. 28, 1928, to Frank W. and Maria K. Cox, in Waimea, Hoover spent his childhood on Kaua’i attending Makaweli School, where he made lifelong friendships that have lasted to this day.

Upon completion of primary school, he attended Kamehameha School in Honolulu through twelfth grade.

He completed his education at Pasadena City College.

In 1950, he married his wife of nearly 53 years, Juanita Lauretta Dalzell, and they settled down in Duarte, Calif., where they raised their family of three children. In 1957, Hoover joined the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, beginning a career of public service that spanned 35 years, first as a Deputy Sheriff and ending as a clerk of the Superior Court.

Upon retirement, Hoover spent much of his time visiting with friends and family on various trips to Las Vegas and Palm Springs, as well as numerous visits to his childhood home.

He always looked forward with eagerness to class and family reunions on the islands.

In addition, he took care and pride in tending to his garden of Hawaiian ginger and plumeria.

His love of Hawai’i, Hawaiian music and friends found its greatest expression as a member of the Kama’aina Club of Orange County, where he was a past president.

The club was a source of tremendous pleasure for Hoover as it allowed him to celebrate a mutual love of heritage and culture with many friends from “home.”

It was the music that was a particular joy as he and Juanita spent many years singing and dancing with the Kama’aina Glee Club

Hoover is survived by his dear friend and companion, Constance K. Grube; sons Oliver S. Cox, Frank W. Cox, Leslie L. Addeman; grandchildren, Dr. Catherine Cox, Adam Cox, Kevin Cox, Lauren Cox, Jason Cox, Marilyn Cox, Jonathan Benzinger, Emily Ferguson, and Lilja Addeman; great-grandchildren, Lucas and Tess Millar, Katrina, Kyndra and Kirby Cox, and Avery and Ella Ferguson.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 4, in the chapel at Pacific View Memorial Park and Mortuary, 3500 Pacific View Drive, Newport Beach.

A reception will follow at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Ferguson. Interment on the island of Kaua’i will be private.


Jeremiah Johnson

Jeremiah Johnson of Honolulu and formerly of Kaua‘i, died Feb. 11, during a weekend oceanography expedition off Lana‘i, at the age of 36.

Born July 10, 1970, in San Diego, Calif., he was a science teacher at Punahou School. Johnson was raised in Hanalei, graduated from Kapa‘a High School and became a teacher at Punahou School. He was an avid surfer, soccer and ultimate frisbee player.

He is survived by his wife, Sara Johnson; daughter Kirra Johnson; father Steve Johnson; mother Sandy Johnson; sister Lara Johnson; and grandmother Nora Johnson.

A service was held Feb. 15 at Punahou School Chapel. Arrangements were made by Ballard Family Mortuary.


Benjamin Julian Jose

Benjamin Julian Jose of Puhi died Feb. 27, 2007, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at the age of 85.

Born Nov 19, 1921, in the Philippines, he was a retired carpenter.

Preceded in death by his son, Damian Jose, and son-in-law Jeffery Nagata, he is survived by his wife Alberta Delos Santos Jose of Puhi; daughter Natividad Nagata of Kapa‘a; son Richard (Brenda) Jose of Kekaha; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, brothers Romeo Jose and Remedios Jose; and sister Eutropia Bagaoisan; nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with the family from 8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, March 8, at Immaculate Conception Church, where Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. by Father Bill.

Burial to follow at Kauai Memorial Gardens.

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


Eli B. Ames

Eli B. Ames, formerly of Anini, died Feb. 23, 2007, at the age of 91 with his son Lauren and Sandra Ames by his side.

Born in Buffalo, NY on Aug. 4, 1915, to Jessie and Frank Ames of Corry, Penn., he grew up in Corry and graduated from Corry High School. Following graduation he attended RCA Institute in New York City where he learned his trade as an electronics technician. Shortly after school he married Bernice Olds, also of Corry. They had four children: Lauren of Santa Fe, NM, Murray of Livingston, MT, Carolyn of Ashland, OR and Roger of San Mateo, Calif. Eli worked at Curtis Wright aircraft on the design and assembly of P40 fighters during WW2. Following the war, he moved his family to Los Angeles, Calif., where he was employed by Hughes Aircraft. His wife Bernice died in 1976. He was introduced by his son Roger to Muriel Lawrence of Anini Beach. Eli and Muriel were married in 1980 and took up residence on Muriel’s Anini property. They had many Kaua‘i friends, especially centered around Christ’s Memorial Church in Kilauea, and were quite active in its affairs. Following Muriel’s death in 2004, Eli stayed on for a year at Anini, assisted by his son Roger and Roger’s wife Cherlyn. In 2005 Eli relocated to Santa Fe to reside near his son Lauren.


Hatsuko Niau

Hatsuko Niau of Kekaha died at Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital on Feb. 28, 2007, at the age of 75.

Born in Pukaiki, Ni‘ihau, on Nov. 13, 1931, she was a Ni‘ihau shell lei maker.

She is survived by sons David (Rebecca) Niau of Kekaha, Jay (Jovie) Niau of Kaumakani and Patrick (Dolores) Niau of Ni‘ihau; daughters Kanani (John) Beniamina of Makaweli and Rosemabel (Happy) Kanahele of Kekaha; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brother Kuramatsu Shintani of Ni‘ihau; sister Kuulei (John) Kaaumoana of Hanapepe.

Gravesite services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 3, at the Kekaha Hawaiian Cemetery. Casual attire is suggested.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

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