Obituaries Sunday, March 4, 2007

• Gerald Saunders

• Yaeko Hanzawa

• Leandro Yoro

• Lourdes Luis

• Herbert Hoover Cox

• Charles Kobayashi

• Beverly Harris

• Marian (Mitzi) W. Yanamura

• Harry Akira Miyake

• Benjamin Jose


Gerald Saunders

Gerald Frary Saunders died at home on Feb. 12, 2007, at the age of 59.

Gerald is survived by his wife, Gayle Christine Saunders, of Hanalei; brother Richard Alexander Saunders and sister Kathy Wingate Saunders, both of Washington.

Born on May 26, 1947, in Portland, Ore., Gerald and his family moved to Palos Verdes in Southern California in 1952. He graduated from UCSB in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and worked as a math teacher and carpenter. He toured the world surfing and photographing the world’s best waves. His photos have appeared in all the major surfing publications.

Celebration of life will be held on Sunday, March 11, on the North Shore beach of Waipa at 2 p.m.

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


Yaeko Hanzawa

Yaeko Hanzawa, formerly of Aiea, O‘ahu, died March 1, 2007, in Wailua at the age of 82.

Born April 20, 1924, she was a retired Aiea High School cafeteria worker and a member of the Gaza Yonagusuku Doshikai.

She is survived by son Stanley Hanzawa of Aiea; daughters Susan (Leland) Kahawai of Puhi and Sharon Tomita of Kaneohe. She was a loving grandmother to Jordan and Nicole Kahawai and Sarah Tomita.  She is also survived by sisters Shizuko (Kenei) Yamauchi, Nobuko (Masashi) Kobashigawa and brother Seikichi Ige.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 11, at the Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel at noon.

Casual attire is suggested.

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


Leandro Yoro

Leandro Solomon Yoro of Puhi died Feb. 20, 2007, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at the age of 86.

Born March 6,1920, in Sinait, Ilocos Sur, Philippines, he was a truck driver for Grove Farm Company.

He is survived by son Ernesto Rosete (Anita S.) Yoro of Puhi; sisters Maura Yoro Luis of the Philippines and Laureana Yoro Tabanera of the Philippines; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with the family from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, March 10, at Holy Cross Church in Kalaheo, where Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. by Father Nap. Burial to follow at Lihue Cemetery.

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


Lourdes Luis

Lourdes Luis of Lihu‘e, died Feb. 24, 2007, at Garden Isle Healthcare Center at the age of 50.

Born Oct. 7, 1956, in the Philippines, she worked in sales at Kauai Nursery & Landscaping, Inc.

She is survived by her husband Felizardo Luis; daughters Jennifer (Daryl) Toyomura; Rosemarie (Wency) Mitura, Michelle (Jennifer) Akagi and Chellyann Luis; and four grandchildren.

Friends may visit with the family from 8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, March 10, at Immaculate Conception Church, where Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. by Father Albert. Burial to follow at Lihue Cemetery.

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


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.


Charles Kobayashi

Charles “Masa” Kobayashi of Kaumakani died in Mountain View, Calif. on Jan. 17, 2007, at the age of 94.

Born in Makaweli on Sept. 15, 1912 he retired as a supervisor for Olokele Sugar Company.

He is survived by son Paul Kobayashi of Honolulu and daughter June (Peter) Yoshida of Mountain View, Calif.; one grandson and four great-grandchildren.

Private services were held at Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home.

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


Beverly Harris

Beverly Namiko Harris of Kalaheo died at Wilcox Memorial Hospital on Feb. 23, 2007, one day short of her 70th birthday.

Born in Kalaheo on Feb. 24, 1937, she was employed as a clerk typist with the State of Hawaii Vocational Rehabilitation Service.

She is survived by son Jarrett Juichi (Teresa Aladin) Harris of Lihu‘e, granddaughter Jarresa Kiyoko Harris of Lihu‘e; mother Kiyoko Doi of Kalaheo; siblings Stanley (Kay) Doi of Kapa‘a, Jean Nishimura of Honolulu, Warren Doi of Honolulu, Glenn Doi of Honolulu; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She is preceded in death by her father, Juichi Doi, and brother, Robert Doi.

Private services were held at Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home.

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


Marian (Mitzi) W. Yanamura

Marian Cecilia (Williams) Yanamura, 95, died on Feb. 17, 2007, at Liberty Commons in Chatham.

Born in Neponset, Mass. on Jan. 4, 1912, she was the daughter of the late James H. and Lulu Smythe Williams. She survives her siblings: Frank, Eddie, Arthur and Margaret.

At 73, she met Dr. Hal Yanamura, a widower and they were soon married. In 1985 she relocated with Hal to Kaua‘i, where Mitzi was active at the Kapaa Missionary Church, funding programs and construction. In 1991, Mitzi returned to Spanish Fort, Ala. with Hal after he experienced a massive stroke. He died there in 1996.

At age 86, she decided to move back to the East. She found another great community in Chatham and was welcomed by new friends and her Church, the First United Methodist Church. She never stopped living n including two African Safaris during her late 80s. Mitzi leaves behind countless friends. In her own words, she leaves a close “family of chosen daughters and a grandson.”

Services were held at the First United Methodist Church in Chatham in February. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The First United Methodist Church at 16 Cross Street, Chatham, MA 02633.


Harry Akira Miyake

Harry Akira Miyake of Lihu‘e, died March 1, 2007, at the age of 87.

Born March 19, 1919, on Kaua‘i, he was the retired owner and operator of a restaurant.

He is survived by his wife, Helen Makie Miyake, of Lihue; daughters Bette (Gib) Gibson and Lorene (Mike) Blaser, both of California; sons Larry (Debbie) Miyake of California and Paul (Rachel) Miyake of Lihu‘e; sister Lillian Miyake; and brother Roy Miyake.

Friends may visit with the family from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, March 8, at Borthwick Mortuary Chapel, where services will be held at 11 a.m. A celebration of his life will follow the service.

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


Benjamin 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 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.

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