Obituaries Wednesday, March 14, 2007

• Frank Albert Cruz Sr.

• Lorraine Amaral

• Donald Wilson Huntsinger

• William Joseph Sulak


Frank Albert Cruz Sr.

Frank Albert Cruz Sr., of Lihu‘e died at VA San Diego HealthCare System Hospital, Calif., on Feb. 23, 2007, at the age of 58. Born in Agana, Guam, on Sept. 25, 1948, he was a pipefitter/mechanic with Pearl Harbor U.S. Naval Shipyard; and a veteran of the U.S. Army. Preceded in death by a brother, Joseph David Cruz; he is survived by his wife, Aida; son Frank Jr.; daughters Crystal and Ariel, all of Lihu‘e; siblings Josefina C. Cruz of Guam, David M. (Rosalia) Cruz of Cypress, Calif., Francisca C. Kissinger of LaValencia, Calif., Teresita C. (Frank) Paulino of Hagatna, Guam, Lourdes C. Bamba of Hagatna, Guam, Edward P. (Maria) Cruz of Phoenix, Ariz., Victoria C. Manibusan of Alexandria, VA., Patricia C. (James) Crisostomo of Hagatna, Guam, Jean C. Cruz of Rosemond, Calif., Anthony J. Cruz of Las Vegas, Nev., and Elaine C. (Amon) Guerrero of Chalan Pago, Guam; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with family on Friday, Mar. 16, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; rosary at 6:30 p.m. at the Garden Island Mortuary chapel; visitation also from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Mar. 17, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Kalaheo; Mass officiated by Father Nap will begin at 11 a.m. followed by burial at Kauai Veterans Memorial cemetery in Hanapepe.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.


Lorraine Amaral

Lorraine Ventura Amaral of Hanama‘ulu died at home on Feb. 28, 2007, at the age of 74.

Born in Kapa‘a on Sept. 29, 1932, she retired from the County of Kaua‘i as a custodian supervisor.

She was preceded in death by her son Gilbert Amaral Jr., husband Gilbert Amaral Sr., mother and father, Theresa and Joaquin Ventura Sr., sister Patricia Kaui, and brother Joaquin Ventura Jr.

She is survived by children Celeste Akiona, John Amaral, and Peter Amaral; 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; brothers James and Damon Ventura, and sister Lillian Rapozo; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 17, at Immaculate Conception Church with visitation from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. with Mass celebrated at 11 a.m. by Fr. Bill Shannon.

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


Donald Wilson Huntsinger

Donald Wilson Huntsinger of Lihu‘e died March 6, 2007, at Queen’s Medical Center at the age of 74.

Born June 3, 1932, in Montana, he worked on the family farm before joining the Navy in 1951 and served in the Korean War.

In 1965, at Pacific Missile Range, Pt. Mugu, Calif., he participated in the development and management of Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands. In 1966, he moved with his family to work for the Federal government, Department of the Navy as a civil service employee at PMRF, Barking Sands on Kaua‘i. He retired as a Range Communications Supervisor in 1988.

He is survived by his wife, Mickey Huntsinger; daughters Pat Yost of California, Lisa Huntsinger of the Big Island and Donna (John) Pimental of Waimea; grandson Nathan Yost; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life service will be held on Sunday, March 18, at 3 p.m. at Kauai Christian Fellowship in Po‘ipu located on Koloa bypass road.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.


William Joseph Sulak

William Joseph “Pilot Joe” Sulak of Princeville died at Princeville on March 8, 2007, at the age of 59. 

Born in Waco, Texas on Feb. 9, 1948. He was a Vietnam veteran, flying helicopters during the war. Then in 1979 he was a Life Flight helicopter pilot, saving many lives and later he was a pilot on Kaua‘i.

He is survived by son Andrew Joseph Sulak; daughter Carrie Marie Sulak; granddaughter Avaleigh; sisters Susan Sulak, Sylvia (Duane) Puffer; three nieces, Chanda Young, Heather (Scott) Reed, Holly (Daniel) Duckworth; great-nephews, Landon Young and Will Duckworth; great-nieces, Ashton Young and Lauren Reed; godmother, Aunt Mary Sulak; and numerous cousins.

Services will be announced at a later date.

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

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