Obituaries for Wednesday, March 28, 2007

• Kiyoichi Okihara

• Margaret Braun

• Eugenio Jimenez

• Alfredo Carbonel

• Placida ‘Cida’ Harper

• Gilbert Medeiros Sr.

• Robert Medeiros Sr.

• Mary Rodrigues

• Janet Watanabe

• Glenn Nakamura

• Lisa Riethmeier

• Charles Kaneyama

• Shigeki Horikawa

• Hatsue Miyabara

• Kan Yin Chang

• Margaret Boulton


Kiyoichi Okihara

Kiyoichi Okihara of Kekaha died at Hale Kupuna Heritage Home on March 21, 2007, at the age of 87. Born in Waimea, Kaua‘i, on Sept. 25, 1919, he was a truck driver with Kekaha Sugar Plantation.

He is survived by wife Sakiko; daughters Amy (Michael) Willman of Michigan and Kate (Scott) Hardwick of Kekaha; four grandchildren; brother Shigeru (Kikue) Okihara; sister, Michiyo (James) Hori; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Services were private.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.


Margaret Braun

Margaret “Grandma” Braun of Kilauea, died March 20, 2007, at her home at the age of 91.

Born in Hilo, on Feb. 18, 1916, she spent most of her life on Kaua‘i. Many of her later years were spent in childcare, and she is still known to many adults and children as “Grandma Braun.”

She is survived by daughters Vivian (Thom) Rhorabough of California, Bev (Jack) Harter of Kilauea, and Patricia Duarte of Maui; sons Norman (Dorothy) Braun of Lihu‘e, Albert (Annadell) Braun Jr. of Utah and David (Colleen) Braun of Lihu‘e; sisters Helen Bettencourt of Kapa‘a, Beatrice Perin, Katherine Winton and Annabelle Christian, all of California; and brother Ally Christian of Anahola. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Friends may visit wth the family from noon to 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, at Immaculate Conception Church, where Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. by Father Bill. Burial to follow at Lihu‘e Cemetery.

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


Eugenio Jimenez

Eugenio Jimenez of Lihu‘e died March 25, 2007, at his home at the age of 87.

Born Sept. 6, 1919, in Kapa‘ia, he retired as a highway construction inspector with the State of Hawai‘i, Department of Transportation. He was a devoted husband, father, avid hunter, gun and knife collector, re-loader, fisherman and he loved to travel.

He is survived by his wife Pacita A. Jimenez of Lihu‘e; sons Eugene (Lorraine) Jimenez of ‘Oma‘o, Ryan (Regina) Jimenez of Wailua Homesteads, Mark (Paula) Jimenez of Hanapepe and daughter Rowena (Kurt) Tachibana of Hanama‘ulu; brothers Bernardo Jimenez of Honolulu, Pedro Jimenez II of O‘ahu, Roberto (Hideko) Jimenez of Hawai‘i Kai, and sister Eileen P. Wright of Kalaheo; six grandchildren, three great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit the family on Saturday, March 31, at Lihu‘e Christian Church from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. with a celebration of his life to follow. The family requests flowers be omitted and suggests aloha attire.

Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.


Alfredo Carbonel

Alfredo Itabac Carbonel of ‘Oma‘o died March 11, 2007, at his home at the age of 86.

Born Nov. 2, 1920, in Salomaque, Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, Philippines, he retired as boiling house supervisor for McBryde Sugar Plantation and was the owner of Koloa Cultural Center. He was an avid fisherman and the last surviving member of Koloa Landing’s “Filipino Outrigger Canoe Fishing Club.”

He is survived by his wife Aida Carbonel, ‘Oma‘o; sons Alfredo (Ruth) Carbonel, ‘Oma‘o and Albert (Tina) Carbonel, ‘Oma‘o; daughters Lorraine (Mike) Schmidt, Maui; and Arlene (Adolfo) Carbonel-Santana, Lawa‘i; sisters Flora Serrano, Kaua‘i, Adelina (Luis) Rivad, Kaua‘i; brothers Daniel (Vicky) Carbonel, O‘ahu; Ernesto (Dolores) Carbonel, Kaua‘i, and Rudolfo (Maria) Carbonel, Kaua‘i; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Friend may visit with the family on Friday, March 30, at Borthwick Kauai Mortuary from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friends may visit again from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 31, at St. Raphael’s Church, where services will be at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Kauai Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

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


Placida ‘Cida’ Harper

Placida “Cida” Yadao Silva Harper died March 20, 2007, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at the age of 69.

Born July 5, 1937, in Lawa‘i Valley, she was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker.

She is survived by her husband Harvey Harper of Lihu‘e; daughters Stella (Rodney) Pimental of Kapa‘a and Shirley (James) Marques of Kalaheo; sons Mark (Suzanne) Silva of Waimea, Henry (Sandra) Silva of Hilo, Ted (Felina) Silva of Kapa‘a, Ben (Nati) Silva of Kaumakani, and Manuel (Robbyn) Silva of ‘Ele‘ele; 17 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; stepsons Manny (Lorraine) Pretti of California and James Harper of Pakala; brother Daniel Manus of Kalaheo; sisters Violet Gotcher of O‘ahu, Dolores Booth of California, Gloria Kirkland of the Big Island and Judy Balualua of Kekaha; stepmother Rosita Yadao of Kekaha, stepsister Julita Mendoza of Kekaha; stepbrothers Jovan Bautista of Kekaha and Jaime Yadao of ‘Ele‘ele; and numerous other family members.

Friends may visit with the family from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Thursday, March 29, at Holy Cross Church in Kalaheo, where Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. by Father Nap. The family requests that flowers be omitted.

Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.


Gilbert Medeiros Sr.

Gilbert L. Medeiros Sr. of Lihu‘e, died at his home at the age of 75.

Born Feb. 19, 1932, in Koloa, he worked in maintenance for Kaua‘i Surf.

He is survived by his wife Daisy Medeiros of Lihu‘e; sons Gilbert (Tammie) Medeiros of Koloa and Rodney Medeiros of Lihu‘e; daughters Debra Medeiros of Puhi and Tammy (Pono) Lanning of Hanama‘ulu; sisters Mary Lou Correa of Kalaheo and Bernice (Stephen) Perreira of Kalaheo; brother Ernest (Gloria) Medeiros of Hanama‘ulu; 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Friday, March 30, at Borthwick Mortuary Chapel in Koloa, where services will be celebrated at 11 a.m. by Father Paul. Burial to follow at Kauai Memorial Gardens.

Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.


Robert Medeiros Sr.

Robert Charles Medeiros Sr. of Kalaheo, died March 18, 2007, at Heritage Hale Kupuna Care Home at the age of 72.

Born July 4, 1934, in Koloa, he was a tour guide for Robert’s Hawaii Tours.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Medeiros of Kalaheo; daughters Sylvia (Harold) Mariani of Hanapepe and Sherri (Joey) Silva of Kalaheo; sons Robert (Mai) Medeiros of Hanapepe and Glenn (Tammy) Medeiros of Honolulu; 10 grandchildren; brother Richard (Marlene) Medeiros of California; sisters Madeline (Albert) Gomes of California and MaryAnn (John) Frias of Honolulu.

Friends may visit with the family from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, at Holy Cross Church, where a funeral Mass will be said at 2 p.m.

Burial will be at Kauai Veterans’ Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.


Mary Rodrigues

Mary “Maria” Rodrigues of Koloa died at home on March 6, 2007, at the age of 92.

Born on Kaua‘i on May 2, 1914, she retired as a housekeeper with Wilcox Memorial Hospital.

She is survived by sons Benjamin (Juanita) Callejo Sr. of ‘Ele‘ele, John (Violet) Taboniar of Kekaha, Joseph (Julie) Taboniar Sr. of McBryde; daughters Ruby (Daniel) Rivera of McBryde, Betsy (Edwin) Shinagawa of Kalaheo, Joanna Castillo of Waimea, Julita (Fred) Patricio of Kekaha, Rosalina (Vincent) Sonoda of Koloa; daughter-in-law Gloria Callejo of McBryde; brother Thomas (Maryann) Rodrigues Sr. of ‘Ele‘ele; 45 grandchildren, 84 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She is preceded in death by son Herbert Callejo Sr., and son-in-law William Castillo Sr.

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, March 31, at Kauai Veterans Center in Lihu‘e with visitation from 10:30 a.m. and services beginning at noon. Burial will follow at Kauai Memorial Gardens at 2:30 p.m. Casual attire is suggested.

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


Janet Watanabe

Janet Sachie Watanabe of Los Angeles, Calif., died at home on March 24, 2007, at the age of 64.

Born in Lihu‘e on March 8, 1943, she retired as a registered nurse supervisor with Kaiser Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

She is survived by two brothers, Richard Watanabe of Honolulu and Wesley Watanabe of Lihu‘e; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many Los Angeles friends.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, April 4, at 10 a.m. at Kauai Memorial Gardens.

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


Glenn Nakamura

Glenn Masaji Nakamura of Lihu‘e, formerly of Arcadia, Calif., died on Feb. 26, 2007, at the age of 64.

Born in Honolulu, on Sept. 29, 1942, he retired as a dental technician and also as an A+ leader and substitute teacher with the State of Hawai‘i Department of Education.

He is survived by his wife Jean; son Michael; grandson Pierce; faithful companion Pugsley; sister, Jeanette (Powell) Onishi; numerus nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration on his life was held in Los Angeles and at the Lihu‘e Christian Church on March 24.

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


Lisa Riethmeier

Lisa Marie Riethmeier of Kaua‘i died March 17, 2007, at the age of 46.  She was born in Michigan on April 4, 1960.

She is survived by mother Dolores Lobretto of Michigan; brother Michael (Deborah) Riethmeier of Michigan, companion “Pee Wee” of Kaua‘i, a nephew and niece.

Services to be held in Michigan.

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


Charles Kaneyama

Charles M. Kaneyama of ‘Aiea, died March 16, 2007, at the age of 99.

Born March 27, 1907, in Kekaha, he was a retired safety director at the Kekaha Sugar Mill.

He is survived by sons Alvin, Wayne and Ray Kaneyama; daughter Lois Tranilla; sisters Florence Kamei and Fumiko Koike; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. on Friday, March 30, at Waimea United Church of Christ in Waimea. Service will be at 3 p.m. Casual attire is is suggested. Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Mortuary.


Shigeki Horikawa

Shigeki Horikawa of ‘Ele‘ele died at Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital on March 22, 2007, at the age of 89.

Born in Koloa on April 21, 1917, he was a clerk with A & B.

He is survived by son Alan (Rena) Horikawa of ‘Ele‘ele; daughter Vicki Horikawa of Seattle, Wash.; grandchild Jamie Horikawa of ‘Ele‘ele; sister Nancy Horikawa of Honolulu. Services were private.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.


Hatsue Miyabara

Hatsue Kakimoto Miyabara of Hanapepe, died at home on March 20, 2007, at the age of 93.

Born in Ko‘olau, on March 18, 1914, she was a taro farmer.

She is survived by four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother Harold Kakimoto of Lihu‘e; sisters, Gladys Ishii of Hanapepe and Florence (James) Mukai of Los Angeles, Calif.; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Services were private.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.


Kan Yin Chang

Kan Yin Chang of Kapa‘a died on March 24, 2007, at the age of 73.

Born in Lihue on Sept. 21, 1933,+ he retired from Mid Pac Auto as a sales representative in the auto parts department.

He is survived by his wife Doris Chang; sons Clyde (Vanessa) Chang, Frederick (Bea) Chang, Patrick Chang, and Robert (Kim) Rumion; daughters Darlene (Mike) Hatakeyama, Sharlene Rumion, and Michelle Colley; siblings Esther Pang, Bessie (Dan) Pang, Kan Chong (Beverly) Chang, Kim Moi Chang, Yuki (Hiroki) Hashimura, Kan Kim (Patsy) Chang, and Kim Look Chang; seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by siblings Robert Chang, Mary Andrews, Kan Yau Chang, and Kan Hing Chang.

Services will be held on Friday, March 30, at Immaculate Conception Church with visitation from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and Mass celebrated at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Kauai Memorial Gardens.

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


Margaret Boulton

Margaret Mary Boulton of Princeville died March 19, 2007, at the age of 84. 

Born in Modesto, California on Oct. 23, 1922, she was a dedicated homemaker.

She is survived by son Jim Boulton of Princeville; daughter Maureen (Robert) Diffenderfer of Princeville; brother Bill McManus; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by daughter Maryann.

Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home assisted with arrangements.

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