Obituaries for Sunday, April 1, 2007

• Margaret Boulton

• Carol Ann Erickson

• Glenn Nakamura

• Lily L. Ng

• William Joseph “Helicopter Joe” Sulak

• Shizuo Yoshida

• Janet Sachie Watanabe


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 her husband James and daughter Maryann.

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


Carol Ann Erickson

Carol Ann Erickson of Wailua died at home on March 27, 2007, at the age of 44.  She was born in California on Sept. 26, 1962.

She is survived by her companion Mitchell Bantillan of Wailua; mother Ruth Bottoms; sister Juliet Erickson; aunts, uncles, cousins and friends throughout the world.  She is preceded in death by her brother Stan Erickson.

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, March 31, at noon at Wailua River mouth.

Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home assisted the Erickson 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; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Celebration of 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.


Lily L. Ng

Lily L. Ng of Kalaheo, formerly from Los Angeles, Calif., died at Kaua‘i Veterans Memorial Hospital on March 26, 2007, at the age of 82.

Born in Canton, China, she was a seamstress with various companies.

Preceded in death by her husband Richard Ng, she is survived by daughter Sylvia (Carl) Oliver of Kalaheo; grandchildren Kaleki (Billy) Rodrigues of ‘Ele‘ele, Laura (Isaac) Mersburgh of ‘Aiea, O‘ahu and Kawika Oliver of Las Vegas, Nev.; six great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Private services will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.


William Joseph “Helicopter Joe” Sulak

William Joseph (Joe) Sulak, of Folsom, Calif., was killed in a  helicopter accident  on March 8, 2007, at Princeville Airport on Kaua‘i at the age of 59.

Born Feb. 9, 1948, in Waco, Texas, Joe began flying helicopters at age 19 for the U.S. Army 101ST Airborn Division.  A Vietnam veteran, he saved countless lives as a medivac and  was a part of the infamous battle at “Hamburger Hill.”

Joe had a deep passion for flying which led him around the world.  He flew helicopters in the Middle East and  Machu Picchu.

In 1978, Joe joined the first ever “Life Flight” air-ambulance program in Houston, Texas. This program was cutting edge and changed EMT response times dramatically thus saving more lives.

Joe dedicated decades to this career which took him to various hospitals all over the states. He eventually moved to Folsom which he considered to be his home. While not flying Lifeflight for UC Davis Med Center, Joe enjoyed spending quality time with his friends and family and especially enjoyed dredging/mining for gold.  He cherished his moments with nature.

In 2003, Joe began flying tours on Kaua‘i.  He took great pleasure in entertaining his passengers while sharing his knowledge and love of the island along with a few of his life’s adventures.  It was here that he became known as “Helicopter Joe” and it was here, tragically,  that his adventures came to an end.

Joe is preceded in death by his mother, Billie Jo King, and his father, Sylvester Sulak.  Sadly, he was joined just one week after his passing by his younger sister Susan Sulak.

Joe is survived by his son, Andrew Sulak, his daughter, Carrie Sulak and their mother, Melinda Wilson.  He also leaves behind a 6 month old granddaughter, Avaleigh.  His sister, Sylvia Puffer and her husband Duane, his niece Chanda Young and her children Ashton and Landon, his niece Heather Reed, her husband Scott and their daughter Lauren, his niece Holly Duckworth, her husband Daniel and their son Will.  There are countless cousins and an abundance of friends.

Joe wished to be remembered any time Van Morrison’s “Call me up in Dreamland” is played. In his own words, “Its a classic!”

Services for Joe will be held April 14 in Folsom.

Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home assisted family with arrangements.


Shizuo Yoshida

Shizuo Yoshida of Waimea, died at home on March 30, 2007, at the age of 101.

Born in Anahola on Feb. 18, 1906, he was a custodian with Waimea Public Library.

He is survived by his wife Kimiko; son Edward (Patty) Yoshida of Mililani, O‘ahu; two daughters Violet (Kenneth) Smith of Waimea and Rose (Robert) Cashin of La Habra Heights, Calif.; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.


Janet Sachie 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.

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