Obituaries for Wednesday, April 11, 2007

• Philip Demerin

• Duette J. Rochelle

• Ronnie Holt Sr.

• Anna F. Fune


Philip Demerin

Philip Demerin died at Kuakini Medical Center on O‘ahu on March 18, 2007, at the age of 84.

Born in Kilauea on March 30, 1922, he was a pineapple field and hotel maintenance worker, and was known for his skill in sewing crab nets and his love of singing.

Philip is survived by nephews Peter Aquino, Albert Aquino, Richard Aquino, David Aquino, and James Aquino; nieces Theresa Newsom, Carmen Young, Virginia “Cookie” Zywot and Mary Daubert; nephews Rio Demerin and Don Demerin; niece Mary Dale Demerin; nephews Ronald Demerin, Anthony Demerin, and Hubert Demerin; nieces Frances Anthony and Mary M. Demerin; nephews Alex Riola, Arthur Riola, Anthony Riola, Larry Riola, and Frank Riola; niece Sylvia Wong; nephews Larry Vito and Joe Vito; niece Beatrice Narciso; sisters-in-law Magdalena Demerin and Frances Demerin; and numerous grand-nephews and nieces.

Memorial services will be held at St. Catherine’Church on Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m., visitation, and 10 a.m., Mass. Burial to follow at St. Catherine Cemetery.

Aloha attire is suggested.


Duette J. Rochelle

Duette J. Rochelle died at Wilcox Hospital on April 8, 2007.

A long-time Wailua resident, Duette was a nurse at Wilcox Hospital until her retirement. She is survived by her hanai family in the islands and extended family in California and Oklahoma.

A graveside service will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, April 13, at Lihu‘e Cemetery. Aloha wear is suggested. Funeral arrangements on Duette’s behalf are being made by Kevin Morrison and expressions of sympathy may be sent to him at 7009 Almeda Rd #1034, Houston, TX 77054.

A celebration of life is also planned for Saturday. Call 332-9696 for more information.


Ronnie Holt Sr.

Ronnie Walter Kealohapuna Holt Sr. of Wailua River View Estates died at Wilcox Memorial Hospital on March 30, 2007, at the age of 69.

Born in Honolulu, he was raised on Kaua‘i from a year old. He retired after 32 years of service with the Kaua‘i Police Department, then worked for Royal Guard Security, Ltd. as their Operations Manager. He was employed by the Sheraton Kauai Poipu Resort Hotel as a security guard until his passing.

He is survived by his wife Rosie Holt; sons Walter of Honolulu and Darryn (Wendy) of California; daughters Michele (Kaipo‘i) Holt, Raynel (Albert) Diggs and Laureen (Cyrus) Irvine, all of Honolulu; brothers Bennett (Carol) Holt Jr. of Oregon, Richard (Barbara) Waalani Sr., of Lawa‘i, Norman (Beverly) of Kapaa and James (Diana) Anakalea of Princeville; sisters Annette (Bobby) Spencer of Maui, Lihu‘e (Chris) Miller of Virginia, Eula (Leonard) Sablan of Saipan and Wanda (Fred) Aki Sr. of Anahola and 24 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ronnie traveled around the world three times with the Harlem Globetrotters. In those days, the Globetrotters featured Marcus Haynes, J.C. Gibson, Nate “Sweetwater” Clifton, “Meadowlark” Lemon and Reese “Goose” Tatum, to mention a few. He played with the best of them. Ron was a sports enthusiast and was himself recognized as the MVP Mountain Ball Pitcher. He played baseball, basketball, volleyball and golf.

Ronnie volunteered in his younger days coaching kids in various sports in the community, sharing of himself, his talents and his caring demeanor which had a profound influence on their lives. Although he loved traveling with the Globetrotters, Ronnie returned home when his mother died. Shortly thereafter, he joined the Kaua‘i Police Department.

Friends may visit with the family from 9:30 am to 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 15, at Kauai Veterans Center in Lihu‘e where services will follow.

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


Anna F. Fune

Anna F. Fune of Kalaheo, died April 3, 2007, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at the age of 92.

Born March 29, 1915, in Lawa‘i, she was a homemaker.

She is survived by sons Richard “Stanley” (Pat) Fune and James Ronald (Theresa) Fune, and daughter Cathline Broyles; sister Beatrice Martin; 15 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

Friends may visit with the family from 9 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, April 17, at Holy Cross Church in Kalaheo, where Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. by Father Nap.

Burial will follow at St. Raphael’s Church Cemetery. Casual attire is suggested. Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.

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