Obituaries Wednesday, May 9, 2007

• Jose ‘Joe’ Ragasa

• Severino Oyamot

• Joan Marie Wells

• Stephanie A. Silva

• Gail Lynn Raborn

Jose ‘Joe’ Ragasa

Jose “Joe” Ragasa of Hanama‘ulu, died April 29, 2007, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital, at the age of 84.

Born in Pantay Laud, Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines, he was a retired groundskeeper for Kaua‘i Surf and the Westin Kaua‘i.

He is survived by his wife Jacinta Ragasa; daughters Jessie (Nick) Ragasa and Joyce (Bonie) Tumaneng; grandchildren Jonie “Bree” Ragasa, Dreyden Tumaneng and Saedy Tumaneng; brother Teodoro Ragasa and sister Valentina Ragasa; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family from 8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. on Friday, May 11, 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.

Severino Oyamot

Severino “German” “Rino” Oyamot of Makaweli died April 22, 2007, at Queen’s Hospital on O‘ahu at the age of 76.

Born Nov. 19, 1930, in Makaweli, he was a retired heavy equipment operator for Gay & Robinson Sugar Plantation. He also served in the Hawai‘i Army National Guard.

Preceded in death by parents Florentino and Josepha Oyamot, brothers Pedro, Larry and Alberto “Happy” Oyamot, he is survived by his wife Elizabeth, daughters Rowena (Calvin) Fukushima, Wenda Ann Oyamot, sons Rodney (Josie Rasay) Oyamot, Mansfield (Noreen) Oyamot, Malcolm (Helena) Oyamot, Jonathan (Marietta) Oyamot; brothers Dilikano “Dick” and Marcelo “Marcie” Oyamot of O‘ahu, Luciano “Lucky” Oyamot of Makaweli; sister Gregoria “Gloria” Albarado of Makaweli; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12, at Sacred Hearts Church in Waimea. Mass to follow. The family requests that flowers be omitted and suggests casual attire.

Joan Marie Wells

Joan Marie Wells of Kilauea died May 3, 2007, at her home at the age of 80.

Born in California, she was a writer.

She is survived by son Brad (Cherry) Hamilton of Kilauea, daughter Penny Hamilton of California, eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 27, at Ha‘ena Beach Park.

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

Stephanie A. Silva

Stephanie A. Silva of Kalaheo died May 5, 2007, at Straub Hospital at the age of 56.

Born on Kaua‘i, she was a nurse’s aide for Hale Kupuna.

She is survived by daughters Claudia (Nikola) Nishi and Jodie Tacub; son Jason Silva; sister Branda (Ernest) Silva; brothers Jessie Soares and Wayne (Ranae) Soares; 10 grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at Holy Cross Church in Kalaheo, where Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow.

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

Gail Lynn Raborn

Gail Lynn Raborn of Charlotte, N.C., died May 8, 2007, at her residence at the age of 55.

Born Jan. 11, 1952, in Charlotte, N.C., she was the office manager at the Social Security office in Conway, S.C. She had worked for the U.S. Government for 30 years.

She is survived by her husband Allen Del Gandio; step-children Peter (Roselle) Del Gandio of Westfield, N.J., Alyson Ciardullo of Cooper City, FL, and Joanna (Chris) Gruter of Levittown, N.Y.; sisters Tina Robinson of Charlotte and Cynthia Cobb of Kernersville, N.C.; three step-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends today from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at McMillan-Small Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held in Charlotte, on Friday, May 11, at 11 a.m. at Glenwood A.R.P. Church with the Rev. Jay Weigel officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Glenwood A.R.P. Church, 5024 Freedom Dr., Charlotte, N.C. 28208. An online guest book is available at

 McMillan-Small Funeral Home is handling the local arrangements.


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