Obituaries Friday, May 18, 2007

• Harriet Schimmelfennig

• Hatsuyo Matsunaga

• George Rita

• Herman Hasegawa

Harriet Schimmelfennig

Harriet Leimomi Scharsch Schimmelfennig of Po‘ipu died at Wilcox Hospital on May 11, 2007, at the age of 82.

Born in Kipu on Oct. 17, 1924, she retired from the state of Hawai‘i as an administrator with the District Courts of Honolulu.

Preceded in death by her son Bryan Schimmelfennig of ‘Aina Haina, she is survived by son Edward (Heidi) Schimmelfennig of Po‘ipu, daughter-in-law Beth Schimmelfennig of ‘Aina Haina; six grandchildren, Leimomi, Kala, Nalu, Malia, Gavin and Chaz; one great-grandson Ka‘iwa; niece Charlene (Jerry) Punahele; and nephew Kaipo of Hawai‘i Kai.

Friends may visit with the family at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 25, at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Koloa. Mass will be officiated by Father Edison and will begin at 11 a.m. Burial to follow at Kauai Veterans Cemetery in Hanapepe.

Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.

Hatsuyo Matsunaga

Hatsuyo “Hattie” Matsunaga of Lihu‘e died at home on April 29, 2007, at the age of 87.

Born in Kapa‘a, a graduate of Hawaiian Mission Academy, she retired from Sears Roebuck and Co. in Lihu‘e as a credit manager.

Preceded in death by husband Haruo Matsunaga and brother Makoto Murata, she is survived by daughter Susan E. Matsunaga; siblings Yaeko Kinoshita, Akira “Rocky” Murata, Mieko “Miki” Bankson, Yoshie Yamakawa, and Doris Kirio; numerous nieces and nephews.

Private services were held.  Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home assisted the Matsunaga family with arrangements.

George Rita

George Rita of Tacoma, Wash., died May 13, 2007, at the age of 80.

Born Feb. 22, 1927, in Makaweli, he moved to Tacoma in 1949, and lived there until his death. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran in World War II. As a teenager living on Kaua‘i, he witnessed first-hand the two waves of Japanese bombers as they headed to Pearl Harbor prompting him to lie about his age in order to serve his country during WW II.

He retired from Schneider-Simpson Sheet Metal in 1996. He was the consummate caregiver to his wife of 33 years, Muriel.

Preceded in death by his parents Frank and Martha Rita, brother August and two sisters Lovina and Mary, he is survived by his wife Muriel A. Rita, daughters Susan (Sam) Anderson, Annie (Steven) Smith, stepdaughter Maureen L. Ryan; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Friday, May 18, at 2 p.m. at Mountain View Memorial Park, Valley Chapel, Tacoma, Wash. Pictures may be viewed at

Herman Hasegawa

Herman Hasegawa of Kapa’a died at Wilcox Memorial Hospital on May 4, 2007, at the age of 70.

Born in Hawai’i, he was a retired farmer.

He is survived by brother Vincent Hasegawa of Kapa‘a and numerous uncles, nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held on Monday, May 21, at the Hongwanji Church in Kapa’a. Services will be at 2 p.m. Casual attire is suggested.


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