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• Carol Ann West
• Sean Agoot
• Joseph Gary Bland
• Andrew Vidinha
• Bernadette Aken
• Edith Y. Oride
• Charles Edward Kohler
Carol Ann West
Carol Ann West died peacefully at home with her family at her side on Oct. 5, 2007, at the age of 70. She was inspirational and courageous throughout her two year struggle with pancreatic cancer.
She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Alva Jack; son Garrett “Gary” West of Kilauea; daughters Jacqueline “Jackie” (Victor) Carlson of Arizona and Janelle (Johnson) Koo of Kilauea; mother Mary Van of California; sister Donna Roberson of California and grandsons Jack and Nicholas, who were the light of her life.
Carol moved to Hawai‘i with her family in 1971. She lived on the islands of Hawai‘i, O‘ahu, Moloka‘i and Kaua‘i.
She was a graduate of Long Beach State College with a major in education. She obtained her masters degree from the University of San Francisco. She taught at public schools, later became a Montessori teacher and opened her own school on Moloka‘i and Kaua‘i. She eventually moved her preschool to St. Catherine School. She was the principal at St. Catherine School for the last 15 years, a job that she loved dearly and put her heart and soul into.
She was a trained musician and an accomplished vocalist. She sang with many groups and as a soloist. She most recently sang with the Kauai Community College Garden Island Singers.
Carol lived life with a passion. Everyday she enjoyed swimming, singing, reading, knitting, and watching her grandsons grow. She loved flowers and nature and found joy in living each day to its fullest potential. She was a compassionate person who believed in giving everyone an opportunity to uncover and share their gifts in life. She touched many lives and mentored people in countless ways.
Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. on Oct. 15, at St. Catherine Church. Services will begin at 10:45 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family is respectfully requesting that donations be made to St. Catherine School.
Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home assisted the West family with arrangements.
Sean Agoot died at his home in Cerritos, Calif., on Oct. 2, 2007, after a battle with brain cancer at the age of 27.
Born in Lihu‘e, on May 5, 1980, he was a service advisor for Norm Reeves Honda of Cerritos, Calif. He was a fun-loving and free-spirited individual who loved traveling, going to concerts, and “lived his life to its fullest (and often “partied like a rockstar.”)
He is survived by his parents Stanley and Jeannie Agoot of Cerritos, Calif., sisters Kimberlyn (Keith) Howell of Henderson, Nev., and Kylene (Timothy Albao Jr.) Agoot of Koloa, nephews Ryan, Kainoa, niece Chloe, grandma Frances Gadingan of Koloa and girlfriend Amy Kim of Fullerton, Calif., along with many loving aunties, uncles, cousins and friends throughout Hawai‘i and the mainland.
Friends may visit with the family from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Saint Raphael’s Church in Koloa. A service to commemorate his life will be held at noon. Casual attire is suggested.
Arrangements are being handled by Forest Lawn Mortuary in Cypress, Calif.
Joseph Gary Bland
Joseph Gary Bland, of Kapa‘a ,died at home on Oct. 7, 2007, at the age of 47.
Born in Tulsa, Okla., on Feb. 7, 1960, he was a truss builder for Island Truss, Hanama‘ulu.
Mr. Bland was preceded in death by his parents Charles Cecil and Geneva B. Bland.
He is survived by his brothers Donald (Lorraine) Bland and Charles (Tina) Bland II; sisters Bonnie (Jim) Pierson of Pryor, Okla., and Jayne (Billy) Topper of Claremore, Okla.; nephews Jake Bland and Carter Mackey; nieces Darci and Bailey Topper, Leah Naveck, and Brooke Bland-Fielder.
Private services will be held on Kaua‘i and Oklahoma at a later date.
Kauai Memorial Gardens assisted the Bland family with the arrangements.
Andrew Vidinha, of Kalaheo, died Oct. 7, 2007, at Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital at the age of 78.
Born April 23,1929, on Kaua‘i, he was a supervisor for Kekaha Sugar Company.
He is survived by his wife Norma S. Vidinha of Kalaheo; sons Burt (Kuulei) Vidinha of Kekaha and Brian Silva of Hanapepe; daughters Erleen Akana of Kekaha and Jayneen (Patrick) Laysa of Kalaheo; mother Virginia T. Vidinha of Kekaha; sister Virginia Howell of California; grandchildren Dustin, Bradford, Dennison, Destiny, Eric, Ashley, Jeslyn, Janessa and Jeryn; hanai grandson Justin Seto; great-grandchilden Justin-Josiah, Kiara, Waika, Beighlee, Danielle, Shanea, Nevaeh, Faith, Elijah, Rylee, Taelor, Ridge and Laynee; hanai great-granddaughter Tevai Yorkman; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends may visit with the family from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Veterans Cemetery Pavilion in Hanapepe, where services will be celebrated at 11 a.m.
Burial to follow at the Veterans Cemetery.
Casual attire is suggested. Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.
Bernadette Aken, of Kapa‘a, died Oct. 3, 2007, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital, at the age of 48.
Born May 25, 1959, in Honolulu, she was a PBX operator for Hilton.
She is survived by son Jonah (Natasha White) Cummings of Kapa‘a; daughters Nohelani (Keola) Milbourne of Kaneohe, and Sunshine (Ansen Malana-Gomes) Cummings of Kapa‘a; mother Davydean Aken of Honolulu; sisters Sandy (Lyle) Garcia of Honolulu, Dale Williams of San Francisco; Terry (Ben) Tabiolo of ‘Ewa and Roxanne (William) Badua of ‘Ewa; seven grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father James Aken.
Services will be on Sunday, Oct. 14. Location to be announced.
Aloha attire is suggested. Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kaua i Mortuary.
Edith Y. Oride
Edith Y. Oride, of Lihu‘e, died at home on Sept. 27, 2007, at the age of 79.
Born in Kapa‘a, on Aug. 27, 1928, she retired with Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital as a registered nurse.
Preceded in death by her husband Hideo Oride, she is survived bydaughter Mia (Gerald) Ako of Lihu‘e; sons Dr. Michael (Gail) Oride of Lihu‘e, David (Jo Anne) Oride of ‘Ewa Beach, Leslie Oride of Hilo; three sisters, Nancy Unemori of Molokai, Janet (Ismo) Yoshishige of Lihu‘e, Leatrice Tanaka of Lihu‘e; two brothers, Philip (Helene) Yamagata of Kapa’a, Ronald (Janet) Yamagata of O‘ahu; five grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends may visit with the family from 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, at All Saints Episcopal Church in Kapa‘a where services will be celebrated at 11 a.m.. .
The family requests aloha attire and graciously declines flowers.
Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home assisted the Oride family with arrangements.
Charles Edward Kohler
Charles (Chuck) Edward Kohler, of Hanapepe and formerly of Winsted, Minn., died Oct. 2, 2007, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital in Lihue, following a long illness, at the age of 49..
Born April 2, 1958, in Hutchinson, Minn.,, the son of Raymond and Joyce (Hirsch) Kohler, Chuck enjoyed sports while in high school and was an active participant, earning letters on the Winsted Holy Trinity football, wrestling, and baseball teams.
Following high school Chuck worked as a stainless steel welder. His welding jobs took him to several locations around the United States
Chuck first visited Kaua‘i and lived there for a short time in the mid-1980s.
After returning to Winsted to be closer to family and friends for a few years, he met and married his loving wife Linda and they decided they wanted to move to Kaua‘i.
In 1992 they saw an opportunity to turn this dream into reality when hurricane ‘Iniki struck Kaua‘i and vastly devastated the Island. With his background in welding and his willingness to work hard, Chuck returned to Kaua‘i with his wife Linda in early 1993 and quickly found a welding position with Martin Steel Corporation where he was employed for many years until he became disabled due to a back injury.
Chuck was preceded in death by his wife Linda, his mother Joyce, and his sister Katherine (Kay) Bird.
He is survived by his father Raymond J. Kohler of Howard Lake, Minn., two brothers and one sister, Jonathan L. Kohler, of Hanapepe, Timothy J. (Laurie) Kohler of Ormond Beach, Fla., and Jacqueline R. (Joe) Kitts of Howard Lake, Minn., brother-in-law Daniel Bird of Keller, Texas; numerous nieces and nephews, and many other relatives and friends.
Memorial services will be determined at a later date.
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