Obituaries for Wednesday, November 14, 2007

• Julie Reiko Yukimura

• Yoshio Matsuyoshi

• Jacqueline Kaululaau

• Elaine M. McLaughlin

• Patrick Joseph Morse

• Robbie Ford

• Andrew A. Apuna Sr.

• Helen V. Santos

• Avelina Asuncion

• Florentino Miguel

• Joseph Gary Bland

Julie Reiko Yukimura

Julie Reiko Yukimura, owner of the Kapaia Stitchery and active in the Kaua‘i community, died at her home in Lihu‘e on Nov. 6, 2007, at the age of 59.

Born on Sept. 15, 1948, in Lihu‘e, she was preceded in death by her father Yoshio Yukimura. A beloved daughter, sister, cousin, niece and auntie, she is survived by her mother Masako, brothers Paul (Karen) Yukimura and Peter (Lani) Yukimura, and sister Lisa (Ron) Jeffery; nieces Jennifer and Darcie Yukimura, Erin Jeffery; and nephews Scott, Koa, Ken and Neil Yukimura; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Julie attended Kauai High, the University of Kansas, and the University of Hawai‘i. She had a passion for fabric, sewing and needlework and started her own business, the Kapaia Stitchery, in 1973. Her business has become very well known through the years. Residents and tourists alike will remember Julie for her customer service, kindness and generosity, reflecting how she lived the aloha spirit. She has often been acknowledged for her aloha spirit and philanthropy to others.

A supporter of many good causes, Julie was active in the formative days of Hospice Kauai. She was a strong member of the Lihue Christian Church, having served as moderator, Sunday School director, and formed the Women’s Group whose members created quilts for the benefit of the church’s annual bazaar.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m.Saturday, Nov. 17, Lihue Christian Church. Visitation starts at 9:30 a.m. Arrangements are being handled by the church and Kauai Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Julie R. Yukimura Charitable Fund, P.O. Box 1327, Lihu‘e, HI 96766.

Yoshio Matsuyoshi

Yoshio “Oscar” Matsuyoshi of Hanama‘ulu died at Wilcox Memorial Hospital on Nov. 2, 2007, at the age of 81.

He was born in Lihu‘e, on May 3, 1926, and retired from Lihue Sugar Plantation as a power plant operator.

He is survived by his wife Mildred; daughters Vivian McCravey of Honolulu, Claire (Mark Christian) Mindoro of Hanama‘ulu; sister Toshie Aquino of Lihu‘e, two grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.

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

Jacqueline Kaululaau

Jacqueline “Jacky” David-Kaululaau of Lihu‘e died at home on Nov. 5, 2007, at the age of 58. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and was self-employed and a dedicated homemaker.

She is survived by daughters Lesley David of Florida, Andrea Grabow of Honolulu; son Easy Grabow of Honolulu, three grandchildren, Paul Kaululaau; sisters JoAnn Wenger, Patricia Moore, Roberta Wolf, Barbara Miami, and Eileen Doman.

Visitation with the family will be held on Nov. 19, at Immaculate Conception Church with viewing from 9 a.m. till 10:30 a.m. and Mass celebrated at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Immaculate Conception Cemetery.

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

Elaine M. McLaughlin

Elaine M. McLaughlin of Rochester, Wash., died Oct. 20, 2007, in Rochester at the age of 68.

Born Dec. 26, 1938, she was a homemaker and former resident of ‘Oma‘o until she relocated to Rochester in 2001.

Preceded in death by her husband Richard “Mac” McLaughlin in 2001, she is survived by sons William (Marlene) McLaughlin of Hanapepe and Mark McLaughlin of Kekaha.; granddaughters Katherine and Cristina; brother Norman Webber of Kailua, sister Joyce Quimby of Rochester and several other Mainland relatives.

Funeral services were held in Olympia, Wash., in October. A memorial service in her honor will be held on Kaua‘i at a later date.

Patrick Joseph Morse

Patrick Joseph (“Joe”) Morse passed away peacefully at his home in Kapa‘a on Nov. 2, 2007, at the age of 65.

Joe was born in Jamestown, Calif., on Feb. 5, 1942. About 9 years later the family moved to Sonora, Calif., where Joe finished grammar school and high school. Upon graduation from high school in 1960, Joe traveled to Kaua‘i for the first time, along with his sister, Carolyn, as a graduation gift from his great aunt, Mary Ann Wickey, who had lived on Kaua‘i for many years.

Joe attended Modesto Junior College and the University of California at Davis.

After graduation he moved to Hawai‘i and taught high school for many years, all on Kaua‘i. He taught first in Koloa and then at Kapa‘a High School. His subjects were French, mathematics, and guidance. His career was interrupted for a tour of duty in the Army in Vietnam, but he returned to Kaua‘i after he was honorably discharged and resumed teaching. He loved his students and over the years touched many lives on Kaua‘i. Joe retired from teaching approximately five years ago.

Joe’s parents were Robert and Eva (Franco) Morse, both of whom predeceased him. He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law Carolyn Morse McGinty and Roger McGinty of Sequim, Wash., brother and sister-in-law Robert Morse and Marianne Morse of Eureka, Calif., and niece Anna Morse of Eureka, Calif.; aunt Alma (Franco) Montanelli of Chico, Calif, cousins Ernest Carboni of Sacramento, Calif., Larry Franco of Westlake Village, Calif., and Rick Franco of Modesto, Calif. Joe is also survived by his dog Jackson, who is going to a good home on Kaua‘i.

Joe loved to travel and took many extensive trips around the world, both during school vacations and after his retirement. He visited his family in California almost every year during his life in Hawai‘i. Joe will be missed by his many good friends on Kaua‘i.

A memorial gathering will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, at 11 a.m. at Joe’s home at 302-A Makani, Kapa‘a. Burial will take place later in Jamestown Catholic Cemetery, Jamestown, Calif., next to his parents.

Robbie Ford

Robbie Ford of Lihu‘e, died Nov. 12, 2007, at Garden Isle Healthcare Center at the age of 93.

Born June 7, 1914, in Oklahoma, he was an aerospeace worker.

He is survived by son Eskel (Mariann) Ford; daughter Robbie (Dana) White; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren..

Private services were held. Arrangements were being handled by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.

Andrew A. Apuna Sr.

Andrew A. Apuna Sr. (“Andy,” “Pop”) of Anahola went home to be with his Lord and savior Oct. 26, 2007, at Straub Clinic and Hospital, at the age of 83. He was born Mar. 10, 1924, in Kahakuloa Valley on Maui.

He was retired from Pearl Harbor Naval shipyard, Tongg Ranch, and owned Andy’s towing and autowrecking. He was also a retired cowboy of William Hyde Rice Ranch and HPA Security Services. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Paulita N. “Linda” Apuna.

He leaves a legacy of 13 children: sons Andrew (Dora Jane), Nathan (Frances), Neil (Dawn), Reginald (Gail) Apuna, Kealoha (Kristen), Donald (Pam) Hoopii, Robert (May), Enfield; daughters Coleen (Ron) Rivera, Eileen (Charlie) Vidinha, Rhonda (George) Tandal, Andrea “Sweetie” (Myron) Hamasaki, Bernadette (Joseph) Janicki, Bernadine (Barney “Duke”) Cypher; 39 grandchildren and 63 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be on Saturday, Nov. 17, at Borthwick Kaua‘i Mortuary in Koloa. Viewing will be from 9 a.m. till 10:45 a.m.; services to follow at 11 a.m. to noon. Burial will be at Kaua‘i Veterans Cemetery.

The family requests Hawaiian attire and that flowers be omitted.

Helen V. Santos

Helen V. Santos, of Kapa‘a, died Nov. 8, 2007, at her home at the age of 87.

Born July 23, 1920, in Kapa‘a, she worked in the food processing industry.

She is survived by daughters Barbara (James) Ventura of Kapa‘a, Gwen (John) Taeza of Kapa‘a; and Margaret (Raymond) Villatora of Wailua; sons David (Janie) Santos Jr. of Texas and Leroy (Cathy) Santos of Wailua; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with the family from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 19, at St. Catherine’s Church in Kapa‘a, where Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at St. Catherine’s Church Cemetery.

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

Avelina Asuncion

Avelina Cuaresma Asuncion died at Wilcox Memorial Hospital on Nov. 8, 2007, at the age of 80.

Born on May 30, 1928. she was a retired teacher at Elsie H. Wilcox Elementary School and an evening lecturer at Kauai Community College.

She was preceded in death by her husband Pete P. Asuncion.

She is survived by daughters Miriam Ellen (Wesley) Pagador, Evita Asuncion, Grace (John) Harlacher; grandchildren Dustin, Jordan Taylor, Cheyenne and Kiana; brother Federico “Fred” Cuaresma and sister Mary Christine Guerrero; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Koloa Union Church, where a memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at the Koloa Cemetery.

Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.

Florentino Miguel

Florentino “Floyd” Miguel of Puhi died at home on Nov. 12, 2007, at the age of 82.

He was born in Kipu, on Oct. 15, 1925, and was a heavy equipment operator and heavy equipment mechanic with Grove Farms, McBryde Sugar Company and Pacific Machinery.

He is survived by his wife Genoveva “Geny” Miguel; sons Michael (Kathy) Miguel of California, Gary Miguel of Lihu‘e, Nolan (Pat) Miguel of Honolulu, Dabney (Mona) Miguel of Lihu‘e, Marc Miguel of Lihu‘e; daughter Leona Lara of California; sisters Fortunata Cabamongan of Hilo, Teodora Yasay of Hanama‘ulu, Flora (Alfredo) Espirito of Hanama‘ulu; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A celebration of his life will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 21, at Immaculate Conception Church with visitation from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow.

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

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.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, at the north end of Lydgate near the mouth of Wailua River at 1 p.m.


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