Obituaries for Friday, January 4, 2008

• Shizuko Yoshioka

• Dean Nadatani

• George H. Schulze

Shizuko Yoshioka

Shizuko Yoshioka of Lihu‘e died at her home on Dec. 29, 2007, at the age of 95.

Born in Hamakua, Hawai‘i, on July 15, 1912, she is survived by son Kazuo Yoshioka of Lihu‘e; daughter Alice Miles of Honolulu; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Services were private.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Dean Nadatani

Dean Takemi Nadatani of Lawa‘i died at Wilcox Memorial Hospital on Dec. 30, 2007, at the age of 63.

Born in Waimea on April 11, 1944, he was previously employed by Von Hamm-Young, Avis Rent-A-Car, Garden Island Motors, Kauai Auto Center and the county of Kaua‘i.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joichi and Haruye Nadatani, and father and mother-in-law Joseph and Eleanor DeCosta.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Nadatani; son Dean Nadatani Jr. of Hawai‘i Kai, O‘ahu; daughters Terry (Lex Tam Ho) Crowell of Kane‘ohe, O‘ahu, Shelley (Joseph) Gandeza of Lawa‘i, and Sandi Nadatani of Lawa‘i; grandchildren Ashley Keani Crowell Dylan Crowell, Marcus Brown and Luke Gandeza; one great-grandchild, Kasen Crowell-Pimienta; brothers Kenneth Sadao Nadatani of Waipahu and James (Fran) Nadatani of ‘Ele‘ele; sister Joy Kagawa of Puhi; brother-in-law Joseph (Landa) DeCosta; sisters-in-law Margie (Dana) Akita and Carol (Steven) Shinagawa; and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, at Holy Cross Church in Kalaheo. Mass officiated by Father Nap will begin at 10 a.m. Casual attire is suggested and the family asks that flowers be omitted.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

George H. Schulze

George H. Schulze of Kilauea died on Dec. 31, 2007, at Wilcox Hospital, at the age of 85.

Born in Bucyrus, Ohio, on May 18, 1922, he worked at Alliance Manufacturing Co. for 31 years before moving to Kaua‘i in 1972. In Ohio, he excelled in the state in horseshoes and bowled in a state tournament with a perfect 300. He was a veteran of World War II in the U.S. Army.

On Kaua‘i, he worked as maintenance supervisor at Prince Kuhio Resort, residence manager at Pali Ke Kua, and residence manager at Lihu‘e Townhouses. He drove a school bus for 19 years for Yamaguchi Bus Co.

He became a long-distance runner with 170 races to his credit, including four marathons. He participated in the World Masters Track & Field Meet in Eugene, Ore., in 1989, and in Turku, Finland, in 1991.

He was a volunteer for the American Heart Association, president of the YMCA Ballroom Dance Club, track coach at Kilauea School, a 28-year member of East Kaua‘i Y’s Men’s Club, trained as a CERT member of Kilauea, and was a charter member of the North Shore Christian Church in Kilauea. He earned an associate degree in carpentry at Kaua‘i Community College and excelled in making handmade rocking horses for children and shoe racks for gifts.

He leaves his wife, Donna, whom he married in 1970; children Melodye (Karl) Dabney of Eugene, Ore., Happy (Lydia) Holden of Loveland, Colo., Jolly (Lynda) Holden of Marietta, Ga., Gay (Glenn) Petrini of Hollywood, Fla., Cathy Casas of Caldwell, Texas, Honey (BC) Charles of Hanama‘ulu, and Joey Swanson of Honolulu; 15 grandchildren and one hanai grandchild; two nieces; one nephew; and 23 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at the North Shore Christian Church in Kilauea.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Ohana YMCA of Kaua‘i Building Fund will be gratefully accepted.


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