Obituaries for Wednesday, April 2, 2008

• Richard Yuji Takemoto

• Colin Christian Mathews

• Sueno Nakamura

• Augusta “Gussie” Louis

• Katsue “Katsy” Tabuchi

• Beatrice Tsugie Bernal

• Kenneth James Trapin


Richard Yuji Takemoto

Richard Yuji Takemoto of Lihu‘e passed away on March 24, 2008, at his home at the age of 81. Born on Dec. 22, 1926, in Waialua, he was a retired weatherman with the National Weather Service.

He is survived by son Miles

(Charlene) Takemoto of Hana-ma‘ulu and Wade Takemoto of Lihu‘e; daughters Beverly Karrasch of California, Kim (Garret) Kato of Lihu‘e and Iris Takemoto of Lihu‘e; five grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; brothers Walter (Doris) Takemoto of Wahiawa, and Chester (Dora) Takemoto of Kailua; sister Lillian Weinberg of Kailua; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 5, at the Kauai Veterans Cemetery Pavilion; service at 10 a.m. with interment to follow. Casual attire is suggested.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary Ltd.


Colin Christian Mathews

Colin Christian Mathews of Princeville died on March 28, 2008, at the age of 15. He was born in Lihu‘e and attended Kapa‘a High School as a sophomore.

Colin is survived by his parents Conrad and Linda; brother Craig; grandparents George Blake, Joanna Blake Haselwood and Marion Olson; aunt and uncles on Kaua‘i, Amanda, Camren and Devin Blake; aunt and uncle on the Mainland, George Blake Jr. and Laurie Macy; great aunts, great uncles and numerous cousins.

Visitation with the family and viewing will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 4, at St. Catherine Church. A rosary will be said at 10 a.m. and Mass celebrated at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at St. Catherine Cemetery in Kealia.

Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home is assisting the Mathews family with arrangements.


Sueno Nakamura

Sueno Nakamura of Wailua Houselots passed away on March 23, 2008, at Garden Isle HealthCare at the age of 84. She was born on March 25, 1923, in Lihue.

She is survived by her husband Suyeyoshi Nakamura; sons Lloyd (Susan) of Mililani, Richard (Nancy) of Kapa‘a and Miles of Kapa‘a; daughter Susan (Joe) Neil of Kapa‘a; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister Yaeko (Hajime) Hironaka of Las Vegas, Nev.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with the family from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 5, at the Kapaa United Church of Christ; service at 10 a.m. Casual attire is suggested.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary Ltd.


Augusta “Gussie” Louis

Augusta “Gussie” Louis of ‘Oma‘o died on March 30, 2008, at her home in ‘Oma‘o at the age of 83. Born on July 13, 1924, in Kapa‘a, she was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ernest Louis; son Warren Louis Sr.; and daughter-in-law Drucilla “Cilla” Louis.

She is survived by her son Richard “Dicky” Louis of ‘Oma‘o; daughter-in-law Betty “BJ” Louis of ‘Oma‘o; sisters Margaret Victorino of Lihu‘e and Agnes Vasques of California; grandchildren Warren Louis of ‘Oma‘o, Richard “Ricky” (Colleen) Louis of Kalaheo, Lisa Louis of ‘Oma‘o, Derrick (Jemi) Louis of ‘Oma‘o, Kevin Louis of ‘Oma‘o and Lynell (Brandy) Tokuda of Kapa‘a; great-grandchildren James (Tisha) Louis of ‘Oma‘o, Vanessa Louis of ‘Oma‘o, Bryston Louis of Kalaheo, Kelsey Camat of ‘Oma‘o, Derek Louis of ‘Oma‘o, Matthew Louis of Hanama‘ulu and Noah Louis of Hanama‘ulu; great-great-grandchildren Isaiah Louis, Keenan Aguiar and Haley Louis of ‘Oma‘o; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mass and services will be celebrated at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 4, at St. Raphael’s Church in Koloa. Burial to follow at St. Raphael’s Church Cemetery in Koloa.


Katsue “Katsy” Tabuchi

Katsue “Katsy” Tabuchi of Koloa went to be with the Lord on March 21, 2008, at the age of 88. She was born Nov. 15, 1919, in Koloa.

She is survived by her daughter Lauren (Gene) Brennan; son Les (Candace) Tabuchi; four grandchildren; brother Sam (Sue) Oi; sisters Iris Sumida, Ann (Owen) Philips, Elaine Kaneshiro, Doris Kashiwai and Norma Bennett; and numerous nieces and nephews and caregiver Diane Cooke.

A celebration of her life will be held with visitation at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, at Koloa Missionary Church; service begins at 4 p.m.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary Ltd.


Beatrice Tsugie Bernal

Beatrice Tsugie Bernal of Hanama‘ulu passed away on March 18, 2008, at her home at the age of 87. She was born on May 27, 1920, in Hanama‘ulu.

She is survived by her husband Jose Bernal; sons Earnest (Linda) of Waipahu, Melvin of Honolulu and Rory of Hanama‘ulu; daughters Allegra (Sisenando Jr.) Antolin of Pearl City and Suzanne (Fred) Yamane of Honolulu; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brothers Masaaki Morimoto of Los Angeles, Calif., and Masahiro Morimoto of Lihu‘e; sister Yoshie Isokane of Lihu‘e; and numerous nieces and nephews. Services were private.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary Ltd.


Kenneth James Trapin

Kenneth James Trapin of Sandy, Ore., died on Feb. 12, 2008, at home at the age of 70. Born on Sept. 4, 1937, in northern California, he was a restorer of classic cars, a jazz producer and KKCR-FM jazz programmer (“The Jazz Guy”).

He is survived by his daughters Dede Trapin and Heather Byrnes; son Justin Trapin; his wife Liz and her son Curt Biro, daughters Julie Seto, Kate Burns; and 10 grandchildren.

Donations in Ken Trapin’s name may be made to the Kaua‘i Concert Association/Jazz Fund, P.O. Box 503, Lihu‘e, HI 96766.

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