Obituaries for Wednesday, July 2, 2008

• Anastacia Tabura

• Mannette Bock

• Naeko Pablo

• Robert Nareau

• Bryan Baptiste

• Emilia Villanueva

• Patsy Furtado

• Joseph Rapozo


Anastacia Tabura

Anastacia “Tasha” Cabonilas Tabura of Hanama‘ulu died June 25, 2008, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at the age of 78. Born in Cebu City, Philippines, she was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, auntie and friend.

She was preceded in death by spouse Vicente Sr. and brothers and sisters from the Philippines.

She is survived by daughters Adelaida (Rudy) Nuevo of the Philippines, Letecia “Tessie” (Willy) Estenzo of Kapa‘a, Josefa “Josie” (Archie) Franks of Texas; sons Max (Arlene) Tabura of Hanama‘ulu, Vicente Jr. (Maureen) Tabura of Kapa‘a, Danny (Dianne) Tabura of Kapa‘a; 21 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with the family from 8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday, July 2, at St. Catherine’s Church. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Kalapaki Bay Memorial Park in Lihu‘e.

Borthwick Kauai Mortuary is handling the arrangements.


Mannette Bock

Mannette L. Bock of Wailua Homesteads died May 17, 2008, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at the age of 87. Born in Chicago and raised in Los Angeles, she was a Kaua‘i resident from 1978. She worked as a special effects airbrush artist at Disney Studios.

She is survived by sons David B. (Andrea) Anderson of Kapahi and Leslie C. Anderson of St. Johns, Virgin Islands; sister Phyllis Jacobson of Norway; and numerous nieces, nephews and grandchildren.

Services will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9, at Lydgate Beach Park. There will be a scattering of her ashes at the Wailua River mouth on the Lydgate Park side. In lieu of flowers, friends may make donations to their favorite Kaua‘i charities in her remembrance.


Naeko Pablo

Naeko Oyakawa Pablo of Kaumakani died June 25, 2008, at Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital at the age of 80. Born April 25, 1928, in Waimea, she was a housewife.

She is survived by sons Eli (Sylvia) Pablo of ‘Ele‘ele, Ted (Janice) Pablo of Waipahu, O‘ahu, Arnold (Virginia) Pablo of Wailua and Royden (Carmela) Pablo of Lihu‘e; daughters Valerie (Dayne) Shigematsu of Simi Valley, Calif., Celia (Art) Etes of Chicago, Ill., Julene (Jonathan) Kaneakua of Kaumakani and Christine (Conrad) Ramos of Lihu‘e; 20 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with the family at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 5, at the Garden Island Mortuary Chapel; service at 10 a.m. Casual attire is suggested and the family requests that flowers be omitted.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary Ltd.


Robert Nareau

Robert “Bob” Nareau, a former Kaua‘i resident and frequent visitor, died on Nov. 7, 2006, after a brief illness. Born in Keene, N.H., he served in the Navy during WWII and then attended Columbia University.

After many years of successful practice as a criminal attorney in the San Diego area, Bob retired with his wife Greta to Kaua‘i. He taught at Kaua‘i Community College and spent much time at the Kauai Sands Hotel.

After a decade of life on Kaua‘i, the Nareaus returned to the Mainland, residing in Mesa, Ariz.

Bob is survived by wife Greta Nareau, brothers, sisters, several children, grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He was cremated and his ashes will be released on his beloved Kaua‘i at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 2, during services at Lumaha‘i Beach. Following the release of ashes at Lumaha‘i Beach at noon, there will be a pa‘ina at Leandra’s house where visitors can meet Greta and ‘ohana, located at 5868 Haua‘ala Road in Keapana Valley.


Bryan Baptiste

A tireless champion for his beloved Kaua‘i and her people, Mayor Bryan James Baptiste passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, June 22.

Thousands of people on Kaua‘i and throughout the state mourn the loss of this compassionate leader and thoughtful visionary, who has been referred to as “the people’s Mayor.”

Mayor Baptiste was born Oct. 15, 1955, to parents Anthony C. Baptiste and Eva (Gomez) Baptiste of Kapa‘a.

Raised on Kaua‘i, he graduated from Kapa‘a High School and moved to O‘ahu to attend the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.

After earning a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from UH-Manoa, Mayor Baptiste was employed by the Muscular Dystrophy Association as program director from 1978-1979.

He subsequently accepted a position on Kaua‘i as station and island manager with Tropical Rent-a-Car and National Car Rental, where he remained until 1985. From 1985-1994, he owned a small floral business, Petals and Passions, in Kapa‘a.

In 1994, Mayor Baptiste accepted a position as manager of the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall, where he launched the successful Ho‘olokahi program. A partnership of volunteerism among community, government and business, Ho‘olokahi garnered the support of more than 10,000 volunteers in its first two years to restore, enhance and rebuild community following the ravages of Hurricane ‘Iniki.

In 1996, Baptiste was elected to the Kaua’i County Council, where he served three terms. As a councilman, he earned much respect for his role in implementing visioning sessions between the council and the administration of then-Mayor Maryanne Kusaka.

The visioning initiative was a collaborative process between the administrative and legislative branches of government, which allowed open discussion and a unified effort toward achieving goals and objectives for the people of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau.

On Dec. 2, 2002, Baptiste took the oath of office to serve the people of Kaua‘i as mayor, and was re-elected in 2006 for a second term in office.

His efforts for the past five years have focused on strengthening Kaua‘i’s communities, creating a bright future for our children and giving each resident of Kaua‘i a voice in county government.

The centerpiece of his administration, the Ka Leo O Kaua‘i program, allowed each of Kaua‘i’s 15 communities to gather regularly to identify their own priorities and projects, and enlist the support of county government so that each community could reach a high level of cohesion and self-determination.

Known as an extremely passionate, loyal, caring, thoughtful and generous man with a warm sense of humor, Mayor Baptiste devoted his life to service for his family, friends and community.

His greatest desire was to see Kaua‘i return to the days of his youth, when neighbors were like family and interactions were always infused with aloha.

One of his newest initiatives, which was in progress at the time of his death, had this goal, written by the Mayor himself:

“To refocus our community on our blessings and the gift of living here on Kaua‘i to achieve a oneness — a unity of spirit, of action, and of Aloha. To embrace our differences and celebrate our similarities.”

Mayor Baptiste leaves behind his loving wife Annette (Asato), his four children, Brandon (26), Heather (23), Lauren (20) and Preston (15), and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 6, at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall. A celebration of his life will immediately follow in the convention hall auditorium. Aloha attire is suggested. Please note that flower delivery should be arranged for after 7 a.m. on Sunday, July 6.


Emilia Villanueva

Emilia Balanay Villanueva of Hanama‘ulu died June 28, 2008, at Straub Clinic & Hospital at the age of 74. Born Aug. 3, 1933, in Vintar, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, she was retired from Kauai Surf and the Westin Kauai as a housekeeper.

She is preceded in death by husband Dionicio Villanueva.

She is survived by son Philip (Marlene) Villanueva and daughter Nellie (Leo) Bunao, both of Kapa‘a; sister Primitiva Agpaoa of the Philippines; grandchildren Ryan of Las Vegas, Tyler, Danielle and Bradley of Kapa‘a; and numerous relatives, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held beginning with viewing from 8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. on Friday, July 11, at Immaculate Conception Church and Mass celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Kauai Memorial Gardens.

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


Patsy Furtado

Patsy Toshiko Furtado of Kailua, O‘ahu, died June 19, 2008, at the age of 77. Born on Maui, she was a retired manager of the Kailua Drive-In Theater.

She is survived by husband Richard “Dickie”; daughter Cheryl (Bill) McConnell; sons Clifford (Patty), Wesley (Marla) and Jaime (Kalani); stepmother June Ganiko; one brother; nine sisters; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Family visitation will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, July 7, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Enchanted Lake in Kailua. Services begin at 11:30 a.m. Burial to follow at Hawai‘i State Veterans Cemetery. Casual attire is suggested.

Arrangements are being handled by Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary.


Joseph Rapozo

Joseph “Peco” Rapozo died June 1, 2008, at Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital at the age of 86. Born June 8, 1921, in Makaweli, he spent much of his time after retirement helping out at the Waimea Pool with swimming lessons and maintenance.

He was preceded in death by parents John Sr. and Marianna Rapozo of Makaweli; brothers Frank Rapozo, George Rapozo and John Rapozo Jr. of Pakala; and sisters Margaret Cremer of Pakala and Marian Skivington of Texas.

He is survived by Ethel Dias; special friend Phoebe Wramp of Waimea; brother Adam Rapozo of Pakala; sisters Lillian Kouchi of Waimea and Elizabeth Woodward of Waco, Texas; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Services were private.

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