Obituaries for Sunday, July 27, 2008

• Alfredo Ragasa

• Crystal Pia

• Felisa Villanueva

• Yaeko Omori


Alfredo Ragasa

Alfredo R. Ragasa of San Martin, Calif., died July 17, 2008, in Morgan Hill, Calif., at the age of 76. Born Nov. 8, 1931, in Kekaha, he was an electronic technician.

He was preceded in death by parents Diego and Juana Ragasa, brother Alejandro Rabago, sisters-in-law Lourdes and Linda Rabago, and brother-in-law Frank Nance.

He is survived by wife Elizabeth Ragasa, son Aaron John Ragasa, daughters Cheryle (Ragasa) Hall (husband Gary) and Nadine Marie (Ragasa) Hendry (husband Tim), brother Eldren Rabago, Teo Rabago (wife Jewels), sisters Shirley Nance and Mildred Rabago, and five grandchildren.

Friends may visit the family from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, July 25, for Rosary at Saint Catherine Catholic Church in Morgan Hill, Calif. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, also at Saint Catherine Catholic Church in Morgan Hill, Calif. Private burial is scheduled for Monday, July 28.

Arrangements are being handled by Johnson Funeral Home.


Crystal Pia

Crystal Fujie Pia of Lihu‘e died July 24, 2008, at home at the age of 46. Born Sept. 20, 1961, in Lihu‘e, she was employed as an assistant manager by AT&T Wireless.

She was preceded in death by father Daniel Yamamoto.

She is survived by husband Jacob Pia; son Joshua Pia of Lihu‘e; daughter Jessie Pia of Hanama‘ulu; mother Fujiko Yamamoto of Hanama‘ulu; mother-in-law Julia Dixon of Hanama‘ulu; sisters Debbie (Glen) Taba of Wailua, Gail (Dwayne) Yamamoto of Kapa‘a, Joy (Roy) Kamanu of Kapa‘a and Joan Yamamoto of Las Vegas; brothers Randal (Aileen) Yamamoto of Wailua, Glen (Rebecca) Yamamoto of Hanama‘ulu, Keith (Janice) Yamamoto of Hanama‘ulu; sisters-in-law Val (Jay) Hirsch of Van Nuys, Calif., Patricia (Cecil) Baliaris of Hanama‘ulu and Faith Vidinha of Puhi; and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews cousins and Mililani.

Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. during a celebration of her life scheduled for Tuesday, July 29, at Kaua‘i Veterans Center in Lihu‘e; services begin at 3 p.m.

Casual attire suggested and flowers are graciously declined.

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


Felisa Villanueva

Felisa Dorothy Castelo Villanueva of Kilauea died July 16, 2008, at Garden Isle Health Care at the age of 83. Born October 5, 1924, in Kilauea, she was employed by Hanalei Plantation as a housekeeper and later retired from Pali Ke Kua.

She was preceded in death by husband Peren; parents Felix and Rapaela Castelo; brothers Felix “Dong,” John, Peter, Donald and Joseph; and sisters Rose Lopez and Eleanor Kinney.

She is survived by son Peren (Christa) Villanueva of New York, sisters Mary (Masa) Yoshimura of Wailua, Charlene (Eddie) Sarita of Hanama‘ulu, brother Edward (Sidra) Castelo of Washington, seven grandchildren, brother-in-law Kiha Kinney, sister-in-laws Rose and Kathy, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. during a celebration of her life on Monday, July 28, at St. Sylvester Church in Kilauea; Mass celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Kauai Memorial Gardens at 11:45 a.m. Casual attire suggested and flowers graciously declined.

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


Yaeko Omori

Yaeko Omori died at Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital at the age of 93.

She is survived by son Duane (Helen) Omori; daughters Winifred (Ronald) Casuga and Carol (George) Wachi; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers Kameichi (Mae) Sakamoto, Haruichi (Ellen) Sakamoto and Takeo Sakamoto; and sister Matsuko Sakamoto.

A private service was held. The family requests no monetary gifts.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary Ltd.

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