Obituaries for Wednesday, October 1, 2008

• Marian Shimono

• Mabel Okashige

• Valerie August-Campbell

• Edwin Christensen

• Cyrus Prem

• Delbert Albarado

• Donald Bland

• Ruth Gong


Marian Shimono

Marian Yoshie Shimono of ‘Ele‘ele died Sept. 28, 2008, at home at the age of 88. Born Oct. 10, 1919, on Kaua‘i, she was a cook at Lihue Delicatessen.

She was preceded in death by husband Edward Yoshio Shimono.

She is survived by sons Harold (Debra) Shimono of ‘Ele‘ele, Dennis (Stephanie) Shimono of California and Steven (Ann) Shimono of California; daughter Kathleen (John) Warren of California; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sisters Hatsue Ahana of Lihu‘e, Katherine Sato of Lihu‘e and Yuriko (Masaichi) Ajimura of Hanapepe; sisters-in-law Sueyo Lorance, Hatsuyo (George) Ozaki and Yoshiko Moke; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with the family at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Kauai Soto Zen Temple in Hanapepe; service begins at 11 a.m. Casual attire is suggested and the family requests that flowers be omitted.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary Ltd.


Mabel Okashige

Mabel “Aunty Lani” Okashige of Kapa‘a died Sept. 27, 2008, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital on at the age of 74. Born May 19, 1934, in Hilo, Hawai‘i, she retired as the cafeteria manager at St. Catherine’s School after more than 20 years of service.

She was preceded in death by husband Donald J. P. Okashige.

She is survived by children Charlene K. Sismar of O‘ahu, Donnette K. Lane of O‘ahu, Chandra K. Kinney of California, Francine M. (Calvin) Ahinga of O‘ahu and Donald I. R. (Colleen) Okashige of O‘ahu; brothers John (Geri) Lovediro of O‘ahu and William Viernes of the Big Island; brothers-in-law Harris (Judy) Okashige of Las Vegas, Nev., Obed (Judy) Okashige of O‘ahu; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of her life will begin with viewing from 8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11, at St. Catherine’s Church; Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Kauai Memorial Gardens.

Aloha attire is suggested and the family graciously declines flowers.

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


Valerie August-Campbell

Valerie-Mae Kuuleimailelaulii August-Campbell of Hilo, formerly of Kaua‘i, died Sept. 24, 2008, at Hilo Medical Center at the age of 53. Born Feb. 11, 1955, in Honolulu, she was a homemaker.

She is survived by sons Shawn Keone (Rona) August and Kikaolu August, both of Kaua‘i; daughter Kuulei (Chris Cox) Campbell and Kaiulani (Jarred Dorado) Campbell, both of Kaua‘i; mother and stepfather Mercy and Donald Oliveira of Hilo; sister Lori (David) Thompson of Hilo; two grandchildren; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Friends and family may gather at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, at Fuji (Baby) Beach for memorial services followed by a scattering of her ashes.

The family requests potluck style for afterwards. For more information, contact Ku‘ulei at 808-634-1387.


Edwin Christensen

Edwin Neil Christensen of Pine River, Minn., died Sept. 21, 2008, at the age of 45. Born May 13, 1963, in Brainerd, Minn., he worked as a building consultant and salesman until starting his two businesses, Tradewindow and Consulting, and Edwindow.

He was preceded in death by his father, Elmer Christensen.

He is survived by wife Terri; children Jennifer Kilchesky, Taetra Christensen, Adara Christensen and Colton Christensen; mother Alma Christensen; sister Linda Chantland; brothers Rollie Christensen, Lee Christensen, Carl Christensen, Arvid Christensen and Don Christensen; and two grandchildren.

Services were held Friday, Sept. 26, in Pine River, Minn. Arrangements were with Kline Funeral Home in Pine River.


Cyrus Prem

Cyrus Lee Prem died Sept. 27, 2008, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital. He was born Sept. 27, 2008, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital.

He is survived by parents Mikey and Desiree Prem; sister Rhylee Prem; brother Caleb Melling; grandparents Cresanto Tangonan, Maria Prem, and Philip and Marlene Eliana Jr.; great-grandparents Semie Tangonan, James “Sparky” (Ramona) Prem, Philip Eliana Sr. and Mauro Valvieja.

Friends may visit with the family from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9, at Borthwick Mortuary Chapel in Koloa where services will be held at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Lihue Cemetery.

Borthwick Kauai Mortuary is handling the arrangements.


Delbert Albarado

Delbert “Animal” Albarado of Kalaheo died Sept. 26, 2008, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at the age of 51. Born April 24, 1957, in Honolulu, he was a truck driver with Kekaha Sugar Company.

He is survived by wife Diana Albarado; sons Dwaine (Pulama) Albarado of Lihu‘e and Quinton “KJ” (Rheyna) Albarado of Kalaheo; daughters Brooke (John) Planas of Kalaheo and Vallon (Bill) Albarado of Waimea; grandchildren Jamen Kealoha-Albarado, Ayzlin Kealoha-Albarado, Keileb Albarado-Planas, Seidree Kealoha-Albarado, Keiley Albarado-Planas, Darien Kealoha-Albarado, Ciari “Jumba” Kealoha-Albarado and Rheyton Albarado; parents are the late Walter Albarado and Georgiana Ana, and Robert and Gail Kelley; brothers Danny Kelley of Rhode Island and Thomas (Kathy) Kelley of Florida; sisters Karen (Wayne) Batis of Kekaha, Claudia (Bud) Adams of North Carolina, Elizabeth (Paul) Eckles of Arizona, Patricia (Robert) Coon of Rhode Island and Debbie (Joseph) Constantino of Illinois.

Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Garden Island Mortuary chapel; services to follow. Casual attire is suggested and the family requests that flowers be omitted.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary Ltd.


Donald Bland

Donald “Bruce” Bland died Sept. 23, 2008, at his home in Claremore, Okla., at the age of 44. He was born Feb. 28, 1964, in Claremore.

He was preceded in death by parents Charles “Cecil” Bland and Geneva Bland and his brother Joseph Gary Bland.

He is survived by wife Lorraine Bland; son Jake Bland of Claremore, Okla.; daughter Brooke Lynn Feilder of Tulsa, Okla.; sisters Bonnee Blue (Jim) Pierson of Pryor Okla., Jayne Anne (Billy) Topper; brother Charles Cecil (Tina) Bland II; and numerous nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

A celebration of his life will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, at the home of his friends Brian and Malia Bramel in Kapa‘a. For more information, call 651-4362.

An additional celebration was held on Oct. 4, 2008, in Claremore, Okla.


Ruth Gong

Ruth Malia “Chu-Chu” Gong of San Francisco, Calif., died Sept. 19, 2008, at the age of 71.

She is survived by husband Eddy Gong; daughters Primrose K. “Noe” (Norman) Hookano of Makaweli, Rev. Bertxandria “Sandy” (Moses) Keale of Anahola, Lovelan “Lovey” (Kaipo) Napoleon of Wailua; stepdaughters Jennifer (Thuan Nong) Gong Lee of South San Francisco, Calif, Olive (Roy Johnston) Gong of San Francisco, Calif.; stepson Matthew (Rose Ann) Gong of Pacifica, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with the family during a celebration of her life at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3, at the Lucy Wright Park in Waimea. Services will commence at 5:30 p.m. officiated by Rev. Wayne A.K. Vidinha of Ke Akua Mana Church.

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