Obituaries for Wednesday, June 15, 2011

• Elmo Douglass • Austin Barretto

Sheila Ueno • Kathryn Haeberle

Paul Pond • Nemesio Gambeng

John Kaaumoana • Larry

Kahaunaele • Joseph Ursprung •

Mercedes Mayo • Alice Dabin

Elmo Douglass

Elmo Douglass of Kalaheo died on May 28, 2011, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at age 94. Born on Nov. 7, 1916, in Fairmount, N.D., he was a meat cutter.

He was preceded in death by his son, Terry Douglass.

He is survived by his wife, Josephine Douglass of Kalaheo; son, James Douglass of Koloa; daughter, Mary Jo Douglass of Normal, Ill.; daughter-in-law, Marilyn Douglass of Newport Beach, Calif.; one grandson; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services are private.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Austin Barretto

Austin James Kichizo Liona O‘Ka‘aina Barretto of Kapa‘a died June 1, 2011, at age 22. Born in Lihu‘e on June 26, 1988, he was a maintenance worker at Princeville Ranch.

He is survived by his girlfriend, Shawna Kalani; daughter, Siana Bactad-Barretto; son, Kekona Bactad-Barretto; (mother of his children, Kelly Bactad); mother, Lori Barretto; step-father, Gerry (Cheryl) Coyaso; sister, Ashley (Tyson) Relacion; brother, Adam Coyaso; step-brother, Chase Coyaso; maternal grandfather, Alfred “Tony” Barretto; maternal grandmother, Cherle “Ipo” (Kimo) Kaholokula; nieces, Taylor Relacion, Teja Rita and Kaileah Latu; nephew, Cody Relacion; Aunt Sonya (Greg) Stoll; Aunt Jolin Barretto; Uncle Shane Barretto; cousins, Sheena (Delbert) Tuazon, Sade, Aaron, Anson and Shawn Villatora; Ekolu and Bronson Ramos andJolie Barretto-Valmoja; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2011 from 9 to 11 a.m., with lunch to follow at Lydgate Park (South comfort station).

Casual attire is suggested.

Sheila Ueno

Sheila Joanne (Cummings) Ueno of Waimea died on June 6, 2011, at Kaua‘i Veterans Memorial Hospital at age 74. Born on May 28, 1937, in Oakland, Calif., she was a hematology supervisor with Wilcox Memorial Hospital.

She was preceded in death by her son, Steven Ueno; parents, Donald and Alice Cummings; and sister, Eileen Hoffman.

She is survived by her son, Brian (Charlene) Ueno of Waimea; daughter, Marla (Brian) Rabago of Kekaha; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and sister, Stella Townsend of Minneapolis, Minn.

A funeral service officiated by Rev. Dr. Olaf Hoeckmann-Percival has been scheduled at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 18, at the Waimea United Church of Christ.

Casual attire is suggested and flowers omitted.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Kathryn Haeberle

Kathryn Helen (Rogers) Haeberle of Fitzwilliam, N.H., died Friday, May 20, 2011, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, N.H., at age 73. She was born on Aug. 9, 1937 in Clearfield, Pa., to William and Eleanor Rogers.

In 1995 when she was 58, she fulfilled a lifelong dream of graduating with a bachelor of science degree from the University of New Hampshire. In 1998, at age 61, she completed a masters of science degree in speech and language at the University of New Hampshire, graduating second in her class.

She worked for from 2000 to 2005 in the Kapa‘a School District of Kaua‘i as a speech pathologist. She loved living on Kaua‘i, and loved working with the kids and teacher in Kapa‘a Elementary.

She is survived by her husband, Hank; son, Henry of New Hampshire; five siblings, Judy Macnamara, Ruth Phillips, Harry, Roy and twin brother, Kenneth of Denver, Colo.

A celebration of life ceremony on Kaua‘i is planned for November. Please contact the family at for details.

Paul Pond

Paul Robert Pond of Kilauea, Hawai‘i died at home on June 9, 2011, at age 58 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Scotia, Calif., on July 9, 1952.

He attended Fortuna High School and graduated in 1970. After travels to Baja, Tonga, Bali and Australia, he moved to Kaua‘i where he married Suzanne Thompson and had two beautiful girls, Alexandra and Kieren. His passions were surfing and working with wood. He was a carpenter building beautiful homes with Design Associates.

He was preceded in death by his father, Paul U. Pond and brother, Ed Pond.

He is survived by his wife, Suzanne Pond; daughters, Alexandra and Kieren Pond, all of Kilauea, Hawai‘i; mother, Frances Pond; sister, Theresa Loper of Eureka; brother, Brad (Faye) Pond of Santa Rosa; sister-in law, Susan Pond of Miranda; mother-in-law Charlotte Thompson and sister-in-law, Margaret Thompson of Kilauea, Hawai‘i; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Paul taught us all to live for each other and to never give up.

A celebration of his life will be announced at a later date.

Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home assisted the Pond family with arrangements.

Nemesio Gambeng

Nemesio Baricog Gambeng of Lihu‘e died on May 13, 2011, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at age 93. Born on Dec. 21, 1917, in Bangui, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, he was a retired veteran.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Marceliana Caletena; son, Wilfred Gambeng; son-in-law, Ricarte Cuadro; grandchild, Andy Paul Gambeng and great-grandchild, Michael Timothy Gambeng.

He is survived by his wife, Concepcion Suniga Gambeng; sons, Franklin (Yolanda) Gambeng, Edwin (Aniceta) Gambeng, Jeffrey (Mimi) Gambeng Sr.; daughters, Leticia (Amado) Gamiao, Nancy Cuadro, Marlyn (Ali) Domingo, Vangie (Samuel) Gasmen; 30 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, June 25, at Immaculate Conception Church with visitation at 8 a.m. and Mass at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Immaculate Conception Cemetery.

Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home assisted the Gambeng family with arrangements.

John Kaaumoana

John “Kuhina” Kaaumoana of Hanapepe, formerly of Ni‘ihau, died June 9, 2011, at his home in Hanapepe. Born on Feb. 15, 1939, in Pu‘uwai, Ni‘ihau, he was a cowboy for Ni‘ihau Ranch.

He was preceded in death by mother Lily Kaaumoana and son Samuel Kaaumoana.

He is survived by his wife, Kuulei Kaaumoana; sons, Gordon (Ida) Kaaumoana; hanai son, June Kaaumoana; daughters, Marian (James) Benlamina, Dorothy (Charlie) Kaliloa, Geraldine (Uilama) Kanahele; hanai daughter, Leialoha (Kale) Kaliloa; brothers, George Kamala and Bernard Kamala; 14 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday, June 21, at Borthwick Kaua‘i Mortuary Chapel. Visitation begins at 8:30 a.m. and services held at 9:30 a.m. Burial to follow at Kekaha Hawaiian Cemetery.

Casual attire is suggested.

Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kaua‘i Mortuary, Koloa.

Larry Kahaunaele

Larry Napu’umanamana Kahaunaele of Kapa‘a died on June 5, 2011, at Garden Isle Healthcare in Lihu‘e at age 75. Born on O‘ahu on Nov. 16, 1935, he was raised in Anahola by his maternal grandparents, Alice and David Kahanu.

He served in the U.S. Army for three years and married Elma Leilani Kaneakua of Kapa‘a. He was a lifeguard at Wailua Beach, worked as a bartender at Coco Palms Hotel for many years and was a professional entertainer with Joseph Kahaulelio and Aloha Airlines. He also worked as a warehouse and delivery truck driver for Universal Delivery and as a construction worker for Ding’s Construction.

He will be remembered for his beautiful falsetto voice, an avid golfer and one of the original members of the Kaua‘i Hawaiian Men’s Golf Club. For many years he trained as a member of the Kenpo Karate Club in Hanapepe where he earned his brown belt and later black belt status. He also served as an instructor for Kenpo Karate at All Saints in Kapa‘a and was one of the original founders of the first surf club on Kaua‘i, “Nalu Ali’i Surf Club.”

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph K. and Elizabeth Kahaunaele, brother Joseph Kahaunaele and sister, Elizabeth Harbottle.

He is survived by daughter, Helene (Holbin) Kahaunaele-Akiona of Kapa‘a; sisters, Mervlyn Sperry of Colorado, Dora Swain of Anahola, Henrietta Kailimai of Honomu; brother, David Kahaunaele Sr. of Anahola; grandchildren, Chloe (Joseph) Beam and Kahealani Alapai of O‘ahu, Maka‘ailana Alapai, Shea-Nainoa Alapai, Camille Akiona and Kien-Kainalu Akiona of Kapa‘a; great-grandchildren, Gabby Kesolei of O‘ahu, Kainoa Akiona-Sexton, Zayden and Zaylee Gayagas of Kapa‘a; numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 25, at First Hawaiian Church in Kapa‘a from 8 to 10 a.m. with service to follow.

Scattering of ashes will be at Anahola Beach Park directly following the service.

Aloha attire is suggested.

Joseph Ursprung

Joseph John Ursprung, PhD, died Friday, June 3, in Stevensville, Mich., at age 87. Born March 19, 1924, in Goedre, Baranya, Hungary, he retired in 1989 as head of cardiovascular research after 30 years of employment.

He obtained his PhD in 1955, majoring in organic chemistry at the University of Illinois. In 1959, he accepted a position in pharmaceutical research with The Upjohn Company in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Joseph and Joanne retired to Kaua‘i in 1989 where he immersed himself in the study of Hawaiian history, culture, anthropology and language. He took courses at Kaua‘i Community College and became involved in the Kaua‘i Historical Society and did a lot of research in Hawaiian and Polynesian history.

He is survived by his wife, Joanne; two children, David (Cyndi) Ursprung of St. Joseph, Mich., and Timothy (Angela) Ursprung of Sugar Hill, Ga.; eight grandchildren; one sister; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life service will be held in early July, friends and family members will be notified of the details.

Arrangements are by the Dey-Florin Chapel of Florin Funeral Service in St. Joseph, Mich. Call 269-983-1514 or visit for more information. Memorials may be made to your local hospice.

Mercedes Mayo

Mercedes Juan Mayo of ‘Ele‘ele died on June 11, 2011, at her home at age 74. Born on Sept. 17, 1936, in Castillesos, Zambales, Philippines, she was a crew member with Little Ceasers.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Miriam J. Mayo.

She is survived by her son, Eugene J. Mayo of Kaua‘i; daughters, Beverly M. Ahina of Hilo; Darlene J. Mayo of Kaua‘i and two grandchildren.

Services are private.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary.

Alice Dabin

Alice “Cissy” Rapozo Dabin of Wailua Houselots died June 13, 2011, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at age 77. Born on Aug. 27, 1933, on O‘ahu, she was a floral arranger for Flowers Forever.

She is survived by daughters, Debra (Willie) Cummings of Wailua Houselots, Carolin (John H. Jr.) Kuehu of Anahola; sons, Darrell (Faith) Dabin of Hanama‘ulu, Daniel (Hoku) Dabin of Honolulu, Carl (Suzie) Dabin of Kapa‘a, Clayton (June) Dabin of Kapa‘a, Craig Dabin of Honolulu; sisters, Amelia (Tony) Dias of Kona, Wanda Siitani of Honolulu; brother, George (Lani) Rapozo of Kapahi; 23 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 18, at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Kapa‘a. Visitation begins at 9 a.m. and Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Inurnment to follow at St. Catherine’s Cemetery in Kapa‘a;

Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kaua‘i Mortuary, Koloa.


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