Obituaries for Wednesday, June 29, 2011

• Priscilla Garcia • Deborah Balai

Frank Hay • Eleanor Carvalho

Francisco Riopta • Fumio Akagi

Toshio Hashimoto

Priscilla Garcia

Priscilla Jane Garcia of ‘Oma‘o died peacefully June 24, 2011, at home at age 69. Born on May 17, 1942 in Lihu‘e, Kaua‘i, she was a proprietor of Harvey’s Flooring.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Margaret Nunes, and sister, Donna Gonsalves.

She is survived by her husband, Harvey Garcia; sons, Nelson (Margaret) Garcia, Leroy Garcia, Russell (Cynthia) Garcia; hanai daughter, Yasha Garcia; sisters, Jennifer (Joseph) Daos, Louise (Kenneth) Santos; step-sisters, Gayle (Robert) Kaliko, Linda Olshelfski; step-brother, Roy Olshelfski; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Service will be held on Saturday, July 2, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Kalaheo. Visitation begins at 9 a.m. and Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Kaua‘i Veterans Cemetery in Hanapepe.

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

Deborah Balai

Deborah “Nana” K. Balai of Kapa‘a died June 14, 2011 at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at age 55. Born on March 9, 1956, in Lihu‘e, Kaua‘i, she was a housewife.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Balai; mother, Juliette Brede; brothers, Gilmath Brede and William “Bully” Brede.

She is survived by her daughter, Merlayne (Kira) Low; son, Thomas (Raina) Balai; hanai daughter, Maile Balai; father, William (Helen) Brede; sister, Tweety (Gilbert) Balai; brother, Shane (Susan) Brede; numerous aunties, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 9, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Kapa‘a ward. Visitation is at 8:30 a.m. with service at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Kapa‘a Public Cemetery.

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

Frank Hay

Frank “Tim” Olmsted Hay, a long-time resident of the north shore of O‘ahu, died in his sleep at his home in Brentwood, Calif., on March 24, 2011, at age 95. He graduated from the University of Florida in 1939 and served 28 years in the U.S. Air Force and was also an avid golfer at the Leilehua and Kalakaua Golf Clubs.

He was married for 56 years to Anne, mother of his three children, until her passing in 1996. He is survived by his wife, Darlene of Brentwood, Calif., to whom he was married for 14 years; one son, Frank Junior of Koke‘e, Kaua‘i; daughters, Suzanne (Stuart) Hanchett of Moloa‘a, Kaua‘i and Barbara (Alvin) Santos of Haleiwa, O‘ahu; four grandchildren, Keoa, Keana, Nainoa and Makana; four great-grandchildren, Makali’i, Emma, Kilinoe and Ke‘alohi.

He asked that memorial gifts be given in his name to the Rotary Youth Foundation c/o Wahiawa/Waialua Rotary Club, 130 Mango Street, Wahiawa, O‘ahu 96786.

A celebration of his life will be held at Kawailoa Ranch Pavilion (old Meadow Gold Dairy outside Haleiwa) at 11 a.m. on July 10. The family requests no flowers.

Eleanor Carvalho

Eleanor Jacintho Carvalho of Lihu‘e died on June 23, 2011, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at age 83. Born on Kaua‘i on July 9, 1927, she retired as a custodian with the State of Hawai‘i.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Rita Jacintho; son, Frank M. Silva; daughter, Marilyn Silva; brother, Louis Jacintho Jr.; and sister, Mary Emura.

She is survived by her husband, Daniel P. Carvalho; daughter, Patricia Reyes; son, David Silva; sister, Lydia (George) Sakimae; brother-in-law, Henry Emura; sister-in-law, Myrna Jacintho; uncle, Gabriel Cataluna; numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

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

Francisco Riopta

Francisco R. Riopta of Hanama‘ulu, Kaua‘i died June 22, 2011, at Garden Isle Healthcare at age 91. Born in the Philippines on Sept. 23, 1919, he retired as a truck driver.

He is survived by his two sons, Franklin (Terry) Riopta of Hanama‘ulu and Franson (Debra) Riopta of Brea, Calif.; daughter, Francclia (Rick) Stengel of Hanama‘ulu; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; one brother, Rosario Riopta (deceased) of the Philippines; one sister, Victorina Rabe of the Philippines; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family on Friday, July 8, at Borthwick Kaua‘i Mortuary Chapel in Koloa from 9 a.m. with services to be celebrated at 11 a.m. Burial to follow at Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens.

Fumio Akagi

Fumio Akagi of Kaumakani died peacefully on May 21, 2011, at Kaua‘i Veterans Memorial Hospital at age 85. He was a retiree of Olokele Sugar Plantation, a Korean War veteran, a great storyteller, an avid fisherman, skin diver and sea shell collector. He took great pride and care of his shell collection which he donated to the West Kaua‘i Visitor Center in Waimea.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Takeru and Toshiko Akagi.

He is survived by his brothers, Shigeru Akagi of Seattle, Wash., Tomoji (Betty) Akagi of Madison, Wis., Rikio (Betty) Akagi of Montebello, Calif., Mikio (Connie) Akagi of Huntley, Ill.; niece, Cynthia Akagi of Houston, Texas; nephew, Curtis Akagi of Montebello, Calif.; uncle, Seichi (Hisae) Akagi of Kilauea; cousins, George Kodama, Sue (Allen) Miyahara, Joyce Nagata, Alvin (Mary) Akagi, Pamela Watanabe and his hanai family, the children of the late Natsue Muraoka; Elaine (Steven) Saiki; Nelson (Irene) Muraoka; Melanie (Raymond) Yoshida and Carolyn (John) Thomas.

The family extends a sincere thank you to his caregivers: Kaua‘i Care Center, Juliana Ganiron ARCH; VA Clinic Drs. and staff, Dr. C. Mitchell Jenkins and Reverend Leonard Abeshima.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

The family appreciates the many expressions of sympathy and condolences received and gratefully requests no koden be given.

Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Toshio Hashimoto

Toshio “Roy” Hashimoto of Hanapepe Valley died June 14, 2011 at his home at age 85. Born on Nov. 27, 1925, in Hanapepe, he was a foreman with Waimea Poi Mill.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Harry Hashimoto.

He is survived by his wife, Lois Hashimoto; son, Clyde (Sulyn) Hashimoto of Puhi; daughters, Hazel (Wayne) Fujimoto of ‘Ele‘ele, Susan (Donald) Fujimoto of Lihu‘e and Lynne (Leslie) Tamashiro of ‘Ele‘ele; grandchildren, Gregg, Amber, Tate, Ashlee (Lane), Tiffanee, Caysee (Elijah), Harlee, Leeza and Leeana; great-grandchild, Michaelah; sisters, Tomie Kawahara and Alice Ikeda, both of Honolulu; sister-in-law, Florence Hashimoto of Honolulu; nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with the family from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 2, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Kalaheo Ward; service begins at 10 a.m.

Casual attire is suggested and flowers omitted.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

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