Obituaries for Sunday, July 3, 2011

Tamie Higashi

Tamie Higashi of Lihu‘e died on June 19, 2011, at The Regency at Puakea at age 89. She was born in Lihu‘e, Kaua‘i on Feb. 10, 1922, and retired as the cook for the Lihu‘e Sugar Plantation Managers.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Matsuji amd Kawayo Maeda; husband, Masayuki Higashi; brothers, Masayuki Maeda, Matsuo Charles Maeda, Takeo Maeda, Harry Maeda, Hitoshi Maeda and Albert Sonny Maeda.

She is survived by her three children, Shirley (David) Iha of Lihu‘e, Elaine (Spencer) Tada of La Habra, Calif., Michael Higashi of Los Angeles, Calif.; sisters, Florence (Charles) Honda, Matsuyo (Hisashi) Seki, Myra (Arthur) Koide, Edith (Ken) Abe; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, July 5, at Lihu‘e Hongwanji Mission with visitation at 3 p.m. and services celebrated at 4 p.m.

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

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.

Francisco Riopta

Francisco R. Riopta of Hanama‘ulu, Kaua‘i died on June 22, 2011 at Garden Isle Healthcare at the age of 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; Franson (Debra) Riopta of Brea, California; daughter, Francelia (Rick) Stengel of Hanama‘ulu; 4 grandchildren and 4 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, 2011 at Borthwick Kaua‘i Mortuary Chapel in Koloa from 9 a.m. and services will be celebrated at 11 a.m.

Burial to follow at Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens.

Sueo Matsuyama

Sueo “Joe” Matsuyama of Lihu‘e, Kaua‘i passed away on May 30, 2011 at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at the age of 83. Born in Kapaia, Kaua‘i on June 1, 1927, he was a driver instructor for Lihu‘e Plantation.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Katsuko Matsuyama.

He is survived by daughters, Debra (Kenneth) Okuno of Honolulu, O‘ahu; Joni (Gil) Cabot of Puhi, Kaua‘i; Iris (Chad) Manoi of Eleele, Kaua‘i; 7 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Akiyo Matsuyama; brother-in-law, Kazuo Miura and caregiver, Nita Alquisalas of Hanama‘ulu, Kaua‘i.

Services will be held on July 7, 2011 at Kaua‘i Veterans Center in Lihu‘e. Visitation starts at 1:30 p.m. and services at 2:30 p.m.

Casual attire is suggested.

Kinjiro Kabazawa

Kinjiro Kabazawa of Kalaheo died on June 27, 2011 at his home at the age of 85. Born on March 22, 1926 in Waimea, Kaua‘i, he was a delivery salesman with Waimea Dairy and retired with Meadow Gold Dairies. He was a Korean War Veteran and a member of the Waimea Shingon Mission.

He was preceded in death by son, Wayne Kabazawa; parents, Tetsuzo Kabazawa and Sui Matsuda Kabazawa; brothers, Kentaro and Kiyoshi Kabazawa; sisters, Norma Takeshita and Sumi Quiriault.

He is survived by his wife, Tomiko; son, Royden Kabazawa of Kalaheo; daughters, Myra Kabazawa of Kalaheo and Amy (Darren) Kiyotsuka of Kalaheo; grandchildren, Kehaulani Regidor, Kahele Regidor and Kyle Kiyotsuka; sisters, Carolyn (Kenneth) Omoto of O‘ahu and Sadie Doi of Hanapepe; sister-in-law, Flora Kabazawa of O‘ahu; nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with the family from 9 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at the Kaua‘i Veterans Cemetery Pavilion in Hanapepe. Service officiated by Rev. Leonard Abeshima will begin at 10 a.m. followed by burial.

Casual attired is suggested.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary.

Bill Chappell

Bill Anthony Chappell of Kapa‘a died at home on June 24, 2011 at the age of 50. He was born in Washington, Pennsylvania on July 18, 1960 and was a dedicated father and a volunteer for anyone in need.

He is survived by his wife, Becky Chappell of Kapa‘a; children, Allison Chappell of Kapa‘a; Megan Alexson of Kapa‘a; Tanya (John) Hourigan-Chappell of Tennessee; Shaun (Shannon) Chappell of South Carolina; Billy Chappell of Nebraska; step-daughter, Clarissa (Marcus) Combs of Nevada; brothers, Joe Chappell of Indiana; Mitch (Cathy) Vuksanovich of Pennsylvania; George Chappell of Indiana; sister, Janet (Ray) Jennings of Missouri; 4 grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, July 10, 2011 at Kaua‘i Christian Fellowship in Koloa with visitation from 2 p.m. and services celebrated at 3 p.m.

Aloha attire is suggested.

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

Manuel Untalan

Manuel “Bunks” Untalan of Anahola died on June 17, 2011 at the age of 28. Born in Guam on January 7, 1983, he was a construction worker. He was active with his softball team the “Killahs” and loved going to the beach. “Bunks” was a loving and humble person and a great uncle. He will be greatly missed by many.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Heather Hokulani Woodward; grandparents, Samuel Woodward, Edith Woodward, Greg Untalan and Magdelina Untalan.

He is survived by his father, Adriene C. Untalan of O‘ahu; brother, Keola (Shanti) Cruz of Anahola; sister, Adrianna (Eugene) Seamster of Kapa‘a; niece, Sharmaine Morita; nephew, Kairyn Cruz-Oga; numerous cousins, aunties, uncles and friends.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2011, visitation begins at 9:30 a.m. and service to follow at 11 a.m. at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall. Spreading of ashes will be held at ‘Anini Beach on Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 10 a.m.

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

Pamela Prinzing

Pamela J. Prinzing of Kalaheo died on June 30, 2011 at her home at the age of 57. Born on May 24, 1954 in Oakland, California, she was a loving wife and mother.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Dorothy Buttiner.

She is survived by her husband, Bill Prinzing of Kalaheo; daughters, Heather, Melia and Bryanna Prinzing all of Kalaheo; sister, Tasara (Rob) Coats of South Lake, Tahoe and nephews.

A memorial service has been scheduled from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, July 8, 2011 at the Kaua‘i Christian Fellowship in Po‘ipu.

Casual attire is suggested.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary.

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