Obituaries for Friday, July 15, 2011

• Rafael Ragasa • Mitchell Nakamura

Lodrego Cabacungan

Rafael Ragasa

Rafael Ibe Ragasa Sr. of Puhi died peacefully on Saturday, June 25, 2011 at the Garden Isle Healthcare at the age of 85. He was born in St. Cruz, Philippines, on October 24, 1925, to parents Catalino Pizarro Ragasa and Martina Ibe Ragasa. He served in the U.S. Army and retired as a mechanic for the Del Monte Corp. of Molokai.

He was preceded in death by his late wife, Patrocinio Yadao Ragasa; parents; siblings, Praxedes Ragasa; Pedro Ragasa; Santiago (Alejandro) Ragasa; Lourdes Ragasa; Fernando (Matea) Ragasa; Crispin (Leonila) Ragasa; Jose Ragasa; brother-in-laws, Vicente Asuncion; Arturo Yadao; Elpideo Tangonan and sister-in-law, Rosalina Alquiza.

He is survived by his children, Ralph Ragasa Jr. of Puhi; Linda (Joe) Velasco of Kapolei; Carol (Matt) Beadle of Puhi; 8 grandchildren, Stephanie, Ericka, CJ, Kelsie, Tierney, Tayden, Treysyn and Tiare; siblings, Josefina (Felix) Iloreta of Kapa‘a; Caridad Asuncion of Las Vegas; Rosario (Violet) Ragasa of Molokai; sister-in-laws, Esmerna Ragasa, Elena Ragasa and Dolores Tangonan of the Philippines; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 16, at the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Kalaheo. Visitation begins at 8:30 a.m. and Mass at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at the Hanapepe Veterans Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Mortuary in Koloa.

Mitchell Nakamura

Mitchell “Mitch” Spencer Nakamura of Lihu‘e died on June 23, 2011, at Kaua‘i Veterans Memorial Hospital at the age of 68. Born in Lihu‘e on March 26, 1943, he was a heavy equipment operator and a fisherman.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Octavia P. Nakamura; parents, Joseph Sr. & Elsie Nakamura; brothers, Joseph Jr. & Philbert Nakamura.

He is survived by his sons, Allen (Nani) Bactad of Waimea; Joe (Corina) Bactad of Hanamaulu; Tom (Debbie) Benuzui of Nevada; Mitchell (Shannon) Nakamura of Hanapepe; daughters, Charmaine (Alfred) Bactad of Hanamaulu; Helen (Ralph) Tokuda of Lihu‘e; Cheryl (Matt) Lemalu of Hanamaulu; Patricia (Eric) Arizo of Waimea; Dene (Kelly) Soares of Kapa‘a; Leilani Squire of Waimea; Raynette (Orlando) Bactad of California; Eunice (Rick) Estacio of Hanamaulu; hanai daughter, Leolani Velasco of Lihu‘e; 46 grandchildren; 86 great-grandchildren; brother, William (Nela) Nakamura of Texas; sisters, Lani Soto of Kapa‘a; Momi Nakamura of Hanamaulu and Lana (Nelson) Lopes of Lihu‘e.

Friends may visit with the family on Friday, July 22, at Borthwick Kaua‘i Mortuary Chapel in Koloa. Service begins at 9 a.m.

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

Lodrego Cabacungan

Lodrego Ruiz Cabacungan of Oceanside, Calif., died on June 10, 2011. Born on April 22, 1936, in Hanapepe, he retired as a mechanical engineer for Ford Aerospace and was retired as a SFC E7 with the U.S. Army.

He was preceded in death by his father, Placido and mother, Alejandra Cabacungan.

He is survived by his wife, Aurelia Vallejo Cabacungan of Oceanside, Calif.; brother, Sonny (Barbara) Cabacungan of Carlsbad, Calif.; sisters, Violet Aceret of Hanapepe; Maggie Honjo (Walter) of Kalaheo; Leonora Vidinha (Michael) of Pakala; sister, Mary Leong of San Francisco; son, Adrian Cabacungan of Oceanside, Calif.; daughters, Mamie Cabacungan of Westford, Mass.; Tammy (Tom) Caligiuri of Koloa; Samantha (Jeff) Bloom of Huntington Beach, Calif.; Nichol Cabacungan of Anaheim, Calif.; Laura Vallejo of Oceanside, Calif.; 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 23, at Hanapepe Veterans Pavilion and Cemetery. Visitation is from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., service begins at 10:30 a.m.. Burial to follow at 11 a.m. Aloha attire is suggested.

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