Obituaries for Sunday, October 2, 2011

• Ruby Yoshimura • Durward Bynum • Choichi Shimabukuro • Adria

Fisher • Kent Gibboney • Cereal Fernandez

Ruby Yoshimura

Ruby Aiko Katayama Yoshimura died peacefully at home with her family by her side on Sept. 6, 2011, at age 89. Born in Hanalei on July 21, 1922, she graduated from Santa Maria High School in California and was a Sears Roebuck retiree.

She was married to the late Charles Yoshimura, who died this year on March 5.  They are together again, reunited in heaven after 70 great years of marriage. 

She is survived by her son, Michael; daughters, Shirley Yoshimura and Diane (John) Beirne; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; sisters, Nancy Kobayashi, Geraldine Katayama, Kathleen Davis; and brothers, Donald Takaki, Kenneth Takaki and William Takaki.

A celebration of her life will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Oct. 10, at the Hawaiian Memorial Chapel in Kane‘ohe. Visitation is at 10 a.m.

Durward Bynum

Durward Bynum of Morgan Hill, Calif., died Sept. 8, 2011, peacefully, at home at age 91. He spent at least a month every year on Kaua‘i for the last 20 years and made many friends here. Born Dec. 4, 1919, he was a retired supervisor of parks and roadside trees for the County of Los Angeles. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille Bynum. 

He is survived by his sons, Curt (Barbara) Bynum of Carlsbad, Tim (Gini) Bynum of Kaua‘i, and John (Jennifer) Bynum of Morgan Hill; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; grandchildren residing in Hawai‘i are David Bynum, Kelly Kakalia and great-grandchild, Kawika Bynum.

 A memorial service is scheduled Saturday, Oct. 1, in Morgan Hill, Calif.

Choichi Shimabukuro

Choichi “Shima” Shimabukuro of Lihu‘e died on Sept. 25, 2011, at Garden Isle Health Care at age 92. Born on April 22, 1919, in Wahiawa, Kaua‘i, he was a maintenance specialist with Kaua‘i Soda Bottling Company/Coca Cola, a WWII Veteran with the 100th Infantry Battalion and an avid fisherman and sports enthusiast.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Tsuneo “Joe” Shimabukuro; sisters, Hiroko (Shimpo) Itokazu, Chiyo Shimabukuro, Naeko (Roy) Kuwaye, Akiko (Peter) Miyashiro Kiyoko Shimabukuro and Fujiko Shimabukuro.

He is survived by his wife, Hanaye “Doris” Shimabukuro; sons, Ross Shimabukuro and Robin (Corliss Tamura) Shimabukuro, both of Lihu‘e; daughter, Joni Arakaki of Lihu‘e; grandchildren, Amanda (Joseph Koerte) Arakaki, Jerel (Shana Takiguchi) Arakaki and Kalia Shimabukuro; great-grandchild, Kaori Koerte; brother, Choji “Chachi” (Shizuko) Shimabukuro of ‘Ele‘ele; sisters, Rev. Yoshiko Shimabukuro of ‘Ele‘ele and Takeko “Betsy” (Akira) Oyakawa of O‘ahu; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services are private. Family requests no koden. Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary.

Adria Fisher

Adria Louise Blanche Fisher of Wailua died on Sept. 15, 2011, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at the age of 59, just 12 days before her 60th birthday.

She was born on Sept. 27, 1951, in Avington, Philadelphia. Her passion for learning, traveling and new challenges lead her to a variety of jobs and volunteer positions in her life. She was a manager at Borders books and music, the recycling coordinator at King Kaumuali‘i elementary school, a volunteer at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens as well as Kamalani playground and most recently, the manager for the Kaua‘i Humane Society thrift store.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Doris Blanche; brother, Bruce Mc Connell and her favorite dog, Hermes.

She is survived by her father, Carl Blanche of Florida; daughters, Danielle Fisher of Kaua‘i and Robin Fisher of Kaua‘i; father of her children, Rod Fisher of Kaua‘i; stepsister, Susan Snyder of Florida; pet pig, Lucy, and rescue dog, Pretty Girl.

A memorial celebration will be held at Lydgate Park on Sunday, Oct. 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Memorial services at 11:30 a.m. with potluck and activities to follow.

Arrangements by: Borthwick Kaua‘i Mortuary Koloa.

Kent Gibboney

Kent “Unkl Ken” Douglas Gibboney of Kapa‘a died at home on Sept. 26, 2011, at age 65. Born in Troy, Ohio, on Nov. 13, 1945, he retired as a drywall taper.

He is survived by his wife, Sylvia Gibboney; daughters, Nichelle Gibboney and Kymberley Gibboney; son, Elijah Gibboney; stepson, Tim Cowan; stepdaughters, Andrea Cowan, Kimberly Lum and Melanie Lum; brothers, Patrick Gibboney, Daniel Gibboney and Chris Gibboney; mother-in-law, Elsie Goo; numerous grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, Oct. 6, at the War Memorial Convention Hall with visitation at 3 p.m. and services celebrated at 5 p.m. The family graciously declines flowers.

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

Cereal Fernandez

Cereal Fernandez of Koloa died at Wilcox Memorial Hospital on Sept. 29, 2011, at age 83. Born in Koloa on Feb. 28, 1928, he retired as a harvesting supervisor with McBryde Sugar Company.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Alejandro “Andy” Fernandez, and sister, Josephine Fernandez.

He is survived by his wife, Catherine Fernandez of Koloa; sons, Edward “Eddie Boy” (Sheila) Fernandez of Mililani and Bernal (Dolores) Fernandez of Lawa‘i; daughters, Sherleen “Tita” Fernandez of Koloa, Suzette “Baba” (Greg) Kenney of Kekaha and Zaneeta (Bill) Quinn of Mililani; brother, Regalardo “Baco” Fernandez of Puhi; sisters, Rose Pantohan of Hanapepe and Remy Bolster of Kailua, O‘ahu; 10 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, Oct. 6, at St. Raphael’s Church with viewing at 9 a.m. and Mass celebrated at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Kaua‘i Veterans Cemetery.

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


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