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• Agnes Uchizono • Patricia Gross • Masayoshi Yamakawa •
Thomas Sueoka • Terry Yagihara
Agnes Hiroko Uchizono of Wailua Homesteads, formerly of Orange County, Calif., died at home on Dec. 4, 2011, at age 82. Born in Tokyo, Japan on Oct. 15, 1929, she retired as a registered nurse from St. Joseph’s Hospital.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Uchizono.
She is survived by two daughters, Donna Uchizono of New York and Doreen Stone of Wailua Homesteads; two granddaughters, Jenna Stone of Wailua Homesteads and Tara Hissi Uchizono of New York; one sister, Haruko Tanabe of Japan; one niece and one nephew, and former son-in-law, Joseph Stone.
Private services were held.
Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home assisted the Uchizono family with arrangements.
Patricia Helen Gross of Princeville died at home on Dec. 3, 2011, at age 91.
Born in Montana on March 17, 1920, she retired as a secretary for Warner Brothers Studios.
She is survived by her son, Steve (Erin) Gross of Princeville and one granddaughter.
Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home assisted the Gross family with arrangements.
Masayoshi “Bob” Yamakawa of Lawa‘i, Kaua‘i died peacefully at home on Dec. 3, 2011, at age 97. Born in Makaweli, Kaua‘i, on Aug. 8, 1914, the eldest of nine children, he enjoyed fishing and sports, particularly boxing, football and baseball, later coaching and officiating youth sports.
He also enjoyed reading, poetry and good company. He was a hard worker and good provider, having worked at Olokele Sugar, Kekaha Sugar, Kaua‘i Pineapple Company and the Pacific Missile Range Facility for a total of 51 years, before retiring in 1979.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Hatsue Ijima Yamakawa; sister, Mitsuyo Nomi; brothers, Sueyoshi Yamakawa and Matsumi Yamakawa.
He is survived by six children, Sydney (Ed) Damm of Elm Mott, Texas; Karen (Al) Mehrer of Novato, Calif.; Lee Yamakawa of Yakima, Wash.; Lance (Susan) Yamakawa of Goldsboro, N.C.; Jane (Al) Pang of Honolulu and Roy (Nancy Budd) Yamakawa of Kaua‘i; siblings, Patsy Takeno Watanabe, Florence Umeno Ikari, Shime Yamakawa, Hisashi Yamakawa and Carole Akiko Yukihiro; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and caregiver, Mary Williams.
The family extends its gratitude for the kind expressions of condolences, and respectfully requests no koden. Private services were held on Dec. 10.
Thomas “Tom” Masao Sueoka of Kane‘ohe died Nov. 23, 2011, at Holy Name Care Home at age 95. Born Oct. 24, 1916, in Makaweli, Kaua‘i, he was a retired carpenter and a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in the 442nd Battalion during World War II.
He is survived by wife, Julia Chandler Sueoka; brothers, Ernest Shigeru Sueoka and Yoshizuke Sueoka; sister, Sachiko Higashi and Emiko Tokita.
Services will be held on Thursday, Dec. 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary Chapel. A funeral service will begin at 7 p.m. Committal service will be held on Friday, Dec. 16, at 11 a.m. at the Hawai‘i State Veteran Cemetery in Kaneohe.
Terry T. Yagihara of Kilauea died peacefully on Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at home at age 89. Born Sept. 23, 1922, in Hanalei, he served in the U.S. Army’s 987th Air Engineer Squadron as an interpreter during World War II. He retired from the County of Kaua‘i as a road district clerk.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Saichi and Hagino Yagihara; wife, Audrey Yagihara; and sister, Doris Cabbab.
He is survived by his two sons, Terence Yagihara (Lianne Ching) of Hilo and Scott (SheriAnn) Yagihara of Kilauea; sister, Mabel Sunada, brother, Glenn (Violet) Yagihara; numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Garden Island Mortuary Chapel with visitation from 8:30 a.m. and services celebrated at 10 a.m.
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