Obituaries for Friday, March 2, 2012

 • Margaret Y. Oshita • Bette O’Donnell • Margaret Duncan • Kuuipo Burley • Naomi Nishida

Margaret Y. Oshita

Margaret Y. Oshita of Kapa‘a died on Feb. 17, 2012, at the age of 89. Born on June 25, 1922, she was a retired personnel director with the State of Hawai‘i.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Kaoru and Eiko Yorita; one son, Damon Oshita; two brothers, Herbert Yorita and Harold Yorita; and one sister, Peggy Yorita.

She is survived by her husband, George N. Oshita, of Kapa‘a; three sons, Russell Oshita, of Honolulu, Clayton Oshita, of Kapa‘a, and Marvin (Valerie Barretto-Oshita) Oshita, of Kapa‘a; one brother, George Yorita, of Honolulu; four grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews..

Memorial Services will be held Sunday, March 4, 2012, at the Kapa‘a United Church of Christ. Visitation from 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Service to begin at 3 p.m. The family suggests casual attire.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Bette O’Donnell

Bette Louise O’Donnell, of Po‘ipu, Kaua‘i, passed away on Feb. 16, 2012, at 88 years old at her residence in Po‘ipu, Kaua‘i. Born on April 18, 1923, in Oakland, Calif., and was a retired real estate agent.

Together with her husband, mother and aunt, they relocated to sunny Po’ipu in 1980 and never looked back! Bette thoroughly enjoyed all of her 32 years here on the beautiful Garden Isle, and she was an active volunteer for many of those years with various local organizations. Visits with her family and friends were one of her greatest joys.

She is preceded in death by parents, Arthur and Agnes Oppedal; brother, Art Oppedal; husband, Jim O’Donnell.

She is survived by daughters, Carol O’Donnell, Gayle O’Donnell, Jean (Robb) Craig; five grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Celebration of Life to be held Saturday, March 3, at 3 p.m. at her residence in Po‘ipu. Donations may be made to Kaua‘i Hospice.

Arrangements by: Borthwick Kaua‘i Mortuary Koloa, Kaua‘i

Margaret Duncan

Margaret Pong Yai Duncan of Hanama‘ulu died at home on Feb. 24, 2012, at the age of 84. Born in Anahola, Kaua‘i on Dec. 16, 1927, she worked at various jobs throughout her lifetime and was a dedicated church member.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Michael Duncan; daughter, Iris Hernandez; parents, Do Hyun Woo and Marry Woo; siblings, Pogne Park, Edward Woo, Paul Woo, Grace Ramos, and Irene and Jerry Woo.

She is survived by her sons, Walter (Doreen) Chong of Huntington Beach, Calif., Alvin Chong of O‘ahu, Lloyd Chong of O‘ahu; daughter, Sandra Chong Kaui of Hanama‘ulu; siblings, Soone (Patrick) Apilado of Kekaha, of North Carolina, Marjorie Orr of Arizona, George (Kulani) Kim of Kalihi, O‘ahu; son-in-law, Angel Hernandez of O‘ahu; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of her life will be held Sunday, March 4 at Kapa‘a Seventh Day Adventist Church with viewing from 10 a.m. and services celebrated at noon.

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

Kuuipo Burley

Kuuipo Gail Kaiwa Burley of Lawa‘i, Kaua‘i, passed away on Feb. 24, 2012, at ‘Ewa Beach at the age of 74. Born on Jan. 13, 1938, she was a veteran with the U.S. Army, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints-Kalaheo Ward and a housewife.

She is survived by her husband Stewart “Stu” Burley; sons, Skipper (Tasy) Burley of Kalaheo, Sperry (Renee) Burley of Wailua; daughter, Surreyann (Reuben) Parongao of Lawa‘i; sister, Ivy Rivera of Kekaha; 8 grandchildren, Seneca Burley of Hilo, Ryan Parongao of Las Vegas, Sera Burley of Kalaheo, Taylor Parongao of Lawa‘i, Sydnie Burley of Wailua, Shelbie Burley of Kalaheo, Steeler Burley of Wailua, Syren Burley of Wailua; and three great-grandchildren.

Visitation is 9 a.m., Saturday, March 3, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints-Kalaheo Ward.

Naomi Nishida

Naomi J. Nishida of Wailua Homesteads passed away Feb. 22, 2012. She was born June 3, 1950, at Wilcox Hospital on Kaua‘i. She was a great sister, auntie, classmate and a lifelong teacher.

She was preceded in death by her father James E. Nishida and mother Minnie F. Nishida and brother Lowell M. Nishida.

She is survived by her brother, James E. Nishida Jr., who is married to A. Kimberlin Blackburn, of Kapa‘a; brother, Nelson N. Nishida, who is married to Ruth M. Nishida, of Las Vegas; and her niece Aida K. N. Watson, who is married to James Watson, of Ohio; and many beloved cousins.

Friends may visit with the family at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, at the Kapa‘a Jodo Mission. Memorial service officiated by the Rev. Shoryu Akiya will begin at 4:30 p.m. A celebration of her life will follow in the church hall. Casual attire is suggested.

Arrangements handled by Borthwick Mortuary.


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