Obituaries for Monday, April 23, 2012

• Fujima Shinagawa • Maryann Puaokalani

Fujima Shinagawa

Fujimi Shinagawa of ‘Ele‘ele, Kaua‘i, died on April 15, 2012, at home at the age of 100. He was born on Nov. 21, 1911, in Makaweli, Kaua‘i. He was a stevedore with McCabe.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Natsue Shinagawa.

He is survived by two sons, John (Myrtle) Shinagawa of Waimea and Steven (Carol) Shinagawa of Lawai; a daughter, Elaine Shinagawa of ‘Ele‘ele; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Irene Miyake of Omao.

Services were private. Family requests no koden and no flowers.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary Ltd.

Maryann Puaokalani

Maryann (Romero) Puaokalani died peacefully at Orchard Park nursing home in Tacoma, Wash., on April 7, 2012. She was 67 years old. She grew up in Tacoma, along with her two brothers and five sisters. After high school, Maryann embarked on a grand adventure and moved to Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i, where she lived for nearly 18 years before returning to Tacoma.

She was an avid Seattle Mariners baseball fan and loved listening to Hawaiian music. Maryann brought smiles to everyone she met and was always a social butterfly at the retirement home where she lived. The highlights of her life were her grandchildren: Devan, Malia, Makenzee and Madelyn.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Keoki Puaokalani, and brother, Ron Fijalka. Family members include her daughters, Lisa (Scott) Torve and Wendy (Darrell) Braaten; her son, Jesse (Jessica) Puaokalani; and grandchildren, Devan and Malia Braaten and Makenzee and Madelyn Puaokalani. Also included are her sisters, Donna Garcia, Carolyn (Art) Folden, Pam (Dave) Johnson, Marilyn (Bob) Beale, Andrea (Joe) Alalem; sister-in-law, Joan Fijalka; and her brother, Jim (Karen) Fijalka; plus numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Her final resting place will be with Keoki at Tahoma National Cemetery.

Remembrances may be made to the American Diabetes Association.


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