Obituaries for Sunday, April 29, 2012

• JoAnne Salazar • Minoru Harada • Stanley Momohara • Wade Ishida • Larry Walcher • Mary Hinkel

JoAnne Salazar

JoAnne Kelley Salazar of Waimea died at Kaua‘i Veterans Memorial Hospital on April 27, 2012 at the age of 75. Born in Cardin, Okla. on Jan. 21, 1937, she was employed by Lockheed Martin in her twenties, and then with Sheraton Kaua‘i until her career was shortened due to disablility.

She is survived by her lifelong companion, Ludevico “Jackie” Pigao; sons, Raymond (Lahea) Salazar of Koloa, Rick (Melissa) Salazar of Orting, Wash.; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life will be held Thursday, May 3, at St. Theresa’s Parish in Kekaha, with visitation from 9 a.m. and Mass celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens. Family suggests casual attire.

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

Minoru Harada

Minoru Harada of Kalaheo, Kaua‘i died on April 13, 2012 at home with his family by his side, at the age of 91. Born on August 31, 1920, in Honolulu, he was a retired electronic technician with the US Army and Navy. He was a decorated veteran of WWII as a member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Headquarters Company.

He was preceded in death by wife Lillian Y. Harada and two brothers, Stanley Harada and Saburo Harada.

He is survived by a daughter, Linda M. (Daniel S.) Momohara of Kalaheo; Grandchildren Michelle (Patrick) Funai, Matthew Momohara, and Nathan (Kristin) Momohara; great-grandson Camden Minoru Funai; sisters Florence (Benjamin) Taketa of Honolulu, Helen (Jack) Ito of Honolulu and Grace (Yukio) Ota of Honolulu; sister-in-law Anna Harada and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Private services were held April 27, 2012. Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Stanley Momohara

Stanley Shigenari Momohara of Kalaheo died on April 23, 2012 at home surrounded by his loving family at the age of 87. He was October 11, 1924, in Lawa‘i, Kaua‘i. He was a farmer, locksmith, and calibration technician for the Department of Weights and Measures.

He is survived by his wife, Doris Yoshiko Momohara; two sons, Daniel (Linda) Momohara of Kalaheo and Melvin Momohara of Kalaheo; a daughter, Suzette (Harvey Maeda) Momohara of Kalaheo; seven grandchildren, Kimberley (John) Medeiros, Kellyne Capuano, Kurt (Kim) Momohara, Kiley Momohara, Michelle (Pat) Funai, Matthew Momohara, and Nathan (Kristin) Momohara; a hanai granddaughter, Tram Dang; five great-grandchildren, John Medeiros, Jason Medeiros, Kichelle Momohara, Kaelin Capuano, and Camden Funai. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Services will be held May 5, 2012 at the Kalaheo Missionary Church.Visitation is from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and service begins at 10:30 a.m. Casual attire is suggested.        

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary.

Wade Ishida

Wade Roger Ishida of Kapa‘a died at home on March 21, 2012, at the age of 54. He was born in Lihu‘e on September 18, 1957, and was employed by Pono Kai Resort as a houseman.

He is survived by one sister, Sandra Ishida of O‘ahu; three brothers, Eric (Grace) Ishida of Kapa‘a, Craig (Keona) Ishida of Kapa‘a, Blaine Ishida of O‘ahu and numerous aunties, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Private services were held. Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home assisted the Ishida family with arrangements.

Larry Walcher

Larry Walcher passed away at Queens Hospital April 18th, 2012. He was born in Kansas on September 12, 1943. He worked for Apria Healthcare.

Larry spent the last 15 years of his life living his dream in Kaua‘i with his grandchildren and friends, and surfing every day he could.

He is survived by one son, Christopher, from Arizona. Larry is also survived by his two beloved grandchildren, Matt and Hayley, and his loving and caring hanai family of Will, Mary, Craig, Joe and Annie and other wonderful friends.

A celebration of his life will be held on the beach at Waiohai Wednesday May 2, 2012 at 9 a.m. followed by a paddle-out.

Mary Hinkel

Mary “Pat” Louise Hinkel of Lihu‘e, Kaua‘i passed away on April 23, 2012 at the age of 89 at Hale Kupuna Heritage home. She was born July 22, 1922 in Denver, Colorado.

She was a housewife preceded in death by her husband, Howard Hinkel. She is survived by son, Greg Filtzer, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Celebration of life private arrangements by Borthwick Kaua‘i Mortuary, Koloa.

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