Obituaries for Thursday, May 10, 2012

Robert ZeusGertrudis AgmataToshimi KodaniMarjorie MacWilliamsLeonora Chock

Robert Zeus

Robert E. (Bob) Zeus passed away peacefully at Wilcox Hospital on April 20, 2012.

Born in Anaheim on May 31, 1917, he attended schools in Los Angeles and Berkeley, graduating from Berkeley High.

He resided at “The Regency at Puakea” in Puhi. Bob was a resident of the Oakland/Berkeley area for over 70 years before moving to Kaua‘i in 2006 to be near his family.

As a young man in the 1930s, he worked for the Matson Lines and made several trips between Oakland and Honolulu. Bob also worked at a silver mine in Nevada for two summers.

He attended the College of Marin and later was commissioned as an officer in the Army Air Corps.

During the war he was stationed at many posts where he ran Supply Operations and was in the Signal Corps.

Bob married Nancy McClintock of Alameda in 1941 while stationed in New Jersey. Leaving the Army after the war, they settled in San Leandro. In 1951 they built a home in Oakland raising their two daughters and spent their 65 years together on cow hill until Nancy’s passing in July 2006.

Zeus was in the wastepaper business from its infancy, working for Fiberboard running the warehouse in Emeryville before retiring in 1979. He also retired from the Air National Guard at the rank of lieutenant colonel.

He is survived by his two daughters, Letty (Steve) Mac Vitie of Kapa‘a; Kathy Groves of Reno; two grandchildren, Nicole (Chad) Morehead of Kapa‘a and Brooks Groves of Seattle; and two great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held at the Hanapepe Veterans Cemetery on April 27 with full military honors.

Gertrudis Agmata

Gertrudis “Matda/Tuding/Trudis” V. Agmata died on April 30, 2012, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital with her family beside her at the age of 63. She was born in Laoag City, Philippines and was a resident of Hanama‘ulu, Kaua‘i. She worked more than 20 years at Kaua‘i Beach Resort in the housekeeping department before retiring.

She is survived by her husband, Epifanio Agmata; daughter, Eumalyn Mabini (Cedric Alonzo); sister, Eugenia (Bernardo) Anselmo; niece, Rowena (Wendell) Badua; nephew, Ronald (Marie Tess) Anselmo; and numerous cousins.

Join the family May 11 at 6 p.m., at the Hanama‘ulu residence as they celebrate and reminisce over her life. Service to be held on May 12, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Visitation is from 8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., with Mass at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Lihu’e Cemetery. Please join the family for lunch at the Hanama‘ulu residence.

Toshimi Kodani

Toshimi Kodani died on April 24, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was born to Kanematsu and Sono Kodani on February 6, 1920, in Kealia, Kaua‘i. He worked as Field Supervisor for Hawaiian Canneries Co., operated Kodani Service Station in Kapa‘a, and worked for Kaua‘i Island Tours (KIT) as a tour driver.

He was preceded in death by his son, Gary Kodani.

He is survived by his wife, Satsuki Kodani of Wailua; a daughter, Aileen (Wayne) Nakai of Lihu‘e; a son, Clyde (Helena) Kodani of Wailua; daughter-in-law, June Kodani of Wailua; a brother, Toshio (Steve) (Gertrude) Kodani of Honolulu; a sister, Carol (Herbert) Fujimoto of Lihu‘e; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held.

Marjorie MacWilliams

Marjorie (Marji)  Ann MacWilliams of Kalaheo died at home on May 7, 2012. She was born in Shelton, Washington on June 9, 1964.

 Marji was an exceptionally caring and selfless mother, sister, daughter, auntie, nana, cousin and friend. She embraced life with humor, compassion and enthusiasm.  Her love of the outdoors was evidenced by her gardening and her love of animals. She entertained friends and family with her fiddle playing. Marji was passionate and talented in everything she set her mind to, and persistently stubborn when the time called for it.

Marji is survived by two children, Hope Terwilliger and Rose (Derek) Ogihara of Kalaheo; four grandchildren, Alexis, Olivia, James and Conner; sisters Patti (Ellis) Brooks of Koloa and Darcie (Eldon) Peterson of Logan, Utah; parents Doug (Melodee) MacWilliams of Edmonds, Wash. and Joan (Darrel) Winningham of Logan, UT.  

 Marji did not wish to have a memorial service but instead wanted to have an Aloha Party at Tunnels Beach. The party will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. We will paddle out to the turtles and a barbecue will follow. She wished people to dress colorfully — no black clothing.  

 In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to be made to Kaua‘i Hospice.

Leonora Chock

Leonora Javellana Chock of Honolulu died on April 17, 2012, at the age of 85. Born on Dec. 15, 1926, in Kapahi, Kaua‘i, she retired as pantry worker from the Sheraton Waikiki.

She is survived by her sons, Gary K. (Didi) Chock of Wailua and Lenox K. (Lei) Chock of  Palolo, O‘ahu; daughters, Dale H. (Glenn) Ching of Kapa‘a, Juliana P. (Daryl) Uejo, of Pearl City, O‘ahu, Colleen M. (Jaime) Valdez of Kapa’a, and Monica P. (Bill) Carpenter of Palolo, O‘ahu; brothers, Jose Javellana of Kaneohe, O‘ahu, and Aurelio (Gloria) Javellana of Pearl City, O‘ahu; sister, Conchita Javellana of Waimea, Kaua‘i; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be 8:30-9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 11, at Borthwick Mortuary Honolulu Makai Chapel. Service at 9:30 a.m. Committal service will be at 11:30am at National Memorial Cemetary of the Pacific at Punchbowl.

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