Obituaries for Friday, May 11, 2012

• Toshimi Kodani • Marjorie MacWilliams • Dianne Ritag • Isabella Ramelb • John Taboniar

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.

Dianne Ritag

Dianne Napolis Rita of Kalaheo died on April 30, 2012, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital, at the age of 61. She was born on April 3, 1951, in Honolulu. She was a homemaker, with smiles, joy throughout the years, closeness that was ours, touched her life a love as sweet fragrant flowers near her face right by my side. Until then I wait by heavens door at peace, knowing that I will see you once more.

She was preceded in death by her two daughters; father, Mark N. Napolis; and a brother Mark N. Napolis Jr.

She is survived by her husband, Eric W. Rita of Kalaheo; a son, Greg Silva of Kaua‘i; a godson, William and goddaughter, Shanelle; mother, Henrietta Napolis; parents-in-law, William and Anna Rita; two brothers, Dave and Dain Napolis, both of Hanalei; brothers-in-law, David, Gordon, Brian, Darin, Dustin, and William; four sisters, Doreen L. Henriques (Tom Nollar) of Kalaheo, Debra A. Napolis Johnston of Hanalei, Donna (David) Friend of Pahoa, and Dana (Kimo) Palmeira of Wailua; sisters-in-law, Vickie, Leslie, Kay, Shanelle, and Shanna; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Also surviving are numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be held on May 20 at the Garden Island Mortuary Chapel. Visitation is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and service to begin at 1 p.m. Burial to follow at Hanalei Association Cemetery.

The family suggests casual attire.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Isabella Ramelb

Isabella Madrid Ramelb of Hanama‘ulu died at Wilcox Memorial Hospital on May 1, 2012, at the age of 90. She was born on Kaua‘i on March 5, 1922, was formerly employed by Tip Top Bakery and retired from Wilcox Memorial Hospital as a certified nurse’s aide after 33 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rosendo Fernandez Ramelb; parents, Ignacio & Juliana Padre Madrid; brothers, Napoleon and Venancio Madrid; and sister, Rosalina Fernandez.

She is survived by three sons, Aurelio, Patricio (Dorrine) and Federico (Jewel); two daughters, Felicidad (Anthony) Divina and Angelita (Irvin) Green; seven grandchildren, Patricia Yoneyama, Shandra Salud, Joshua Jones, Toni Keahiolalo, Matthew Divina, Christopher Ramelb and Aaron Ramelb; seven great-grandchildren, Tyrone Etrata, Gabrielle Salud, Trevor, Trent and TJ Yoneyama, Sailor and Liliwai Keahiolalo; two sisters, Claridad (Florencio) Tangonan, Carmen (Alfredo) Butac; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held on Thursday, May 17, at Immaculate Conception Church with viewing from 8 a.m. to 9:30 and Mass celebrated at 10 a.m.

The family suggests casual attire.

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

John Taboniar

John Taboniar, 74, of Hilo, Hawai‘i, died on April 3, 2012, at home. Born on Oct. 16, 1937, in Wahiawa, Hawai‘i, he was a retired meteorological technician for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — National Weather Service.

He was a graduate of St. Louis High School on O‘ahu and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo and St. Theresa Church in Kekaha, Kaua‘i. John served in the U.S. Air Force, he was an avid softball player and enjoyed singing in the St. Joseph and St. Theresa Church choirs.

He was preceded in death by his father, Julio Taboniar; mother, Mary Rodrigues; brother, Herbert Callejo; and grandson, Corbin Jon Kaimana Reynolds.

He is survived by his wife, Violet Ann Taboniar of Hilo; sons, Michael Alan (Naomi) Taboniar of Kaua‘i, David Anthony (Rose) Taboniar of Kaua‘i, Matthew Jon (Marah) Taboniar of Kaua‘i; daughter, Jonnie Anne (Daynes) Reynolds of Kaua‘i; brothers, Benny (Juanita) Callejo of Kaua‘i and Joseph (Julie) Taboniar of Kaua‘i; sisters,  Ruby Rivera of Kaua‘i, Betsy (Edwin) Shinagawa of Kaua‘i, Joanna Castillo of Kaua‘i, Julie (Fred) Patricio of Kaua‘i, Salina (Vincent) Sonoda of Kaua‘i; sister-in-law,Mae Callejo of Kaua‘i; eight grandchildren, one great-granddaughter and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation on Hawai‘i Island was held April 27 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo.  

Visitation on Kaua‘i will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, at St. Theresa Church, Kekaha, Kaua‘i. Eulogy at 10:45 a.m. Memorial Mass at 11 a.m. Casual attire is suggested.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Inc., Hilo branch.

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