Obituaries for Sunday, May 13, 2012

• Ann Murashige • Eileen Bolin • Marjorie MacWilliams • Dianne Rita • Isabella Ramelb

Ann Murashige

Ann Yaeko Murashige of Lihu‘e died at Garden Isle Health Care on May 6, 2012, at the age of 88. She was born in Kukui‘ula, Kaua‘i on Feb. 27, 1924, and retired as an executive secretary from First Hawaiian Bank.  

She is survived by her husband Hiroshi Murashige, sons Brian (Sandy) Murashige and Les (stacy) Murashige, brother Minoru Isobe, one grandson and one great-grandson.

A celebration of her life will be held Sunday, May 19, 2012 at Lihu‘e Christian Church with visitation from 10 a.m. and services at 11 a.m.

The family suggests aloha attire and graciously declines flowers.

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

Eileen Bolin

Eileen Fumiko Bolin,67, of Longview, Wash. died April 15, 2012 at Kaiser Sunnyside Hospital in Clackamas, Ore. She was born August 6, 1944 in Waimea, Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i to Tamotsu “Tom” Okura and Harue (Wataru) Okura.

After growing up in Hanapepe, Eileen moved to the mainland for college and to start her teaching career.  She was a graduate of Oregon College of Education in Monmouth, Ore. Eileen was an elementary school teacher in Kelso, Wash. before moving to ‘Aiea, O‘ahu with her husband Mike. Upon returning to Longview in 1979, Eileen went back to Kelso School District as a substitute teacher for many years. After being a sub, she was an adult basic education instructor for Lower Columbia College.  Eileen opened a bookstore, The Benevolent Bookworm, in 1991. The bookstore closed in 2001. Books were her chief pastime. She loved to read and thrived on sharing the joy of reading with everyone, especially children.

Eileen was a person like none other. There are few words that can capture the quality of her character. She was generous in all aspects of her life. As a mother and wife, Eileen managed to be kind, nurturing and supportive without smothering the spirits of her family. Eileen captivated nearly everyone she met, whether they were close friends or merely passing acquaintances. She was always quick to laugh and her smile lit up everyone who saw it. Above all, Eileen had a teacher’s heart.  She delighted in sharing her knowledge whenever the opportunity presented itself. Even though she never considered herself a dog person, Eileen had a special bond with her granddoggie Jasper and enjoyed the company of granddoggie Kita.

 Eileen is survived by her husband, Mike, of Longview; her son Scott Bolin of Bellevue, Wash.; her daughter Courtney Bolin-Walker and son-in-law Scott Walker of Bothell, Wash; her brother Wendell Okura of Hanapepe; nieces Sarah Okura and Melia Okura; and nephew Tom Okura.

Eileen was preceded in death by her father Tamotsu “Tom” Okura, her mother Harue (Wataru) Okura, and her brother Thomas Okura.

A private service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at the Waimea Hongwanji Temple. Aloha attire suggested.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made in Eileen’s name to RIF of Cowlitz County, P.O. Box 1841 Longview, WA  98632.

Marjorie MacWilliams

Marjorie (Marji)  Ann MacWilliams of Kalaheo died at home on May 7, 2012. She was born in Shelton, Wash. 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, Utah.  

 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 Rita

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.


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