Obituaries for Wednesday, May 30, 2012

• Noel Iwai • Arthur Wills • Harriette Yoshino • Harris Takiguchi • Francis Pahia • John Kuehu Sr. • Francine Shinsato • Saturnina Andres • Bruce Perdue • Trinidad Rames • Veronica Ulanday • Placido Valenciano 

Noel Iwai

Noel Mitsuo Iwai of Powell River, British Columbia, Canada, died on April 9, 2012, at the age of 53. He was born on Dec. 24, 1958, in Lihu‘e, Kaua‘i. He was employed by Canadian Tire.

He was preceded in death by his father, Kungo Iwai.

He is survived by a son, David Iwai of Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada; mother, Mildred Iwai of Lihu‘e; three brothers, Tag (Barbara) Iwai of Daly City, Calif., Chuck Iwai of Lihu‘e, and Cliff (Sachiko) Iwai of Valencia, Calif.; and a sister, Susan (Matthew) Honjiyo of Kapa‘a. Also surviving are numerous uncles, aunts, nephews and cousins.

Services will be held on Sunday, June 3 at the St. Michael’s and All Angels Episcopal Church. Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Service to begin at 12 noon.          

The family suggests casual attire and requests that flowers be omitted.

Arrangements by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Arthur Wills

Arthur “Uncle Art” Kaehamokolo Wills of Hanalei died on May 10, 2012, at the age of 75. Arthur graduated from the Kamehameha Schools Class of 1954. Uncle Art loved and helped many people throughout his life. He was a mentor to many in the construction industry during his 50-year career. But most people remember him for doing the crossword puzzle every afternoon on the Tahiti Nui lanai or for his recent role in the movie “The Descendants.”  

He is survived by three sons, Joe Ramos of Seattle, Wash., John Ramos of Seattle, Wash., and Dean Wills of New Orleans, La.; two daughters, Virginia Ralston of Seattle, Wash., and Holly Fitzpatrick of Kilauea; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one sister, Patricia A. Wills of Lihu‘e; along with numerous nieces and nephews and other friends and family living in Hawai‘i and the Mainland.

He was preceded in death by the mother of his children, Sue Wills of New Orleans, La., and brother Edwin Wills of California.

A celebration of Uncle Art’s life will take place on Sunday, June 3 at 1 p.m. at the Tahiti Nui.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Harriette Yoshino

Harriette Ululani Dias Yoshino died peacefully on Sunday, May 6, at the Queen’s Medical Center on O‘ahu, surrounded by her family. Harriette worked as a clerk at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth Shigeru Yoshino and sister Beryl Mapuana Bruhn.

She is survived by her four daughters, Karen (Claude) Lumacad, Lianne Yoshino, Noreen (Kurt) Javinar, Elise (Jesse) Guirao; nine grandchildren, Nicole and Jason Lumacad, Lee Yoshino, Kurtis, Kolby and Keenan Javinar, Isaac and Amber Lopes and Elijah Guirao; two great-grandchildren Kainalu Lumacad Aguinaldo and Kieren Lumacad and godson Shawn Tyler Ah Mow.

A celebration of life will be held at the Koloa Borthwick Mortuary on Saturday, June 2. Visitation from 9 to 11 a.m. with service to follow. A private family burial will be held on Monday, June 4.

The family suggests casual attire. Arrangements by Koloa Borthwick Mortuary.

Harris Takiguchi

Harris Tsutomu Takiguchi of Lihu‘e died at Wilcox Memorial Hospital on May 19, 2012, at the age of 89. He was born in Kealia, Kaua‘i, on April 26, 1923, and was the entrepreneur of Hideaway and City Liquor.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Tadashi and Makoto.

He is survived by his wife, Sueko Takiguchi; sons Henry (Dale) Takiguchi, John (Donna) Takiguchi; daughter, Kathy (Ross Shimonishi) Takiguchi; sister, Takiko Takiguchi; three grandsons, David, Aaron and Ryan (Clente); step-grandchildren, Jonathan Barretto,  Jaryn (Derek) Gandia; step-great grandchildren, Joshua and Jaden Gandia, Micah, Jordan and Hope Barretto; and sister-in-law, Lillian Takiguchi.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, June 2, at Lihu‘e Christian Church with visitation from 10 a.m. and services celebrated at  11 a.m.

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

Francis Pahia

Francis Pahia passed away at the age of 85 on May 5, 2012, peacefully at home. He was born on March 16, 1927, in Honolulu. He retired from the United States Air Force and The Operating Engineers. He also worked for Hwaiian Telephone, Tom Okada Trucking Company, the State Tile Company, Peter Kiewit & Co., Morrison & Knudsen and Hawaiian Dredging Company.

He was preceded in death by daughter, Darlene Kaanoi; son, James Daniel Pahia; and his twin brother, Frank Pahia.

He is survived by his wife, Elsie Abigail Kaui Ornellas Pahia; daughters, Patricia Kanohokula, Laura Limo (Ernie), Linda Canincia (Robert), Charlene Omura (Letty), and Karen Pahia; sons, James Gary Francis Pahia; brother, John of Las Vegas; sister, Rose Gleason of Mililani; 26 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; step-children, Henry (Rowena) Ornellas, Katherine (Samuel) Huddy Sr., Patsy (Francis) Hapenney, Daniel Kama; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., and services will be 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on June 13 at Mililani Makai Chapel. Burial to follow at Punchbowl Cemetery. Casual Attire, flowers welcome.

John Kuehu Sr.

John Hervan “Chonney” Kuehu Sr. of Anahola, Kaua‘i, passed away on May 24, 2012, at his residence at the age of 83. He was born in Hanalei on Nov. 30, 1928. John was a retired mason.

He was preceded in death by parents, Solomon and Helen Kuehu, sons Lance and James Kuehu and great-grandson Naia Kaimana Pohaiohukealoha O Kekai Makanikona Kuehu.

He is survived by his wife, Juliette Leinani Kuehu; sons John (Bootsie) Kuehu Jr. of Anahola, Derek (Mona) Kuehu of  Kapa‘a, Terrill Kuehu of Anahola, Garret “Rocky” Kuehu of  O‘ahu; daughters Juliette Roberts of Lihu‘e, Lorren “Baby” (Tad) Kuehu of Wailua, Blaze “Bert” Kaauwai of Anahola, brothers Richard Kaaumoana of O‘ahu, Harry (Barbara) Kaaumoana of Kilauea; sisters, Hanna Kaaumoana, Mauai Rebecca Maka of Ha‘ena; 20 granchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, June 2, at the Veterans Cemetery Pavilion in Hanapepe. Visitation is at 9:30 a.m. Service is at 10:15 a.m. and burial to follow at 1 p.m.

Arrangements by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary, Koloa, Kaua‘i.

Francine Shinsato

Francine Shinsato died on May 15, 2012, in Lihu‘e at the age of 86. She was born on Oct. 9, 1925, in Lawai, Kaua‘i.

She is survived by her two sons, Ken Shinsato of Lihu‘e, and Ross Shinsato of Honolulu; three daughters, Ann Shinsato of Honolulu, Shelley (Glen) Konishi of Lihu‘e, and Ginger Shinsato of Lihu‘e; three granchildren, Kristen (Brant) Fuchigami, Kevin Konishi, and Kareen Konishi; a great-grandchild, Kira Fuchigami; and a brother, Tom (Mildred) Shinsato of Chicago. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Private services were held. No koden.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Saturnina Andres

Saturnina Daligcon Andres of Hanamaulu died on May 18, 2012, at Samuel Memorial  Hospital at the age of 88. Saturnina was born on April 3, 1924, in Makaweli, Hawai‘i.

Saturnina was preceded in death by her husband Rizal; brothers Isidro and Luciano; and sister Tina Manuel.

Saturnina is survived by one sister, Rosita Yadao of Kekaha; two brothers,  Gregorio (Victoria) Daligcon of ‘Ele‘ele and Mariano Daligcon of the Philippines; four children, Doreen (Ignacio) Baliza of Koloa, Adriana Andres (Ray Pegededer) of Hanama‘ulu, Artemio (Minda) Andres of Kaumakani and Rose (Prudencio Sr.) Labutong of Kalaheo; 12 grandchildren; 31 great-granchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, June 9, at Immaculate Conception Church starting at 8 a.m. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at the Lihu‘e Cemetery.

Arrangements are being made by Borthwick Kaua‘i Mortuary.

Bruce Perdue

Bruce Sinjin Perdue of Kilauea passed into eternity at 2:30 a.m. on May 21, 2012. For someone who died at the young age of 23, he left an amazing legacy.  

Bruce is remembered as a person who always took the time to acknowledge everyone, say hello, and favor you with his brilliant smile.  

His community will always love and respect him, for the way he lived his life, with consistent aloha for everyone. He knew what he wanted, and was always striving to better himself. He had a strong work ethic instilled at a young age by working for his father’s business, North Shore Custom Floors; and later at Kintaro’s, Duke’s, Dave Taylor Construction and the Army National Guard.

He was proceeded in death by his grandmother Marguerite Perdue; his grandfather Robert Perdue; and his aunt Cira Angelica Marin.

He is survived by mother Goretti Perdue; father Robert Perdue; sister Wren Perdue; brother Christian Perdue; hanai grandmother Joan Woodward; and cousin Adam Kalani Ramson, all of Kaua‘i.

On his mother’s side he is survived by grandmother Victoria Marin Marin; grandfather Formerio Flores Perez;aunties Rosa Andrade, Irma Flores Marin (Pancho), Socorro Flores Marin, Victoria Flores Marin (Mayolo),  Trinidad Flores Marin (Agustine),  and uncle Formerio Flores (Yadira), all of Mexico, as well as uncles Oscar Marin of Colorado and Ferreol Flores Marin (Lorraine) of Texas; and numerous cousins from Mexico, Colorado and Texas.

On his father’s side he is survived by his aunt Mollie Lamberton (Chris), and cousins Ryan Lamberton (Meghan), Morgan Lamberton and Kelcie Lamberton, all of California.

Bruce will be forever loved and missed by many. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 2, at Kaua‘i Christian Academy. Visitation with family will be from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Service and lunch will be from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Spreading of ashes at Kalihiwai Bay to follow.

Trinidad Rames

Trinidad “Trini” Castillo Rames’ memorial service will be held at Hanalei Pier, Black Pot at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 6. A luncheon will be held at the park.

Veronica Ulanday

Veronica Abes Ulanday of Kekaha, Kaua‘i, passed away on May 22, 2012, at Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach, Calif., at the age of 89. Born on Aug. 26, 1922, in Bacil, Bangui, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, she was a bus driver for Akita Enterprises for 40-plus years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernaldo “Blu” Ulanday Sr.; parents, Luis Abes and Toribia Souva Agrade Ulanday; sisters, Juanita Renti Cruz and Celadonia Aguedan; and daughters, Priscilla Warren and Estrella Sharon.

She is survived by sister, Esther Agor; daughters, Lettita Ulanday Weaver of Koloa, Loraine (Les) Stout of Columbus, Ohio, and Christine Mc Daniel of Costa Mesa, Calif.; sons, Bernaldo “Blu”(Rena) Ulanday Jr. of Lihu‘e and Mark (Debbie) Ulanday of Kekaha; 19 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Friends may visit with the family on Friday, June 8, at Saint Theresa’s Catholic Church, Kekaha. Visitation will be at 8 a.m. with Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Kekaha Public Cemetery.

The family suggests casual attire.

Arrangements are being made by Pacific View Mortuary of Corona Del Mar, Calif., and Borthwick Kaua‘i Mortuary of Koloa.

Placido Valenciano  

Placido Dias Valenciano of Hanapepe, Kauai, died on May 17, 2012, at the age of 95. He was born on March 16, 1917, in Dingras, Philippines. He was a welder with Olokele Sugar Co., welding instructor at Kaua‘i Community College, welding instructor in the U.S. Army, and a former Civil Service Commissioner. He also served on the Salary Advisory Committee for the County of Kaua‘i.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Faustino and Patricia Valenciano; daughter, Mary Sandra Claire; and his brother, Mariano Valenciano.

He is survived by his wife, Maria Bolosan Valenciano; two sons, Placido (Michelle) Valenciano of Lihu‘e and Randal (Debbie) Valenciano of Lihu‘e; four daughters, Patricia (Roland) Pablo of Waimea, Glenda (Reynold) Miyazaki of Lawai, Marilyn (Walter) Billingsley of O‘ahu, and Crystal (Bob) Rowe of Wailua; 14 grandchildren, Jayson (Cecilie) Pablo, Tracy (Don) Pablo Sanchez, Corey Pablo, Travis (Jana) Miyazaki, Craig Miyazaki, Geoffrey (Brittany) Billingsley, Tony Billingsley, Logan Rowe, Whitney Rowe, Stephen Valenciano, Ryan Valenciano, Marisa Valenciano, Dreana Valenciano, and Randon Valenciano; four great-grandchildren, Courtney Guirao, Malie Miyazaki, Jack Billingsley and Colton Billingsley; a brother, Juan Valenciano; and a sister, Virginia Ballesteros.

Services will be held on Saturday, June 2, at the Garden Island Mortuary Chapel. Visitation from 9 to 10 a.m. Service to begin at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at the Kauai Veterans Cemetery. The family suggests casual attire.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd. 


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