Obituaries for Thursday, June 14, 2012

• Alfred Silva • Tulpe Puulei • Frank De Costa • Gregory Bakiano • Epifania Curammeng

Epifania Curammeng

Epifania “Fanny” “Paning” Palacay Curammeng of Makaweli, Kaua‘i, died on June 7, 2012, at Kaua‘i Veteran’s Memorial Hospital at the age of 80. She was born on January 18, 1932 in ‘Ewa, O‘ahu. She was a seamstress with Kay O’Kaua‘i and ‘Iolani Sportswear. She was a well-known seamstress on the Westside of Kaua‘i, sewing Pop Warner cheerleader uniforms, as well as hula halau attire for kumu hula Roselle Bailey.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ismael Laguatan Curammeng; parents, Santiago and Tomasa Palacay; and a sister, Loretta Ravelo.

She is survived by her five daughters, Esther (Cleve) V. Carpenter of Denver, Colo.; Elmafania Curammeng of Federal Way, Wash.; Norma Lynn Browning of Honolulu; Mercedes (Lance) M. Fujimura of ‘Ele‘ele; and Maryalice (Francis) Curammeng-Park of Honolulu; two hanai daughters, Dina (Mark) Hall of Scotia, Calif.; Diane (Robert) White of Kapolei, Honolulu; five grandchildren, John Marc Carpenter, Brandon (Katherine “Kapua”) M.W. Browning, Paul Andrew Carpenter, Garion I.Y. Park, and Amlan Kazuo Fujimura; four great-grandchildren, Makana, Mia, Micah, and Mino‘aka; and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Services will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2012, at the Garden Island Mortuary Chapel in Lawa‘i. Visitation will be from 9 am to 10 am. Service to begin at 10 am.

The family suggests casual attire and flowers be omitted.

 Arrangements by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Gregory Bakiano

Gregory Bakiano of Hanama‘ulu died peacefully on June 9, 2012, at Stafford Health Center in Washington at the age of 89.  Born on Nov. 28, 1922 in Koloa, Kaua‘i, he was a 25-year veteran of the Kaua‘i Police Department and was very active at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and various community service organizations.  

He was preceded in death by his wife Guilherma “Gayle” Bakiano and brother Robert Bakiano. He is survived by son Baron and daughter Regina (John) Becker, all of Washington; sisters, Maxine Alfiche of Michigan and Elutaria “Daing” Saulibio of Hanama‘ulu; five grandchildren, Sarah, Teresa, Daniel, Jacob and Elisa; great-grandson Octavian; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday at Immaculate Conception Church with visitation from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and Mass celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens.

Frank De Costa

Frank F. De Costa of Kekaha, Kaua‘i, passed away on June 10, 2012, at Kaua‘i Veterans Memorial Hospital.

He was 85 years old. He was a service man for the sugar plantation and was a member of the ILWU.

He was survived by his wife, Dolores “Dolly” P.  De Costa; sons, Frank F. De Costa Jr. and Stan C. De Costa; daughters, Julie (Calvin) Kajiwara and Vanessa (Michael) Woodmansee-O’Laughlin; 9 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Friends may visit the family on Saturday, June 16, 2012, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Kekaha.

Visitation will be at 9 a.m. and Mass to be celebrated at 11 a.m. Burial to follow at Kekaha Public Cemetery

Arrangement by Borthwick Kaua‘i Mortuary in Koloa,  Kaua‘i.

Tulpe Puulei

Tulpe Puulei of Wainiha died at Wilcox Memorial Hospital on June 1, 2012, at the age of 56. She was born in Kosrae, Micronesia, on May 26, 1955, and was a housekeeper.

She is survived by her children, Agenhart “TinTin” (Sarah Perry) Puulei of Wainiha, Randy Puulei of Wainiha, Robert Puulei of O‘ahu, Duke (Alice) Puulei of Wainiha; daughters, Mingtoi Guilao of Washington, Bonnie (Po) Puulei-I’li of O‘ahu, Nance Mae (Moku) Puulei Chandler of Wainiha, Trudy Puulei of Alaska, Jojo Puulei Prem of Po‘ipu; sisters in Micronesia; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday at Haena Beach Park beginning at noon.

Kauai Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home assisted the Puulei family with arrangements.

Alfred Silva

Alfred “Uncle Freddy” Silva of Kapahi died on June 2, 2012, at the age of 91. He was born on Feb. 12, 1921, in Kealia, Kaua‘i. He worked for American Cannery, was a rancher and owner of Kapahi Slaughter House. He loved spending his days working on his tractors and being outside on his land.

He was preceded in death by his wife Marvalee Silva; parents Frank and Isabella Silva; brothers, Manuel De Silva and Frank Silva; and sisters, Mary Rocha, Tina Garcia, Georgina Carvalho, Bella Garcia, Josephine Chansky and Emily Rapozo.

He is survived by his son, John Dereck (Raquel) Silva, and one grandson; Dereck John Silva of Kapahi; sister, Virginia Rosa of Kapa‘a; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with the family on Friday at the Garden Island Mortuary, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Services will be at 10:30 a.m.

Arrangements by Garden Island Morturay, Ltd.

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