Obituaries for Friday, Dec. 28, 2012

Patricia Yoshie Dela CruzAnne Yoshie Okada AyalaCarolyn CortezTokiko SilvaMatthew Ruprecht

Patricia Yoshie Dela Cruz

Patricia Yoshie Dela Cruz of Eleele, Kauai, died on December 14, 2012 at home at the age of 73. Born on November 14, 1939 in Wahiawa, Kauai, she was a Senior Accountant Clerk with Olokele Sugar Co.

She is survived by her husband, Stanley Dela Cruz; sons, Blaine Dela Cruz of Eleele, Kylan Dela Cruz of Waimea, and Chad Dela Cruz of Honolulu; daughter, Toni Newkirk of Honolulu; brother, Benjamin Onzuka of New York; sisters, Thelma Onzuka of Honolulu and Shirley Onzuka Igarashi of Honolulu; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild, and numerous uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Private services were held.

Arrangements were made by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Anne Yoshie Okada Ayala

Anne Okada Ayala of Petaluma, CA, died on the evening of December 20, 2012 at the age of 71.

She was the daughter of Ichiro and Elsie Okada of Waimea.

She is survived by her husband Steve, sons Alec Ichiro (Anaheim, CA) and Daniel Jiro (Denmark); granddaughters Natasha and Piper; and brothers Ranceford Okada (Broomfield, CO) and David Okada (West Chester, Ohio).

Memorial services will be held at the Petaluma United Church of Christ, 845 Middlefield Dr, Petaluma, CA 94952 on December 28th, 2012 at 11 a.m.

Carolyn Cortez

Carolyn Cortez of Wailua Houselots, Kauai, Hawaii passed away on November 29, 2012 at her residence.  Born on May 26, 1946 in Lihue, Kauai, she was a receiving clerk at Wal-Mart.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Feliciano and Hilaria Pancho; son, Davis Cortez, Jr.; and grandson, Chavis Cortez Duclayon.

She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Davis Cortez, Sr. of Wailua Houselots; daughters, Carmelita “Mimi” Cortez of Oahu, Christina (Joey) Tice of Puhi; son, Daniel Cortez of Wailua Houselots; granddaughters, Braydee and Teigen Tice; four brothers, Frederick Pancho of Kalaheo, Andrew (Jerinda) Pancho of Alaska, Paul (Sharon) Pancho of Hanapepe, and Maurice (Belinda) Pancho of Waimea; four sisters, Linda (Arnold) Labuguen and Kathy Castelo of Oahu, Pamela (Wes) Peak of Kentucky and Donna Pancho of Kalaheo; and numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Memorial Services will be held at Kapaa Neighborhood Center on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.

Tokiko Silva

Tokiko Silva of Kalaheo passed away at home on December 12, 2012, at the age of 84. Born on June 10, 1928 in Makaweli, Kauai, she was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Silva.

She is survived by her son, Delbert (Theresa) Silva of Lawai; daughter, Jolyn (Dace) Gisclard of Houston, Texas; grandchildren, Candida (Jess) Landagora, Caleb Silva, Cyrus Silva, and Christie Silva; great-grandchildren, Jenna and Jonah Landagora; brother, Yasuichi Kanda of California; sister, Miyoshi Tengan of Honolulu; numerous nieces & nephews.

A private memorial was held. Family requests no koden.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Matthew Ruprecht

Matthew Brian Ruprecht died suddenly and unexpectedly on December 15, 2012, on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai. He lived on Kauai since 2005. Matt was born in Columbus, Ohio to Signe Ann Larson and Thomas George Ruprecht. He was employed by Kalypso Restaurant in Hanalei.

His mother, Signe, preceded him in death in 2007.

He is survived by his father, Tom, of Cape Coral, Florida; his sister, Michelle Larson Ruprecht, of Santa Cruz, California; his nieces, Ana and Elsie Hulin, also of Santa Cruz; and his beloved partner, Erin Orshal of Kauai, HI.

Memorial services will be conducted in California on January 12, and in Kauai on January 19.

Contact Tom at, Michelle at, or Erin at for additional information on memorial services.

Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home assisted the Ruprecht family with arrangements.


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