Obituaries for July 6, 2014

• Amelia Uepi  • Andrew Belmonte • Severino Butay Sr.  • Alvina Cagalwan Klosek


Amelia Uepi

Amelia Uepi of Kapaa passed away at home on June 28, 2014, at the age of 87. She was born in Tonga on September 13, 1926 and was a dedicated homemaker.

Preceded in death by her husband, Sione Uepi; daughters, Lute Lisala, Fineingo Uepi; sons, Haumono Uepi, Alanitoni Uepi; sister, Mafileo Vailea.

She is survived by three daughters, Mele Vaikoloa Prescott of New Zealand, Tupou (Petueli) Taufoou of Oahu, Otusia Akoteu of Kapaa; two sons, Samleakoula Uepi of New Zealand, Tafengamonu (Tuna) Uepi of New Zealand; one brother, Tevita Talakai of New Zealand; three sisters, Ofa Talanoa, Elisiva Masi, Melemunui Teumohenga all of Tonga; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A wake service will be held on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 with viewing from 5:00 p.m. and services at 9:00 p.m. at Lihue United Church. Funeral services will be held again on Thursday, July 10, 2013 with viewing from 7:00 a.m. and services celebrated at 9:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Lihue Cemetery.

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


Andrew Belmonte

Andrew Yadao Belmonte of Kilauea passed away on June 1, 2014 at his home in Nice, California at the age of 60. Born on December 31, 1953 in Lihue, he was a Landscaper.

Preceded in death by his mother Esmenia Belmonte and brother Patrick Belmonte.

He is survived by his son Barrett Belmonte of Kilauea; father Isidro Belmonte Sr. of Kilauea; brothers Isidro Belmonte Jr. of Kilauea and Eric (Crystal Marie) Belmonte of Kilauea; sister Brandie (Ross) Pimental of Kapahi. Granddaughters Kyllie and Bailey Belmonte, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at St. Sylvester’s Church in Kilauea. Visitation held at 9:00 am and services to commence at 10:00 am.


Severino Butay Sr.

Severino Llapitan Butay Sr. of Brydeswood, Kalaheo, passed away on June 19, 2014 at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at age 55. Born on April 25, 1959 in Cagayan, Philippines, he was a Parks & Recreation Caretaker with the County of Kauai.

Preceded in death by his father, Cayetano Butay Sr., brother, Alfredo Butay, father and mother-in-law, Mr & Mrs Inonsencio Lagoc.

He is survived by his wife, Magdalena Butay, sons, Richard (Puna) Butay of Hanama’ulu and Severino (Jaimie Pascua) Butay Jr. of Brydeswood, Kalaheo, daughter Cathy Butay of Brydeswood, Kalaheo, his mother, Lorenza Butay, brothers, Percival Butay of Oregon and Cayetano (Shamira Nitsche) Butay Jr. of Kekaha, sisters, Evangeline (Vereno Geronimo) Butay of Kaumakani and Felina Butay of Lihue, brothers-in-law, Arthur (Flora) Lagoc and Mario (Jovita) Lagoc, both of Kaumakani, sisters-in-law, Angielita (Julio) Ganotisi of Eleele and Christine (Junior) Ramos of Kaumakani, and seven grandchildren, Keyrsten, Kaya, Jayvier, Rhyzen, Sylas, Rhextyn, and Rhicky.

Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, July 12, 2014, 7:30 to 9:30 am, at St. Theresa’s Church. Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am, burial at Kekaha Public Cemetery. Casual attire is suggested and flowers are welcome. Reception to follow at the Hanapepe Stadium.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.


Alvina Cagalwan Klosek

Alvina “Bena” “Alvey” Cagalwan Klosek formerly of Eleele Kauai, passed away on June 30, 2014 at the age of 78. Born on March 15, 1936 in Eleele. She was a retired Secretary with the Federal Government and also a 31 years Air Force Civilian.

She is survived by her children Alvin Yadao (Angela), Roxanne Yadao (Noella), David Yadao (Kelly), Danny Yadao (Valerie), Leslie Flanagan (Barry) & Tracy Yadao (Kim) and sister Rose Asuncion. 13 grandchildren, 5 great-granchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation at 9:30am. Services at 10:30am. Burial at 1:00pm at Valley of the Temples. Casual attire is suggested.

Arrangements are being handled by Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary.


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