Obituaries for Sunday, November 2, 2014

• Steven Gianelli • Benigno Nicolas • Bunkichi Matsuyoshi • Alfredo Parbo • Patricia Rice • Vincent Hasegawa

Steven Gianelli

Steven Bart Gianelli, 38, passed away peacefully at his home in Lihue on Saturday, October 18, 2004. Steven was born in Ojai, California, the third son of Bob and Beverly Gianelli. He was raised in Ventura, California with his parents and two brothers, Robert Gianelli, 49, and Michael Gianelli, 44.

They participated in many of the activities of this coastal town, surfing, playing football coached by their dad, and skateboarding on their half pipe in their backyard. The three of them were often shooting pool, playing pinball in the family garage, or helping out on the trucks or in the warehouse of the family business, Gianelli and Sons Distributing.

Steven could always be found drawing or sculpting, usually something of a very comedic nature. His spontaneous stand-up comedy routines were legendary. He was a “Party” wherever he was. Steven moved to Kauai with his parents when he was 21 years old. He was happiest working on his uncle’s farm near the base of Mt. Wai’ale’a-le. He met the one true love of his life, Colleen Martin, with whom he spent the rest of his life.

He is also survived by his uncle Richard Gianelli, uncle Russell McCluskey (Susan), uncle Joe McCluskey (Sandy), auntie Carol Mackey ( Danny), sisters-in-law Shelly Gianelli, Debbie Gianelli, niece, Sarah, nephews, John, and Noah; cousins, Dana, Ryan, Ginger Rose, Russell, Ciarra, Lindsey, Kyle Allie, Lola, Brookie, Cammie, Cash, Laka, and Siri. He shares many aunties, nieces and nephews with Colleen, they are Shirley Martin, Loretta Grace, Ceil, Jolene, Caprice, Sean, Kalani, Tierra, Micah, Gavin, Kayla, Levi, Kamalei, Kylee, Kyrie, Kinoa Kainalu, and Sylus.

His celebration of life was held at the Hukilau Lanai on Sunday, October 26 with his family.

The readers and prayers were led by Jade Wai’ale’ale-Battad. Steven’s favorite song “Into the Mystic,” by Van Morrison was sung, and accompanied on guitar, by Troy Wai’ale’ale.

The event and flowers were arranged by Sharon Snuggs a close family friend. Steven will be profoundly missed and remembered. He is in our hearts and his Soul is with God.

Benigno Nicolas

Benigno Andres Nicolas of Kapaa passed away in Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital on October 27, 2014, at the age of 90. He was born in Laoag City, Philippines on February 12, 1924. He retired as a school teacher in the Philippines and a groundskeeper on Kauai.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Elena Nicolas; 3 sisters, Maria Nicolas, Manuela Andres and Macrina Nicolas; 1 brother, Alfredo Nicolas.

He is survived by 2 sons, Benedicto (Teresita) Nicolas and Benigno (Rostita) Nicolas Jr.; 2 daughters, Benelyn (Tommy) Robles, Juliet (Michael) Cruz; six grandchildren, Ryan (Shery Ann) Robles, Sheryl (Randy) Juan, Twyford Robles, Bryan Maneja, Julienne Mae Cruz and Michaelle Jae Cruz; 4 great-grandchildren, Trysen Robles, Alexis Robles, Shandy Juan and Shayna Juan; numerous nieces, nephews, hanai nieces and hanai nephews.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, November 22, 2014, at St. Catherine Church in Kapaa with visitation from 8:00 a.m. and Mass celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Kauai Memorial Gardens.

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

Bunkichi Matsuyoshi

Bunkichi Matsuyoshi of Waimea, Kauai passed away at the age of 94 on October 8, 2014 at his home in Waimea. Born on September 26, 1920 in Hilo, Hawaii, he was a Retired Electrician.

He is survived by his two sons Kenneth Matsuyoshi – Waimea, Gary Matsuyoshi – Waimea; 1 Daughter: Carol Matsuyoshi – OR; 1 Brother: Seizen Inamine – CA; 1 Sister: Yuriko Imamine – Honolulu. Numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday November 5, 2014 at Kauai Veterans Cemetery in Hanapepe from 3:00 p.m. and burial will at 3:15 p.m.

Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.

Alfredo Parbo

Alfredo Gambalan Parbo of Kekaha, Kauai, passed away on October 22, 2014 at the Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital Long Term Care at the age of 88. Born on August 10, 1926 in Cubol, Batac Ilocos Norte, Philippines. He was a Retired Laborer with Kekaha Sugar Plantation.

Preceded in death by his parents Eustaquio and Ciriaca Parbo brother Felix and Rizalino Parbo, sisters Filomena Pacunayen, Benita Caluya, Leonora Peralta.

He is survived by his wife: Cornelia Parbo, Son: Arthur (Zeny) Parbo, 2) Daughters: Bebelou (David) Badua, Chona (Ely) Parbo, Brother: Julio (Catalina) Parbo, Sister: Victoria Parbo, 8 Grandchildren, 7 Great Grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday November 8, 2014 at Kekaha United Methodist Church from 8:00 to 9:45 a.m. where mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Burial to follow at Kekaha Public Cemetery.

Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.

Patricia Rice

Patricia Smith Rice of Kipu, Kauai, Hawaii passed away on October 29, 2014 at her home at the age of 102. Born on January 19, 1912 in Brush, Colorado. She was the president of William Hyde Rice, Ltd. and a Rancher.

Preceded in death by her parents, Anders and Mary Smith, husband, Charles Rice.

She is survived by her son, Robin (Anna) Rice, Lihue, numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

A Celebration of life will be held on Wednesday November 12, 2014 at Borthwick Kauai Mortuary Chapel, Koloa. Service at 10:00 a.m.

Arrangements are being handled Borthwick Kauai Mortuary, Koloa, Kauai.

Vincent Hasegawa

Vincent Keichi Hasegawa of Kapahi passed away in Garden Isle Health Care/Hospice Care on October 28, 2014, at the age of 75. He was born in Kapaa on August 27, 1939 and was a Gunsmith, Farmer and Fisherman.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Awasu and Tazuyo Hasegawa; brother, Herman Hasegawa; sister, Mae Shimabuku and nephew, Eugene Napolis.

He is survived by his niece and caregiver, Rosana Kahiwalani; nieces Regina Jacobs and Roberta Chung of Oahu; numerous grand nieces and nephews.

Services will be announced at a later date.

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


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