Obituaries for May 3, 2015
Bonnetta Mae Cornell Schenck
Bonnetta Mae Cornell Schenck of Kapaa slipped her hand into her husband Bill’s like she did so many times before and he led her away from this world to theirs. She slipped away from us with peace and grace, surrounded by family on April 16, 2015. She wanted to die in her bed, in her room looking over her beautiful island of Kauai. She did just that. Known by friends as Bonnie, she was born on Feb. 28, 1928, in Loma Linda, California.
Bonnie lived an accomplished life. Among her many accomplishments, she was a registered nurse, a pilot, a paralegal, an educator to children and adults, a mother and a wife. She was also recognized by “Who’s Who in America” for her work with children.
Bonnie was particularly proud of her time as a flight instructor in Alaska. In her later life she received a Ph.D in clinical psychology and began a legacy of work with children. Bonnie had a heart to serve others, especially children. She spent many years working in the San Francisco School District within the district’s school psychology programs and was know as a fierce defender of the underprivileged and abused. After retiring to Kauai, she continued her work with children while acting as guardian ad litem for Family Court of Kauai. Bonnie also served as a mediator helping to resolve issues and repair marriages. Doing all this with Bill at her side as there rarely was a Bill without Bonnie or a Bonnie without Bill.
Bonnie met and married the love of her life, William A. Schenck, in Marin County, California, in 1978. This was the thing she was most proud of. Bill/Dad and Bonnie/Mom set a goal for their marriage — they set the bar high and we all should move forward to experience their kind of love. They had an epic love affair that lasted until Bill went to play basketball at Anahola as he always did on Wednesdays and died of heart failure on the court. When Bonnie found out that Bill would never be home she decided that she would go be with him — that took 32 days. It is said that Bonnie passed of a broken heart.
Bonnie is survived by her loving brother, Bill Cornell (Marilyn); her loving children; Calvin D. Smith, Robley E. Smith, David J. Smith, Melissa Mae Kinnersley (Ian), Patricia Lincourt, Christopher Schenck (Christie Haeiin); grandchildren, Jonathan Cornell (Ashley), Zachariah Kinnersley, Casey Smith, Jackson Smith and great-grandchild; Bailey Cornell.
As a family we wish to express our gratitude to our mother’s caregivers and especially Hospice of Kauai for their support during this time. Special thanks to the basketball team who have not forgotten us and has been here to help with all arrangements.
Bonnie was an amazing mother with an equally amazing life spirit who loved the island of Kauai and its people. She will be forever loved and missed. Bill and Bonnie, watch over us all.
The family will have a Celebration of Life for these two amazing people sometime in June. Please stay tuned for notices of when and where.
The family is being assisted by The Garden Island Mortuary.
David Chong Hing Chang
David Chong Hing Chang, of Koloa, Kauai, passed away suddenly at Straub Clinic and Hospital on April 19, 2015, at the age of 65. He was born on Oct. 26, 1949, in Lihue. He was the owner of Chang’s Bus, Inc. and was a U.S. Army veteran.
David was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Ah Choy and Diane Yin Tai Chang.
He is survived by his sister, Laura (Brian) Nagao of Lihue; niece, Christyl Nagao of Koloa, and nephew, Daytan Nagao of Lawai; as well as his great-grand-nieces and nephews, Jeremy and Kaikea Iwase, Kaylee Branco-Iwase, Kamryn Matsuyama, Kyndan, Daysen and Kui Len Nagao.
David attended Fresno College before being enlisted into the Army, serving his time in Germany. After returning home, David dedicated his adult life working for his community protecting the island that he loved. In 1973, he along with many others founded Ohana O Mahaulepu in hopes of stopping development of our precious coastline. He ran for county council in 1980 and later partnered with Linda Oshiro in 1986 to create Malama Mahaulepu where he served as president for 6 years. His aloha and island spirit earned him the unofficial title of “Mayor of Koloa.” David lived a good life, whether it be spending time with his family, driving his Corvettes around Koloa or just talking to a complete stranger he had just met. He shall be missed.
The family would like to thank Linda Oshiro and Louis Abrams for all of their support and help as well as all of David’s countless friends and family for all of their thoughts and prayers. A celebration of his life will be held on May 16, 2015, at Borthwick Mortuary in Koloa from 1 to 4 p.m. The family request all stories of David be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org so that a memory book can be made for his loved ones.
Rita Ruth Maitland
Rita Ruth Maitland of Portland, Oregon, passed away on June 19, 2014, in Portland. Rita was born in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan. She spent her career in manufacturing in WWII and later in the shipyards in Oregon.
Rita was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Agnes Cairns; son, George E. Maitland of Sandy, Oregon, George Albert Maitland; siblings, George Cairns, June Geiger, Eleanor Zagaiski, Bernice Shell, Donald Cairns and Deanna Bailey.
She was survived by her daughters, Margaret McClara of Portland, Oregon, Pauline Kutsch of Lihue, Kauai, and Joann Scarbrough of Kentucky, son Ronald D. Maitland of Madras, Oregon, as well as many grandchildren and many, many great-grandchildren.
Rita lived in Koloa, Hawaii, and enjoyed the ocean and beautiful scenery.
She was laid to rest near her husband and son at the Willamette National Cemetery.
Joseph Laurant Raymond Rozon of Kapaa, Kauai, passed away on Jan. 9, 2015. Born Dec. 31, 1948, in London, England, Joseph spent his life as an artist and barista. He retired from Java Kai, Kapaa, Kauai, in October 2012.
Joseph is preceded in death by his parents, Raymond Joseph Razon and Jean Dorothy Hobbs Rozon.
He is survived by his son, Aaron Rozon and Aaron’s Mom, Michelle Rozon; brother, Michele Rozon. Joseph is also survived by his “life partner,” Peggy McClure.
A Celebration of Joseph’s Life will take place on Sunday, May 17, 2015, at 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Join us at Kealia Beach Park, last pavilion, south of the Lifeguard Station (just before the pedestrian bridge). Casual aloha wear is suggested.
Jaime V. Valdez
Jaime V. Valdez, of Kapaa, Kauai, passed away on April 18, 2015, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at the age of 84. He was born on April 6, 1931, in the Philippines. He retired from Kauai Surf Shop and the Hilton.
Jaime is survived by his wife, Gloria M. Valdez; two daughters, Lisa (Arthur) Bautista and Annie (Paul) D’Agustino; three sons, Pepe (Memee) Valdez, Noele (Tessa) Valdez, Brian (Maddie) Valdez; sister, Emerteria Valdez Alvento; 12 grandchilderen and one great-grandchild; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, May 7, 2015, at St. Catherines Church in Kapaa from 8 to 9:45 a.m. where Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at St. Catherine’s Church Cemetery.
Arrangements by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary, Koloa, Kauai.
Jose N. Sagucio
Jose N. Sagucio of Kapaa, Kauai, passed away on April 16, 2015, at the age of 95. Born on Jan. 8, 1920, in Lanao, Bangui Philippines, Jose retired from Guava Kai Plantation.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Francisca Sagucio.
Jose is survided by his sons, Ernesto (Lilia) Sagucio, of the Philippines and Elmer (Concepcion) Sagucio, of Kapaa; daughters, Imelda Sagucio, of Spain, Editha Sagucio, of Kapaa; brother, Esteban Sagucio, of Las Vegas; as well as 12 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Friends may meet with the family on Saturday May 9, 2015, at Saint Catherine’s Catholic Church. Visitation at 8:30 a.m. Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Saint Catherine’s Cemetery.
Arrangements by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary, Koloa, Kauai.
Mary Louise Kenney
Mary Louise Kenney of Hanalei, Kauai, passed away in Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital on April 19, 2015, at the age of 94. She was born in Hollywood, California, on March 11, 1921, and was a dedicated homemaker.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Kenney; parents, William and Ruth Lacy; sons, Freddie Kenney and Gordon Kenney; brother, Bill Lacy.
Mary is survived by four daughters, MaryLou Drummy of Newport Beach, California, Sandy Kenney Termin of Anaheim, California, Susan McConnell of Ventura, California, Ruth Conover of Hanalei; two sons, Charles Kenney of the Big Island, Thomas Kenney of Hanalei; 15 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Laurel Kenney of Kilauea; sister, Ginny Lessing and brother, Tom Lacy.
A celebration of her life will be held in June.
Kauai Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home assisted the Kenney family with arrangements.