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Obituaries for May 22, 2015
Pelagio Andres of Kalaheo, Kauai passed away peacefully at home on April 29, 2015, at the age of 90. Born on October 15, 1924, in Dingras Ilocos Norte, Philippines, he was one of the Sakada’s to migrate to Kauai in 1946, on the SS Maunawili. He retired as a truck driver with Hawaii Sugar Planters Association (HSPA).
He is preceded in death by his parents, Vernancio & Eusebia Andres, his bother Macario (Marcelina) Andres of the Philippines, Alfredo Andres of Oahu, and sisters Maximina Andres (Lorenzo) Verdadero of the Philippines, Avelina Andres Eugenio of the Philippines and sister-in-law Priscilla Nacnac Andres of Koloa, Kauai.
Pelagio is survived by his wife, Priscilla Lagadon Coloma Andres of Kalaheo; daughter, Diane (Tony) Melchor of Koloa; son, Jeffrey Andres of Kalaheo, and daughter, Norma (Clyde) Hori of Kalaheo, Kauai; as well as five grandchildren, Tyson Melchor of Koloa, Kendrick Melchor of Koloa, Diandra Melchor of Koloa, Kristy (Kelly) Hadama of Kalaheo and Titus Hori of Kalaheo; two great-grandchildren, Kelson Hadama of Kalaheo and Kayden Hadama of Kalaheo; brothers, Faustino Andres of Koloa, sister-in-law, Bernabela (Alfredo) Andres of Oahu; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.
Please join our family in the celebration of his life on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Kalaheo at 9 a.m. Mass by Father Tony Abuan will begin at 10 a.m. Luncheon to follow. Burial will be at Kauai Memorial Gardens. The family graciously requests no flowers.
Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick – Koloa Kauai and Kauai Memorial Gardens.
John Harry Rice Plews
John H.R. Plews passed away in Honolulu, Hawaii on March 18, 2015. John was born in Lihue, January 7, 1934, on Kauai, to his loving parents John Christopher Plews and Edith Rice Plews. John’s family, part of the Kauai Rices, was of Missionary decent with direct lineage to William Hyde Rice. His Maternal Grandparents were Charles Atwood Rice and Grace King Rice. He had one sister, Anne Hyde Rice Plews Moncrief, who passed in June of 2014. John spent his first 11 years on Kauai before heading to his Father’s homeland of England to attend his father’s former school, Charter House. After a brief stay in England, John and his family moved to Maryland where he attended Phillips Academy. He then took his academic pursuits to Yale for Undergraduate studies. Following Yale, John joined the army and was stationed in Ft. Chaffee, Arkansas. He served in the army for 2 years (1956-1958) and then attended Harvard Law before finally returning to his family home in Hawaii in 1962.
John practiced law for many years at the law firm of Robertson, Castle and Anthony in Honolulu. His most prominent case was the Robinson vs McBride Water Rights case leading to a Hawaii Supreme Court decision (1973) defining water as a “public resource” and not a “privately owned resource” in the State of Hawaii. However, his real love remained the Garden Island of Kauai, or more specifically Kokee. Spending time at his rustic cabin in the mountains was what John lived for. He was an avid naturalist and would often take world renowned botanists on hikes around the Kokee State Park in order to document the native flora that grows only in those forests. He was an early member and Trustee of the National Tropical Botanical Gardens (NTBG). He was also President of the Hawaiian Mission Children’s Society 1974-1976, as well as board member and ongoing member of the Historical Society. He was frequently asked to help with historical research due to his nearly photographic memory and numerous notebooks filled with his own personal research.
In addition to Hawaiian history and plants, John had a great love of his dogs. He enjoyed their company immensely and they were both his constant companions and nuclear family. His sister Anne was also very close to him. In later years he had daily conversations with her, usually via telephone, to share events and make sure all was well.
He is survived by his sister Anne’s three daughters and grandchildren, Mary Elizabeth (Emmy) Copriviza (h. Michael), Juliet Edith Moncrief (h. Kuma), Heather Anne Waters (h. Richard); grandnephew Anthony Copriviza and grandnieces Courtney Copriviza, Lauren Waters and Katie Waters and numerous cousins.
A memorial will be held at Lihue Cemetery on Tuesday June 30, 2015, at 4:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, Donations to National Tropical Botanical Gardens (NTBG) or the Kauai Museum would be greatly appreciated.
Adam Ronald Brun Jr.
Adam Ronald Brun Jr. of Kalaheo, Kauai passed away on May 6, 2015, at the age of 51. Born on January 25, 1964, in Lihue, Kauai, he was a firefighter stationed at the Lihue Airport Crash Fire Department. He became an avid cowboy starting with 4-H events on Oahu. He was a skilled farrier who felt it a calling to correctly balance shoes on each horse. He taught his farrier and rodeo skills to anyone who was willing to learn. His famous words “pay attention” will be remembered by those he taught.
He was preceded in death by his father, Adam Ronald Brun Sr.
He is survived by his children Alana (Darren) Agustin, Waylon Henry Brun, Kierra Bukoski, granddaughters Aaliyah and Dakota Agustin, mother Glenda Justina Vierra, sibilings Robert (Lorna) Brun, Rhonda Brun, Stephanie (Bambridge) Aona, Leona Brun, Shana (Lance) Ling and Angela (JJ) Prigge, numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews, and nieces.
A celebration of Adam’s life will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2015, at St. Raphael Church 3011 Hapa Road, Koloa. Visitation with family will be 8 to 10 a.m. with Mass to follow. Western attire is requested.
Adam’s brief story was featured on the front page of The Garden Island newspaper on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, “Cowboy Up” by reporter Darin Moriki.
Adam’s ohana sends their deepest thanks and love to our extended family, friends, co-workers at Lihue Crash Fire and Sheraton Kauai Resort, cowboys and other supporters who helped Adam in his pancreatic cancer treatments. Numerous fundraisers where held and the outpouring of support was generous and beyond what was anticipated. Thank you to all who prayed which God gave Adam the incredible strength for the journey. To the many that spent time with Adam your visits lifted his spirit, thank you for your compassion.
Leonora C. Vidinha
Leonora C. Vidinha of Makaweli passed away in Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital on May 19, 2015, at the age of 76. She was born in Wahiawa, Kauai on August 3, 1938, and retired as a bartender with Sheraton Kauai.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Placido and Alejandra Cabancugan and one son, Mason John Vidinha.
Leonora is survived by her husband, Michael Vidinha of Makaweli; three sons, Martin (Cindy) Vidinha of Florida, Mark (Patricia) Vidinha of Idaho, Michael Vidinha of North Carolina; one daughter, Perle “Pua” (Robbie) Kaholokula of Kapaa; 13 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; one brother, Abelardo “Sonny” Cabacungan of California; three sisters, Maggie Honjo of Kalaheo, Violet Aceret of Hanapepe, Mary Leong of California; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A celebration of her life will be held on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at Waimea United Church of Christ (Waimea Stone Church) with viewing from 10:15 a.m. and services beginning at 11:15 a.m. Burial will be held at Kauai Memorial Gardens at 2:15 p.m.
Kauai Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home assisted the Vidinha family with arrangements.
Ernest F. Veniegas
Ernest F. Veniegas of Hanamaulu, Kauai passed away of May 19, 2015, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital. He was born on June 17, 1925, in the Philippines and was 89 years old. Ernest retired from Wailua Golf Course as an Assistant Maintenance Man.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Emilio and Felisa Veniegas.
Ernest is survived by his wife, Juanita Catbagan Veniegas, his daughter : Rosemary (Christine Dean) Veniegas, his son: Christopher Ernest Veniegas, Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He also leaves extended family, Annette and April (Caregivers) Julia, Glory and Lisa Barut, his goddaughter.
Friends may visit with the family on Friday May 29, 2015. at Immaculate Conception Church from 9 to 9:45 a.m. where mass will be celebrated at 10 am. Burial to follow at Kauai Memorial Gardens.
“Don’t worry. Be Happy!”
The family is being assisted by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.
Rex Bernard Ancheta
Rex Bernard Ancheta of Kalaheo passed away on May 10, 2015, at the age of 55. Born on January 7, 1960, in Lihue, Hawaii, he was an Air Force Veteran as an E2 air cargo specialist and aviation technician with Aloha Airlines.
Rex is survived by his parents, Bernardo C. Ancheta and Gloria F. Ancheta; brothers, Stanley Ancheta of Kalaheo, and Floyd (Celia) Ancheta of Colorado Springs, CO.; sister, Gwendolyn (Kenneth) Vickers of Fayetteville, Ga; sister-in-law, Wilma; three nieces, four nephews, five great- grandnieces and one great-grand nephew; uncles, aunts and numerous cousins.
Friends may visit the family on Saturday, May 30, 2015, at the Holy Cross Church in Kalaheo. Visitation will begin at 8:30 a.m., with services at 10 a.m. and burial to follow at the Kauai Veteran’s Cemetery in Hanapepe.
Family suggests aloha attire and is open to flowers.
Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.
Lorraine Efhan of Kapaa passed away at home on May 12, 2015, at the age of 74. She was born in Kilauea, Kauai on March 27, 1941, and worked in the tourist industry.
She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Ciriaca and Teofilo Efhan.
Lorraine is survived by her daughter, Michelle Efhan; one granddaughter, Cherie Efhan, both of Kapaa; one brother, Larry (Mary) Ephan of Lawai; numerous uncles, aunties, nieces, nephews and cousins.
A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2015, at Lydgate Beach Park main pavilion from 10 a.m. with potluck to follow. Family graciously declines flowers.
Kauai Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home assisted with arrangements.
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