Obituaries for Aug. 2, 2015

Obituaries for Aug. 2, 2015

Hank Brody

Hank Brody passed away peacefully at his daughter’s home in Pitt Meadows on June 29, 2015, at the age of 98. He was born in Vancouver, B.C., on Jan. 18, 1917, to Annie and Henry Brody. Hank was a proud veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Hank was predeceased by his devoted wife Mary (February 2007), brother Albert (February 2011) and sister-in-law Connie (August 2014).

Hank is survived by his three children, Bev (Ricky), Minna (Steve), Chuck (Helene), and three grandchildren, Brandon (Whitney), Stuart and Danell.

He loved his work and was a very successful businessman. He traveled throughout the interior of British Columbia representing Dayton Shoes and various furniture manufactu- rers and finally retired at the age of 80.

Throughout his active life Hank enjoyed curling, gardening and fitness classes at the local Y.

Hank enjoyed spending time with his family which included traveling to Kelowna, Kauai and Powell River. He loved to play crib and bridge and was often the “life of the party” at social gatherings. His optimistic outlook on life and thoughtfulness of others will be long remembered. Hank had a profound and positive influence on everyone he met and will be greatly missed.

A private family remembrance will be held.

Maureen Morrison

Maureen W. Morrison of Lihue passed away at home on July 17, 2015, at the age of 82. She was born in Nawiliwili, Kauai, Hawaii, on June 6, 1933, and was a volunteer.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Rose West; husband, Edwin Morrison; sisters, Roxana and Maralyn.

She is survived by her brother, Robert; and step-daughter, Margaret.

No services at Maureen’s request. Inurnment at Lihue Cemetery. Donations may be made to K.I.D.S., 1346 Inia St., Kapaa, HI 96746.

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

Gertrude ‘Trudy’ Blow

Gertrude “Trudy” Louise (Kieser) Blow, 79, was born on Dec. 3, 1935. She was the third generation to be born in the family farm home near Wessington Springs, South Dakota. Her parents were Byron and Violet (Monroe) Kieser. Trudy died on July 26, 2015, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital, in Lihue, Hawaii.

Trudy graduated from Wessington Springs High School in 1954. She took a short hospital lab course at Cook County Hospital in Chicago and classes in X-ray technology at the University of Minnesota with internship at Minneapolis General Hospital. Trudy became a Registered X-ray Technologist and during her career she worked at several hospitals.

In 1958 Trudy married Larry Gene Blow and they had two children, son Brian and daughter Laurie.

In 1972 Trudy was diagnosed with acute leukemia and underwent extensive chemotherapy at Rochester Methodist Hospital and the Mayo Clinic. She was on maintenance drug therapy for several years. She went into complete remission and the disease never reappeared. For many years she counseled other hospitalized leukemia patients for the Hematology Department of the Mayo Clinic.

After her children were grown, she worked at Heart of the Lakes Clinic in Annandale, Minnesota, for her good friend, Dr. Mary Stiles.

After their retirement, Trudy and Larry traveled extensively, eventually making the island of Kauai home. They have resided in Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii, since 1991, except for 1993 and 1994 when they lived in Arizona and Arkansas. Much of 1993 was spent in a motor home touring Canada and the United States. They continued their love of travel while on Kauai, visiting Europe, Asia, the Pacific area and the Mainland United States.

Trudy loved to ride bicycle, hike, and golf and she was an avid reader. For a time, she led a hiking group on Kauai. She was a volunteer at the Hawaiian Open on Oahu and the PGA Grand Slam on Kauai. She was very involved with Scouting with both her children and was in charge of the Girl Scout program for several years in Annandale, Minn.

Trudy was preceded in death by her parents and brother William Kieser. She is survived by husband Larry, son Brian and wife Carla, daughter Laurie Terp and husband George, granddaughter Heather Blow, grandson Aaron Blow, brother Robert Kieser and his wife Lynn, sister Bonnie Ann Lewis and her husband Thomas as well as several nieces and nephews.

Trudy’s family held a private service.

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

Peter Ishibashi

Peter Ishibashi of Kalaheo passed away at the Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 25, 2015, at the age of 54. Born on Nov. 19, 1960, in Waimea, Hawaii, he was a heavy equipment operator with the County of Kauai.

He is survived by his wife, Lisa; son, Brandon Ishibashi of Kalaheo; daughters, Nikki and Tiffany Ishibashi of Kalaheo; one grandchild, Kydon Ishibashi; mother, Shirley Tanaka of Lihue; step-mother, Sueko Ishibashi of Koloa; mother-in-law, Janet Kimura and father-in-law, Gerald Kimura of Honolulu; brother, John (Del) Ishibashi of Kalaheo; step-brothers, Derek Tanaka of Lihue and Guy Hiraoka of Honolulu; step-sister, Roberta (Eric) Tanaka of Honolulu; and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Peter is preceded in death by his father, George Ishibashi.

Friends may visit with the family at the Garden Island Mortuary Chapel in Lawai on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015. Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. with services to follow at 6 p.m.

Family is requesting casual attire.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Samuel Elia Meyer

Samuel Elia Meyer (also known as Sam, Sammy, Brother, Brah and Uncle Bubba) of Princeville (formerly of Hanalei and Wanini), Kauai, peacefully passed away on July 28 at Wilcox Hospital in Lihue, Kauai. He was 73. He was born on May 31, 1942, in Honolulu, and raised in Kailua, Oahu. He graduated from Punahou School (1960) where he excelled in sports (football, baseball and track). He attended college in Washington and San Jose, California, before returning home to Honolulu to pursue a successful career in sales. He continued his profession on Kauai in 1975, where he worked for Volkswagen Kauai and later Kuhio Motors. He retired from the Princeville Makai Golf Course in 2008 where he worked as a starter. Throughout his adult life he pursued his passion for sports, playing in the HGEA mountain ball and volleyball leagues. He also coached Kapaa High School girls and boys high school volleyball teams in the 1980s, and later was a KIF volleyball referee in the early 2000s. He was also an avid golfer. He enjoyed fishing and kayaking at Wanini, where he spent a great deal of time from his early childhood with his Aunty Kaui and Uncle Larry Oneha, who were like hanai parents. He also served for a time as a moderator at Kapaa United Church of Christ, where he was a member, and a board member of Hale Opio. He had a great passion for Hawaiian music, and enjoyed playing guitar and ukulele. He was a beloved coach, mentor and favorite cousin, uncle and friend to many.

He is survived by his wife Cora Sue (Sue); daughters Sherilyn Kuualoha (Youssef Hadiri) Hoomanawanui of Oahu, Kamaile (Paul) Labor of Virginia, and Kelley (Warren) Doi of Kauai, and son Steve (Andrea) Burrell of California; grandsons Kainoa Labor, Matthew Burrell and Justin Doi, and granddaughters Alicia and Sarah Burrell, and Sydney Doi; sister Sarona De Costa, maternal uncle Samuel Valentine Kaahea Kakelaka, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Benjamin Stephen Meyer and Sarah Poniala Kakelaka, “hanai parents” Larry Oneha and Emma Kaui Kakelaka, and brothers Benjamin Kainoalani Meyer and Joseph Lanakila Meyer. His home and heart was always open; he was much loved by many people, and will be truly missed. Luuluu Hanalei i ka ua nui; me ke aloha pau ole i ke aloha laula o Ke Akua.

Private services will be held on Kauai. Visitation will take place at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8 at Thurston Chapel, Punahou School. Services at 4 p.m. Casual aloha attire. Ashes will be scattered at Wanini, Kauai, at a later date.

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

Matthew Iwatate

Matthew S. Iwatate of Waimea, born on June 30, 1963, passed away on July 24, 2015, at the age of 52.

He is survived by his sons, Brandon Lampitoc of Minneapolis, Logan Iwatate of Honolulu, Chandler Iwatate of Gulf Port, and Liam Iwatate of Kekaha; mother, Elsie (Harvey) Dusenberry Garcia, father, Kazuo Iwatate; brothers, Richard Iwatate of Waimea, Nikola (Claudia) Nishi of Waimea, and Pete (Cheri) Nishi of Honolulu; sisters, Donna (Mark) Richards of Lawai, Ama (Mouad) Nishi of Las Vegas, and Marcella (Eric) Malchow of Las Vegas; uncles, Carl (Maureen) Dusenberry Jr. of Waimea, and Franklin (Linda) Dusenberry Sr. of Waimea; and other numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015, at the Garden Island Mortuary Chapel in Lawai. Visitation begins at 10 a.m. with services to follow at 11 a.m. A private inurnment will take place at a later date.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Arlene Reyes

Arlene Gail Reyes of Anahola, Kauai, passed away on July 26, 2015, at the age of 60. She was born in Lincoln County, Oregon, on Feb. 5, 1955, and worked as a cashier and housekeeper.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John K. Reyes Sr., and mother, Marilyn Burt.

She is survived by her sons, Lance (Linda) Hermann and Steven Hermann; father, Robert (Louella) Burt; brothers, Steve (Debbie) Burt and Rod Burt; sister, Kathy Burt; all of Oregon; step-children, Lynette (Bob) Chase, Nadine (Blondie) Woodward, Natalie “Babe” (Kalani) Kaiminaauao, Cheryl (Larry) Corneal, Alan Reyes, John (Liz) Reyes Jr.; brother-in-law, Solomon (Sandy) Reyes; sisters-in-law, Henrietta Napolis and Helen (Lou) Ellegard; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.

Join the family at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, at Anini Beach main pavilion for a memorial service to celebrate Arlene’s life.

Casual attire is suggested.

Kauai Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home assisted the family.

Jerry D. Reese

Jerry D. Reese, born on Dec. 11, 1933, passed away at the age of 81 on July 15, 2015.

He is survived by his wife, Lise Reese; son, Daniel Roth of North Carolina; three daughters, Annie Godsill of Kalaheo, Jan Reese of Utah, and Julie Gibson of Utah; six grandchildren, Fiona Godsill, Mackenzie Godsill, Elise Roth, Shane Roth, Jessica Gibson and Eric Gibson; and sister, Carol Zumwalt of California.

Friends may visit with the family for a rosary wake at the Garden Island Mortuary Chapel in Lawai on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015 at 7 p.m.

A funeral service will be held the following day at the Garden Island Mortuary Chapel in Lawai, on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015. Viewing will begin at 10:30 a.m. with Mass to follow at 11:30 a.m. Burial will take place at the Kauai Veteran’s Cemetery in Hanapepe with full military honors.

The family suggests casual attire and in lieu of flowers; all donations can be made to Kauai Hospice.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Leonarda Razos Billwayen

Leonarda Razos Billwayen, born on Jan. 3, 1956, in Marcos Ilocos Norte, Philippines, passed away on July 18, 2015, at the age of 59 on Kauai.

She is preceded in death by her sisters, Carmelita Razos and Florenda Razos from the Philippines, and her husband Manzano Billwayen.

Leonarda is survived by her son, Mark Gil Razos Billwayen of Kilauea; brother Hipolito (Florie) Razos of Kapaa; sister Rosita Razos of Kilauea; nieces, Beverlie Razos of Kapaa, Jenefer Razos of Kapaa, and Gladys Razos of Kapaa; and nephew, Henson Razos of Kapaa.

Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015 at the St. Sylvester Church in Kilauea. Visitation will be at 8 a.m. with services at 10 a.m. and burial to follow at the Kilauea Japanese Cemetery.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Patrick Figaroa

Patrick Figaroa of Kapaa, Kauai, Hawaii, passed away on July 26, 2015, at the age of 61. Born on March 25, 1954, he was a welder for Garden Island Disposal.

Patrick was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Figaroa Jr. He is survived by his son, Rueben Estacio; daughter, Valoralyn Estacio; mother, Erinia Figaroa; sisters, Conchita (Rudy) Schumacher, Cynthia Young, Veronica (Ben) Ramson, Lisa (Russel) Moody and Wanda (Ted) Dawson, Rosalind Figaroa; brother, Robert (JoAnn) Figaroa, Bryan (Anna) Figaroa as well as five grandchildren and numerous uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins and close friends.

A celebration of life will take place on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, at Hotel Coral Reef, Kapaa, from 3 to 6 p.m.

Aloha attire is suggested.

Arrangements by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary Koloa, Kauai.

Consolacion Aguinaldo Romero

Mrs. Consolacion Aguinaldo Romero, 94, of Honolulu, formerly of Kekaha, Kauai, a retired seamstress/designer for Guadalupe Bulatao, passed away in Honolulu. She was born in Lanao Bangui, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, on Aug. 15, 1920.

She is survived by son, Roger Aguinaldo (Primie) Marzan of Honolulu; three grandchildren, Lillian DeCosta, Hazel (Marzan) Wachi and Clyde Marzan, and six great-grandchildren, Kristen DeCosta, Ashley DeCosta, Kiara DeCosta, Matthew DeCosta, Jianna Wachi and Kallen Wachi; brothers, Abelardo (Elena) Garvida of Lihue, Kauai, Arthur Aguinaldo, Jr. of Spring Valley, Calif., and Thomas (Sharon) Aguinaldo of Somerset, NJ; sisters, Flora Sagucio of Kekaha, Kauai and Leticia Serrano of Kent, Wash.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, at Nuuanu Memorial Park and Mortuary, East Chapel. Service begins at 7 p.m. Visitation again from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, at Garden Island Mortuary. Service begins at 11 a.m. No flowers. Casual attire.

Nicholas Bagano III

Nicholas Bagano III of Kapaa, Kauai, born on Aug. 16, 1943, passed away at Wilcox Memorial Hospital on July 9, 2015, at the age of 71.

He is survived by his sons, Duwayne Bagano of Kapaa, and David Bagano of Kapaa; daughters, Zina (Daryl) Kariffe of Kihei, Maui, Lisa (Sam) Alapai of Kapaa, Tasha (Tom) Yamamoto of Hanapepe, and Tiana Bagano of Madison, Wisconsin; 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers, Leonard Bagano of Kalaheo, and William Bagano of San Francisco, California; and sister, Cookie (Dwight) Servantes of Kapaa.

Friends may visit with the family for a celebration of Nicholas’s life at the Kapaa Lihi on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, at 9:30 a.m.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Gail Marie Lopez

Gail Marie Lopez born on Sept. 18, 1965, in Waimea, Kauai, passed away at Hale Kupuna on July 24, 2015, at the age of 49.

She is preceded in death by her father, Charles Lopez Sr.; and sister, Leeann Lopez; and survived by her mother, Rose Marie Lopez of Kalaheo; brothers, Charles (Corinna) Lopez Jr. of Kalaheo, and Brian (William) Lopez of Massachusetts; sister, Margaret (William) Rita of Kalaheo; and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Private services were held.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.


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