Obituaries for Sept. 27, 2015

Obituaries for Sept. 27, 2015

Donald Ceballos

Donald Ceballos of Dana Point, California, passed away on September 20, 2015, at the age of 70. He was born in Waimea, Kauai, Hawaii, on April 13, 1945. He was a Veteran of the United States Army and was retired.

Donald was preceded in death by his father, Francisco Ceballos Sr. and brother, Francisco Ceballos Jr.

He is survived by his wife, Mai Ceballos; mother, Lucia Ceballos; two brothers, Glenn (Mona) Ceballos and Errol (Rose) Ceballos; sister-in-law, Sandy Ceballos; one son, Donnie Ceballos; one daughter, Lisa Martz; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, numerous aunties, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2015, at Holy Cross Church with viewing from 9-10 a.m. and Mass Celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Kauai Memorial Gardens.

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

Caesar Binyan Rubio

Caesar Binyan Rubio of Wailua Homesteads passed away at home on September 20, 2015, at the age of 94.

He was born in Pahala, Big Island, Hawaii on March 15, 1921. He was a Veteran of the United States Army. Ceasar retired from Big Save in Kapaa.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Rosalia Rubio; son, Michael Rubio; grandson, Randy Machado and great-grandson, Landen Machado.

Ceasar is survived by his two daughters, Shirley (Bernard) Machado, Ella (Calvin) Lai; daughter-in-law, Janice Rubio Plumer; six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; one brother, Reuben Rubio; two sisters, Angelina Navarro and Rebecca Galios; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and “his gang.”

A celebration of his life will be held on Wednesday, September 30, 2015, at Immaculate Conception Church with viewing from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and Mass celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Kauai Memorial Gardens.

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

Betty Mae Lehnan

Betty Mae Lehnan of Kapaa previously of Miami Springs, Florida, and Farmington, Michigan, passed away at her home. Betty was born in Kentucky on January 16, 1920 and was retired.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl A. Lehnan and daughter, Elaine Harre.

Betty is survived by her daughter, Kathleen (John) Young of Kapaa, eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be a family gathering at a later date to celebrate Betty’s life.

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

Trey Contrades

Trey Gilbert Kamakanaokalani Contrades of Kapaa passed away on September 20, 2015, at the age of 21. He was born on January 24, 1994.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Maurice Contrades.

Trey is survived by his parents Keith and Terri Contrades; sisters, Taleea (Steven) Carvalho and Kealalani Contrades; maternal grandparents, Gilbert and Jeanette Kaluahine, paternal grandparents, Frances (Harry) Kamoku and Arlene (Danny) Contrades; numerous aunties, uncles and cousins.

Private services were held.

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

Tek Nickerson

Tek Nickerson, 70, (Robert Tek), formerly of Old Greenwich and Cos Cob, CT, died at home in Wailua, Kauai, Hawaii on Saturday, September 5, of natural causes. He was known for his diligence in contributing to community development as a citizen of Kauai. Tek was a lifelong entrepreneur and manager of non-profit organizations which he founded, including Pihanakalani on the island of Kauai, SHARE, Inc. (Sacred Hoop of America Resource Exchange), the Native American Clothing Bank, and Bear Butte Lodge in Sturgis, SD.

As an enthusiastic entrepreneur, Tek worked most recently with Life Vantage, a natural supplements company; he had also worked with EXCEL Energy and was the founder and principal of EcoLogics, an environmental planning firm in Greenwich, CT.

He was passionate about rescuing sacred spaces from misuse and preserving the health and sanctity of our planet, most recently with his work to prevent the spread of GMO foods into Hawaii.

Tek was a beacon of light and joy to us all.

Tek was born May 21, 1945 in Greenwich, CT. He grew up in Greenwich and graduated from Proctor Academy ’64 in New Hampshire. He earned his BA in Economics from NYU in New York ‘69, and Master of Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania ‘72.

He is pre-deceased by his father, Robert Edward Nickerson, formerly a prominent attorney in Greenwich, and is survived by his son Charles RedShirt of Newtown, CT, his granddaughter Amber RedShirt of Stamford, CT, and his dear friend and former wife of 29 years Arlene Benedict of Stamford, CT; also his mother Mary Jane Nickerson of Brevard, NC, his brother Eric Nickerson of Milford, NH, and his sister Jan Nickerson of Brevard, NC.

He also will be missed by six nieces and four nephews, the extended Nickerson and RedShirt families, and many dear friends in Hawaii, Connecticut and South Dakota.

A celebration of Tek’s life will be on Monday, September 28th at 5 p.m. at Lydgate State Park in Wailua, Kauai, Hawaii.

A private family memorial will be held in Greenwich, CT.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be directed to Zero Waste Kauai, Kanuikapono Charter School ( and Audubon Greenwich at

All donations to Audubon Greenwich in Tek Nickerson’s name will support the Mildred Caldwell Sanctuary of Walden Woods.

Please direct questions to Jan Nickerson at 828-883-9347,; Arlene Benedict at 203-904-6208, 203-274-7127,; or Eric Nickerson at 603-930-8207,

Maria Padilla Calvan

Maria Padilla Calvan, born September 3, 1926 in Bangui, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, has gone home to glory on September 21, 2015.

She leaves behind four sons, Roger (Rose) Calvan, Ernesto (Cherelyn) Calvan, Romeo (Wilma) Calvan, Andres Calvan and two daughters, Editha (Isidro) Suniga and is preceded in death Trinidad Balanay.

Maria also leaves behind 34 grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren.

Roberta Lepage

Roberta “Jean” Lepage passed away on Saturday morning, September 19th, her 86th birthday. Jean was born September 19, 1929, in Nederland, Colorado.

She is survived by her husband, Paul J. Lepage of Princeville, HI. Paul and Jean were married 64 years. She is also survived by her sons, Dave Lepage of Santa Cruz, California, Dan (Pam) Lepage of San Jose, California and Joe (Joanne) Lepage of Honeybrook, Pennsylvania, granddaughter, Kelee of Honeybrook, Pennsylvania, grandson Michael of Berkeley, California, grandson, Paul of Norfolk, Virginia.

Mrs. Lepage, in her long life, was a noted piano teacher in many states, including Hawaii where she and her husband retired for 25 years. She was also noted for her many colorful paintings and excelled in many art forms.

Private services were held.

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

Conchita Apor Kobayashi

On the morning of September 16, 2015, Conchita Apor Kobayashi went home to be with the Lord from the comfort of her home at the age of 82. She was born in Koloa, on January 28, 1933 to Pedro and Rose Apor. She retired from Nursing in 1987 from Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital.

Conchita had a love for traveling and being surrounded by her grandchildren and her family. Conchita will be remembered by her many friends as a woman who lived life to the fullest and brought that out in others.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Hajime Kobayashi; daughter, Joni Kobayashi Craig, sister Lillian Apor and brother Pedro Apor, Jr.

Conchita is survived by her daughter, Debra Bahnmiller; son, Jon (Leila) Kobayashi. Conchita will forever be remembered by her grandchildren, Tori Craig, Braden and Larissa Kobayashi; sister Mary (Kenichi) Shimogawa and her nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate Conchita’s life on Monday, September 28, 2015 at Holy Cross Church in Kalaheo. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. with a Celebration Mass at 10:30 a.m. A private burial will follow. The family suggests aloha attire and graciously declines flowers and koden.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary and Holy Cross Church.


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