Obituaries for May 25, 2016

• Juan ‘Johnny’ Francisco • Gladys ‘Aunty Lani’ Costa-Ayres • Robert Stanley Rita Sr.

Juan ‘Johnny’ Francisco

Juan ‘Johnny’ Francisco of Hanapepe, Kauai passed away on April 13, 2016, at the age of 88. Born on March 26, 1928, in Waimea, Kauai, he was a retired painter with Olokele Sugar Company and an ILWU representative for many years.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Filomena Cristobal Francisco; parents, Benito and Severina Francisco; sisters, Anacleta Tagatac, Maria Alquiza, Dolores Seguritan, Milesia Quinata and Caridad Eichelberger; brothers, Marcelino and Conrado Francisco.

Juan is survived by his sons, Randall and Reubin (Cynthia) Francisco; daughter, Faye (Antonio) Cawagas; grandchildren, Brenton (Shelsey) Francisco and Antonio, Leah and Cara Cawagas; great grandchildren, Maya and Kyra Galdeira, and Matthew Carrero; sister, Olivia Gubaton; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Celebration of Juan’s Life will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2016, at the Garden Island Mortuary Chapel in Lawai from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Visitation will be from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. with services to follow.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Gladys ‘Aunty Lani’ Costa-Ayres

Gladys “Aunty Lani” Costa-Ayres of Koloa, passed away at the age of 81 on May 2, 2016, in Koloa. She was born in Kawaihau on Jan. 24, 1935, she was a tour bus driver.

She is preceded in death by her husband, John Costa-Ayres; parents, Roberto Saladaga and Della Adolpho; daughter, Wendy Leinani Rosare and son, Chuck K. Rosare.

Gladys is survived by her sons, Joey Rosare of Koloa, Corey (Kathy) Rosare of Kalaheo, and Terry Rosare of Kauai; daughters, JaNell (Pinko) Efhan of Koloa, Lynn Rosare of Arizona, Merleigh (Bert) Motooka of Maui, and Taryn Rosare of Arizona; 14 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; one brother, George Saladaga; sisters, Gussie Schumacher of Puhi, Theresa Yoshioka of Lihue, and Maile Cansibog of Oahu; along with numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, June 4, 2016, at the Latter Day Saints Church of Jesus Christ in Kalaheo. Visitation will be at 9 a.m. with services beginning at 11. A burial to follow at Kauai Memorial Gardens.

Aloha attire is requested and flowers are welcomed.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Robert Stanley Rita Sr.

Robert Stanley Rita Sr. of Kalaheo, passed away at the age of 76, on May 9, 2016, at his home in Kalaheo. He was born on Nov. 24, 1939, in Koloa, and was a retired heavy equipment operator.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Manuel and Helen Rita; and brother, Patrick Allen Rita.

Stanley is survived by his sons, Robert (Kathy) Rita Jr. of Honolulu and Michael (Kristi) Rita of Kalaheo; daughters, Corinna (Charles) Lopez of Kalaheo, and Darlene Rita of Kalaheo; 17 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sister Maryann McKee of Texas; sister-in-law, Roberta Rita of Kalaheo; and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, June 4, 2016, at the Holy Cross Church in Kalaheo from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Mass begins at 11 and a Celebration of Stanley’s Life will be followed at Darryl Kaneshiro’s Omao Ranch on Koloa Road; one-mile west from Koloa Town or one-mile east from the Kaumualii Highway Lawai intersection.

The family requests casual attire.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Marcelina ‘Marcy’ Lutao

Marcelina “Marcy” Lutao of Kaumakani passed away at KVMH on May 12, 2016, at the age of 78. She was born in the Philippines on April 6, 1938, she was a retired field worker for Gay & Robinson Company.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Edward Lutao; son, Rodrigo Laude Regodos; and grandson, Julius Regodos.

Marcy is survived by her sons, Rogelio (Leodora) Laude Regodos, Cornelio (Bella) Laude Regodos, Jr., Edgar Laude Regodos, and Romeo (Marivic) Laude Regodos; daughters, Delia (Benjamin) Regodos-Donozo, Lydia (Teody) Regodos-Chavoso, Vilma (Mechior) Regodos-Lastimosa; Sylvia (Leonard) Regodos-Martel, Theresa (Gerald) Regodos-Sarrosa, Veronica (Eddie) Regodos-Villanueva, Cecilia Paula (Roy) Regodos-Solquillo and Librada Laude Regodos; 40 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She had a wonderful colorful life, full of wisdom, laughter. A salt that would savor and balance everyone around her, a natural witty character and amazing memories to remember her by.

A memorial service is scheduled in her honor to take place on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints, Kalaheo Ward at 10 a.m.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Tim Nester Sr.

Tim Nester, Sr., 61, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Dec. 21, 2015, after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Lebanon, Oregon and owned several businesses over his years on Kauai and was a Navy veteran. He loved the ocean and spent as much time as possible surfing and swimming.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Emery and Mary Ann Nester, and sister, Suzanne Ritchey.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Nester; son, Tim Nester, Jr., and daughter, Sara Nester and many other relatives.

A memorial service and Celebration of Life will be held at Calvary Chapel Lihue on Saturday, May 28, 2016, at 1 p.m.

Clemente Ceballos

Clemente Ceballos, 88 of Kekaha, passed away at his home on May 16, 2016. Born on March 15, 1928, in Waimea, he served in the U.S. Army and the Army National Guard. He retired from his career as a Heavy Equipment Mechanic and troubleshooter for Waimea Mill and Kekaha Sugar Company.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Marcelino and Apolonia Ceballos; siblings, Francisco “Kikoy” Ceballos, Euphemia “Sally” Edayan; Lorenzo “Tining” Ceballos; twin sons, John Felomino and Joseph Marcelino Ceballos and his nephews, Clyde Edayan, Donald Ceballos and Francisco Ceballos, Jr.

He is survived by his wife, Marie Batis Ceballos of Kekaha; children, Leslie Paul Ceballos of Kekaha, Estelle Marie (Ronald) Parages of Ewa Beach, Lisa May (Thomas) Moreno of Kekaha; Lyle Christopher (Cyndi) Ceballos of Waimea; sister, Benigna “Betty” Parraga of Kalaheo; grandchildren, Rochelle (Brad) Hashimoto; Brendan (Teresa) Parages; Thomas “TJ” (Yeon Jung Joo “Lily”) Moreno Jr.; Alisha (Peyton) Siliado; Tina (Ronald Tolentino) Moreno; Melissa (Kama Woolsey) Moreno; Brian Ceballos; Bradley Ceballos; Bergen Ceballos; great-grandchildren, Shaelin, Braden, Ethan, and Leighann Hashimoto; Riley, Aundrea, and Zhephania Parages; Justin and Sarah Moreno; Ariell, Peyton III, and Neyton Siliado; Kayden Tolentino; Shyah, Jordyn, and Nyjah Moreno-Woolsey; numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with the family on Friday, June 3, 2016, at the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church in Waimea. Rosary starts at 8 a.m., visitation at 8:30 with mass at 11. Burial to follow at the Kauai Veterans Cemetery in Hanapepe.

Casual or Aloha attire is suggested and flowers are welcomed.

Arrangements are handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Clarence T. Nakashima

Clarence T. Nakashima of Hanapepe, passed away at the age of 81, on May 6, 2016. Born on June 8, 1934, in Eleele, he retired from the Military in the U.S. Army.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Kay Y. Nakashima; and survived by his daughter, Janice (Doug) Smith; two grandchildren, Noa and Lila Smith; brothers, Mitsugi (Miki) Nakashima and Richard (Mutsu) Nakashima; and sister-in-laws, Joanne Nakashima, Margery Nakashima, Jane Nakashima; Helene Nakashima; and Sumie Ono.

Memorial Services will be held at the Kauai Veteran’s Cemetery in Hanapepe on Saturday, May 28, 2016. Services will begin at 2 p.m. and casual attire is suggested with flowers being omitted.

Donations may be made to the Kauai Hospice.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Michael Mons

On the evening of March 21, 2016, at 10:50 p.m., Michael Mons passed away at University California San Diego Medical Center at Hillcrest.

He was surrounded by his loving family and amazing friends. After fighting to recover from a coma, and allowing many loved ones to spend precious time conveying their love and respect for him, he let go of the physical world and set forth on his journey to the spirit world. He was 36 years old.

Michael was born on Dec. 3, 1979, in Nevada City, California, at 10:49 a.m. He was the second son to Charles and Marion.

Moving to Kauai at an early age shaped Michael’s view of the world and love of the ocean. Like his older brother Chris, Michael became a waterman, and together they challenged the sea in every form imaginable — surfing, diving, paddling, fishing, sailing and windsurfing; their childhood was spent under the warm Hawaiian sun.

As Michael grew older he found his place in the spotlight through a love of acting and theater with Kauai Kids Children’s Theater, but Michael was just beginning to stretch his legs. When he reached high school, he earned a scholarship to attend the Hawaii Preparatory Academy on the Big Island, where he became an extremely accomplished athlete in every sport he tried. Football and wrestling were his true loves — he was a like a warrior on a battlefield and he couldn’t be bested. He was a ferocious competitor.

But that wasn’t his true beauty. Michael used his unique breadth of excellence to learn so much about enjoying life, valuing relationships, education and hard work to create his formula for success.

Michael started his professional career on the ocean, entering the United States Merchant Marine Academy in July 2000. He pursued a Bachelor of Science in Logistics and Intermodal Transportation and received a license to sail as Third Officer on any ship of any size anywhere in the world, and that’s just what he did. Upon graduation he worked on various vessels and sailed the world’s remotest waters. He challenged himself both professionally and personally.

When he was not sailing on the high seas, Michael trekked the globe on foot, doing what he did best — building relationships. He valued his relationships with his friends and family more than anything else and always made sure to stop in for visits during his global adventures.

Michael had a way about him; it’s as though he felt the buried connection all mankind shares. He always looked for hope in life. He was everywhere all at once, spending time with friends, telling sea stories, playing music and surfing. He loved hanging with his nieces, throwing them so high in the pool you weren’t sure if they would come down. Michael made all those in his life feel loved, accepted and part of a greater good we can all embrace. The way he lived can serve as a valuable lesson that every moment should be considered an opportunity for an adventure and a reason to enjoy life.

Michael is survived by his mother and stepfather Marion and Bob McHenry, and brother Ishan Mons of Kauai, father and stepmother Charles and Jan Mons of California, brother and sister-in-law Chris and Jenny Mons, nieces Maile and Lanea Mons of Florida, and the most amazing group of friends you’ve ever met.

Please come down to Waioli Beach Park, Pine Trees in Hanalei at 2 p.m. for a celebration of life and a paddle out in his honor.

Donna Lee Henrickson

Donna Lee Henrickson of Princeville, passed away at home on May 8, 2016, at the age of 76. She was born in Michigan on Jan. 4, 1940, and retired from the Princeville Community Association as an Executive Secretary.

Donna is survived by her husband, Gary Henrickson; three sons, James “Bernie” (Kim) Williamson of Michigan, Jon (Dawn) Williamson of Michigan, Daniel (Cheryl) Williamson of Virginia; four grandchildren, one great-grandchild; one brother, William “Sonny” Halberg of Florida; numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Donna’s Life will be held on Friday, May 27, 2016, at the Church of the Pacific in Princeville with services beginning at 10 a.m. Family graciously declines flowers and requests casual attire.

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

Aleta Robin Kalanikapu Fu

Aleta Robin Kalanikapu Fu of Kapaa, Kauai, passed away in Wilcox Memorial Hospital on May 20, 2016, at the age of 61. She was born in Koloa, Kauai, on May 17, 1955, and was a Child Support Enforcement Officer with the State of Hawaii.

Preceded in death by her parents, Alec “Sonny” Blackstad and Agnes “Billie” Blackstad.

Aleta is survived by her husband, Edwin Fu Jr., daughter, Malia (Doug) Freitas; sons, Brian (Enjoli) Perreira and Byron (Ilima Matsusaka) Perreira; grandchildren, Brigg (Leina Palama) Perreira, Keanu Harris, Kawehi (Cory Carveiro) Harris, Zaiyen Matsusaka-Perreira, Zayna Matsusaka-Perreira, Zaylin Matsusaka-Perreira, Daelene Freitas, Alexis Baldwin, Charlie Baldwin, Brock Baldwin, Imi Corpus; great-grandchild, Cade Carveiro; brothers, Michael (Sharon) Blackstad, Ronald (Loretta) Blackstad, Leo (Sybil) Blackstad, Jack (Amy) Blackstad; sister, Alexa (Wayne) Samio; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2016, at Kapaa Missionary church with visitation from 9 a.m. and services beginning at 10. Family graciously declines flowers.

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

Fuyuko Shimizu

Fuyuko Shimizu born on Jan. 6, 1923, in Huleia, passed away at the age of 91, on April 28, 2016, at home.

She is survived by her husband, Kazuki Shimizu; sons, Denis (Lois) Shimizu of Pearl City and Leslie (Colleen) Shimizu of Honolulu; daughters, Christine (Gary) Hashimoto of Lihue and Jeanne Shimizu of Lihue; six grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2016, at the Garden Island Mortuary Chapel in Lawai. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. with services at 11.

The family suggests casual attire and flowers are graciously declined.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Barbara F. Funamura

Barbara F. Funamura of Koloa passed away at the age of 78, on May 12, 2016, at home. She was born in Lihue on April 1938, and was a nutritionists and entrepreneur as well as the originator of the “spam musubi.”

She is preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Hanako Fujita; sons, Stanley and Daniel Funamura II; and sister Lurene Ota.

Barbara is survived by her husband, Dan Funamura; son, Mark of Koloa; daughter, Joni (Rodney) Funamura-Sasil of Lihue; granddaughter, Justice Funamura-Sasil of Lihue; brother, Calvin (Arlene) Fujita of Wailua; sister, Linda Fujita of Honolulu and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Celebration of Barbara’s Life will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2016, at the Hanapepe Hongwanji. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. with services to follow at 11.

Casual attire is suggested and flowers are being declined.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Joseph Punilei Manini Sr.

Joseph Punilei Manini, Sr., 85 of Waimea, Kauai passed away on May 4, 2016. Joseph was born in Makaweli Valley, Kauai and retired from Gay & Robinson in 1994, after 47 years of service where he was a heavy machine operator. During his lifetime he also ran successful small businesses including as a horse shoer, Hawaiian saddle maker, cesspool pumper, taro/watercress farmer and rancher. Joseph was installed into the Paniolo Hall of Fame in 2005.

Joseph is preceded in death by wife, Beverly Ann Curtis Manini; son, Hokulani Luther Manini; father, Benjamin Pinehaka Punilei Manini, Sr.; mother, Gertrude Leimomi Makua’ole Robinson; sister, Agnes Leimomi Makanani; and brother, Benjamin Pinehaka Punilei Manini, Jr.

Joseph is survived by seven children; sons, Joseph, Jr., Elwood, and Eben; daughters, Yvonne Keoho, Erna Kamibayashi, Clorinda Manini-Fiso, and Bonnyjean Manini; sister, Laynette Bukoski; 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2016, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Kekaha Ward. Located at 4587 Amakihi Road, Kekaha. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. with services at 11.

Arrangements by Kauai Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home.

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