Obituaries for June 15, 2016

Obituaries for June 15, 2016

Nancy Grantham

On Sunday evening, June 5, Nancy Grantham left this world to begin her flight with the Ravens. Her passing was peaceful and painless. She left with a smile on her face.

Nancy came into this world in 1944 to parents John and Pat Porter in West Vancouver, B.C. She was the second child in a family that ultimately included a sister and four brothers. She played basketball and skied on the mountains of British Columbia and enjoyed that Pacific Northwest childhood. When she was 19 she went to San Francisco and after a job with a bank in the City, she applied for a job as a stewardess with World Airways in Oakland. This led to over 9 years of flying with this airline and was fodder for a great many stories she was happy to share with friends and family. She spent over a year flying soldiers in and out of Vietnam and was even “loaned” by World Airlines to El Al Airlines to serve in Israel.

When she left the airline and returned to San Francisco, she married, moved to Kauai, and had three children, Shannon, Kelly and Patrick. When the marriage ended, she decided to remain on Kauai, and raise her family.

While working at Nihi Kai Villas as the developer’s rep, Nancy met Bruce Grantham. Within a year they married and her life took off again on a wonderful adventure.

She got her Real Estate Broker’s license and began a vacation rental company called Grantham Resorts. Over the next 25 years she guided this company to become one of the largest and most successful companies of its kind on Kauai, making many friends and acquaintances along the way – people remember her infectious smile and never ending chatter to this day.

Nancy was diagnosed with cancer in the late 1980s (the first of five different types of cancer she contracted and beat during her lifetime) and this resulted in her becoming very involved in the National Cancer Society, serving on their Board of Directors and as the Honorary Chairperson of the Relay for Life in Hanapepe the first year it was held there.

In 1994 she was named the SBA’s Woman in Business for Kauai. This was an award she took very seriously as women were just beginning to be recognized in business.

In 2006 Nancy finally sold the business to Johnathan Parrish and retired from the business world to do things she had put off. She went to KCC for a term. She read copious books on many subjects, visited with friends and traveled with Bruce.

In June of 2015 she was told by her doctors that she probably had at best 6 months to live. She took that in the same stride she took everything else. She began to read and study everything medically she could about the two diseases that she had and the drugs she was taking. Nancy also redoubled her efforts to spend as much time as possible with her 9 beautiful grandchildren. They were probably the most important thing in her life.

On June 5, 2016 she felt she had done enough in this life and accepted the Raven’s gift to fly off to the new adventures.

Given all her professional accomplishments, her ohana was always her greatest joy. Lovingly survived by husband Bruce, son Patrick (Jina) Thompson and their children Blaise, Lilly, Mia, Annabella and Bear; daughter Kelly (Tony) Howard and their children Finley and Maddox; and daughter Shannon Scott and her children Luke and Scarlett. She is also survived by brothers Michael (Brenda / Dede), David (Janice), Greg (Debi), Mark (Tracey) and sister Susan (Nelson).

Her Mahalo Celebration in the Park will be held in Poipu at the Botanical Gardens across from Spouting Horn, Sunday, July 10th from 2 to 4pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Children’s Tumor Foundation ( may be made in Nancy’s memory.

Erick T. S. Moon

Erick T. S. Moon, 72, passed peacefully surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren at Wilcox Memorial Hospital on May 25, 2016 into the loving arms of our heavenly Father. He was born in Wahiawa, Oahu on October 3, 1943. A beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He and his wife moved to Kauai in 1996 where he came to work at the Kauai Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. He then went into private practice and last retired with the State Public Defenders Office.

Erick is preceded in death by his father Duke Mann Moon; brother, Duke Moon; step-father, Joseph Han.

Erick is survived by his wife Donna; his children, Lynn (Jeff) McLaughlin of North Carolina, Reina Moon Correa of Mililani, Erick (Phyllis) Moon Jr. of Arizona, Courtney (DJ) Deguchi of Mililani; mother, Mary Han of Wahiawa; brother, Ronald T.Y. (Stella) Moon of Oahu; sister, Marylee (Rick) Baumann of Reno; 12 grandchildren, 2 great granddaughters; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and his cat Cookie.

A celebration of his life will be held at Kapaa United Church of Christ at 1315 Ulu St., Kapaa on Saturday, June 18 with visitation from 9 a.m. and services celebrated at 10 a.m.

Casual/aloha attire.

Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home assisted the Moon family with arrangements.

Manuel Rapozo

Manuel “Manny” Rapozo of Kekaha, Hawai’i passed away at the age of 72 on June 12, 2016 in Waimea, Kaua’i. He was born on December 21, 1943 in Waimea and was a Communication Tech with PMRF and Manny’s Florist, Waimea, Kaua’i, Hawai’i.

He is preceded in death by his parents, George and Augusta “Gussie” Rapozo; brother, John Rapozo; and brother-in-law, Jerry Ibesen.

Manny is survived by his wife, Chermain Rapozo; son, Troy (Deblyn) Rapozo of Hanapepe; daughters, Tracylyn (Richard) Bryan of Kapa’a, and Stacylyn (Keoni) Rapozo-Smith of Mililani, O’ahu; grandchildren, Cullen Gante-Rapozo, Christopher “Kawai” Rapozo, Shlecie Rapozo-Dela Cruz, LeeAnna Rapozo, Justin “Maka” Rapozo, Tavia Rapozo, Jasyah Rapozo, and Keani Smith; great-granddaughter, Braylee Ho’okano; brother, George “Keoki” (Marlene) Rapozo of Washington State; sisters, Louise Ibesen of Kapa’a, and Angeline (Jerome Hew) Suzuki of Kapa’a; and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Celebration of Manny’s Life will be held on Thursday, June 16 at St. Theresa’s Church. Visitation will be at 8:30 a.m. with mass to begin at 10. Interment will take place at the Veteran’s Cemetery in Hanapepe.

Causal attire is requested and flowers are being declined.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Lester Tokio Yoshimura

Lester Tokio Yoshimura, a retired veteran of Lihue, Hawai’i, was born on May 1, 1921 and passed away on May 22, 2016.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Sadako K. Yoshimura; and survived by his son, Michael (Joyce) Yoshimura of San Luis Obispo, California; daughter, Cynthia (Tom) Matsuoka of Lihue, Hawaii; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A private memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 25 at the Lihue Hongwanji Mission.

Family requests no flowers, no koden. Casual attire

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Barbara 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; grand-daughter, 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 at Hanapepe Hongwanji. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. 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.


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