Obituaries for Aug. 3, 2016
Jenichi ‘Shige’ Shigematsu
Jenichi “Shige” Shigematsu of Koloa passed away on July 18, 2016, at the Garden Island Health Care at the age of 95.
Born on April 20, 1921, in Koloa, Kauai, he was a retired supervisor with Grove Farm and McBryde Sugar Plantation.
Preceded in death by his parents, Zensaku and Shika (Hara) Shigematsu; wife, Patsy M. “Higa” Shigematsu and grandson, Keili Nigel Shigematsu.
Survived by sons, Dayne and Valerie (Pablo) Shigematsu, Mitchell and Terry “Miller” Shigematsu, Ryan and Wendy “Yoshishige” Shigematsu, Cleve and Gail “Makaneole” Shigematsu, Kent and Joni “Martin” Shigematsu; daughters, Mona and Clay Yamauchi, June and Glenn Allianic; 15 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Friends may meet with the family on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, at Borthwick Mortuary Chapel.
Visitation at 11 a.m., service at noon.
Burial to follow at Kauai Veterans Cemetery, Hanapepe.
Arrangements by Borthwick Mortuary.
Hughes Nahuka Naumu
Hughes Nahuka Naumu, 76, passed away on Oct. 7, 2015, at his Las Vegas home.
Hughes is survived by his wife, Dorothea Bayot Naumu of Las Vegas, Nevada; daughter, Yvette Kuulei Gettner of Scotts Valley, Calif.; son, Nathan Nalei Naumu of Las Vegas, Nevada; daughter, Nadine Haunani Naumu of Lawai; son, Troy Kaili Naumu of Las Vegas, Nevada; grandson, Daniel (Jaisa) Ikaika Cummings of Kapaa; grandson, Timothy (Tiffany) Cummings, of Calif.; great-grandson, Kaleb Kainalu (Timothy) Cummings; great-granddaughter, Grabrielle Grace Hilinai; grandson, Nathan Palmore of Stafford, Virginia; half-sister, Arlene Edwards of Tomball, Texas, and large extended family.
He is preceded in death by his son, Hughes Nahuka “Tino” Naumu, who died in 2003, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
A celebration of life for Hughes Nahuka Naumu will be held on Friday, Aug. 5, 2016, at the Hanapepe Veterans Cemetery on Kauai. Eulogy and prayers will be at 11 a.m., followed by a full military service at 11:30 a.m.
Family suggests casual attire.
Dorothy Leilani Ellis Zeffiro
Dorothy Leilani Ellis Zeffiro, former Miss Kauai and Miss Hawaii 1953, and the youngest of six children of former Kauai County Chairman William Ellis and Maria (Maraea) Pihaleo Ellis of Kupolo, Kauai, passed away at Wilcox Memorial Hospital — Lihue, Kauai on Saturday, July 23, 2016.
She was blessed with flaming auburn haired beauty, vibrant witty personality, infectious sense of humor, compassion for the needy, love of family and a radiant glowing personality that exemplified the titles she earned as Miss Kauai and Miss Hawaii 1953. She truly represented Hawaii’s cosmopolitan population since she was of Hawaiian, Chinese, Japanese, English, Irish, Scotch, German descent.
Educated at Kamehameha Schools and Kauai High School and following the Miss America Pageant competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey, she enrolled at Bryant College in Connecticut and later married college schoolmate Frank Zeffiro, Jr. of Torrington, Connecticut. After his military service, Dorothy and Frank chose to raise their young children in Hawaii, making their home on Kauai in 1977. Her husband Frank, a purchasing agent for Lihue Plantation on Kauai, preceded her in death in 1997.
Survived by sisters, Edith Ellis and Winona Ellis Rubin of Honolulu; sons, Frank (Laurie) Zeffiro III of Connecticut and William Ellis Zeffiro and his family (Keola and Jordyn) of Kauai; daughter, Winona, Mrs. Shane Nelson and family, Seth and Mia of Idaho and numerous ohana.
Private family inurnment pending.
Marlene Ito Daligdig
Marlene Ito Daligdig went home to be with Heavenly Father on June 27, 2016, at the age of 67. She was born on June 19, 1949, on Oahu.
Preceded in death by her husbands, Gerald Francis Ito Sr. and Theodore Daligdig Sr.
Marlene is survived by her children, Gerald Francis Ito Jr., Chantell Kaaihue, Raenell (Shane) Shimabukuro, Darnell Ito; seven grandchildren; Amber, Klinton, Ashtyn, Ave Evalei, Zain and Landon; sisters, Deborah Morris, Thyra Abraham, Rose Lee; brother, Danniel Tom Jr., numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, at Immaculate Conception Church with visitation from 9 a.m. and Mass celebrated at 10. Inurnment will follow at Kauai Memorial Gardens.
Kauai Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
Filo Kapesi Tu
Filo Kapesi Tu, 64, of Honolulu, president and CEO of Blind Vendors Ohana died in Honolulu. He was born in Utulei, American Samoa.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanette Cremer-Tu; son, Tavita Tu; hanai sons, Keith (Jasmine Mariano) and Bobby Hardy; hanai daughter, Susan (Mark) Moriwaki; brothers, Taumaoe and Peni Kapesi, Peni Jennings, Kapesi Tu Jr., Charlie J. Kosi, Aleli Miumata and So’oleoso Gago; sisters, Mafaolo Saveoi, Toetu Mao, Sa T. Ortiz, Malata K. Matu’u, Peleitala Kapesi and Lelalni Seui; 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by his parents, Kapesi Sr. and Fano Tu; daughter, Jeanie Tu-Smith and grandson, Shaedan.
Visitation at 5 p.m. on Aug 6, 2016, at Nuuanu Memorial Park and Mortuary. Service at 6 p.m.
Lance Kato of Hanamaulu, passed away on July 31, 2016, at Queen’s Medical Center. Born on Nov. 21, 1962, he was a security guard at Smith’s Tropical Paradise.
He is preceded in death by his father, Robert Kato and father-in-law, Gregorio Acosta.
Lance is survived by his wife, Melrose Kato; son, Lionel Kato; daughters, Ellane and Yannel Kato; mother, Kay Kato; brothers, Blaine (Lorraine) Kato and Glenn (Kehau) Kato; sisters, Laverne (Umesh) Gheewala and June (Jeffrey) Ikeda and mother-in-law, Lucrecia Acosta.
Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, at Garden Island Mortuary Chapel in Lawai. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. with services to follow at 11.
Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.
Ernest Branco, age 86, passed away on July 24, 2016, at home. Born on Aug. 29, 1929, in Kealia, Kauai, he was an army veteran and a retired auto-body mechanic.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Mabel Branco; son, James Branco and daughter-in-law, Evelyn Branco.
Ernest is survived by his sons, Allan Branco of Kapaa, and Jeffery Branco of Anahola; daughter, Donna (Kenton) Gomes of Kapaa; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brothers, Manuel Arruda of Maui, and Johnny Arruda of Kapaa; sisters, Mary Agusto of Kapaa, Rosie Pimental of Kalaheo and Dorothy Sugai of Kealia and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A Celebration of his Life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, at St. Catherine’s Church in Kapaa. Visitation will be at 9 a.m. with Mass to begin at 11.
Casual attire is suggested and flowers are welcomed.
Interment will be at a later date.
Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.