Obituaries for Oct. 14, 2016

• Ronald ‘Ronnie’ Hiroshi Nakazawa • Juanita (Tolbe) Eslit • Steven Kaipo Rogers • Melinda Jean Tsuchiya • Sheryl Lee Hearn • David G. Abreu Sr. • Joseph Mahiula Hashimoto Jr. • Stanywick Yadao

Ronald ‘Ronnie’ Hiroshi Nakazawa

Ronald “Ronnie” Hiroshi Nakazawa, 74, of Kilauea, Kauai, passed away on Sept. 17, 2016, at his home in Kilauea, Kauai.

Born on Dec. 2, 1941, he was an alarm installer.

He was preceded in death by parents, Katsumi and Kimie Nakazawa, sister Yuriko Nakazawa, and nephew Joseph (Joey) Nakazawa.

He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Nakazawa; son, Ronald Nakazawa, Jr.; daughter, Kimie (Wendal Olanalan, Jr.) Nakazawa; granddaughters, Alyssa Nakazawa, Siani Olanolan and Starry Olanolan; three brothers, Edward (Nelia) Nakazawa, John “Jackie” (Faith) Nakazawa, Harold (Pat) Nakazawa; three sisters, Betsey Tanaka, Grace Nakazawa, Nancy Nakazawa; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friend may visit with the family on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church in Kilauea from 9:30 to 10 a.m., then service to follow.

Arrangements were handled by Borthwick/Kauai Mortuary.

Juanita (Tolbe) Eslit

Juanita (Tolbe) Eslit of Hanapepe, Hawaii, passed away at the age of 87 on Sept. 16, 2016, at Kauai Care Center. Born on Aug. 25, 1929, in Lahaina Maui, she was a baggage inspector with HPA.

waShe is preceded in death by her mother, Roberta Tayan Cabucos; father, Ramon Eslit; daughter, Stephanie Figueira; brothers, Don Eslit and Sencio Eslit; and sisters, Vicky Eslit, Melania Lebanon, Margie Kaai and Katherine Sumilo.

Juanita is survived by her sons, Howard J. (Anna Marie) Tolbe of Ele’ele, and Brandon Tolbe of Massachusetts; daughters, Clara (Gary) Mackler of Lawai, and Colleen (Jovan) Bautista of Hanapepe; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; sister, Clara Tayan Eslit of Waianae; and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, at St. Raphael’s Church in Koloa. Visitation will be from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. with Mass to follow at 10 a.m.

Casual attire is suggested and flowers are welcomed.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Steven Kaipo Rogers

Steven Kaipo Rogers passed away on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, at the age of 44. He was born on Dec. 4, 1971, on Kauai. He was a general laborer.

He was predeceased by his father, Solomon Kanaauao Rogers; sister, DebbieAnn Puahauoli Kanei; paternal grandparents, Solomon Mona Rogers and Mabel Mele Poepoe Rogers; maternal grandparents, David Kakaila Jr., Annie Napua Boyd Kakalia and Deborah Kakalia.

He is survived by his mother, Lucille Mahealani Rogers; brothers, Solomon “Kawika” (Malia) Rogers and Saul “Kekoa” Rogers; daughter, Xie-Ann (Josh) Palakiko; grandson, Kahekili Palakiko; nephews, Sheldon, Kealii, Kahiau, Kawika Boy, Waika and Kawelo; and niece, Kalelei.

A celebration of “Kaips” life will be held on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, at noon at the Anahola Beach Park.

Scattering of his ashes will be private.

Melinda Jean Tsuchiya

Melinda Jean Tsuchiya, 72, of Surprise, Ariz., passed away at home on Oct. 6, 2016. She was born in Shenandoah, Iowa, on Jan. 7, 1944.

She served in the medical profession for 51 years in Washington, Hawaii and Oregon. She graduated from St. Joseph School of Nursing in Tacoma, Wash., in 1964 and practiced briefly as a registered professional nurse in Washington before moving to Kauai, Hawaii, in 1968 where she married Burt Tsuchiya and started a family.

In 1984, she and her family moved from Kauai to Honolulu and Melinda took the opportunity to further her professional education in nursing at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine, where she earned advanced degrees in nursing and public health, graduating with honors and a board certification as a pediatric nurse practitioner, accomplishing all of it while concurrently raising a growing family.

She concluded her medical career as a pediatric nurse practitioner at Umpqua Community Health Center in Roseburg, Ore., retiring in 2015 and moving with her husband to Surprise, Ariz., where some of her family resides. She is survived by husband Burt, sons Matthew and Mark, daughter Jennifer Dodds, eight grandchildren, mother Marcia Matney, and sister Cecilia Woellhof.

Melinda will be remembered by family and friends in ceremonies at Desert Palms Presbyterian Church in Sun City West, Ariz., and at a private gathering in Snohomish, Wash.

Sheryl Lee Hearn

Sheryl Lee Hearn, 54, manager of Whiskers Resort, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016.

Sheryl was born on May 5, 1962, and was raised in San Diego, California. As an adult, she moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where she met and married her beloved husband, Russell, on New Year’s Eve, 1998. Sheryl gave birth to their lovely daughter, Lila, in 1999. Sheryl fulfilled her dream of moving to Hawaii and in 2012, the family settled in Kapaa. Sheryl forged friendships in her new community and became manager of Whiskers Resort helping it win “Best of Kauai” annually. Sheryl was a dedicated wife and mother. She had a delightful personality, great sense of humor, friendly disposition, and giving nature. She passed away from complications related to cancer.

Sheryl is survived by her husband of 17 years, Russell Hearn, and their 17-year-old daughter, Lila Hearn. She will be very missed.

Her memorial service will be at Kealia Beach at 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, followed by a potluck over a cooking fire. Please bring your memories, a beach chair and a potluck item.

David G. Abreu Sr.

David G. Abreu Sr., of Lawai, Hawaii passed away at the age of 93 on Sept. 26, 2016, at Wilcox Hospital. Born on April 1, 1923, in Lawai, Hawaii, he retired with McBryde Sugar as a laborer, truck driver.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carmen Abreu; and daughter, Diane Perry.

David is survived by his son, David (Sharon) Abreu Jr. of Lawai; daughter, Edna Abreu of Lawai; grandchildren, Andrea (Koa Rita) Perry, Keith Perry, Shelly (Kaeo) Yuen, and Dave (Brandee) Abreu; great-grandchildren, Huntlee Rita, Elena Perry, Brayden Abreu, Taira Abreu, Brooke Yuen, and Sage Yuen; along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorial services will be held at Holy Cross Church in Kalaheo on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. Visitation will begin at 8:30 a.m. with Mass to follow at 10 a.m.

Causal attire is suggested and flowers are welcomed.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Joseph Mahiula Hashimoto Jr.

Joseph Mahiula Hashimoto Jr. passed away at the age of 70 on Sept. 26, 2016, at Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital. Born on July 9, 1946, he was a golf course foreman for the Princeville Prince Golf Course.

He is preceded in death by his son, Thomas Kaina Hideo Hashimoto; and survived by his wife, Wanda Hashimoto; brother, Thomas (Annie) Hashimoto of Kilauea; sister Violet Goto of Ha’ena; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, at the Waioli Hui’ia Church in Hanalei. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. with services beginning at 11 a.m.

Causal attire is suggested and flowers are welcomed.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Stanywick Yadao

Stanywick “Uncle Stan” Nawahine Alejandro Yadao of Hanamaulu passed away at the age of 77 on Oct. 8, 2016, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital. Born June 5, 1939, he was a retired cultivation supervisor with Kekaha Sugar Company. After 26 years at the sugar plantation, he went on to the State Department of Harbors Division and also worked at Mahelona Hospital in the Maintenance Department. He was an avid fisherman in his younger days and later became a well-liked musician not only for his church but the local community as well.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leandro and Helen Yadao; daughter, Helena Oyamot; sister, Agnes Mahinai; and brothers Stanley Yadao and William (Uncle Willy) Yadao.

Uncle Stan is survived by his wife, Marie Yadao of Hanamaulu; four daughters, Tammy (Teddy) Perreira; Stanette (Melvin) Kua; Kimberly (Errol) Lanning; and Lori (Abraham) Kahalekomo; one son, Kevin Muragame; one son-in-law, Malcolm Oyamot; one brother-in-law, Larry (Barbara) Rego, mother-in-law, Francis Rego, three brothers, Daniel Doronio, Wesley (Karen) Yadao, and Rueben (Agnes) Doronio; eight sisters, Peke Doronio, Bernice Ragragola, Grace Hislop, Evelyn (Valeriano) Olores, Amore Camara, Nora (Cippy) Ragocos, Nicia (James) Mcgihon, Becky (Bill) Noon; 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, at the Immaculate Conception Church in Kapaa. Visitation will be from 8 a.m. with a Celebration of Life and Mass at 10 a.m.

Florals omitted but leis welcome.

Casual attire is suggested. Arrangements are being handled by Kauai Memorial Gardens.


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