Obituaries for Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016

• Gregory Eric Silva • Dwight Akita • Setsue ‘Sue’ Abe • Myles Bernard Domingcil • James ‘Scrappy’ Gotelli • Janet Ballesteros • Emma Villahermosa Jimenez • Jill Yadao Pope • Jesus Taylan Sr.

Gregory Eric Silva

Gregory Eric Silva of Kauai, Hawai’i, passed away on Nov. 21, 2016, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at the age of 46. Born on June 28, 1970, in Lihue, Kauai, he worked in construction as a heavy equipment operator.

He is preceded in death by his two infant sisters; maternal grandfather, Mark N. Napolis; father, William G. Silva in 2008; and mother Dianne Napolis Rita in 2012.

Greg is survived by one daughter, Danielle Lika Tuiolosega; one son, Jeremiah Grayson Talai; and three grandchildren all of Alaska; five half-brothers, William Silva of Puhi, Gerald Silva of Wailua, Darold Silva of O’ahu, John Silva of Lawai, and Glen Silva of Hanalei; and two half-sisters, Jennifer DeCosta of Hawai’i and Gail Bukoski of Hawai’i. Also surviving lad closest to him are his maternal grandmother, Henrietta Napolis of Hanalei; Aunties, Doreen Henriques of Kalaheo, and Debra Johnston of Hanalei; friends, Donna of Hilo, Hawai’i and Dana Palmeira of Hanalei; Uncles, Dave Napolis and Dain Napolis, both of Hanalei; and other numerous aunties and uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, at the Garden Island Mortuary Chapel in Lawai. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a Celebration of Life to follow at 11 a.m.

Casual attire is suggested and flowers are welcomed.

Dwight Akita

Dwight Akita of Kalaheo, Hawaii passed away at the age of 72 on Nov. 27, 2016, at home. Born on Aug. 3, 1944, in Waimea, he was an U.S. Army Veteran and fireman.

He is survived by his wife, Audrey Akita; sons, Dwight (Lisa) Akita of Kalaheo, Kimo (Karen) Akita of Kalaheo, Kevin (Julie) Akita of Kalaheo; eight grandchildren, Sandra, Karlee, Seth, Kash, Hunter, Keoni, Teivyn, and Taeley; brothers, Dean (Youngie) Akita of California, Dana (Marjorie) Akita of Lawai, and Darick (Maxine) Akita of Kekaha; sister, Adelaide (Ray) Emura of Kekaha; and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Memorial Services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Kekaha on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016. Visitation will be at 9 a.m. with services at 11 a.m.

Casual attire.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Setsue ‘Sue’ Abe

Setsue “Sue” Abe passed away at the age of 86 on Dec. 2, 2016, at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Koloa, Kauai, she taught at Waikiki Elementary School, retired from Keaau Elementary School, and was a member of the Hawaii Education Association.

She is survived by daughter, Alison (Earl) Inouye; sisters, Sumiko Robinson, Hifumi (Harry) Sato, Tsukiko (Clarence) Andrade; brothers, Kenji Yasaka, Hoshiichi “Butch” (Carol) Yasaka; grandchildren, Elise Inouye, Austin Inouye; numerous nieces and nephews.

Private services.

Arrangements were handled by Dodo Mortuary, Inc.

Myles Bernard Domingcil

Myles Bernard Domingcil of Eleele passed away at home on Dec. 8, 2016, at the age of 56. He was born in Waimea, Kauai on Jan. 31, 1960, and was employed as a Welder with Kauai Coffee Co.

Preceded in death by his father, Melicio Nacapoy Domingcil Sr. and brother, Mel “Bobo” Domingcil Jr.

Myles is survived by his wife, Eve Domingcil of Eleele; two daughters, Natalie (Brandon) Wilson of Seattle, Melissa (Joe) Cook of San Diego; two sons, Bo (Nani) Domingcil of Eleele, Aaron (Kyrie Simeona) Domingcil of Eleele; mother, Marlene Domingcil of Kaumakani; brother, Mark (Teri) Domingcil of Hanapepe; sister-in-law, Michelle Domingcil of Kapaa; 7 grandchildren, Ethan and Ozzy Wilson, Joshua and Ava Cook, Trent Domingcil, Hayden and Lily Domingcil; numerous aunties, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of his life will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, at Holy Cross Church with viewing from 9 to 10 a.m. and Mass celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be held at 1:30 p.m. at Kauai Memorial Gardens.

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

James ‘Scrappy’ Gotelli

James “Scrappy” Gotelli, of Kapaa passed away on Dec. 9, 2016, at the age of 68. Born on Feb. 6, 1948, in Healdsburg, California, he was retired and a Vietnam War Veteran.

He is preceded in death by his father, Angelo Gotelli; and survived by his wife, Beverly; step-sons, Ian (Kerri) Aotaki and Kent Aotaki; grandchild, Keiko; mother, Jewel Gotelli; mother-in-law, Florence Chang; brothers, Raymond Gotelli and Angelo (Marti) Gotelli; sister, Kathy Robinson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Private services were held.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Janet Ballesteros

Janet Ballesteros of Hanamaulu passed away on Nov. 12, 2016, at the age of 53. She was born in Lihue on Jan. 1, 1963, and was an Administrative Assistant at Allied Machinery.

Preceded in death by her father, Alfredo R. Ballesteros.

Janet is survived by her two sons, Edward Roger Soares Jr. and Kevin Kaina Soares; 5 grandchildren, Austin Ramos-Soares, Asia Ramos-Soares, Alexis Ramos-Soares, Tehani Soares, Lilinoe Kilmer; mother, Marciana Ballesteros of Hanamaulu; siblings, Braulio (Priscilla) Ballesteros of California, Feli (Myles) Fujimura of Texas, Wele (Hyonchu) Estrada of Kauai, Alma (Kevin) Alexander of California, Mela (Kenneth) Santos of Kauai, Linda Amorin of California, Lettie (Tom) Ballesteros-Chambers of Arizona, Wilfred (Maile) Ballesteros of Kauai; boyfriend, Colin Braun of Hanamaulu; numerous aunties, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of Janet’s life will be held on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, at Lihue Lutheran Church with visitation from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and services celebrated at 11 a.m.

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

Emma Villahermosa Jimenez

Emma Villahermosa Jimenez of Kilauea passed away in the Philippines on Nov. 21, 2016, at the age of 71. She was born in Ilocos Sur, Philippines on Feb. 5, 1945, and retired as a Housekeeper with Princeville Hotel.

Preceded in death by her parents, Damaso and Juana Villahermosa Sr; brothers, Ernesto Villahermosa and Damaso Villahermosa Jr.

Emma is survived by her husband, Edwardo Jimenez Sr. of Kilauea; sons, Edgar (Lovella) Jimenez of Kapaa, Benjamin (Rose) Jimenez of Alaska, Edwardo Jimenez Jr. of the Philippines, Ronald (Zoya) Jimenez of Kilauea, Randy Jimenez of Arizona; 12 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren; brothers, Arthur (Aida) Villahermosa of Philippines, Bonifacio (Juliana) Villahermosa of Philippines, Romeo (Agnes) Villahermosa of Alaska, Jovencio (Naty) Villahermosa of Philippines, Adrianao (Gliceria) Villahermosa of Philippines; sisters, Aida (Juan) Ruaburo of California, Alicia (Florencio) Ruaburo, Maria (Andres) Papagayo of Maui, Nora (Marino) Paguel, May (El) Llego of Alaska; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of her life will be held on Friday, Dec. 23, 2016, at St. Sylvester Church with viewing from 8 a.m. and Mass celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Kealia Cemetery.

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

Jill Yadao Pope

Jill Yadao Pope, 33, of Tallahassee, FL passed away on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident, leaving behind her husband and four children.

She was born on July 2, 1983 to Raymondo Yadao and Jane Wirtzburger Yadao in Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii. Following the death of her father in 1996 and her mother in 1998, Jill was raised by her Aunt Chris in Daytona Beach, Florida. She graduated from Atlantic High School in Port Orange, FL in 2001 and from Florida State University in Tallahassee in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. After marrying Bert Pope in May 2006, she worked as a teacher at Holy Comforter Episcopal School until the birth of their first child in 2007.

A passionate volunteer and children’s advocate, Jill was a past president of the Junior League of Tallahassee and also served on the boards of Tree House and Lee’s Place.

She is survived by husband, Bert Pope; children Kent (9), Lilly (8), Banks (6) and Blair (4); brother Raymond Yadao and his wife Janet of Kona, HI; sister Rae Ann Yadao-Butac and her husband Phil; sister Lianne Yadao and James Ailsna; brother Rollan Yadao and his wife Celina; of Kilauea, Kauai, HI; aunt Frances Yadao Bilog and her husband Mo of Huntington Beach, CA; aunt Josephine Asuncion; uncle Juny Yadao and his wife Theresa, all of Kilauea, Kauai, HI; aunt Christine “Tutu” Wirtzburger Brune; aunt Judy Wirtzburger Lincoln and her husband Gary Lincoln; of South Daytona, FL; father and mother-in-law, Melvin Jr. and Kathie Pope; brother-in-law Mel Pope III and “sister-in-love” Natascha Becker; of Tallahassee, FL; brother-in-law Bruce Pope, his wife Nancy of Columbia, SC; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, at Trinity Methodist Church with a reception immediately following in Moor Hall. The family requests that Jill’s life be celebrated with Aloha. Please wear casual Hawaiian attire to the service.

The family requests memorial donations be made to the Junior League of Tallahassee, P.O. Box 13428, Tallahassee, FL 32317, Tree House, P.O. Box 14331, Tallahassee, FL 32317 or Lee’s Place, 216 Lake Ella Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32303.

Jesus Taylan Sr.

Jesus Taylan Sr., of Kauai, Hawaii passed away at the age of 85 on Dec. 6, 2016, at home in Puhi. Born on Nov. 8, 1931, in Dingras, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, he was an Irrigator with the Sugar Plantation.

He is preceded in death by his father, Juan Taylan; mother, Leonarda Taylan; brothers, Jose Taylan, Martin Taylan, Antonio Taylan, Alfredo Taylan, and Emeterio Taylan; and sister, Trinidad Calumag.

Jesus is survived by his wife, Caridad Pillos Taylan; sons, Efren (Glory) Taylan of Puhi, Gil Taylan of Philippines, Jesmel (Teri Goo) Taylan of Puhi, and Jesus (Airah) Taylan Jr. of Las Vegas; daughter, Nancy (Alex) Cezar of Lihue; niece, Rosalinda Taylan Calumag; grandchildren, Joy Fusco, Jennifer Carvalho, Kira Taylan, Travis Taylan, Andrew Cezar, Jessica Cezar, Keiki Goo-Taylan, Kaluka Goo-Taylan, and Chelsey-Lyn Silva; numerous great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at the Lihue Immaculate Conception Church. Visitation will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. with Mass to begin at 11 a.m. Burial will be followed at the Lihue Cemetery.

Casual attire is suggested and flowers are welcomed.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.


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