Obituaries for Sunday, April 30, 2017

• Engracia ‘Conching Aguzar Baris • Beverly ‘Ema’ L. Furfaro • Hartwell Henry Kalaniohawaii Blake

Engracia “Conching” Aguzar Baris

Engracia Aguzar Baris, 97, of Hanamaulu, passed away on her birthday, April 16, at Garden Isle Healthcare. She was born on April 16, 1920, in Guimba, Nueva Ecija, Philippines. She was a homemaker and talented businesswoman while busy raising her family in the Philippines. She immigrated to Kauai in 1975, was employed by and retired from Lihue Plantation Co.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bonifacio Agor Baris, parents Eligio and Luisa Aguzar, brothers Moises and Wenceslao “Stanley” Aguzar, sister Ildefonsa de Guzman and grandson Peter Gano, and sons-in-law David Bali, Bernardo Gano, Romulo Duran and Florendo Ancheta.

She is survived by her children Natividad Bali, Veronica Gano, Corazon Duran, Fel “Boy” (Belma) Baris, Thelma (Pacifico) Ruiz, Adora Ancheta, Alicia (Romeo Mercado) Paleracio, Nonito Baris, Benny (Josephine) Baris, Artemio (Rocelyn) Baris and Jay Baris, an adopted son, 25 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, cousin Tecla Ganio, numerous nephews and nieces.

A wake service will be held on Friday, May 5, 2017, at Borthwick Kauai Mortuary in Koloa, from 6 to 9 p.m. A celebration of life will be held at Immaculate Conception Church on Saturday, May 6, 2017, with visitation from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and Mass at 10 a.m. Internment will be at Kauai Memorial Garden. The family requests that flowers be omitted.

Arrangements are being held by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.

Beverly ‘Ema’ L. Furfaro

Beverly “Ema” L. Furfaro of Hanalei, passed away on April 16, at the age of 67.

Born on March 1, 1950, she was a secretary for Princeville Corporation.

She was preceded in death by parents Henry and Judy Gomez, and sister Marilyn Wong Keoho.

She is survived by husband Jay Furfaro, daughters Nicole Furfaro, Jennifer “Jenna” (Chuck) Gillis and Marissa “Missy” (Kailoa) Harman, grandchildren Charlie, Mia and Sophia, sisters Lauren Lui-Kwan, Donna Malia (Jeff Powers) Gomez, brother Bob (Helene) Gomez, and numerous aunties, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, May 20, at the Prince Club House in Princeville, with visitation at 11 a.m. and service at noon. Refreshments will follow.

Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary of Koloa.

Hartwell Henry Kalaniohawaii Blake

July, 19, 1944 – April 22, 2017

Hartwell Henry Kalaniohawaii Git Chin Blake, 72, of Koloa, passed away Saturday afternoon, April 22. He was raised on Kauai, attended Koloa and Kamehameha Schools, and University of Hawai at Manoa. He completed his doctorate of jurisprudence at Willamette University in Oregon, practicing law at McDermott & McDermott in Idaho, Case & Lynch in Hawaii, and as the Kauai County attorney. He served his country in Vietnam as an Army officer.

He was active in the community in various ways: as a delegate to the Hawaii Constitutional Convention, Cubmaster, Wilcox Elementary PTA president, substitute teacher, board member with Hale Opio Kauai, and member of the Kauai Planning Commission. His interests included hiking, bird hunting, camping, diving, canoe paddling, reading and hula.

He is survived by his wife Yvette Uluhani Ono Blake, children, Courtney Sugai and Canaan Blake, stepchildren Lisa (Paul) Odette, Sheri (Ona) Lum, Leah (Ritchie) Vazquez, and Richard (Janene) Gordon, sister Patti Blake-Silva, brother Ted Blake, and grandchildren McKenzie, Finnegan, Kawena, Kanoa and Hoku.

Services will be held on Wednesday, May 3, at Koloa Church, with military honors. Visitation is at 8:15 a.m. with service at 9 a.m.


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