Obituaries for Sunday, May 21, 2017

• Donna Maxine (Friend) Schulze • Mark David Dodd • Ashlet Sarah Marie Girald • Wayne ‘Wayne-Zu’ Masahiro Tanaka • Keichi ‘Jonah’ Yamamoto

Donna Maxine (Friend) Schulze

Donna Maxine (Friend) Schulze, the Lavender Lady of Kilauea, 92, passed away peacefully on April 27, 2017, at Wilcox Medical Center. Born on May 27, 1924, in Decatur, Illinois, to Oscar and Hazel Mae (Dukes) Friend, she was preceded in death by her parents, her husband George Schulze of Kilauea, and children Melodye Dabney and Joey Swanson, as well as Glenn Petrini (husband of Gay Holden) and grandson Michael Doyle.

She is survived by children Happy Holden (Lydia) of Zeeland, Michigan, Jolly Holden (Lynda) of Marietta, Georgia, Gay Holden of Hollywood, Florida and Honey Charles (William “BC”) of Hanamaulu, as well as nine grandchildren and hanai granddaughter, and 14 great-grandchildren. She was a former executive director of the YMCA of Kauai (the first woman to ever hold this position) and a retired school teacher and athletics coach, called “Coach Grandma” by many.

Her community service to Kauai spanned decades, and during that time she received several community awards: Volunteer of the Year, Kauai YMCA (1984), Aloha Spirit (1995), Kauai’s outstanding senior woman (1997), and Family court volunteer. An avid runner, she and George joined the Garden Island Roadrunners and completed the first Kauai marathon in 1978 and, as a result, received the Presidential sports award from President Jimmy Carter in 1978. In later years, she won Kauai’s #1 Wahine Runner Award, and continued running until she was 88. Her running career spanned 218 races including that encompassed five marathons and four half-marathons.

A memorial celebration of her life will be held at Kauai Christian Fellowship, 4000 Kilauea Rd., Kilauea, Saturday, May 27, from 2 to 4 p.m. The family requests aloha or casual attire, and in lieu of flowers donations can be made to YMCA of Kauai, 4477 Nuhou St, Lihue, HI 96766.

Mark David Dodd

Mark David Dodd of Kapaa passed away on May 16, 2017, at the age of 62. He was born in Mobile, Alabama, on Jan. 3, 1955, and was a nursery owner.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Jane Terrel Dodd.

He is survived by his wife Julia Shu-tsou Wu, son Cory David (Aloyis Marion) Dodd, daughter Juliane Kate Dodd of Birmingham, Alabama, and one grandchild.

A celebration of life will be held on May 26, at the Wailua Houselots pavilion at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donation can be made to Kauai Hospice or ALS Association, Golden West Chapter, Hawaii only.

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

Ashlet Sarah Marie Girald

Ashlet Sarah Marie Girald of Kapaa passed away at Wilcox Medical Center on May 1, 2017, at the age of 62. She was born in Koloa on Sept. 11, 1954, and was vice president of Kauai Freight Services, Inc.

She was preceded in death by her brother Rocky Lacro, in-laws Manuel and Constance Girald, sister-in-law Geraldine Girald and father Samuel Apao.

She is survived by her husband Stephen Girald Sr., son Stephen (Terry) Girald Jr., daughter Debbie Girald, grandchildren Samantha Girald, Naiya Girald and Uraiya Girald, brother-in-law Robert (Gloria) Girald, nieces Crissy, Kira and Casey, nephews Robert II and Michael, mother Rose Marie Lacro, sisters Donna, Nan, Corvette, Marion and Richlette, anbd numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 3, at Kilohana Plantation in Puhi, with visitation beginning at 8:30 a.m. and services celebrated at 10:30 a.m. A luncheon will follow.

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

Wayne ‘Wayne-Zu’ Masahiro Tanaka

Wayne “Wayne-Zu” Masahiro Tanaka, 77, of Wailua, became a heavenly angel on April 25, 2017. He was born in Pahala, Hawaii, and raised in Honolulu. After graduating from McKinley High School Class of 1958 he worked for Coca-Cola Bottling Company on Oahu as a driver and salesman, then moved to Kauai in 1975 to be the branch manager for Coca-Cola Bottling Company Kauai.

He retired from Coca-Cola in 2002 after 44 years of service. He enjoyed spending time with his family and the Wailua ohana, taking his grandchildren on outdoor activities, playing golf with the Westside Golf Club and the Wailua Ohana Friday Clubbers, and kicking back at the 19th hole.

He will be forever missed by wife Edwina “Kaui” Kau Tanaka, son Todd (Jessell) Tanaka of Lihue, daughters Tisha (Keoke) Cotner of Bedford, Texas and Tiffany (Trinity) Pesamino of Ewa Beach, grandchildren Kalauonaonaeho‘ohiwahiwaikamakana, Kekaneli‘imaikalani, Kassidy, Kelson, Jaden, Jaxon and Jurney, brothers Alvin (Patricia) Tanaka and Harold Tanaka, and nieces and nephews. A celebration of life will be on Friday, June 2, at the Kapaa Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Visitation is at 9 a.m., with service at 10:30 a.m.

Private internment will be held at a later date.

Keichi ‘Jonah’ Yamamoto

Keichi Yamamoto of Lawai was born on April 2, 1924, in Honolulu, and passed away on May 7, 2017,at Wilcox Medical Center. He was a retired warehouse clerk and U.S. Army veteran.

He was preceded in death by wife Nora (Nishiie) Yamamoto, sister Helen Kure and brother Alfred Yamamoto Sr.

He is survived by his son Bruce (Cathy) Yamamoto, daughter Joan (Larry) Heller, and grandchildren Jill Yamamoto and Nathan Heller.

A private service has been held with appreciation to the Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.


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