Obituaries for Wednesday, June 7, 2017

• Kenneth Mitsunori Iwai • Isabel Takekawa • Josephine Alvarez • Cristeta B. Jardin • Tammy Sanae Kakutani • Geoff Sheldon • Jiro Yukimura

Kenneth Mitsunori Iwai

Kenneth Mitsunori Iwai of Kapaa passed away on May 27, 2017, at the age of 78. Born on Nov. 26, 1938, he was a Hawaiian Airlines agent and served for 30 years with the U.S. Army as a medic. He was a member of the Hawaii Army National Guard.

He was preceded in death by his parents Kenichi and Chiyoko Iwai and brothers Roy and Franklin Iwai.

He is survived by son Dean Iwai of Kapaa and daughter Jennifer (Brandon) Toguchi of Kapaa, grandchildren Kalen, Keenan and Avri Iwai, Brayden and Kacilyn Toguchi, brother Rudy Iwai of Washington, sister Irene (Thomas) Muraoka of Eleele, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held on June 11, at the Hanapepe Hongwanji Temple. Visitation will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. with services at 3 p.m.

The family suggests casual attire and requests that flowers be omitted.

Garden Island Mortuary assisted with the family arrangements.

Isabel Takekawa

Isabel Takekawa, age 95, passed away on Aug. 24, 2016.

She was preceded in death by her husband Masao Takekawa and son Bob (Frances) Takekawa.

She is survived by daughters Anne (Howard) Fetzer, Sue (Patrick) Costales, son Roy (Mary Ann) Takekawa, ninbe grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 11, at the Lawai Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m., with services to be held at 11 a.m.

The family suggests casual attire and requests no flowers.

Josephine Alvarez

Josephine Alvarez of Kekaha passed away at the age of 93 on May 31, 2017.

Born on May 9, 1924, she was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her sons Gilbert Alvarez, Jose Alvarez Jr., Jonathan Alvarez, Patrick Alvarez, husband Jose Alvarez, father Amadio Lampitoc and mother Tomasa Soriano.

She is survived by sons Thomas Alvarez, Brendan Alvarez and Vincent Alvarez, all of Kekaha, daughters Mary Alvarez-Manual of Kekaha and Cordell Blair of Colorado Springs, daughter-in-laws Margie Alvarez of Nevada and Julie Alvarez and Rachel Alvarez of Kekaha, 13 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, brother Melvin Soriano of Oahu, sisters Diane (Jay) Sasan, Lolita (Edward) Toves and Rosalino (Alejo) Agne, all of Oahu, and Arsenia (Chuck) Schroeder of Pennsylvania.

A celebration of life will be held on June 10, at St. Theresa Church in Kekaha. Visitation will be held from 9 to 10:45 a.m., with Mass celebrated at 11 a.m.

Burial will follow at Kekaha Cemetery.

Garden Island Mortuary assisted the family with arrangements.

Cristeta B. Jardin

Cristeta B. Jardin, 81, passed away on May 28, 2017, at her residence. She was born on March 21, 1936 in the Philippines and retired as a field hand for Olokele Sugar Company and G&R.

She was preceded in death by husband Mariano T. Jardin, mother Isabel Domingo, father Teodorico Basconcillo, and stepson Moses and Stanley Jardin.

She is survived by sons Jesse (Marylou) Jardin of Hanapepe, Richard (Irene) Jardin of Tennessee, Marvin (Tanya) Jarden of Lihue, Gregory (Carolyn) Jardin of Eleele, Rudy (Maxima) Jardin of Kekaha and Mariano (Virginia) Jardin Jr. of California, daughters Marita (Peter) Soriano of California, Mildred (Kenny) Wu of California and Clarissa (Keoni) Sandal of Kekaha, daughter-in-law Linda Jardin of Oregon, brothers Epifanio (Fortunata) Basconcillo of Alaska, Ernesto (Leonila) Basconcillo of Wailua, Teddy (Lilibeth) Basconcillo of Washington and Rodel (Maryjane) Basconcillo of Washington, sisters Maria (Nelson) Pangilinan of Philippines, Magdelina (Joe) Basconcillo of Kapaa, Celestina (Abad) of Lihue and Thelma Basconcillo of Washington, 26 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Friends may visit with the family on Friday, June 16, at Holy Cross Church in Kalaheo, from 8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., with Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Hanapepe Public Cemetery.

Garden Island Mortuary assisted the family with arrangements.

Tammy Sanae Kakutani

Tammy Sanae Kakutani of Lihue passed away on May 27, 2017, at the age of 50.

Born on July 26, 1966, she was a court baliff.

She is survived by her aunt Pauline Shinshiro of Kamuela on the Big Island.

A celebration of life will be held on June 11, at Garden Island Mortuary. Visitation will be held from 3 to 4 p.m., with services at 4 p.m.

The family suggests casual attire and requests that flowers be omitted.

Geoff Sheldon

Geoff Sheldon, 79, of Kalaheo, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 21, 2017, a day shy of his 80th birthday.

Arthur Geoffrey “Geoff” Sheldon, who laughed, joked and cried right up through the last hours of his life, passed away in Bellevue, Washington, surrounded by his wife, partner and best friend of nearly 60 years Julia Sheldon, daughters Kathy Sheldon, Jill Corsi and Lynn Rank, grandchildren Meg Elizabeth Corsi and Jack Sheldon Corsi, and sons-in-law Chris Corsi and Dan Rank.

He was a passionate man who enjoyed travel, good food and wine. He took a risk and moved his family from San Francisco to Kauai in 1974 and called it home for almost 47 years. He was extremely loving and proud of his three daughters and his two grandchildren. He was a honest and caring friend to many.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. at his home in Kalaheo, 3759 Alana Place. In lieu of flowers please come with a story of him to share.

Jiro Yukimura

Jiro Yukimura of Hanamaulu passed away on April 6, 2017, at the Garden Isle Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. Born in Lihue on Nov. 17, 1920, he was 96.

A retired probation officer with the Family Court and a Military Intelligence Service (MIS) World War II veteran, he was preceded in death by his parents Hisakichi and Shima Yukimura, and brother Yoshio Yukimura.

He is survived by his wife Jennie, children JoAnn Yukimura (John Wehrheim) of Lihue, John (Hinda) Yukimura of Edmonds, Washington, Miles Yukimura of Lihue, Kathy (Mark) Fertello of Brier, Washington, David Yukimura of Lihue, grandchildren Maile (Patrick) Walters of Kalihiwai, Rachel Yukimura of Oakland, California, David Fertello of North

Hollywood, California, Jesse Yukimura of Miami, Florida, Kara Fertello of Honolulu, and Audrey and Elise Yukimura of Lihue, and great-grandchild Ualani Walters of Kalihiwai.

He was a warm, unassuming man who loved his family and friends, the ocean and the outdoors, classical music, languages, painting, and playing his ukulele with a can of cold beer close by. He was a faithful Christian and a member of the Y’s Men Club, a service club to the YMCA. As a probation officer, he showed compassion with discipline. Many of his clients remember with affection how he helped them get through rough times of their lives. He also had a keen sense of humor and a strong commitment to social justice. He will be greatly missed.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, July 15, at Lihue Christian Church, with visitation from 9:30 a.m. and service at 11 a.m. The family suggests aloha or casual attire.


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