Obituaries for Wednesday, July 12, 2017

• Shawn Thomas Sarmiento • Jiro Yukimura • Lucy Barretto Freitas • Donald Kubisch

Shawn Thomas Sarmiento

Shawn Thomas Sarmiento, 43, of Koloa, passed away on June 9, 2017, at Wilcox Medical Center.

Born on July 2, 1973 in Lihue, he worked as a cook with the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa.

He is survived by his parents Pablo and Nadia Sarmiento of Koloa, brothers Paul (Cheryl) Sarmiento of Las Vegas and Ryan (Taryn Moura) Sarmiento of Koloa, sisters Tanya (Troy) Sakamoto of Mililani, Shellen (Gerald Abiley) Sarmiento of Koloa and Mindy (Jay) Matsunaga of Lawai, hanai sister Kimberly Tada of Wailua, eight nephews, two nieces and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

A celebration of life we be held on Saturday, July 15, at St. Raphael Church in Koloa. Visitation will be from 8 to 9:45 a.m., with Mass at 10 a.m.

Borthwick Kauai Mortuary assisted the family with arrangements.

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 and 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, seven grandchildren: Maile Walters (Patrick) 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 one great-grandchild, Ualani Walters of Kalihiwai.

He was a warm, unassuming man with a keen sense of humor. He 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 a rough time of their lives. He also had 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.

If on the day of the service parking looks problematic, the family suggests, for those able to walk, consideration of the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall or Kauai Economic Development Board parking lots. Handicap parking and some regular parking will be provided at the church.

Lucy Barretto Freitas

Lucy Barretto Freitas, of Kealia, born Sept. 1, 1923, passed away on June 28, 2017, at Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital. She was 93. She was a housewife and seasonal worker at Hawaiian Fruit Packers.

She was preceded in death by her husband William Freitas, son Anthony G. Freitas Sr., and parents Joe and Lorinda Barretto.

She is survived by sons Jerome W. Freitas Sr. of Kealia and Steven M. (Lorna) Freitas of Kalaheo, daughters Patricia (Richard) Victorino of Wailua, Charlotte (Ronnie) Romero of Puhi and Paulette (Rodney) Bristol of Wailua, brothers John F. (Carol) Barretto Sr., Alfred “Tony” Barretto and Robert (Norma) Barretto, sister Alice (Archie) Fontanilla, 20 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at St Catherine Church on July 22, with visitation from 9 to 10 a.m., followed by Mass. Burial will follow at St. Catherine Cemetery.

Donald Kubisch

Donald “Don” E. Kubisch, 70, passed away on June 29, 2017, at Wilcox Medical Center. Born on Aug. 20, 1946 in Chicago, he was the retired former owner of the House of Seafood, and was also in the U.S. Marines.

He was preceded in death by parents Edward and Ella Kubisch, and brother Edward Kubisch.

He is survived by wife Georia M. Alcos Kubisch of Hawaii, sons Donald K. (Amy) Kubisch of Hawaii and Brad K. Kubisch of Hawaii, daughters Suzette M. (Don) Graycochea of Hawaii and Tiffany K. (Kana) Keale of Hawaii, nine grandsons and two granddaughters.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Garden Island Mortuary assisted the family with arrangements.


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