Obituaries for Sunday, January 7, 2018

Nicky Rikio Omura

Nicky Rikio Omura, 51, of Kalaheo, passed away on Dec. 8, 2017, at his home in Kalaheo.

Born on Nov. 22, 1966, in Aiea, Oahu, he was a drywall contractor.

He was preceded in death by parents Mitsuo and Gladys Omura.

He is survived by wife Michelle Omura of Kalaheo, niece Brianne Omura, nephew Makana Omura, brothers Douglas (Jessie) Omura, Jeffrey Omura and Joel (Betty) Omura, all of Oahu, and sister Wendy (Lester) Walker of Oahu.

Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, Jan. 13, at Mililani Kingdom Hall (2) of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 239 Palii St., Mililani, Hawaii, at 5 p.m., with services to be held at 6 p.m.

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

Garden Island Mortuary assisted the family with arrangements.

Janet Ladera Silva

Janet Ladera Silva of Wailua Homesteads passed away on Dec. 25, 2017, at Garden Isle Health Care at the age of 76.

She was born in Lihue on June 16, 1941, and retired from Kawakami Furniture as a sales clerk.

She was preceded in death by parents Roberto and Margaret Ladera, brother Bobby Ladera and sister Valerie Teixeira.

She is survived by husband Ronald Silva, brother Wesley (Priscilla) Ladera, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 10, at Immaculate Conception Church, with viewing from 8 to 9:45 a.m. and Mass celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Kauai Memorial Gardens.

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

Feliciano Cortez Bustillos

Feliciano Cortez Bustillos of Hanamaulu passed away in Garden Isle Health Care on Dec. 31, 2017, at the age of 89. He was born in Suyo, Santa Cruz, Ilocos Sur, Philippines, on Jan. 14, 1928, and retired from Young Brothers as a machine operator.

He was preceded in death by parents Eugenio and Gregoria Bustillos, siblings Catalino Bustillos, Brigida Bedico, Dorotea Collado and Dario Bustillos.

He is survived by his wife Helena Bustillos, son Andrew (Ann) Bustillos of Hawaii, daughters Aileen (George) Kupihea of Hawaii and Larena (John McDonald) Bustillos, son Eugene (Anna) Bustillos of California, seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, siblings Paciencia Cudiamat of California, Luisa Javillonar of Washington, Veronica Bustillos of Washington, Helen Gaces of the Philippines, Rafael Bustillos of the Philippines, Betty Pagtama of California and Ernesto Bustillos of the Philippines.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 13, at Immaculate Conception Church, with viewing from 8 a.m. and Mass celebrated at 10 a.m.

Burial will follow at Kauai Memorial Gardens.

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

Russell Earl Andrade

Russell Earl Andrade of Wailua passed away at home on Dec. 12, 2017, at the age of 72.

He was born on Kauai on Sept. 2, 1945, and worked in construction.

He was preceded in death by parents Lawrence and Angeline Andrade.

He is survived by daughters Kuulei (Kapena) Cummings and Karina Andrade, best friend Pamela Andrade, grandchildren Kahiau Kamala, Halia Andrade, Kiran Rivera, Kayla Rivera, Russden Andrade, Ezra Cummings, Raeden Andrade and Ezekiel Legend Cummings, sister Susan (Bernard Duarte) Andrade, brothers Carlos (Maile) Andrade, Pierre (Susan) Andrade, Paul (Nancy) Andrade and Kimo (Margaret) Andrade, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 13, at Anahola Beach Park, with visitation from 9:30 a.m. and services beginning at 11 a.m. Lunch will follow.

Gloria Souza Kaohi

Gloria Souza Kaohi, 97, a former Kauai resident, died in Selah, Washington, on Nov. 22, 2017.

Services will be Friday, Jan. 12, at Holy Cross Church in Kalaheo. Visitation starts at 9 a.m., with Mass to follow.

Bertha Bicenta Leinaala Ching Kawakami

Bertha Bicenta Leinaala Ching Kawakami, a longtime educator and former state representative, died on Nov. 30, 2017.

She was born and raised in Honolulu as one of seven children to Nancy Makia and Joseph Ching.

A graduate of the Kamehameha School for Girls in 1949, Kawakami attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in education, followed by a master’s degree in education from New York University.

While at UH Manoa, she was a flight attendant for Hawaiian Airlines. After college, she joined the state Department of Education as a teacher, first at Nanaikapono Elementary, then Pearl Harbor Elementary, followed by a move to Kauai to teach at Eleele School.

She would later become a principal at both Kekaha and Eleele schools before joining the DOE Kauai District Office as an educational specialist and then deputy district superintendent.

Unfortunately in 1987, her husband, Richard A. Kawakami, a longtime businessman and state representative for West Kauai and Niihau, died only a couple of months after becoming speaker of the state House of Representatives. She was appointed by then-Gov. John Waihee to fill her late husband’s seat, where she would serve the people of Kauai and Niihau until her retirement in 2006.

She was born on July 28, 1931, in Honolulu, and is preceded in death by her husband as well as son Kendall Kawakami (1998). She is survived by son Wendall (Elizabeth) Kawakami and granddaughter Keilyn of Spokane, Washington, daughter Lyndall Kawakami of Honolulu, sisters Priscilla Wong and Deborah Chu, and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13, at Diamond Head Mortuary. Services will begin at 11:30 a.m. with reception to follow.

Kathleen Scarbo

Kathleen A. Scarbo, 44, of Koloa, passed away on Jan. 1, 2018, at her home in Koloa. Born on Jan. 17, 1973, in Indiana, she was a therapist.

She was preceded in death by parents John and Carol Van Kirk.

She is survived by husband Michael D. Scarbo of Koloa, children Adelaide E. Scarbo and Finnegan J. Scarbo, both of Koloa, brother David (Rikki Ann) Van Kirk of Texas, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held on Monday, Jan. 8, at Kitchens Beach at Lydgate Beach Park at 9:30 a.m. The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations can be made to Kauai Hospice in memory of Kathleen Scarbo.

Garden Island Mortuary assisted the family with arrangements.

Jane Asher

Jane Miwako (Isoshima) Asher, 88, formerly of Honolulu and Kapaa, passed away on Dec. 20, 2017.

She was born in Honolulu on May 7, 1929. She spent her life as a dedicated wife, mother, educator, and member of the Episcopal church.

After graduating from St. Andrew’s Priory School, she relocated to the Mainland to attend the College of William and Mary, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in medical technology. Then she relocated to Waukegan, Illinois, to start her family. She later attended Northwestern University and earned a master’s degree in special education.

In her professional career she was a private teacher at the Grove School in Lake Forest, Illinois, a residential school at the forefront of teaching independent living skills to the developmentally disabled. Later in her career she was a volunteer educator at various elementary schools in Illinois, Colorado and Hawaii.

She was never afraid to tackle challenges head-on, and was a natural leader. She was a member of the American Association of University Women since 1950, and served as the founding member of the Kauai branch in 2007. She enjoyed reading, traveling, hiking, camping, hosting parties and volunteering for various social and environmental causes.

She was preceded in death by husband Donald Asher, father Takeo Isoshima, mother Yoshie (Umeda) Isoshima, and sister Amy (Isoshima) Kekipi.

She is survived by daughter Judy Shartzer, son Greg Asher, brother Arthur Isoshima, sister Ann (Isoshima) Hanamura, sister-in-law Joann (Asher) Cinnamon, grandchildren Austin and Jacob Asher and Scott Duzan, and four great-grandchildren. She will be forever in our hearts and be missed by all who knew her.

Memorial services will be held on Kauai at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Andrew’s Priory School in Honolulu.

Dr. Richard Walter Coller

Dr. Richard Walter Coller of Kapaa passed away on Dec. 23, 2017, at Garden Isle Health Care in Wilcox Medical Center at the age of 92. He was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in Ramsey County, on Aug. 29, 1925.

He served in the Army from 1943 to 1946 in the European and Pacific campaigns. He later went on to receive his doctorate in sociology in 1959 from the University of Minnesota. After teaching for 34 years, he retired from Kauai Community College in 1984.

He was preceded in death by parents Walter and Helen Coller, wife Alicia Peruda Coller, son Louis Coller and daughter Margarite (Kent Kaui-deceased) Coller.

He is survived by brother, the Rev. Jerome Coller, OSB, and sister Mary (Richard) Trisko, children Ann (Kevin) Arnold, James Coller, Katherine (Perry) Alisna, Susan (Dennis) Akutagawa, William (Roxanne) Coller, Mark Coller, Claire Coller, Ruth (Mark) Forbes and Patrick (Yukimi) Coller, 20 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 3, at Saint Catherine Church, with viewing from 8:30 a.m. and Mass celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at St. Catherine Church Cemetery.

A luncheon will follow after burial at St. Catherine’s Coyle Hall.

Garden Island Mortuary assisted the family with the arrangements.

Nelson Ferrill

Nelson George Curtis Ferrill, 70, passed away suddenly at home on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. He was born in Miami, Florida, on Sept. 20, 1947.

He was a Vietnam War veteran in the U.S. Navy.

He is survived by his devoted sister Maureen and brother-in-law William “Howard” Gregg, nieces Cathy and Eileen, a grand-niece and three grand-nephews.

An intimate celebration of life will be attended by his family and friends before internment at Kauai Veterans Cemetery in Hanapepe.

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

  1. Charlotte Lynch January 7, 2018 12:49 pm Reply

    I learned today that Chauncey W Pa passed away new years day. Has his obituary been posted??

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