Obituaries for Sunday, November 18, 2018

Irene Lacy Nepute

Irene Lacy Nepute, 99, died at home surrounded by family on Nov. 6, 2018. A strong woman of Czechoslovakian decent, she lived life to the fullest all the way to the end.

She was born on June 1, 1919 in Benld, Illinois, to John S. Lacy and Susanna M. Lacy. Her dad was an immigrant coal miner who taught her that hard work and always doing her best paid off. She had one brother, Albert Lacy (married to Claire Battenfeld). She had a caring stepmom, Mary Wargo, who married her dad after her mother died young in childbirth. She was married 54 years to Raymond J. Nepute, her life-long sweetheart. All were very loved and preceded her in death.

She lived in Washington DC and worked in the State Department during WWII. She loved the excitement of being in the center of things during her time there. She loved living in California for almost 70 years. From secretary, she rose to head the Purchasing Department of a cosmetics company, one of the only woman executives of that time. She loved her family, life-long girlfriends, her cat, Mexico, reading, correspondence, cooking and travel.

She moved to Kauai eight years ago to be with her daughter. She was the oldest member of the North Shore Women’s Book Club. She has been an inspiration to her family, friends and caregivers for her tenacity, strength of will and humor. She is survived by daughter Suzanne Nepute (Joseph) Kobayashi, grandchildren Sarah Lintner, Raymond Meek and Ryan Kobayashi, great-grandchildren Ava, Alisia, Travis, Crista, Dillon and Kristina. She will be greatly missed and happily remembered.

Her life will be celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 24. Family visitation is at 1:45 p.m. and Mass at 2:30 p.m. at Christ Memorial Church, the little stone church in Kilauea, followed by a get-together at the Kobayashi family home after.

Eugene Keith Jimenez

Eugene Keith Jimenez, 71, of Omao, passed away on Nov. 15, 2018, at his home.

Born on Feb. 1, 1947, he was a retired County Housing Agency administrator and former county deputy director of the Finance Department, and a veteran with the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division.

He was preceded in death by father Eugenio Jimenez and sister Rowena Tachibana.

He is survived by wife Lorraine Jimenez of Omao, sons James (Shanlee) Jimenez of Lihue and Timothy Jimenez of Kalaheo, three grandchildren, one great-grandchild, mother Pacita Jimenez of Lihue, brothers Mark (Madi) Jimenez of Poipu and Ryan (Regina) Jimenez of Wailua, and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday Nov. 24, at Lihue Christian Church, from 9 a.m., with services at 10 a.m.

Inurnment will be at Kauai Veterans Cemetery in Hanapepe at 2:30 p.m.

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

Borthwick Kauai Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Rufino Rivera Ramos Sr.

Rufino Rivera Ramos Sr., 89, of Kekaha, passed away on Nov. 15, 2018, at his home.

Born on July 10, 1929 in Tarlac, Philippines, he was a landscaper with Pioneer and Poipu Kai.

He was preceded in death by daughter Jesabel Ramos.

He is survived by wife Betty Peralta Ramos of Kekaha, daughters Imelda (Ray) Miguel, Nemia (Tony) Guirao, Diosalinda (July) Gregorio, Lorna (Robert) Paculanan, Thelma (Garret) Ramos, Genelyn (Derrick) Ramos, Jovelyn Aquino and Raquel Ramos, sons Robert (Liza) Ramos, Rodrigo (Marie) Ramos, Fernando (Vaoiva) Ramos, Rufino Ramos Jr. and James Ramos, siblings Juliana (Jesus), Agatona (Abraham), Juana (Delphin), Maxima (Jesus), Erlina (Florentino) and Thomas (Rosemarie) Jr., and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, Nov. 24, at Kekaha Methodist Church from 9 to 10:45 a.m., where services will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Kekaha Public Cemetery.

The family suggests casual attire.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Epati Su‘esu‘e Faima

Epati Su‘esu‘e Faima, 76, of Kapaa, passed away at Wilcox Medical Center on Oct. 6, 2018. He was born in American Samoa on May 23, 1942, and retired as a carpenter with Carpenter’s Union Local 745.

He is survived by wife Marilyn Nani Faima of Kapaa, children Herbert (Hilary) Faima of Wailua, Marilyn Fuipu‘a (Brandon) Oili of Oahu, Patrick Faima of Wailua and Herberlyn Louiza Faima of Kapaa, 12 grandchildren, brothers Masina “Mike” Su‘esu‘e and Su‘esu‘e Su‘esu‘e, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be held inside the large pavilion at Lydgate Park on Sunday, Nov. 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Kauai Memorial Gardens &Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Sinforoso Macadangdang Antonio

Sinforoso Macadangdang Antonio passed away on Nov. 2, 2018, at Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital. He was born on May 23, 1933, in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. He retired at Kauai Resort as a kitchen utility man.

He was preceded in death by parents Crispolo and Saturnina Antonio, brother Manuel and sister Aurora.

He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Consolacion (Tangonan) Antonio, daughter Agnes, son Alvin, brother Andres in the Philippines, and many nieces and nephews.

Viewing will be from 8 to 9:45 a.m. with Mass to follow at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, at Immaculate Conception Church in Lihue. Burial will follow at Kauai Memorial Gardens.

Borthwick Kauai Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.


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