Obituaries for Saturday, February 23, 2019

Yukie-Lynn Nalani DeSilva

Yukie-Lynn Nalani DeSilva of Kapaa passed away at Queen’s Medical Center on Jan. 26, 2019, at the age of 48. Born on Dec. 7, 1970, she was an advertising sales assistant for The Garden Island newspaper and an active CrossFitter at Kauai CrossFit.

She was preceded in death by father Yukio Higashi, brothers-in-law Alan and Shannon DeSilva, and sister-in-law Lynette Meatoga.

She is survived by husband of 29 years Kevin DeSilva, daughter Moana (Chris) Baltazar, son Dustyn (Michaela Manago) DeSilva, hanai son Kalani Kahaunaele, mother Olinda Higashi, sisters Maile (Jonah) Cummings and Anolani (Kelo Rivera) Higashi, brothers Gordon (Danice) Higashi, Alvin (Deborah) Higashi, Dean (Mel) Higashi, Blaine Kaneholani and Kenny (Kana Kaohi) Meatoga, in-laws Wayne and Rita DeSilva, brother-in-law Travis (Lisa) DeSilva, and grandchildren Cijay, Cyris, Christyn and Chloey Baltazar.

A celebration of life will be Saturday, March 9, at Anahola Beach Park, with visitation at 10 a.m. and services to follow.

James Gonda

James Gonda, 76, of Kapaa, passed away on Feb. 10, 2019, at Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital. Born on Aug. 10, 1942 in Honolulu, he was a retired security guard.

He is survived by wife Belinda Kim Gonda, sons Barrett (Joy) Gonda, Ericsen Gonda and James Gonda Jr., five grandchildren, brothers Douglas Gonda and Dennis Gonda, sisters Shirley Jurich and Cynthia (Ezra) Villagonza, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, Feb. 28, at Borthwick Kauai Mortuary chapel in Koloa from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m., where services will be celebrated at 10 a.m.

The family suggests casual attire.

A celebration of life will be held at Waikele Community Park Section A in Honolulu on Wednesday, March 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Attendees are asked to bring their own chairs, umbrellas and mats.

Borthwick Kauai Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Eugene ‘Gene’ Beck

Eugene “Gene” Beck, 81, of Kalaheo, passed away at home on Feb. 17, 2019. He was born in Oklahoma. A veteran of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division, he retired as an electrical engineer with Lockheed Inc., Aerospace Industry.

He was preceded in death by parents Eugene and Dorothy Beck.

He is survived by wife Grace Beck, sister Dixie Beck, daughter Barbara Beck, one grandson, three great-grandchildren and two nephews.

A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, Feb. 28, at Kauai Veterans Cemetery pavilion in Hanapepe, beginning at noon.

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

Faith Ligaya Ellamar

Faith Ligaya Ellamar, 63, of Lihue, passed away on Feb. 18, 2019. She was born in Lihue on Dec. 22, 1955, and worked as a chef in the hotel industry.

She is survived by son Tedlee Ellamar, 10 siblings, and numerous nieces and nephews.

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


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