Basilia Velasco Asuncion
Basilia Velasco Asuncion, 86, of Hanamaulu, passed away at Wilcox Medical Center on April 4, 2019. She was born in Bulag, Bantay, Ilocos Sur, Philippines, on Nov. 28, 1932, and retired as a baker with Kauai Surf Hotel.
She was preceded in death by husband Irenio B. Asuncion, mother Juana Velasco, brother Jacinto Velasco, and infant daughter Grace.
She is survived by children Ayreen (Edgar) Valenzuela, Aida (Glenn) Kawamura, Ryan (Denise) Asuncion, Joven Asuncion and Jason (Rachelle) Asuncion, grandchildren Josh (Nichole Barnes) Valenzuela, Tasha Nalei (Nathan) Jugas, Lance (Allison Arakaki) Okasaki, Alayna (Christopher) Cate, Nicholas Arestad, Riley Asuncion and Emma Asuncion, eight great-grandchildren, brother Domi (Carmelita) Velasco, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A celebration of life will be held on Friday, May 10, 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 is assisting the family with arrangements.
William Roger Carroll
William Roger Carroll, 96, of Lihue, passed away March 25, 2019. He was born in Waterbury, Connecticut to Thomas Carroll and Mae L. Walsh.
He attended Crosby High School in Waterbury, Connecticut, graduated from the University of Ohio, and retired from the U.S. Air Force as a lieutenant colonel, serving in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
For most of his life, he lived in Middlebury, Connecticut, and was the owner of the Curtis Art Co. in Waterbury, Connecticut, and Photographic Associates in Middlebury, Connecticut.
An accomplished photographer, he traveled to many parts of the world, and shared his wonderful pictures with all. His favorite time of year was summer, when he enjoyed swimming and relaxing at his cottage at Lake Quassapaug in Middlebury, Connecticut.
He enjoyed playing bridge, and made many new friends upon relocating to Princeville and the Regency at Puakea in Puhi.
He was preceded in death by parents and brothers Roger, Thomas and John.
He is survived by wife of 72 years, Betty Carroll of Lihue, (Betty Clair Greenlee of Pine Bluff, Arkansas), son David Carroll of Kilauea, and daughters Elizabeth Erlanger of Brussels, Belgium, and Lori Carroll of Sonoita, Arizona.
The family will have a private service and he will be interred at the Kauai Veterans Cemetery.
Damien Leroy Freitas Sr.
Damien Leroy Freitas Sr., 73, of Hanapepe, passed away on March 12, 2019 at Wilcox Medical Center.
Born on Aug. 21, 1945, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital, and was a truck driver for McBryde Sugar Company.
He was preceded in death by wife Wanda Lee K. Freitas, father Theodore Freitas, mother Helen Freitas, son Damien L Freitas Jr., daughter Sheila P. Freitas, mother of his children Rebecca K. Kali, and brother Dennis Freitas Sr.
He is survived by son Delbert (Vanessa Romo) Freitas of Hanapepe, daughters Diann (Keith) DeLima of Eleele and Nicol (Dean) Nonaka of Hanapepe, stepdaughters Michele Santiago of New York, Monica (George) Lumabao of Waimea, Melissa (Kyle Kaukani) Santiago of Waimea, grandchildren Keith (Allison) Delima of Kekaha, Kyle (Keani) Delima of Eleele, Kell (Cherine) Nonaka of Hanapepe, Sandie (Kaeo) Nonaka of Hanapepe, Austin (Brittnee) Cun-Lara of Waimea, Auslyn (Chance) Cun-Lara of Waimea, Harley Nonaka of Hanapepe, Kai Nokaka of Hanapepe, Keanu Freitas of Oregon, Manase Kahale of Kekaha and Kawika Kahale of Kekaha, John Lumabao of Waimea, Alana (Tawny) Lumabao of Oahu, George Lumabao, and Paigelyn Lumabao of Waimea, great-grandchildren Karissa Nokaka Howard, Kalea Nokaka Howard, Zaiden Lumabao, Phoenix Lumabao-Shea and Mila Jade Lumabao-Shea, brother Leonard Freitas of Koloa, sister Arleen Whittens of Koloa, and numerous aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, May 11, at St. Raphael Church in Koloa from 9 to 9:45 a.m., where Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. The family suggests casual attire.
Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.
Simeon Agustin Patricio
Simeon Agustin Patricio of Kalaheo passed away on March 18, 2019, at his home at the age of 94. He was born on Feb. 15, 1925, in Laoag, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. He was a retired truck driver for McBryde Sugar Company.
He was preceded in death by parents Aparicio and Dorotea Patricio, brothers Rodolfo Patricio and Demision Patricio, and sisters Segunda Patricio and Angeles Patricio.
He is survived by wife Martina Visitacion Patricio, daughters Zosima (Ruben) Bisarra of Santa Clarita, California, and Jennifer Patricio of Honolulu, grandson Ric Bisarra of Santa Clarita, California, granddaughters Roxette Bisarra of Long Beach, California, and Alanis Bisarra of Santa Clarita, California, brother Joel (Imnas) Patricio of the Philippines, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, May 11, at Holy Cross Church in Kalaheo, with visitation from 8:30 a.m. and Mass celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Kauai Memorial Gardens.
The family suggests casual attire.
Janet Hinayo Toyama Naumu
Janet Hinayo Toyama Naumu of Lihue passed away on March 17, 2019, at home. She was born on Nov. 13, 1927, at Kalaheo.
She was preceded in death by husband Wallace Aukai Naumu and son Dwayne Daye Naumu.
She is survived by sons Darryl (Caroline) Naumu and Glenn Naumu, daughter-in-law Ruth Naumu, grandchildren Tiffany, Trisha, Garrett and Krystal Naumu, and great-grandchildren Brenden, Aleajah and Taytra Naumu.
Memorial services will be held on Sunday, May 12, at the Kauai Veterans Center in Lihue at 3 p.m.
Borthwick Kauai Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.
Janet Mitsuko Fujii
Janet Mitsuko Fujii of Lihue passed away at Garden Isle Healthcare on April 16, 2019, at the age of 84. She was born in Lihue on June 23, 1934, and retired as a clerk typist at the state Department of Transportation Highways Division.
She was preceded in death by husband Tonaichi Fujii, brothers Ted Murata, Kiyoshi Murata and Tommy Murata, and sister Josephine Barlow.
She is survived by daughters Lynn (Wayne Toyama) Fujii and Gail (Michael) Oride, brothers Isamo “Mamo” Murata and Robert “Bobby” (Sachiko) Murata, grandchildren Cory Oride and Kelli Oride, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at Lihue Hongwanji Mission on Wednesday, May 15, with visitation is 1 p.m. with services to follow.
Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Ruth Patterson ‘Lover’ Simonson
Ruth Patterson “Lover” Simonson passed away at home in Los Alamitos, California, on Feb. 25, 2019. Born in Hanalei on April 30, 1928, she took shelter under a piano at Punahou School during the attack on Pearl Harbor. She taught school in Kapaa and Honolulu before marrying and relocating to the mainland, where she was a homemaker and community volunteer.
She is survived by husband Gene R. Simonson, and daughters Sigrid (Robert Manwaring) Simonson and Kirstin Simonson.
Family members will scatter her ashes in Hanalei Bay at a later date, as she requested.
Rick ‘Duff’ MacDuff
Rick “Duff” MacDuff, 72, passed away during Easter weekend, 2019, in Kamiah, Idaho. He was born in Omaha on May 15, 1946. He was preceded in death by parents Dick and Dottie MacDuff. He is survived by sisters Peggy of California and Cindy of Colorado, along with an uncle, several nieces and nephews, cousins and his lifelong friends on Kauai and the mainland.
He was born with a fishing rod in his hand. His love of fishing began at a young age in New Jersey and continued through his early years in Tennessee and Florida. He attended Florida State University on a swimming scholarship.
His love of surfing began in Florida in the 1960s. The lure of surfing and fishing took him to Kauai around 1966. He lived on Kauai for over 40 years, mainly in Hanalei. His first job was working for Grace Guslander at the Coco Palms in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Later he cooked at Chuck’s Steak House and CJ’s in Princeville until his relocation to Idaho. He loved surfing, fishing, free diving, storytelling and his friendships while living on Kauai. He had an artistic side and enjoyed creating his lures for tuna fishing and later tying flies for fly fishing in Idaho and other areas.
You left too soon brother, but know you are still casting a line in beautiful waters.