Obituaries for Friday, June 21, 2019

Gwendolyn Pualani Pascua

Gwendolyn Pualani Pascua passed away in Waimea on June 11, 2019, at the age of 82. She was born Oct. 5, 1936, in Waimea. She was a telephone operator with Hawaiian Tel.

She was preceded in death by parents Paul W. Akana and Juliette K. Akana and brother Paul L. Akana.

She is survived by sons Edward P.K. Pascua of Waimea and Cree K. (Lylah) Akana of Honolulu, daughters Jade-Lee McCoy of Waimea, Kelli-Jo L. Medeiros of Orlando, Florida, and Pamelyn M. (Thomas) Caldwell of Waimea, 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, brother Bernard K. (Debbie) Akana of Eleele, sister Harriette K. Char of Honolulu, and by numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life and scattering of ashes will occur at a later date.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Rosemary Sheehan

Rosemary Sheehan died on June 18, 2019, at her home in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota.

The funeral service will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Wednesday, June 26, at 10:30 a.m., with her son, the Rev. John Sheehan, her brother, the Rev. John McGuirk, and the Rev. Terry Roder concelebrating.

Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, LeMars, Iowa, on Thursday, June 27 at 10 a.m. Visitation will be on Tuesday, June 25, from 4 to 8 p.m., with the family present at 6 p.m. and a vigil service beginning at 7 p.m. at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel. Online condolences may be offered to the family at

She was preceded in death by her parents, Benedict V. McGuirk and Marguetite (Mannion) McGuirl.

She was born on June 28, 1938, in Sioux City, Iowa, to Benedict V. McGuirk and Marguerite (Mannion) McGuirk. She graduated from Heelan High School. She attended Clarke College in Dubuque and the University of Vienna as an undergraduate. She received a master’s degree in English from the University of South Dakota.

On Sept. 30, 1961, she married James Sheehan at Blessed Sacrament Church in Sioux City. They lived in LeMars, Iowa, from 1961 to 1968. She was a member of the LeMars Library Board, AAUW and other organizations.

For about 25 years the family lived in Pierson, Iowa, where James Sheehan was president of the Farmers Savings Bank. She was a Girl Scout leader and CCD teacher.

In 1977 she graduated from the University Of South Dakota School Of Law. She practiced with the firm of Crary Huff in Sioux City and Pierson for about 35 years. She was a licensed member of the Iowa and South Dakota bar. She was a past president of the Siouxland Estate Planning Council.

She was twice chairman of the Iowa Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Committee when the committee shepherded passage of several articles of the Uniform Commercial Code. She was a past president of the Sioux City Symphony Association and longtime board member and a member of the original board of directors of the Siouxland Economic Development Corporation.

During her retirement, she volunteered as a court-appointed advocate in Juvenile Court, tutored a GED student through WIT, and was a docent at the Sioux City Art Center. She enjoyed traveling worldwide, walking with husband James “Jim” Sheehan, reading, and researching family history.

Her family was most important to her. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, James Sheehan, son the Rev. John Sheehan of Monticello, New York, daughter Julie Anne Sheehan and grandson Miles Mannion Thorsen of East Quogue, New York, son Robert (Sarah) Sheehan of New York City, siblings Macrina (Bob) Sudbeck, the Rev. John McGuirk, Sister Margaret McGuirk, O.P., Joanna (Larry) Lindberg and Paul (Mary) McGuirk, and by many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Leighton Roy Cabreira Sr.

Leighton Roy Cabreira Sr., 68, of Kapaa, passed away at home on June 10, 2019. He was born in Hilo, Hawaii, on July 9, 1950, and was the owner of Cabreira’s Plumbing.

He was preceded in death by father Oliver Cabreira Sr., mother Ethel Martinez, and brother Oliver Cabreira Jr.

He is survived by wife Ann Cabreira, father Manuel Martinez, sisters Gwen Cabreira and Carol Kekaualua, brother Joey (Juanita) Cabreira, children Leighton (Shawnita) Cabreira Jr., ClaraLei (Doug) Peterson, Kevin (Kimie) Cabreira Sr., Kelly (Ken) Parkman and Scott (Leah) Burton, grandchildren Leighton Cabreira III, La‘akea Cabreira, Shawnissa Cabreira, Cris Cabreira, Cierra Peterson, Kayen Cabreira, Sade Reuarin, Matthew (Brittney) Cabreira, Casey Greenwood, Kevin Cabreira Jr., Preston Cabreira, Cody Cabreira, Kailee Cabreira, Samantha Cabreira, Elise Burton and Samuel Burton, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 29, at Aloha Church, with visitation from 10 a.m. and services beginning at 11:30 a.m.

The family graciously declines floral wreaths.

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

David Koerte Jr.

David Koerte Jr. passed away In Lihue on June 6, 2019, at the age of 82. He was born on Sept. 20, 1936, in Lihue, and was a retired supervising electrician at Lihue Plantation Company.

He was preceded in death by father David Koerte Sr., mother Conception Medina, sister Jeanette Koerte, and brother-in-law Louis Pontes.

He is survived by wife Marlow Koerte of Kapaa, sons David Koerte III of Las Vegas, Michael (Lu) Koerte of Kekaha and Davin (Blazey) Koerte of Kapaa, stepdaughter Tina Silva, grandchildren Danielle Koerte, David Koerte IV, Ui Costales, Michael K. Koerte, Tia Koerte, Cassandra Koerte and Michelle Enele, one great-great-grandchild, and numerous great-grandchildren, and sisters Rose (Jose) Castillo of El Paso, Texas and Eleanor Pontes of Kalaheo.

Services will be held on Wednesday, June 26, at Lihue First Church (behind King Auto Center), with visitation from 9 to 10:30 a.m., and a celebration of life from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Inurnment will follow at Hanapepe Veterans Cemetery from 1:30 to 2 p.m., with lunch to follow at the Hanapepe tennis court pavilion. The family suggests casual attire and requests that flowers be omitted.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Doris M. ‘Dolores’ McKenna

Doris M. “Dolores” McKenna was born on March 6, 1925, in Des Moines, Iowa. She moved to Kauai in 1976, where she resided until she passed peacefully on June 1, 2019, at the age of 94.

She was a homemaker.

She is survived by sons Patrick (Diane) McKenna of Arroyo Grande, California, Timothy (Cathy) McKenna of Kekaha and Dennis McKenna of Nipomo, California, daughters Peggy (Gary) Yatsuoka of Waimea and Sheila (Alfred) Ringor of Puhi, hanai daughter Cindy Foresee of Shell Beach, California, eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be held on Monday, June 24, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Waimea, with visitation from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. A celebration of life will take place from 9:30 to 10 a.m., and prayer will be held at 10 a.m.

Burial will follow at Kekaha Public Cemetery. The family suggests casual attire.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.


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