Obituaries for Friday, September 6, 2019

Phil Scott

Phil Scott passed away peacefully at his residence at the age of 85.

He attended Colorado State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in biological science, focusing on botany and plant pathology. He married his college sweetheart and love of his life, Eldean. They were inseparable.

He was stationed at Schofield Barracks as a first lieutenant, field artillery (1956-58). He began working at Hawaiian Sugar Planters Association as a lab bottle-washer. He entered the HSPA trainee program and started on-the-job training at different plantations throughout Hawaii.

He started at Grove Farm Plantation, then Hawaiian Ag. Co in Pahala, and finally at Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Co. on Maui. In 1960, He was hired by HC&S as a junior assistant agriculturist. He advanced through the company to eventually become assistant manager of HC&S, in 1974. He was also manager of East Maui Irrigation Co. from 1960 to 1982.

In 1982, he was promoted to general manager of McBryde Sugar Co. There, he began to investigate alternative crops — petal (perfume industry), macadamia nuts, tea and coffee. Coffee showed the greatest promise.

In 1987, McBryde transformed into Kauai Coffee, which at that time was the largest producer of coffee in Hawaii. It continues to be the largest producer in not only Hawaii but also in the U.S.

He planned to retire in 1992 but stayed on due to Hurricane Iniki damaging much of the crops. He retired in June 1993 after 35 years in the sugar industry.

He grew up on a farm in Illinois but lived the last 63 years in Hawaii. He was honored to work with and become friends with people of diverse backgrounds. He served the community as chairman for the board of directors for Kukuiolono Park Trust, Island School board of trustees and Antone &Edene Vidinha Charitable Trust distribution.

He was a talented wood craftsman. He also loved country music, cribbage, trapshooting, gardening, Disney trips, annual Colorado ski trips and walking his labs, Dolly and Babe.

His greatest joy was spending time with his family. He was loved and adored by many. His humor, gentle, kind, playful and generous spirit are greatly missed. We will carry these qualities in our memories and hearts always.

He was preceded in death by Eldean, his loving wife of 60 years.

He is survived by his daughter Cyndy Bear (Dave) Jordan, son Phil (Karen) Scott, grandchildren Hokulani (Eric) Fujikawa, Kaimana Jordan and Krista (Jared) Miller, and great-grandchildren Keira Sky Fujikawa, Enzo Fujikawa and Kaylee Miller.

Kauai Memorial Gardens assisted the family with arrangements.

Gladys Lorraine Oshita

Gladys Lorraine Oshita passed way on Aug. 4, 2019, at the age of 84.

She was born on Oct. 25, 1934, in Kealia, and was a retired sales manager.

She was preceded in death by parents Jacintho Duarte Sr. and Odelia Duarte, husband James Oshita, sisters Eleanor Almeida and Katherine Summers, and brother Edwin “Dosha” Duarte.

She is survived by son Randy (Susan) Oshita of Anahola and daughter Denise Oshita-Philips of California, grandchildren Keith (Ehu Pia) Oshita, Kierstyn (Jimmy Guerrero) Oshita, Ray Yamasaki and Jade Philips, great-grandchildren Rider-Lei, Amber, Haylee, Braydan and Cheydan, brothers Raymond Duarte and Jacintho “Junie” (Carol) Duarte, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends and family may visit on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at St. Catherine Church in Kapaa, where services will be held at 9:30 a.m.

Burial will follow at St. Catherine Cemetery in Kealia.

Joseph ‘Joe’ Ornellas Jr.

Joseph “Joe” Ornellas Jr. was born on Jan. 6, 1930, on Kauai. He passed away on Aug. 2, 2019, at the age of 89, and was a truck driver.

He was preceded in death by wife Dorothy Ornellas, parents Joseph Sr. and Irma Ornellas, and daughters Jodine Silva and Carleen Watson.

He is survived by daughters, Sheila (Jazz) Richbow and Cozy Whitfield, sons Joseph David Ornellas, Matthew (Liz) Ornellas, Quintin (Alma) Ornellas and Milton (Debbie) Ornellas, and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Friends may visit with the family from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, at Borthwick Kauai Mortuary in Koloa, where services will begin at 11 a.m.

Burial will follow at Kauai Memorial Gardens in Kapaia.

The family requests casual attire.

Borthwick Kauai Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Yolanda (Bunnie) Garma Baldwin

Yolanda (Bunnie) Garma Baldwin of Kapahi, born April 29, 1941, passed away on Aug. 28, 2019, at the age of 78.

She was preceded in death by parents Ricardo and Marciana Garma of Hanalei.

She is survived by her husband of 27 years, George Baldwin, brothers Richardo (Carol) Garma Jr. of Hanalei and Norbert Garma of Hanalei, sisters Rosalina Linda (Ernie) Ancheta of Kapahi, Leona Lemn of Anahola, cousin Sally Abe, and many nieces, nephews and close friends.

She was born in Lihue and raised in Hanalei. She attended Hanalei School and Kapaa High School. She loved children, fishing off of the Hanalei Pier, and family gatherings, and she looked forward to the Garmas’ annual Christmas parties on their family taro farm, year after year.

She was a self-taught artist and she mastered landscape paintings which now cover the walls of their plantation home for family and friends to enjoy. She was a very serious health and fitness gal in her prime. Other hobbies and interests she had were getting up early every Saturday morning in search of wonderful deals and treasures at garage sales throughout the island with her sisters and friends.

She re-purposed these finds and decorated their home interior with an accent of a vintage look. She was a wonderful cook, homemaker, and a true Proverbs 31 wife who loved to sew and make beautiful things out of fabric as well as creating custom jewelry.

Lastly, she loved plants. She gathered plant clippings from throughout the island and, in a short time, she and her husband turned their yard into a vibrant and thriving, small-scale, local botanical garden. Her plants and vibrant back yard were her special place where she found much tranquility, relaxation, and had endless talks with her Lord and Savior Jesus, who she resides with this very moment.

She leaves a lasting legacy of being one with a soft voice, gentle words and slow to anger. Her passion for plants and greenery will live on in many backyards throughout the island from clippings from her backyard.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Sept. 7, at 10 a.m., with a luncheon to follow, at the family home in Kapahi, at 7290 Kahuna Road.

Happy Sueno Haraguchi

Happy Sueno Haraguchi passed away in Hanalei on July 27, 2019, at the age of 90. She was born Jan. 1, 1929, in Hanalei. She was a housewife.

She was preceded in death by husband Tomio Haraguchi, daughter May Haraguchi, brothers Henry, Fred and Saburo Fujii, and sisters Betsy Matsumoto and Helen Kodama.

She is survived by sons Wesley (Tammie) Haraguchi of Hanalei, Irwin (Sherlyn) Haraguchi of Kilauea and Nathan (Sandy) Haraguchi of Bossier City, Louisiana, daughter Hester Haraguchi of Rock Springs, Wyoming, grandchildren Paul (Ashlee) Haraguchi, Randall (Emelia) Haraguchi, Kyle (Taryn) Haraguchi, Kelsey (Geomar Tabalno) Haraguchi, Sondra (George) Cobb, Nathan David (Caroline) Haraguchi and John Tomio (Sarah) Haraguchi, great-grandchildren Mason and Grace Cobb, Kyleigh, John Tomio Jr., Jaxon, Bishop, Noah, Lilah, Kanaloa, Kynlee, Tomio Haraguchi, Shyla Tabalno, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Private services were held. The family requests no koden (monetary gifts).

Arrangements were provided by Garden Island Mortuary.

John Daniel Lapean

John Daniel Lapean, 85, left for heaven Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, from his home in Nokomis, Florida.

His wife of 58 years was with him and was held tightly by God and by their son, Shamus, when he passed peacefully.

He attended school in Greenfield, Massachusetts, and received his master’s degree in education from Boston College.

He met and married his wife, Shirley, while both were teaching in Weymouth, Massachusetts.

He was a dedicated elementary school teacher for 37 years, also serving as principal for some of those years. During his 37 years of teaching he was voted teacher of the year and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship as an exchange teacher in New Zealand in 1964.

He loved to watch and play soccer. He was the soccer coach at Greenfield High School for many years, and was recognized years later in his college’s Hall of Fame for an undefeated season.

He was drafted and served in the U.S. Army for two years.

He was a devoted parishioner and eucharistic minister at Blessed Sacrament Church in Greenfield, Massachusetts, and was an eucharistic minister and in the choir at St. Catherine Church in Kapaa, and a daily communicate at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Osprey, Florida.

He and his wife traveled extensively, to every continent except Antarctica, and all 50 states.

He is survived by wife Shirley, children Anastasia “Maria” (Wesley) Ballesteros of Kauai, Shawn and his wife, Barb, of Naperville, Illinois, son Anthony and his wife, Cindy, of Shaftsbury, Vermont, daughter Kateri and her husband, Lambert, of Belcourt, North Dakota, son Shamus and his wife, Emeline, of Nokomis, Florida, daughter Stephanie and her husband, Tom, of West Wareham, Massachusetts, 16 grandchildren, one of which is on a 10-year journey to be ordained a Jesuit priest, sister Patty, sister-in-law Ruth Spellman, cousin Peter Conway, and very close friends William and Judie Staples.

He was preceded in death by infant son Isador, and granddaughter Celine.

A liturgy of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Osprey, Florida. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Greenfield, Massachusetts.


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