Obituaries for Friday, September 18, 2020

Ilona Souza

Ilona Souza, 71, passed away on Sept. 6, 2020, at her residence in Lihu‘e.

She was born in Lihu‘e to Manuel Prioste and Adelaide Kaiawe Gifford on Feb. 3, 1949. She went to school at Kaua‘i High and continued her education at Kamehameha before graduating in 1967. In her professional capacity, she worked at Bank of Hawaii as the executive secretary to the vice president, and later in various positions for 48 years. In her spare time, she greatly enjoyed calligraphy and travel.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Emery Gifford, and sisters Marie Watson and Lynette Vaughan.

She is survived by sons Marc (Heidi) Souza and Michael Prioste of Honolulu, nieces Terri (Scott) Knight of Maui and Chrissy Gove of Ketchum, Idaho, nephew Patrick (Kimberly) Beaman of Nampa, Idaho, grandchildren Colbee Prioste and Gabriel Fujinaga, and grandnieces Lare’e (Chad) Chikahiro of Lawa‘i and Jaimee (Andrew) Castillo Kuloloia of Wailuku, Maui.

Private visitation will be held for immediate family members only.

Due to the current pandemic, there will be no funeral services, and the burial will be at a later date. Borthwick Kaua‘i Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Henry Fernandez

Henry Fernandez, of Roy, Washington, passed away on Aug. 31, 2020, at the age of 74.

He was born on Dec. 4, 1945, in Waimea. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany and Vietnam. He retired as a civilian worker at the Army base in Ft. Lewis, Washington.

He was preceded in death by father Ralph Dominador Fernandez of Kekaha, mother Rosita Aperto Naumu of Honolulu, and brother Edward (Georgia) Fernandez of Kekaha.

He is survived by wife Carmen Sinek Fernandez, children Frank (Tricia) Sinek, Marie Monet (George Kimber) and Joe Sinek, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, brothers Melvin Fernandez of Portsmouth, Rhode Island and Daniel Fernandez of Kekaha, sisters Bernice Wade of Kekaha, Katherine Dilwith of Reno, Nevada, and Jeanette Pahota of Keizer, Oregon, maternal aunt Nora Aperto Cataluna of Koloa, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, his celebration of life and internment will be announced at a later date. For more information, contact Daniel Fernandez, 337-1443.

Sylvia ‘Momi’ Fong Cole

5/22/1936 – 8/16/2020

Sylvia “Momi” Fong Cole, 84, of Anahola, passed away on Aug. 16, 2020, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital. She was born on May 22, 1936 and worked as a preschool teacher at Kapa‘a Head Start.

She was preceded in death by mother Elizabeth Bautista, stepfather Felipe C. Bautista Sr., brother Felipe C. Bautista Jr., husbands Stanley A. Cole and Samuel K. Peahu Jr., and stepson, Severo (Shirley) Cole.

She is survived by children Twila (Charles) Dependahl, Twayne K. (Sherri) Cole Sr., Twanda Cole and Twyus Peahu, stepchildren Cyrila (James) Pycha, Anthony (Trudy) Cole, Marilyn (Mark) Mohler, David (Debbie) Cole, Samuel K. Peahu III, David Peahu and Anna Peahu, over 60 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and a large extended family.

A private family celebration of life was held on Aug. 28, to spread her ashes in Anahola, where she lived most of her life.

Borthwick Kaua‘i Mortuary assisted the family with arrangements.


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