Obituaries for Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Sally Faye Muirhead

Our beloved mother, Sally Faye Muirhead, passed away Sept. 23, 2020, with her family by her side, in her hometown of Waimea.

She was born Oct. 20, 1930, in Mana on the Westside of Kaua‘i. She attended Punahou School, Class of 1948, and she was married to the late Jimmy Muirhead.

They had two children, Matt Muirhead (wife Lisa Muirhead) of Santa Cruz, California, and Jill Muirhead of Waimea. She is also survived by brothers Alan Faye of Princeville, Michael Faye of Waimea and sister Maren Faye of Ashland, Oregon.

She has seven grandkids who she cherished and filled with her gift of joy: Erin Doan, Megan Dennis, Craig Muirhead, Leslie Lu Mayer, all of Santa Cruz, California, Brandon Papworth of Washington, Justin Papworth of Petaluma, California, and Sara Muirhead of San Francisco. She has 12 great-grandchildren and one on the way. All will now grow surrounded by her watchful spirit.

She lived with such joy and humor. People gravitated towards her natural charm. She battled Alzheimer’s for the past seven years in Waimea, just a stone throw from where she grew up. She raised her kids and grandkids with such strength and grace despite the challenge of being a single mother. Her home was always open to everyone, and all felt loved. It was always a mystery who would show up for dinner.

She joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and had many lifelong friends in Kahala, Kekaha, Los Gatos, California and throughout the world. She served a church mission to Australia and spread her aloha to everyone she met.

After spending wonderful years in Campbell, California and Provo, Utah, she moved home to Waimea to retire. She settled into a comfortable life and continued with her passion for knowledge, always surrounded by non-fiction books and trying to learn Norwegian.

The family wants to thank Kaua‘i Care Center in Waimea for all the love, compassion and generosity they gave her. She made wonderful friends there and nothing could stop her smile and laughter.

A celebration of her life will be held next year when family and friends can gather.

Leonarda Valiente Cadiz

Leonarda Valiente Cadiz, of Kapa‘a, passed away on Sept. 12, 2020, at Wilcox Medical Center, at the age of 85. She was born in Isabela, Philippines, on Nov. 26, 1934.

She was a retired housekeeper at Coco Palms Resort.

She was preceded in death by parents Amadeo and Alejandra Valiente, husband Josue Cadiz, sister-in-law Emilia Galiza and daughter-in-law Marilyn Cadiz.

She is survived by daughters Leonila (Ernie) Basconcillo and Florencia (Irwin) Nakamura, sons Leo (Florence) Cadiz and Alex (Laura) Cadiz, sister-in-law Andrea Garcia, grandchildren Janice, Ernette, Lea, Lenny, Liane, Lindsey, Jasmine and Jamie, and great-grandchildren Jaydalyn, Evan, Emily and Brielle.

Friends may visit the family at Aloha Church in Lihu‘e on Saturday, Oct. 10, with visitation at 8:30 a.m. and service at 9:30 a.m.

Burial will follow at Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens in Kapaia.

Borthwick Kaua‘i Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Imelda Udaundo Tacata

Imelda Udaundo Tacata, 64, of Lihu‘e passed away at Wilcox Medical Center on Sept. 11, 2020. She was born in Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, on Dec. 21, 1955, and retired from the Kaua‘i Marriott Resort & Beach Club as a housekeeper.

She was preceded in death by husband Manuel Costa Sr., parents Prudencio and Presentacion Tacata, and sister Elsa Lucas.

She is survived by sons Tommy (Elyse) Navalta and Tryston Dela Cruz, grandsons Canaan and Noah Navalta, sisters Phoebe (Victor) Devera and Mary Jane Olea, brothers James (Hilda) Tacata and Prudencio (Jackie) Tacata Jr., and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Oct. 10, at Immaculate Conception Church, with viewing at 9:30 a.m. and Mass at 10 a.m., with cremation to follow.

Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Irene M. Isonaga

Irene M. Isonaga passed away on Sept. 26, 2020, at her home in Koloa, at the age of 75.

She was born on Sept. 12, 1945, in Lihu‘e. She was a retired teacher from Wilcox Elementary School.

She was preceded in death by parents Kokichi and Yukie Isonaga.

She is survived by nephews Christopher Isonaga and Andrew Isonaga of Kaua‘i, grand-nephew J.R. Sanchez of Kaua‘i, nieces Leah (James) Sanchez of Kaua‘i, brother Eric Isonaga of Lawa‘i, sister Lorna (Stanley) Kapahu of Po‘ipu, and numerous cousins.

Services to be held at a later date. The family request no koden (monetary gifts).

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Flora Leonora Cataluna

Flora Leonora Cataluna, of Koloa, passed away at home on Sept. 17, 2020, at the age of 92.

She was born on Kaua‘i on Dec. 4, 1927.

She was preceded in death by husband Gabriel Cataluna.

She is survived by daughters Aileen Takenaka and Kathleen Murguia, sons Gabriel Cataluna Jr. and Anthony Cataluna, and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Borthwick Kaua‘i Mortuary is assisting the family of arrangements.

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