Catalina Jane ‘Cathy’ Counts
Catalina Jane “Cathy” Counts, 73, of Lawa‘i, passed away on Dec. 2, 2020, at Wilcox Medical Center. She was born on Aug. 15, 1947, on Kaua‘i, was retired from the U.S. Air Force and was a Desert Storm veteran.
She was preceded in death by father Solomon Vegas and mother Jane Vegas.
She is survived by husband Daniel (Dan) Counts, son Kyle Rajkowski, granddaughter Jennifer (Jacob) Busick of Missouri, sister Candita (Alan Mendoro), brothers Joseph (Janet), Charles (Betty-Ann), Bob (Angie) and Vincent (Josephine), six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Due to the COVID pandemic, a celebration of life will be held at a later date, with internment at the Kaua‘i Veteran’s Cemetery in Hanapepe.
Dardanelle F. Ka‘auwai
Dardanelle F. Ka‘auwai passed away on Nov. 29, 2020, at the age of 67. She was born April 16, 1953 in Honolulu, and was the retired director of St. Francis Home Care Services Kaua‘i.
She was preceded in death by parents Pearl and Antonio Perry.
She is survived by loving husband Jake Ka‘auwai, sons Richard and Keoni Burkhart, brothers and sisters Mahealani Wendt, Warren C.R. Perry, Darryl D. Perry, Dave A. Perez, Moses Martinez and Alexis King, grandchildren Hanalei, Maile and James Burkhart, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She conquered all that she wanted in life. Her final days were spent defeating great adversity in health and devoting herself to her grandchildren.
Private services to be held later at a later date due to COVID-19.
William ‘Bill’ Harry Adams
May 28, 1948- Dec. 11, 2020
William “Bill” Harry Adams, a longtime resident of Kaua‘i, passed away peacefully in his home in Las Cruces, New Mexico, on Dec. 11, 2020.
He was born in Escondido, California, and moved to Hawai‘i Island as a young adult with his then-wife, Natalie. They settled in Kohala to raise their three daughters.
He was a master craftsman and builder, and in his earlier years he and his wife were leather artisans. He loved making art, and the red hibiscus flower of Hawai‘i was perhaps his favorite inspiration.
He had a love for all animals, nature and the ocean. He grew up surfing and skateboarding in San Diego. He had a tremendous love for the open road, and loved to fish. A true child of the ’50s, he loved rock ‘n’ roll, especially The Moody Blues, The Rolling Stones and The Doors. He also loved to read.
He always offered a smile, a “howzit,” and shaka to everyone. He had a generous spirit and would give the shirt off his back if someone needed it more.
He was preceded in death by parents Harry and Maxine Adams, sister Rose, and longtime companion and friend Teresita Maximo.
He is survived by daughters Lorain, Moani and Natalie, and granddaughter Dominique (Nicki).
Frederico B. Bergonia
Frederico B. Bergonia passed away on Dec. 14, 2020, at the age of 93, at Wilcox Medical Center.
He was born on Feb. 19, 1927, in Lihu‘e, and was a labor irrigator with Lihu‘e Plantation Company.
He was preceded in death by wife Florencia Bergonia, daughters Frances Bergonia and Freida Bergonia, parents Eugenio and Maria Bergonia, brothers Martin Bergonia, Victorino Bergonia and Benny Bergonia, and sister Marcela Basconcillio.
He is survived by son Frederick D. (Germaline) Bergonia of Hanama‘ulu, grandchildren Bryson Bergonia and Kimberly Ovalles-Bergonia, brother Julian (Lani) Bergonia of California, sisters Marciana (Alfredo) Ballesteros of Hanama‘ulu, Esbella Moreno of California and Lapaz Fisher of Maryland, and by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation is at Garden Island Mortuary on Monday, Jan. 4, from 5 to 9 p.m., with rosary at 6:30 p.m. Mass will be held at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church on Tuesday, Jan. 5.
Due to COVID-19, social distancing and masks are required.
The family suggests casual attire and welcomes flowers.
Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.