Obituaries for Sunday, January 24, 2021

Reynalda Evangelista Ramos

Reynalda Evangelista Ramos of Lihu‘e passed away at Wilcox Medical Center on Jan. 17, 2021, at the age of 71. She was born in Orani, Bataan, Philippines, on April 23, 1949. She worked at Wilcox Memorial Hospital as a nurse’s assistant and Wal-Mart as a front associate for many years before retiring due to disability in 2010.

She was preceded in death by husband Samuel Ramos, daughters Michelle and Leilani Ramos, and parents Crispin Evangelista and Anicia Cruz.

She is survived by son Samuel “Jun” (Kanani) Ramos Jr., grandchildren Alyssa Lardizabal, Xandra Ramos-Masumoto, Alexis Ramos, Pua‘ala, Lei‘ala and Kapono Akui-Ramos, in-laws Reynaldo (Marjorie) Ramos, German (Mila) Ramos, Crescencio “Cres” (Becky) Ramos, Jerry (Emily) Ramos and Gladdy (Angel) Palaroan, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 13, at Immaculate Conception Church. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. with Mass to follow at 10 a.m. Burial of her ashes will follow at Lihu‘e Cemetery.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Dianna Ka‘alolani Yuk Lan Kaulili Phillips

Dianna Ka‘alolani Yuk Lan Kaulili Phillips of Lawa‘i passed away at home on Jan. 1, 2021, at the age of 68. She was born Sept. 14, 1952, in Lihu‘e, and was a retired social worker, having worked most recently for the state of Hawai‘i.

She was preceded in death by parents Springwater O. Kaulili and Marjorie Mew Lan (Seto) Kaulili.

She is survived by husband Kelley Phillips, daughter Sara of Seattle, son Andrew (Ha‘eha‘e) of Kula, Maui, grandchildren Ethan ‘Akahi, Riley ‘Aukai, Eli Nape, Eliyanah Tita and Micah Lamaku, brother Springwater (Verna) Kaulili, sisters Donna (Henry) Kupahu, Doreen Kaulili, Dannette (Kevin) Takahashi and Debby Kaulili, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A COVID-19-safe visitation and service is Thursday, Jan. 28, at 10 a.m. at Borthwick Kaua‘i Mortuary chapel in Koloa. A safe, outdoor celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 30, at Prince Kuhio Park at Ho‘ai.

Patsy Katsuno Kuwata

Patsy Katsuno Kuwata, daughter of Haruo and Kiyoko Akiyama, passed away in Torrance, California, at the age of 87. She was born on April 14, 1933, in ‘Ele‘ele. She grew up in Hanapepe, then left for Los Angeles to find work. In Los Angeles, she married Frank Kuwata. They had two sons, Dean and Kevin.

After her sons grew up, she went back to work as an executive secretary for Hughes Aircraft. She worked until after her husband retired. She enjoyed cooking, and baking cakes and pies for special occasions, sewing, crafts, gardening, tai chi chuan and ceramics. Anyone who knew her could attest to the fact that she excelled at all of these. She also enjoyed taking trips to Las Vegas and Hawai‘i with her husband.

Patsy and Frank Kuwata were devout members of the congregation at the Gardena Valley Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by father Haruo Akiyama and mother Kiyoko, husband Frank Kuwata, eldest son Dean Kuwata and sister June Shishido.

She is survived by brother James Akiyama, sisters Carol Akiyama and Amy Sagawa, youngest son Kevin Kuwata and numerous nieces and nephews.

She will be interred with her husband at the Hanapepe Veterans Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. The family was assisted by Los Angeles Cremation in Redondo Beach.

Angeline Welk

Angeline Welk passed away on Jan. 18, 2021, in Lihu‘e. She was born in Hague, North Dakota, daughter of Joseph and Barbara (Baumgartner) Welk.

From North Dakota she journeyed forth to numerous states throughout her life, namely Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, California, Arizona, Oregon and Hawai‘i, where she lived in Princeville.

She was a teacher of the sciences and a prolific author. She used her gifts of writing to share her knowledge of the power of handwriting through the alphabet, sharing her workbooks, published books, articles in local newspapers and literary skills in her creative works. Her periodic column in The Garden Island was titled “Handwriting: Wisdom of the Heart.”

She was noted for her love of simplicity and demonstrated it through her lifestyle, which also blessed her with a vast variety of friends.

Her published books are available on, and her recent quotes can be seen on YouTube.

She was preceded in death by parents, sisters Mary (Welk) Weigel (spouse Louie) and Ermina (Welk) Gross (spouse Edmund), brother Gabriel Welk (spouse Alice) and brother-in-law James Kline.

She is survived by sisters Dolores (Welk) Kline of Chandler, Arizona, and Loretta (Welk) Jung (spouse, Oliver) of Jamestown, North Dakota, and many nieces and nephews.

A private celebration of life is being planned.


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