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, 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, 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. They were devout members of the congregation at the Gardena Valley Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by father Haruo Akiyama, mother Kiyoko Akiyama, husband Frank Kuwata, eldest son Dean Kuwata and sister June Shishido.
She is survived by brother James Akiyama, sisters Carol Akiyama, and Amy Sagawa, numerous nieces and nephews, and youngest son Kevin Kuwata.
She will be interred with her husband at the Hanapepe Kaua‘i Veterans Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held on a later date.
Los Angeles Cremation in Redondo Beach is assisting the family with arrangements.
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 Memoril Hospital as a nurse’s assistant, and at 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 and 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 is Saturday, Feb. 13, at Immaculate Conception Church. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. with Mass to follow at 10 a.m. There will be a burial of her ashes to follow at Lihue Cemetery.
Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.
Patrick H. Ishii
Patrick H. Ishii, 73, of Lawa‘i, passed away on Jan. 19, 2021, at Wilcox Medical Center. He was born in Koloa on June 24, 1947. He served in the U.S. Army and retired as a journeyman glazier.
He was preceded in death by parents Hideaki and Yoshino Ishii, son Shawn Ishii, and brothers Steve and Scott Ishii.
He is survived by wife Kathy Ishii, son Chad Ishii, sister Sheila (David) Hoota, three grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Private services will be held due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Mildred ‘Millie’ Nunes Orsatelli
Mildred “Millie” Nunes Orsatelli passed away on Dec. 27, 2020, at the age of 91. She was born in Pakala on Dec. 25, 1929. She was employed by Medeiros Farms in Kalaheo.
She was preceded in death by parents Joseph and Octavia Nunes, husband Stanley Orsatelli Sr., brothers Robert and Timothy Nunes, daughter Valerie Camara, son Jeffery Orsatelli and grandson Toby Orsatelli.
She is survived by daughter Deborah (Clifford) Pimental, sons Robert (Cheryle) Orsatelli, Stanley Orsatelli and David Orsatelli, son-in-law Wayne Camara, daughter-in-law Bridgette Orsatelli, sisters Shirley Martin and Loretta Grace, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Her celebration of life will be private.
Borthwick Kaua‘i Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangementrs.
Leonard Esona Sr.
Leonard Esona Sr., 75, of Las Vegas, passed away at the North Las Vegas VA Medical Center on Jan. 16, 2021. He was born on April 15, 1945, in Waimea. He was employed by and retired as a supervisor from Lihu‘e Plantation Company. After his retirement he moved to Las Vegas.
He proudly served his time in the Army in Vietnam. In his spare time he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, outdoor activities of fishing, swimming and gardening. He was the family barbecue master.
He was preceded in death by parents Leoncio Esona and Isabello and Hilda (Bansole) Arcangel, brother Owen S. Esona, sister Cybil L. Esona and son-in-law, Lionel E.K. Gonsalves.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Yolanda Esona, daughters Cesili Gonsalves of Lihu‘e, Nicole (Kenneth) Carvalho of Waimea, Shan (Charlan Mano‘i) Esona of Las Vegas and Kabbie (Aaron) Koshan of Las Vegas, son Leonard Esona Jr of Las Vegas, grandchildren Bryson (Kaira Kupihea) Gonsalves, Alexis Youn-Esona, Trinity Koshan, Kailah Esona, Brianni Higashi, Kiana Carvalho, Sanoe Carvalho, Reef Carvalho, Justin Bonachita-Esona, Cyann Akaji, Kanan Akaji, Diesel Mano‘i, Keli‘i Esona, Kaylee Esona, Kai Esona and Kaleb Esona, great-grandchildren Ayva-Marie and Ayden-Brock Gonsalves, loyal and loving furry companion, Elu, brothers Steven (Edna) Esona of Wahiawa and Alvin (Agatha) Esona of Waipahu, mother-in-law Consuelo Remigio of Kapa‘a, sister-in-laws Gloria (Dennis) Bonilla of ‘Oma‘o and Lorna Navarro of Lihu‘e, brothers-in-law Ronnie (Sadie) Remigio of Kekaha and Gary (Jennifer) Remigio of Lihu‘e, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at a later date.