Obituaries for Sunday, January 31, 2021

Caridad Pillos Taylan

Caridad Pillos Taylan passed away on Jan. 18, 2021, at the age of 80, at Garden Isle Healthcare & Rehabilitation in Lihu‘e.

She was born on Oct. 29, 1940, in Dingras, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. She was a housekeeper at Coco Palms Resort Hotel and a custodian at Kaua‘i High School.

She was preceded in death by husband Jesus Taylan, Sr., father Fernando Pillos, mother Pelagia Balagat Pillos, and brother Alejandrino Pillos.

She is survived by sons Efren (Glory) Taylan of Puhi, Gil Taylan of the Philippines, Jesmel (Teri) Taylan of Hilo, Jesus (Airah) Taylan Jr. of Las Vegas, daughter Nancy (Alex) Cezar of Puhi, grandchildren Joy Fusco, Jennifer Carvalho, Kira Taylan, Travis Taylan, Andrew Cezar, Jessica Cezar, Keiki Goo-Taylan and Kaluka Goo-Taylan, numerous great-grandchildren, brother Conrado (Maria) Pillos Sr. of Puhi, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A walk-thru visitation will take place at Garden Island Mortuary on Friday, Feb. 5, from 5 to 9 p.m.

Mass will be held at Immaculate Conception Church on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 10 a.m. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

Due to COVID-19, social distancing and masks are required.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Vernon Lee Kahui‘nalu Kumu‘waina o‘kalani Niau

Vernon Lee Kahui‘nalu “Kahui” Kumu‘waina o‘kalani Niau, 34, of Kaua‘i, was born on Sept. 29, 1986, and died Jan. 9, 2021 on O‘ahu.

He was preceded in death by parents Lillian “Melia” Niau and Lyle Lee Sperry

He is survived by children Melia Yoshioka-Niau, Elijah Yoshioka and Sanoe Yoshioka-Niau, and brother Kawai Niau.

A safe, outdoor celebration of life will be held at Salt Pond Beach Park on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 1 p.m., with the spreading of his ashes to be followed.

William ‘Eli’ Brede Jr.

William “Eli” Brede Jr., a U.S. Marine veteran of the Korean War, passed away at Garden Isle Health Care & Rehabilitation on Jan. 16, 2021 at the age of 86.

Born on Aug. 14, 1934, in Honolulu, he was a manager for Big Three Industries.

He was preceded in death by parents Julia and William Brede Sr., first wife Juliette Brede, sister Julia “Ulu” Kauwe, brother Paul Brede Sr., sons William Brede III and Gilmath Brede and daughter Debbie Balai.

He is survived by wife Helen Kon Brede, brother Lono (Laverne) Brede, daughter Julieann “Tweety” (Gilbert) Balai, son Shane (Sue) Brede, sisters Mary (Ben) Aranio, Hazel Aki, stepdaughters Helen (Bobby) “Sweetie” Azevedo, Maryalice “Momi” Furtado, Lavern Sa and Leona (Robert) Sa-McDermott, 20 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life is Friday, Feb. 12, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kapa‘a, with visitation at 10 a.m. and and services at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Kaua‘i Veterans Cemetery in Hanapepe.

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

Magdalena Patricia ‘Maggie’ Tremaine

Sept. 6, 1942 Jan. 20, 2021

With great sadness we announce the unexpected passing of our mother Magdalena Patricia “Maggie” Tremaine, 78, of Lihu‘e. She was born in Honolulu and moved to Kaua‘i in the 1960s.

She was an avid golfer and bowler. She was a member of the Mokihana Bowling League and a member of the Fil/Am Golf Club on Kaua‘i. She loved sports, and encouraged her children and grandchildren to participate in school sports. She was mostly known for her generosity and hospitality for her family, friends and acquaintances.

Her personality was reflected in her beautiful smile. She worked as a bartender for the old Kaua‘i Surf Hotel for decades. Her last job was working for the County of Kaua‘i driving the Handi-Van.

She was preceded by husband John K. Tremaine Jr. and by her brothers and sisters Carole Mole, William Cabus, Lucio Cabus Jr. and Irma Tam.

She is survived by brother Phillip Tam, children Victoria Ann (Amos) Tamura, Clayton Paul (Mary Ann) delos Santos, Brenda (Eddie) Viernes, Karen delos Santos, Nadine (Solomon) Tam-Ito, Rochelle (Barry) Stark-White, Edward (Sandra) Kanda Jr. and Roxanne (Keoki) Palau, 20 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson, plus many cousins, nieces and nephews.

She passed away peacefully at Pali Momi Medical Center on Jan. 20, 2021, with her daughter Victoria by her side. She will be greatly missed but never forgotten as a pillar of our ‘ohana.

Services will be provided by Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home at 4716 Ma‘alo Rd., Lihue, HI 96766. Viewing will be Saturday, Feb. 13, from 10 a.m. to noon. Burial will follow at 1 p.m. at the Kaua‘i Veterans Cemetery at 4331 Lele Road, Hanapepe, HI 96716.

The family requests semiformal attire. Due to COVID-19, safe distancing will be observed and coordinated by the staff of Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home.

Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home 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 Memorial 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.

Beverly Ann Brill-Phelps

Beverly Ann Brill-Phelps was born Dec. 5, 1938, in Mobile, Alabama, to Charles Oscar and Harriet Coon Brill, and passed from this life Jan. 10, 2021, in Kennesaw, Georgia.

She was preceded in death by parents, four brothers and one sister.

She is survived by her loving and devoted husband, James Phelps of Kennesaw, Georgia, daughter Jacquelyn Michelle (Charles) Brill Sands of Soddy Daisy, Tennessee, son Robert Wesley Sands (Melinda) of Powder Springs, Georgia, son Adam (Heather) Phelps of Kauai, and daughter Amanda Phelps (Taurus) Moore of Phoenix, 10 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, sister Harriet Brill (Perry) Outlaw of Fairhope Alabama, sister Betty Brill Hood of Daphne, Alabama, brother Carl A. (Sandi) Brill of Daphne, Alabama, sister-in-law Ruby Brill of Summerdale, Alabama, and several nieces and nephews. She will forever be remembered for her caring spirit and her love for gatherings of family and her many friends.

She was a long-time resident of Kaua‘i’s North Shore, and lovingly conducted many beautiful weddings on their property in Ha‘ena with the majesty of both Mount Makana and the ocean serving as their companions.

The beauty of her spirit was the very meaning of the Christmas season, which she loved passionately. All year long, her home created the feeling most people experience only for a short time each year. Beverly Brill-Phelps lived out the joy of the most blessed gift of her father God when he sent His Son at Christmas time, in every way, on every day.

Sueno Eleanor Kunimura

Sueno Eleanor Kunimura, 101, passed away on Jan. 10, 2021, on Kaua‘i. She was born on June 3, 1919 in Makaweli. She was a retired executive housekeeper at the Sheraton Kaua‘i Resort.

Her passion was growing and enjoying the beautiful flowers in her garden.

She was preceded in death by husband Robert Y. Kunimura.

She is survived by children Dennis (Barbara) Kunimura, Sanie Kouchi, Jinny (James) Fujimori, Byron (Cynthia) Kunimura and Karene Kunimura, 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

A private celebration of life will be held at a later date. The family requests no koden (monetary gifts).

Bernard Sau Yee Ding

Bernard Sau Yee Ding aka Mr. Dang, 71, of Lihu‘e, passed away on Jan. 12, 2021. He was born in Honolulu on Dec. 17, 1949, and retired as a courtesy bus driver with Avis Budget Group.

He was preceded in death by parents Joseph Ah Sut Ding and Margaret Shizue Ding.

He is survived by sisters Noelani (David) De Rossett of Florida, Kehaulani (Michael) Casler of Las Vegas and Vonda (William) Aki of Anahola, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held on Feb. 6.

Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Dexter Keola Ibaan

Dexter Keola Ibaan, 34, of Lihu‘e passed away on Dec. 31, 2020. He was born on Kaua‘i on Jan. 14, 1986.

He was preceded in death by sister Jessica Carvalho-Ibaan.

He is survived by children Meleana “Lucy” Manintin-Ibaan, Raiatea “My Crazy” Manintin-Ibaan and Kanai “Hawaiian” Manintin-Ibaan, parents Sonny and Betty Ibaan and Melinda Stout, siblings Eric (Cashie), Derek, Marlon (Trish), Shanlyn, Joshua, Jazmyn Ibaan, and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

His celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

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

Rosalie V. Simao

Rosalie V. Simao passed away on Jan. 1, 2021, at the age of 82, in Lihu‘e. She was born on July 21, 1938 in Mapleton, Utah. She was a retired custodial supervisor for the state Department of Transportation Airports Division at Lihu‘e Airport with 28 years of service.

She was preceded in death by parents George H. and Ora Vincent, and brothers Glenn Vincent and James Vincent, all of Utah.

She is survived by sons Zachary (Teri) Simao Sr. of Lawa‘i and Rollin V. (Evangeline) Simao of Lihu‘e, daughters Brenda S. (the late David) Kendall of Utah and Jackie M. Simao of Lihu‘e, grandchildren Doriann (Harry Sr.) Visitation of Lihu‘e, Zachary (Thia) Simao Jr. of ‘Ele‘ele, Anthony (Tiana) Simao of Hanapepe, Eileen Kendall, Brent (Robyn) Kendall, Christina (Buck) Taylor and Lisa Kendall, all of Utah, Isaiah, Abygail, Sharayah and Jesse of Lihu‘e, great-grandchildren Vanessa, Liana, Harry Jr, Kina, Kaydence, Tennacie, Zailanna, Kayla, Mikayla, Nikita, Aaliya, Daimen, Shyanne, Gaige, Braden, Ashley, Faith, Oatyn, Eva and Lily, and expecting two great-great-grandchildren, sisters Joyce V. Daybell of Utah, Carrol V. (Blaine) Dixon of California, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Due to COVID-19, services to be held at a later date.

Leonard Esona Sr.

Leonard Esona Sr., 75, of Las Vegas, passed away at 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 for 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, and 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 wife Yolanda Esona of 46 years, daughters Cesili Gonsalves of Lihu‘e, Nicole (Kenneth) Carvalho of Waimea, Shan (Charlan Mano‘i) Esona of Las Vegas, 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, sisters-in-law Gloria (Dennis) Bonilla of ‘Oma‘o and Lorna Navarro of Lihu‘e, brothers-in-law Ronnie (Sadie) Remigio of Kekaha, Ralph Remigio and Gary (Jennifer) Remigio of Lihu‘e, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at a later date.

Doris Corema Chang

Doris Corema Chang, 83, of Kapa‘a, passed away at Wilcox Medical Center on Jan. 25, 2021. She was born in Lihu‘e on July 21, 1937, and retired from Kauai Surf/Westin and Lihue 7-Eleven.

She was preceded in death by husband Kan Yin Chang and parents Albert and Hilda Corema.

She is survived by son Robert (Kim) J.W. Rumion, daughters Darlene Hatakeyama, Sharlene Rumion and Michelle Colley, sisters Irene (Richard) Machell and Janet (Ray) Domingo, grandchildren Mandi Rumion, John Hatakeyama, Starlee Saflor, Charley H. Moura and Justin Colley, and great-grandchildren, Kayla, Kainoa and Kaelynn Moura and Braven Colley.

Private services were held.

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


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