Obituaries for Sunday, May 16, 2021

Lillian Vasques

On Wednesday, April 14, 2021, our beloved Lillian Vasques passed away at the age of 88, at Kaua‘i Care Center, Waimea. Known and loved by many, she was a retired travel concierge for Coco Palms Resort.

She was preceded in death by parents Frank and Trinda Parraga Sr., brother Frank Parraga Jr., and sisters Trinda Kotecki and Helen Machado.

She is survived by husband Manuel Vasques, son David Vasques Sr., sister Sophie Bonilla and grandson David Vasques Jr.

A celebration of life time, place and date will be announced at a later date.

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

Eric Makakapuaokalani Arizo

Eric Makakapuaokalani Arizo passed away on March 20, 2021, at the age of 65, in Waimea. He was born on April 26, 1955, in Honolulu.

He was preceded in death by father Roman Arizo, mother Margaret N. Kaleo, brother Raynard Arizo, and sisters Faith Arizo and Noe Arizo.

He is survived by wife Patricia May Arizo, sons Kale (Tiare) Makua of Waimea, Kaina (Charis) Makua of Waimea and Kalani Makua of Waimea, daughters Kalae (Keoni) Makua Martins of Waimea, Kealae Precious Makua of Waimea and Valerie (Roddy) Saffery Samio of Anahola, grandchildren Titarella, Baba, Honeyboy, Aina Bina, Bubu, Tootsie, Imelda, Kolohe Jr., Romy, Peewee, Momi, Bruddah, Nohi Boy, Titi, Bulla, Haihai, Michael, Kanani, Buta, Sabu, Pomai, RJ, Jordan and Hanu, great-grandchildren Alena Boomboom, brothers Roy Arizo of Waimea, Mark (Renee) Arizo of Palolo, O‘ahu and Raymond Arizo of Utah, sister Ululani (Richard) Kaleo of Waimanalo, and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A walk-thru visitation is at Garden Island Mortuary on Sunday, May 30, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., with a celebration of life to follow. The family suggests casual attire and welcomes flowers. Due to COVID-19, social distancing and masks are required.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Florencio Tangonan

Florencio Tangonan, 100, of Hanama‘ulu, passed away on April 24, 2021, at home. He was born in 23 Paninaan, Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, on Nov. 7, 1920, and retired from Lihu‘e Plantation.

He was preceded in death by son Macario Tangonan, brothers Juan and Samuel Tangonan, sisters Valentina Visitacion, Anesita Rivera, Visitacion Dalire and Bernarda Galapon, and son-in-law, Sinforoso Antonio.

He is survived by wife Claridad Tangonan, son Rizal Tangonan, daughters Consolacion Antonio and Noralyn (Nestor) Arizabal, grandchildren Agnes (Jose) Bermudez of Chicago, Alvin Antonio of O‘ahu, Lhaylalyn Tangonan of San Diego, Rotsen Arizabal of O‘ahu and Cheryl Arizabal of O‘ahu, and great-grandchildren Lorenalyn and Jhayden Maldonado of San Diego.

A celebration of life is Saturday, May 29, at Immaculate Conception Church. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. with Mass at 10 a.m. After Mass has concluded, a viewing will begin at 11 a.m. at Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home, with burial to follow at 1:30 p.m. Social-distancing and face masks are required.

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

Maria ‘Cita’ Teresita Medina

Maria “Cita” Teresita Medina, 64, passed away in Lihu‘e on April 25, 2021. She was born in Agoo, La Union, Philippines, on Nov. 16, 1956, and worked on Kaua‘i as lead cashier at Ace Hardware.

She was preceded in death by parents Severino and Maria Ruiz.

She is survived by husband Jessie Medina, sisters Elvie (Dave) Pope and Mita Magligot, brother Mike Ruiz, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

A visitation is Saturday, May 22, at Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home at 9 a.m., with burial to follow at 12:30 p.m. at Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home.

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

Katherine ‘Kay; ‘Katie’ R.L. Ramboyon

Katherine “Kay” “Katie” R. L. Ramboyon passed away on May 18, 2020, at the age of 88, in Lihu‘e. She was born on May 22, 1931, in Hilo. After 25+ years of service, she retired from the Kaua‘i state Tax Department, and also worked at Macy’s.

She was preceded in death by husband Juan Ramboyon, mother Luciana Nuesca, father Antonio Liaga, and brothers Richard Liaga and Robert Liaga.

She is survived by sons Jon Ramboyon of Lihu‘e, Lawrence (Cindy) Ramboyon of Honolulu and Leonard (Keri) Ramboyon of Hilo, daughters Roberta (Thomas) Lang of Wailua, Leslie (Fernando) Bran of Lihu‘e and Yolanda (Alan) Urakami of Hilo, 24 grand children, 19 great-grandchildren, sister Mercedes Pagatpatan of Honolulu, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of l is Saturday, May 22, at Immaculate Conception Church. Visitation with the family is from 9:30 to 10 a.m., with Mass to follow. Burial will be at Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home. Due to COVID-19, face masks and social distancing are required.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Justin Mark Hennessy

Justin Mark Hennessy passed away on March 31, 2021. He was born on May 28, 1976.

He grew up on the North Shore of Kaua‘i. He was a impressive boogie board rider and rode waves with the “best” out of Kaua‘i. He graduated from Kapa‘a High in 1994. He was best known as a gifted and talented artist. He was a member of Kaua’i Society of Artists. In 2018, he won the Emerging Artist Award.

He had a intense style of drawing that brought his picture to life by his intricate patterns, details and color. His style of art was much admired not only by friends and family, but also by all who frequented the shops and restaurants where his work was displayed.

He is survived by mother Linda S. Hennessy, stepfather Jim P. Hennessy, sister Lea Hennessy (Kai) Kano, brothers Robert Hennessy and James Hennessy, stepbrother Brian (Zaida) Hennessy, girlfriend Becka Day of Bend Oregon, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

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

Virginia Margaret ‘Ginny’ Rapozo

Virginia Margaret “Ginny” Rapozo, 75, passed away peacefully May 6, 2021. She was born Jan. 6, 1946, in Honolulu, to Henry Carvalhero Cruz Sr. and Bernice Lizama Cruz. She grew up in Kapa‘a, raised by her grandparents, Louis and Flora Lizama.

She attended St. Catherine School, graduated from Kapa‘a High School and received an accounting degree from Kaua‘i Community College. She worked for many years as an accountant for a number of businesses.

She was a lifelong parishioner at St. Catherine Church. She put her faith into action teaching confirmation classes at Immaculate Conception Church for over 20 years. Her service afforded her many opportunities to make a positive impact on the young people in her parish. She traveled on religious-educational retreats from Hawai‘i to California. Her love of travel also took her to many countries.

As a mother, she loved deeply and unconditionally. As a grandmother, she experienced profound joy. As a daughter, she remained completely devoted. As a sister, she experienced the meaning of ‘ohana, and as a friend she found loyalty. Those of us lucky enough to be counted as her friends or family will truly miss her courage, generous spirit, quick wit and fun-loving attitude.

She is survived by son Kevin Rapozo, grandson Kyle Rapozo, aunt Vivian (Oiliver) Gour, uncle Stephen (Evalani) Lizama, sister Shirley Kaluhiwa, and her many aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by parents Henry Carvalhero Cruz Sr. and Bernice Lizama Cruz, grandparents Louis and Flora Lizama and brother Henry Cruz Jr. All of these she loved and touched deeply.

Services will be held at St. Catherine Church on Saturday, May 22, with visitation at 9 a.m. and Mass at 10 a.m. Masks are required.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.


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