Obituaries for Sunday, August 1, 2021

Jacqueline ‘Jackie’ Marcella McCall

Jacqueline “Jackie” Marcella McCall delighted her parents and family when she was born on a rare snowy night in Houston, Texas, Dec. 23, 1989, at 11:22 p.m. She departed this world for heaven on a beautiful starry night from Koloa at 11:22 p.m. in the company of dear friends at the age of 31 years.

Jackie was a precious gift to her family and friends in Texas, Maryland and New York. She also had a large ‘ohana in Kaua‘i with members from Seasport Divers, the Grand Hyatt, and the local surfing and fishing community. She was a well-known dive instructor who shared her great love for the sea with everyone she met. She was also a Prep Chef at the Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort & Spa, where she was deeply loved and treasured, contributing an original dish to the menu at Tidepools restaurant.

Jackie was a beautiful person filled with love, joy, kindness, strength, insight, creativity and boundless energy. Most importantly, Jackie was accomplished at living and loving life.

Jackie was preceded in death by her grandparents Robert M. McCall, Jaqueline Joy McCall, Byrdine Grime McCall, Louis Antonio Ruiz Sr. and Marcella Olivares Ruiz and her uncle Richard Olivares Suarez.

She is survived by her parents Michael R. McCall and Linda Ruiz McCall, her sisters Angelina “Lena” Michelle McCall and Alexandra “Alex” Louise McCall, her niece Lillian Louise Johnson, her uncles Daniel McCall, Bill Wilson, Vince Manning, Alan Prybylo and Louis Ruiz Jr., her aunts Claudia Wilson, Melinda McCall, Contessa McCall and Rose Ruiz Manning, her cousins Ellie Wilson, Annie Wilson, Ivan Prybylo, Dylan McCall, Dawson McCall, Robert Ruiz and Susan Groeneveld.

Jackie’s friends and ‘ohana are invited to join her memorial at Borthwick Kaua‘i Mortuary in Koloa on Tuesday, Aug. 3, with viewing at 11:30 a.m. and services at 1:30 p.m. Casual and aloha attire are welcome as you desire. A paddle-out celebration of her life will be held at Kukui‘ula Harbor on Saturday, Aug. 7, beginning at 3 p.m., with the scattering at sunset which Jackie loved so well.

Dennis Lee Kaipo Blake

Dennis Lee Kaipo Blake, of Koloa, passed away at his home at the age of 77 on July 19, 2021. He was a retired truck driver with Hawaiian Bitumuls.

Dennis was preceded in death by parents Charles and Thelma Blake and wife Judith “Hana” Blake.

Dennis is survived by sons Duane “Kaipo” (Tricia) Blake and Danny “Kawika” (Malia) Blake, brother Alva Blake, grandchildren Bree Kanoelaniokekai Blake, Blythe “Hoku” Blake, Makalapua Blake and Dallas Kilakila Blake, great-granddaughter Jeremiah Blake, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A Celebration of Life is Saturday, Sept. 4, at The Church of Koloa “Old Koloa Church,” with visitation from 9:30 to 10 a.m., with service to follow.

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

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

Thomas Francis Alvarez

Thomas Francis Alvarez of Waimea was born on July 27, 1954, and passed away on July 5, 2021. He was a hotel and restaurant bartender and served in the U.S. military.

He was preceded in death by parents Jose Sr. and Josephine Alvarez, and brothers Gilbert, Jose Jr., Patrick, Jonathan and Vincent Alvarez.

He is survived by son Tyler (Deja) Alvarez of Ogden, Utah, sisters Mary (Larry) Alvarez-Manuel of Kekaha and Cordell (Joel) Blair of Colorado Springs, Colorado, brother Brendan Alvarez of Lihu‘e and grandson Daymon Thomas Alvarez of Ogden, Utah.

Services were held July 24 at St. Theresa Church, Kekaha, followed by a private burial.

Borthwick Kaua‘i Mortuary assisted the family with arrangements.

Valerie Ann Barretto-Oshita

Valerie Ann Barretto-Oshita of Kapa‘a passed away peacefully on July 8, 2021, at the age of 70. She was born on July 3, 1951, in Lihu’e.

She was preceded in death by parents Gilbert F. and Dorothy I. Barretto.

She is survived by husband Marvin G. Oshita, son Wendell (Laverne) Packard of Kapa‘a, Kalani (Lauren) Barretto of Kapa‘a, grandchildren Mele, Kamaile, Kalehua and Kali, brothers Gilbert (List) F. Barretto Jr. of Wailua, Glenn (Linda) M. Barretto of Waipio Gentry, Waipahu, O‘ahu, Patrick (Jennifer) N. Barretto of Kapa‘a and Brian (Shari) S. Barretto of Kapa‘a, sisters Joyce (Rick) B. Hernandez of Waipio Gentry, Waipahu, O‘ahu and Debbie M. Barretto of Hanalei, and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation with the family is from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at St. Catherine Church in Kapa‘a, followed by Mass and a celebration of life.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Ayame O. Nishikawa

On July 10, 2021 Heaven welcomed Ayame O. Nishikawa, 97, and so began her glorious journey of seeing loved ones that awaited her arrival.

She was born Feb. 11, 1924 on Kaua‘i, attended Waimea High School, lived in Hanapepe, raised her children, worked at Waimea High School for several years, traveled to Europe, the Far East and spots in-between.

These are some of the things she did. But her life was filled with much more — relationships that were cherished, life lessons that were both learned and taught, time and insight shared, instilling a wider outlook of life and opening ones eyes to the world, having fun and enjoying the simple things that life has to offer, acceptance of people from all walks of life, patience, the importance of listening rather than talking, being grateful, the importance of a good attitude. The list goes on.

Those left behind mourn for our loss, but more importantly celebrate her life here, and cherish the memories that we share. Her husband Larry, parents Matajuro and Sunae Onzuka, brothers Robert and Ralph Onzuka, among others have welcomed her.

She is survived by four children, 10 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren: Ryan and Rae Nishikawa (Rene Nishikawa, husband Ryson Matsumura, and Rona Nishikawa and partner Thomas Keopuhiwa (and four grandchildren among them), Lynn and Sam Stevens (Dean/Marita Stevens, Daniel Stevens, Mark/Lindsay Stevens and three grandchildren among them), Lloyd and Monica Nishikawa (Joseph, Anyes, Kevin) and Alvin and Lori Nishikawa (David, Michael).

Can’t thank you enough for being part of our lives and setting a great example on how to live your life. That is your legacy to many generations yet to come. Love from us all.

A private memorial was held in Tacoma, Washington on July 31. Arrangements for a memorial on Kaua‘i are pending due to COVID-19 concerns.


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