Obituaries for Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Rosita ‘Rose’ Estacio Costa

Rosita “Rose” Estacio Costa passed away Oct. 31, 2021, at the age of 85. She was born on Dec. 18, 1935, on Kaua‘i.

She was preceded in death by husband Edward “Caldine” and son Joshua Jon.

She is survived by daughters Edwina (Randy) Simao of Hanapepe, Rowena (Scot) Jimenez of Ko Olina and Rosette (Warren) Bradshaw of Ko Olina, grandchildren Caleb (Deanna), Sheena, Nathaniel and Shaylah (Denzell), great-grandchildren Ryder and Talia, sister Felicidad Kusaka, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A virtual memorial service will be held via Zoom Saturday, Dec. 11.

Borthwick Mortuary Honolulu is assisting the family with arrangements.

Juanito Queddeng Menor

Juanito Queddeng Menor, 81, of Hanama‘ulu, passed away at Straub Clinic & Hospital on Nov. 16, 2021. He was born in Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, on Mar. 27, 1940, and was a jeepeny owner in the Philippines.

He was preceded in death by parents Leandro and Bruna Menor, brother Juan Menor, sister Marina Mendaro and grandson Elijah Caleb Bautista.

He is survived by wife Leonora Menor, daughters Catherine (Rory) Bautista and Maribel (Ronnie) Gomez, grandchildren Juvann Lerry Bautista, Seth Dominic Bautista, Errle Dustin Bautista, Toni Rose Gomez, Danielle Rose Gomez and James Christopher Gomez, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of his life is Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, at Immaculate Conception Church, with viewing from 9:30 a.m. and Mass celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home.

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

Florence Ellen Whitney

Florence Ellen Whitney, 92, passed away peacefully on Nov. 22, 2021.

She was born in Gouverneur, New York to Roy Edward and Mary Seavey on April 16, 1929.

She was born as a triplet with two siblings, Viola and Roy Jr. She grew up on a family dairy farm in northern New York state, and attended a one-room schoolhouse as an elementary student. She graduated from the Syracuse University nursing program in 1950, and became a licensed registered nurse in 1951.

She married Robert V. Whitney in 1954 and raised six children: Ronald, David, Russell, Nelson, Stephen and Sheri. While raising the children, the family lived in the cities of Salt Lake City, Dallas, St. Louis, Missouri, Minneapolis, Stamford, Connecticut and Philadelphia.

She moved from Philadelphia to Northern California in 1987 to be closer to her children. She used her nursing experience to become a home-care coordinator and health professional who provided care to elderly and disabled clients for over 15 years.

She retired in Auburn, California. She had recently moved to Kaua‘i to live with her son Stephen and his wife Julia.

She was a dedicated mother first and foremost. She treasured her children and embraced every moment with them. She especially loved her role as grandmother to her eight grandchildren: Jason, Peter, Martha, Samuel, James, Marshall, Jacqueline and Colton. She had limitless energy, and always made people around her feel loved and welcome in her home. She was devoted to animals.

A celebration of life will be held in California on a future date to be announced by the family.

The family asks for any donations to go to these organizations: Auburn Cat House, 11556 D Ave., Auburn, CA 95603, or the American Cancer Society national organization, 250 Williams St., Ste. 600, Atlanta GA 30303.

Ernest ‘Olaf’ S. Fujita

Ernest “Olaf” S. Fujita passed away on Oct. 31, 2021 at the age of 93.

He was preceded in death by his wife Judith (Judy) Fujita and daughter Karen Ramos.

He is survived by children Guy (Judy) Fujita and Lisa (Fujita) Gubaton, grandchildren Shereen (David) Abalos, Dyani (Bru) Fujita, Breeann (Kenny) Estes, Kylen (Chynna) Chinen, Tyler Chinen, Beau (Dinorah) Ramos and Aaron Ramos, and 14 great-grandchildren.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a celebration of life was held privately at the Kaua‘i Veterans Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the following people, individuals, teams and staff, who took excellent care of, had consideration for, and were dedicated to Ernest Fujita: Barbara Cabanes, Lucy Andres, Kaua‘i Veterans Memorial Hospital medical-surgery team, Dr. Lanier and her staff, KVMH’s long-term-care unit, Elsie Bayot and her staff, and Garden Island Mortuary.

Those who wish to honor his life may be directed to: Lisa R. Gubaton, P.O. Box 753, Hanapepe, HI 96716

Garden Island Mortuary assisted the family with arrangements.

Yolanda Keli‘ikuli

Yolanda Keli‘ikuli born June 9, 1938, passed away on Sept. 12, 2021. A celebration of life is Saturday, Dec. 4, at Holy Cross Church in Kalaheo, with visitation with the family at 9 a.m. followed by Mass at 9:30 a.m. Face masks and social distancing required.

Judith Pi‘ilani Taniguchi

Judith Pi‘ilani Taniguchi passed away on Nov. 13, 2021, at her residence, at the age of 66. She was born on Dec. 15, 1954 in Waimea. She was a retired cafeteria associate with Waimea High School.

She was preceded in death by sons Wayne Al Martin Jr. and Shane Kaina Martin and parents Hulu and Kanani Taniguchi.

She is survived by Wayne Martin Sr. of Kalaheo, daughter Vanessa (Bud) Akana of Kekaha, grandchildren Shayna (Jim) Malina, Tristen (Bernie) Akana, Cayla (Kai Boi) Akana and Cainen Akana, great- grandchild Kaizen Kawahalao, brothers Hulu (Guylyn) Taniguchi of O‘ahu, Kenneth (Susan) Taniguchi of Kapa‘a and Jerry Anthony Taniguchi of Waimea, sisters-in-law Phyllis (Manuel) Andrade of Lawa‘i, Valerie (Ronald) Perreira of Kalaheo and Eileen (Jim) Endicott, cousins Ulu (Howard) Perreira of Kalaheo, Ala Nizo, Ruth Naumu, Heidi Kaohi and Carmelita Haumea, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Due to COVID-19, a walk-thru visitation is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 4, with a celebration of life to follow, at the Garden Island Mortuary chapel. The family suggests casual attire and welcomes flowers.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Isabella Emily (Linda) Victorino

Isabella Emily (Linda) Victorino, 68 of Kapahi, born on Dec. 26, 1952, went home to the Lord on Nov. 4, 2021, at the Queen’s Medical Center on O‘ahu, surrounded by the love of her family.

She was preceded in death by parents Isabella Espin Victorino and Joseph Vincent Victorino Sr.

She is survived by daughter Linda Victorino, son Buddy Victorino, grandchildren Buddy Vincent Kamuela Victorino, Cody Tavia Ka‘ohuokehoni Victorino and Ford Holden Kaleiho‘ohie Victorino, brother Joseph (Stacie) Victorino Jr., hanai sister Healani Mandrigues, niece Stacie Laura (Rowland) Wong, nephews Joseph (Tiffany Hiranaka) Victorino III and Matthew (Kui Len) Victorino, grandnephews Zack (Kelsey) Victorino, Russell Gushiken, Kyten Sukehira Victorino, James Victorino and Brennan Hiranaka, aunty Thelma Lopes and uncle Louie (Margaret) Victorino, and numerous friends and family.

A celebration of life is Saturday, Dec. 4, at Kapa‘a Missionary Church, with visitation with the family from 10 to 11 a.m. with service to follow. Burial will be private.

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

Phylis ‘Baby Darling’ Haleakala Goias

Phylis “Baby Darling” Haleakala Goias of Kapa‘a passed away on Nov. 16, 2021, at home at the age of 78. She was born on March 29, 1943 and was a newspaper carrier for The Garden Island newspaper.

She was preceded in death by husband Robert Goias, daughter Deborah E. Kaiu, parents Ephriam and Evangaline Kaleiohi, brothers Phillip, Ephriam, Samuel, Abraham, Robert (Roberta) and Edward Kaleiohi, and sisters Winnifred (Benjamin) Cummings, Evelyn Reis and Evangaline Evans.

She is survived by daughters Robert-Ann Goias and Wehilani Goias-Medeiros, son Ehukai Goias-Medeiros, brothers Theodore and Joseph (Marlene) Kaleiohi, sister Daisy Tailfeathers, sisters-in-law Lous, Leilani and Amanda Kaleiohi, grandchildren Josiah (Kiliana) Kaiu, Kauailani, Kealohalani, Hi‘ilani Goias-Medeiros and Hailimoe Goias, great-granddaughter Mohea Kaiu and by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A celebration of life is Friday, Dec. 3, at Borthwick Kaua‘i Mortuary in Koloa, with visitation at 10:30 a.m. and service at 11:30 a.m.. Due to COVID-19, masks and social distancing are required.

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

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