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Dr. Harold William (Bill) Seager
Dr. Harold William (Bill) Seager, 77, passed away peacefully at home. Born in La Junta, Colorado, he was the grandson of two of the most-notorious gunfighters in the early 1900s, one of which was famous and the other infamous. He grew up in the Watts, inner city of Los Angeles. He graduated college at the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1966 and went forward to become a doctor of dentistry, practicing 52 years from 1970 through 2019.
He first served the state of Hawai‘i at the Kalauapapa and Hale Mohalu Hansen disease dental department. He then went into a private practice in O‘ahu. He became disenchanted with his career and life, then sold his practice and moved to Tahiti in 1975. He then returned to O‘ahu three years later with his Tahitian bride, who brought with her many tribal and unique customs from her native land.
In 1978, he met Baba Muktananda, a spiritual teacher. Through the grace of his guru, the application of meditation, study, chanting and praying remained a large, consistent part of his life, providing him with balance, peace and patience to weather and go through the ups and downs of life. His spiritual awakening changed his life to one of service to his family, community, patients and the world beyond. From that service he found unimaginable joy and happiness. His kindness and competence gained him much respect and love throughout the community.
Moving to Kaua‘i, he became a surgical dentist at Wilcox Hospital, and later, in 1997, he and his partner Shawn Murphy opened up the first and only dental clinic in Hanalei. He later sold out his half of the business to work for the Ho‘ola Lahui Hawai‘i community clinic in Kapa‘a, feeling that he enjoyed working for the poorer people of the island. He enjoyed working with the team at the community clinic and felt how much they appreciated the dental assistance.
After 40 years of marriage his wife passed, and through God’s grace he reconnected with his present wife Charlene Seager, who was also a widow. Together, they have lived a peaceful life surrounded by his four hanai-grandchildren Ashlyn, Callie, Brecken and Dillion, as well as his sweet animals and plants. He is also survived by his son Del and his new grandson Reef.
Bill’s parting words are “this may seem like the end, but it’s not — it’s just the beginning…”
All donations are asked to be made to Kaua‘i Hospice, whose careful, professional, compassionate management allowed for him to be comfortable in his last days.
John Godfredo Gandeza
John Godfredo Gandeza, 75, of Lihu‘e, passed away on Jan. 17, 2022. He was born on Nov. 8, 1946, in Lihu‘e. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Vietnam War. He was the owner of John Gandeza Photography and later retired from the County of Kaua‘i Department of Public Works.
He was preceded in death by parents Ricardo Gandeza and Tarcila Soriano, brothers Nicasio Asuncion Sr. and Rudy Gandeza and sister Sylvia Camat.
He is survived by wife Callie Gandeza, son Christopher (Taryn) Gandeza, daughter Tamra (Kalani) Addington, granddaughter Wailana Gandeza, grandsons Kailer Chow-Agor and Kade Gandeza, hanai son Roven Poai, stepmother Esther Gandeza, brothers James Gandeza, Joseph (Shelley) Gandeza and Jacob (Noreen) Gandeza, sisters, Plebicita Jaquias, Edna (Julio) Bolante, Medina (Andy) Pawley, Jessica (Norvin) Olivas and Florence Gandeza Tavares, sisters-in-law Jackie Gandeza, Lorna Asuncion and Cynthia Johnson, brother-in-law Melvin Camat, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.
Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Eric S. Yoro
Eric S. Yoro, 47, of Lihu‘e, passed away on Dec. 21, 2021. He was born in Lihu‘e on July 27, 1974.
He was preceded in death by grandmothers Adelaida Sotelo and Benilda Yoro, grandfather Leandro Yoro and uncle Frankie Yoro.
He is survived by parents Ernesto and Anita Yoro, sister Rowena Yoro, brother Robert Yoro, uncle and aunt Billy and Maria Sotelo, aunt Carmelita Yoro, cousins Maribel (Yoro) Thiel and Ryan Yoro, nieces Nyssa Noelani Cabaya Yoro and Isabelle Kailani Cabaya Yoro, and nephews Bryson Kaimana Yoro, Seth Kekoa Carey and Jason Frankie Davis.
Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, Feb. 3, at Immaculate Conception Church, Kapaia. Visitation is at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass 10 a.m. and burial at Lihu‘e Cemetery.
Borthwick Kaua‘i Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.
Ezra Reuben Kanoho
Ezra Reuben Kanoho, 94, passed away peacefully at home on Jan. 23, 2022. He was born in Lihu‘e on Sept. 16, 1927, worked as the island manager of Hawaiian Telephone Company for over 40 years and was also a Hawai‘i state representative for over 20 years.
He was preceded in passing by wife Pauline, parents Reuben and Isabella Kanoho, and brothers Ralph (Jean) and Alfred (Harriet) Kanoho.
He is survived by sons Reuben Kanoho, Paul (Sherilyn) Kanoho, Solomon (Susan) Kanoho and Ezra (Lynn) Kanoho, siblings Gladiola (Reginald) Feliz and Cecilia (Walter) Young, grandchildren Paul Kanoho, Chanel Williams, Erin Li‘u Kanoho, Isaiah Kai Kanoho, Colbie Kaui Hensley, Justin Kanoho, Erin Maeno and Jordan Oda, great-grandchildren Haweo Kanoho, Makoa Kanoho, Harper Kanoho-Kaohelauli‘i, Cruz Williams and Cainan Williams.
The family requests in lieu of cards and flowers that donations are sent to Kaua‘i Hospice or Lihu‘e First Church (P.O. Box 1812, Lihu‘e, HI, 96766) in the memory of Ezra Kanoho. Private services will be held in the future.
Marcello Pedronan Sr.
Marcello Pedronan Sr., 94, of Hanama‘ulu, passed away Jan. 12, 2022, at Wilcox Medical Center. He was born in Lihu‘e on Dec. 31, 1927, and retired from Lihue Plantation Co. as a truck driver. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a wounded combat Korean War veteran.
He was preceded in death by parents Gregorio and Luisa Pedronan and brothers Elpidio and Nicomedes Pedronan.
He is survived by wife Adele Pedronan, son Marcello (Lani) Pedronan Jr., daughter Nancy (Michael) Wong, five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, sisters Nieves (Thomas) Soriano, Helen Pedronan and Susan Andrade, brother Flor (Rose) Pedronan, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A celebration of life is Saturday, Feb. 5, at Immaculate Conception Church, with visitation from 9:30 a.m. and Mass at 10 a.m. Burial will be held at Kaua‘i Veterans Cemetery in Hanapepe at 1 p.m. Masks and social distancing will be observed.
Roseline Roselani Gonsalves Victorino
Roseline Roselani Gonsalves Victorino, 80, of Kekaha, passed away at home on Jan. 11, 2022. She was born on Jan 27, 1941.
She was preceded in death by husband David William Victorino Sr., father Joseph Gonsalves Perreira, mother Adeline Lopes Perreira, brothers Joseph Gonsalves and Wayne “Rocky” Perreira and sister Brenda Moniz.
She is survived by children David William (Donna Jo) Victorino Jr. of Wailua, Roselani Marie (Bernie) Wise of Lihu‘e, Yvette Marie Victorino of Mississippi, Rhonda Waynette (Domingo “Don”) Victorino-Lutao of Kalaheo and Harry Joseph (Laurie) Victorino of Kapa‘a, hanai daughter Cherie Miyashiro of Lihu‘e, brothers Richard Gonsalves of Nevada and Godfrey Perreira of Hanama‘ulu, sister Adeline “Angie” Souza, 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaugter.
A celebration of life is at the Lihu‘e Neighborhood Center on Saturday, Feb. 5, with visitation at 10:30 a.m. and program to follow at 11 a.m. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, masks must be worn at all times.
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