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  • Posted: Oct 26 2012 - 12:05am
    Mary Deguair, 88, of Keauhou died Oct. 19 at Life Care Center of Kona. Born in Holualoa, she was a homemaker and member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Visitation 8:30-9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Holualoa. Memorial service at 9:30 a.m. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by sons, August Deguair of Puyallup, Wash., and James (Gwen) Deguair of Honokohau; daughters, Beatrice (David) Torres of Kailua-Kona and Audrey Cagampang of Beaverton, Ore.; brother, Joseph (Amparo) Gouveia of Mountain View; sisters, Roseline Gouveia and Jane Henriques of Captain Cook, Julia Preston of Mountain View and Vivian Morimoto of Nebraska; eight grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
  • Posted: Oct 25 2012 - 12:05am
    Barbara Anne Dronkers, 81, of Keaau died Oct. 15 in Keaau. Born in Oklahoma, she was a homemaker. No services. Survived by daughter, Deidre Weiss of Keaau; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Arrangements by A Hui Hou Crematory & Funeral Home of West Hawaii.
  • Posted: Oct 23 2012 - 12:05am
    Masaru Araki, 90, of Hilo died Oct. 6 at Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home. Born in Kapoho, he was a retired welder for Kuwaye Brothers and Allied Aggregates and a member of Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin. Services held. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Survived by sons, Alvin Araki and Dick (Maureen) Araki of Hilo, Edward Araki of Wailuku, Maui; daughter, Claudia (Mark) Uyeda of Hilo; five grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
  • Posted: Oct 22 2012 - 12:05am
    Lawrence "Pops" Earl Pagan, 58, of Pahoa, died Oct. 14 at Hilo Medical Center. Born on Oahu, he was a U.S. Army veteran. Private services. Survived by daughter, Lacina (Jerome) Pagan of Pahoa; son, Zackary Andrade-Richter of Maui; stepsons, Starsky (Cherill) Cortez and Travis (Monica) Santos of Reno, Nev., Patrick (Doris) Santos and Brian Santos of Pahoa, Clifford (Mary) Santos of Ka'u; stepdaughters, Shana (Michael) Santos and Sandra (Mickey) Santos of Pahoa, Darlene Santos of Hilo; father, Peter (Odai) Pagan of Hilo; brothers, Allan Pagan and Nelson Pagan of Hilo, Peter Pagan Jr. of Honolulu, Oahu; best friend, Jeanette Cortez of Pahoa; five grandchildren and 47 step-grandchildren; 21 step-great-grandchildren; one uncle; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
  • Posted: Oct 21 2012 - 12:05am
    Himeo Hayashida, 77, of Hilo died at the Hilo Medical Center on Friday, Oct. 5. Born in Mountain View, he was a retired teacher with the former Laupahoehoe High School. He was also a member of the Puna Hongwanji Mission. Private services held. No koden. Survived by wife, Jane R. Hayashida of Hilo; daughter, Kim M. (Daryl) Sakoda of Hilo; sons, Guy (Karen) Fukushima of Hilo, and Cory (Beverly) Fukushima of Kaneohe; sister, Teruko (Takeshi) Tabata of Waipahu; sister-in-law, Hideko "Deki" Hayashida of Torrance, Calif.; seven grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, numerous nieces & nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Inc., Hilo.
  • Posted: Oct 20 2012 - 12:05am
    Alice Patricia Clark, 81, of Keaau died Oct. 15, at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Manila, Philippines, she was a retired cartographer for the U.S. Forest Service. Services pending. For information, call (415) 587-0398. Survived by brother, William "Bill" Corbett (Louise Di Mattio) Jones of San Francisco; half-brothers, William Noel (Kathleen Riley) Jones of Roseville, Calif., and Paul Raymond (Robin Gould) Jones of Missoula, Mont.; half-sisters, Vivian "Tina" (Richard) Wahlberg of San Francisco and Gail (Emeric Delszeg) Andres of Belmont, Calif.; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
  • Posted: Oct 18 2012 - 7:27pm
    Hatsuyo Izumi, 89, of Kailua-Kona died Oct. 15 at the Life Care Center of Kona. She was born in Honaunau. No services. Survived by son, Ralph (Cynthia) Watanabe of Gardena, Calif.; brother, Christo (Irene) Izumi of Honalo; sisters, Florence (Satoshi) Matsumoto of Kailua, Oahu, Mildred (Shun) Uekawa of Honolulu, Lily (Stan) Tsunemoto of San Carlos, Calif. and Natsuyo (Nick) Wong of San Francisco; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
  • Posted: Oct 17 2012 - 12:05am
    Barbara B.J. Eklund Sackett, 90, formerly of Hilo and Waimea, died Sept. 22 in Medford, Ore. Born in Kauai, she and her husband raised her two daughters in Hilo. Private ceremony and scattering of ashes to be held in Kona in January. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Hilo. Survived by daughters, Linda (Daryl) Smith of Volcano, and Trudy (Jeff) Roley of Big Rapids, Mich.; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
  • Posted: Oct 16 2012 - 12:05am
    Tolentina Rubia Gragas, 74, of Los Angeles, Calif., formerly of Hawaii, died May 17, 2008, in California. Born in South Kona, she was a homemaker and retired licensed practical nurse. Friends may call Thursday at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo; Visitation from 9-10:30 a.m.; Mass at 10:30 a.m. Casual attire; Burial at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Survived by husband, Antonio Gragas of Los Angeles, Calif.; sons, Bo (Luz Maria) Gragas, Adrian (Darla) Gragas and Aaron (Wendy) Gragas of California all from California; 11 grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
  • Posted: Oct 14 2012 - 12:05am
    Elvira "Elvie" Torrano Agpaoa, 65, of Honokaa died Oct. 9 at home. Born in Santo Domingo, Ilocos Sur, Philippines, she was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Honokaa. Visitation 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Honokaa. Memorial Mass at 8 p.m. Visitation again 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at the church. Prayer service at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Urn burial at Honokaa Catholic Church cemetery. Survived by son, Phillip (Jennifer) Agpaoa of Honokaa; daughter, Lynell (Brandon) Agpaoa Rosa of Oahu; brothers, Mariano (Leonora) Torrano of Philippines and Jose (Maria Christina) Torrano of Honokaa; sisters, Erlinda Roque of Philippines and Teresita Inocencio of Honokaa; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
  • Posted: Oct 13 2012 - 8:10am
    Tatsumi Saruwatari, 79, of Hilo, died Sept. 25 at home. Born in Hakalau, he retired as a Warehouse Supervisor for KTA. Private services held. Survived by wife, Valerie J. Saruwatari of Hilo; son, Guy (Kathy) Saruwatari of Colorado; two daughters, Iris (Robert) Handa of Arizona, Susan Saruwatari of Hilo; brother, George M. (Dorothy) Hirowatari of Ninoole; three sisters, Helene Ikeda and Jane Hata, both of Hilo, Asako (Sumio) Shitabata of Papaaloa; five grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home, Hilo. The family of Tatsumi Saruwatari requests no koden (monetary gifts).
  • Posted: Oct 13 2012 - 12:05am
    Kunitsugu Abe, 84, of Hilo, died September 24 at Hale Anuenue. Born in Honohina, he retired as a equipment operator for the County of Hawaii. Friends may call Saturday, Oct. 20, 2:30 p.m at Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home; service at 3:30. Survived by three sons, Randy (Gina Gonsalves) Abe of Waianae, Dale (Carol Rodrigues) Abe of Honolulu, Kevin Abe of Hilo; daughter Joyce (Gerald) Sato of Hilo; two sisters, Alice Tong of Honolulu, Betsy Yamada of Honolulu; two grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home, Hilo.
  • Posted: Oct 11 2012 - 12:05am
    Herman William Decker, 86, of Pahoa died Oct. 7 at Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home. Born in Lennox, Calif., he was a retired maintenance worker for University of California at Los Angeles and a World War II U.S. Navy veteran. Private services. Survived by sister, Mildred (Marvin) Brockway of Los Angeles. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
  • Posted: Oct 10 2012 - 12:05am
    Midori Cabugon, 90, of Captain Cook died Sept. 15 at the Life Care Center of Kona. Born in Olaa, she was a retired coffee farmer. Private services. Survived by daughter, Harriet Perkins of Kainaliu; brother, Toyoshi Otsuka of Honolulu; sister, Kazuko Yukawa, of Honolulu; five grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild; numerous niece, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
  • Posted: Oct 9 2012 - 12:05am
    George Iwao Arai, 84, of Hilo died Sept. 24 at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home. Born in Papaikou, he worked at the former Dole Cannery on Oahu, former Paramount Grill and was a U.S. Army veteran. Private services. No flowers; no koden. Survived by sisters, Tsuruko Daimaru of Hilo, Evelyn (Hiroshi) Inouye of Paukaa; brother, Herbert (Setsuko) Arai of Kaneohe, Oahu; sister-in-law, Susan Arai of Hilo; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.