Valerie “Mona” Hauoli Kahaloa Badon, 61, of Hilo died Nov. 27 at Hilo Medical Center. She was born in Hilo. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 20) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Celebration of life at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by husband, Wallace “Wally” Badon; sons, Jeremy (Jennifer) Badon and Joshtinlee “Kai” (Shanna) Badon-Dellomes; daughters, Karmel Badon and Candice “Potsie” Dunham; sisters, Kathryn LaRoche of Kentucky, Lorna Shanks of Texas and Leeona Kekua of Honolulu, Oahu; 13 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Mary Cordero, 73, of Pepeekeo died Dec. 23 at Hawaii Care Choices’ (formerly Hospice of Hilo) Pohai Malama Care Center in Hilo. Born in Kohala, she was a homemaker and member of Honomu Good Shepherd Church. Visitation 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Wake service at 7 p.m. Visitation again 8-9:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 25 at Honomu Good Shepherd Church. Mass at 10 a.m. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Burial to follow at Alae Cemetery. Survived by sons, Francisco (Janet Ragasa) Cordero Jr. of Honolulu and Wayne Cordero Sr. of California; daughters, Lisa (Romeo Eugenio) Cordero of Mountain View and Marilynn (Mark) Lowery of Pepeekeo; brothers, Clemente Reyes Jr. of Hilo and Thomas Reyes of Ohio; six grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Betty Mitsuko Hashimoto, 82, of Volcano, formerly of Kukuihaele, died Dec. 13 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Waimea, she was a retired licensed practical nurse for the former Honokaa Hospital. Memorial service 11 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 20) at Kukuihaele Park pavilion. Lunch and fellowship to follow noon-3 p.m. Casual attire. Survived by sons, Michael (Neddie) de Jesus of Kona, Jon “Omi” (Kalele Napoleon) de Jesus of Honolulu and Marc de Jesus of Volcano; stepdaughter, Lisa (Larry) Castaneda of Honokaa; sisters, Maria (Shoniro) Yano of Honokaa and Alissha Asakura of Honolulu; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Eric Nayon Koch, 53, of Keaau died Dec. 20 in Honolulu. Born in Bayombong, Nueva Visaya, Philippines, he was a Chief Engineer for Navatek Ltd., project manager for Lockheed Martin and was a U.S. Navy Operation Desert Storm and U.S. Naval Reserve veteran. Visitation 3-4 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 20) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service at 4 p.m. Casual attire; no flowers. Condolences and memorial donations to M.C. Koch, HC1 4029, Keaau, HI 96749. Survived by wife, Maria Cristina (Cristine) Berenguer Koch of Keaau; daughters, Erika Angela (Dustin) Santiago of Mountain View and Jamie Rose Kealohalani B. (Donovan A.) Rapal of Makaha; sons, Jonathan B. Koch and Joshua B. Koch of Keaau and Jacob B. Koch of Hilo; brothers, William (Cardo) J. Uhuad of Sison, Philippines, Ted Uhuad Koch of Austin, Texas, Dominic Uhuad Koch and David B. Koch of San Diego; adoptive parents, Harry G. (Flordeliza) Koch of Poway, Calif.; mother in-law, Barbara B. Berenguer of Philippines; sisters-in-law, Maria Antonia B. Gamiao and Rose Anne B. Berenguer of Manila, Philippines, Julie Koch of Austin, Texas, Anna Luz Berenguer of Richmond, Canada and Rowena Pineda of Santa Clarita, Calif.; brothers-in-law, Christopher Berenguer of Santa Clarita, California; Michael Berenquer of Richmond, Canada and Joven Gamiao of Manila, Philippines; a grandson; an uncle, 10 nephews and four nieces. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Henry Tetsuo Yamashita, 83, of Hilo died Jan. 10 at home. Born in Hilo, he was the retired owner of the former T’s Saimin Shop, U.S. Coast Guard Korean War veteran and member of Taishoji Soto Mission. Visitation 3-4 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 21) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service at 4 p.m. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by wife, Taeko Yamashita of Hilo; sons, Kent (Marla) Yamashita, Kevin (Laura) Yamashita and Curt (Darlene) Yamashita of Hilo; brother, Richard (Suzanne) Yamashita of Honolulu; sisters, Beatrice (Roy) Sakoda of Cerritos, Calif., and Ellen (Earl) Mabuni of Hilo; brother-in-law, Charles Taketa of Honolulu; sister-in-law, Nan Yamashita of Aiea, Oahu; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.