Obituaries for July 26

Albert B. Cortez, 78, of Hilo died July 19 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Honolulu, he was retired from Hawaiian Electric. Services noon-4 p.m. Wednesday (Aug. 1) at Ballard Family Mortuary. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by wife, Evelyn “Manaku” Cortez of Hilo; son, Jason (Michelle) Cortez of Hilo; daughter, Dorinna Cortez of Hilo; brother, Leighton Hahn of Wisconsin; six grandchildren; a great-grandchild; aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Cheryl Lynn Balai Fonua, 62, of Kailua-Kona died June 22 at Hospice of Kona’s Nakamaru Hale in Holualoa. Born in Hilo, she was a homemaker. Private service at a later date. Survived by daughters, Jammie (Larry) Carvalho of Kailua-Kona and Crystal Tavares of Hawaiian Beaches; sons, Russell Balai of Mountain View, James Strong of Honolulu and Kamuela Strong of Laupahoehoe; brothers, Walter Balai Jr., Wendell (Kahale) Balai and Jeffery (Puahala) Johansen all of Kaneohe, Oahu, and Jimmy Balai, Jessie (Riko) Balai and Jason Balai all of Pahoa; sisters, Lovey Johansen of Laupahoehoe, Julie Johansen of Kaneohe and Trudy (Darryl) Balai of Pahoa; 14 grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Gorgonia C. Cosido Gulpan, 76, of Kailua-Kona died June 23 at a private care home. Born in Cebu, the Philippines, she was a retired certified nursing assistant. No services. For information, call 329-4500. No known relatives. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

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