Christy Donaldson Daniels, 83, of Volcano died July 22 at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Alton, Ill., she was a retired teacher and librarian for Ka‘u High School, U.S. Navy veteran an animal lover. Private services. Memorial donations can be made to ASPCA, P.O. Box 96929, Washington, D.C. 20090-6929 or www.aspca.org. Survived by children, Maile Zsupnik of Waimea, Allen Daniels of Kona and Pualani Daniels of Volcano. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Shirley Pena Denton, 68, of Ocean View died July 27 in Holualoa. Born in Olaa, she was a bookkeeper. Private services. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by partner, Steven V. Niemann; sons, Marvin Tucker and Marc Tucker of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; daughter, Melia (DeQue) Goss of Paso Robles, Calif.; five grandchildren. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary-Kona.
Vita Suta, 63, of Hilo died July 15 at home. Born in Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia, she was a member of Hilo’s Chuukese Catholic community. Visitation 4-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Prayer service at 4:30 p.m. Additional services in Micronesia. Casual attire. Survived by children, Jeffrey Mori of Chuuk, Emma (Stokichy Simram) Mori of Hilo and David (Mary) Nathan of Littleton, Colo.; brother, Kasio (Ginger) Mida of Pohnpei, FSM; sisters, Futalina Paul of Honolulu, Finista Pius of Seattle, Fensiana Alifios and Felisa (Samuel) Nathan of Hilo; seven grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Roger Irvin Vargas, 71, of Waimea died July 10 in a car crash on Saddle Road. Born in Long Beach, Calif., he was an entomology research scientist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center in Hilo who shared his knowledge of controlling fruit fly damage to agricultural products worldwide. Visitation 8-9:30 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 4) at Annunciation Catholic Church in Waimea. Mass at 10 a.m. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by wife, Kathlyn Vargas of Waimea; daughters, Noelani Vargas and Kela Vargas of Waimea; brothers, Terry (Michelle) Vargas of San Diego and Brian (Elvira) Vargas of Alexandria, Va. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.