Sharron Marie Henry, 72, of Keaau died March 31 at Hawaii Care Choices’ Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Texas, she was a retired Department of Public Works secretary. No services. Survived by husband, Arthur F. Henry; son, Frederick A. Henry; daughter, Kimberly M. Henry. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.
Shigeko Higashi, 95, of Hilo died March 13 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Naalehu, she was a homemaker and member of Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin. Visitation 4-5 p.m. April 13 at Dodo Mortuary chapel in Hilo followed by memorial service at 5 p.m. Casual attire. Survived by son, Howard (Donna Dodd) Higashi of Hilo; daughters, Corinne Tsue and Lorna (Jeff) Higashi-Tsue of Hilo; sisters, Florence Nagata of Gardena, Calif., and Suyeko Leu of Kaneohe, Oahu; brother-in-law, Takashi Aragaki of Hilo; sisters-in-law, Hiroko Sally Nagata of Hilo and Itsue Hino of Ahualoa; eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Vera Amoy Aina Ermatinger, 87, of Ogden, Utah, died March 10 at home. Born in Hilo, she was an Air Force wife, world traveler and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Services and burial held in Utah. Survived by children, Jim (Lillian) Ermatinger, Rex (Rita) Ermatinger, Janice Ermatinger, Alex Ermatinger, Bryan (Donna) Ermatinger and Kalikolehua Kanaele; sisters, Verna Nani Villaverde and Myra (George) Aina-Paul of Hilo; brother, Henry (Lynda) Aina of Hilo; adopted brother, Edward Aina of Hilo; 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Brigida Lorenzo Castro, 81, of Honokaa died March 14 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Dingras, Ilocos Norte, the Philippines, she retired from Kawano Farms and was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Honokaa. All-night vigil at 6 p.m. Friday (April 6) at the family residence, 45-3687 Olopua Place, Honokaa. Visitation 8-10 a.m. Saturday (April 7) at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Celebration of Mass at 10 a.m. Casual attire; flowers and lei welcomed. Burial at Honokaa Catholic Cemetery. Survived by daughters, Anacleta (Gerry) Romero of Honokaa and Florencia (Ernesto) Pasalo of Maui; sons, Adel (Cora) Castro, Basilio Castro and Victorino (Caroline) Castro of Honokaa, Boni (Mary Jane) Castro of Paauilo and Robert (Maryln Grace) Castro of the Philippines; brother, Arcadio (Remegia) Lorenzo of the Philippines; sister, Monica Pinacate of the Philippines; 18 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Rodney Abinosa 67, of Pahoa died March 22 at Hawaii Care Choices’ Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Hilo, he was a retired U.S. Army sergeant first class. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Saturday (April 7) at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, corner of Highway 130 and Orchidland Drive. Memorial service at 10 a.m. Private scattering of ashes at sea at a later date. No flowers. Survived by daughter, Ronnalee Jaelynn; son, Laren Ray; brothers, Alfred Abinosa and Lawrence Fausto Abinosa; sisters, Rose Marie Ernstrom and Debra Lee Wagner; companion, LaDonna Kanani Fincham; grandchildren, great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Benjamin Rosete, 84, of Hilo died March 13 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Keaau, he was a retired X-ray technician supervisor at Hilo Medical Center and drummer in the Hawaii County Band and other local bands, fisherman and member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Private services held. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Survived by wife, Susan Rosete of Hilo; son, Benjamin Rosete Jr. of Hilo; sister, Mercedes Abiley of Kapolei, Oahu; brother, Pedro (Siri) Factora of Honolulu; stepbrother, Anthony (Laura) Rosete of Hawaiian Acres; three granddaughters; nephews, nieces and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Nancy Shigeko Matsui, 86, of Hilo died March 3 at a care home in Hilo. Born in Pepeekeo, she was a retired salesperson. Private services held. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Survived by husband, Nobuo Matsui of Hilo; son, Michael (Marcia) Matsui of Hilo; daughters, Diane (Erwine) Kubo and Kathleen (Craig) Yamamoto of Hilo; sister-in-law, Tokino Hirata of Kona; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Gregorio E. Failano, 72, of Keaau died March 19 at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in the Philippines, he was a retired postal worker with a master’s degree from University of Hawaii in political science, U.S. Army veteran and member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Graveside service and burial noon Tuesday (April 3) at East Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire. Survived by sons, Vernon (Kathy) Failano of Oakland, Calif., and Alexander Failano of San Diego; daughters, Jennifer (Nihad) Alibegovic of San Diego, Lorelei (Patrick) Eloriaga of Denver and Ginger Failano of Keaau; nine grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Duane “Sonny” Anthony Breithaupt, 54, of Waiohinu died March 21 in Ka‘u. Born in Pahala, he was a journeyman welder for Royal Hawaiian Orchards, Pop Warner Football coach and outdoorsman. All-night vigil starting 6 p.m. Friday, April 6, at family home on Mamalahoa Highway in Waiohinu. Visitation 8-10 a.m. Saturday, April 7, at Kauahaao Congregational Church in Waiohinu. Service at 10 a.m. Luncheon to follow. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by companion, Marites “Tess” Castaneda of Waiohinu; sons, Devin “Bully” (Mona) Breithaupt of Waiohinu, Derwin Breithaupt of Kona and Darrin (Sharla) Enos Jr. of Kona; daughter, Staeci (Jayck) Breithaupt of Arizona; brothers, Glen Hashimoto Sr. of Ocean View, Vince (Monica) Hashimoto of Kona, Jesse (Melanie) Navarro of Ocean View and Blaine (Cristina) Navarro of Naalehu; sisters, Velma Kekoa of Hilo, Darlene “Lingis” Hashimoto of Naalehu, Annie (Mahi) Navarro of Ocean View and Penney (Emma) Breithaupt of Waiohinu; nine grandchildren; hanai brothers and sisters, brothers- and sisters-in-laws, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.