Obituaries for April 25
Pamela Ann Blackman, 55, died April 17 in Pahoa. Born in Oregon. Private services planned. Contact family for more information. Survived by wife, Debra Preston; son, Anthony Grabher; daughters, Heather Overby and Amber Grabher; brothers, Randy Snodgrass and Keith Snodgrass; sisters, Debbie Snodgrass Sabin, Mary Snodgrass Robbins and Marsha Snodgrass Motsenbacher; 17 grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home.
Andrew Hartery Eaton, 58, died April 22. Born in Maine, he was a licensed practical nurse and came to Hawaii in 2002. Services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday at the Palm Terrace Chapel at A Hui Hou Crematory &Funeral Home. Survived by wife, Jane Eaton of Waikoloa; sons, Paul (Elizabeth) Eaton of Bangor, Maine, and Anthony Eaton of Waikoloa; daughters, Danielle (Christopher) James of Ft. Hood, Texas, and Katie Eaton of Waikoloa; brother, Chris (Elaine) Eaton of Bass Harbor, Maine; sisters, Martha (Alan) Hamblen of Bernard, Maine, and Lucy (John Skinner) Eaton of Bangor, Maine; two grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by A Hui Hou Crematory and Funeral Home of West Hawaii.
Masashi “Porky” Hatada, 88, died April 13 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Hilo, he was a co-owner of Hatada and Robert’s bakeries, World War II U.S. Army veteran, and member of Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin Kyodan, Lower Kawailani Kumiai, Crescent City Lions Club, and American Legion Yukio Okutsu Post #16. Friends may call from 3:30-5 p.m. Friday, May 2, at Dodo Mortuary chapel in Hilo; memorial service at 5 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers. Survived by wife, Tokiko Hatada; sons, Wendell Hatada, Darrell Hatada, and Curtis Hatada, all of Hilo, Derrick (Michele Kato) Hatada of Wailuku, Maui; brothers, Shunichi Hatada and Kengo Hatada of Hilo, George (Lorraine) Hatada of Saratoga, Calif.; sister, Betty (Stanley) Hirota of Oregon; sister-in-law, Jean Hatada of Hilo; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
The Rev. Minnie Halekulani Elderts Kaawaloa, 91, died April 10 at her home. Born in Kaiakea, she retired from Hawaii Volcanoes National Parks as a cultural demonstrator/interpreter, was a minister at Kamauloa O Ka Malamalama Hoomana Naauao Church and was an intern/cultural specialist for the Smithsonian Institute and she belonged to Aha Puhala O Puna, Kalapana Community Organization, Puna Hui Ohana, Leiana O Puna, Kalapana Gardens Association, and Alu Like Kupuna Program. Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. May 1 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel in Hilo. Wake service at 6 p.m. Visitation will continue from 8-9 a.m. May 2 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral serviceat 9 a.m. Burial to follow at the Homelani Memorial Park in Hilo. Casual attire. Survived by sons, William Kaleo Kaawaloa of Pahoa, Lionel (Deborah) Kaawaloa of Pahoa, Jesse Kaawaloa of Kikala, Stanley (Cheryl) Kaawaloa of Pahoa, Jerry Kaawaloa of Kupahua, and Herbert (Phyllis) Elderts of Fort Worth, Texas; daughters, Leilani Ring of Honolulu, Mary Jane Kamoku of Hilo, Gladys (Michael) Miller of Honolulu, Piilani Kaawaloa of Pahoa, and Jerilyn Kaawaloa of Pahoa; brother, Matthew Elderts of Mountain View; sister, Eleanor Evangelista of Paradise Park; 28 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren; 31 great-great-grandchildren; numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Dominga “Inga” Cabigas Ventura, 89, died April 19 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, she was a papaya packer for Puna Papaya in Keaau. Friends may call Monday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Visitation from 5-9 p.m. Wake service at 7 p.m. Friends may call again on Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo. Visitation from 8-10 a.m. Celebration of Mass at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Burial at Homelani Memorial Park (Ilima Section). Survived by sons, Alfredo (Consuelo) Ventura of Keaau, Norberto (Josefina) Ventura, Delfin (Crisanta) Ventura and Modesto Ventura of Paradise Park, Antonio Ventura of Hilo and Melvyn (Fely) Ventura of Honolulu; daughter, Carlina Ramelb of Paradise Park and Susan (Augusto) Andres of Orosi, California; sister, Helen Acebo of Italy; son in-law, Reynaldo Ramelb of Kauai; hanai son, Orlando Montoto of Keaau; 23 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren; numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.
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