Obituaries for June 16
Velin “Vel” Galolo Gragas, 70, of Honolulu, formerly of Hilo, died May 24 at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. Born in Hilo, she was a retired cafeteria worker for Washington Middle School and member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Pauoa, Honolulu. Visitation 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 24 at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel-Waipio, in Waipahu, Oahu. Services at 6:30 p.m. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Survived by husband, Roberto Gragas of Honolulu; sons, Ross Gragas and Gannon (Aolani) Yamasato-Gragas of Honolulu; sisters, Marina (William) Pascua of Koloa, Kauai, Adelle (Larry) Weber of Hilo and Kalei Degracia of Lexington Park, Md.; brothers, Remy (Pat) Pascua of Kaneohe, Oahu, and Don Galolo of Aiea, Oahu; three grandchildren; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Christine Leina‘ala Yapp, 78, of Hilo died May 24 at home. Born in Olaa, she was a retired sales and mail-order clerk for Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Co., former member of Haili Congregational Church and member of New Hope Christian Fellowship and Lehua Senior Bowling League. Visitation 6-9 p.m. Thursday, June 19 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Wake service at 7 p.m. Visitation again 9-11 a.m. Friday. June 20 at the mortuary. Funeral service at 11 a.m. Burial to follow at Homelani Memorial Park, section 4. Casual attire. Survived by daughters, Thailiana Denise (Walter) Aipolani and Autumn (Lee) Aipolani-Soares of Hilo, Karen Ortiz of Honolulu; son, Stacey Kekaualua of Hilo; son-in-law: Michael Ortiz of Palm Desert, Calif.; four grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
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