Obituaries for May 11
Hilda M. Dias, 88, of Hilo, died April 29 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Hilo, she was a housewife, formerly employed by Hawaiian Telephone Co. and member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church. Visitation 8-10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Celebration of life at 10 a.m. Funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Casual attire; no flowers. Burial at East Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Survived by daughters, Sandra Gonzalez of Okemos, Mich., and Gayle (Morty) Carter of Hilo; sons, Clifford (Kathie) Dias of Portland, Ore., Craig (Maria) Dias of Spokane, Wash. and James (Kathy) Dias of Glenmont, N.Y.; sister, Marie Serrao of Honolulu; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Melania “Meling” Ramos Saplan, 85, of Naalehu died May 6 at Nakamaru Hale in Holualoa. Born in Bayambang, Pangasinan, Philippines, she was a macadamia nut harvester for MacNut Farms and member of Naalehu Filipino Club and Iglesia Ni Cristo. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Friday at Kona Outdoor Circle, 76-6280 Kuakini Hwy. in Kailua-Kona. Wake service at 10 a.m. Graveside service and burial 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Naalehu County Cemetery. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Survived by sons, Recto Saplan and Wilson (Nora) Saplan of Kailua-Kona, Danilo (Leslie) Saplan of Pahala, Dante Saplan of Naalehu; daughters, Shirley (Rick) Sorensen of Bremerton, Wash., and Lily (Davy) Tabbada of Kailua-Kona; brothers, Carlos Ramos of Naalehu, Rudy Ramos, Rogelio Ramos and Benjamin Ramos of the Philippines; sisters, Mely Ramos of Naalehu and Maria Rosales of the Philippines; sisters-in-law, Adelina Saplan and Natividad (Domingo) Lodivero of Naalehu; 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Frances “Franco” Fumiko Uchima, 72, of Captain Cook died May 3 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Kealakekua, she was a retired secretary for Kona Community School for Adults, co-owner of the former Higashi Store and member of Hookena Kumiai, Kona Hongwanji, Parks and Recreation Senior Bowling League and Teachers Bowling League. Visitation 4-5 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at Kona Hongwanji in Kealakekua. Memorial service at 5 p.m. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by husband, Frederick Uchima of Captain Cook; son, Barry (Lorna) Uchima of Aiea, Oahu; daughters, Renee (Michael) Nakamoto and Shelley (Claude) Mandagui of Kailua-Kona; brother, Gary (Irene) Higashi of Honaunau; sister, Gloria (Lance) Okamura of Honaunau; five grandsons; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Andrew “Andy” Eiji Watanabe, 64, of Hilo died May 4 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, he was a department manager at Longs Drugs Stores, purchaser at Atebara Potato Chips, Hilo Candies and Kamaaina Distribution, owner/operator of Hilo Baskets and Balloons and member of New Hope Christian Fellowship-Hilo. Visitation 3-4 p.m. Wednesday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service at 4 p.m. Casual attire; no flowers. Private scattering of ashes at a later date. Survived by wife, Lee Watanabe of Hilo; daughters, Jodi Watanabe of Hilo and Tracie (Michael) Hamman of Tucson, Ariz.; one grandson. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Rules for posting comments
Comments posted below are from readers. In no way do they represent the view of Oahu Publishing Inc. or this newspaper. This is a public forum.
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content but the newspaper is under no obligation to do so. Comment posters are solely responsible under the Communications Decency Act for comments posted on this Web site. Oahu Publishing Inc. is not liable for messages from third parties.
IP and email addresses of persons who post are not treated as confidential records and will be disclosed in response to valid legal process.
Do not post:
- Potentially libelous statements or damaging innuendo.
- Obscene, explicit, or racist language.
- Copyrighted materials of any sort without the express permission of the copyright holder.
- Personal attacks, insults or threats.
- The use of another person's real name to disguise your identity.
- Comments unrelated to the story.
If you believe that a commenter has not followed these guidelines, please click the FLAG icon below the comment.