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Obituaries for May 21

Rena Ursula Brincat, 93, of Kailua-Kona died May 15 at home. Born in Somerville, N.J., she was a retired aerospace industry executive secretary. Services at a later date. Survived by son, Robert (Donna) Evett of Holualoa; daughter, Barbara Evett of California; one grandson and two great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Irvin “Irv” Theodore Carlsen, 100, of Keaau died May 14 at home. Born in Susanville, Calif., he was a retired radio broadcaster, member of Seniors of Paradise Park and Seniors of Pahoa and honorary member of the Eagles. Services pending. Survived by companion, Janet Tebo of Keaau; daughters, Beverly Lynd of Keaau, Elene “Lene” (Gary) James of Santa Rosa, Calif., Sandra (Bob) Conley of Pleasant Hill, Calif., and Christine Effinger of Havilah, Calif.; son, David Carlsen of Santa Barbara, Calif.; stepson-in-law, Richard Carter; 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; two cousins; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Elvira “Vera” Paez Kamekona, 76, of Pahoa died May 14 at home. Born in El Paso, Texas, she was a bilingual teacher in Paso Robles, Calif., and member of San Miguel Mission in California and Thy Word Ministries Faith Center in Hilo. Celebration of life 10 a.m. Friday at Thy Word Ministries Faith Center. Flowers to 13-748 Leilani Ave., Pahoa, HI 96778. Survived by sons, Henry Kamekona III of Honolulu and Armando “Kona” (Lisa) Kamekona of California; daughter, Dora “Lynny Girl” (Clyde) Wheatley of Pahoa; sisters, Angie (George) Harbison of El Paso, Texas, and Emilia “Memy” McDermont of Pasa Robles, Calif.; four grandchildren and one great-grandson; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Bettimae Wailani Johansen, 93, of Lahaina, Maui, and Ahualoa died May 17 at her Ahualoa home. Born in Lahaina, she was a retired Hawaiian quilter, lei maker and sushi demonstrator at the Marriott hotel in Kaanapali, Maui, and member of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Visitation 1-2 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at Honokaa Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Memorial service at 2 p.m. Casual attire. Maui services at Lahaina Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses at a later date. Survived by son, Albert Johansen of Pearl City, Oahu; daughters, Irmanetta P. (Wendell D.) Branco of Ahualoa and Tepatasi P. (Myman) Sparks of Lahaina, Maui; six grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Thomas Norman Tuttle, 54, of Hilo died May 13 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Portland, Ore., he was a roofer and member of Aloha Chapel. Private services. Online condolences at www.homelanimemorialpark.com. Survived by wife, Deborah Tuttle of Hilo; stepsons, Gary (Tiffani) Fooshee of Green Briar, Ark., Thomas (Jamie) Fooshee of Gravesville, Ark., James Rotureau of Canon City, Colo., and Eric (Paula) Rotureau of Colorado Springs, Colo.; stepdaughter, Sabre Reid Fooshee of Conway, Ark.; sister, Judith Allen of Charleston, S.C.; 14 step-grandchildren and 2 step-great-grandchildren; nieces.

Vance Kamehameha Fawcett, died April 23. An incorrect date of death was submitted for an obituary published May 14.


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