Obituaries for March 7

Ramon Patrick Abong, 94, of Pepeekeo died Feb. 14 at Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home. Born in Olaa, he was a welder for the former Jensen Welding Shop in Hilo, worked for the former Hakalau Sugar Plantation and Hilo Coast Processing Co. as a sugar cooker and electrician and was a U.S. Army veteran during World War II. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Monday (March 12) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Celebration of life at 10 a.m. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Burial at noon at East Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Survived by wife, Martha Abong of Pepeekeo; sons, Raymond D. (La) Abong and Robert J. Abong of Pepeekeo; daughters, Pauline T. Abong (Dennis) McClees of Pepeekeo and Oahu and Sylvia L. Abong (Franklin) Kakazu of Puhi, Kauai; sister-in-law, Josephine Abong of Pepeekeo; eight grandchildren; great-grandchildren; a niece and a nephew. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Fumiko “Fumi” Tokumaru Cunningham, 71, of Kailua-Kona died Feb. 27 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Kawatana, Japan, she was a retired certified nursing assistant for Life Care Center of Kona. Private service held. Survived by son, Shelly (Shawna) Cunningham of Kailua-Kona; daughter, Wendi (Matt) Brunetti of California; sisters, Akiko Sakanoue and Atsuko Izumi; brothers, Kazuo Tokumaru and Takashi Tokumaru; three grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.


Florence A. “Flossie” Fergerstrom, 88, of Hilo died Feb. 17 at home. Born in Honokaa, she was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo, Girl Scouts of America and Family Community Enrichment. Visitation 9-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 14, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Mass at 10:30 a.m. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Burial to follow at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Survived by son, Dale (Jody) Fergerstrom of Captain Cook; daughters, Ann Fergerstrom and Fay (Bradda) Lindsey of Hilo; sister, Evelyn Amiel of Prescott, Ariz.; five grandsons and three great-granddaughters. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Yoshiko Kidani, 91, of Paauilo died Feb. 17 at home. Born in Paauilo, she was a seamstress. Private services held. Online condolences: www.ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by sons, Clyde (Pamela) Kidani of Kona, Clive (Rosa) Kidani and Leroy Kidani of Paauilo; daughter, Emily (James) Thomas of Hilo; sisters, Betty (Charles) Narimatsu of California, Molly Hara of Hawaii Kai, Oahu, and Patsy Nakaji of Honolulu; 17 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.


Ignacio “Iggie” Lapinig, 90, of Hilo died Jan. 29 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a retired emergency medical technician/nurse’s aide for the former Hilo Hospital, U.S. Army World War II veteran, bowler for AJA North Hilo novice, kupuna and other leagues. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Saturday, March 17, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 10 a.m. Graveside committal service 9 a.m. Monday, March 19, at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire. Survived by daughters, Carrie (Chang) Lapinig and Vanessa (Chris) Salomon of Hilo; sons, Neal Lapinig of Waipahu, Oahu, Dominic (Marietta) Lapinig and Jay Lapinig of Hilo; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Nicole Ocean Mense, 43, of Glenwood died March 1. She was born in California. No services. Online condolences: www.homelanimemorialpark.com. Memorial donations to The Food Basket, 40 Holomua St., Hilo, HI 96720. Survived by sons, Harley Satae of New Mexico, Keoni Satae of Hawaii and Delphius Boswell of South Carolina; parents, Keith (Lizi) Mense of Volcano and Laura Walker of Glenwood; sister, Diane (Nathan) Mayer of North Carolina; brother, Brian (Angie) Mense of Missouri; three aunts. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.