Obituaries for May 16

Joseph Alonzo, 80, of Keaau died May 11 at home. Born in Kurtistown, he was a retired U.S. Navy chief petty officer. Services at a later date. Survived by son, Ezekiel Alonzo; daughters, Iris McFadden, Elizabeth Alonzo, Brigitte Hironaka and Terri Lee; brothers, Harold Alonzo and Roy Alonzo; sisters, Penny Alonzo and Betty Alonzo. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Gloria Elsa Cifuentes, 84, of Waikoloa died May 4 in Waikoloa. Born in Colombia, she was a newspaper clerk. No services. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by brothers, Rafael (Ligia) Cifuentes of Waikoloa, Jose Cifuentes and Guillermo (Maureen) Cifuentes of Las Vegas; sisters, Elvira Cifuentes of Waikoloa, Aura Villafane of Waimea and Cecilia (Hernando) Uribe of Los Angeles. Services provided by Ballard Family Mortuary.


Lynda Muchidin Isa Muchayin Ferrell, 46, of Hilo died May 5 at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Sumatra, she owned Lynda’s Aloha Fashion and was a world traveler. Graveside services 8:30 a.m. Friday (May 18) at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Survived by husband, James Ferrell, daughter, Jessica Ferrell; son, Jeffery Ferrell; sister, Yuliana Muchidin; other family. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Richard Joseph Gaspar Jr., 78, of Kailua-Kona died May 7 in Kailua-Kona. Born in Honolulu, he was a retired guest services manager at Hilton Waikoloa Village and U.S. Army veteran. Services at a later date. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by daughters, Rima (David) Gaspar of Kihei, Maui, Sara (Timothy) Song and Charmine (Andrew) Lincoln of Kailua-Kona; Suzette Gaspar and Leina (Chris) Tangaro of Canton, Texas; sister, Elnora Medeiros of Kapolei, Oahu; 20 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Nancy “Alice” Jane Humbert, 66, of Waimea died May 10 at home. Born in Toronto, she owned Island Herbal and loved flowers. Service information to be announced at a later date. No flowers. Memorial donations to North Hawaii Hospice, 65-1328 Kawaihae Road, Kamuela, HI 96743. Survived by daughter, Leala (Blaine Kusler) Humbert of Waimea; sister, Deborah Lloyd of California; brothers, Craig Lloyd of California and Bart (Beth) Lloyd of Massachusetts; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

James “Jimmy” Blair LuPiba, 75, of Waikoloa died May 10 at home. He was a scheduler for the former Continental Airlines and tour bus driver for Polynesian Adventure Tours and Robert’s Tours. Memorial service 10 a.m. Friday (May 18) at Mokuaikaua Congregational Church in Kailua-Kona. Scattering of ashes at sea 9 a.m. Sunday, May 20, at the beachfront of Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. Online condolences: homelanimemorialpark.com. Survived by wife, Trish Kahikina LuPiba; children, Pete (Jennifer) Shaw LuPiba, Jayne Singleton, Julie Cameron, Joan Wahlers, Jacque Sergeant, John Sergeant, Jeff Sergeant, Pualani Debbie Lee and Yvonne Kahikina; siblings, William, Rex, Marilyn, Geraldine, Nani and Lydia; 25 grandchildren; eight nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.

Chin “Kathy” Thi Sallee, 69, of Hilo died May 10 at Hilo Medical Center. She was born in Vietnam. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Monday, May 21, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 10 a.m. Cremation to follow. Casual attire. Survived by life partner, Dale Nagata; sons, Minh (Lorelei) Nguyen and Lap Nguyen; daughter, Evon (Brien Lemmings) Sallee; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Evelyn Miyo Takahata, 90, of Hilo died May 3 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Tokyo, she was a homemaker and member of Tenrikyo Hilo Church. Private services held. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Survived by sons, Clyde Takahata and Byron Takahata of Hilo; daughter, Francine Yano of Honolulu; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Pacita O. Yarte, 87, of Naic, Cavite, the Philippines, formerly of Honokaa, died April 21 in the Philippines. Born in Balaoan, La Union, the Philippines, she was a homemaker. Services held in the Philippines. Survived by sons, Nemecio Yarte Jr. of Hilo; daughters, Alicia (Travis) Lopez and Lillian (Stacy) Oda of Hilo; a granddaughter; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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