Obituaries for December 1

Denton “Dentz” Edmund Lee Freitas, 45, of Pahoa died Nov. 24 at Hilo Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. Private services. Online condolences: Survived by son, Devin (Leahi Balai) Freita-Gonsalves of Hilo; daughter, Jaylea Freitas-Pavao of Hilo; father, Derek Pagan of Mountain View; brother, Dominic Freitas of Mountain View; sister, Darilynn (Hiilei) Ah Loy of Honolulu; maternal grandmother, Joan Flores of Pahoa; companion, Michelle Soares of Pahoa; daughter’s mother, Sharina Pavao of Hilo; three grandchildren; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.

Phyllis Arline McCormack, 96, of Honokaa died Nov. 16 at Hale Ho‘ola Hamakua in Honokaa. She was born in California. Private services. Survived by sons, James A. McCormack of Texas and William H. McCormack of Waimea; brother, Robert Herron of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; two grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.


Caroline Nobriga, 97, of Kailua-Kona died Nov. 4 at Hospice of Kona’s Nakamura Hale. She was born in Kona. Services held with burial at Homelani Memorial Park-Kona. Survived by daughters, Teresa (Kevin Arakaki) Lucero of Kailua-Kona; son Allan (Jerry) Nobriga of Kailua-Kona; brother, Frank Silva of Kona; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Richard-James “Chubba Bubba” “R.J.” Silva, 13 of Pahoa died Oct. 31 2018 at Home. Born in Hilo. He was an autistic, homebound 8th grader. Visitation 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Ballard Family Mortuary. Service at 5 p.m. No flowers. Those unable to attend are asked to send condolences to P.O. Box 6362, Hilo, HI 96720. Survived by parents, Liana N.G. Nakila of Hawaiian Beaches and Thomas G. Silva of Hilo; brother, Makamae Nahale of Hawaiian Beaches; sisters, Trinity Silva of Hawaiian Beaches, Kahea Nakila of California and Shalezar Nakila of Hilo; maternal grandparents, George and Mary Costa of Kailua, Oahu; maternal grandmother, Paulie-Ann Nakila of Hilo; paternal grandmother, Margaret Vaca (Silva) of Aiea; aunts, uncles, cousins and a niece. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.


Tsuyuko Umetsu Shimizu, 89 of Hilo, died Nov. 7 at home. Born in Olaa, she worked at Alumside Products, Modern Appliance, Great Hawaiian Realty, Restaurant Fuji/Hilo Hotel, C. Brewer Data Processing and Kam Garment Factory and was a member of Taishoji Soto Mission, Hilo Daijingu, Anela St Kumiai, Fukushima Kenjin Kai and Yamanashi Kenjin Kai. Visitation 2-3 p.m. today at Ballard Family Mortuary. Service at 3 p.m. Survived by sons, Gary (Tina) Shimizu of North Carolina and Calvin (Minda) Shimizu of Pepeekeo; daughters, Sharlene (Larry) Miyazu and Annette (Alfred) Leung of Hilo; sisters, Mitsue Hanabusa of Waianae, Oahu, Yaeko (George) Fujiwara of Hilo and Ruriko (Donald) Hayashi of Kaneohe, Oahu; sister-in-law, Ethel (Daniel) Chang of Honolulu and Toshie Shimizu of Keaau; brother-in-law, Iwao (Katherine) Shimizu of Kahaluu, Oahu; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Teresa “Teri” Lani Sachiko Solomon, 63, of Captain Cook died Oct. 14 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Honolulu, she was an assistant manager for Hele service stations and member of Waiaha Kumiai. Visitation 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Kona Imin Center in Holualoa. Celebration of life 11 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by husband, Gil Solomon of Captain Cook; sons, Chadwick Chung-Hoon of Oahu, Bradwick Chung-Hoon of Keopu, Troy Chung-Hoon and Duane Chung-Hoon of Oahu and Brandon Chung-Hoon of Kailua-Kona; parents, Norman and Marilyn Sakata of Holualoa; brothers, Walter (Ann) Morinoue of Oahu, Hiroki (Setsuko) Morinoue of Holualoa, Clyde (Jocelyn) Sakata of Kealakekua and Blaine (Laurie) Sakata of Holualoa; sisters, Doris (Frank) Bauer of Minnesota, Kiyoko Morinoue of Laos, Michelle Sakata Johnson of Holualoa, Janice Sakata and JB Nash of Colorado; 13 grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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