Obituaries for December 2

Rosita “Aunty Rosie” “Sweetheart” Andaya Bufil, 80, of Hilo died Nov. 2 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honokaa, she was a retired asset protection host/greeter for Hilo Walmart and secretary at Alu Like of Hilo. Visitation 8-10 a.m. Saturday (Dec. 8) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Mauna Kea Memorial Park. Aloha attire. Leis and flowers welcome. Survived by husband, Pilagio “Blu” Bufil of Hilo; daughters, Davelyn “Dave” Bufil of Hilo, Abigail “Abby” Bufil of California, Patricia “Patti” (Eric) Bufil-Dehmer of Hilo and Francine “Fran” (Randy) Bufil-Uy of California; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Floyd “Chappy” Edgar Chapman Jr., 79, of Keaau died Nov. 21 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Portsmouth, Ohio, he was a truck driver for Mihara Transfer, small engine mechanic for Garden Exchange, KPUA Radio disc jockey “Night Owl,” U.S. Air Force special forces sergeant and member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion Post 60. Celebration of life 9 a.m. Friday (Dec. 7) Homelani Memorial Park Chapel. Memorial gathering 10 a.m. at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 1 pavilion. Casual attire. Online condolences: Survived by wife, Barbara Chapman of Ainaloa; daughters, Debra (Kim) Mar of Wausau, Wis., Cathy (Daniel Moniz) Mathews of Mountain View and Cheryl (James) Ah Heong of Kurtistown; sons, Floyd (Amanda) Chapman III of Wausau, Wis., and Sterling Chapman of Ainaloa; brother, Floyd Carroll Chapman of Florida; 11 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.


Patricia Ann Heck, 84, of Kailua-Kona died Nov. 2 at home. Born in Port Angeles, Wash., she was public school teacher. No services. Survived by stepdaughter, Connie (Lee) Forsberg of Lynwood, Wash.; sister, Beverly Nelson of Edmonds, Wash.; two grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Eileen Patricia Hood, 86, of Hawi died Nov. 3 at home. Born in Doty, Wash., she was a homemaker, member of Kalahikiola Congregational Church and Kohala Senior Citizens. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Saturday (Dec. 8) at the Kalahikiola Congregational Church in Kapaau. Celebration of life will at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Hawi County Cemetery. Casual attire. Survived by son, Steven (Carol) Hood of Kapaau; sister, Arleen Lorraine Shirley of Atwater, Wash.; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


John Douglas Mercado, 59, of Keaau died Nov. 11 at Hilo Medical Center. He was born in San Francisco. Visitation 10-11 a.m. Friday (Dec. 7) at Ballard Family Mortuary. Service at 11 a.m. Burial 1:30 p.m. at Alae Cemetery. Survived by wife, Deborah L. Mercado of Keaau; mother, Alice A. Mercado of Keaau; sons, Preston J. (Shawntel K. Lawrence) Mercado and John D. Mercado Jr. of Keaau; daughters, Candice C. (Joe Lauro) Mercado of Waimea, Juanita J. Mercado and SonyaLita M. (Tyson A. Martin) Mercado of Keaau; brothers, Manuel DeJesus Mercado Jr. of Honolulu, Robert Mercado and Peter Mercado of Keaau, Lito (Linda) Mercado of Hilo; sisters Cynthia Kisamore of Maui, Alice Smith of Texas, Virgina Mema of New York, Linda Pennywell of California and Judy Mercado of Oahu; 11 grandchildren; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Keslyn Tulensru, 23, of Hilo died Nov. 21 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Kosrae, Federated States of Micronesia, she was a private security guard. Visitation 5-6 p.m. Friday (Dec. 7) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 6 p.m. Casual attire. Burial/committal service at a later date in Kosrae. Survived by mother, Kenye Tulensru of Micronesia; brothers, Emerson Tulensru, Robert Tulensru, John Tulensru of Reno, Nev., Kesson Tulensru and PK Likiaksa Tulensru of Nevada; sisters, Kimie Jack and Kenlyn Palsis of Kosrae, Kenye Tulensru of Seattle; nine nephews and five nieces; cousins, uncles and aunts. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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