Obituaries for January 15

Fumio Hamakawa, 93, of Hilo died Nov. 28 at Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home. Born in Hilo, he was a small business owner specializing in heavy-duty equipment and parts and U.S. Army World War II veteran. Visitation 4-5 p.m. Friday (Jan. 18) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service at 5 p.m. Private urn committal at a later date. Aloha attire; no koden (monetary gifts). Memorial donations to Boy Scouts of America-Aloha Council, Pukahi District or Hawaii Island United Way. Survived by wife, Emiko Hamakawa of Hilo; daughter, Dale Hamakawa of San Francisco; sons, Gary (Darlene) Hamakawa of Honolulu, Craig (Lyn) Hamakawa of San Francisco and Ron Hamakawa of Seattle; brother, Kiyoshi (Mikako) Hamakawa of Hilo; sister-in-law, Betty Hamakawa of Honolulu; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Clara Leialoha Omerod, 90, of Honolulu died Nov. 29 in Honolulu. Born in Ka‘u, she was a retired housekeeping supervisor for Kuakini Medical Center and kupuna of Keaukaha Hawaiian Homesteads and Alu Like Kupuna Program. Visitation 9:30-10:30 a.m. Friday (Jan. 18) at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary in Kaneohe, Oahu. Celebration of life service at 10:30 a.m. Graveside service and inurnment 1 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery. Survived by children, Dianne Ondo, Jana Jones, Catherine (Roy) Brooks, Wendy Jo DeLaura, Louis (Heather) Omerod, Kelly Jean (Terry) Manning and John (MaryAnn) Omerod Sr.; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Hawaiian Memorial Park.

Francis “Keao” Joseph Keaowehewehe Peters, 47, of Waimea died Jan. 5 at North Hawaii Community Hospital. Born in Hilo, he was a general mechanic. Visitation 8:30-10 a.m. Friday (Jan. 18) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 10 a.m. Cremation to follow. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Cynthia Ha‘aheo Kamau of Waimea; sons, Justin Peters of Hilo, Kekoa Peters of Waimea, Rayden (Talia) Peters of Papaikou and Walter John Kamau-Peters of Waimea; daughters, Myra (Jason) Peters of Keaukaha, Kaeleen Peters of Hilo and Teani Kamau-Peters of Waimea; brother, Mitchell (Kehau) Peters of Keaau; sister, Daisy Rebolledo of San Diego; seven grandchildren; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Henry Serion Sr., 88, of Keaau died Jan. 9 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Waipuka, Kohala, he was a retired heavy equipment operator, cowboy at Huehue Ranch, fisherman, employee of original Kona Inn, member of Pahoa Ward and former bishop of Kona First Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and member of Operating Engineers Union Local 3. Visitation 6-8 p.m. Friday (Jan. 18) at Orchidland Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Visitation again 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 19) at Kona Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Funeral service at 11 a.m. Burial to follow at Kona Memorial Park. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by wife, Mary Louise Serion of Keaau; sons, Henry (Jane) Serion Jr. of Mountain View, Robert Serion of Hilo, Russell Serion and Kelson Serion of Kona; daughter, Kathleen (Kaumoana) HewLen of Kailua-Kona; brothers, Albert (Aileen) Serion of Oahu and John (Barbara) Sentino of Seattle; sister, Florence “Sheila” (Raymond) Aviles of Montana; brother-in-law, Harry Gomes of Kona; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Mary Ellen Vana, 71, of Newland, N.C., died Jan. 6 at Mission Hospital McDowell in Marion, N.C. Born in Hilo, she was an artist, musician, animal lover and nature lover who loved Jesus Christ. Memorial service 12:30 p.m. Friday (Jan. 18) at Uncle Robert’s, 12-5038 Kapoho Beach Road in Kalapana. No loose flowers; favorite lei requested. Online condolences: Survived by son, Robert (Deb) Tom; brother, Peter (Aurora) Vana; three grandchildren; a niece and a nephew. Arrangements by Beam Funeral Service, Marion, N.C.


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