Obituaries for January 21

Jacekevi M. Chesebro, 50, of Hilo died Dec. 20 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Care Center. He was born in Hilo. Private services. Survived by daughters, Shaina Saburo-Chesebro of Palau and Kiana Johnson-Chesebro of Hilo; brothers, John K. Chesebro III and Chandon K.K. Chesebro of Hilo; sister, Jayreen M. Chesebro of Hilo. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Edmund Paul Kaleopaa Chung-Hoon, 89, of Kailua-Kona died Dec. 7 in Honokaa. He worked for Slim Holts and Mackenzie Tours as a tour guide and driver and Hawaii Protective Association and the former Freeman Guards as district operations manager. Online condolences: Visitation 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Old Kona Airport events pavilion. Celebration of life service at 11 a.m. Military honors noon Monday, Feb. 4 at West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery. Survived by daughters, Catherine (Clayton) Villanueva of Kailua-Kona, Joanne Morimoto of Pearl City, Oahu, Cynthia (Hilary) Kanuha of Aiea, Oahu, and Danderine Clark of Ocean View; sons, Steven (Georgia) Chung-Hoon of Kealakekua, Michael (Gay) Regohos of Kailua-Kona and Edmund D. K. Chung-Hoon of Honolulu; sisters, Puanani Chung-Hoon of Waipahu, Oahu, Violet-Elizabeth Townsend of Nevada, Ernestine Kenney of Honolulu and Agnes Campbell of Montana; brothers, Samuel Chung-Hoon of Florida and Edwin Chung-Hoon of Wahiawa, Oahu; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.


Gloria Lee O’Hearn, 85, of Keauhou died January 4 at Hospice of Kona Nakamaru Hale in Holualoa. Born in Ventura, Calif., she was a homemaker, former dental assistant and caregiver. Private services. Survived by daughter, Sheree (Richard) King of Kailua Kona; son, Michael (Michelle) O’Hearn of Martinez, Calif.; four grandchildren. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Satomi Hirota Shindo, 86, of Hilo died Jan. 3 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Hilo, she was a retired new accounts manager for Central Pacific Bank and member of Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin. Private services held. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Survived by son, Brian (Kerima) Shindo Sr. of Hilo; daughter, Teri (Shane) Agno of Honolulu; brother-in-law, Harry Arashiro of Honolulu; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Margaret Balberde Tokunaga, 81, of Kailua-Kona died Dec. 29 at Hospice of Kona’s Nakamaru Hale. Born in Pepeekeo, she was a Department of Education administrator and volunteer for Boy Scouts of America. Private services held. Survived by husband, Stanley Tokunaga of Kailua-Kona; son, Alex (Janelle) Tokunaga of Tustin, Calif.; brother, Lawrence (Vivian) Balberde of Hilo; sister, SebbieCQ (Daniel) Akiu of Oahu; sister-in-law, Diane Balberde of Virginia; a grandchild. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary


Samuel “Sam” Rich Wheatman, 75, of Ocean View died Jan. 13 at home. Born in Bryn Mawr, Pa., he was a retired aerospace engineer and a U.S. Navy veteran. Private services. No flowers. Memorial donations to American Cancer Society. Survived by wife, Lilette Wheatman of Ocean View; sister, Jane Spiller of Pennsylvania; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Lorraine Tsutae Yamada, 91, of Hilo died Jan. 3 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honomu, she was retired from the former Kona Surf Resort as a Japanese-speaking guest relations/wedding planner, previously managed the former House of Music, was a vocal coach and teacher and founding member of the Big Island Karaoke Club. Private services held. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Survived by daughters, Charlene (Alan) Okamoto, Sharon (Leonard) Morris and Joy (Alan) Steen; sons, Randall Yamada, Roy Yamada and Earl Yamada; sister, Jean (Stanley) Kaleo; 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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