Obituaries for February 6

Juanita Maria Finkenberg, 68, of Kailua-Kona died Dec. 30 at Hospice of Kona’s Nakamaru Hale. Born in Los Angeles, she was a retired university professor, dance teacher at West Hawaii Dance Academy and choreographer at Aloha Theater. Memorial at sea 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Keauhou Bay, with celebration of life 2-5 p.m. at the Kona Outdoor Circle in Kailua-Kona. Casual attire; loose flowers only for memorial at sea. Memorial donations to Hospice of Kona. Survived by husband, Mel Finkenberg of Kailua-Kona; son, Brian (Virginia) Dotson of Santa Clarita, Calif.; stepdaughter, Amber (Ryan) Esselstrom of Wewoka, Okla.; sisters, Sarah (Robin) De Levita of Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Maureen (Artie) Colson of Bakersfield, Calif.; brother, Howard (Rachel) Miles of Camarillo, Calif.; brother-in-law, Barry (Cindy Coats) Finkenberg of Kailua-Kona; sister-in-law, Karen (Larry) Furey of Tillson, N.Y.; six grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Sister Rose Fatima (Vivian) Leite, Order of Saint Francis, 87, of Honolulu died Jan. 16 at St. Francis Convent in Honolulu. Born in Pepeekeo, she was a sister of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities for 67 years. Visitation 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at St. Francis Convent, 2715 Pamoa Road, Honolulu, HI 96822. Eulogies 10:15 a.m. Burial Mass 10:30 a.m. Luncheon to follow. Interment 2 p.m. No flowers. Memorial contributions to Sisters of St. Francis at the above address. Arrangements by Diamond Head Mortuary Chapel.

Tressa-mae Evalani Lynch, 51, of Fayetteville, N.C., died Jan. 30 in Durham, N.C. She was born in Hilo. Celebration of life 11 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 9) at Reeves Funeral Home in Hope Mills, N.C.

Gilbert “G.p.” Perry Motta III, 40, of Kailua-Kona died Dec. 14 in Kailua-Kona. Born in Ahualoa, he owned Motta Heating and Air Conditioning Services and Da Motta Shak. Celebration of life noon Saturday, Feb. 16, in Waipio Valley, where the river meets the ocean. Casual attire. Survived by fiancee, Amara Desseaux of Kailua-Kona; son, Dayson Jae Motta of Cottonwood, Ariz.; daughters, Jayda Dallon Motta of Cottonwood and Alahna Marie Rose of Greeley, Colo.; father, Gilbert Perry Motta Jr. of Walsenburg, Colo.; mother, Janice Galarneau of Cottonwood; sisters, Christine Dryer of Hawi, Julie (Heath) Smith of Austin, Texas, Raylia (Eddie) Carrillo of Cottonwood, Jaysi Motta of Colorado Springs, Colo., Shayne Gallagher of Sequim, Wash., Shawna (Shawn) Helgeson of Prescott Valley, Ariz., and Shelly (Anthony) Wamar of Kurtistown; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


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