Obituaries for April 24

Thomas “Tommy” Kaluna Chang, 77, of Hilo died April 17 at home. Born in Honolulu, he was a heavy equipment operator with Hawaiian Dredging and a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church. Visitation 8:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 30, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo. Memorial mass at 10 a.m. followed by urn committal services at Homelani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Alicia “Tiny” Chang of Hilo; daughters, Tammy K. (Melvin “Abu”) Yamamoto of Honolulu, Tanya K. “Keawe” (Jack Freitas) Chang of Kula, Maui, Tracy K. (Scott) Weidie of Kailua, Oahu; mother, Audrey Chang of Honolulu; brothers, Winfield (David Carlson) Chang of Kona, Bruce (Rachel) Chang of Maui, Sanford (Margo) Chang of Mountain View; sisters-in-law, Betty Joyce (Jules) Carvalho of Colton, Calif., Faith Balingit of Hilo, Clea (Wally) Riggs of Rialto, Calif., Wilma Merket of Chandler, Ariz.; brothers-in-law, Nick (Josie) Balingit of Hilo, Lambert Balingit of Lolita, Calif., Rowell (Pam) Balingit of Palatine, Ill.; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Sarapio Dellipou, 66, of Keaau died March 21 at Queen’s Medical Center. Born in Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia, he was a carpenter and member of Pahoa Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Visitation 2 p.m. Friday, April 26, until 8 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Dellipou residence in Hawaiian Paradise Park. For residence location, call Thomas Sorcy at 854-1060. Mass at 9 a.m. Saturday at Pahoa Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial to follow at Alae Cemetery in Hilo. Casual attire, no flowers. Survived by sons, David Dellipou and George Dellipou of Honolulu; stepson, Rommu Dellipou of Honolulu; daughters, Ansinia (Maruo) Alonzo, Pastora Dellipou and Cincerella (Jessie) Takashi of Honolulu; brothers, Bart (Erlyn) Mwarey of Alaska, Leo (Mariana) Tillipau, Kermin Tillipau, Conzakan (Toni) Sorcy and James (Etta) Avey of Hilo; sisters, Maria (Solan) Kaneki, Mariata (Hunter) Apong, Ailin Tillipau and Merlin Tillipau of Hilo, Tersi Faruk and Mariana (Lou) Tillipau of Honolulu; grandchildren, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Mitsuko “Mitsi” Isono, 91, of Hilo died April 17 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Papaaloa, she was retired from Marriott International Food Service at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Private services held. No flowers; no koden (monetary gifts). Survived by husband, Taichi Isono of Hilo; children, Lynn (Stefan) Kelemen of Claremont, Calif., Myrna Mizer of Yorba Linda, Calif., Cindy (Clyde) Sakoda of Hilo, Randall (Jackie) Isono of San Diego; brothers, Takio Shitabata of Honolulu, Albert Itsuo (Aileen) Shitabata of Hilo, Earl (Marian) Shitabata of Kailua, Oahu; sisters, Mildred Eiko (Fred) Endo of Gardena, Calif., June Shitabata of Honolulu; sisters-in-law, Hayako Shitabata of Honolulu, Asako Shitabata of Laupahoehoe, Annie Isono of Honolulu; brother-in-law, Katsuichi (Miyuki) Isono of Kaneohe, Oahu; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Rally Tolentino, 84, of Waimea died March 23 at his residence. Born in Waimea, he was a retired truck driver for the state of Hawaii Highway Division, worked as a fence line worker for Parker Ranch, was a volleyball coach for Parks and Recreation Waimea and a member of Puukapu Kupuna and Waimea Paniolo Softball. Visitation 10 a.m. May 4 at the family’s residence, 64-5070 Hale Alii St. in Waimea. Celebration of life at 11 a.m. with luncheon to follow. For more information, contact Rhonda Liborio at 885-4909. Casual attire. Flowers welcome. Survived by sons, Ralenton (Lou-Ann) Tolentino of Hilo, Raynard (Evan) Tolentino of Kohala; daughters, Racal (Carl Martinez) Kawaauhau of California, Rhonda (Brian) Liborio of Waimea; sister, Ethel Cariaga of Hilo; 12 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


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