Obituaries for May 8

Darlene Joy Branchik, 51, of Mountain View died April 8 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Wahiawa, Oahu, she was a private housekeeper. Visitation 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral at 1 p.m. Burial to follow at Alae Cemetery. Casual attire. Survived by husband, Nathan Branchik of Mountain View; daughter, Jessica Deyoe of Hilo; stepdaughter, Kalena Branchik of Kalapana Black Sands; mother, Shirley Mapson of Kahului, Maui; brothers, Michael Soto and Ray Mapson of Kahului; sisters, Debra Soto of Pahoa, Raelene Mapson and Lucy Mapson of Kahului. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Rafaela Raneses de Jesus, 81, of Hilo died May 4 in Hawaii. Born in the Philippines, she was a caregiver and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Visitation 8-10 a.m. Thursday, May 9, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Memorial Mass at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and siblings.


Cheyenne James Pila Gaspar, 44, of Kailua-Kona died April 9 at Hilo Medical Center. Born on Oahu, he was a commercial painter, free diver, member of Church on a Sure Foundation in Puna and former member of Solid Rock Ministries. Celebration of life noon-4 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at West Hawaii Community Health Center Pavilion in Kealakehe. Oahu celebration of life noon Saturday, May 11, at Ewa Beach Park. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Kelly Gaspar of Kailua-Kona; daughters, Ashley (Sipou) Mareko of Las Vegas and Bridget Roberts of California; sons, Kaniela (Chassidy) Hauanio and Isaiah (Reichel) Hauanio of Kailua-Kona; mother, Janice Gaspar of Portland, Ore.; brothers, Moses (Susan) Galeon of Kailua-Kona and Lowen Galeon of Portland; sister, Kristin Galeon of Portland; godparents, Steven and Lori Mahelona of Kailua-Kona, Wendy Avilla of Oahu; eight grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Sharon Tally Justice, 73, of Kurtistown died April 26 in Hilo. Born in Big Spring, Texas, she was an educator, community theater actor, member of Hilo Toastmasters, mother and grandmother. Celebration of life 10:30 a.m.-noon Monday, May 13, at Church of the Holy Cross, 440 W. Lanikaula St., Hilo. Casual attire. For more information, call Lori at 854-1302. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Edward “Eddie Boy” Kaleohano, 69, of Kealia died April 20 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Hookena, he was an auto mechanic and fisherman. Visitation 5-7 p.m. Friday, May 17, at Honaunau Rodeo Arena. Memorial service at 7 p.m. Visitation again 7-9 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at the arena. Celebration of life at 9 a.m. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Survived by sons, Edward (Laurie Malina) Kaleohano of Hookena, Kai (Ipo) Kaleohano of Kealia and Jason (Lei) Kaleohano of Kealakekua; daughters, Melani Kaleohano and Connie (Barry) Gouveia of Kealia; sister, Connie Pua of Keei Beach; hanai children, Valentine Wessel of Kailua-Kona and Yoland Kuahuia of Milolii; 12 grandchildren and four hanai grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


John Shinyee Leong, 83, of Kailua-Kona died April 26 at home. Born in Hoiping, Canton, China, he owned JL Taxi Service and other taxi companies, was a former manager of Pacific Rim Restaurant and assistant manager of the former Grayline Tours. Private services held. Survived by wife, Ann Leong of Kailua-Kona; sons, John (Paula) Leong Jr. of Kainaliu and John Leong III of Las Vegas; daughter, Su-Ling (Thaddeus) Ynigues of Las Vegas; grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Irvin Keola Lopes, 58, of Waimea died April 29 in Waimea. Born in Honolulu, he was a landscaper. Memorial services 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at Door of Faith Church, 65-1343 Kawaihae Road, Waimea. Burial to follow at Waimea County Cemetery. Online condolences: Survived by daughters, Lena Ann (Colby) Benito of Honolulu and Victoria Hufford of Waikoloa; mother, Lily Kepano of Kaneohe, Oahu; brothers, Danny (Charlene) Lopes of Waimea, Quintin Kepano of Honolulu and Lamont Kepano of Reno, Nev.; sister, Sweetheart (George) Kepano-Schumaker of Kaneohe; three grandchildren. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

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