Obituaries for November 3

Lester Norman Baldwin, 96, of Hilo died Oct. 14 at home. He was born in San Jose, Calif. Memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m. Nov. 9 at the Church Of The Holy Apostles in Hilo. Aloha attire. Online condolences may be made at Survived by four daughters, Nancy (Brent) Abe of Kaneohe, Oahu, Barbara Eaton of Hilo, Jen Baldwin of Texas and Shayna Baldwin of Washington; two sisters, Kitty Kemner of Oregon and Joan Searles of Oklahoma; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.

Gerald K. Keka, 62, of Kailua-Kona died Oct. 21 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Kealakekua, he was a landscaper for Scotty Roberts, a security officer for Metro Security, journeyman mason for Ono Construction, worked in housekeeping at the former Kona Hilton Hotel and was a member of AA. Celebration of life will be held at a later date. Survived by wife, Imogene Cipriano-Keka of Kailua-Kona; daughter, Casey (Bertram) Klask of North Carolina; hanai daughter, Paloma Valenzuela of Phoenix; mother, Harriet Shimaoka of Kealakekua; brother, John (Kapua) Ancheta of Las Vegas; brothers-in-law, George P. Cipriano Jr. of Kailua-Kona, Matthew (Pearl) Cipriano of Corona, Calif.; sisters-in-law, Geraldine (Calvin) Ely of El Paso, Texas, Emelia L. (Wayne) Kiwaha of Kealia, Kauai, Marilee (Howard K.) Alapai of Kailua-Kona; hanai brothers, Justin J. (Dawn N.) Keka of Washington, Alton (Lani) Hooper of Waimea, Samuel Hooper of Honalo, Dave Riehle of Kailua-Kona; stepbrothers, Sonny (Sharon) Shimaoka of Waimea and Frank K. Shimaoka of Kailua-Kona; stepsister, Mary (Tommy) Kosora of Keaukaha; three grandchildren; two goddaughters; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Virginia Isbell, 87, of Kealakekua died Sept. 20 at her daughter’s residence on Oahu. Born in Chinook, Mont., she served as member of the House of Representatives District 5 for 16 years and represented the 7th District on the Hawaii County Council, served as secretary of the Kona Soil and Water Conservation District’s board of directors, and was a member of the Soroptimist International of Kona, the Lions Club of Kona, Girl Scouts of Hawaii, Keauhou Canoe Club, Kai O Pua Canoe Club and LDS church. Celebration of life 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 at the West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery in Kailua-Kona. Survived by sons, David Isbell of Ocean View and Rick (Jamie) Isbell of Tavarua, Fiji; daughters, Mahealani (Patrick) Holzman and Iwalani (Gordon Noice) Isbell, all of Oahu; sister, Rowena Sargent of Spokane, Wash.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Diamond Head Mortuary.

Rosita Pascual Lucero, 85, of Kurtistown died Oct. 4 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Waipahu, Oahu, she retired as an office clerk from Hilo High School and was a member of the Keaau Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Memorial service 9:30-11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Mountain View Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses with an urn committal noon at Homelani Memorial Park in the Japanese Garden. Casual attire. No flowers. Online condolences may be made at Survived by sons, Fred Ross Lucero and Peter James Lucero; sisters, Natividad Lariosa (Telesforo) of Oahu, Adelaide Duyao (Ismael) of Maui, Francisca Naiga (Ricarte) of Pahoa; brother, Miguel Pascual (Hilda) of California; two granddaughters; five great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.

Gloria Jean “Goldy” Ohuohuikeala Mills, 75, of Pahoa died Oct. 25 at Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home. Born in Honolulu, she was a cash handler for Binion’s Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas, a member of the Puna Baptist Chruch in Pahoa and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Services will be held. Online condolences may be made at Survived by spouse, Doug Mills of Pahoa; daughter, Margaret (Paul) Gutierrez of Portland, Ore.; son, Robert Mele of Pahoa; brother, Carlton Damaso of Waikoloa; one grandchild. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.

Wendy Tomiko Oye, 81, of Waimea died Oct. 28 at her residence. Born in Honokaa, she was a retired assistant in the admission office at the Kohala Hospital and a volunteer at the North Hawaii Community Hospital. Visitation will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Kamuela Hongwanji Church in Waimea. Memorial service will begin at 4 p.m. Casual attire. She is survived by her nephews, Rendell (Norma) Hirano of Kona, Elmer (Debbie) Hirano of Oahu, Alton (Brandie) Oye of Kawaihae; nieces, Raelene (Don) Kleeman of Maui, Georgianne (Jon) Lawson of Kona, and Marvis (Lane) Yanagisawa of Kamuela; numerous grandnieces and grandnephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Kona.


Lang Kalae “Spanky” Kailiawa Pahukula 42, of Pahala died Sept. 19 at Ka‘u Hospital. Born in Pahala, he was a former employee at Royal Hawaiian Orchards in Pahala. Visitation 8:30-9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Pahala Holy Rosary Church. Mass at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at church cemetery. Flower and leis welcomed. Survived by father, Leighton (Marge) Pahukula Sr. of Pahala; son, Klaycin K. Pahukula of Naalehu; brother, Leighton Pahukula Jr. of Kohala; hanai brother, Keoni (Brandy) Kailiawa of Waikoloa; aunts, uncles, hanai nieces, hanai nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Ballard Mortuary.

Lydia Molina Rayray, 58, of Waimea, died Oct. 18 at Kaiser Moanalua Medical Center. Born in the Philippines, she was a housekeeper for the Fairmont Orchid Hotel. Visitation 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at Annunciation Catholic Church, 65-1235 Kawaihae Road. Service 5:30 p.m. Casual attire. Flowers welcomed. She will be laid to rest in the Philippines at a later date. Online condolences may be made at Survived by husband, Alfonso Rayray, of Philippines; sons, Daryl (Aileen) Rayray and Lester (Aldrine) Rayray of Philippines, and Billy Joseph (Marie Jane) Rayray of Waimea; brothers, Reynaldo (Thelma) Molinaand Monico (Lorna) Molina of Waimea, Gus (Mel) Molina of Philippines; sisters, Liza Molina and Rose (Jun) Busque of Waimea; one granddaughter; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary Hilo.

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