Obituaries for March 27

Rainer Bender, 78, of Keaau died March 10 at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Kassel, Germany, he was a retired Hawaii Police Department officer, retired security officer at Port of Hilo and Hilo International Airport, member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and U.S. Army veteran. Services at a later date. Survived by sister, Lilo Santos of Hilo; sister-in-law, Carmen (Dino) Canda of Keaau; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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Tomie Honda, 96, of Captain Cook died Feb. 29 at home. Born in Honaunau, she was a housewife and member of Kona Hongwanji Buddhist Temple and Kumamoto Kenjin Kai. Private services held. Survived by daughters, Carol Honda of Captain Cook and Ruth Honda of Honolulu; son, Harry Honda Jr. of Honolulu; sisters, Satsue Tanaka of Honolulu and Toyoko Urada of Captain Cook; brother, Akikazu (Suemi) Matsumoto of Kaneohe, Oahu; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Veronica “Ronnie” Lam Loy Ho Jenkin, 80, of Hilo died March 5 at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center. She was born in Ookala. Private services at a later date. Survived by daughter, Aileen (Ralph) Crum of Hilo; brothers, Manuel Ah Choy and Ernest (Annie Mae) Ah Choy of Honolulu, Joseph Ah Choy of Papaaloa, Stephen Ah Choy and Raymond Ah Choy of Hilo, Richard (Chris) Ah Choy of Germany; sister, Alice De Luz of Paauilo; four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Lorraine L. Paiva Steinbacher, 97, of Honokaa died March 12 in Honokaa. Born in Waimea, she was a homemaker. Private services. Survived by brother, Albert Sonny Paiva of Honokaa; caregiver and niece, Jill (Roy) Mattos of Honokaa; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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Dennis Brennen Stubblefield, 73, of Volcano died March 6 at home. Born in Pendleton, Ore., he was a retired elementary special education teacher, information technology, computer programmer, English teacher in Japan for Hitachi Corp. employees, U.S. Air Force veteran and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Private services held. Celebration of life at a later date. Survived by wife, Betty Suetomi of Volcano; sons, Brennen Stubblefield of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., and Tim Fields of Ojai, Calif.; daughters, Chelsea Stubblefield of Volcano, Laurianne (Reid) Kapapa of Lafayette, Ind., Nikki (Anthony Kirk) Smith of Mountain View, Heidi Lyn (Roy) Edler of Utah and Steffi (Vetti Seufale) Stubblefield of Laie, Oahu; 13 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Elsie K. Watanabe, 86, of Captain Cook died Feb. 25 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Honolulu, she was an elementary school teacher and member of Kona Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club, Saga Gonu Ikebana, Hiroshima Kenjin Kai and Fukuoka Kenjin Kai. Private services held. No koden (monetary gifts). Survived by husband, Albert Watanabe of Captain Cook. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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