Obituaries for September 13

Kathryn Margaret Dedman, 74, of Kurtistown died Sept. 1 at home. Born in Olympia, Wash., she was co-owner of The Butterfly Inn in Kurtistown and a social worker. Private services held. Survived by partner, Patti Wahl of Kurtistown; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

William “Bill” O’Neill Freyser, 85, of Hilo died Sept. 1 at home. Born in Chicago, he was a retired U.S. Army Special Forces chief warrant officer III, veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars and recipient of Purple Heart, Silver Star and Bronze Star, shipmaster and shipmaster license instructor, and law instructor at University of Hawaii-Hilo. Private services held. Survived by wife, Shigeko Freyser of Hilo; daughter, Kiyomi (Akira) Takashima of Japan; son, Joji (Yasumi) Sueyoshi of Japan; sister, Ann Louise Baker of Blue Island, Ill.; caregiver, Julia Hoke of Hilo; four grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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Tanikeni “Isi” Holani, 24, of Hilo died August 22 at home. Born in Hilo, he was a 2018 graduate of the University of Kansas, where he played defensive tackle for the Jayhawks, former Hilo Vikings standout and played for a semi-pro football team in Sioux Falls, Iowa. Private services held by family. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by parents, Tanikeni and Ane Holani; brothers, Sekona, Sione and Tevita Holani; sister, Charlene (Kalena) Tupouseini Holani; grandparents, Paula and Malia Lopeti; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

William Bok Man Lee, 88, of Keaau died Sept. 3 at home. Born in Wahiawa, Oahu, he was a retired teacher at Leilehua High School and U.S. Army veteran. Private services held. Survived by daughter, April (Gerald) Baptiste of Keaau; son, Warner Lee of Colorado; sisters, Lydia Funakoshi and Carol (Douglas) Vierra of Wahiawa; sisters-in-law, Millie Lee of Pearl City, Oahu, and Beatrice Lee of Honolulu; two granddaughters; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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Edilberto Camat Tabafunda, 63, of Papaaloa died Sept. 2 at Hale Ho‘ola Hamakua. Born in Bacnotan La Union, Philippines, he was a landscaper and worked for a private landscaping company. Private services. Survived by wife, Eufemiana Tabafunda of Paagan, Philippines; children, Bernie Tabafunda, Eden T. (Ronnie) Nares and Edwin Tabafunda of Paagan, Philippines; sister, Leona (Vicente) Nacis of Papaaloa; brothers, Rogelio (Patricia) Tabafunda of Paagan, Philippines and Gil (Jonalyn) Tabafunda of Waimea; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Ruth Zarit, 95, of Kailua-Kona died Sept. 9 at Hospice of Kona Nakamaru Hale in Holualoa. Born in Cincinnati, she was a retired food demonstrator for Costco Kona and owner of the former Papa Louie’s clothing store. Private services. Condolences to Wende Brough, P.O. Box 55, Holualoa, HI 96725. Survived by daughter, Wende (Jim) Brough of Honaunau; son, Steven (Romy) Zarit of Montana; five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.