Obituaries for November 22

Nathaniel “Nate” Herbert Chang, 69, of Keaau died Nov. 15 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, he was a retired U.S. Army sergeant first class and member of Rotary Club of Hilo, Lions Clubs International, Chinese Civic Association of Hawaii and other community service clubs and organizations. No local services. Survived by wife, Annette Chang of Keaau; son, Michael Spores of Spanaway, Wash. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Fujiko Ito, 95, of Pahala died Nov. 7 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Kealakekua, she was a homemaker and member of Pahala Hongwanji Mission and Fujinkai. Private services held. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Survived by sons, Vernon (Gayle) Akira Ito of Hilo and Newton (Cecilia) Ito of Pahala; daughters, Leatrice (Roy) Hirohata and Jerre Jean (Reed) Tokairin of Honolulu; brothers, Takanari Fukunaga of Pahala, Yoshikage (Shinobu) Fukunaga of Honolulu, Suetaka (Vicki) Fukunaga, Shigeyuki Fukunaga and James (Ella) Fukunaga of Kailua-Kona; sisters, Setsuko Toriano of Kailua-Kona and Jane Sato of Honolulu; sisters-in-law, Sadako Fukunaga of Hilo and Iris Fukunaga of Honolulu; six grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Soo Jang Lee, 73, of Hilo died Nov. 11 in Hilo. Born in Seoul, South Korea, he was a taekwondo martial artist, head taekwondo instructor for the Korean Army, a taekwondo instructor in Hilo and coached the U.S. Olympic taekwondo team at the 1988 Seoul games. Memorial services in South Korea at a later date. Online condolences: Survived by sons, Justin Lee and Jade Lee of Hilo; brothers, Soo Kwang Lee and Soo Wan Lee of California; sisters, Soo Lee Hahn of Oregon and Baker Lee of Texas. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.

Shirley A. Medeiros, 80, of Hilo died Nov. 5 at home. Born in Hilo, she was an office clerk at the former Hilo Lanes Bowling Alley, cashier at the former Seventh Gate Christian Bookstore and the former Da Store in Hilo and member of the Big Island Portuguese Culture Club. Private services. Survived by daughter, Debra (David) Cabarloc of Kurtistown; sons, Randall (Kehau) Medeiros of Hilo and Paul (Cindy) Medeiros of Mountain View; sister, Carol Furtado of Hilo; brother-in-law, Carl (Agnes) Medeiros of Fremont, Calif.; sister in-law, Barbara Medeiros of Hilo; 13 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Lorraine Lehua Nobriga, 82, of Hilo died Nov. 17 at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Hilo, she was a homemaker. No services. Survived by husband, John Nobriga of Hilo; daughters, Rochelle Salvador of Honolulu, Willette Thomas of Idaho and Lisa Iaukea of Hilo; son, Kurt Thomas of Puna; sisters, Elaine Correia and Deborah Gohier of Hilo; 20 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Per Reidar Tyrin, 77, of Hilo died Nov. 9 at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Barum, Norway, he was a retired chief engineer for the U.S. Department of Defense Military Sealift Command, worked at ARCO, Crown Zellerbach, Del Monte Banana Co. and C. Brewer &Co. and was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and South Pohakulani Kumiai. Private services. Survived by wife, Colette Tyrin of Hilo; sons, Bruce (Stephanie) Tyrin of Buckeye, Ariz., and James (Misti) Tyrin of Hilo; sister, Astri Johnsaeter of Flisa, Norway; brothers-in-law, Joseph W. Andrews and Deacon LeRoy Andrews of Hilo, Lawrence (Kay) Andrews and Eugene H. Lyman III of Keaau; five grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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