Obituaries for June 6

Charmaine “Maikalani” Deborah Armitage, 69, of Hilo died May 27 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, she was a funeral director for Nakamura Mortuary on Maui, homemaker and genealogist for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Family History Center. Celebration of life at a later date. Survived by husband, Robert Armitage Sr. of Hilo; daughters, Larrisa (Kirt) Cummings of Las Vegas, Wondalee “Kehau” (Walter) Rios and Ginger Ann (Robert) Ke of Honolulu; sons, Robert (Nami Kekaualua) Armitage Jr. of Hilo and Chad Armitage of Maui; hanai daughters, Melonee “Tutu” Armitage of Las Vegas and Chasity Baucom of Hilo; hanai son, Alfred Magno Jr. of California; mother, Margaret Cummings of Waianae, Oahu; brothers, Lionel (Jackie) Cummings of Waianae and Harry (Carol) Cummings of Kaneohe, Oahu; sister, Georgette (Ronald) Woolsey of Lanai; 32 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Jaime Marcos Bitao, 66, of Hilo died May 25 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Bacnor West, Aurora Isabella, Philippines, he was a housekeeper for Hilton Waikoloa Village and a papaya farmer. Visitation 9-10:30 a.m. Friday (June 11) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Prayer service at 10:30 a.m. Burial to follow at Homelani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Face masks and social distancing required. Survived by wife, Mary Jane Rivera Bitao of Hilo; son, Lindzy Jhames Rivera Bitao of Hilo; brothers, Marcelino (Betty) Bitao of Kauai, Florante (Josie) Bitao, Constante (Josephine) Bitao, Reynante (Vicky) Bitao and Amante (Marieta) Bitao of the Philippines; sisters, Lailanie (Irinio) Mammuad and Janet (Dante) Badua of the Philippines; hanai mother, Alfe T. Corrales of Keaau; mother-in-law, Esmeralda T. Rivera of Pahoa; nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, sisters- and brothers-in-law. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Robert Charles Blair, 84, of Kehena, died May 14 at home. Born in Nebraska, he was a pilot for Paradise Helicopters, a U.S. Army veteran and Civil Air Patrol volunteer. No services. Online condolences: Survived by wife, Mary Blair; sons, Chad Blair, Mark Blair and Michael Blair; daughter, Cristin Blair Malone; ex-wife Pat Blair; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.

Rodney Alan Quero, 64, of Keaau, died April 12 in Hilo. Born in Keaau, he worked for Holmes &Narver on Johnston Island and Enewetok Atoll. Private services held. Online condolences: Survived by a sister, Millie (Carl) Conol; brothers, Orlando (Maggie) Quero, Eldon (Lolita) Quero and Reuben Quero; nieces, nephews, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.


Ray Allen Riveira Sr., 60, of Keaau died April 10 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he was a U.S. Army veteran and member of the Hawaii Army National Guard. Visitation 5-6 p.m. Friday (June 11) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Celebration of life at 6 p.m. Masks and social distancing required. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Meet for memorial run 9 a.m. Sunday, June 13, at Afook-Chinen Civic Center. Rollout at 9:30 a.m. Beach cruise to end at Laupahoehoe. Survived by daughters, Raynelle (Noland Rapanot) Riveira and Nicole (Branden Medeiros) Riveira; sons, Ray (Loyal Souza) Riveira Jr. and Kapena Riveira Sr.; brothers, Earl Riveira, Joe Riveira and Kelly Riveira; sisters, Gwendolyn (Billy Araral) Riveira, Conchita (Kenny) Riveira, Lita (Nikko) Riveira and Darlene (David) Riveira; 15 grandchildren; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Robert Spoor, 60, of Hawaii Island died May 28. No services. No known family. Survivors are asked to contact Hilo Medical Center at (808) 932-3500, option 3.

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