Obituaries for September 16

Ricardo Derasin Agpalza, 67, of Hilo died Sept. 10 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a retired production supervisor for the former Hawaii Electric Light Co. Visitation 4-6 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 19) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral services/celebration of life at 6 p.m. Face masks and social distancing required. Oneroom Streaming Live: Event ID: dodoMortuary Password: SBEVGI. Cremation to follow. Survived by sons, Jason (Michelle) Agpalza of Virginia and Jeremy (Jennifer) Agpalza of Keaau; daughters, Rochelle (Keven) Lee of Las Vegas and Renee (Patrick) Lawrence of Honomu; sister, Alberta (Wayne) Babchuk of Las Vegas; nine grandchildren and one great-grandson; aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Alan Gallap, 54, of Laupahoehoe died Sept. 7 at Hilo Medical Center. He was born in Hilo. Memorial service at a later date at the Honokaa Seventh-day Adventist Church. Survived by brothers, Christopher (Lynn) Gallap and Jeremy Gallap of Laupahoehoe; aunts and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


George Rodney Garcia, 85 of Pearl City, Oahu, Aug. 12 at home. Born in Haina, Honokaa, he was a retired photo engraver for the former Hawaii Newspaper Agency, member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Pearl City and a U.S. Navy veteran. Private services. Survived by sons, Patrick Garcia and Michael (Lisa) Garcia; daughters, Cheryl (Jay) Sylva and Charlene Saunders; brother, the Rev. Albert Garcia; brother in-law John F. (Andrea) Adrian Jr., seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Glenn Anthony Gravela Sr., 70, of Naalehu died Sept. 3 at home. Born in Pahala, he was a welder, former alarm services technician and U.S. Army veteran. Celebration of life at a later date. Online condolences: Survived by son, Glenn A. Gravela Jr. of Naalehu; daughter, Kimberly (Miguel) Cabrera of Naalehu; brothers, Prudencio “Dan” Gravela of Naalehu, Leslie (Nardita) of Pahala, Francis (Carol Kekauoha) Gravela of Hilo and Lawrence (Tracy) Gravela of Keaau; sisters, Mary Peralta of Pahala, Eleanor (James) Talich of Kwajalein, Frieda Mae Lee and Salome Horiuchi of Hilo, Lourdes (Steve) Kornelson of Georgia, Melissa (Felix) Ibarra of Waiohinu, Bernice (Christian) Behle of Hilo and Elizabeth (Catalino) Alcordo of Mililani, Oahu; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Merrill C. Grotenhuis, 92, of Kailua-Kona died Aug. 23 at Life Care Center of Kona. Born in Presho, S.D., he was a contractor/builder and U.S. Navy veteran. Services at a later date. Survived by daughters, Angela Stephens of Kailua-Kona and Elizabeth (Ian) Franklin of California; sister, Lola Austin of California; five grandchildren and four great- grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Charles Ronald Haselden, 74, of Keaau, died Sept. 7 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Williamsburg, S.C., he was a professional chef. Private services held. Survived by son, Charles Haselden Jr. of Oregon; daughters, Heather Ann Wilkening of Puna and Georgeana M. Ireland of California; brothers, John Haselden of Keaau and Robert Haselden of Oregon; sister, Margaret Christensen of Keaau; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Condolences for the late Julua Guerpo Cuaresma can be sent to: Renette Ferreira, 83-5515 Mamalahoa Hwy., Captain Cook, HI 96704. An incorrect address was submitted for an obituary published Monday.

Urn committal services for the late Oliver Kanoelehua Sanborn is at 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2 in Hilo. An incorrect date appeared in an obituary published Wednesday. The Tribune-Herald regrets the error.

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