Obituaries for November 18

Wanda Pla Dupont, 69, of Hilo died Oct. 30 at Hilo Medical Center. Born on Oahu, she was a waitress at the former Hawaii Naniloa Resort, Restaurant Osaka, Hukilau Restaurant and Sun Sun Lau Restaurant. Celebration of life noon Saturday, Dec. 11, at her home, 40 Hokupaa St.. Survived by husband, Howard Kaleo “Bozo” Dupont of Hilo; son, Kenward C. (Jerry Hoffled) Dupont of Hilo; daughter, Yolanda (Christopher J. Kaukini) Dupont of Hilo; sister in law, Joann Pla of Honolulu; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; cousins. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Robert Hiroshi Kinoshita, 100, of Hilo died Oct. 15 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honomu, he was a retired heavy equipment mechanic for the former Hilo Coast Processing Co. and member of Honomu Hongwanji Mission Kyodan. Private services held. Survived by sons, Nelson (Lucille) Kinoshita of Hilo, Michael (Lydia) Kinoshita of Kaneohe, Oahu, Glenn (Venus) Kinoshita of Honolulu and Norman (Kelly) Kinoshita of Paauilo; brothers, Paul Hitoshi Kinoshita of Pepeekeo and Takeshi Kinoshita of Honolulu; sisters, Chieko “Betty” Goya and Yaeko “Eileen” Taguma of Honolulu, Sueko “Susie” Kinoshita Lee of Kailua, Oahu; sister-in-law, Chiyono Kinoshita of Honolulu; eight grandchildren and a great-grandchild; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Ruth Carmen Lucero, 90, of Mountain View died Oct. 26. Born in Paauhau, she was a retired home companion and member of Mountain View Library Club and Cookbook Club. Private services held. Survived by son, Peter Lucero; daughters, Dana Lucero, Gwedolyn Eveler and Mikelle Lucero; four grandchildren; cousins. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Ward Douglas Pirie, 64, of Hilo died Oct. 5 at home. Born in Hamilton, N.Z., he was a retired state supervisor, member of Big Island Aquarium Society, hunter, classic cars and clock enthusiast, and Boy Scout Troop 78 supporter. Services at a later date. Survived by wife, Jennifer Rush Pirie; son. Douglas Marston (Emily) Pirie of Hilo; daughters, Emma Rush (Ryan) Trude and Georgia Jane Pirie of Washington; parents Peter and Avis Pirie of Waimea; sisters, Kathrine Cross of Waimea and Judith Roberts of New Zealand. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.


Leo Cabrera Ventura, 80, of Pahala died Oct. 21 at Ka‘u Hospital. He was born in Abulug, Cagayan, Philippines. Private services held. Survived by sons, Nestor Ventura of Lihue, Kauai, Leo Ventura Jr. of California and Eric Aglia Ventura of Reno, Nev.; daughter, Necie Bocalbos of Hanapepe, Kauai; sisters, Donata (Deacon Joseph) Aglia of Pahala and Priscilla (Salvador) Delos Santos of Las Vegas; companion, Rosita Avenue of Pahala; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Yoshino “Doris” Sumida, 92, of Hilo died Oct. 20 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Mountain View, she was a homemaker and Hilo Coast United Church of Christ. Private services held. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Survived by sons, Warren (Napua) Sumida of Hilo and Myles (Remi) Sumida of Keaau; daughter, Lori (Nelson) Kunihiro of Hilo; brother, Takeshi Shiroma of Hilo; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; nephews, nieces and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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