Obituaries for November 24

Arnold Douglas Ackerman, 69, of Kealakekua died Nov. 13 at home. Born in Kealakekua, he was a television producer, cattle rancher, member of Kona Mauka Rotary, Food Bank, Kai O Pua Canoe Club and Kona Hospital Foundation. Celebration of life 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at Kona Historical Society in Kealakekua. Survived by wife, Noel Black Ackerman of Kealakekua; daughter, Cobey Ackerman of Kealakekua; sister, Stephanie Ackerman of Kealakekua; a grandson; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Melvin Kealoha Ayau, 97, of Keaau died Oct. 27 at home. Born in Kalamaula, Molokai, he was a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel serving in search and rescue, an entrepreneur and real estate broker. Private services held at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) in Honolulu, and he was laid to rest Nov. 19. Survived by wife, Thelma Camacho Ayau of Keaau; son, Gregory (Judi) Ayau of Keaau; daughter Melanie (Jeff) Quinton of Rossville, Ind.; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.


Ruth Mary Duffy, 98, of Kailua-Kona died Nov. 11 at Hospice of Kona’s Nakamaru Hale in Holualoa. Born in Jersey City, N.J., she was a homemaker and a former engineer for Western Electric Co. Private services at a later date. No flowers. Memorial donations to: Hospice of Kona, P.O. Box 4130, Kailua-Kona, HI 96745. Survived by daughters, Catherine Woodbury of Kailua-Kona and Terry Duffy of Oregon; son, John Duffy of Colorado; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Danitta “Nitta” Ann Montgomery, 63, of Hilo died Nov. 6 at Hilo Medical Center. She was born in Honolulu. No services. Online condolences: Survived by spouse, Jimmie Montgomery Jr. of Hilo; sister, Salina (Keane) Iranon of Volcano; brothers, Robert Rodrigues of Pensacola, Fla., Mario Rodrigues, Maverick (Karen) Rodrigues and Mark (Thalia) Rodrigues of Keaau; sister-in-law, Darlene Lazanga of Las Vegas; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.

Colette Leihulu “Miss Aloha” Paglinawan, 70, of Hilo died Aug. 9 at Hilo Medical Center. Celebration of life at a later date. Online condolences: Survived by sons, Sloane Paglinawan and Adam Paglinawan; daughter, Celeste Paglinawan; 15 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.


Marcela A. Pontanilla, 91, of Ocean View died Oct. 12 at home. Born in Urdanetta, Philippines, she was a homemaker. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 27) at Life Water Church in Kealakekua. Funeral service at 10 a.m. Burial 1:45 p.m. at Kona Memorial Park in Holualoa. Condolences to: Marilyn Tayamen, P.O. Box 377378, Ocean View, HI 96737. Survived by daughter, Marilyn (Wayne Sr.) Tayamen of Ocean View; sister, Christina Doana of Philippines; 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Leroy John Victorine, 82, of Hilo died Aug. 14, 2020, at Hilo Medical Center. Born on September 6, 1937 in Hilo, he was a retired assistant chief for the Hawaii County Police Department, a disc jockey for the former KIPA Radio, U.S. Air Force Veteran; director of Airport Security for the former Wackenhut; director of Transportation Security Administration at Hilo Airport, director of harbor security at Port of Hilo, and served on and chaired the county Board of Ethics and Police Commission. Visitation 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Celebration of life at 10 a.m. Urn burial to follow at Homelani Memorial Park, Ilima Section. Survived by, daughters, U‘ilani (Chad) Canda of Hilo and Tammy Momilani Kealoha of Waimea; sons, Clifford (Michelle) Victorine III of Hilo and Mike (Becki-Lin) Victorine of Pukalani, Maui; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary

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