Obituaries for May 25

Judith “Judy” Julie Ater, 76, of Hilo died April 22 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Honolulu, she was a homemaker, member of Hilo Seventh-day Adventist Church and volunteer at the County Office of Aging. Visitation 2-3 p.m. Sunday, June 5, at Hilo Seventh-day Adventist Church, 162 Kapiolani St. Celebration of life at 3 p.m. Casual or aloha attire; no flowers. Survived by son, Thomas (Genevieve) Teixeira; daughters, Jessica (Duane) Vargas and Jamie Ater; daughter-in-law, Anna Ater; brother, Ismael “Pancho” (Judy) Flores Jr.; sisters, Violet Wadkins and Lucille (Stephen) Meek; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; two aunts; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for May 24

Patricia “Patti” Piilani Bufil-Dehmer, 59, of Hilo died March 28 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, she was a loan officer for the former Beneficial Hawaii, an administrative assistant for Ivan Mochida Contracting and a salesclerk at the former Robert’s Bakery. Graveside committal service 10 a.m. Saturday (May 28) at Mauna Kea Memorial Park in Papaikou, followed by a celebration of life at 4 p.m. at Hilo Meishoin Social Hall, 97 Olona St. Aloha attire; flowers welcome. Survived by husband, Eric H. Dehmer of Hilo; sons, Erickson H. Dehmer of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Roycen K. (Stephanie) Dehmer of Kailua, Oahu; daughter, Brittni Rose K. (Aukai Ishibashi Jr.) Dehmer of Hilo; father, Pilagio Bufil of Hilo; hanai brother, Ronnie Alonzo of Hilo; sisters, Abigail “Abby” Bufil and Francine (Randy Uy) Bufil-Uy of California; four grandchildren; hanai children, cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for May 23

Betty Jane Becker, 95, of Kailua-Kona died May 10 at home. Born in Los Angeles, she was a homemaker. Private services to be held. Survived by daughters Sharon (Milton) Miles of Idaho, Debbie (Ronald) Horst of Kailua-Kona; son James (Linda) Becker of New Mexico; seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Obituaries for May 22

Geraldine Yvonne Bonner, 75, of Kamuela died May 2 in Kamuela. Born on Kauai, she was an elementary school teacher for more than 40 years. Private services held. Survived by daughter Deanna (Tom Zambeck) Evans of Kamuela; son-in-law Steve (Yan) Evans; sisters Glenna Marti of Oahu and GayAnn (Robert) Hite of Vancouver, Wash. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Obituaries for May 16

George Nakamoto, 89, of Kainaliu died April 17 at home. Born in Kainaliu, he was a co-owner of Kona Poultry Farm and member of Kainaliu Kumiai and Kona Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. Private services at a later date. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Survived by wife, Norma Nakamoto of Kainaliu; sons, Cy (Melanie) Nakamoto and Kurt Nakamoto of Kainaliu; daughter, Lisa (Sam) Rivera of Kainaliu; brothers, Masao Nakamoto and Yasuo (Chieko) Nakamoto of Kailua-Kona, Junichi (Shirley) Nakamoto of Kealakekua; two grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for May 15

George E. Britto, 86, of Wainaku died May 10 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a retired auto salesman for Orchid Isle Auto Center. No services. Survived by wife, E. Penny; son, Glenn K.; a grandson. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for May 11

Delbert Eugene Cannon Jr., 85, of Kailua-Kona died Nov. 27, 2021, at home. Born in Parson, Kan., he was a professional surfboard maker, owner of DC Del Cannon Surfboards and a charter boat captain. Services at a later date. Survived by daughters, Shawn (Kyle) Cannon Medeiros of Hookena and Jennifer (Robin) Villanueva of San Diego; son, Andrew (Jill) Cannon of Haleiwa, Oahu; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for May 10

Kay Kinuko (Miyagi) Bossert, 92, of Indianapolis died Feb. 6. Born in Hilo, she was a teacher who loved traveling, cooking, and entertaining. Private Mass of Christian Burial at St. Luke Catholic Church in Indianapolis. Online condolences: leppertmortuary.com. Survived by husband, Lt. Col. Paul W. Bossert (retired); son, Paul F. Bossert; daughters, Joan (Mike) Snapp, Coleen Cohn and Nancy (William) Ficca; four grandchildren and a great-grandson. Arrangements by Leppert Mortuary, Indianapolis.

Obituaries for May 9

Stanford “Stan” Louis Barcarse, 74, of Hilo died April 21 at Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center in Honolulu. Born in Lihue, Kauai, he was a retired branch manager from various financial institutions, U.S. Army staff sergeant and Vietnam War veteran, temple member and high priest for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Ainaola Ward, committee member of Hawaii County Vietnam War Memorial and member of American Legion Hilo Post 3, Machado Acres Association, Exchange Club and Boy Scouts of America. Visitation 8-10 a.m. Monday, May 16, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 10 a.m. Graveside committal service noon at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2 pavilion. Face masks requested. Survived by wife, Dency Barcarse of Hilo; sons, Damien Kaimana (Kea) Barcarse and Michael (Tierney) Barcarse of Hilo; hanai son, Kahale (Daisy) Kim of Hilo; daughters, Tanya (Aziz) Williams of Honolulu and Sandi (Travis) Kamaka of Wailuku, Maui; brothers, Malcolm (Betty Ann) Barcarse of Honolulu and Alex (Debbie) Tejada of Hilo; sister, Leona Fukuyama of Hilo; eight grandchildren and a great-grandson; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for May 8

Albert Capuyan Ano, 63, of Kailua-Kona died April 21 at The Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu. Born in Besao, Philippines, he was a landscaper for Puna Certified Nursery. Funeral service 1:30 p.m. Saturday (May 14) at Life Water Church in Kealakekua. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Teresita Bactad of Kailua-Kona; son, Kim (Diane) Ano; daughters, Kay Ann Ano, Almie Ano and Florence Ano of Philippines; stepdaughter, Severina Bactad of Kailua-Kona. Arrangements by Leeward Funeral Home and Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for May 6

Philemon Kahanu Austria, 93, of Hilo died April 14 at Legacy Hilo Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Born in Haiku, Maui, he was retired from both the Hawaii Army National Guard and Hawaii County Police Department, a fisherman, photographer and member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Visitation noon- 1 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel in Hilo. Funeral service at 1 p.m. Cremation to follow. Graveside urn committal service with military honors noon Tuesday, May 24, at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2 pavilion. Casual attire. Survived by son, Wendell Austria of Kalapana; four grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for May 5

Nicolas R. Galeon, 96, of Hilo died April 10. Born in Payoay, Ilocos Norte, Philippines and retired as a tireman for the former Waiola Tire Co. Service 10 a.m. Friday (May 6) at Ballard Family Mortuary. Survived by wife, Josephine C. Galeon of Hilo; brother, Constante Galeon of Philippines; sister, Dominica Galeon of Philippines. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Obituaries for May 4

Bernadette Boehmer, 79, of Kailua-Kona died April 22 at home. Born in Chicago, she was a retired office manager for Kraftsman Auto Body and member of Kona Coast Kennel Club. Private service held. Survived by husband, John Florek of Kailua-Kona; daughter, Denise (Billy) Davis of Kailua-Kona; sister, Madeline (James) Borek of Illinois; a granddaughter. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Obituaries for May 3

John Edward Barsell Jr., 88, of Waimea died April 29 in Waimea. Born in Chicago, he was a deputy attorney general in California and U.S. Air Force and Navy veteran. Graveside services 11:30 a.m. Thursday (May 5) at West Hawaii Veteran’s Cemetery. Burial to follow. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by spouse, Sandra; daughters, Carolyn Mondot of Reno, Nev., and Elizabeth Barsell of Danville, Calif.; sons, John (Gia) Barsell of Alamo, Calif., and Michael (Tracy) Barsell of Walnut Creek, Calif.; brother, Richard Barsell of San Diego; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Obituaries for May 2

Jodean Marie Dela Cruz, 76, of Hilo died Dec. 11 at home. Born in Michigan City, Ind., she was a retired Hawaii public school teacher and administrator, member of the U.S. Peace Corps in the Philippines and quilter. Celebration of life held on March 5. Survived by husband, Romel Dela Cruz of Hilo; sons, Rene (Mina) Dela Cruz of Las Vegas and Jason (Mimi) Dela Cruz of Hilo; sisters, Kathleen (Ronald) Heinrich of Colorado and Rebecca Schneider of Michigan; sister-in-law, Alice (Clyde) Dela Cruz-Bailado of Paauilo; four grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for May 1

James “Uncle James” Enoka Branco, 57, of Hilo died April 8, 2022 at The Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu. Born in Hilo, he was a heavy equipment operator, owner of Branco’s Farm and member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Visitation 10-10:15 a.m. Friday (May 6) at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Eulogy at 10:15 a.m. Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Cremation to follow. Aloha attire. Survived by siblings, Robert F. (Grace) Branco Jr., Michael Branco, Verna Tavares, Lola (Gheeza McGhee) Branco, Anna (Curtis) Azevedo and Charlotte De Reis; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for April 29

Daniel “Boogie” Aloysius Costa Jr., 85, of Hilo died March 2, 2022 at home. Born in Hilo, he was a retired Honolulu Fire Department captain, sales associate at Sears Ala Moana and U.S. Marine Corps Korean War era veteran. Private services held. Survived by children, Yvette Broadhead of Wyoming and Derrick Costa of Honolulu; stepsons, Paul “Sumio” Nagata and Jason Savella of Honolulu; brothers, Joseph “Pete” (Laverne) Costa of Hilo and Robert “Bobby” (Rossann) DeCosta of Kahaluu, Oahu; sister, Audrey “Kookie” DeMello of Hilo; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Obituaries for April 28

Mary Louise Butler, 92, of Waimea died March 13 at home. Born in Sacramento, Calif., she was a retired executive manager for AT&T. Private services in California. Survived by sons, James (Judith) McManus of Kailua-Kona and Greg (Vicki) McManus of Puako; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Obituaries for April 26

Hugh Emmet Andrews, 77, of Hilo died Dec. 19, 2021, in Costa Mesa, Calif. Born in Hilo, he was a former machinist for Momac Products and a member of St. Matthew Catholic Church. Visitation 8:15-9:15 a.m. Friday (April 29) at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. Inurnment to follow at Homelani Memorial Park. Online condolences: homelanimemorialpark.com. Survived by sister, Clare Andrews of Hilo; brother-in-law, William F. Jones of Kailua-Kona; an aunt, cousins. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.

Obituaries for April 25

Eva Jane Bozarth, 95, of Waikoloa died April 12 at home. Born in Kelso, Wash., she was a retired state social worker in Washington. No services. Survived by children, Willie (Jim) Ryan of Waikoloa, Michael (Tracy) McIntire of Alaska, Tresa (Wayne) Krause and Frank McIntire of Washington; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.