Obituaries for December 30

Roy Awa, 66, of Hawaii Island died Dec. 17. No known family. Survivors are asked to call Hilo Medical Center at (808) 932-3500, option 4.

Obituaries for December 29

Henry Goo Akona Jr., 86, of Kailua-Kona died Nov. 16 at home. Born in Kailua-Kona, he was a custodian for the Department of Education, member of Hawaii Wood Turners Association and Hawaii Army National Guard veteran. Services at a later date. Survived by wife, Frances Akona of Kailua-Kona; sons, Henry Akona III of New York City and Andrew (Macie) Akona of Sacramento, Calif.; daughter, Leilani (Kaipo Tomita) Akona of Las Vegas; three grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary

Obituaries for December 28

Gloria Datuin Mendoza-Watson, 70, of Keaau died Dec. 9 at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. Born in Hilo, she was owner and piano instructor of Mendoza-Watson Piano Studio, director of music Liturgy and member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and member of Hawaii Music Teachers Association. Visitation 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Wake service at 6 p.m. Visitation again 8-9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. Burial to follow at Homelani Memorial Park, Ilima Section. Casual attire. Survived by husband, Deacon David Watson of Keaau; brother, Armando (Lisa) Mendoza of Hilo; mother-in-law, Dona Watson of Utah; brother-in-law, Terry (Patricia) Watson of Utah; a niece, two nephews, a grandniece, two grandnephews, cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for December 25

Rene Asuncion, 78, of Hilo died Dec. 15 in Pahoa. He was born in the Philippines. Private services at a later date at Mililani Memorial Park on Oahu. Survived by daughters, Shirl (Tracey) Veincent and Maelissa (Rodney) Kawaiaea of Hilo; son, Glenn (Misty) Asuncion of Kahului, Maui; sisters, Linda Palalay of Waialua, Oahu, and Rosita Garcia of Pearl City, Oahu; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for December 22

Dorothy “Lei” Ah Tou, 81 of Kealia died Oct. 21 at home. Born in North Kona, she was retired from the Kealakekua Ace Hardware and a member of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church (Painted Church. Celebration of life held. Survived by sons, Thomas M. Ah Tou Sr. and Mervyn K. Ah Tou of Kealia; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and cousins. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Obituaries for December 21

Marie B. Abril, 86, of Holualoa died Sept. 15 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Kealakekua, she worked at Kona Hongwanji Preschool and Bay View Farms, was an avid traveler and member of St Benedict’s Painted Church and Ilocano Ancestry Club. Visitation 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at St. Benedict’s Painted Church in Honaunau. Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Survived by her sons, Walter Amarino Jr. and Robin (Myrna) Amarino of Holualoa; daughter, Terrie (Lloyd) Tanaka of Kealakekua; hanai daughter, Joanie (Brian) Dalton of San Diego; brothers, Alfonso Abril of Honolulu and John (Judy) Abril of Middle Keei; sisters, Marcy Akao of Hilo, Victoria (Tom) Yanagawa of Kailua-Kona, Dora Starr of Hernando, Fla., Mary Bentley of Las Vegas, Monica (Richard) Layman of Honolulu, Candida Abril and Pauline (Steve) Butters of Kailua-Kona; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for December 20

Natalie Ann Delue Gonzalez, 75, of Waimea died Dec. 17 at home. Born in Minneapolis, she was a physician. Private services. Survived by husband, Daniel. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Obituaries for December 18

Leonard Ainahau Kalua‘u Sr., 67, of Pahoa died Nov. 8 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in North Kona, he was a retired heavy equipment operator for Jas W. Glover. Visitation 4-6 p.m. Friday (Dec. 23) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Wake service 6 p.m. Visitation again 8-10 a.m. Saturday (Dec. 24) at the chapel. Funeral service at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Homelani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Survived by companion, Jewel Kaapana of Pahoa; sons, Leonard (Edalaine) Kalua‘u Jr. of Mountain View and Nicholas Kalua‘u of Hilo; daughters, Tammy (Claude) Williams of Tulsa, Okla., and Joanne Williams of Kona; brothers, John Kalua‘u III, Malcolm Kalua‘u and Ruben Kalua‘u of Ka‘u; sisters, Lorrie (Sam) Baker of Honokaa and Cheryl Dougherty of Hilo; hanai sister, Triva Alves of Ka‘u; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for December 16

Roy Masaji Daikawa, 80, of Hilo died Dec. 3 at home. Born in Hilo, he was a retired county lifeguard and member of Big Island Woodturners. Visitation 4:30-5 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 22) at Church of the Holy Cross. Celebration of life at 5 p.m. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Mildred Daikawa of Hilo; children, Neal (Jean Marie) Daikawa of Philadelphia, Royden (Laura Esbensen) of Virginia Beach, Va., and Christine (Catherine Perry) Daikawa of Cedarburg, Wis.; siblings, Sadako (Henry) Suzuki of Hilo, Paul (Jane) Daikawa of Hilo, Stanley (Janice) Daikawa of Apple Valley, Minn., and Carole (Harry) Watanabe of Los Alamos, N.M.; eight grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for December 15

Helen Ann Lee Mc Iver, 79, of Hilo died Dec. 10 in Hilo. Born in Queens, N.Y., she was retired from Bank of Hawaii and American Savings Bank. Celebration of her life at a later date. Survived by daughters, Neva (Hansen) Tsang and Kelly Lee (Stanley) Wilbur of Hilo; son, Paul (Wilma) Mc Iver of Sarasota, Fla.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for December 14

Marcelino Marquez Babas Sr., 91, of Pepeekeo died Dec. 2 at home. Born in Laoac, Pangasinan, Philippines, he was a core sampler for the former Hilo Coast Processing Co. Visitation 4-6 p.m. Friday (Dec. 16) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 6 p.m. Graveside service 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Alae Cemetery, Section L, Row I, Plot 5. Casual attire. Survived by children, Marcelino (Judy) Babas Jr. of Honolulu, Ricarte (Chloe) Babas, Relito Babas, Frankilito (Christina) Babas of Keaau, Francisco (Chelsea) Babas of Hilo, Teodorico (Guylyn) Babas of Mountain View, Grace (Stephanie) Babas of Portland, Ore., Christopher (Samantha) Babas of Pepeekeo and Sherilyn (Selson) Babas of Pawtucket, R.I.; sisters, Flora “Luz” Tano of Stockton, Calif., and Dionice (Paul) Yamamoto of Hilo; brothers, Francisco (Lorena) Babas and Blesco Babas of Hilo; 33 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for December 13

Wataru Kohashi, 100, of Hilo, died Nov. 26 at J&K Care Home in Keaau. Born in Keaukaha, he was a Hilo High School Graduate, an Infantry Sergeant in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team twice wounded in World War 2, and a retired HELCO millwright foreman. Private service to be held at a later date. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Survived by daughters Lois (Mickey) Sinclair of Port Ludlow, Wash., and Julia (Francis) Zee of Hilo; son Owen (Miky Ishida) Kohashi of Seattle; six grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for December 12

Peggy Ann McBride, 83, of Hilo died Nov. 30 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, she was a retired hospital nurse’s aide. Private services held. Survived by sons, Alan McBride of California and David (LiPing) McBride of Japan; daughter, Eileen (Douglas) Johnson of Hilo; brothers, Michael (Nancy) O’Connor of Texas and Robert (Mary Ellen) O’Connor of Iowa; sister-in-law, Minnie O’Connor of Iowa; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for December 11

Marcelino Marquez Babas Sr., 91, of Pepeekeo died Dec. 2 at home. Born in Laoac, Pangasinan, Philippines, he was a core sampler for the former Hilo Coast Processing Co. Visitation 4-6 p.m. Friday (Dec. 16) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 6 p.m. Graveside service 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Alae Cemetery, Section L, Row I, Plot 5. Casual attire. Survived by children, Marcelino (Judy) Babas Jr. of Honolulu, Ricarte (Chloe) Babas, Relito Babas, Frankilito (Christina) Babas of Keaau, Francisco (Chelsea) Babas of Hilo, Teodorico (Guylyn) Babas of Mountain View, Grace (Stephanie) Babas of Portland, Ore., Christopher (Samantha) Babas of Pepeekeo and Sherilyn (Selson) Babas of Pawtucket, R.I.; 33 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for December 9

Stephanie “Landa” Yolanda Francisco, 64, of Hilo died Dec. 3 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, she was a cook for various restaurants and member of Malama Ka Pili Pa‘a. Celebration of life at a later date. Survived by children, Bridget (Keoki) Palacio and Jensen (Krysti Soares) Sugiura of Hilo, Sharday (John) De Motta of Pepeekeo, Shaylyn (Christopher Evangelista) Sugiura of Hilo; siblings, Wendy Wisniewski of Hilo, Edward (Tracy) Bufil Jr. of Pepeekeo, and Tanya (Todd) Pataray of Hilo; eight grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for December 7

Brenda Jo Ioane, 65, of Hilo died Oct. 3 at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children in Honolulu. Born in Hilo, she was a senior branch office administrator at the Edward Jones office in Hilo, formerly was an escrow officer at the Island Title Company and proprietor of Roselani Party Supply. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Celebration of life at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Online condolences: dodomortuary.com. Survived by husband, Philip “Duke” Ioane of Hilo; son, Joshua (T’ara) Akamu of Hilo; daughters, Roslyn Ioane, Raelyn (Joseph Hanohano) Ioane and Kristin Gomes-Orsatelli of Hilo and Kawehi (Marta Tsvetkova) Yung of Pittsburgh; mother, Clara Coit of Hilo; brother, Owen (Jodi) Coit of Hilo; sisters, Deborah (Patrick) Moniz of Hilo and Cindy (Darren) Naihe of Kona; 12 grandchildren; nieces, nephews and hanai children. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for December 6

Valintin Alnas Sr., 89, of Paauhau died Nov. 17 at home. Born in Paauhau, he was a retired baker for the Hilton Waikoloa Village, mill worker for the former Hamakua Sugar Co., U.S. Coast Guard Korean War veteran and member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Hilo KATS softball team, ILWU fast-pitch softball team, assistant coach for the Honokaa High School girls softball team in 1976, and helped coordinate construction of the Honokaa swimming pool. Visitation 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday (Dec. 10) at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Honokaa. Memorial Mass at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Shirley Alnas of Paauhau; son, Raymond O. (Candace) Alnas of Waikoloa; daughters, Cristina A. “Crissy” (Timothy) Smith of Kalopa and Dana P. (Timothy) Costa of Honolulu; sisters, Mary (John) Welch of Arizona and Emily (Roy) Oshiro of California; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for December 5

Erika Lokilani Boyd, 50, of Mountain View died Nov. 9 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, she was the owner of Boyd Hawaii LLC Catering and member of Connect Point Church. Visitation 10-11 a.m. Saturday (Dec. 10) at Connect Point Church, 168 Holomua St. in Hilo. Celebration of life at 11 a.m. Casual attire (preferably green); no flowers. Survived by husband, Eric Boyd; daughters, Ipolei (Shandon) Pestano and Anela Boyd; sons, Spike (Eliza Almeida) Boyd and Zyrin Boyd; a grandson. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for December 4

Valintin Alnas Sr., 89, of Paauhau died Nov. 17 at home. Born in Paauhau, he was a retired baker for the Hilton Waikoloa Village, mill worker for the former Hamakua Sugar Co., and member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Hilo KATS softball team, ILWU fast-pitch softball team, assistant coach for the Honokaa High School girls softball team in 1976, and helped coordinate construction of the Honokaa swimming pool. Visitation 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday (Dec. 10) at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Honokaa. Memorial Mass at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Shirley Alnas of Paauhau; son, Raymond O. (Candace) Alnas of Waikoloa; daughters, Cristina A. “Crissy” (Timothy) Smith of Kalopa and Dana P. (Timothy) Costa of Honolulu; sisters, Mary (John) Welch of Arizona and Emily (Roy) Oshiro of California; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for December 2

Anthony Akiona, 83, of Kealakekua died Sept. 21 at Kona Community Hospital. He was a retired cook. Services at a later date. Survived by sons, Michael (Shorene) Akiona and Russell (Deborah) Akiona of Ocean View, Terry Akiona of Farmersville, Calif..; daughters, Redona Gilbert of Missouri and Teresa (Danny) Gonzales of Farmersville, GA.; brother, Fred Sonoria of Hilo and Rogelio (Teri) Billaber of Arizona.; 17 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.