The state Department of Health reported seven new COVID-19 cases today, bringing the statewide total to 1,030.
Lito Macatbag Asuncion, 69, of Hilo died June 23 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, he was a retired elderly affairs program planner for the counties of Kauai and Hawaii, former manager and co-owner of Prince Kuhio One Hour Photo in Hilo, co-founder, first president and advisor of Sariling Gawa Youth Council and former officer and member of several Filipino and professional organizations in Hawaii. He was the grandson of a 1930 Sakada (sugar plantation laborer) and son of a 1946 Sakada. Memorial service at a later date. Sentiments, memories and tributes to: email@example.com or M. Asuncion, P.O. Box 4216, Hilo, HI 96720. Survived by wife, Mildred Macugay Asuncion; son, Rico Macugay Asuncion; sisters, Guillerma Cabie of West Covina, Calif., and Gloria (Feliciano) Bautista of Diamond Bar, Calif.; brothers, Edward Lee (Fidela) Asuncion of Honolulu and Nestor (Chandell) Asuncion of Hilo; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.
Eufemia S. Cruz, 92, of Pahala died June 13 in Pahala. Born in Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, Philippines, she retired operating her Certified Nurse Aide Care Home and baked Filipino pastries commercially with her late husband, Felix Cruz, and was the last-living Filipino Sakada in Pahala, sailed on the SS Marine Falcon from Port Salomague, Philippines, to Hawaii in 1946 and was awarded and recognized by the Hawaii State Legislature and the Hawaii County Council on Dec. 20, 2015. She was also a member of Pahala Holy Rosary Church. Condolences to: Cruz Family, P.O. Box 546, Pahala, HI 96777. No public service because of the pandemic. Private family graveside service at Pahala Holy Rosary Catholic Church Cemetery at a later date. Survived by daughter, Virginia Winston (Gary) of Oregon; sons, Eddie (Frances) Cruz of New Mexico, Danny (Karen) Cruz of California and Orlando Cruz of Pahala; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Anthony James Badon, 75, of Kawaihae died April 27 at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. He was born in Pepeekeo. Celebration of life at a later date. Survived by wife, Colleen Badon of Kawaihae; sons, Ronnie (Katie) Vesperas of Oahu, Tony (Marycel) Badon of Waikoloa, Dori Vesperas of Las Vegas and Chad (Ti) Badon of Waimea; daughters, Toni Ann (David) Souza of Oahu and Sara Badon of Honokaa; stepdaughters, Jennie K. Perreira of Kawaihae and Jeanise K. Miller of Waimea; sisters, Alvera Casequit of Pepeekeo, Claudette (Lary) Moreno of Hilo and Melanie Kagawa of Waimea; brothers, Guy (Sabrina) Badon and Wallace Badon of Orchidland Estates, Alan (Agnes) Kagawa of Kona; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Nuuanu Memorial Park and Mortuary.
Erdinio Namnama Bautista, 72, of Keaau died May 7 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Nueva Era, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, he was a macadamia nut picker and a member of the New Hope Filipino Ministry. Visitation 5-6 p.m. Friday, July 10, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 6 p.m. Face masks and social distancing required. Graveside service 10 a.m. Saturday, July 11, at Homelani Memorial Park, Ilima Section. Survived by wife, Felicitas Bautista of Keaau; daughters, Kharen (Alex) Alunday and Sharlyn (Jayson) Aguibay of Keaau; sons, Harris (Citadel) Bautista and Lesley (Anielyn) Bautista of Keaau; brothers, Severino (Lourdes) Bautista and Juanito (Josephine) Bautista of Honolulu, Silverio (Maria Salve) Bautista, Samuel (Pacita) Bautista, Irineo (Hilda) Bautista, Larry (Anna Grace) Bautista and Elmer (Margie) Bautista of Keaau; sister, Delia (Manuel) Prado of Keaau; seven grandchildren; cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Martha Bargas Abong, 91, of Pepeekeo died June 5 at Hale Ho‘ola Hamakua in Honokaa. Born in Kalopa, she was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Honomu Branch. Private services held. Survived by sons, Raymond (La) Abong and Robert Abong of Pepeekeo; daughters, Pauline Abong (Dennis Jr.) McClees of Honolulu and Sylvia Abong (Franklin) Kakazu of Puhi, Kauai; brother, Alfonso Remolino of Agoura Hills, Calif.; sister-in-law, Josephine Lacuesta Abong of Pepeekeo; seven grandchildren; great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Anthony James Badon, 75, of Kawaihae died April 27 at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. He was born in Pepeekeo. Celebration of life at a later date. Survived by wife, Colleen Badon of Kawaihae; sons, Ronnie (Katie) Vesperas of Oahu, Tony (Marycel) Badon of Waikoloa, Dori Vesperas of Las Vegas and Chad (Ti) Badon of Waimea; daughters, Toni Ann (David) Souza of Oahu and Sara Badon of Waimea; stepdaughters, Jannie K. Perreira of Kawaihae and Jeanise K. Miller of Waimea; sisters, Alvera Casequit of Pepeekeo, Claudette (Lary) Moreno of Hilo and Melanie Kagawa of Waimea; brothers, Guy (Sabrina) Badon and Wallace Badon of Orchidland Estates, Alan (Agnes) Kagawa of Kona; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Nuuanu Memorial Park and Mortuary.
Josephine Castro Boteilho, 94, of Honokaa died June 21 at home. Born in Honolulu, she was retired owner of Boteilho Hawaii Enterprise. Private services. Survived by sons, Edward (Myra) Boteilho of Kohala, Gerald (Valerie) Boteilho of Waimea, Stanley (Camela) Boteilho of Kalopa, Franklin (Paula) Boteilho of Kona, Wayne (Iris) Boteilho of Paauilo and James (Darla) Boteilho of Hilo; daughter, Joanne (Manfred) Branco of Ahualoa; brother, Phillip Castro of Texas; sister, Rose (Eugene) Guido of California; 17 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 25 great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Stewart Phillip Barro, 64, of Waimea, formerly of Kenai, Alaska, died April 9 at Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo. Born in Pahala, he was an oil-rig chef and U.S. Army veteran. Private services. Survived by father, Phillip Barro of Waimea; brother, Anthony “Masay” Barro of Naalehu; sisters, Debbie Gacayan of Las Vegas and Liane (Willy) Barro-Kilmede of Waimea; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Mary Alba, 89, of Keaau died May 20 in Keaau. Born in Honolulu, she was a homemaker. Private services and inurnment at a later date at Oahu Cemetery. Survived by grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brothers- and sisters-in-law; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Clyde Agres Sr., 77, of Hilo died June 8 at Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center. Born in Hilo, he was a retired welder for the former Hilo Coast Processing Co. and Jas. W. Glover, and a fisherman. Condolences to: 187 Hoohua St., Hilo, HI 96720. Survived by sons, Clyde (Faith) Agres Jr., Irvin Agres and Nivan (Olga) Agres of Hilo; daughters, Nadine Agres, Darci Agres and Janelle Agres of Hilo; brothers, Anthony Martin of Oahu, John Chu Hing and Edward Pascua of Hilo; brother-in-law, George Lutz of Ohio; sisters-in-law, Gloria Agres of Honolulu and Gloria Kalamau of Hilo; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Julie Ann Kong, 57, of Honolulu died April 30 at Kaiser Moanalua Medical Center in Honolulu. Born in Hilo, she was retired from Safeway. Private celebration of life at a later date, and she will be put to rest with her father, Albert Vierra, in Hilo. Condolences to: Kevin Kong, 1049 Wong Lane, Honolulu, HI 96817. Survived by husband, Kevin Kong of Honolulu; son, Brandon-Lee Kong of Honolulu; daughters, Cherie, Jocelyn (Ceasar) and Arrion Kong of Honolulu; mother, Josephine L. Vierra of Hilo; sisters, Alberta (Lito) and Kim (Ben) Menkel; brother, Cory (Joanne) Vierra of Hilo; two grandsons; aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Nuuanu Memorial Park and Mortuary.
Tsuneo Akiyama, 86, of Hilo died June 5 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Puunene, Maui, he was the retired owner of the former Men’s Shop, a U.S. Army veteran and member and past-president of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Hawaii East Hawaii Hiroshima Kenjinkai, 2/10 Golf Club and numerous other organizations. Private services held. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Survived by wife, Charlotte Akiyama of Hilo; sons, Keith (Raenelle) Akiyama and Kevin (Elma) Akiyama of Hilo; sisters, Patsy (Yasusaburo “Sab”) Takushi of Kahului, Maui, Claire (Harold “Pete”) Tonai of Pearl City, Oahu and Shigeko Akiyama of Kahului; five grandchildren; nephews, nieces and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Leonora R. Baligad, 86, Pepeekeo died May 25 at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Waipahu, Oahu, she was a retired clerk at Uncle Billy’s Gift Shop, former employee of Ming’s Jewelry and J.C. Penney, member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Papaikou, Pepeekeo Senior Club, Aunty Sally’s Seniors and Serenaders, Red Hat Society, Halau O Mailelaulani, Ukulele Mo’ Fun Band and volunteer for Hawaii Police Department, Hilo Downtown Association and was a Grandmother of the Year. Private services. Survived by daughters, Gloria (Richard) Barnett of Tulsa, Okla., Diana Pulgados and Alfreda (Alan Ah Nee) Baligad Rapoza of Hilo, Alicia Stevens of Ewa Beach, Oahu, and Angela (Sam) Baligad Kahikina of Pepeekeo; sisters, Philomena (Jo/Mary) Resurreccion Rabago of Hakalau and Florence (Paul) Garcia Brewer of Oak Harbor, Wash.; brother, Antonio (Rose) Baldogo of Wahiawa, Oahu; 17 grandchildren; great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Susan Lynn Graybeal, 61, of Hilo died June 5. Born in Elyria, Ohio, she loved to explore the outdoors and beaches of Hilo with her dog, Aubrey. Private family services. Survived by brother, Richard Mechtly; sisters, Mary Beth Blankenship, Joan Ryan and Kristine Love. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.
Patricia Ann Carvalho, 88, of Hilo died May 22 at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Makawao, Maui, she was a retired nurse’s aide for Life Care Center of Hilo and member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and Big Island Portuguese Culture Club. Private services held. Survived by daughter, Judy (Gary) Puniwai of Kurtistown; son, Jerret Carvalho of Hilo; brother, James (Carol) Tavares of Kula, Maui; sister, Eileen Mattos of Makawao; sisters-in-law, Patricia Tavares and Christine Tavares of Makawao, Henrietta Carvalho of Hilo, Wilden (Jack) Tavares of Haiku, Maui; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Larry Glenn Barnes, 70, of Hilo died May 27 at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in New Castle, Pa., he was a general contractor for more than 40 years and a member of Puna Covenant Church. Memorial service will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be made at homelanimemorialpark.com. Survived by wife, Xiumin Li of Hilo; two sons, Patrick Barnes of California and Donovan Barnes of Colorado; a daughter, Freida Zhao of Oahu; four sisters, Linda (Jack) Zembower of Pennsylvania, Sally (Randy) Anderson of New York, Shirley (Michael) Henderson of Volcano, and Jayne Reddinger of Michigan; a brother, Ed Barnes of Ohio; nieces and nephews.
Samuel Bell, 81, of Waimea died May 19 at home. Born in Waimea, he was a retired mason, former police officer and U.S. Navy veteran. Private services held. Survived by sons, Johnny Bell and Tracy Kalani Bell of Honolulu, Donovan Bell of Orlando, Fla., Steven Dunlap of Brant, Mich.; daughters, Desiree Gambill and Misty Bell of Waimea, Raynee (Gary) Fisher of Ahualoa, Allison (Carl) Enomoto of Hilo and Christi-Jean (Patrick) Donnelly of Keaau; brothers, David Bell of Kailua, Oahu, and Autry (Holly) Bell of Waimea; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Franklin “Frankie” Andrew Fredenburg DeBina, 58, of Napoopoo died May 22 at Kona Community Hospital. Born May 18 in Kealakekua, he was a stone mason and landscaper for Hokulia, waterman, fisherman, member and volunteer for Hoala Kealakekua. Services at a later date. Condolences to: A. DeBina, P.O. Box 2059, Kealakekua, HI 96750. Survived by wife, Alayna DeBina of Napoopoo; daughters, Andria DeBina and Kawai DeBina of Napoopoo; father, Franklin G. DeBina of Napoopoo; siblings, Taz (Fran Fuentes) Kahoonei-DeBina and Dwayne Kahoonei of Honolulu, Leslie DeBina of Napoopoo and Chris (Summer) DeBina of Kailua-Kona; two grandchildren; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.