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Mitsuko Nekoba

Mitsuko Nekoba, 97, of Hilo, died March 24 at Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center in Hilo. Born June 2, 1913, in Honolulu, she was a retired seamstress for the former Kamehameha Garment Co. and a member of the Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin.

Private services were held. Family request no flowers or monetary donations.

She is survived by sons, Charles (Nancy) Nekoba, of Honolulu, George (Karen) Nekoba, Kenneth (Irene) Nekoba and Albert (Elizabeth) Nekoba, all of Hilo; daughter, Thelma (Gordon) Kurokawa, of Hilo; sisters, Kazue Tanaka and Kimiko Higuchi, both of Honolulu; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

 

Napoleon Ebanez

Napoleon "Chopper" Atentico Ebanez, 83, of Hilo, died March 28 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Paauhau, he was a retired manager, supervisor and special police officer for the Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recreation at the Hoolulu complex, a heavy equipment supervisor for Hawaiian Agriculture Co., a World War II Air Force veteran and a member of the Hilo United Methodist Church, American Legion Hilo Post 3, HGEA and AARP.

Friends may call at 9 a.m. April 7 at Dodo Mortuary chapel for a 10:30 a.m. funeral service. Burial follows at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Family requests casual attire be worn.

He is survived by wife, Adelina Ebanez, of Hilo; sons, Ross Ebanez Sr., of Ellensburg, Wash., Brian Ebanez, of Hilo, Scot (Karen) Ebanez, of North Pole, Alaska; brothers, Miguel Ebanez and Magdalino (Terry) Ibanes, both of Waianae, Oahu, Reubencio (Ruth) Ibanez, of Reno, Nev.; sisters, Celerine Lumanlan, of Kona, Auralia Ibanez, of Tucson, Ariz., Margaret (Kenwell) Burns, of Las Vegas, Maria (Ken) Ibanes, of Norwalk, Calif., Julia (Dominidor) Rances, of Pepeekeo, Amanda Ibanes, of Hilo, Patricia (Alfred) Gonsalves, of Whittier, Calif., Gina (Joe) Pacyao, of Honolulu, Palabia Ibanes, of Diamond Bar, Calif.; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

 

Harry Botelho

Harry Silva Botelho, 84, of Honokaa and formerly of Hayward, Calif., died March 18 at his home. Born Aug. 26, 1926, in Paauhau, he was retired from Pacific Gas and Electric Co., an Army Air Force World War II veteran and member of IBEW Local 1245.

Friends may call at 9 a.m. April 8 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Honokaa for a 10 a.m. Mass. Family requests casual attire be worn.

He is survived by sons, Harrison Botelho and William Greenwood, both of Honokaa; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

 

Thomas Fukumoto

Thomas Michio Fukumoto, 89, of Kailua-Kona and formerly of Honolulu, died March 22 at Kona Community Hospital. Born Feb. 20, 1922, in Honolulu, he was a retired supply manager, an Army veteran and a member of the Disabled American Veterans and AARP.

Private services will be held on Oahu.

He is survived by wife, Agnes Fukumoto, of Kailua-Kona; son, Alan (Sandra) Fukumoto, of Oahu; daughters, Lynn Jenks, of California, Renee (Gerald) Ben, of Kailua-Kona; sister, Esther (Victor) Abe, of California; three grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

 

Catherine King

Catherine Anderson King, 83, of Kailua-Kona, died March 22 at Kona Community Hospital. Born Jan. 16, 1928, in Niagara Falls, N.Y., she was retired from the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.

Services have been held. Inurnment will be at North Ridge Cemetery in Lewiston, N.Y.

She is survived by son, Kevin King, of Hot Springs, Ark.; daughter, Cynthia Morgan, of Mauna Lani Resort; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by A Hui Hou Crematory and Funeral Home of West Hawaii.

 

James Torigoe

James "Jimmy" Katsuharu Torigoe, 76, of Hilo, died March 21 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a retired electrician with the Hawaii Electric Light Co. and a member of Hilo Higashi Hongwanji Mission.

Friends may call at 9:30 a.m. April 8 at Dodo Mortuary chapel for a 10:30 a.m. funeral service, followed by private committal services. Family requests casual attire be worn and no flowers or monetary donations.

He is survived by wife, Doris Torigoe, of Hilo; sons, Grant Torigoe, of Honolulu, Dean Torigoe, of Tacoma, Wash.; daughter, Grace (Layne) Funai, of Honolulu; sisters, Toyoko (Minoru) Kusano, of Kaneohe, Oahu, Florence (John) Loo, of Honolulu; one grandson; numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

 

Maria De Rego

Maria "Mary" M. De Rego, 100, of Honokaa, died March 28 at Hale Hoola Hamakua. Born March 2, 1911, in Ahualoa, she was a macadamia nut factory worker and a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Honokaa and Hilo Senior Citizen.

Friends may call at 9 a.m. April 9 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Honokaa for a 10 a.m. funeral Mass. Burial is at Honokaa Catholic Church Cemetery. Family requests casual attire be worn and no flowers.

She is survived by sons, Earl (Frances) De Rego and Robert De Rego, both of Honokaa; daughter, Thelma Tavares, of California; sister, Lydia Angelo, of Honokaa; 12 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

 

Manuel Oro

Manuel Michael Kamahalo Oro, 56, of Ocean View, died March 3 at Kona Community Hospital. Born Dec. 15, 1954, in Kealakekua, he was a houseman at Mauna Loa Village Resort, taxi and limo driver for Laura's Taxi and a former member of the National Guard Reserve.

Friends may call at 11 a.m. April 9 at the Big Game Fishing Clubhouse at Honokohau Boat Harbor in Kailua-Kona for a noon memorial service. Family requests casual attire be worn and flowers omitted.

He is survived by companion, Liann Kaluna, of Ocean View; sons, Michael (Verina) Fong, of Kapaau, Stacy Kauwe-Oro, of California; brothers, Melvin (Pixie) Flores and Alex Flores, both of Kailua-Kona, Ben (Tanya) Flores, of Fontana, Calif.; sisters, Julie Krewson, of Hemet, Calif., Joycelyn (Richard) Vega, of Beaumont, Calif., Lucy (Warren) Delaries, Patricia (Jessie) Flores-Sarabia and Priscilla (Randy) Provinzano, all of Kailua-Kona; four grandchildren; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

 

Leona Gabriel

Leona Garma Gabriel, 87, of Papaikou, died March 22 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born June 28, 1923, in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, she was a homemaker and member of The Church of the Holy Apostles in Hilo.

Friends may call at 6 p.m. April 8, 2011 at Dodo Mortuary chapel for a 7 p.m. wake service. Friends may call at 9 a.m. April 9 at The Church of the Holy Apostles in Hilo for a 10 a.m. Mass. Burial isat Homelani Memorial Park (Section 7). Family requests casual attire be worn.

She is survived by son, Leandro (Natalie) Gabriel Jr., of Papaikou; two grandchildren; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

 

Lilac Kaha

Lilac Kaleinani Loo Kaha, 49, of Paauilo, died March 24 at home. Born May 5, 1961, in Honokaa, she was an education assistant for the state and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Honokaa Ward).

Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. April 8 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Honokaa Ward). Friends may call again at 8 a.m. April 9 at the church for an 11 a.m. service. Burial is at Kukuihaele County Cemetery. Family requests casual attire be worn and no flowers.

She is survived by husband, Burt Kaha, of Paauilo; sons, Kaniala (Samantha) Kaha, of Logan, Utah, Koali Kaha, of Paauilo; daughters, Kahala Kaha, of Ashland, Ore., Kamoani Kaha, of Paauilo; parents, Kelly and Norma Loo, of Kukuihaele; hanai mother, Barbara Wright, of Waimea; brother, Kelly (Shane Bush) Loo Jr., of Ewa Beach, Oahu; sisters, Anna (John) Reed, of Kukuihaele, Prantiss (John) Bannister, of Waimea; one grandchild; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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