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Obituaries for Saturday, June 24, 2023

Malia Michelle Schimmelfennig

November 21, 1991 June 3, 2023 Honolulu, Hawai‘i

On June 3, 2023, our sunny, spirited, and courageous, Malia, joined her father for a joyful reunion in heaven.

Malia Schimmelfennig was born on November 21, 1991 to Beth and the late Bryan Schimmelfennig. She was the center of their lives, and a treasure to numerous friends and family. Bubbly, witty, upbeat, always caring, Malia exuded the kind of person many of us strive to become.

Malia entered Punahou in 1997, and graduated with honors with the Class of 2010. She excelled in several sports, including volleyball, but she especially loved water polo. She was always grateful for so many friends, wonderful teachers, and coaches.

After graduation Malia studied in Santa Barbara, and continued to explore many different interests: travel, photography, real estate, property management, modeling, and lately carpentry!

Malia loved life! To know her was to know joy and laughter. We all wish we had more time with her. She was sunshine.

Malia is survived by her mother, Beth; her boyfriend, Eddie Pu‘ulei; and many, many close friends and family.

Me ke aloha a hui hou kakou We love you!

On June 29, 2023, a Blessing/Chapel Service will be held at Thurston Chapel, Punahou School. Visitation starts at 4 p.m. Service follows at 5 p.m.

On June 30, 2023, a Celebration of Life will be held at Upstairs at Pier 38.

Evelyn Yukie Nakamura

Evelyn Yukie Nakamura, of Kealia, Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i, passed away on May 28, 2023 at Hale Kupuna Heritage House at the age of 92. She was born on Dec. 7, 1930. She was a retired housekeeper.

She was preceded in death by husband Toshio Nakamura, parents Kanichi and Nellie Dodo and brother Dennis K. Dodo.

She is survived by sons Erwin (Florencia) Nakamura of Hanama‘ulu, Ken (Michele) Nakamura of Kealia, daughter Lori (Michael) Kiyabu of Kapa‘a, grandchildren Liana (Randall) Koerte, Jasmine (Branson) Osakoda, Kennilyn (Jason) Nakamura, Kira (Jacob) Kellow, step-grandchildren Lori Balisacan, Michael K. Kiyabu, Kalo and Kaleo Kellow, great-grandchildren Brielle Osakoda, Keala and Kawai Holdridge, Jacob (JJ) Kellow Jr., sisters Josephine Dodo of Kealia, Eleanor (Tom) Kajiwara of Hanama‘ulu, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A private service was held. The family requests no koden.

Garden Island Mortuary assisted the family with arrangements.

John Ventura Medeiros Jr.

John Ventura Medeiros Jr., 85, passed away at Wilcox Medical Center in Lihu‘e, on Jan. 7, 2023. He was born in Waimea, on July 2, 1937. He retired as a carpenter from Fletcher Pacific and Kenneth Shioi Construction, and spent his later years as a woodworker supporting the Kaua‘i community, and taught night classes and basic carpentry at Kaua‘i Community College.

He was preceded in passing by wife Shirley “Loling” Fuertes Medeiros, parents John Sr. and Mary Medeiros, siblings Leonard Wayne Medeiros and Gwendolyn Carveiro.

He is survived by children John A. (Kimberley) Medeiros, Mark A. (Cheryl Polikapu-Medeiros) Medeiros, Paul A. Medeiros, Jeannine Medeiros, Joannell (Wayne) Lemi, grandchildren John M.T. Medeiros, Jason A.Y. Medeiros, Chyler P. Medeiros, Marxon Medeiros, Brian K.K. Medeiros, Rachel K.K. Medeiros, Natasha Lemi, Rosie (Kaven) Walag, Lorie Lemi, great-grandchildren Sofina Medeiros, Sampson K. Emayo, Zaaven Walag, Kaiven Walag, Raizen Walag, Sarah Singh, Juanito Singh, sisters Carol Deponte and Kathleen (George) Langtad.

Services will be held on Saturday, July 8, at Holy Cross Church in Kalaheo. Visitation starting at 8:30 a.m., Mass at 10 a.m., and reception to follow.

Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

Katherine Keiko Matayoshi

Katherine Keiko Matayoshi, of Kapa‘a, Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i, passed away peacefully at home on June 14, 2023, at the age of 89. Kathy was born on May 8, 1934.

She earned a master’s degree at Colorado State College of Education, taught several years in California, and returned to Kaua‘i and rebuilt the Osaki Store.

She was preceded in death by parents Seichi and Kimie Osaki and brother Richard Osaki.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, George Matayoshi, sons Greg (Mika) Matayoshi, Glenn (Taiko) Matayoshi, foster daughter Debbie Williams, sister Marian (Dick S.) Joe, 4 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins.

Kathy’s celebration of life will be July 1, 2023, at Kapa‘a United Church of Christ. Visitation begins at 9 am and service at 10 am. Service will be livestreamed on Facebook.

Garret Itsuo Sokei

Garret Itsuo Sokei, of Kapa‘a, passed away on June 8, 2023, in his home at the age of 77. He was born on Jan. 19, 1946, in Lihu‘e and retired from Kukui Jams and Jellies as a small engine mechanic.

He was preceded in death by his wife Naomi Sokei and parents Elmer and Tomiko Sokei.

Garret is survived by his children Justine (Ronald) Hoffmann, Shane (Veronica) Sokei, brothers Greg (Pam) Sokei, Giles Sokei, sisters Joyce Housh, Jean (Lyle) Nakamoto, Joan (Lito) Vila, grandchildren Heather Sokei-Lutz, Duncan Sokei, Logan Sokei, Paetyn Hoffmann, Ryenne Hoffmann, great-grandchildren Zoe Sokei-Ganir, Luke Sokei, Justin (Taizo) Ganir, Maverick Sokei-Lutz, Amelia Sokei, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life will be held on July 1, 2023, at All Saint’s Episcopal Church in Kapa‘a. Visitation begins at 9 a.m., service at 10 a.m., with internment to follow. The family suggests casual attire.

Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Source: The Garden Island

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