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Obituaries for Sunday, March 27, 2022

Laverne Annette Allocci

Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, Laverne Annette (Ventura) Allocci, 85, peacefully passed away in California with her daughter Paulianne at her bedside.

She was born in Waimea Hospital on Oct. 31, 1936. Her parents were Mary Ignacio Ventura, a teacher, and William Medeiros Ventura, a manager at McBryde Sugar Co.

She was extremely bright, reading the newspaper at the age of 5. She attended school in ‘Ele‘ele and Waimea, and also went to boarding school on O‘ahu, graduating from Sacred Hearts Academy, Class of 1953.

She joined the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts and was a teacher at St. Patrick’s school. She continued her career in teaching after leaving the convent, earned a bachelor’s degree from Holy Names University, Oakland, and a master’s degree from California State University Los Angeles. She retired from Los Angeles Unified School District after teaching and inspiring students for almost 50 years.

She was married to her husband Art for almost 30 years. Living only four houses away from daughter Paulianne, son-in-law John, granddaughters Annemarie, Carol and Pearl (their pet Labrador), they were active and involved grandparents. Her devotion to reading, family, friends, faith, Kaua‘i and her Portuguese heritage was clear.

In her last few years, she was at Santa Teresita Manor, Duarte. There she attended Mass, joined the rosary-makers, tended to plants, and was a source of positivity to residents, staff, and the Carmelite Sisters. She also enjoyed outings to visit family, friends, and attend meetings of the Temple City Womens’ Club. She was preceded in death by parents William and Mary Ventura, husband Arthur Anthony Allocci, daughter Sherry Bolinger, and numerous aunties, uncles and cousins.

She is deeply missed by daughter Paulianne (John) Werthwein, granddaughters Annemarie, Carol, Joanne Werthwein and Genevieve Bolinger-Fuentes, brothers Bill (Lori) Ventura and Charlie (Gail) Ventura, numerous nieces, nephews and extended family, including stepdaughter Karen Allocci, April Elmore, granddaughter Ashley, and several great-grandchildren.

She was laid to rest at Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, California.

Rodney I. Kojiri

Rodney I. Kojiri passed away on March 14, 2022, at the age of 66. He was born on Aug. 8, 1955, in Kaua‘i. He was a maintenance worker at the Kaua‘i Veterans Memorial Hospital.

He was preceded in death by mother Edith Kojiri.

He is survived by his daughter Tiana (Kiley Perreira) Kojiri, grandchildren Kolten Kojiri Perreira and Kailoa Kojiri Perreira, father Masami Kojiri, brother Clyde Kojiri of Hanapepe, sister Amy (Michael) Liberato of Hanapepe, nephew Llowen Liberato, nieces Llayla (Jan) Bartolome and Llara Liberato, and numerous uncles, aunts and cousins.

A private service was held.

Garden Island Mortuary assisted the family with arrangements.

James Panui Jr.

James Panui Jr. passed away on March 11, 2022, at the age of 87 + 363 days, in Anahola. He was born on March 13, 1934, on Kaua‘i. He was a veteran with the U.S. Air Force and a mechanic with Roberts Tour Co. He was also the assistant pastor (hope kahu) at Ke Akua Mana Church.

He was preceded in death by sons James Panui III and Jason Panui, daughter Margeret Rose Panui, parents Margeret and James Panui Sr., brother Paul Panui, and sisters Kanani Kahaunaele and Napua Nakamura.

He is survived by wife Carmen “Babu” Panui, sons Daniel (Lynda) Panui of Orlando, Monty Panui of Honolulu, Scott (Gail) Bukoski of Mountain View Hawai‘i and Frank Bukoski of Kapahi, daughters Jamelyn (Gaylen) Shigeta of Kapa‘a, Leilani (Wayne) Laranio of Wailua, Judy (Kalani) Kelekoma of Hilo, Christy (Leland) Keale Sr. of Anahola, Cathy (Kenny) Green of Wailua, Kelly (Mark) Kawasaki of Pearl City, Jaycee (Robert) Lo Porto of Tennessee, 28 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, sister Merrilee Chandler of Anahola, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life is Saturday, April 9, at Kalihiwai Beach, with visitation from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and services at noon. The family request casual attire and welcomes lei only.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

William Edward Villanueva Jr.

William Edward Villanueva Jr., also known as “Boy,” “Eddie Boy” or “Willy,” and later changed his name to Sunshine Pablo, 65, of Vincennes, Indiana, passed away on Dec. 22, 2021, at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, Indiana. Willy / Sunshine was born on May 24, 1956, in Honolulu.

After he graduated from high school, he attained a degree in accounting and began his career. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He is survived by father William (Lolita) Villanueva of Kilauea, mother Eleanor Cubero Litherland of Vincennes, Indiana, sisters Rose Marie Morimoto of Lihu‘e, Theresa Yadao of Kilauea, Leah (Ray) Ho of Wailua and Deanna (Brian) Cowin of Tampa, Florida, brothers Walter (Shirley) Villanueva of Fairfield, California, Wendell (Jade) Villanueva of Mililani, Hawai‘i, Delbert (Allison) Litherland of Indianapolis, Indiana, Allen (Candace) Litherland of Yuma, Arizona and Ron Litherland of Vincennes, Indiana, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by stepfather Larry Litherland of Vincennes, Indiana.

The family has chosen to hold a private memorial in remembrance of him.
Source: The Garden Island

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