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Obituaries for Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Elsie Taeko Takata

Elsie Taeko Takata passed away in her sleep on April 29, 2021, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital. She was born on May 19, 1933, in Hanama‘ulu. She was a very active ILWU member while employed at Kaua‘i Surf and later Westin Kaua‘i into her senior years.

She was preceded in death by her son Dayne Obatake, daughter-in-law Cheryl Lovell-Obatake, parents Asakichi and Taka Nakamoto, brothers Hajime “Jimmy” Nakamoto, Dyna “Haruo” Nakamoto, Richard “Masato” Nakamoto, Haruki “Dukie” Nakamoto, Wallace “Bull” Nakamoto and sister Nancy “Namiko” Ishizaki.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Samuel (Sam) Takata, sons Jimmy Obatake, Randy (Apryle) Obatake, Alden (Anki) Takata, daughter Marlene (Earl) Morton, daughter-in-law Gwen Saiki, 17 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson, sister Katherine “Kay” Higa of O‘ahu, and her beloved pet Kira.

A celebration of life is Saturday, Nov. 5, at Niumalu Canoe Club, Kalapaki Beach (behind ABC Store), starting at noon. The family requests no koden (monetary gifts).

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

Mary Yoshimura

Mary Yoshimura, of Wailua Houselots, passed away at home on Oct. 15, 2022, at the age of 91. She was born on Dec. 13, 1930, in Kilauea. She was a retired custodian for Kapa‘a Elementary and Middle School.

She was preceded in death by parents Felix and Rapaela Castelo, brothers Felix Jr., John, Peter, Edward, Donald and Joseph and sisters Felisa, Rose and Eleanor.

She is survived by husband Masashi Yoshimura, daughters Penny ( Dennis) Purviance, Patty Yoshimura, sister Charlene Sarita, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Borthwick Kaua‘i Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.
Source: The Garden Island

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