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Obituaries for Wednesday, April 19, 2023

James ‘Kimo’ Gerardo

James “Kimo” Gerardo, 68, passed away peacefully at his Hanama‘ulu home on Feb. 4, 2023. He was born Sept. 17, 1954, in Lihu‘e, and retired from Duke’s restaurant.

He was preceded in passing by parents James Gerardo and Mary Keoho Haluapo Gerardo, sisters Marylyn Gerardo and Kathy Louis and brother Alan Gerardo.

He is survived by son Byron Gerardo, sisters Joyce (Terry) Daligdig, Alison (Clayton) Silva and Brenda (Rey) Coloma, brothers Brian (Shanell) Gerardo, Jerry Aquias and Mathew Louis, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, uncles and aunties.

A celebration of life is Saturday, April 29, at the Peter Rayno Sr. Park in Hanama‘ulu, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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

Eladio Victor Pescador

Eladio Victor Pescador, 81, passed away at home on March 28, 2023. He was born on Feb. 18, 1942, in Sto. Tomas, Pangasinan, Philippines, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was the proprietor of Jack’s Taxi until, 2018 and worked in food and beverage service at various hotels.

He was preceded in passing by parents Felipe and Isabel Pescador.

He is survived by wife Saturnina “Nena” Cadiz Pescador, children Joan (Kevin) Luis, Jane (Edmund) Gandia, Jack (Mary Ann) Pescador and Annabelle (Jim) Battulayan, grandchildren Ashlyn, Kirstee and Easton Luis, Jayden and Erika Gandia, Maysin (Kylie), Isaiah and Nathan Pescador, Jensen, Jeiana and Jeyven Battulayan, great-grandchild Kaimana Pescador, siblings Maximo (Purita) Pescador and Linda (Tony dec.), and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life is Friday, May 5, with a viewing at the Kaua‘i Veterans Center from 6 to 9 p.m., and on Saturday, May 6, at Immaculate Conception Church, with viewing from 8 a.m. and Mass celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will be at Kaua‘i Veterans Cemetery at 1 p.m.

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

Roland Dean Asuncion Sr.

Roland Dean Asuncion Sr., 59, of Nevada, passed away on April 2, 2023 at Boulder City Hospital. He was born on April 6, 1963, in Lihu‘e.

He was preceded in death by father Sergio Asuncion Sr., mother Mildred M. Asuncion (Ibia) and brothers Harold A. Asuncion and Christopher K. Asuncion.

He is survived by daughter Roslyn J. Asuncion of Kansas City, son Roland D. Asuncion Jr. of Washington, siblings Sergio T. Asuncion Jr. of Kapa‘a, Lee Ann Watanabe of Kapa‘a, Bernard D. Asuncion of Honolulu, Carolyn J. Asuncion of Kapa‘a and Priscilla J. Asuncion of Colorado Springs, and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was born and raised in Kealia, and attended Kapa‘a Elementary & High School up to the 11th grade. He worked for Amfac’s Lihu‘e Plantation Company as a haul cane truck driver for 12 years, and also worked part-time as a low boy operator.

He moved to Arizona in 2001 with his children Roland Jr. and Roslyn, along with their mother Dione Bandmann of Washington. Later, he moved to Boulder City, Nevada, and worked as a woodworker and cabinet builder. He lived with his girlfriend Nicole Kelman, her son Mark Kelman and his son Devon Kelman, all are from Boulder City, Nevada.

He was a kind, humble, outgoing and happy guy. He enjoyed surfing, fishing, riding motor bike, off roading, anything a guy on Kaua‘i would do, rain or shine. He will be greatly missed. Aloha. We love you. May you rest in peace.

Arrangements are being handled by Simple Cremation in Henderson, Nevada.

Josephine Douglass

Josephine Douglass, 99, of Kalaheo, passed away on March 16, 2023, at Garden Isle Rehab and Nursing. She was born on July 17, 1923, in Kalaheo.

She was preceded in death by husband of 61 years Elmo Douglass and parents Manuel and Mary (Corregador) Octavio.

She is survived by son James Douglass of Koloa, daughter Mary Jo Douglass of Normal, Illinois, sister Sylvia Yonalunas, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She graduated from Kaua‘i High School in 1941. While a student, she began her nursing journey as a nurses aide at Wilcox Hospital in Lihu‘e. She caught the last bus from her home in Kalaheo to Wilcox Hospital on Dec. 7, 1941. Even though there was no significant surge in admissions that day, she was there and stood ready to help her community.

In December 1941 she began nurses training at St. Frances Hospital in Honolulu. After graduation as a registered nurse, she obtained a post-graduate nursing degree in Cook County, Illinois, and soon after became the supervisor of surgery at Brokaw Hospital in Normal, Illinois.

She held this position for 35 years, from 1946 to 1981. While working at Brokaw she met the love of her life, Elmo Douglass, and they were married on Oct. 5, 1949. She used her nursing background to help her friends and neighbors and also began volunteering as a hospice nurse. When she retired to Kaua‘i in 1981 she continued volunteering for hospice. She also volunteered for the Red Cross during Hurricane ‘Iniki in 1992.

She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Bloomington, Illinois for over 30 years. She was also a member of the United Church of Christ in Waimea for 40 years, where she taught Sunday school for adults and children until 2012. She and Elmo worked tirelessly after Hurricane ‘Iniki nearly destroyed the Waimea Foreign Church.

She served as church moderator, and Elmo served as financial secretary during the church rebuilding. As moderator, she also oversaw the reorganization of the Christian Church, Hawaiian Church and Foreign Church into the Waimea United Church of Christ in 1993. She always worked diligently to support her church family through phone calls and letters. Her personal Bible study was one of her favorite endeavors.

Family was immensely important to her. She enjoyed cooking for her family, and always made sure they felt loved. She took great pleasure in hearing from her children and many nieces and nephews, and always wanted to be an important part of their lives.

She relished visits from her family and friends. Those fortunate to know her could always count on enjoying her homemade cookies and mango bread, and Haas avocados from her famous tree when they visited. She was always quick to give encouragement, advice and commentary (sometimes called lectures) on numerous topics.

She believed in writing notes and letters, and she sent birthday cards and Christmas letters until only weeks before she passed away. She made a huge impact on countless lives, and she will be greatly missed by her family, church family, friends and neighbors.

A private graveside service for family members will take place at East Lawn Memorial Gardens in Bloomington, Illinois in fall 2023. Memorial contributions can be made to Kaua‘i Hospice.

Terri Lynn Hiraoka

Terri Lynn Hiraoka, 66, passed away on March 13, 2023. She was born on May 30, 1956, in Culver City, California, and retired as a computer technician.

She is survived by husband Greg Hiraoka, children Keola Yokotake, Kendra (Chyson) Aguano and Brayden Hiraoka, brother Brian (Jeanette) Hiraoka, granddaughter Kalehua, and numerous other grandchildren.

A celebration of life is Saturday, April 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Po‘ipu Beach Park main pavilion.

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

Imelda Salud

Imelda Salud, 52, of Nevada, passed away on March 28, 2023, at St. Rose Dominican, Las Vegas. She was born on May 3, 1970, in the Philippines. She was employed at Macys for 25 years.

She was preceded in death by maternal grandparents Rizal and Saturnina Andres and paternal grandparents Regino and Matea Baliza.

She is survived by husband Ben Salud, children Christopher (Amelia) Sarmiento of Oregon, C.J. Sarmiento, Samuel Kalani Fu of Washington, Keilee Salud and Chelsea Salud, grandchildren Kaleb, Kaybree, Karma and Remi Rose Sarmiento, parents Ignacio and Adoracion “Doreen” Baliza, and siblings Robert Baliza of Las Vegas, Merle (Joseph) Briones and Lucena (Guy Clement) Baliza of Las Vegas.

A service is Wednesday, May 3, at St. Raphael Church in Koloa. Viewing begins at 9 a.m. and services at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Lihu‘e Cemetery. The family requests casual attire.

Faith A. Moniz

Faith A. Moniz passed away on April 5, 2023, in Kalaheo, at the age of 70. She was born on Aug. 3, 1952, in Waimea.

She was preceded in death by parents Fumie and Yoshio Yokoo and brother Charles Yokoo.

She is survived by husband John Moniz of Kalaheo, sons Eli (Trish) Moniz of Honolulu and Oliver (Nikitalynn) Moniz of Kalaheo, daughters Sonya (Keola) Koki of Honolulu and Cynthia (Keven) Hanano of Lihu‘e, grandchildren Elijah Moniz, Kilakila Moniz, Tejus Moniz, Zialynn Moniz, Lauren Hanano, Micah Hanano, Chyna Hanano and Kampbell Hanano, brother Curtis Yokoo of Japan, sisters Jane Yokoo of Honolulu, Molly Flansburg of Montana, Lois Hirata of Honolulu, Kay Amor of Honolulu, Nancy Yokoo of Honolulu, Joyce Casey of Missouri and Cora Yokoo of Honolulu, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A service will be held at a later date.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Michael Henry Stephenson

Michael Henry Stephenson passed away on March 14, 2023, at the age of 74. He was born on May 25, 1948 in San Diego. He was a distribution manager for Sears Co. and a retired Navy veteran.

He was preceded in death by father Henry Stephenson and mother Laura Evelyn Stephenson.

He is survived by wife Cilla Duclayan Akana Stephenson of Waimea, sons Norman “Kini” Akana of Waimea and Jeff (Selina) Hancock of Gilbert, Arizona, daughters Desiree Duclayan of Lihu‘e and Wendy Hancock of San Jose, California, grandchildren Ikaika Dasalia, Duke Dasalia, Kassundra Dasalia, Xanniele (Alill Kaneholani) Dasalia, Jade Anne Parsonson, Kawehi (Robert Head) Akana, Keani Kawamura, Makana Akana, Kierstyn Hancock (Elijah Laconte) Hancock, Carly Hancock, Avery Hancock and Sam Bryant, and numerous great-grandchildren, uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services are Saturday, April 22, at the Salt Pond Beach Park main pavilion, with visitation from 9 to 10 a.m. Military honors start at 10 a.m. with services to follow. The family requests aloha attire, and loose flowers or lei to be sent off to sea.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Russell J. Maeda

Russell J. Maeda, 75, passed away on April 2, 2023. He was a Vietnam veteran and a retired contractor. He was born on Jan. 21, 1948 in Lihu‘e.

He was preceded in death by father Tetsuro “Rosy” Maeda.

He is survived by wife Charlotte Maeda, sons Donavan and Darren White, mother Bessie T. Maeda, brother Darryl K. Maeda, sisters Gale (Alfred) Domingsel and Rachel (Henry) Furutani, grandchildren Cody and Alex White, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life is Saturday, May 6, at Lihu‘e Christian Church, with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. and service to start at 11 a.m.

The family is requesting no flowers or koden, only your presence to bid him aloha.

A private inurnment will be held at the Kaua‘i Veterans Cemetery.

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

Guadalupe Madolora Domingo

Guadalupe Madolora Domingo passed away on March 21, 2023 in Kapa‘a, at the age 102. She was born on Dec. 11, 1920, in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, Philippines.

She was a food packer.

She was preceded in death by husband Federico Domingo and sons-in-law Roman Amores Sr. and Eustaque Daguio.

She is survived by Erlinda D. Amores, Rafaela D. Daguio, Rufino (Clarita) Domingo, Ali (Marlyn) Domingo, Adele Rosa, Marcos (Imelda) Domingo and Daniel (Adoracion) Domingo, 21 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren, and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

A service is April 29, 2023 at St. Catherine Church, with visitation from 9 a.m. and Mass beginning at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Kalapaki Bay Memorial Park cemetery.

Special thank yous to Dr. Lau, Dr. Summer Douban, Dr. Luke C. Fornari, Dr. Erik Schumacher, registered nurses Nathrene “Puna” Butay and Miriam Mai, and all the staff and volunteers with Kaua‘i Hospice.

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

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