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Obituaries for Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Darin C. Rita

Darin C. Rita passed away on Dec. 5, 2022 at Wilcox Medical Center at the age of 53. He was born on Oct. 20, 1969, in Waimea. He was a self-proprietor for refuse collection.

He was preceded in death by father William C. Rita and brother Eric William Rita.

He is survived by son Todd Alapa‘i-Rita, daughter Samantha Rita, mother Anna Rita, brothers David W. (Leslie) Rita of Kalaheo, Gordon S. Rita of Kalaheo and Brian C. (Wantana) Rita of Kalaheo, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A service is Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Garden Island Mortuary. Visitation is from 9 to 10 a.m. and services at 10 a.m. The family requests casual attire and welcomes flowers.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Iranda ‘Randy’ Gonsalves

Iranda “Randy” Leilehua Gonsalves, of Kapa‘a, went to be with the Lord on Nov. 23, 2022, at the age of 73. Born in Honolulu on Nov. 23, 1949, she was a sales clerk at Garden Isle Clothing Co. in the Coconut Plantation Marketplace. Throughout most of her adult life, Randy’s joyous moments were being married to the love of her life, the late Joseph Gonsalves Jr., and being a wonderful mother to her children and grandchildren.

Randy was preceded in death by her parents Serafin Palomares Jr. and Cecelio and Violet Fernandez, brother Serafin Palomares III, and stepdaughters Helen Smith and Adeline Coltes.

She is survived by her five daughters Shawnelle “Ku‘ulei” Palomares, Leimomi (James “Ainoa”) Burgess, Noelani Palomares, Sadie Gonsalves and JeriMay Gonsalves, along with grandchildren Iverson and Hunter Corpuz, Brittney Abalos, Christy and Hailey Daligdig, Mahina and Taylor Melandish, Nanea and Albert Bactad Jr., Micah Lovell-Gonsalves, Brenden, Aleajah, and Taytra Naumu, Kalani and Wikoli Henderson, Aurora Silva and Kyrus and Lucas Gonsalves, stepsons Joseph (Lynn) Gonsalves III, John (Davelynn) Gonsalves and Wayne (Lynn) Gonsalves, brother Matthew “Puanani” Afong, sisters Avon Palomares, Kimlynn (Daniel) Preza, Melodee (Michael) Lingaton and Kimmie Castillo, seven great-grandchildren and numerous extended ‘ohana.

A celebration of life will be held on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023, at Kaua‘i Veterans Center. Visitation with family is at 4:30 p.m., service at 5:30 p.m., and fellowship to follow. The family suggests casual attire and requests that flowers be omitted.

Debbie Lynne Sakai Ortiz-Luis

Debbie Lynne Sakai Ortiz-Luis, 60, of California, passed away on Aug. 20, 2021, in Kalaheo. She was born on Dec. 13, 1960. She was a retired nurse of Napa State Hospital.

She was preceded in death by daughter DeeAnne Falls and father William Teruo Sakai.

She is survived by mother Myra Linda Sakai, husband Manuel Ortiz-Luis, hanai children Fherie Bernardos, Allan Booth, Xander Robinson and Benjamin Sobrepena, sister Amy (Greg) Rita, brother William (Samantha) Sakai Jr., and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A service is Saturday, Jan. 7, at Kaua‘i Veterans Cemetery, with services from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Myra Linda Sakai

Myra Linda Sakai, 79, of Kalaheo, passed away on Aug. 6, 2022, at Pali Momi Medical Center. She was born on Jan. 26, 1943, in Hanapepe.

She was preceded in death by husband William Teruo Sakai, daughter Debbie Lynne Sakai Ortiz-Luis, granddaughter DeeAnne Falls, parents Celedonio “Tony” and Angeline “Angie” Erlandiz, sister Carmen Dolores Erlandiz and brothers James Alvin Reyes and Tonieng Erlandiz.

She is survived by daughter Amy (Greg) Rita, son William (Samantha) Sakai Jr., grandchildren Raquel and Garrett Rita and Sasha and Kaimana Sakai, brothers August, Stanley and Edward Erlandiz, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A service is Saturday, Jan. 7, at Kaua‘i Veterans Cemetery, with services from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Gretel P. Gray

Gretel P. Gray passed away on Nov. 20, 2022, in Las Vegas, at the age of 45. She was born on Dec. 4, 1976, in Bangui, Ilocos Norte, Philippines.

She was an accounts specialist with Station Casinos in Las Vegas.

She was preceded in death by father William Gray and brothers William Gray and Kenny Gray.

She is survived by mother Prima Gray, brothers Allen Gray of Tigard, Oregon, and Grayson Gray of Kalaheo, sisters Theresa Gray, Rosella Bailey of Tigard, Oregon and Barbara McDonald of Irrigon, Oregon.

Viewing is Friday, Jan. 6, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Garden Island Mortuary.

A service is Saturday, Jan. 7, at Holy Cross Church in Kalaheo. Visitation begins at 9 a.m. followed by Mass at 10 a.m.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Anthony Keali‘i Arnezto Jaramillo

Anthony Keali‘i Arnezto Jaramillo, 72, passed away at his home in Kapa‘a on Nov. 17, 2022. He was born in Lihu‘e on Aug. 25, 1950, and worked as a maintenance technician at Plantation Hale.

He was preceded in passing by parents Mariano and Beatrice Jaramillo.

Anthony is survived by wife Deborah Jaramillo, children Hinano (Christine) Jaramillo and Moani (Cornel Jr.) Lum, siblings Abby (Warren) Palmeira, Harry Jaramillo and Mary (Gene) Phillips, grandchildren Naia, Kaui, and Ka‘ili, great-grandson Kailer, and his faithful companion Buddy.

A service is Saturday, Jan. 7, at St. Catherine Church in Kapa‘a. Visitation is from 9 to 9:45 a.m. followed by Mass. A pa‘ina following services will be at St. Catherine Church hall.

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

Ricardo E. Navor Sr.

Ricardo E. Navor Sr., 83, of Lihu‘e, passed away on Dec. 10, 2022, in Lihu‘e. He was born on March 14, 1939, in the Philippines. He was a sugar crane operator at Lihu‘e Plantation.

He was preceded in death by parents Agapito Navor and Celerina Navor, grandson BJ Navor Gaitos, brother Juanito (Anacleta) Navor, sisters Adelina (Mariano) Negrillo, Paulina (Cresencio) Bumatay and Darlene Navor and stepmom Rachel Navor.

He is survived by wife Adelina P. Navor, daughters Marlene (Jonathan) Reyes, Virgie (John Nakamura) Navor, Norma Mission and Maile (Lester) Tugade, hanai daughter Zhylelah Cummings-Navor, sons Ricardo (Kym Estacio) Navor Jr. and Ridel (Jayne Ramelb) Navor, brother Agapito (Melissa) Navor, sisters Cecilia Navor and Ululani (Dan) Urwiller, grandchildren Fredrick-Hollywood (Nadia) Navor-Aquias, Tyner (Sierra Kelekoma) Navor, Dustin (Leiala Cummings) Navor, Brandon (Shaleia Aplidao) Navor, Mariah (Justin Moriguchi) Navor, Nalani (Marion Carbonel) Mission, Kelsie (Kalen Laranio) Navor, Krystal-Carrie “KC” (Kylie Souza) Gaitos, Austin (Diamond) Ramos, Cameron Navor, Alaysia Navor, Lauryn Tugade, Logan Tugade, Lexi Tugade, Kasarah Navor, Nalu Nobriga, Clifton (Amber Keeler) Mission, Anu Navor, Naya Navor, Kiani Taniguchi and Chastin Mission, 33 great-grandchildren, and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A viewing is Thursday, Jan. 5, at Garden Island Mortuary in Lawa‘i from 5 to 8 p.m.

A service is Friday, Jan. 6, at Garden Island Mortuary in Lawa‘i from 8 to 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Kalapaki Bay Memorial Park cemetery.

Ainsley Kelekoma

Ainsley Kelekoma, 81, of Anahola, passed away at home on Nov. 3, 2022 surrounded by loved ones. He retired from the county Department of Public Works Solid Waste Division as a truck driver. Previous to working for the county, he was a tour bus driver for Grayline Kaua‘i.

He was preceded in death by parents Franklin “Manu” and Luella M. Kelekoma, sisters and brothers-in-law Luella “Tida” and Gilbert Moniz Sr. and Darlene and Al Oshiro, brothers Franklin “Sonny” Kelekoma and Alexander “Alika” Kelekoma, brother-in-law David E. Wilson and sister-in-law Molly Kuhaulua.

He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Linda L. Kelekoma, sons Kalen (Sorrel Weiss) Kelekoma and John (Jillian) Kelekoma, hanai son Jim (Cathy) Daugherty, grandsons Keola (Nikki Young) Kelekoma and Mana Kelekoma, granddaughters Keanna Woodward, Olivia Kelekoma and Jasmine Kelekoma, hanai granddaughters Shawna Daugherty (Scott) Fisher and Marie Daugherty (Roger) Hogan, hanai great-grandchildren Aiden Fisher and Reagan, Mackenzie and Palmer Hogan, brothers Clay Kelekoma Sr. and David (Chris) Kelekoma, sisters-in-law Tomie Kelekoma, Molly Kuhaulua and Ardeth Wilson, former daughter-in-law Sharon (Cody) Graham, and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life is Saturday, Jan. 14, at Hanamaulu Beach Park pavilion, with visitation from 10 a.m., services at 11 a.m. and luncheon to follow.

Meleke John Leasau Sr.

Meleke John Leasau Sr., 80, of Koloa, passed away on Dec. 22, 2022. He was born on June 14, 1942, in Ofu, American Samoa. He was a heavy equipment operator.

He was preceded in death by parents John and Lagise Thompson Leasau, brother John and Fiva Leasau, sisters Vailofi and Sui Fuata, Dorothy and the Rev. David Kalama, brother-in-law Bill Satele, the Rev. Pati Vaeao and grandson Paki Crawford Jr.

He is survived by wife Clara Medeiros Leasau, son Meleke (Ashley Dukles) Leasau Jr., daughter Tolu Senetenari Crawford, six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, brothers Taufusi and Olita Leasau, Lau and Carol Leasau, sisters Puleisi and David Cowles, Afafi Vaeao and Nancy Satele, brothers Alfred and Helena Medeiros, Wayne and Shirley Medeiros and John Perreira, sisters Brenda and Butch Durant, Elaine Kealoha, Eleanor and Guymenor Haumea and Donna Medeiros.

A service is Thursday, Jan. 5, at Garden Island Mortuary. Visitation is from 9 to 10 a.m. and Mass at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Kalapaki Bay Memorial Park cemetery. The family requests casual attire.

John Kelepine Lopes Jr.

John Kelepine Lopes Jr. passed away on Dec. 15, 2022, at Garden Isle Healthcare, at the age of 84. He was born on Feb. 3, 1938, in Honolulu. He was a veteran with the U. S. Air Force and a master plumber.

He was preceded in death by wife Patricia Ann Lopes, father John Kelepine Lopes Sr., mother Violet Kapaona Makia, sister Margaret Claudette Lady Kelepine Kaleohano, and brothers Clement “Tui” Lopes, Herman Lopes, Richard Lopes and Peter Estoy.

He is survived by sons Calvin Arroyo of Honolulu, Teddy Arroyo of Lihu‘e, Ioane Lopes of Lawa‘i and Aukai Lopes of Anahola, daughters Lavina Taovao of Anahola, Kolina Lopes-Carter of Wai‘anae and Aulani Lopes-Villalobes of Anahola, 19 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A service is Sunday, Jan. 8, at the Garden Island Mortuary. Visitation is from 10 a.m. followed by a celebration of life at 11:30 a.m. The family requests aloha attire.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Mickey Huntsinger

May 8, 1926 — November 2, 2022

On Nov. 2, 2022 our much beloved mother, Mickey Huntsinger, passed away peacefully into God’s graces. A steel magnolia throughout life, she was 96 years old.

She was preceded in death by husband Donald Huntsinger.

She is survived by many loving individuals, including daughters Patricia Yost, Lisa (Teresa) Huntsinger and Donna (John) Pimental, four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Her online memorial site is https://bit.ly/3CgMiBV
Source: The Garden Island

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