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Obituaries for Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Heide H. Lardizabal

Heide H. Lardizabal passed away peacefully on Sept. 18, 2022 in Wailua, at the age of 82. She was born in Berlin, Germany, on Sept. 25, 1939. She loved the Lord with all of her heart. She was as a butler at The Princeville Hotel, a carriage driver for The Westin, a cashier at the Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort & Spa, handled intake for the YWCA, and a waitress for the Spindrifter.

She was preceded in death by parents Kate and Hans Hensen, husband Alfred C. Lardizabal, brother Uwe Hensen, brothers-in-law Maurice Lardizabal Jr., Glenn Lardizabal and David Ibsen, and grandson Isaac Kanealama Lardizabal.

She is survived by children Perry (Dee) Lardizabal and Sonya (Jess) Lardizabal-Quel, grandchildren Ashley (Kevin) Cremer, Mariah Pai, Kaileen Lardizabal, Mikelle and Chelsi Quel and Kailee Loa Sugihara, great-grandchildren Kaisen Yanos, Ezrin Cremer and Braden and Kaylee Ramos, sister Rose Holthaus, sisters-in-law Charlene Arita, Carmen Mercado, Florence Lardizabal and Maureen Octavio, brother-in-law Scott Lardizabal, nieces and nephew Susan Woods and Jennifer and Christopher Holthaus and many more family and friends.

A celebration of life for both Alfred and Heide Lardizabal is Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Kapa‘a Seventh Day Adventist Church. Visitation with family will be from 9 to 10 a.m. and service to follow.

The family would like to thank Kaua‘i Hospice, Kapa‘a, Lawa‘i, Wai‘anae and Central Seventh Day Adventist Churches for their love, support and prayers.

“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present not things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord” Romans 8:38-39

Loran Alapaki Gonsalves

Loran Alapaki Gonsalves, 43, of Hanapepe, passed away Nov. 14, 2022, at Kaua‘i Veterans Memorial Hospital. He was born in Waimea on Sept. 1, 1979.

He grew up in Kalaheo and graduated from Waimea High School in 1997. He was self employed as a construction handyman.

He was preceded in death by grandparents William and Agnes Gonsalves and Albert and Clara Jardin, parents Leon and Judy Gonsalves Sr. and brother Lionel Gonsalves.

He is survived by girlfriend Linette Rita, son Logan Gonsalves, brothers Leon (Patricia) Gonsalves Jr. and Lance (Tobey) Gonsalves, aunt Alberta Kali, and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

The family will receive family and friends at the Gonsalves family home at 4590 Pu‘uwai Road, Kalaheo, at noon on Saturday, Nov. 26. Private services will be held at a later date.

Merrily Ruth Worrell

Merrily Ruth Worrell, a long-time resident of Kalaheo and Lodi, California, passed away on Oct. 14, 2022 in Gilroy, California. Born in Philadelphia on Aug. 25, 1942, she was a retired doctor of education in counseling psychology.

She was preceded in death by parents Raymond Rodger Worrell and Florence Emma Worrell (Williams) of Saratoga, California.

She is survived by her beloved sister Carol F. Lajoie and her husband A. David Lajoie of Salinas, California, brothers Robert G. Worrell of Oregon and Frederick R. Worrell and his wife Rhea of Arizona, niece Heather J. Lajoie and nephews Alan R. Lajoie, Eric R. Lajoie, Joshua Worrell and James Worrell, numerous cousins, life-long best friend Beverly Templeton of Galt, California, and so many friends both on Kaua‘i and in California that are too many to name them all. She truly loved you all and cherished each and every one of you.

Merrily was 6 when her family moved to Saratoga, California, where her parents built a home and lived there for over 50 years.

She was a graduate of Los Gatos High School in 1960, then attended college in Tacoma, Washington, at Pacific Lutheran University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in music degree in 1964.

She sang with “The Choir of the West,” which toured Europe, giving concerts in several countries, and volunteered at a training center that raised guide dogs for kids, where she got her first dog, “Cloud.”

Moving to Lake Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, she taught K-12 music classes for several years, then re-located to California to work at the Stockton State Hospital as a music therapist, and also worked as a social case worker for San Joaquin County.

She then became a secondary grade school teacher, teaching various programs from 1969 to 1996, during which time she received a master’s degree from the University of San Francisco in 1979.

Living on her ranch in Lodi, she bred, trained and showed Arabian horses, and gave riding lessons for kids. She worked as a program coordinator, counselor and teacher at the Human Potential Center in Stockton, where she received an Outstanding Citizen Award in 1986 from the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission of San Joaquin County for her exemplary service to the young people of her community. In 1989 she also received a Citizen of the Year award from the National Merit Scholar Phi Kappa Phi.

In 1996, she moved to Kaua‘i to work on the Mokihana Project as a doctoral fellow on the psychology staff, and also worked as an educational consultant in private practice.

She continued her education at University of the Pacific in Stockton, where she received her doctorate of education in counseling psychology in 2002. Then she worked at the Hina Mauka Substance Abuse Treatment Center as a counselor and educator, and went on to become the program services manager for the Mental Health Kokua on Kaua‘i, where she retired in 2012.

Her interests included attending the Hanapepe United Church of Christ, where she sang in the choir, helped at the Kokua Shop and served on the diaconate. She was a member of the Kaua‘i Polo Club and did the score sheet for 2006-2007. She taught the AARP driving course for seniors, loved geckos and roosters, and always had really great dogs. She did art projects and wrote marvelous stories, of which some were published. She also volunteered at the Kaua‘i Humane Society shelter on Kaumuali‘i Highway.

Donations can be given to the Kaua‘i Humane Society in her name by mail to Kaua‘i Humane Society, P.O. Box 333, Lihu‘e, HI, 96766, or online at

There are no planned services at this time.
Source: The Garden Island

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