Obituaries: 10-18-17

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Manuel Eswagen


Manuel Gonzalo Eswagen, 66, of Captain Cook, died Oct. 12, 2017, at Kona Community Hospital. Born Dec. 25, 1950, in Naguimba Banayoy, Ilocos Sur, Philippines, he was a steward supervisor at Four Seasons Resort, coffee and macadamia nut farmer, and member of the Filipino Christian Fellowship.

Visitation will be held at 5 p.m. Oct. 21 at Lanakila Congregational Church in Kainaliu; 6 p.m. memorial service. Casual attire.

He is survived by wife, Lydia Eswagen of Captain Cook; son, Manny Eswagen of Seattle, WA; daughters, Lovelyn Eswagen of Las Vegas, NV, Desiree Eswagen of Oahu; sisters, Fely Eswagen of Honolulu, and Sonnyflor (Robert) Vivencio of Los Angeles, CA; brothers, Jimmy (Josie) Eswagen of Los Angeles, CA, and Wilfredo (Elma) Eswagen of Las Vegas, NV; one grandson; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Zeldawynn Kailianu

Zeldawynn “Sas” Pohakulani Kailianu, 59, of Waianae, Oahu, died Sept. 21, 2017, at Legacy Hilo Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Born March 29, 1958, in Hilo, she was an employee of 76 Service Station and Cook’s Washerette, room cleaner and sub-custodian for Maili Elementary School, custodian for K-Mart and Walmart, and a member of Paradise Chapel in Waianae.

A celebration of life will be held 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 22 at Onekahakaha Beach Park – Pavilion 2. Casual attire.

She is survived by parents, William and Marjorie Kailianu of Keaukaha; brothers, Edwin (Butchie) Hamauku of California and William (Rachel) Kailianu Jr. of Nanakuli, Oahu; sisters, Marlene (Bob) Maroney of Las Vegas, NV, Davianne (Frank) Franklin of Lynchburg, VA, Actevia (Clarence) Kailianu-Cox of California, Rachel Kailianu and Bridgette (David) Kamakini, both of Waianae, Oahu; Raynette (Kaey) Shibata, Vernetta Kailianu, Tania Kailianu and Marsella (Gordon) Ferreira, all of Hilo, and Mona (Eugene) DeRego of Honolulu; numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.

Bettylou Ackerman

Bettylou “BJ” Jenkins Ackerman, 81, of Kealakekua, died Oct. 6, 2017, at Nakamaru Hale in Holualoa. Born Nov. 10, 1935, in Holualoa, she was a retired lomilomi massage therapist, front office manager for the former Kona Inn Resort and a founding member of Calvary Community Church.

A celebration of life for both Betty and her departed husband, James “Sonny” Ackerman, will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Kona or Calvary Community Church. Condolences to the family may be sent to R.Ackerman at P.O. Box 3475, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96745.

She is survived by daughters, Tracy Ackerman, Robyn Ackerman, both of Kailua-Kona, Cindy Ackerman of Kealakekua; brothers, Albert (Nickie) Jenkins of Springfield, Mo., Robert (Alice) Jenkins of Holualoa; sister, Stella Aiu of Honolulu; two granddaughters; one grandson; numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Tisha Carvalho

Tisha Leina’ala Wilhelm Carvalho, 42 , of Hilo, died Sept. 18, 2017. She was born Feb. 18, 1975, in Honolulu.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

She is survived by husband, Lionel Carvalho of Hilo; son, Aaron Marshal of Hilo; mother, Barbara Brickwood-Correa of Las Vegas, brothers Kiki Urbano-Pepe’e of Hilo, Keoshi Wilhelm of Honolulu; sister Patty Lorenzo of Minnesota; numerous uncles, aunts and cousins.

Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Donna Stickel

Donna Marie Stickel, 67, of Volcano, died Sept. 24, 2017, at Hospice of Hilo’s Pohai Malama Facility. Born June 1, 1950, in Newton, New Jersey, she was a retired chef, the founder of Friends Feeding Friends in Volcano, and member of Christ Lutheran Church in Hilo.

Private services will be held at a later date.

She is survived by husband, Terry Stickel of Volcano; brother, William King of New Jersey.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Cathleen Swedelius

Cathleen Ann “Cathy” “Cat” Swedelius, 68, of Kailua-Kona, died Aug. 9, 2017, at Tripler Army Medical Center. Born Feb. 22, 1949, in Seattle, she was a psychiatric social worker, past president and board member of AdvoCATS, and a retired U.S. Air Force captain.

Services were held.

She is survived by husband, Glenn Swedelius of Kailua-Kona; daughter, Ruth Carpenter of Arkansas; stepdaughter, Jessica Swedelius of Nevada; stepson, David Swedelius of Indonesia; parents, Edwin and Winifred Rosen of Cheney, Wash.; brother, John (Billie) Rosen of Olympia, Wash.; sisters, Lynn (Bruce) Hand of Millville, N.J., Maria (Gary) Ware of Cheney, Wash., and Shelley (Norman) LeBret of Loon Lake, Wash.; three granddaughters.

Arrangements by Leeward Funeral Home.

Pamela Burns

Pamela Burns, 65 died Sept. 18, 2017, at home in Makiki, Oahu. Born Dec. 16, 1952, in Hilo, Burns was a CEO of the Hawaiian Humane Society.

Private services to be held. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in her name be made to: Hawaiian Humane Society, 2700 Waialae Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96826.

She is survived by husband, Irving Jenkins; sister Cecelia (Robert) Smith of Honaunau; brothers Caleb (Jane) Burns of Portland, Ore. and Peter (Paula Trask) Burns of Kahaluu, Oahu and nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Nuuanu Memorial Park and Mortuary.

James Channon

James Brooke Channon, 77, of Hawi, died Sept. 10, 2017, at Kohala Hospital. Born Sept. 20, 1939, in Terrytown, New York, he was a self employed business consultant and a retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel, and the creator of First Earth Battalion.

Private services will be held.

He is survived by son, James (Rita) Channon of San Francisco, CA; daughter, Brooke (Sean) Dee of Honolulu; four grandchildren; one niece.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Charles Bauguess

A celebration of life for Charles L. Bauguess Jr., 64, of Mountain View, has been changed to 8:30 a.m. Oct. 21 by the Pohoiki pier.