Obituaries: 02-16-18

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Rozemaryn Van Der Horst

Rozemaryn Van Der Horst, 92, of Kailua-Kona, died Feb. 3, 2018. Born Feb. 19, 1925, in the Netherlands, she worked as a chemical engineer at her father’s electroplating company.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be posted on

She is survived by nephews and nieces.

Services provided by Ballard Family Mortuary-Kona.

Cynthia Vinson

Mrs. Cynthia June Vinson, 65, of Ocean View, died Jan. 11, 2018, at Kona Community Hospital. Born Oct. 8, 1952, in Pasco, Wash., she was a jewelry salesperson.

Private services will be held. Call Vince at 989-9364 for further information.

She is survived by her husband, William Vinson, Jr., of Ocean View; son, Blair Vinson of Ocean View; daughter, Amy (Nathan) Yocum of Mountain View; brother, Mitch Crawford of Washington; two grandchildren; two nieces.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Kona.

Peter Madsen

Peter Groth Madsen, 87, of Kailua-Kona, died Jan. 31, 2018, at Hospice of Kona’s Nakamaru Hale. Born Jan. 31, 1931, in Copenhagen, Denmark, he was a retired community college teacher.

Private services.

He is survived by his sons, Lars (Laurie Westrich) Madsen of Kealakekua, and Anders (Claudia) Vonderhyde of Milford, Conn.; daughter, Michelle (Harland) Wake of Orangeville, Ontario, Canada; brother, Flemming (Hjordis) Madsen of San Francisco; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Kona

Mary Whitaker

Mrs. Mary Ruth Whitaker, 85, of Kailua-Kona, died Jan. 17 at Hospice of Kona’s Nakamaru Hale. Born Feb. 8, 1932, in Houston, she was a sales clerk at Walmart Store in Kailua-Kona. She was a member of the Red Hat Society’s Purple Majesties, and Phi Beta Kappa.

A celebration of life was held in Phoenix. Donations may be made in her memory to the Hawaii Island Humane Society, 78-6767 Mamalahoa Highway, Holualoa, HI. 96725.

She is survived by her daughters, Donna (Tony) Potenzo) Whitaker of Kailua-Kona, and Ruth (Scott Patterson) Whitaker of Phoenix; hanai daughter, Hula Whitaker of Kailua-Kona; son, Don (Mary Hutchins) Whitaker of Tonopah, Ariz.; brothers, Doug Keigwin of Palm Springs, Calif., Grady (Lexie) Keigwin of Missouri; sisters, Sharon (Don) Haddox of Lancaster, Calif., Sandy Allen of Stuart, Fla., and Margaret Knigge of Tomball, Texas; four grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Kona.