Obituaries: 03-12-19

Patricia LaGrange

Patricia Louise LaGrange, 65, of Pahoa, died Feb. 25, 2019. She was born in October 1954 in California.


A celebration of life was held March 9 at Uncle Robert’s Awa Bar and Farmer’s Market in Kalapana.

She is survived by son, Harrison LaGrange-Gauss of Arcata, Calif.; daughter, Claire LaGrange Gauss of Pahoa; brother, Kyle LaGrange of California; two sisters, Ethel and Crystal of California; and two grandchildren.

Arrangements by Homelani Cremation Services.

Hazel Maertens

Hazel Jane Maertens, 86, of Waimea, died Feb. 26, 2019, at the Salom Care Home in Hilo. Born in Haina, she was a retired State of Hawaii employee as the head housekeeper for the former Honokaa Hospital and a member of the Imiola Congregational Church and the Waimea Senior Citizen’s Center.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

She is survived by daughters, Betty (Earl) Spence of Waimea and Mary Lou (Robert) Maertens of Pahoa; son, David (Jean) Maertens of Waimea; sister, Mary (Joseph) Branco of Honokaa; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Thomas Hada

Thomas Toshio Hada Sr., 87, of Hilo, died Feb. 9, 2019, at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Hospice. Born in Hilo, he was a retired journeyman mechanic for Yamada Transfer, Puna Sugar Co., Hilo Coast Processing Co. and was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Private services held. Condolences may be sent to 19 E. Ohea St., Hilo, HI, 96720.

He is survived by wife, Caroline Hada of Hilo; sons, Thomas (Gina) Hada Jr. and Glenn (Kay) Hada, all of Mililani Mauka, Gordon (Jeanette) Hada of Omaha, Neb.; brothers, Roy (Coleen) Hada and Edward Hada, all of Hilo; sisters, Kiyoko (Hajime) Kuwada of Honolulu, and Sally Bartholetti of Sherman Oaks, Calif.; four grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Eloise Chow

Eloise Sue Ngo Chow, 89, of Hilo died Feb. 27, 2019 at her residence. Born in Pahala, she was a retired secretary and warehouse clerk for C. Brewer &Company.

Private services held.

She is survived by son, Alton Ten Wo Chow of Hilo; brother, William (Martha) Lee of Las Vegas.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

David Delzer

David Charles Delzer, 68, of Kailua-Kona, died on Dec. 18, 2018, at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Portland, Oregon, he was a builder and finish carpenter.

A celebration of life will be held from 3:30-7 p.m. March 29 at Kona Vista Pavilion.

Services provided by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Steven O’Keefe

Steven “Steamboat” Patrick O’Keefe, 69, of Hilo, died Feb. 28, 2019, at Hilo Medical Center. Born in San Bernardino, Calif., he ran a hauling service on the Big Island.

No services.

He is survived by son, Kaden O’Keefe of Los Angeles; brother, Kevin (Dawna) O’Keefe of Carlsbad, Calif.; niece and nephew.

Arrangements by Homelani Cremation Services.

Michael Hong

Michael Keo Hong, 43, of Kailua-Kona, died Feb. 20, 2019, at Kona Community Hospital. Born June 11, 1975, in Honolulu, he was a freelance photographer, musician and former bartender at the Keauhou Sheraton’s Ray’s on the Bay.

Private services to be held.

He is survived by his paternal grandmother, Chizuko Hong of Kailua-Kona; brothers, Derek (Marie) Hong and Allen Hong of Kailua-Kona; a niece and nephew.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Christina Bell

Christina Elizabeth Bell, 60, of Keaau, died Feb. 27, 2019, at home. Born April 3, 1958, in Germany, she was a former armed security guard and Red Cross volunteer.

She is survived by life partner Bill Berg; sons Jerome Brent Bell, Kevin Alexander Bell; daughters Alexandra Wetterberg, Christina Lushianda Bell Schoebert; brothers Sandy Biggs, Hans Herman; sisters Effie Knapp, Yaqueline Renz, Karin Hake-Siegmon, Andrea Krause; 15 grandchildren.

Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Saddie Iwamoto

Saddie Sanae Iwamoto, 80, of Hilo, died Feb. 22, 2019, at a private care home in Hilo. Born Feb. 11, 1939, in Pahala, she was a retired bookkeeper from the office of Richard M. Okuna, certified public accountant in Hilo.

Private services held. No flowers. No koden (monetary offerings).

She is survived by brother, Keith Iwamoto of Hilo; one sister-in-law; numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Melva Estoy

Melva Kuuipoonaleialoha Estoy, 46, of Ocean View, died Feb. 24, 2019, in Honolulu. She was born in Kealakekua.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. March 17 at Yano Hall in Captain Cook.

She is survived by spouse, Daryl Moreira; son, Daryl Moreira Jr.; brothers, Peter Jr. (Anne) Estoy, John (Mele) Estoy, Shannon Estoy, and Shawn (Ramona) Estoy; sisters, Bernadette (Perry) Shimamoto, Emily (Jay) Estoy-Keka, and Valeryne Estoy; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Dorothy Douglass

Dorothy “Dot” Maude Douglass, 101, of Kailua-Kona, died March 6 at a private care home. Born Aug. 22, 1917, in Sharon, Mass., she was retired.

Private service held.

She is survived by son, William (Roxann) Ullstrom of South Kona.


Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

An obituary published March 6 for Robert W. “Kiyoshi Bob” Brigoli Sr. of Keaau incorrectly spelled the name of a survivor, daughter, Darnyl (William) Palama of Keaau.

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