Obituaries: 11-02-19

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Richard Petty


Richard E. Petty, 76, died Oct. 15, 2019, in Hilo. Born Sept. 21, 1943, in Raton, N.M., he dabbled in many work areas and lived in several states. He provided support services for clients at Care Hawaii.

Richard is survived by son, Michael (Mindy) Petty; daughter, Rachel (Justin) Lowe; sister, Debe; his companion Charlie (Charlene Garrett); five grandchildren and numerous cousins.

Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary Hilo.

Cori Lee Chin

Cori Lee Chin, 38, of Hilo, died on Oct. 25, 2019, at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center. Born on March 16, 1981, in Hilo, she was a pharmacy technician for Walgreens, a former cashier for Sack ‘n Save Puainako; and a former head cashier for Home Depot.

Visitation will be held from 5-6 p.m. Nov. 4 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel in Hilo. Celebration of life at 6 p.m. Casual attire.

She is survived by daughter, Raylynn “Rayray” (Kaitlyn Jardin) Chin-Ragudo of Hilo; father, Gerald Chin of Pahoa; mother, Maureen (Miguel) Garcia Leyva of Chicago; brothers, Brian Chin of Pahoa and Miguel Garcia Leyva of Chicago, Illinois; sister, Michelle Garcia Leyva of Chicago, Illinois; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Inc. – Hilo Branch.

Geri Shindo

Geri Shinako Shindo, 84, of Hilo died on Sept. 29, 2019, at the Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu. Born in Hilo, she was a retired secretary at Hilo Mechanical, Inc. and a member of the Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin.

Friends may call 3:30-5 p.m. Nov. 2 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel for a 5 p.m. memorial service. Casual attire. Family requests no flower and no monetary gifts.

She is survived by husband, Thomas Shindo of Hilo; daughter, Valerie (Craig) Uehira of Mililani; son, Russell Shindo of Hilo; sister-in-law,; brother-in-law; one grandson, numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Christina Lewis

Christina Lynn Lewis, 50, of Waikoloa, died Oct. 24, 2019, at the Kona Community Hospital. Born in Charleston, Ill., she was formerly in sales and marketing with the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel.

Memorial services are being planned for the spring of 2020.

She is survived by companion, Jeb Goss of Waikoloa; mother, Mary (Rick Capaldi) Lewis of Laguna Beach, Calif.; father, Martin Gene (Mary) Lewis of Springfield, Ill.; brother, Jarrod (Shelbi) Lewis of Dana Point, Calif.; paternal grandfather, Adren Lewis of Danville, Ill.; an uncle and an aunt, a cousin and two nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Inc. – Hilo.

Alison Aki

Alison Kalanipoo Aki, 68, of Waimea, died Oct. 7, 2019, at her residence. Born Dec. 30, 1950, in Honolulu, she was a residential manager at Mauna Kea Resorts and a former head housekeeper.

Private services will be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent to the Aki Ohana at P.O. Box 1665, Kamuela, HI. 96743.

She is survived by her son, Hank (Joy) Aki of Waimea; brothers, Henry (Rochelle) Featheran, Michael Featheran, Ryan Featheran, all of Kaneohe, Oahu, Randy Featheran of Hilo and Randall Featheran of Makiki; sisters, Gwendolyn (David) Leong of Kailua, Oahu, Janice DeCambra of Kaneohe, Oahu, and Beryl (Arthur) Blythe of Honolulu; three grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Kona.

Kurt Kaminski

Kurt Brian Kaminski, 63, of Pahoa, died Oct. 20, 2019, at the Hilo Medical Center. Born in Woodstock, Ill., he graduated from Pahoa High School and was a general contractor, longtime member of the Puna Lions Club and the Leilani Community Association.

Visitation will be 8:30-9:30 a.m. Nov. 12 at the Pahoa Sacred Heart Catholic Church. A memorial mass will be held at 10 a.m. Casual attire.

He is survived by daughter, Megan H. Kaminski of Pahoa; son, Kevin N. Kaminski of Kurtistown; mother of his children, Elaine Kaminski of Kurtistown; brother, Mark (Audrene) Kaminski of Kurtistown; sisters, Karen Hernandez and Mary Kaminski of Houghton, Mich.; one grandson, an uncle and an aunt, numerous cousins in Illinois, a niece, two nephews, a grandniece and two grandnephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Inc. – Hilo.

Kokimi Takaki

Kokimi “Kay” Takaki, 91, of Naalehu, died Sept. 28, 2019, at Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center in Hilo. Born Jan. 8, 1928, in Pahala, she was a homemaker and member of Naalehu Hongwanji Mission and Buddhist Women’s Association.

Private services were held.

She is survived by husband, Iwao Takaki of Naalehu; son, Rodney Takaki of Pahala; daughters, Nora (Robert) Kaaua of Hilo, June (Albert) Takaki-Garcia of Naalehu; sister, Yuriko Prentice of Texas; a brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Clarence Smith

Clarence Edward Smith, 90, of Mountain View, Calif., and formerly of Hawaiian Paradise Park, Keaau died on Sept. 30, 2019, in Mountain View, Calif. Born in Mississippi, he was a retired SMS in the U.S. Air Force, worked as a manufacturing manager and was a member of BIRMA, BIARC (AH7A), HAFCE, QCWA Chapter 194 and VFW Post 3830 (Pahoa).

No services.

He is survived by wife, Kay Denise Smith of Mountain View, Calif.; son, Darryl (Martha) E. Smith of San Jose, Calif.; stepson, David H. DiAndria, Jr. of Roseville, Calif.; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by daughter, Michelle V. Cano and step-daughter, Janine L. Gates.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Edwina Booth

Edwina “Winnie” Nyuk How Booth, 91, of Kamuela, died Oct. 4, 2019, at her residence. Born Sept. 18, 1928, in Honolulu, she was the owner of the former Ocean View Inn Restaurant and a member of Keola Malamalamalama Church.

Private services were held.

She is survived by daughters, Joanne Alcoran of Kamuela and Cindy Guzman of Las Vegas; sons, Gary (Rosemarie) DePontes of Kailua-Kona, Ronald DePontes of Honolulu; sisters, Jeanette Kuwada of Hilo and Earlene Kaiawe of Kalaoa, Kona; brothers, Kenneth Kam and Ronald (Sandra) Kam of Kailua-Kona, and Thomas Kam of California; one daughter-in-law; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Kona.

Annie Lee

Annie Kalikoo’kalani Lee, 75, of Kailua-Kona, died Oct. 15, 2019, at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born March 19, 1944 in Honolulu, she worked and retired as a hostess at King Kamehameha Hotel in Kailua-Kona.

A celebration of life will be held 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 16 at The Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area Pavilion #2 75-5560 Kuakini Highway Kailua-Kona. Online condolences:

She is survived by her son, Lyn K. Marcello of Kailua-Kona; daughters, Raynalynn (Fernando) Maldonado of Queen Creek, Ariz., and Raylynn (Jamie) Lee of Hilo; two sister-in-laws; five grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary Hilo.

Peter Welter

Peter James Welter, of Ocean View, died on Oct. 27, 2019, in Ocean View. Born Sept. 11, 1953, in Los Angeles, he was the owner of a watch repair business and a fine woodworker, maker of ukuleles, and artist.

Private services were held. Online condolences may be posted on

He is survived by spouse, Teeranan; mother, Patricia Welter of Camino, Calif.; sisters, Paula Joy Welter of Sacramento, Calif.; Pamela Kuck of Shawano, Wisc.; Laurie Smith of Camino, Calif.; Julie Rimoldi of Camino, Calif.; brothers, Matthew Welter of Nevada City, Calif.; and Bart Welter of Columbus, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by brother, Christopher Paul Welter.

Services provided by Ballard Family Mortuary-Kona.

Sumiko Miyamoto

Sumiko “Sumi” Miyamoto, 92, of Pahoa, died Oct. 21, 2019, at home. Born March 7, 1927, in Pahoa, she was an anthurium and papaya farmer and member of Puna Hongwanji Mission, Buddhist Women’s Association, Kyu Pahoa Kumiai, Pahoa Nikkei Jin Kai, ILWU Bowling Club and P&R Bowling Club.

Private services were held. Family requests no monetary gifts or flowers.


She is survived by sons, Milton (Naomi) Miyamoto of Wailuku, Maui, Wallace (Karin) Miyamoto of Walnut, Calif.; daughter, Myra (Alton) Sasaki of Honolulu; brothers, Akira (Marion) Iwata of Honolulu, Paul (Sue) Iwata of San Francisco; sister, Mary Yamada of Maui; five grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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