Obituaries: January 21, 2021

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Sheri Lawson


Sheri Suzanne Lawson, 44, of Kailua-Kona, died Jan. 13, 2021, at her residence. Born Dec. 29, 1976, in Findlay, Ohio, she was a deputy prosecuting attorney for the County of Hawaii-Office of the Prosecuting Attorney and a member of the Hawaii State Bar Association.

Services will be held at a later date.

She is survived by mother, Barbara Lawson of Keaau; sisters, Beth (Tim Reed) Lawson of Keaau and Carolyn Lawson (Tyler Chumney) of Ohio; brother, Nathan Lawson of Toledo, Ohio; and four nieces and one nephew.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Fred Soriano

Fred R. Soriano, 76, of Hilo, died Jan. 7, 2021, at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Pahala, he was a retired professor of sociology and cultural anthropology with the University of Hawaii at Hilo, a stone sculptor, a U.S. Army veteran and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Friends may call at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at Dodo Mortuary chapel for a 6 p.m. service. Friends may call 9 a.m. Jan. 27 at St. Joseph Catholic Church for a 9:30 a.m. Mass. Casual attire. No flowers.

He is survived by wife, Bella Soriano of Hilo; daughters, Natasha Soriano (Ronald Mangaoang) and Bianca (Juan III) Martines of Hilo; brothers, Jose (Mary) Soriano and Rueben (Bobbi) Soriano of Hilo; three grandchildren; and nephews and a niece.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Brigido Quebral Sr.

Brigido Aguinaldo Quebral Sr., 90, of Pepeekeo, died Jan. 11, 2021, at Hilo Medical Center. Born Oct. 8, 1930, on Oahu, he was a boiler room attendant and a retired heavy equipment operator for the former Hilo Coast Processing Co. in Pepeekeo, and a member of Pepeekeo Community Organization and Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Papaikou.

Friends may call at 9 a.m. Jan. 30 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel for a 10:30 a.m. service. Burial at Mauna Kea Memorial Park in Papaikou.

He is survived by wife, Cristina Bareng Quebral of Pepeekeo; sons, Nicanor (Teresita) Quebral and Mario (Marylou) Quebral of Hilo, Brigido (Lydia) Quebral Jr. and Jerry Quebral of Pepeekeo, Alex (Chona) Quebral of Sacramento, California, and Jeffrey (Brandy) Quebral of Kailua-Kona; daughters, Yolanda (Joel) Ballesteros of Honolulu and Mila (Ken) Tokuda of Pahoa; sisters, Aurora (Bayani) Araw and Caridad Villanueva of Pepeekeo; 20 grandchildren;13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Feliza Jara

Feliza Baclig Jara, 92, of Naalehu, died Jan. 9, 2021, at her residence. Born May 6, 1928, in Cabugao, Philippines, she was a retired macadamia nut picker for the Royal Hawaiian Macadamia Nut Co. in Ka‘u and a member of the Naalehu Assembly of God Church.

Friends may call at 11 a.m. Jan. 30 at the Naalehu Community Cemetery for a graveside service.


She is survived by son, Rollie (Catherine) Jara of Naalehu; daughter, Myrna (Edwin) Ocol of Honolulu; two grandsons; three granddaughters; brother, Felipe Baclig of Philippines; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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