Obituaries: April 8, 2021

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Anita Labertew


Anita Bernice Labertew, 78, of Ocean View, died Feb. 21, 2021, at Kona Community Hospital. Born Sept. 21, 1942, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, she was a retail clerk.

Services will be held at a later date.

She is survived by her brothers, Jim Labertew of Goleta, CA, Ken Labertew of Seattle, and Chuck Labertew of Kent, WA; sisters, Joan McFarland of Huntsville, AR, and Nan Labertew of Spokane, WA; and many nieces, nephews and grandchildren.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Donald Maeda

Donald Mitsuru Maeda, 90, of Hilo, died March 17, 2021, at his residence. Born in Hilo, he was a retired U.S. Army sergeant major and veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam wars.

Private services will be held at a later date.

He is survived by sons, Dennis (Punett) Maeda, Dwight Maeda and Douglas Maeda of Hilo, and Darrel Maeda of Seattle; sisters, Iris Oda and Itoe (Albert) Helliangao of Hilo; brother, Richard Maeda of Hilo; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Dorothy Urbic

Dorothy Jean Urbic, 73, of Waimea, died April 2, 2021, at her residence. She was born Nov. 6, 1947 in Ohio.

No services.

Survived by, husband, Leslie Onodera of Waimea; sons, Ken (Cindy) Urbic of Cleveland, David Urbic, Steven Urbic and Les (Serena Polelia) Onodera Jr., all of Waimea; hanai daughter, Jennifer (Rick) Jones of Kalopa; sister, Gail McSwain of North Carolina; brother, Don Bluy of the Philippines; and seven grandchildren.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Elvira Publico

Elvira Evalani Publico, 70, of Hilo, died March 22, 2021, at Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center in Hilo. Born Oct. 14, 1950, in Laupahoehoe, she was employed as a senior accounting clerk at the former Hilo Coast Processing Co. and as a clerk at the County of Hawaii Department of Motor Vehicles.

Friends may call at 9:30 a.m. April 16 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel in Hilo for a 10:30 a.m. service. Burial will follow at noon at the Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 1 in Hilo. Casual attire is requested.

She is survived by son, Scott (Shanna Satomba) Publico of Hilo; brother, Lionel (Carol) Meyer of Hilo; sister, Karen (Darrell) Meyer of Pepeekeo; two grandchildren; and numerous uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Lambert Hiram

Lambert “Buddy” Keonaona Hiram, 74, of Jackson, MI, died March 13, 2021. Born Feb. 6, 1947, in Kahuku, Oahu, he was a sports coach, educator, administrator and principal with Jackson Public Schools and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


Services will be held April 17 in Jackson, MI. Contributions in his memory can be made to the Onsted Athletics Program, 10109 Slee Road, Onsted, MI 49265 and Henry Ford Allegiance Hospice Home, 2150 Kingsbrooke Drive, Jackson, MI 49202.

He is survived by Barbara; children, Tammy (Robert) Kaye, Daykon (Chantal) Hiram, Damien (Amanda) Hiram and Amber (Joshua) Lewis; sisters, Evanitta Pinkie (Randy) Crowe of Waikoloa and Velma Kalei (Pono) Warfield; hanai sister, Karla (Rick) Paiva of Hilo; 12 grandchildren; and 55 nieces and nephews.

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