Obituaries: April 28, 2021

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Vivian Oliveira


Vivian Esther Oliveira, 90, of Hilo, died March 15, 2021, at a care home. Born in Hilo, she was a student of the Activity Center and member at Goodwill.

No services held.

She is survived by daughter, Cassandra Cordeiro; brother, Peter Pavao; niece, Dolores Oliveira; nephew, Chucky Oliveira; two grandchildren; and numerous cousins.

Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Burt Jose

Burt Kaleialoha Jose, 63, of Oahu and formerly of Hilo, died March 23, 2021, at Wahiawa General Hospital on Oahu. Born May 15, 1957, in Hilo, he was a U.S. Army veteran and member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Hilo.

Friends may call at 9 a.m. May 7 at East Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2 for a service with military honors. Private burial to follow.

He is survived by brother, Bernard (Estelle) Jose of Wailea; sisters, Carnation (Rodney) Castillo of Honolulu, Shirley (Kealoha) Medeiros of Kona, and Betty (Randall) Jose-Brannam of Hilo; uncle, William (Julia) Jose of Honolulu; aunt, Noelani Kapuni of Hilo; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Jennifer Bryan

Jennifer “Keonaona” Stacey Bryan, 67, of Waimea, died April 20, 2021, at North Hawaii Community Hospital. Born in Honolulu, she was an interior designer.

Private services. Donations may be made in her memory to Na Kalai Wa’a and/or Kipuka o ke Ola (Five Mountains Hawaii, Inc.)

She is survived by husband, Michael Bryan of Waimea; sons, Tyler Brawner of Honolulu, and Wilds Brawner of Paauilo; mother, Priscilla Cappis of Waipahu, Oahu; brother, Jonathan Costa of Waimea; sisters, Gwen Costa of Waimea, and Heidi Costa of Honolulu; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Christopjer Ducosin

Christopher Allen Satoru Ducosin, 35, of Keaau died April 19, 2021, at his residence. Born in Hilo, he was a commercial house painter.

Friends may call at 9:30 a.m. May 4 at Dodo Mortuary chapel for an 11 a.m. service. Burial to follow at Alae Cemetery. Casual attire.

He is survived by mother, Vaneissa Ducosin of Keaau; father, Leslie Nishihara of Kailua-Kona; brothers, Conrad (Gemmalyn Bancud) Nishihara of Kailua-Kona, and Perfecto Sales Jr. and Patrick Ducosin Sales, both of Orchidland; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Mildred Sato

Mildred Torayo Sato, 94, of Hilo, died April 8, 2021, at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center. Born Nov. 9, 1926, in Hilo, she was retired from the former Hilo Auto &Truck and member of Taishoji Soto Mission and Fukushima Kenjinkai.

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

She is survived by son, Lesley (Darol Tanigawa) Sato of Hilo; daughter, Lyndee (Brian) Yoneishi of Hilo; sister, Hirono Haraguchi of Hilo; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Jack Bovee

Jack Benedict Bovee, 95, of Captain Cook, died April 14, 2021 at Kona Community Hospital. Born Feb. 11, 1926, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he was a plant manager for Chevron Oil, member of Pioneers of Alaska and Kona Orchid Society, a square and ballroom dancer and a U.S. Army veteran.

Services will be held at a later date.


He is survived by wife, Joan Bovee of Captain Cook; sons, Gregory (Maria) Bovee of California and Aaron (Monica) Bovee of Fairbanks, Alaska; daughter, Crystal (Carl) Springer of Anchorage, Alaska; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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