Obituaries: May 9, 2021

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Maureen Niimi

Maureen Sumie Niimi, 67, of Hilo, died April 10, 2021, at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Hospice Facility. Born in Hilo, she was retired from HMSA and was a paraprofessional tutor at E.B. de Silva Elementary School.

Private services held. Family requests no flowers and no koden (monetary gifts.)

She is survived by brother, Jeffrey Kondo, of Oahu; sister, Pauline Kondo, of Hilo; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Francis Garifo

Francis Anthony Garifo, 80, of Kailua-Kona, died April 15, 2021, at Kona Community Hospital. Born June 12, 1940, in New York, he was a sales representative for PING, and a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

Services held.

He is survived by wife, Mary Garifo of Kailua-Kona; daughters, Paula (Bryan) Knight of Kailua-Kona, and Roxanne (Diane Tell) Garifo-Tell; son, Gregory (Greg Grantham) Garifo; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren, all of Arizona.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Henry Meyer Jr.

Henry “Sonny” “Cowboy” Meyer Jr., 90, of Kapulena, died April 15, 2021, at his residence. Born in Pa’auilo, he was a plumber and carpenter for Hamakua Sugar Co., member of the Kona Seniors Bowling League and a Hawaii Army National Guard veteran.

Friends may call at 8 a.m. May 15 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Honokaa for a 10 a.m. Mass.

He is survived by daughters, Janice (Orson) Wilcox of Honokaa and Kathy (Kimo) Stone of Waimea; son, Gordon (Leonette) Meyer of Honokaa; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Ann Cooke

Ann Houseworth Cooke, 92, of Hawi, died May 1, 2021, at her residence. Born Jan. 30, 1929, in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, she was a retired elementary teacher.

Services will be held at a later date.

She is survived by son, Jeff (Janet) Cooke of Hawi; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Herbert Hirata

Herbert T. Hirata, of San Angelo, Texas, died April 25, 2021, at Shannon Memorial Hospital in San Angelo, Texas. Born in Kealakekua, he was a U.S. Air Force Vietnam War veteran, carpenter, pecan farmer in Texas, a Supreme Master Gem Cutter, published author, and supporter of Wounded Warriors of America, food banks and animal rescues.

Services held in Texas.

He is survived by sister, Elaine (George) Harai; daughter, Teresa (George); two nieces; a nephew; great-nieces and nephews; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

George Acia III

George Francis Acia III, 64, of Waimea, died May 7, 2020. Born in California, he was a tile setter and fisherman.

Friends may call at 11 am. May at Alae Cemetery for a service. Celebration of life to follow from 1 to 7 p.m. at Onekahakaha Beach pavilions 6 and 7.

He is survived by wife, Alita Acia; sons, Gary Gouveia, Joshua Acia, Kaleo Navas-Clark, Hunter Acia, and Jordan Acia; daughters, Angela Gouveia-Trimm, Christina Acia, Wendy Navas, Kristy Acia, and Jenna Acia; brothers, Dominic Acia, Paul Rodrigues and Peter Rodrigues; sisters, Georgeann Fleming’s, Louise Perez, Christina Acia, and Beatrice Daijogo; 13 grandchildren; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary Hilo.

Lawrence Souza

Lawrence Souza, 93, of Kaiwiki, died April 12, 2021, in Papaaloa. Born in Kaiwiki, he was a retired carpenter and farmer, U.S. Army veteran and member of the Carpenters Union Local 745.

Private services.

He is survived by sister, Mary Souza; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Jacqueline Stradtmann-Carvalho

Jacqueline Regan Stradtmann-Carvalho, 60, of Volcano, died April 21, 2021, at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, she was an assistant professor of mathematics at Hawaii Community College.

Services will be held at a later date.


She is survived by husband, Ted Stradtmann-Carvalho of Volcano; daughter, Regan Stradtmann-Carvalho of Maryland; son, Reis Stradtmann-Carvalho of Volcano; mother, Sueko Stradtmann of Oregon; brother, James (Darlene) Stradtmann of Oregon; sisters, Janis Lyday and Jessica (Todd) Iselin of Oregon.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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