Obituary Notices: Nov. 20–26, 2016

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Robert Dempsey

Robert Dempsey

Robert Lawrence Dempsey
May 19, 1973 – November 20, 2016

Robert Lawrence Dempsey, 43, of Kailua-Kona, was born in Lakewood, California on May 19, 1973, and passed away on Nov. 20, 2016 in Kealakekua, Hawaiʻi. Robert was preceded by his brother Mark unto the Lord. Robert was a mechanic and welder with Cyanotech.

He is survived by spouse Gayla; son Robert Dempsey Jr. & daughter Taylor Dempsey of Kailua-Kona. Roberts’s parents are Robert and Chung-Cha Dempsey of Kailua-Kona.

Services may be scheduled at a later date. Donations may be made to American Heart Association.

Betty Lou Texeira
March 9, 1947 – November 21, 2016


Betty Lou Texeira, 69, of Wailuku, Maui, passed away on Nov. 21, 2016, at Maui Memorial Medical Center. She was born on March 9, 1947 on Maui.

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, at Norman’s Mortuary; prayer service will begin at 7:30 p.m.; cremation will follow. The family requests no flowers.

Betty retired from Ka Hale A Ke Ola Resource Center. She is survived by her sons, Rodney Texeira, Scott (Traci) Texeira; brothers, Leslie Pagan, Ralph Pagan; sisters, Linda Saranillo, Jane (Ruben) Ortiz, Kathleen (Gilbert) Sandoval, Agnes Carvalho, Rose (Sita) Pagan; and grandchildren, Jaden Texeira and Kolten Texeira.

Benjamin Herigstad

Benjamin Herigstad

Benjamin Gehardt Herigstad
October 8, 1932 – November 19, 2016

Benjamin Gehardt Herigstad, 84, passed away on Nov. 19, 2016, at Hale Makua, Kahului, Maui. He was born on Oct. 8, 1932 in Copperstown, North Dakota. He grew up in Bremerton, Washington area. His first wife Patty, second wife Midori and two children, Darlene & Darrel, brothers Ozzie, Oris, and George, and sister, Joyce preceded him in death.


His longtime partner, Julie; sister, Inez Carpenter; brother, Russell Herigstad; and a host of nieces and nephews remain.

He served in the US Army. He graduated from Kitsap County High School and Edison Radio and Television School in Seattle. Before launching his career with ABC Television Network as an engineer for 35 years.

He retired for several years in Ventura, California and he moved to Maui with Julie in 2009. He loved to travel, golf, spending time with family and friends and taking walks on
the beaches. He attended Calvary Chapel. Family and Friends are invited to attend a short service at the Maui Veterans Cemetery in Makawao on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 at 11 a.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the Calvary Chapel Central Maui. The family wishes to acknowledge with deep appreciation to the East Wing Nurses & Staff at the Hale Makua Care
Center and Hospice Maui for the care and support in his final days.

Stacie Lee Medeiros

Stacie Lee Medeiros

Stacie Lee Medeiros
December 1, 1958 – November 16, 2016


Stacie Lee Medeiros, 57 of Makawao passed away on Nov. 16, 2016. She was born in Wailuku on Dec. 1, 1958.

A Memorial Service will be held at Ballard Family Mortuary on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 from 9 a.m. to noon with prayer service at 11 a.m.

Stacie loved God with all her heart and loved her family and friends. She also loved animals. Taking care of them was her passion and her little dog, Ellie, was special to her. Stacie enjoyed spending time with her family and friends because family was very important to her. She also enjoyed listening to reggae music.

Stacie is predeceased by her father, David H. Medeiros. She is survived by her mother, Priscilla “Pearl” Medeiros; daughter, Shelly Ann Medeiros; grandsons, Jeffrey & Jessie Espirito and Colton Medeiros; sisters, Karen Cordeiro, Crystal (Alan) Vares; brothers, Clyde Medeiros, David H. Medeiros Jr. and numerous nieces and nephews.

Luann Lee Tavares
July 17, 1963 – November 16, 2016

Luann Lee Tavares, 53, of Wailuku, Maui, passed away on Nov. 16, 2016. She was born on July 17, 1963, in Wailuku, Maui.

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, at Norman’s Mortuary; service will begin at 7:30 p.m.; cremation will follow.

Luann was an office clerk for Maui Disposal. She is survived by her son, Shandon (Jaz) Tavares; daughter, Shani (Baba) Tavares; parents, Jerome & Nancy Vierra, Sr.; brother, Jerome Vierra, Jr.; sister, Nanette Akee; and grandchildren, Shayana Tateyama, and Evan Tavares.

Loretta Galam

Loretta Galam

Loretta Galam
May 22, 1940 – November 15, 2016

Loretta Galam, 76, of Kahului, Maui, passed away on Nov. 15, 2016, under the care of Hospice Maui. She was born on May 22, 1940, in Puʻunēnē.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, at St. Ann’s Church in Waihee; mass will begin at 11 a.m.; burial will follow, 2 p.m., at Maui Memorial Park Cemetery in Wailuku.

Loretta retired as a clerk from Maui Land and Pineapple Company in the Kapalua Accounting Department. She is survived by her husband, Jimmy D. Galam; son, Jimmy D. Galam, Jr.; daughter, Kimberly M. (Russell) Phillips; brother, Fred (Leo) Asuncion, Sr.; sisters, Evelyn (Rudy) Mina, Maggie Ballesteros; and grandchildren, Jacob Phillips, Kayla Phillips and Ayelah Galam, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Loretta was predeceased by her parents, Valeriano and Lucia Asuncion; and sister, Agnes (Patrick) Cockett.
The family would like to acknowledge Hospice Maui for their compassionate care of Loretta.

Wilfredo Paulino
September 1, 1940 – November 14, 2016

Wilfredo Paulino, 76, of Kahului, Maui passed away on Nov. 14, 2016, at Maui Memorial Medical Center. He was born on Sept. 1, 1940, in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Philippines.

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, at Ballard Family Mortuary; eulogy will begin at 7:30 p.m. Services will also be held in Laoag City at a later date.

Wilfredo was a retired Landscaper at Island Plant Company. He is survived by his wife, Inocencia Paulino; daughters, Imelda (Eliezer) Vidad, Eliza (Daniel) Mariano, Maria Magdalena (Christopher Cruz), Maria Teresa (Alex) Lampitoc, Maria Corazon (Conrado, Jr.) Tolentino – deceased; siblings, Miguel Paulino, Christina Gabriel, Leonardo Paulino, Maria Delacruz, Cornelio Paulino; 10 grandchildren; and 1 great grandchild.

Patrick Sylva
March 17, 1974 – November 14, 2016

Patrick Sylva, 42, of Kula, passed away on November 14, 2016 at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. He was born on March 17, 1974 in Wailuku.

He worked at the Pukalani Golf Course as a Lead Maintenance.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, at Ballard Family Mortuary in Kahului, service will begin at 11 a.m.

Family requests casual attire and to please limit flowers to lei only.

Patrick is survived by his wife, Mandy Sylva; son, Kulika Sylva; daughter, Sheridan Kailiehu; parents, Alan Sylva and Anna Jarnesky Sylva; brother, Calvin (Dianti) Sylva; nephews, Caleb and Colten Sylva; and niece, Caitlyn Sylva.

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