Obituary Notices: June 25–July 1, 2017

July 2, 2017, 10:31 AM HST
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Big Island Obituaries

Sally Louise Turner Gerhart

Sally Louise Turner Gerhart
July 22, 1944–June 28, 2017

Sally Louise Turner Gerhart passed into the pages of memory on June 28, 2017, at her home in Holualoa, Hawai‘i. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers and in her honor, the family requests donations be made to Kona Hospice, their help and generosity was invaluable during her final weeks.

Sally, the third of four children, was born July 22, 1944, in Glendale, California, to Arthur Moffett Turner (of Oklahoma) and Mary Kathryn (Higgins) Turner (of Oklahoma).

On Aug. 14, 1988, she was married to Daniel J. Gerhart at Orinda, California. In 1993, after a career in computer programming and systems management, she and Dan retired. They moved to Hawaiʻi in the year 2001 after several happy retirement years in North Idaho.


She will be remembered for her gardening and landscaping skills that created a showplace yard. Her family and friends will also have fond memories of the many wonderful dinner parties she hosted. She worked diligently on her family genealogy, tracing her roots back centuries and leaving a legacy for the future. She loved playing Scrabble and was a formidable opponent. NY Times crosswords and Sudoku were her daily challenge.


She is survived by her husband Daniel; her daughter Theresa Cabrera Menard (Trae) and grandsons Louis Michael Menard and Paul Timothy Menard, all of Kapaa, Kauai; her sister Thelma (Rick) Darwicki of Yorba Linda, CA; and her step-children Michael (Valencia) Gerhart of Alameda, CA, Laura Gerhart of Grass Valley, CA, and Steven Gerhart of Jamestown, ND. She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Nora Turner Shilling and Marilyn Turner Stone.

Aleksey Viktorovich Merkulov
March 21, 1998–June 22, 2017

Aleksey Viktorovich Merkulov, 19, of Keaʻau, passed away Thursday, June 22, 2017, at Hilo Medical Center. He was born in Kurganinsk, Russia and worked as a construction worker. Services will be held at Ballard Family Mortuary Hilo (570 Kino‘ole St.) on Friday, June 30, 2017. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Service at 10:30 a.m.


He is survived by his parents Viktor Viktorich (Yelena Ivanovna) Merkulov; brothers, Dmitriy Merkulov, Igor Merkulov Joseph Merkulov, Vitaliy (Margarita) Merkulov, John Merkulov, David Merkulov; sisters Vickoriya (Viorel) Malancea. Olesya Merkulov, Marina Merkulov, Angelica Merkulov ; one nephew numerous cousins. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary, Hilo.

Marcus Cannon

Marcus Cannon
May 11, 1948–June 9, 2017

Marcus Hayes Cannon, 69, of Naʻalehu, Hawaiʻi, was born in Berkeley, CA. Marcus served our Country in the Marine Corp and worked as a carpenter.

He is survived by sons Ivan (Nikki) Cannon of Yakima, WA; Sean Cannon of Eugene, OR; Silas Reiter of Boise, ID; Eli Reiter of Pacific City, OR; daughter Ona Johnston of Pacific City, OR; brother William R. Cannon Jr. of Poulsbo, WA; sister Bebe Cannon of Seymour, Missouri; and seven grandchildren.

Private services will be held.

Maui Obituaries

Christopher Arthur Andricopoulos

Christopher Andricopoulos
September 1, 1970–June 25, 2017

Christopher Andricopoulos, 46, of Kīhei, passed away on June 25, 2017. Chris was born on Sept. 1, 1970, in Lowell, Mass., and has lived on Maui since 1990. He is survived by his mother, Cathy DeFabio & brother Anthony, of Dracut, Mass; sister Andrea Boudreau of Tennessee; daughters Tiffany and Kiley and grandson Nainoa “Nohi” of Kīhei, several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews & grand-nephews, and loved by countless friends.

A celebration of life will be held at Kama‘ole Beach Park III on Saturday, July 8, from noon to sunset.

Patricia Puanani Kala

Patricia Puanani Kala
August 14, 1950–June 23, 2017

Patricia Puanani Kala, 66, of Wailuku, passed away on June 23, 2017, at Maui Memorial Medical Center. She was born on August 14, 1950, in Pu‘unene, Maui.

Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Friday, July 14, 2017, at Ballard Family Mortuary, service will begin at 11 a.m., and burial will follow at 1 p.m. at Valley Isle Memorial Park in Ha‘ikū.

Patricia is survived by her sons, Joseph Maki Kala Jr., Ira (Kellyann) Kala, Malaz (Jojo) Kala; hanai sons, Armand Koga, Tyson Lono; daughters, Tootie (Moku) Kala, Shawnee (Pono) Kala, Marina (Steven) Villegas, Bay Javier, Mapu (Cheryl) Kala; hanai daughters, Trina Kuailani, Leolani Shaw, Dee Visher; sisters-in-law, Mary Hoopai, Gwen Rabanes, Esther Naeole; hanai brothers, Kako Kealoha Jr., Sheldon Kealoha, Brian Kealoha, and Calvin Young-Hu; 24 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren; 5 godchildren, Jolaine Deluz, Maelyn Potter, Tiare Kawaakoa, Jarron Lono, Alia Apolo, and Destiny Cambra.

Modesto Alejandro Galiza Queja

Modesto Alejandro Galiza Queja
June 15, 1938–June 22, 2017

Modesto Alejandro Galiza Queja, 79, of Kahului, passed away on June 22, 2017 at Maui Memorial Medical Center. He was born in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, Philippines.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at Christ the King Church in Kahului, service will begin at 7 p.m.

Visitation resumes at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 6, 2017, at Christ the King Church with Mass beginning at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at 12:30 p.m. at Maui Memorial Park.

Modesto is survived by his wife, Lelia Queja; children, Rocie (Alex) Baguyo, Deodelyn (Nonito) Rivera, Ronelyn Queja (Joseph “Jay” Blanza), Marlyn (Allan) Teppang, Irene (Erwyn) Bala, and Rodolfo Queja (Maribel Asuncion); siblings, Marina Macadangdang, Salvador Queja, Nicomedes Queja, and Arsenio Subia; grandchildren, Buenrose, Bernadette, Selina, Keanu Bryce, Blessie, Zayden, Jeremiel Zion, Eli Ishmael, Zureal, Keisha Cherries, Kyle, and Aila Yzabelle.

William Richard “Rick” Faris III
February 21, 1946–June 21, 2017

Rick Faris, 71, of Kapaʻau, Hawaiʻi, was born in Wailuku, Maui. Rick served our Country in the Army and worked as a landscaper. He was also an accomplished Waterman.

He is survived by sons Kanoeau Faris of Kailua=Kona; Kapena (Trisha) Faris of Las Vegas, Nevada; Mike (Maile) Hawkins of Kapaʻau; Ronnie (Dawn) Brumfield of Ellensburg, Washington; partner Donna Hawkins; brothers Kaipo (Collette) Faris of Kaneohe, Oʻahu; David (Margaret) Faris of New Jersey; sister Mealaaloha “Babe” (Daniel) Bishop of Kahaluu, Oʻahu; and seven grandchildren.

Private services will be held.

Clay “Fubu” Damian

Clay “Fubu” Damian
January 9, 1966–June 16, 2017

Clay “Fubu” Damian, 51, of Kīhei, passed away on June 19, 2017, at Maui Memorial Medical Center. He was born on Jan. 9, 1966 in Wailuku.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at Ballard Family Mortuary, memorial service will begin at 7 p.m.

Clay was a kitchen helper at Hale Makua. He is survived by his mother, Connie Damian; siblings, Renee (Tony) Gaspar, Celeste Johnson, Catalino Damian Jr., and Curtis (Jane) Damian; fiancé, Cassandra Comer; Aunt, Anita Sabado; uncles, Eugene Sabado, and Philip (Christine) Sabado.

Clay was also survived by his hanai father, John “Pops” Uwekoolani; hanai sons, Oli, Oki, and Kaipo DeCambra; hanai brothers, Kalie (Diane) Uwekoolani, Ton (Rad) Uwekoolani, Johnley (Kristy) Uwekoolani, Johnsen “baby” (Bella) Uwekoolani; hanai sisters, Johnnette (Joey) Cremer, and Johnna (Eugene) DeCambra.

He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, grandnephews and grandnieces.

Clay was pre-deceased by his father, Catalino Damian Sr.; hanai mother, Jo Ann Uwekoolani; and hanai brother, John Uwekoolani.

Jimmy D. Galam

Jimmy Galam
January 21, 1935–June 17, 2017

Jimmy Galam, 82 of Kahului, Maui passed away on June 17, 2017, with his loving family by his side. He was born on Jan. 21, 1935 in Pu’unene.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 8, 2017, at St Ann’s Church in Waihee from 9-10:30 a.m., eulogy at 10:30 a.m., mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at Maui Memorial Park in Wailuku.

Jimmy has served in the United States Army Reserve and retired as a Staff Sergeant. He also retired as a Building Construction Inspector with the State of Hawaii Dept. of Accounting and General Services (DAGS) in Kahului.

He is survived by his daughter, Kimberly (Russell) Phillips; son, Jimmy “Jay” Galam Jr; sister, Julie Galam; grandchildren, Jacob Phillips, Kayla Phillips, Ayelah Galam and loving relatives. Jimmy was predeceased by his wife, Loretta (Asuncion) Galam; parents, Cepriano and Esperanza Galam; brothers, Louis (Helen) Galam Sr, John (Lenora) Galam; sister, Mary (Warren Sr) Kekauoha.

The family would like to acknowledge the doctors, nurses, nurses aides and staff of Maui Memorial Medical Center and to Dr. William Mitchell and his staff for their compassionate care of Jimmy. To our family and friends, we are so very grateful for each one of you for surrounding dad and our family by visiting him, your thoughts, prayers, love and support. We are truly blessed!

Manuel Tomoyuki “Manong” Flores
February 4, 1937–June 13, 2017

Manuel Tomoyuki “Manong” Flores, 80, of Lahaina, passed away on June 13, 2017, at his home under Hospice Care. He was born on Feb. 4, 1937, in Lahaina.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, June 30, 2017, at Waiola Congregational Church in Lahaina; service will begin at 5 p.m., cremation will follow.

Manuel was a forklift driver at Maui Pine. He is survived by his wife, Fay Flores; children, Guy (Lori) Flores, Fran (Maureen) Flores, Albert (Sweetie) Flores, Loke (Brandon) Fujiwara, Mandy Flores, and Puaokalani Flores; sisters, Asaye Nishimoto, Hachun Lee, and Yaeko Oliveira; 11 grandchildren, Chevelle, Kawehi, Jade, Jordyn, A.J., Mandi-Lei, Kaohu, Isaiah, Keoni, Hekiliokahokuao, and Kenui; and 2 great-grandchildren, Aiva, and Arya.

Leonard Recopuerto

Leonard Recopuerto
April 11, 1956–June 11, 2017

Forever remembered as our Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, Cousin, and our DJ.

Leonard Recopuerto was called home to heaven on Saturday, June 11, 2017 at Maui Memorial Medical Center with his family at his side. He was born on April 11, 1956 in Lānaʻi City.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 7, 2017, at Ballard Family Mortuary, Kahului, with services to begin at 7 p.m. Visitation will Resume 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 8, 2017, and Burial to follow 1 p.m. At Valley Isle Memorial Park in Ha‘ikū.

He is survived by his wife, Michele Recopuerto; Daughter, Ashley Recopuerto, Son, Jeffrey Recopuerto. Brothers, Robert Recopuerto Sr., Brian Recopuerto, Mark (Silvia) Recopuerto, Dirk (Felicia) Recopuerto, Kent Recopuerto. Sisters, Darlene (Panfilo) Bascar Jr., Brenda (Arnel) Manegdeg. Four granddaughters, Aliyah Nitta, Kamalei Nitta, Anela Nitta, Kale`a Nitta.

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