Maui Obituary Notices: Week of March 15

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Juana Barona

Juana Barona

March 8, 1934 – February 20, 2020

Juana (Pellazar) Barona, 85, affectionately known as Jo-Ann, passed away unexpectedly at her home at Hale Mahaolu-Elua in Kahului on Feb. 20, 2020. She was born in Pu’unēnē on March 8, 1934 to the late Donato Amparo and Primitiva Casing Fillazar.

She is survived by her son Derek Barona, Sr. and daughter Lolita Susan Barona along with 2 grandsons Derek Barona Jr. (Keokeana) and Dustin Lacno (Kehaulani), a grand daughter Dawn Kepani Hobbs, and five great grand children: Kaikea and Kaimi Barona, and Kainalu, Ikaika, and Iliana Lacno. Also survived by Dawn Lynn Lacno, mother of Derek Jr and Dustin.

Also survived by a sister Amy Parilla; and brothers Euprepes “Billy” (Dorothy), Faustino “Foxy” (Betsy), and Nathan Pellazar (+Nellie), and Boni (Janice), Rocky, and Art Fillazar; also sisters-in-law Gloria (Ted) Mazano (+Edward Pellazar) and Cheri Pellazar (+Claudio), and Millie Barona Cole.

She attended Pu’unene School and graduated from Baldwin High School, class of 1952. Jo-Ann worked at the then popular Seki’s Restaurant, and retired from Maui Land & Pineapple Company as a trimmer with 33 years of service. She was a great cook and baker and best known by family for her Jell-O layered desserts. She enjoyed traveling and shopping, watching the entertainment at Queen Kaahumanu Center, and being with family and friends.


Service will be held at Christ The King Catholic Church in Kahului on Saturday, March 21, 2020 with public visitation over urn at 9 a.m. followed by a Eulogy prior to the 11 a.m. Funeral Mass. Private scattering of ashes will take place at a later date. The family requests casual aloha attire. Floral arrangements are welcomed but no stand-up wreaths. Memorials may also be sent to Lolita Barona c/o 1889 Loke Street, Apt. 315, Wailuku, Hawai’I 96793. Ballard’s Mortuary is assisting with arrangements.

Teresita Braceros

Teresita Braceros

July 25, 1956 – February 22, 2020

Teresita Paranada Braceros, 63 of Kahului, had passed away under the nurturing care of Maui Memorial Medical Center on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020.

She was born in Naguiddayan, Bantay, Ilocos Sur, Philippines on July 25, 1956 to Crescencia Asistente and the late Cres Mariñas Paranada.Although she is no longer here, she will continue to live in the hearts of her loving husband Abraham Braceros; daughters, Abigail Braceros, Ashley Braceros; son, Troy (Cayla) Braceros; mother, Crescencia; siblings, Estrella (Dennis) Goo, Victor (Loren) Paranada, Cres (Beverly) Paranada Jr., Rustico (Denise) Paranada; grandchild, Xenah and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 20, 2020 at St. Anthony Church from 6 p.m. with prayer service to begin at 7 p.m. Services are to continue on Saturday, March 21, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. with Mass to begin at 11 a.m. Burial is to follow at 12:30 p.m. at Maui Memorial Park Cemetery in Wailuku.

James Lindsey

James Lindsey

February 24, 1942 – February 23, 2020


James Faye Ka’aiohelo Lindsey, Jr., 78 of Lahaina, Maui, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. He was born in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaiʻi on Feb. 24, 1942 at Pioneer Mill Hospital to the late James Faye Ka’aiohelo Lindsey, Sr. & Rose Marie Puana Lindsey. James honorably served our country as a combat soldier in the Korean War conflict and was discharged from the U.S. Army on August 24th of 1967 with a rank of Sergeant (T) E-5.

He is survived by his sons, James ‘Kimo’ (Lei), Joseph ‘Kekuhi’(Melissa) and Thomas (Jen) Lindsey, his sister Rose Marie (John) Duey, brothers Ronald (Linda) Lindsey and Samuel Kamuela Keanini. He is predeceased by his wife Clara Mae Holmes, parents James Faye Ka’aiohelo Lindsey, Sr. & Rose Marie Puana Lindsey, sister Katie (Daniel) Nahina and three brothers George ‘Keoki’, Thomas ‘Tom’, and Edwin ‘Eddy’ Lindsey and leaves behind 25 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, extended family members and friends.

Services will be held on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at Norman’s Mortuary from 9 a.m. with prayer service to begin at 10 a.m. Burial is to follow at Maui Veterans Cemetery in Makawao at 1 p.m.

Marivick Bugtong

Marivick Bugtong

November 22, 1966 – February 27, 2020

Marivick B. Bugtong, 53 of Makawao, Maui passed away peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. She was born in Lānaʻi City, Lānaʻi on Nov. 22, 1966.

She is survived by her mother, Marina Bugtong; father, Gaudencio (Francisca) Bugtong; sister, Prudencia “Prudy” Bugtong and Evelyn (Perry) Ugale. She was predeceased by brother, Menandro Bugtong.


For nearly 35 years, she has graced many people with her beautiful and infectious smile at the McDonalds drive thru of Wailuku town center.

The Bugtong family would like to express a heartfelt gratitude to the staff of Islands Hospice for their compassionate care of Marivick during her time here.

Thomas Chau

Thomas Chau

December 3, 1929 – March 1, 2020

Thomas Bich Chau, 90, of Kahului, passed away on March 1, 2020 in Kahului. He was born in Vietnam on Dec. 3, 1929.

Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. on Sunday March 15, 2020 at Ballard Family Mortuary, service will begin at noon, and cremation will follow.

Thomas worked as a Communications Clerk for the United States Army. He is survived by his wife, Lauren Nguyen; daughter, Chau Thi Bich Lien (Ho Thanh The); sons, Chau Ngoc Tri (Nguyen Thi Tuyet Minh), Chau Anthony (Theresa Nguyen), Chau Kevin (My Linh Nguyen), Chau Jason, Chau Danny (Diep Nguyen Bich Tuyen), and Chau Thanh Tony (Vivian Lee); and 23 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Ida Kauwe

Ida Kauwe

February 29, 1932 – March 1, 2020

After her 88th leap year birthday, Jesus in His divine mercy embraced Ida and her heavenly celebration began. Ida Kauwe went to this great event on March 1, 2020 from home. Her husband, sons, some grand-children and close friends were present for her departure and bade farewell with tender love.

Ida is survived by her husband Greg Kauwe, sons Howard Painter and Joseph Kauwe, hanai son Michael Quidachay (Hoku), 10 grand-children and 18 great-grand-children. She was born to Warren and Erma Keenan in Martinez, Calif. on Feb. 29, 1932.

Memorial service with ashes will be held at St. Theresa church on March 25, 2020, visitation from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Mass to begin at 11 a.m.

We are very grateful for Father John Hatcher who visited, blessed and gave her Holy Communion on Fridays. Also, Hospice Maui and its staff for the outpouring of love Ida received under their care particularly from Chaplin Therese, Nurses Joni, Venesha, Barbara, Giulaiana, Jennifer, Julie, Josehine, Colleen and Suzette, Nurse’s Aides Meghan, Mitsue, Malia, Evie and Lori, Doctors Nancy Long and Chad Farmer.


Filomina “Fely” “Naki” “Tutu Lady” Atay

February 8, 1932 – March 5, 2020

Filomina Atay, 88, of Kahului,Maui passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 5, 2020. She was born on Feb. 8, 1932.

Filomina was a devout Catholic from her hanabuddah days growing up in Pāʻia and attending Holy Rosary Church. She gave much of her time by being active at Christ the King (CTK) church in Kahului. In 1992, she made her convenant with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondolet, and was active with other ministries such as Choir, Hospitality and Bereavement. Together with her husband, Donny, they started the CTK Food Pantry in 1994 from a Matson container to feed Maui’s needy which is still serving the community from a portable office at Christ the King. As part of the divine Will Prayer Group, she visited many of the religious sites in Europe with the highlight being at the Vatican as the audience with the late Pope John II.

Filomina also answered to “Fely” or “Naki”; however, she was best known not only by her family, but to others that she included into her ‘Ohana as “TUTU LADY”. Tutu was the proud matriarch of the Atay ‘Ohana to her children: Don Atay, Donna Jones (Victor Regidor), Alika (Maile) Atay, Carlton “Boy” Atay, Denise Nishikawa and Cara (Russell) Burklin.

Tutu Lady is survived by her brothers, Alexander “Alex” Bantilan, William “Willie” Bantilan and sister Loretta “Nani” Ridela. She also leaves behind 16 grandchildren, Kamoi (Alyson) Atay-Cooper, Shura “Alex” (Patience) Nishikawa, Travis (Caroline) Atay, Jason (Amanda) Nishikawa, Hoala (Jessica) Atay, Keola (Lena) Nishikawa, Kehau (George) Akau, Mahie (Jen Fordyce) Atay, Kainoa (Courtney Chargin) Duarte, Shauntay (Keoni) Duey, Kapuaimilia Atay, Chad (Chelsea) Taylor, Uakea Atay, Kalei Atay, Moani Atay and Matahi Atay.

She also has 16 great-grandchildren, Connor, Alyssa, Casey, Phoenix, Kahoku, Lawai’a, Anuhea, Chloe, Lawakua, Puanani, Damien, Ellanikole, Ka’ipoleimanu, Ka’ieweakeola, Lilinoenani, Liloakahiwahiwa.

Tutu Lady was pre-deceased by her husband of 65 years, Donny Atay, her parents, Agapito Bantilan and Gaudencia Olpoc Bantilan, Sisters: Mary Camacho, Rosalind “Inday” Kalalau, Brothers: Bill, Victor, Martin Bantilan, hanai-daughter, Victoria Bantilan Taylor and grandson, Po’ohala Atay.
Tutu Lady was a 1950 graduate of Saint Anthony High School. Through her earlier years, she worked at Hana Hotel, Maui Palms Hotel, Budget Rent A Car, Sperry & Hanson Construction. She was a dedicated employee to Service Rentals & Supplies Inc. for over 47 years and was semi-retired. Although she was 88, Fely still went in to work twice a week.

On Saturday, April 4, 2020 at Christ the King Church there will be public visitation from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. with Mass at 11 a.m. Her ashes will be scattered at a later date.

The Atay ‘Ohana would like to express our deepest appreciation to the doctors and staff at the Maui Memorial Medical Center.

Stephen Sinenci

Stephen Sinenci

July 9, 1941 – March 10, 2020

Stephen B. Sinenci Sr., 78 of Hāna, Maui, Hawaii had passed away in the comfort of his home on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. He was born in Hāna, Maui on July 9, 1941 to the late Blas Dadoy Sinenci and Martha Kailianu Tolentino.

Watching over us, he unites with his beloved wife, Gladys Frances P. Roback; son, Stephen Blas Sinenci Jr.; siblings, Paul Sinenci, Frederick N. Sinenci Sr. and Veronica (Jerry) Lono.

He will continue to live in the hearts of daughter, Sheila Mae U. Roback; son, Shane Michael H. Sinenci; favorite daughter in law Mary; 7 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; siblings, Francis (Esse) Sinenci, Peter Sinenci, Sebastian (Mapu) Sinenci, Victor (Adele) Sinenci, Angela (Richard) Tavares; Sisters in law Pauline and Josephine; Aunty Marie “Nene” Carvalho, Aunty Jane Tolentino and best friend, Masa Motooka.

Services will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at St. Mary’s Church in Hāna, Maui, Hawaiʻi from 9 a.m. with Mass to begin at 11 a.m. Burial is to follow at St. Peters Pu’uiki Cemetery.


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