In loving memory of

Rosita Sarena Hatori

Rosita "Rosie" Sarena Hatori, of Waipahu, Hawaii, passed away peacefully at home on October 17, 2021 surrounded by her loved ones. Born in Olaa Kurtistown, Hawaii on January 12, 1937. Survived by Daughters Frances K. Roberts, Josephine K. Hatori (Ricky T. Oto), Rose K. Hatori, Sarah K. Hatori and LeeAnn K. Schneider; 10 Grandchildren, 6 Great-Grandchildren and 1 Great-Great-Grandchild sisters Florence Keliikoa and Frances Camp; numerous nieces and nephews.

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Eulogy

Rosita Sarena Hatori was born Rosita Sarena Requilman on January 12th, 1937 in Olaa Kurtistown to John and Sarah Requilman. Her father was filipino and her mother was Hawaiian. Gramma Rosie was the 8th child, she had 7 sisters and 5 brothers. Rosie and her family moved from the Big Island to Oahu where she attend grade school and later graduated. Gramma moved to California where she met Phillip Hatori of Kaneohe. They married and together had 5 daughters: Frances, Josephine, Rose, Sarah and LeeAnn. They lived in Oakland for some time while Rosie worked at a medical center and also enjoyed Church and playing volleyball. They eventually divorced and Gramma moved back home to Oahu with her 5 daughters. Gramma purchased her home in Waianae Valley homestead years later and worked at Tripler Medical Center. Gramma later took an early retirement to be home and care for her mom Gramama. While taking care of Gramama Rosie started her own home care business where she had live-in clients that she would care for 24/7 along with Gramama. Gramama passed away a few years later and Rosie didn’t skip a beat. She got back into her workforce and continued to help her daughters care for their children. Rosie soon moved to Florida where she stayed with her youngest LeeAnn and her family for a few years. Rosie then moved back to Oahu where she lived for a while then made her move to Hilo where Kamaile and Ipo were. While in Hilo Rosie worked at the Hilo Medical Center and later, she worked at the Yukio Okutsu Veterans Home. She loved Hilo so much, her Church her family and made many dear friends. She also took great care of her grandchildren in Hilo, and I know I speak for a few of us when I say, we are so grateful. The time we had with her is immeasurable and will be forever treasured. Gramma eventually made one more move back to Oahu in 2015 specifically assigned to help with her newest granddaughter Paizley. No matter where her life took her, Gramma Rosie was always busy, busy with her family, busy with church and busy being Rosie. Gramma’s first Grandchild was born in 1981 and since then she has always been busy talking care of them at some point. Her next task was Paizley and if you knew Rosie you knew what Paizley meant to her. She took this assignment to another level much different than the rest and she’ll tell you she found her lifeline. She would always say “I’m not helping to raise Paizley, she is actually raising me” She would say how she found a different love with P and there were no ends to what she would do for her. If Paizley wanted a bubble bath in her favorite outfit will sipping on Rosie’s hot cocoa, then that is what she did. Paizley and Rosie, that was their jam their everyday was each other and it was perfect. Their bond was one of a kind, one that only a lucky few get to have in a lifetime. Rosie didn’t give up working, she was employed with Care Resource Hawaii for over 25 years and even took overnight shifts just so she could work but also be with Paizley during the day. When Rosie wasn’t with Paizley, she was busy working or doing Church business. Gramma was strong in her Faith and held that above all else. Her love for the Gospel was unending. Her greatest wishes were for all her children and grandchildren alike to return to Church, Choose the right and to love one another. Rosie was so excited to take Paizley to Church with her and soon enough found her way back into the Nursery. In late 2019 Gramma was diagnosed with MDS. She started Chemotherapy in March of 2020 and further treatments over the next year. She had some rough days some worse than others, but she never lost her Faith or never lost herself in this most trying time. She continued with treatments and in Mid-2021 was delivered with the news that her disease had progressed, she now had Acute Leukemia. Gramma was admitted into in home Hospice with Jamey and her family on October 7 and she peacefully passed away 10 days later on October 17. In those 10 days she was able to have some time with all her daughters. For those few days our home was filled with love and kindness. Gramma Rosie is survived by her daughters Frances K. Roberts of Texas, Josephine K. Hatori of Waianae, Rose K. Hatori of Hilo, Sarah K. Hatori of Honolulu and LeeAnn K. Schneider of Florida. Rosie has 2 granddaughters; Jamey K. Retutal of Waipahu and Rayna K. Ingano of Washington. She has 8 grandsons; Rance K. Ingano of Texas, Jeremy K. Retutal of Honolulu, Jonah-Nicholas K. Retutal of Waipahu, Joshua-Aaron I. Hatori of Hilo, Julian M. K. Schneider and Jared D. K. Schneider both of Florida, Hector J. Roberts III and Keith K. Roberts both of Washington. She had 6 great grandchildren; Jaycia K. Retutal-Manuel, Jaycin AhLee A. Manuel, Jayden K. Retutal, Paizley-Jaxcin K. Raquedan and Jett K. Retutal all of Oahu and Rance K. Ingano Jr of Texas. Rosie also had 1 great great grandchild, Apollo K. Souvana of Oahu and 2 sisters: Florence Keliikoa of Hilo and Frances Camp of Honolulu. Rosie has an abundance of nieces and nephews who she loved all so dearly.
In my life all I’ve known of Gramma was her kindness, her love, her compassion and her perseverance. Rosie also was such a jokester and always up for a good laugh, she could give you a good laugh too. She was very clumsy and would break the oddest things, then she would come up with the most unheard of ideas to repair what she broke. Rosie was such a hard worker, harder than most I know. She worked hard at everything she did. She could run circles around most of us on her weakest day, trust me I’ve seen it. Even if she knew you could do something she’d say “yah I know you can do it but I do it better”. She was right though, Rosie always made everything better. She had a way of making you feel better just by speaking with her or being with her. I know I speak for a few if not a lot of us when I say Rosie was a force an irreplaceable force that we weren’t ready to part with. Gramma didn’t have much material things to give but what she did have she would give so generously. Although she didn’t have an artillery of physical items or possessions she was so rich, rich and wealthy with love, compassion, kindness and faith.. all of which she shared with anyone she came into contact with. Gramma has been my hero for all of my life, that is quite long. She was my first best friend, the first person I’d call to share great news or even not so good news with. She has always shared in my joys and more importantly she has shared in my sorrows. She has been the one constant in my life and has been the same for so many of us. Just the thought of her not physically being here hurts, hurts so much it’s an unbearable heartache. But we can find comfort in all the time and memories we had with her and of her. She has been my hero for my whole life and now she’s my angel for the rest of my life. While going through her things in my home I came across a note she wrote it read “In this life I was loved by you, this is dedicated to my precious paisley-Jaxcin Kauhane Raquedan Amen Love Gramma Rosie”
In this life we were loved by you Rosie. We were blessed to have had such a wonderful Rosie in our corner rooting for us, guiding us, encouraging us and taking care of us. Showing us the true meaning of being grateful and being humble. We know how happy you are in heaven with Gramama and your brothers and sisters and we can only imagine how busy you are up there. You always said you will have so much more work to do when you’re in eternal heaven. We hope to make you proud and will wait patiently for our turn to be reunited with you but until then please check in on us from time to time. You will undoubtedly be in our hearts for all our time to come.

I love you Hochita!!!!

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