Merilyn A. Viela, 95

Merilyn A. Viela passed away on December 18, 2013 at Maui Memorial Medical Center. She was 95 years old. Merilyn is predeceased by her husband of 71 years, James W. Viela, parents Goichi and Saga Otani; sisters Esther Kimura, Doris Iriguchi; brothers Harold Otani and Douglas Otani.

Merilyn was a retired General Manager of 4 retail stores at the Whaler’s Village and Lahaina Town. Her favorite past times were bowling and gardening. She was also an excellent Obon dancer. She was loved by everyone who came to know her.

Merilyn leaves behind daughters Diane (Ransom) Wong, Carol (Ernest) DeCoite, Cynthia (Wolfgang) Mayer; son, James T. (Hyun Joo) Viela; 9 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and 19 great great grandchildren.

Services will be held on Monday, December 30, 2013 at Nakamura’s Mortuary. Public viewing will be at 10:30am.

Nakamura Mortuary is assisting with arrangements.

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