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Bernice Kuemanu Higa-Wirtl, 81

Bernice Kuemanu Higa-Wirtl, 81, of Wailuku, Maui passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family and Hospice Maui on November 05, 2019.

She was born to William Ulumaheihei Purdy and Ella Haiaulu Kapaku on September 24, 1938.

Visitation will be held at Ka’ahumanu Church on Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 9:00am to 11:00am; with service over urn to begin at 11:00am. Interment of urn will be held on Monday, January 13, 2020 at 11:00am at Maui Veteran’s Cemetery in Makawao.

Bernice is survived by husband, Karl Wirtl; brother, Robert (Jojo) Purdy Sr.; children, Sons: Wayne (Debi) Higa, Jason Higa; Daughters: Kathryn Moniz, Maureen (Fran) Higa, JoAnne (Tony) Talo, Martina Wirtl. 13 grandchildren and 26 greatgrandchildren. Bernice was predeceased by 11 brothers & sisters, her 1st husband Tokumasa Higa and daughter Judy Higa.

Bernice was born in Pu’unene, grew up in Hamakuapoko and Ulupalakua. Attended Maui High and Baldwin High School graduating from Maui High.

She loved family and she loved her pets. She also leaves her much loved puppies too many to name, Ulu the cat and Mo the Tortoise.

Online condolences: www.nakamuramortuary.com.

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