Obituary for Fae Kium Im Carlson
Fae Kium Im Carlson, of Wailuku, passed away peacefully at her home on March 9, 2017 with her family at her side. After a long battle with cancer, her final months were made much more comfortable by the compassionate care of her family and the wonderful staff at Hospice Maui.
Fae was born in Wailuku, May 15, 1943, to Ah Fai and Virginia Sakuma Ching. She graduated from Kaunoa Elementary School, one of the last “English Standard” schools in the (then) Territory, followed by Baldwin High School, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She had a career as a Vocational Rehabilitation Councilor for the State of Hawaii specializing in the employment of persons with disabilities. During her career, she was personally recognized by three different Hawaii Governors for her outstanding work. Following her retirement from the State, she amazed her many of her friends by moving back to Maui and operating a small banana farm.
She is survived by her husband Kent, whom she met in the first grade at Kaunoa, brother Howell Ching, children Donna Block, Brad Shohara, Marcus Matsumura, and Lia Matsumura (Sam Izumi), and grandchildren Kiana Block, Keanan Block, Dax Izumi, and Jad Izumi. Kent’s children Rick (Le ann), Stephen (Stephanie Gaskell), and Paige and grandson Tristan Carlson also had a special place in her heart.
A small private memorial service was held in her home. The family requests no koden. Donations may be made to Hospice Maui, 400 Mahalani St. Wailuku, HI 96793. Final interment will be at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) at the time of her husband’s passing. The family would also like to thank the nurses in the Medical Oncology Department of the Maui Memorial Medical Center whose wonderful care extended Fae’s life in a very meaningful way.