History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Woolsey Mortuary began with a sincere desire to help island families cope with the passing of a loved one. It is from this spirit of kokua that Ida Woolsey, a long time Funeral Director trained by the Ordenstein family, reached out to Hosoi Garden Mortuary with a plan to create a company that focused on affordable memorial services. Woolsey-Hosoi Mortuary was born in 1997 and has faithfully provided comfort and aloha to thousands of island families. James K. Woolsey Jr., Ida's husband and founder of Woolsey Funeral & Cemetery Services, Inc.  in 1957, was key to the realization of Ida's dream. James' tenacity and work ethic coupled with Ida's warmth and intelligence ensured the success of their dream.

In 2007, Hosoi Garden Mortuary warmly agreed to allow Woolsey Mortuary Services, LLC to continue their business relationship as separate companies.

James passed away in April of 2012 and Ida followed shortly after in September of 2013. Although their laughter and kindness are greatly missed; Woolsey Mortuary faithfully maintains their promise to provide comfort and peace to families in grief. The Directors and staff of Woolsey Mortuary are fully committed to the loving spirit of Aloha woven into the fabric of Hawaiian culture, espoused by the Gospels, and dutifully followed by the Woolsey staff. We exist to provide island families inviting and affordable memorializations.


Our Valued Staff

Bernice  Ledford

Bernice Ledford, VP - Funeral Arranger

Bernice has been a valuable partner of Woolsey Mortuary since 1998.

Ph: (808) 376-8466
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Richard  Ledford

Richard Ledford, Owner Woolsey Mortuary Services, LLC/President Woolsey Funeral & Cemetery Services, Inc.

As a second generation funeral and mortuary professional, Richard currently serves as Owner of Woolsey Mortuary Services, LLC and President of Woolsey Funeral & Cemetery Services, Inc.
Raised by James and Ida Woolsey, he is the second eldest son of Ida. Through his upbringing and faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, he carries on the traditions of true Ohana and compassionate service.

Richard retired from the United States Navy in 2004. Upon retirement, he worked in finance as an Account Executive for a Wholesale Mortgage Banker. In 2007, he changed careers and worked as a field engineer and technical trainer in the defense industry. Most recently he worked with Lockheed Martin Global Training and Logistics.

Richard and his wife, Bernice, have four children; Christopher, Whitney, Spencer, and Alyssa. Christopher and Spencer proudly serve in the United States Army.

Richard has a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from National University; he is a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 94; American Legion Post 19; and is active in the Kaneohe Lions Club. Member of Koolauloa Hawaiian Civic Club.

Ph:(808) 376-8466
email: [email protected]


Renee Ahuna Cabrinha

Renee Ahuna Cabrinha, Funeral Arranger/Funeral Director

Ph: (808) 376-8466
email: [email protected]


Borden Bolkein

Borden Bolkein, Funeral Director

Ph:(808) 376-8466
email: [email protected]


Bernadie Minor

Bernadie Minor, Assistant Funeral Director

Ph: (808) 376-8466
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Tupu  Tiave

Tupu Tiave, Funeral Director

Ph: (808) 376-8466
email: [email protected]


Eleni L.K. Nauahi

Eleni L.K. Nauahi, Funeral Director Assistant

Ph: (808) 376-8466
email: [email protected]


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