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Lori Chung


Lori Leilani Chung, 56, of Hilo died Jan. 12, 2018, at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Castro Valley, Calif.,she was a member of the Wainaku Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

A memorial service will be held 5 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Wainaku Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses (445 Kulana St.). Casual attire.

She is survived by brother, Aaron (Elizabeth) Chung of San Leandro, Calif.; nieces, Valerie (Mike) Sazo of Tracy, Calif., Roxanna Chung of Hayward, Calif., Kimberly Sanchez of San Leandro, Calif.; and nephew, Roman Sanchez of Salida, Calif.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Eric Koch

Eric Nayon Koch, 53, of Keaau, died Dec. 20, 2017, in Honolulu. Born Jan. 11, 1964, in Bayombong, Nueva Visaya, Philippines, he was a chief engineer for Navatek Ltd. and project manager for Lockheed Martin, and a U.S. Navy and Naval Reserve veteran

Friends may call 3-4 p.m. Jan. 20 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel for a 4 p.m. memorial service. Casual attire and no flowers. Condolences may be sent to M.C. Koch, HC1 4029, Keaau HI, 96749

He is survived by wife, Maria (Cristine) Berenguer Koch of Keaau; daughters, Erika (Dustin) Santiago of Mountain View and Jamie (Donovan) Rapal of Makaha; sons, Jonathan Koch and Joshua Koch of Keaau, and Jacob Koch of Hilo; brothers, William (Cardo) Uhuad of Sison, Philippines, Ted Uhuad Koch of Austin, Texas, Dominic Uhuad Koch and David B. Koch of San Diego; adoptive parents, Harry (Flordeliza) Koch of Poway, Calif.; one grandson; one uncle; one mother-in-law; five sisters-in-law; three brothers-in-law; 10 nephews and four nieces.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Mary Cordero

Mary Cordero, 73 of Pepeekeo, died Dec. 23, 2017, in Pohai Malama Facility in Hilo. Born Nov. 14, 1944, in Kohala, she was a homemaker and member of the Honomu Good Shepherd Church in Honomu.

Friends may call 6-9 p.m. Jan. 24 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel for a 7 p.m. wake service. Friends may call again from 8-9:30 a.m. Jan. 25 at Honomu Good Shepherd Church for a 10 a.m. Mass. Casual attire and flowers are welcomed. Burial to follow at Alae Cemetery.

She is survived by sons, Francisco (Janet Ragasa) Cordero Jr. of Honolulu and Wayne Codero Sr. of California; daughters, Lisa (Romeo Eugenio) Cordero of Mountain View and Marilynn (Mark) Lowery of Pepeekeo; six grandchildren; brothers, Clemente Reyes Jr. of Hilo and Thomas Reyes of Ohio.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Takeo Katayama

Takeo Katayama, 107, of Hilo died Jan. 3, 2018. Born on Nov. 2, 1910, he was retired from Sonomura Contracting as a carpenter.


Private services held. The family requests no koden or monetarily donations.

He is survived by sons, Roy Katayama and Kenneth Katayama; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary Hilo.