Obituaries: 12-25-19

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Lilly Kohn


Lilly Ann “Lee” Kohn of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii died on Dec. 11, 2019 in Hilo. Born July 3, 1947, in Detroit, she worked as a hospital administrative secretary.

Private services will be held. Online condolences may be posted on

She is survived by spouse, Robert; sons, Paul Rinnan and Bobby Rinnan, both of the Houston area; daughter, Lindsey Rinnan of Denver; brother, James (Linda) Rinnan of Kingwood, Texas and four grandchildren.

Services provided by Ballard Family Mortuary-Kona.

Ricardo Ramirez

Ricardo “Ricky” Ramirez, 45, of Keaau, died Dec. 7, 2019, at the Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu. Born in Wahiawa, he was a general laborer and also a member of Soka Gakkai International.

Visitation will be 9-10 a.m. Dec. 28 at the Dodo Mortuary chapel. Funeral services at 10 a.m., followed by cremation. Casual attire; no flowers.

He is survived by wife, Tammy I. Ramirez of Keaau; son, Ricky Ramirez of Keaau; daughters, Raechelle (Keanu) Ramirez, Kylee Ramirez and Rikkilynn Surls-Ramirez, all of Keaau; father, Ricardo R. Ramirez of Mililani; brothers, Christopher (Norissa) Ramirez and Micah Ramirez of Mililani; sisters, Dezarrie Ramirez and Melanie Ramirez of California; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Inc. – Hilo.

Makiko Kojiro

Makiko Kojiro, 99, of Hilo, died Nov. 18, 2019, at home. She was born in Hilo and was a homemaker and a member of the Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin.

Private services held. No flowers; no koden.


She is survived by sons, Clyde (Charlene) Kojiro and Wendell Kojiro of Hilo; daughter, Dale Kojiro of Honolulu; brother, Takashi Tomori of Honolulu; sister, Hiroko Tomori of Hilo; four grandchildren, five great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Inc. – Hilo.

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