Kyoko Hanson

kyoko hanson

Kyoko Hanson, née Ishigami, was born in Japan 1/2/1938. She met & married Richard Lee Hanson in 1960. They moved to MN in 1962. On 4/11/24, at the age of 86, Kyoko passed peacefully in New Braunfels, TX.

She is survived by her 3 children Colleen Hanson, Laura Guitart (Ramón), and Ken Hanson (Lynette); her 9 grandchildren Alex Ng, Justin Green (Lauren), Terry Lund (Marinda), Myles Lund, Luis Guitart, Kira Fletcher (Maxwell), Reiichi Hanson, Andrea Savageau (Nicholas), Nadia Smith (Nicolas); and her 9 great grandchildren Justin, Penelope, & Genevieve Green, Leo & Mara Fletcher, Noelle & Margot Savageau, and Malach & Reina Smith.

Kyoko loved to cook for her family, enjoyed shopping, watching romantic movies, finding a great bargain, and sewing. She also loved to watch wildlife and adored the cats that found their way into her life.

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  1. Okasan, thank you for all you did, who you were and continue to be, and all the wonderful and meaningful moments and memories that touched so many over the years. You are missed and loved, and the world is simply less without you. I love you, I miss you, I will always be your Kennyboy. Sayonara, ja mata ne.

  2. Mom, how do I live my life without you? Our lives were so intertwined, it is truly impossible to separate us.

    Your fawn still comes to the door looking for you. She doesn’t know what to do with herself when you don’t open the door. Eventually, she walks away with the others, defeated and afraid of being left behind. I feel lost like your fawn but we both realize life moves on.

    You were fearless in life and could do anything you set your mind to. You were also courageous in death, steadfastly making all the tough decisions at the end of your life. It was admirable, and you died with dignity and grace.

    I appreciate all you did for me and the kids, mom. I will spend the rest of my life cherishing those memories. Until we meet again…


  3. Oba, oh how I miss your smile and your cooking. I’m truly blessed to have known you. You reminded me of my own mother for some reason. Her love language is through food. You showed us your love through your cooking, and that brought me a lot of comfort and joy.

    I may not have spent a lot of time with you, but for all the memories we did share, you smiled and laughed with me. I wish we could’ve sat and watch some Korean drama together.

    I miss you and I miss your strong spirit. You are forever in our hearts. Our children will continue to know who you are and how much we loved our Oba ❤️ please watch over us

  4. Hi Oba,

    As hard as it is to know your time with us on earth has come to an end, I know you are at peace and will always be with us. I think about you everyday and still keep the picture of you and I by my bed. Even though I didn’t get to see you all that often, I still loved you as though we were together everyday.

    I am very thankful JJ, Penelope, and Gigi were able to know you, spend some time with you, and create some memories. Although your time together might have been limited, you made quite the impression on them. I know they cherish the time they had with you and will keep your memory alive. All of us are a little piece of you, so every day we wake up will be another day you live on in our memories and our hearts.

    I love you Oba and I always will. Rest in peace; I’ll see you again someday.

    All my love,

  5. Hi Oba,

    Even though your time on Earth has come to an end, I know you are at peace and are still with us. I think about you each day and I still have that picture of you and I by my bed so I can see you every morning. Although we didn’t get to see each other that much, I still loved you as though we were together everyday.

    I am also very grateful JJ, Penelope, and Gigi were able to know you and create some memories with you. Their time with you was limited but you made quite the impression on them. They speak of you often and they love you very much. They are all a piece of you, so each day they wake up is another day your memory lives on.

    I love you Oba, and I always will. Rest in peace; I’ll see you again someday.


  6. Hello Oba,

    It’s hard to imagine a life without hearing your laugh, enjoying a tasty home cooked meal, or celebrating a quiet day on the porch watching the animals walk by. I’m so glad you and Marinda could go on shopping adventures with Mom – always on the hunt for a good deal. I enjoyed hearing the stories – simple and fun.

    It’s hard to imagine life going forward, but I will always have these beautiful and happy memories to carry in my heart as I continue to grow into the person you always knew I could be.

    I am thankful for all you did to helping our family when we were young. Going out to enjoy a cup of hot coco at the Galleria while trying out all the furniture helped make my childhood more fun. I’ll miss days like that the most.

    I love you dearly, Oba, and I always will. I look forward to when we can meet again and take a walk among the stars.

    Love you always,

    Your Punkin Pie

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