With great sadness, the family of Mariko Nishinaka Ryono announces that she passed away peacefully on Sept. 17, 2016 in Playa del Rey, her home since 1959. She was born in San Pedro on Aug. 31, 1920, the daughter of Masakichi and Noshi Nishinaka. Predeceased by her husband, Chikao Robert Ryono, and youngest son, C. Robert Ryono, Jr., she is survived by sons, Denis (Laurine Speltz), and James (Deborah Silva) Ryono, grandsons Jared (Rubina), Morgan (Stacy) and Lucas (Lauren Bonifacio) Ryono, and granddaughters Mari (Maximiliano Mariscal) Ryono, Erin (Ron) Werner and Catherine (Levi) Rogers, and seven great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Palos Verdes, 28 Moccasin Lane, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Japanese American National Museum, 100 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012.