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Obituaries for August 11

Kathe Hildegard Baptista, 90, of Kailua-Kona died July 19 at Hospice of Kona Nakamaru Hale in Holualoa. Born Kutzen, Germany, she was a retired registered nurse and member of Kona Coast Church of the Nazarene. Services held. Survived by niece, Brigitte Schulze, and family in Germany. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Alexandra Maria Freiler Cohen, 67, of Kealakekua died April 24 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Burgalben, Germany, she was a homemaker. No services. No known relatives. For information, call 329-4500. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Jeffrey M. Melrose, 65, of Hilo died July 25 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Care Center. Raised in Makawao, Maui, he was a land manager and planner for large land owners, including Kamehameha Schools and Amfac Hawaii, owner of the firm Island Planning, geography lecturer at University of Hawaii at Hilo, authored Statewide Agriculture Land Use Baseline 2015 and was the past president of Kuikahi Mediation Center, Hilo Downtown Improvement Association, and Hawaii Island Chamber Of Commerce. Celebration of life at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, at the Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus. Online condolences: Survived by wife, Julie Hugo; daughter, Leah (Jeremy) Yim; stepson, Patrick (Brandi Chew) Simmons; mother, Charlotte A. Melrose; brother, Ken (Maile) Melrose; sister, Anne Melrose; three grandchildren. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.

Phillip Eugene Paranial, 65, of Hilo died July 14 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was an executive chef for the Hilo Hawaiian and Naniloa hotels and taught culinary arts at Hawaii Community College. Visitation 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday (Aug. 18) at Ballard Family Mortuary. Survived by brother, Charlie Paranial of Kona; sister, Carol (Manuel) Laboy of Oregon. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Jeremiah O. West, 35, of Pahoa died July 28. He was born in Palmer, Alaska. Survived by parents, William and Johanna West of Pahoa; brothers, Joshua West of Anchorage, Alaska, and Joel West of Pahrump, Nev.; grandfather, George West of Gulfport, Miss. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.


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