Yoko Kellner

July 2, 1928November 13, 2018
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Yoko Kellner, age 90 and long-time resident of Security, CO, passed away peacefully with family by her side on Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

Yoko was born in Kure City in the Hiroshima Prefecture of Japan in 1928, the second of five children of Sakan and Koo Sakamoto. She met her husband, Marvin Kellner, while working in the medical supply unit at Camp Otsu, Japan. They were married in 1956 and came to the U.S the following year when Marvin was assigned to Ft. Carson.

A devoted mother and friend, Yoko was passionate about her children’s – and later her grandchildren’s – education. She was an exceptional seamstress and very adept at crocheting, knitting, and other crafts. She enjoyed gardening and yard work and could be seen mowing her yard into her 80s. A devout Catholic, Yoko was a member of the Altar Society at Holy Family Catholic Church and had volunteered at the Perpetual Adoration Chapel there and then at St. Dominic’s.

Yoko was preceded in death by Marvin, her loving husband of 38 years. Left to honor and remember Yoko are her two children, Cathrine Santini and Douglas Kellner; three grandchildren, Keenan Moore, Karl Moore, and Nicholas Kellner; and four great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.


  • Sakan Sakamoto, Father
  • Koo Sakamoto, Mother
  • Marvin Kellner, Husband
  • Cathrine Santini, Daughter
  • Douglas Kellner, Son
  • Keenan Moore, Grandchild
  • Karl Moore,, Grandchild
  • Nicholas Kellner, Grandchild
  • four great-grandchildren


  • Visitation Tuesday, November 27, 2018
  • Rosary Service Wednesday, November 28, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Yoko Kellner

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Camille Sharpe

December 3, 2018

From the bottom of our heart. We are so thankful for Mrs. Yoko K. family to allow us the opportunity to care for Mrs. Kellner . An it was a pleasure getting to know her & her family.
Words can’t describe how much your missed here Mrs. Yoko K.
May you rest in paradise. God Bless & Farewell. With Love from "Us All"
@ (A.R.N) Colorado Springs <3

Linda Lopez

November 20, 2018

Dear Cathy and Family,
We extend our condolences to you all. You have painted a beautiful picture of your Mother's life and service in the Lord.
90 years is remarkable, and the seeds your mother planted over those years will grow fruit for generations.
May the Lord's peace sustain you in this time of loss and grief, and for the days to come.
Linda Lopez
Lawrence Thrall

Nancy McIntosh

November 20, 2018

Mrs"K" told me stories of how she and her future husband met in WW11 and the romance that bloomed. I admired her as a young woman in Japan, the choices Mr K had to make.

Linda Rager

November 19, 2018

Kaity Maddox

November 16, 2018

Gma Yoko was the sweetest, gentlest woman I have (still) ever met in my life. She loved Nick so fully, he brought her so much joy. I was always just so in “awe” at how special he was to her. I remember her teaching me “Notes” on her piano and I remember her showing me Little Woman on her old tv in her bedroom- still one of my favorite movies from my childhood. When I worked at a senior living facility, & she stayed there briefly, I always thought it was so cute how A) she would light up like a candle when Nick & Doug showed up and B) how Nick and her so eagerly played on her old school Nintendo together- like what? She clearly was still young at heart!! She had a lot of love for others packed into her heart and certainly touched many, many lives. God bless her!!