Meri Kono

Meri Kono

June 15, 1935 – September 23, 2020


Meri Kono, 85, of Omaha, was born in Albania (Epirus), on June 15, 1935 and passed away on September 23, 2020.

Preceded in death by husband, Mike (Mihal) Kono; parents, Kristostom and Anastasia (Korovesi) Celo; brother, Stefan Celo; and sister, Lirri Celo.  Survived by sons, Gregory Kono and Irakli (Rocky) Kono; daughter, Sofia Kuehn; grandsons, Michael and Bryant; sister-in-law, Niki Celo; and many relatives living in Connecticut, Albania and Greece.

Private Church Service and Interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 602 Park Ave., Omaha, NE 68105; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,; or the Open Door Mission,







  • Betty Maroney Posted September 25, 2020 10:06 am

    I loved Mrs. Kono from when I first met her as a friend of Sofia’s back in the 1970’s. She was so kind to me when I stayed at their home & treated me like a daughter. She made the best rice pilaf on the planet. May God hold & keep her in the palm of His hand.

  • Terri Williams Posted September 25, 2020 11:46 am

    May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. Please accept my sincere condolences. May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. My most sincere condolences.

  • Luis Hernandez Posted September 25, 2020 11:53 am

    Such fond memories of Mrs. Kono over the years. Her and the family always made us feel so welcomed when visiting. Mrs. Kono would dote over Carson, who was fussy as a toddler. She would use an Albanian expression for him, which meant “to cry from the heart”. Very kind.

    In reading the obituary, it is easy to marvel at the courage her, Mr. Kono, and young Greg(if one can imagine:) made to the US to make a life for themselves. No doubt their strong Faith got them through many challenges that would arise through such a journey.

    Her courage and Faith was rewarded in being surrounded by such a loving, good hearted family that attended to her needs over the years.

    Our hearts hurt for the family, and we offer our deepest condolences on the passing of such a kind soul.

    With love,
    Luis Hernandez and family

  • Kathy Cardenas Posted September 25, 2020 12:00 pm

    Sofia and Family, I am very sorry for the loss of your mother. My thoughts are with you.

  • Jenni Irving Posted September 25, 2020 12:44 pm

    So very sorry for your loss Sofia and family. Sending love and thoughts to you all.

  • George and Debra Barelos Posted September 25, 2020 2:59 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss, Sofia. Memory eternal for your mother. Hoping we can gather after church in the future and we can share our love in person.

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