Janine Lampasona Tokunaga

August 25, 1964December 2, 2018

Columbia- Janine Lampasona Tokunaga, 54, passed away December 2, 2018.

Janine was born August 25, 1964 in Long Island, NY, the daughter of, Michael and Jeanette Sabbagh Lampasona. She was a graduate of the University of South Carolina and was retired from the SC State Budget and Control Board as an IT Specialist. Janine will be remembered for her infectious laugh, ever present smile and her strong NY accent. A creative spirit, she was a talented flutist who participated in competition band and enjoyed painting with bright colors, especially when it came to her daughter’s room. She was a strong advocate for Multiple Sclerosis research participating in several walks. Most importantly, Janine loved spending time with her daughter, Savanna, whether they were vacationing with family in Florida or shopping during the holidays in New York City.

Survivors include her daughter, Savanna Jena Tokunaga, her beloved dog, Chloe, her father, Michael Lampasona, a brother, Mark Lampasona (Kim), two nephews, Connor Lampasona, Kyle Lampasona and numerous cousins and extended family members.

In addition to her mother, she is predeceased by her brother, Michael Lampasona.

Services to celebrate her life will be held 4:00 pm Monday, December 3, 2018 at Chapin Baptist Church, 950 Old Lexington Hwy, with Reverend Philip Vaughn officiating. A gathering of family and friends will be held at 3:00 pm at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that memorial contributions be made to support Multiple Sclerosis research at the USC School of Medicine. Checks should be made payable to the USC Educational Foundation, and mailed to: Gift Processing, USC Educational Foundation, 1027 Barnwell Street, Columbia, SC 29208. Please be sure to specify USC School of Medicine MS research in the memo line.


  • Gathering of Family and Friends Monday, December 3, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Monday, December 3, 2018

Janine Lampasona Tokunaga

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Robin Crapps

December 5, 2018

Janine and I met around 1994, and it was like we had known each other for years.
She was such a light especially when she smiled and laughed, I can remember her telling me how she loved my Southern accent and I told her how I loved her NY accent and we would sit and talk for hours she would try her best at talking Southern and I would try my best at the NY voice. The laughter we shared was beyond hillarious,and I cherish that most of all.
After a few years of not seeing each other we got together with our girls and I still to this day treasure that day, (that was the last time I got to see her before she became so sick and placed in a health facility.)
My heart is broken that I never got to see her again especially now that she has left this place we call earth.
My hope and prayer is that she went in complete peace with much unconditional love around her.
Janine left a beautiful legacy here and that is her daughter that looks identical to her. I know they both shared a bond that nothing nor anyone could ever break their love of a Mom and a daughter. Its a priceless love and I know that Janine will be with Savannah thru her heart,eyes,spirit and soul always and forever
She will be missed. I will see her in Heaven one day and we will pick up where we left off.
Janine, Know that we love you.
Our prayers are with Savannah and Janine's family. God bless each and everyone of you.
Much love,Robin Crapps and Family