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Sunset Memorial Park & Funeral Home

1701 Austin Highway, San Antonio, TX

OBITUARY

ANUJANI SUMEDA ALUWIHARE

March 18, 1965November 5, 2019
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Anujani Aluwihare, dearly beloved mother of Yugena, wife of Shantha Gunawardena, daughter of C.B. Aluwihare and Ranjanee Balalle, sister of Chanaka, Manthree, Palma, Bhathiya, Nishamini, and Nirmalavo, sister-in-law of Loren, Ananda, Sanath, Ariyanthi, Savithra, Deegau, Prassanna, and Preethi, daughter-in-law of Victor and Srimathi, and aunt of Diego, Ranjini, Hemamali, Rukmalin, Tulan, Ranmukha, Piyumal, Zabrina, Trevor, Denali, Mihika, Kesani, Kulunu, Duniyasha, and Thishankya, passed away on the 5th of November.

Anujani was born on the 18th of March 1965 in Mahanuwara, Central Province, Sri Lanka. Receiving her primary education at BMS Girls’ School in Matale and secondary education at Kandy Girls’ High School. She displayed a remarkable work ethic and drive for success from a young age. Moving to the United States thereafter, she received her Bachelors of Business Administration in 1994 and completed her Masters in Business Administration in 1996, both at the University of Texas, San Antonio (UTSA). Upon completing her education, and carving a path for success in the United States for her family to follow in the process, she started her career as a Junior Accountant at the UT Health Science Center, San Antonio (UTHSCSA), becoming a Certified Public Accountant in 2004, and going on to become the Director of Finance for the VP for Research at UTHSCSA. After her tenure at UTHSCSA, she went on to become the Director of Finance at the University of Minnesota for a year and a half. Following an enjoyable time up north full of friends, family, and discovery, she returned to San Antonio and had her hard work validated in becoming the Associate Vice Provost for Academic Success at her alma mater, UTSA, a post from which she would work at until retirement.

An incredible mother to many, she gave a level of love and care that few get to experience in their lifetimes. Never backing down on her morals, her strength and compassion remain pillars we rest on today and for years to come. Everything she received, everything she had, she aspired to give back to those who put her in a position to succeed, by helping countless young people in both Sri Lanka and the United States achieve higher education and further success. A bright light in any room, her energy was never to be brought down by anybody, and she is truly and inspiration to many who have had the pleasure of meeting her.

She is loved by so many, friends and relatives alike, and missed dearly by all. To keep her memory and legacy alive, we are in the process of forming a charitable foundation to keep her objectives improving the quality of life of young women in rural areas of Sri Lanka by building proper toilet facilities in rural schools and promoting awareness about breast cancer in Sri Lanka. Anujani self-funded this project last year and her vision will continue through this foundation. If you are interested in becoming of a part of the project, please email anujanislegacy@gmail.com for further information.

  • FAMILY

  • Anujani Aluwihare, dearly beloved mother of Yugena, wife of Shantha Gunawardena, daughter of C.B. Aluwihare and Ranjanee Balalle, sister of Chanaka, Manthree, Palma, Bhathiya, Nishamini, and Nirmalavo, sister-in-law of Loren, Ananda, Sanath, Ariyanthi, Savithra, Deegau, Prassanna, and Preethi, daughter-in-law of Victor and Srimathi, and aunt of Diego, Ranjini, Hemamali, Rukmalin, Tulan, Ranmukha, Piyumal, Zabrina, Trevor, Denali, Mihika, Kesani, Kulunu, Duniyasha, and Thishankya,

Services

16 November

Visitation

11:00 am - 2:30 pm

Sunset Funeral Home

1701 Austin Highway
San Antonio, TX 78218

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ANUJANI SUMEDA ALUWIHARE

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Mihika Eratne

November 15, 2019

My aunt, Lokuamma, was the most influential, confident, and caring person that I have ever known. Throughout my whole life, she has been my role model. Since my birth, she loved me so much that she would buy me the most expensive dresses, and they were always the latest trend. Everyone at school would tell me that the dresses I wore were so beautiful, and that’s all thanks to her.

Whenever I went through hard times, the first person I went to was Lokuamma. She would give me advice that I could use and will use for years to come, and I will also be able to pass it on to future generations. She also taught me how to be a strong and proud lady.

One of the most recent memories I have with her is cleaning the downtown house, the short-term rental property. Instead of going to summer camp, I would stay with Lokuamma. Every Thursday, we would gather all of the cleaning supplies as early as we could to get to the downtown house by ten o'clock. Once we reached the house, I would do the vacuuming, make the beds, fold towels, clean countertops and stairs, and, most importantly, put snacks into the snack container, all of which she taught me in less than thirty minutes. We would set a goal for completing all of the tasks in two hours, but we would end up taking at least four hours, which always upset us. However, we rewarded ourselves with chicken salad sandwiches from Zito’s, one of her favorite sandwich places. This is one of the happiest memories I have with her because we would listen to music, chat, and snack on candy, chips, or cookies while doing the work, which put us in a good mood.

Lokuamma will continue to be my influencer, adviser, and my second mother.

Love,
Kachiyamba (Mihika)

Suneetha DeSilva

November 14, 2019

Treasured in our hearts you'll stay.
Your memories, love and kindness will forever be with us and never forgotten.
Thank you for the many wonderful years shared together.
Rest in peace.
We love you and will miss you.
Lalith, Suneetha & Nishanka

Palma Aluvihare

November 14, 2019

We lost our angel of the family who was very dear to all of us. Though you are physically not with us today your dear soul is so close to our hearts. We never forget how you treated all of us equally with motherly sisterly and friendly ways giving your warmth that we deeply feel even today. You always told us 'be kind and be good' to humans that we never forget from our minds. We pray for your dear soul 'Lokki Akka'. May the Nobel triple gem bless you so that you will not succumbed to a tragic end like this in next birth. 'Arogya parama laba Santhusti paramam Danam' - Lord Buddha

Deeply downhearted brothers and sisters,
Ayya (Chanaka), Noni (Palma), Malli (Bhathia), Nangi (Nishamani), Nangi (Nirmalavo) Aluvihare

Kevin Moriarty

November 13, 2019

Anujani had many gifts that she shared on a daily basis. I recall that I always looked forward to working with Anujani because she built a community of respect and camaraderie that was truly unique and special, not to mention her laughter was very very contagious. She had a way of lifting people up through constant encouragement and positivity. She inspired me to pursue the CPA designation, and when I eventually passed all my exams, she wrote to the State Board on my behalf and only then did they issue my license. She left us better than when she first found us because she generously shared her talents. Anujani impacted my life because she was a leader, mentor, and, most importantly, my friend, who will be dearly missed.

Kevin C. Moriarty, CPA

Eva Roig

November 13, 2019

Anujani was a caretaker for me when I was very little. I remember her reading books to me and telling me stories on the huge bed I had in my room. As I grew up she became a very dear friend and if I needed advise I could always count on her! She almost always asked how my schooling was going. I love her so much and miss her terribly. Rest in peace beautiful angel.

Manthree Aluvihare

November 13, 2019

"What will happen when we die?". One said, "Ones who love us will miss us." We love you and we miss you lokki akka ❤. Rest In Peace.
Last goodbyes from Chuuty and family.

Angela D’Anna

November 8, 2019

Anujani - such a beautiful soul. I first got to know Anujani in a professional capacity but we quickly became friends. Anujani was a true professional and dedicated to always doing excellent work. She was a very special person in so many ways. She had the most vibrant personality and kind heart. I will always remember her laughter, smile and sparkling eyes. I will treasure the time we spent together.
Sending love and peace to her son and husband who she adored.

Joe Ellen Bryan

November 7, 2019

Anujani was our friend, co-worker, advisor, mentor, and confidant. We loved her like a sister and she made us all strive to be better. She will be missed but never forgotten.❤️ Rest In Peace Anujani.
Joe Ellen and Ed Bryan

Brian Herman

November 6, 2019

We have known Anujani, her husband and her son for over 20 years. Anujani was both a professional colleague and a personal friend, an individual of tremendous capability, empathy, intelligence, a devoted mother to her son Yugi and a devoted partner to her husband Shantha. Her calmness, clarity and conviction both in her professional as well as her personal life are a testament to the kind of person she was and the positive impact she had on so many colleagues, friends and family. She was a very special person and we are lucky to have been able to call her our friend. We will miss her smile and laughter and all the enrichment she brought to our lives.

Brian and Tracey and the girls.

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