Leoi Pepe Utu
January 5, 1934 – July 7, 2018
Aigafaasamoeleoi Pepe Lafeale Utu
She was born on January 5th, 1934 in the village of Salailua, Savaii, Samoa and she passed away at the full age of 84 years old in Federal Way, Washington.
Born to Siagi Lafaele and Makerita Vaasipaea-Lafaele.
She immigrated to the United States in 1980 and already had a son and daughter with Etuale Laufasa. Manna Laufasa and Makerita Ava. She then obtained citizenship in 2008.
She worked at a cannery, loved watching crime shows, enjoyed socializing with friends, reading the bible, and going to church.
She is survived by her children Mane Laufasa and wife Elizabeth Asiata, Makerita Ava and husband Tuli Lafoia Ave, (step children) Bernard Laufasa, Mary Anne Fatuesi, Marietta Cendrowski, as well as grandkids and great grandkids.
Margarette Tafai, Mark Laufasa, Mathew Tafi, Nigal Tafai, Mena Tafai, Nicholas Tafai, Giovanni Laufasa, Vasoa Ava, Valerie Ava, Victoria Ava, Lanelle Rodgers, Darrell Rodgers Jr., Lanette Leoilynn Ava, Anastasia Murillo, Laretta Ava, Lafoia Lafele Ava, Alisia Cendrowski
Harmony Laufasa, Mia Laufasa, Paige Laufasa, Aloisa Moli, Sarina Moli, Isaiah Moli, Navayah Rodgers and Darrell Rodgers III
- Valerie Ava
- Lanette Leoilynn Ava
- Mane Laufasa
- Tuli Ava
- Darrell Rodgers
- Lafoia Johnny Ava
- Giovanni Laufasa
- William Taavale
- Laretta Ava
- Lika Tafai
- Mena Tafai
- Alisia Cendrowski
- PJ Peneueta
- Visitation Friday, July 20, 2018
- Funeral Service Friday, July 20, 2018
- Graveside Friday, July 20, 2018
Leoi Pepe Utu
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August 12, 2018
She overcame so much in her life and this resiliency has led her to be the strongest person I know. She was loved by many and she loved many. She loved the little joys in life, playing solitaire, watching crime shows (she would watch Criminal Minds, Law and Order). She was never ashamed to witness to strangers about God. I remember this one time Mormons knocked on our door, she answered and I heard her say to them “You know Jesus?” She was funny that way.
She would be in her own little world reading her Bible. Until the phone rang and it was one of her friends ready to gossip.
In my 27 years of living, I was blessed to have my grandmother. And I thought I would be lost without her but she told me, the day before she passed away, “Nette Faamalosi” she said to be strong.
My grandmother wasn’t a traditional person. She didn’t care for fa’a Samoa. But that didn’t mean she wasn’t proud to be Samoan. So we are not a traditional family. We’re not perfect but she loved us just the way we are. It didn’t matter if you were black, Indian, or Gay. She didn’t judge us when we’ve hit rock bottom, and we were broke and broken. She loved us when we were alcoholics, addicts, suicidal, and even atheists. She would pray relentlessly for God’s protection over us.
Every time you left the house she would say “sau sau le koko Jesu”. She would pray for her grandkids in Australia, she even prayed for Donald Trump, and if you’re reading this today she probably prayed for you.
Her love for us was unconditional and her love for Jesus is our legacy. We honor her memory and we will celebrate her life.
My name is Lanette LeoiLynn Ava. I am her namesake, she is my hero.
Love you, My dear, My darling grandmother