Jovita Arufo Velez

May 30, 1925April 29, 2018

Jovita Arufo Velez, 92, passed away peacefully on April 29, 2018.

She was preceded in death by her parents Mario Arufo and Benedicta Cebuano Arufo and her husband Cecilio C. Velez, Sr. and a son Eriberto Velez.

Survivors include eight children, Maria Sosa and husband Marco, Ana Easley and husband Pat, Sonny Velez and wife Larcy, Susan Nakanishi and husband Yoshio, Jocelyn Sasaki and husband Osamu, Rommel Velez and wife Soy, Remus Velez and wife Irene and Jessica Lynch and husband Sean; 3 sisters, Clemencia Alesna, Natalia Arufo and Clarita Arufo; 28 grandchildren and many great grandchildren.

Memorial Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018, 4:00p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2741 Greendale Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23518 by Bishop Aron Boney.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice.

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  • Celebration of Life Saturday, May 12, 2018

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Ernestine Lonzo

May 9, 2018

Nothing can prepare us for the loss of a loved one. May the love of family, the support of friends, and the many fond memories that you shared bring warmth to your hearts. May the promises of our Heavenly Father give you inner peace. Revelation 21:4 Acts 24:15

Debi and Larry Hope

May 8, 2018

Knowing your Mom / Grandma was a true blessing and honor. She was always so happy and would do anything for anyone. We looked forward, each day, to hearing her in the yard singing as she went about her chores or taking a few minutes to just sit and chat. She was a light unto this world that shined with such brilliance. She will be missed, but never forgotten.
We are keeping your family in prayer.