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OBITUARY

The police carrying Hans Kruses’ coffin
Apia, SAMOA — In keeping with and respecting Hans Edward Kruse's  wishes, there were no eulogies at his funeral Mass. A private funeral at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, Mulivai, led by Father Kolio Kelekolio. “If I could be remembered kindly, that would be sufficient,” were...
Pati Migi
Yakima, WASHINGTON — Pati Migi, age 79, went to be with our lord and savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, September 22, 2021. Born in Pago Pago, American Samoa on December 27, 1941, Pati was well respected in his community and was known for his talent in music and athletics, as well as his knack for...
Geraldine Eda Wilhemina Rasmussen Rivers
St. George, UTAH — Geraldine Eda Wilhemina Rasmussen Rivers, 76, passed away September 8th in St. George, Utah.   Geraldine was affectionately known by her family and friends as Dini. She was born in Apia, Samoa, to Arthur Rasmussen and Eda Bryce Rasmussen. She married her soulmate, Don Rivers, on...
Haunani-Kay Trask
Honolulu, Hawaii —Iconic Native Hawaiian scholar and activist, Haunani-Kay Trask died Saturday morning, according to family, friends and the University of Hawaii. In a statement Jonathan Osorio, Dean Hawaiinuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge said: “Our teacher, colleague and friend, Haunani Kay...
Reginald Wayne Shute
Reginald Wayne Shute, a former President of the Apia Samoa Temple in Pesega was laid to rest on Good Friday in Utah. He was 86. Mr. Shute's passing was announced in a statement from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in numerous capacities for the Church in the Pacific...
Rev. Menise Sasa
Killeen, TEXAS — Funeral services for Reverend Menise Sasa, 69 of Copperas Cove, TX will be held Saturday, March 27, 2021, 9:00 a.m. at United Faith Church in Copperas Cove, TX. Burial with military honors will follow the service at the Copperas Cove Cemetery in Copperas Cove, TX. Viewing/Service...
1988 photo of Su'a Saini Lemamea in action
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa is mourning the death of former rugby and league internationals Su'a Saini Lemamea and Masada Iosefa. Former Manu Samoa lock Su'a Saini Lemamea passed away this week aged 56. Known by his teammates as 'the Bushman', Su'a played 13 tests and was a key part of Samoa's 1995 Rugby...
Lawrence French
Eagle River, ALASKA — Long time American Samoa resident Lawrence P. French (Frenchie to his friends and associates) died at the ago of 85 on the 16th of January 2021 in Eagle River, Alaska.  He was in the care of his son John French for the last few months of his life. A memorial service will be...
Uaealesi Epenesa Baldwin
Kenosha, WI — Uaealesi Epenesa Baldwin, beloved matriarch of the Epenesa family, went to be with her Lord, on Friday, December 18, 2020, at the age of 74. Uaealesi lived a wonderful and generous life dedicated to loving and caring for others - family, friends, patients, and neighbors in need....
The late Tongan prime minister 'Akilisi Pohiva.
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Pacific leaders are paying tribute to the late Tongan prime minister, 'Akilisi Pohiva, who died on Thursday. The 78-year-old died in an Auckland hospital having been evacuated from Tonga on Wednesday with pneumonia. 'A beacon of democracy': RNZ's obituary for Mr Pohiva, who...

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