Sione Matakaiongo Tupou


Posted: Friday, December 09, 2005

Juneau resident Sione Matakaiongo Tupou died Dec. 6, 2005, at his home.

He was born Aug. 1, 1933 in Nuku'alofa, Tonga. He married and raised his family in Tonga before immigrating in 1988 to the United States. In Tonga, he worked as a farmer. He retired after working for 20 years as a custodian.

He was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He saw all of his children serve full-time missions for the church and marry in Latter-day Saints' temples.

He enjoyed serving in his church, his family, fishing, boxing, tennis and singing soprano.

He was preceded in death by his son, Tupou.

He is survived by his wife, Vika Heleine Tupou; his sons, Leitoni and his wife, Lori, Siua and his wife, Rosemarie, Paula and his wife, Roma, Feao and his wife, Va'esiu, Victor and his wife, Stacey, Sifa and his wife, Misty, Feleti and his wife, Irene, and Romney and his wife, Jacqueline; his daughters, Siosi and her husband, Sifa Talamai, Kueni and her husband, Tevita Ma'ake, and Meliame and her husband, Feao Vekoso; his brothers, Alifeleti, Tevita, Taniela and Lutini; and 34 grandchildren and one great-grandson, Sifa.

Pallbearers will be his sons, Leitoni, Siua, Paula, Feao, Victor, Sifa, Feleti, Romney, and family friend Trevor League. Honorary pallbearers will be his nephews, Matakaiongo, Leitoni, Sione Fifita and Lihai, and his grandsons, Sione, Tuavao, Paul and Aaron.

A viewing will be held 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at Alaskan Memorial Park. A memorial service will be held at noon, Dec. 10 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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