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OBITUARY

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...
Aumoeualogo Te'o J. Fuavai in his chiefly attire
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man described by many as an outspoken leader with heart of gold has passed away. Aumoeualogo Te'o J. Fuavai took his last breath this past Wednesday evening in Seattle, WA surrounded by his children and family members. During his service to the people and government of...
Fagafaga emceeing an Arts Council event in 2010.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Fagafaga Daniel Langkilde — a well-known community member of American Samoa — passed away Saturday evening, May 18, 2019 in Coronado, Calif., where he was staying with his daughter and family due to health issues. He was 61. Fagafaga is remembered as a man of many...
Pua Magasiva
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Pua Magasiva isbeing remembered for his humour, kindness and talent by friends, colleagues and stars from around the world.  The former Shortland Street actor was found dead in Wellington on Saturday morning. There were no suspicious circumstances, police said.  ​A...
Ta'afano Joseph Tavale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Marist St. Francis Elementary School announced last Thursday morning the passing of Ta'afano Joseph Tavale, "a valued member of the Eastern Vicariate Catholic School Board."  Ta'afano was co-chair of the Board and was a very active member. "A truly outspoken and...
Donald John Haythornthwaite
Florence, MONTANA — Beloved father, husband, and friend to all, passed peacefully with his children by his side in Florence, Montana on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Don was a long time resident of American Samoa from 1971 until 1991 but remained a frequent visitor for work and pleasure until 2013...
Manamea Apelu-Schwalger [Samoa Observer file photo]
Apia, SAMOA — Manamea Apelu-Schwalger, the face of Samoa’s Pinktober and the fight against cancer, has passed away. She died peacefully on Sunday. Manamea, a former Miss Samoa and Miss South Pacific, was laid to rest Monday morning (Samoa time) at her family’s homestead at Tanumapua. It was a...

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