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Kelela Tavake-Naeata Obituary
Kelela Tavake-Naeata Aug. 7, 1953 - Apr. 27, 2013 Resident of San Mateo Kelela Tavake-Naeata peacefully returned to our Heavenly Father on April 27, 2013. Kelela was born in Tatakamotonga on the Friendly Islands of Tonga. Her parents, both deceased, Titali Tavake and Laumanu Kanongata'a Tavake, moved the family from Tonga to Hawaii in 1962, then to San Mateo in 1965. She graduated from Aragon High School. Kelela served a full time mission for the LDS church in Kansas, MO. She soon met the love of her life, Sitiveni Hamani Naeata, and they were married for eternity in the LDS Oakland Temple on September 1, 1984. As the eldest daughter of the family, she was the glue of both her immediate and extended families. Her greatest accomplishment has been her ability to keep hundreds of her family and relatives connected to each other. She helped her parents as they assisted many families who came to America from Tonga. Kelela always remembered her roots. Although she lived in America, he never forgot her Tongan culture or the gospel of Jesus Christ, and instilled that in the lives of her children, nieces and nephews. Kelela is survived by her husband, Sitiveni Naeata, her children, Losaline Evaleti Naeata, Malisa Kauvea-Mina Naeata, Sam Finau, Samuela Fua and family, Keith Fa (Tisi) and family, Sione Titali Tavake (Sivalu) and family, Wesley Pierce and family, her siblings, Unaloto Tavake (the late Talita) and family, Paula Tavake (Luisa) and family, Tolifili Fa (Matiu) and family, O. Fahina Pasi (Ala) and family, Lolo Tavake (Dina) and family, Samuei Tavake (Tammi) and family, Bishop Sione Tavake (Maile) and family, Piuela Tuavao (Taunivalu) and family, Alani Fua (Helen) and family, Tolifili Hurley (Mark) and family, Shirley Beaman and Laumanu Heimuli(Kaivai). Kelela is the Queen of our family, never to be replaced. Forever in our hearts, she is loved and missed dearly. A viewing will be held at the LDS chapel on 977 Sneath Lane in San Bruno at 6pm. Funeral services held Sat., the Hillsdale LDS Chapel on the corner of Alameda and 37th in San Mateo, 10am. Internment to be held at Skylawn Memorial in San Mateo.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on May 4, 2013
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