Falefitu Faiva Leoso (July 10, 1955 - October 11, 2012)

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Ms. Falefitu Faiva Leoso passed away at her Port Angeles home on October 11, 2012, from breast cancer that had metastasized to the bone. She was 57 years old.

Fitu was born on July 10, 1955, in American Samoa to parents Iapesa Leoso and Faiva Leoso (née Tupuola).

She married Stanley Sharpe in June 1978 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

After Stanley's passing on July 3, 1993, she found love again in her long-term partner, Ed Steele, with whom she shared 11 years before his passing on January 24, 2009.

Fitu had a deep connection with the Earth. This fundamental aspect of her character was evident to everyone who knew her. She was happiest in nature, with her fingers in the dirt and surrounded by her animal companions. She made it her mission in life to look out for them all.

This unique and strong love for life brought her scores of friends whom she met through their shared love of their pets.

She was also an avid bowler and was active on various leagues over the years.

Fitu is preceded in death by her parents, Iapesa and Faiva; sister Vaisualua Mamoe; brother Vaafalua Leosa; husband Stanley Sharpe; and significant other Ed Steele.

She is survived by daughters Michelle Cardwell (Mark) of Bremerton, Washington, and Maria Sharpe of New York, New York; brothers Taegogo Leoso of American Samoa, Failaunga Leoso of Georgia and Nikisone Leoso of Louisiana; sisters Talamanua Leoso of Tacoma, Washington, Mokiana Malae of American Samoa and Siotau Taaga of American Samoa; grandsons Ramiel and Mark Jr. of Bremerton, Washington; and granddaughters Nefertiti and Nefertari of Bremerton, Washington.

A celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, November 18, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Veterans Center, 261 South Francis Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362. Memorial contributions can be made to the Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, 540 East Eighth Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362; or to Peninsula Friends of Animals, P.O. Box 404, Sequim, WA 98382.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Oct. 28, 2012
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