Larkin Mortuary

Vea Toki Masima Tenifa

08/02/1948 - 09/01/2017

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On September 01, 2017, Vea Toki Masima Tenifa, passed away unexpectedly, in a tragic car accident. She was chosen to return home to her Heavenly Father.  Vea Toki, was born on August 02, 1948 in the village of Ha’ateiho, the South Pacific Island of Tonga. The daughter of the late Timote Masima Saulala and Veisinia Kalava Tapua Uata Masima (deceased).

Vea Toki, comes from a strong loving family of 10 siblings. Five Brothers, and Five Sisters including herself. From eldest to youngest; Telisa Masima Sister (deceased), Ana Masima Sister (deceased), Sione Kini Masima (deceased),  Kelosipani Tuakalau Sister, Lauaki Pili Masima Brother, (deceased), Melemosi Lolesio Sister, Luke Masima Brother, Haisinini Masima Brother, Vea Toki Masima, (deceased) Lolo Masima brother.

Growing up as a young girl, Vea Toki had a very happy upbringing. Her parents were hard workers.  She helped her Father around their family owned farm.  Alongside helping her Mother with homemade crafting and sewing. A loving daughter that was obedient, selfless, who truly honored her parents.

As a young lady, in Tonga, she raised her nephew since he was a newborn baby, as her very own child.   She named him Timote Masima Jr., after her late father. This baby was her pride and joy, she spoiled him and was very protective of him. Vea Toki, made sure nobody laid a finger on him.

As she became a young woman she was not only known for her gracious beauty, and charm, but her outgoing personality, and her great sense of humor.  It is no coincidence she is caught the eye of the man of her dreams, her best friend and husband Mikaele Tukulolo Tenifa.  They met at dance gatherings, and she knew he was the one she wanted to spend the rest of her life and eternity with.

They moved to American Samoa, where they joined hands in marriage. Her husband managed a construction company there, where they lived and had their two first born children. Oldest son Sione Manuhekina Tenifa, second oldest daughter Barbara Asena Tenifa. Years after they moved to Salt Lake City, Utah in the 1970’s. They welcomed their third oldest son Lawrence Anthony Tenifa, Son Vaiola Mataele Tenifa, daughter Amelia Fapiola Tenifa, and youngest son Tukulolo Mikaele Tenifa.

She was a devoted, hardworking, selfless, loving wife, Mother and Grandmother who would do anything for her children and grandchildren.  Her grandchildren meant everything to her.  She was a great woman to her community and always provided service to others especially cooking for Liberty 3rd Ward, Highland High Football, and countless other functions.  She served in many church callings and was always a comfort to everyone in need.  She immediately made you feel comfortable and we all knew she loved us.  She will be missed greatly.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at the Salt Lake Tongan North Stake Center at 3300 South 4400 West at 12:00 pm.  A viewing will be held on Friday, September 8, 2017 from 6:00 to 10:00 pm and from 8:00 to 11:30 am prior at the Salt Lake Tongan North Stake Center.  The burial will take place at Larkin Sunset Lawn, 2350 East 1300 South following the service.

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  • Was sadden to hear the passing of Aunty Vea.
    My path cross with the Tenifa s when I moved from Chicago to SLC in 1982. Growing up there I met all of my mom’s family that lived there. And came to know my mom’s siblings and cousins etc as my elders.
    Aunty Vea Tenifa was one of them. She grew to be a motherly figure in my life because of the times I hang with my cousin Sione and at school. To my days at Highland and causing trouble with my cousin Barbara. Plus she was always at all the Tongan events or least most of them. That I always expected to see her there.
    When I visit Liberty ward as well as attend events there in the coming years. It will be hard not seeing her there but I know I will feel her spirit. You will be miss Aunty. I know you will be smiling down at all of us from heaven. I am so thankful my son Nathan Florreich came to know you as well.
    Ofa atu Aunty Vea we will all miss you.

    — Paul D Florreich
  • amelia, my kind loving caring friend..although i didnt get the chance to meet your mom…i have through you. all you say about your she always made people happy made them feel comfortable immediately..this is you and she will live on in spirit through you.she will always be with you ..watching over you…protecting you.. keeping your heart golden..i am very very grateful for your make my life brighter just as your mom did for everyone in her life. mark and i send our deepest sympathies and warmest thoughts to you and love you

    — kim and mark ludwig
  • Our deepest condolences for the loss of a very dear lady and an auntie to our son Danny Suliafu Jr as a young man.
    Vea was kind to everyone she came in contact with her happy personality and warm smile made everyone feel welcomed .
    Please accept our warmest sympathies our prayers and thoughts and prayers are with your family.

    Daniel Suliafu
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

    — Daniel Suliafu