Viola Fua’inga “INGA” Tukuafu

1981 ~ 2022

It is with heavy hearts that we say see you later, to our beloved Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother, Cousin, Aunt and Friend, Viola Fua’inga “INGA” Tukuafu, age 41 of Salt Lake City, UT who passed away unexpectedly on August 26, 2022.

She was born to Viola and the late Siosaia Naeata on March 25, 1981 in Salt Lake City, UT where she lived her whole life. She was named after her mom’s cousin, Fua’inga but before they left the hospital, her Dad decided to add Viola to her first name after her own Mother.

Inga was a proud alumni of West High School where she graduated with the class of 1999. She was the life of the party with all her EXTRA flair in anything she did, she always went all out, loud and proud. Most loved by her nieces and nephews for always showing up and celebrating their accomplishments. Ingas trademark money name signs at each of their Senior Nights became something to look forward to and for sure to be missed by all the upcoming Senior Nights.

Inga and Peni met at YSA dance and dated for a little over a year and were married and sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on April 13, 2002 for all time and eternity. They have 5 beautiful blessings, Fanga O’ taha, Anela Meilani, Benjamin Jr, their angel Baby Siosaia Tevita and Mommy’s little bestie Baby Viola Ofa’noa.

She was employed by United Parcel Service for 18 years where she started off as a Customer Service Representative and advanced her way up to Load Planner out of the Salt Lake Airport.

Inga was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She has served in many capacities within the Church and most recently worked with the Young Women’s in their Riverside Tongan Ward. Serving and being with the youth was her forte’, she loved and adored all of them and made every function/activity meaningful, fun and the best activity. She served them with unconditional love, giving her all to them and made sure they knew their worth. She was a true example of service and always aware of the needs of others around her.

She is preceded in death by her grandfather Tevita Mapa Vaenuku, father Siosaia Naeata, her angel baby Siosaia Naeata so we know the reunion for them is a joyous one. She is survived by her husband Benjamin, children Fanga, Anela, Benji and Baby Viola, her mother Viola, siblings Mary (Pilani Moala), Mapa (Rachel), Valeti (Bishop Lopeti Tupou), Alisi (Johnny Hamilton), Erina (Jay Penitani), Siosaia Jr (Manu) and her many nieces and nephews on both sides who love her and will miss how she went all out for them. Also survived by Grandma Leinata Va’enuku, many Aunts, Uncles and cousins who she loved dearly. And we couldn’t forget her fur babies Blitz and Raider.

We would like to thank the family and friends who have stopped in to visit and comfort us since her passing. As well as special thanks to Larkin Mortuary for their care and services.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 31, starting with a viewing from 9am to 12pm, followed by Musical Memorial from 12 – 2pm with the Bishop’s Service at 2pm at the Rose Park North Stake Center 1155 N 1200 West, SLC, UT 84116. Interment will be at Salt Lake City Cemetery.

The recording of the service may be watched through Zoom using the following link:


We love and miss you so much. Thank you for being you ❤️You sis

- Tiena Vaenuku Tachielimal

because i believe in our Heavenly Father, I know your beautiful mommy is home. she’s with you EVERY STEP. so much love, anela & your beautiful Tukuafu family ❤️‍🩹.

- poupou Manatau

Sending love and condolences to the family. Ofa lahi atu.

- Takuvaka Family

My sincere condolences to all the family, Inga definitely was the light to all the kids around her and everyone knew she was around. Your laugh, your smile and your heart will be greatly missed. you gained your wings, but you will always be remembered. Fly high high mama but last but not least Rina I'm so sorry for the loss of your sis, its been sometime since we have seen or talked but just know that this is your hugs of comfort during this time.

- Mercedes (Cedes)

- Mercedes (Cedes) Gutierrez

Viola Fua’inga always welcomed me into her home with such love when I came to visit with my Dad, Marion Bushman and when I would come visit alone. She will be missed.

I will think of you often as I always pass by your house on morning walks through the neighborhood.

I had just walked past your house the other week with my husband. I smiled as I saw a party happening and I told my husband the sweet memories I have with your family. Come to find out that Sister Tukuafu had passed on soon after.

We love you all!

- Ruth Bushman Kesler