Obituary: Henry K. Kaufusi

Published: Wednesday, March 20 2002 8:05 a.m. MST

Henry Kalainisi Kaufusi, beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, age 76, passed away quietly on March 15, 2002 at 5:00 p.m. surrounded by his loved ones in his home in Salt Lake City, Utah.

He was born October 1, 1925 to Seini Fakalolokiana Malaloi and Ma'ake Mafi Kaufusi in Pangai, Ha'apai, Tonga. Henry married Emily Levenilovo Olive on January 18, 1945 in Tonga and was later solemnized with seven children in the Auckland, New Zealand Temple on December 31, 1958.

Henry spent his life in service to his family and dedication to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was indeed a great instrument in the movement of the Lord's work. As a devoted member, Henry and his wife Emily served six missions, in Tonga and Salt Lake City, two of which were in the Family History Mission (Genealogical Research). He was a dedicated Temple Sealer in both the Oakland and Salt Lake City Temples and later sealed six of his grandchildren. He also served as a Patriarch, High Councilman, Tabernacle Usher and various other positions for the LDS Church. He valiantly served together with his wife in their pursuit for a better future on behalf of their children. This dream was to reach the "Land of Opportunities" which later became a reality on June 22, 1961 as he arrived in Honolulu, Hawaii. Henry later moved to San Francisco, CA. on Sept. 2, 1963. However, his desire and hopes for family and friends to experience the same blessings never was a shadow of a doubt in his mind. He was later influential in bringing countless individuals from Tonga to the United States. Henry worked and dedicated his time and effort for American Airlines for many years and retired as an honorary employer. He was a man of great vision, quest and determination. He stood firm in his religious foundation of the Church of Jesus Christ, lived the gospel and most importantly loved his Savior Jesus Christ whole-heartedly. Henry is a man in which we cannot explain his life history in a few paragraphs, such as the 'Tapestry of Life', which cannot be woven in a simple day but rather an eternity. Henry will greatly be missed by his children and grandchildren for the great example and mentor he has been for all of us. It is through his example that we are able to lay the foundation in Building Our Mansions in Heaven.

Henry K. Kaufusi is survived by his wife, Emily L. Kaufusi; only sister Onita Velma Kaufusi (Folau) Tonga, children, Leti Lavulo (David) Salt Lake City, UT, Faila Fakalata (Melekiseteki) Salt Lake City, UT, Talaiasi Kaufusi (Langi), Euless, TX, Katalina Pahulu (Taniela), Euless, TX, Sisifa Kato (Salesi) San Bruno, CA, Moses Kaufusi (Tapu) San Bruno, CA, Katea Naeata (Siope) Euless, TX, Elisapeti Finau (Kava) San Bruno, CA, Kalatoni Kaufusi, San Bruno, CA, Hanson Kaufusi, Las Vegas, NV; His 44 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren also survive him.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23, 2002 at the Salt Lake 5th Ward, 1401 West 700 South. Friends may call at the church Thursday 7-9 p.m., Friday 7-9 p.m., and Saturday 9-10:30 a.m. Interment: Salt Lake City Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Peel Funeral Home.

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