Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Lupe T. (Aiono) Gaono 1948-2007

Lupe T. Gaono, daughter of the late Paepaega and Vila (Muliau) Aiono, was born March 4, 1948 in Fasi To'o UTA, Western Samoa.

She passed away June 19, 2007 at General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, at the age of 59 years, 3 months and 15 days.

On May 28, 1969, in American Samoa, Lupe was united in marriage with Taiese Gaono, Jr. Lupe and Taiese shared ten children: Raymond, Taiese, Anita, Tooa, Herry, Mack, Sunshine, Fuatino, Taiese and Antoinette.

Lupe received her Associates degree at the New Zealand University, and later earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Drury College and was working on her Masters. She has been a business owner, a teacher for the Waynesville, Missouri R-VI School District, a Ft. Leonard Wood dining facility supervisor and health care provider.

Lupe was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in St. Robert, and the Relief Society. She loved education and took every opportunity to teach lessons to her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed singing, playing the guitar, arts and crafts and Bingo.

Lupe was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by her husband: Taiese Gaono, Jr.; nine children: Raymond Gaono of San Jose, CA, Taiese Gaono, III stationed in Germany, Herry T. Gaono of El Paso, TX, Tooa Havens of the state of Arkansas, Fuatino Gaono stationed at Ft. Benning, GA and McClellan Gaono, Taiese Anthony Gaono, Sunshine Linkous and Antoinette Gaono all of Waynesville; one sister: Faalua Uti of the state of Alaska; one brother: Lagalaga Aiono of New Zealand; 23 grandchildren along with several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, Lupe was also preceded in death by one daughter: Anita Gaono Wiggins; one grandson: Edward Van Havens and one brother: Semeli Aiono.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, June 28, 2007 in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in St. Robert, Missouri with Bishop William Oberholtzer officiating. Lupe's children, Raymond, Taiese, Herry, Mack, Sunshine and Tino all recalled their wonderful memories of their mother. Lupe's sister, Faalua Uti also gave a beautiful eulogy. Lupe's grandchildren sang "Popcorn Popping On An Apricot Tree" and the congregation sang "The Spirit of God" and "I Know That My Redeemer Lives". Serving as escorts were Paepaega Uti, Taiese Gaono, III, Herry Gaono, Mack Gaono, Taiese Gaono, IV and Darren Teagle.

Burial followed in the Waynesville Memorial Park Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Memorial Chapel of Waynesville/St. Robert.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Lupe Gaono and may be left at Memorial Chapel of Waynesville/St. Robert.

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