Penisimani Takuvaka passed away on February 8, 2021, in the comfort of his home surrounded by family. He was born on April 10, 1949, in Mapelu Liahona, Tongatapu, Tonga, to Sione Vaioleti Takuvaka and ‘Ana Tu’ipulotu. He married Mele Talanoa Fonua in the Salt Lake Temple on July 10, 1976.

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Penisimani graduated from Liahona High School in 1969. He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Nuku’alofa, Tongatapu, Tonga Mission from December 1969 to December 1971. He worked as a plumber at Liahona High School after his mission. He came to the United States of America on December 25, 1973. He attended Utah Technical College – Welding and graduated spring of 1976 with an associate’s degree. He worked for the Steel Company from 1976 to 1983 and worked for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 28 years.

He retired at 65 years old and served in the Salt Lake City, Family History Mission with his wife. The rest of his life he served as a temple worker at the Salt Lake City Temple until its closure.

Penisimani is survived by Mele Talanoa Fonua (wife), Ana Vaioleti (daughter) and Malai Latu (son-in-law), P. Lakei Takuvaka (son), Lute Takuvaka (daughter), Katalina Takuvaka (daughter), Kalesita Fonua (daughter) and Sione ‘Unga (son-in-law), Ofa Edna (daughter) and Nolo Bloomfield (son-in-law), three sisters ‘Ofa Kilotolua, ‘Aselika Takuvaka, and ‘Ofa ‘Etina, and grandchildren Loviana, Sani, Miniola, Mele, Siosifa, Ruby, and Latilala.

He is preceded in death by Mom, Dad, and seven siblings: ‘Ana Fakaata, Sisifa, Suliana, Loseana, Finau Heuifanga, Sialetafa, and Sione (Toilolo) Takuvaka.



Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
McKinley Ward
1883 S West Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Funeral Service

Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
McKinley Ward
1883 S West Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

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Memorial Redwood Mortuary & Cemetery
6500 S Redwood Rd
Salt Lake City, UT

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Feb 10, 2021

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NEXT Sheryl Lynn Greene (Danforth) Winsor Sheryl Lynn Greene (Danforth) Winsor


Condolences to the Takuvaka family, Ben and his beloved wife was my Temple prep teachers I'll never forget how much love I felt form my Savior through this gentle spiritual giant and his dear sweet wife. I will miss his smile on the way out from the Salt Lake Temple. In a couple of years the SLC Temple will reopen and you will be there to greet me in spirit. Forever grateful.Ofa lahi atu to the family

Susana Vaenuku Feb 13, 2021

Peni was an example of a Christlike husband, father, brother and grandfather.

He had a sweet smile whenever you see him. He always makes everyone feel welcomed and loved. He has been a loving individual to those he comes in contact with.

Peni is such a wonderful person. We will miss his smiling face whenever we see him in the temple. Mele and Peni have been a great example of covenant-keeping marriage. We send our love and prayers to the family. David and Lynda Brown

Lynda Brown , Salt Lake City, UT, US Feb 11, 2021


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  • Feb 11, 2021

    Peni was my 2nd companion as missionaries at Nautoka 1971. His oldest sister and husband were the Branch President in Nautoka. He was my best companion, very humble person. So RIP and hope to see you soon.