In faith, we share the news that Mrs. Lusila Anau Piukala, the wife of the Rev. Timote Piukala, died on Friday, March 8, 2019.

Mrs. Piukala was a strong woman of great faith. Her gentle nature and her commitment to a life of Christian service was evident in all said and did. She was a mother, mentor and minister of Jesus Christ whose ministry of music, faith, family, and life of witness touched and transformed the hearts of all who met her. Her spirit of radical hospitality, gentle grace, embracing love, and humorous humility lives on in her family, and among all of us who had the privilege of sharing her life. She will be remembered for her kindness, her smile and her deep abiding love for her family and her community.  

Rev. Timote Moana Piukala is an elder in the Desert Southwest Conference. He became a licensed local pastor in 2011 and served at Phoenix: Trinity UMC; Phoenix: Tongan UMF; Mesa: Tongan UMC. He graduated from Claremont School of Theology and was ordained in 2018. He continues to serve at Mesa: Tongan UMC.


The family will be receiving the community on Wednesday March 13th and Thursday March 14th at the Tongan United Methodist Church, 301 North Longmore, Mesa AZ 85201.


The wake service for Mrs. Piukala will take place on Friday March 15th from 6:00pm – 12:00am also at the Tongan United Methodist Church, 301 North Longmore, Mesa AZ 85201.


A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday March 16th from 9:00-10:30 am at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3104 West Glendale Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85051.

Immediately following the Celebration of Life service, a graveside service and burial will take place at 11:00 am at Greenwood Memory Lawn, 719 North 27th Avenue, Phoenix AZ 85009. 


Condolences can be sent to Rev. Timote Piukala, 1037 W. Isabella Avenue, Mesa, AZ 85210.

In Tongan tradition, family and friends will come to visit and pay respects at the Piukala home all week before the funeral service. Generous hospitality is offered to those who visit and it is traditional that any monetary gifts will be directed to the family to assist with this purpose. If you would like to remember Mrs. Piukala in this way, you may offer your gift directly to Timote and the Piukala family at 1037 W. Isabella Avenue, Mesa, AZ 85210.

Remembering God’s word for us, we give thanks to God who gives us the victory over death through Jesus Christ. With gratitude for the life of Mrs. Lusila Piukala, please hold her family and friends in prayer at this time.

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