August 15, 1943 - August 24, 2019
Hannrieta Steffany Koenig known to her family and friends as “Etta” was born on August 15, 1943 in Fagasa, American Samoa to Joseph Steffany and Amy Leung Wai Steffany. Her childhood was spent in Lotopa, Samoa and New Zealand. At the age of 18 she moved to Honolulu, Hawaii where she lived until her passing August 24, 2019 at the age of 76. Family was the most important thing to her and her love was unconditional. Some of the many tributes flooding in: “She always made me laugh and was so welcoming” “She was a beautiful and gracious woman” “Thank you for always being there for me even when I have lost my way” “I can see her smile; hear her laughter and her telling me why don’t you dress up like a beautiful lady, put on a nice dress, some heels and some lipstick to match that beautiful smile” “I love you Aunty/Mama Etta. Your genuine love overflowed, your laugh was contagious, charisma was magnetic and most of all – your smile was simply beautiful” “Gone to soon beautiful Aunty Etta, will always remember your kindness and love” “Etta reminded me so much of Mama Amy, her grace, beauty, kindness and love for her aiga was second to none. Everyone made sure to stop by Etta’s if they happen to travel to Hawaii” “Whenever she came around there was sure to be lots of laughter, smiles, and hugs; she even said I was “squishy” and called me her teddy bear. You left an imprint on my heart and I’ll be forever grateful to have gotten to know you” “Beautiful, passionate, fiery, humorous, kind, and most of all someone who always cared for others with an open door, food and often a place to stay” “Etta personified for me someone who had enough of everything to make her happy. She enjoyed her family, friends and people. Always welcoming and inclusive, rarely angry or judgmental. She enjoyed LIFE” “Your warmth, kindness & gentle spirit will be remembered forever” Etta is survived by her husband Arthur, daughters Sinafea and Fiasili, son Adam, siblings Malia, Sima, Joe, Kalolo, Butch, Lisha, Roberta, Meilin, Meilan, Talalupelele, Benjamin and numerous nieces and nephews. A celebration of her life will be held on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 from 4:00 to 8:00 at Oahu Cemetery Chapel located at 2162 Nuuanu Avenue, Honolulu, Hi 96817. Etta was blessed with a generous and loving heart. No matter the challenges in life, she always made the effort to donate money to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital every month. Flowers are a beautiful gesture at this time of sorrow but to help celebrate Etta’s life, we’d like to suggest the option of a donation in her name to her favorite charity instead.
Hannrieta Steffany Koenig known to her family and friends as “Etta” was born on August 15, 1943 in Fagasa, American Samoa to Joseph Steffany and Amy Leung Wai Steffany. Her childhood was spent in Lotopa, Samoa and New Zealand. At... View Obituary & Service Information
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