Catherine 'Ofa (Hansen) Mann

Jul 4, 1950 - May 11, 2021

East Lawn Elk Grove Memorial Park
9189 East Stockton Blvd.
Elk Grove , CA, 95624

Obituary

Catherine ‘Ofa (Hansen) Mann, beloved wife, mother, nana, sister, aunty, friend and community leader peacefully passed away on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 in Sacramento, CA. She spent her last week under the tender care of the wonderful ICU staff at Kaiser South Hospital, and also surrounded by her immediate family.

Catherine ‘Ofa was born to the late Elisiva Fusipala Tuifua Lavinia Tupou (Ha’apai) and late Thomas Hansen (Vava’u) on July 4, 1950 in Nuku’alofa, Tonga. She was known as ‘Ofa to most. ‘Ofa has five older brothers; Edward Hansen (deceased), Fatafehi Hansen (deceased), Robert Hansen (deceased), George Hansen and Hans Hansen (deceased). She has 6 younger siblings; Henrietta (Hansen) Faumui, Helaman Hansen, Thomas Hansen, Janie (Hansen) Le’au’anae (deceased), Fifita (Hansen) Williams and Emma (Hansen) Domine.

Ofa is survived by her husband of 48 years, John Alfred Mann, her children (and spouses) Elizabeth Mann, Lisa (Mann) Hafoka and Na’a Hafoka, Alfred and Vise (Moea’i) Mann, and Thomas and Amber (Halladay) Mann.

Her heart beats and jewels were her grandchildren; John Mann (18), Elisiva Mann (17), Afei’au’upu Mann (16), Christopher Hafoka (deceased), Loni Mann (15), Veisinia mann (15), Louina Hafoka (15), Amelia Hafoka (14), Tolisi Mann (14), Temaleti Mann (12), Tomasi mann (12), Na’ahokonga Hafoka (12), Tad Mann (9), ‘Ofa Hafoka (9), Tuitufu Mann (7) and Joseph Mann (5).

Ofa grew up in Nuku’alofa, Tonga and attended Tonga High School, before finishing her secondary education as Head Girl Prefect at Liahona High School with the class of 1969. Ofa then served as a full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Tonga mission from 1969-1971. She moved to New Zealand immediately after her mission where her father had migrated to for health reasons.

Ofa was married and sealed to the love of her life and eternal companion John Alfred Mann in the Hamilton, New Zealand Temple in December, 1972. They had 4 children (Elizabeth, Lisa, Alfred and Thomas) and raised their family in Auckland New Zealand until 1995 when they migrated to Sacramento (Elk Grove) California.

Shortly after arriving in Sacramento, CA she started her community service work with Asian Pacific Community Counseling (APCC) before moving on to work at Turning Point Community Programs as a Mental Health Client/Case Manager for 23 years.

Catherine ‘Ofa Mann is the founder and president of TOFA of Sacramento (Founded in 2000), a non-profit educational and advocacy organization for the Pacific Islander community in the greater Sacramento region. She is the first Pacific Islander named to a California commission (APIA Affairs) where she served for 13 years. In 2010, the California State Assembly presented ‘Ofa Mann with the API Heritage Award for Excellence in Public Service.

‘Ofa is known to many as ‘Aunty Ofa’ because her heart went beyond her community involvement to her home, which she frequently opened to anyone to join the family for a meal, music, or family home evening. Her later years were spent serving TOFA Youth Ambassadors, the young children in Primary (church) and her grandchildren.

Catherine ‘Ofa (Hansen) Mann memorial will be held at East Lawn Memorial in the following manner:

Monday 24th May, 2021
o Family Home Evening with Nana ‘Ofa (Live Streamed): 4pm – 6pm
o Open House Visitation: 6pm – 8pm

Tuesday 25th May, 2021
o Memorial Service (Live Streamed): 10.30am – 11.30am
o Burial and Graveside Dedication: 12noon – 12.30pm

‘E kainga, ‘oku kole atu ‘e he famili, kataki he ikai ke fai ha nofo ‘aki me’a. ‘Oku mau ‘ofa lahi atu kiate kimoutolu kotoa.

Guestbook

  • Cathy & Caitlin Hansen says:

    Sending all our love

  • Quentin And Kemberlyn Hunter says:

    To Mr. Mann and family,
    The Hunter family sends its deepest condolences. After Reading Ofa means Love in Tongan, Sister Mann truly lived up to Her name. She always had a smile on Her face and was only full of positivity and encouragement! I know The Love of Sister Mann lives on forever through Her Wonderful Husband and Fabulous Kids and grand children. Our prayers are with you and in the trying times always remember Psalms 23. I know we shall see Sister Mann again in The Kingdom treading the streets of Gold or sitting side by side with Jesus singing Hymns of Praise! We Love you Mann family. Keep the Faith

  • Sam & Leimomi Autufuga says:

    We will surely miss you Ofa. The Lord’s kingdom has gained a wonderful angel, Im sure you are so happy to be with your loved ones and your Grandson Christopher. We love you and your entire ohana..rest well my dear sister with our loving heavenly father..Mahalo ke akua.Until we meet again. Love from The Autufuga Ohana

  • Raewyn Viljoen says:

    A very special lady who will forever hold a place in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family, we love you. Mike & Raewyn Viljoen

  • Shannon Suo says:

    My heart breaks at the loss of such a beautiful person, inside and out. I was privileged to work with Ofa at Northgate Point for many years and even recently had opportunity to email her about a client. She always impressed me with her caring, passion, drive, and love of community. My world is just a little dimmer without her in it. I will miss her tremendously. My condolences to her family, and I know her memory and works will love on through them.

  • Manisela Fifita Sitake says:

    You were always a warm loving sister to us ‘Ofa. Since childhood you were always kind and caring. You have been an example of hope and determination in spite of life’s challenges. We will truly miss you and your wisdom.
    ‘Ofa lahi atu ki si’o familí.

  • Katya Mills says:

    Ofa, your spirit keeps me going today, even though I so miss having you in my life as a colleague for a brief period of time, wow, what a blessing! You were the hardest worker and best advocate for those struggling with mental illness. I will keep your wisdom close to my heart as the journey continues, and condolences to your family.

  • GLORIA D LYLES says:

    I am so overwhelmed with grief about the loss of my best friend and sister in faith, Mrs. Ofa Mann. I have had the special privilege to work with her for 19 yrs and have her as my best friend for over 20 yrs. Ofa, I will cherish the time we have shared over the years, I am sure Ofa you are happy with Christopher and your family walking the streets of gold, and enjoying all the beauty Heavenly Father has for you, pick a flower for me Ofa and put it in your hair like you use to do on our walks, you have always loved the beauty of nature, now you can enjoy all that the Father has for you, but we will miss you dearly. My family and I will truly miss your laugh, love, and friendship. All my love to the Mann and Hansen family, Ofa was an angel sent to us for a brief moment in time. Rest my love, enjoy The Most High and your family up there, say hi to Kyle for me, I will see you when I get there, much love sis, you will always be in my heart. My prayers are with you Mann Family, keep strong, love you all always.

  • Lisa Scott-Lee says:

    I will always remember Ofa for her API advocacy and kindness; I will never forget her unexpected Christmas Caroling at our home or how proud she was of the dance troupe that shared her cultural performances with others…
    Ofa, I will miss you, but remember you always…we are a better world because of you…my sincerest condolences…

  • Saga Lameko says:

    An elect lady whose legacy will live on through every life who was blessed to be touched by hers.

    Alofa tele atu,
    Kauli & Saga Lameko

  • Eddie Unutoa says:

    I remember how passionate you were when you were out in the community fighting for NHPI’s right for equal funding. You will be missed Ofa. Manuia lau malaga.

    Alofa atu,
    Eddie

  • You're neice *O'Ruby says:

    Dearest Aunty Ofa
    My heart aches at the loss of a loving Aunty that became a mother not only to myself but to many of us YSA back in the 90’s when you moved to the U.S.

    I always felt your unconditional love not only through your words but mostly by your actions ..you inspire me to do more not just for our family but for our community and community family, your legacy and great love will live on forever!

    Forever in our hearts
    Lupe, Lisiate, Sisi, Samiuela, Dallas

  • Losa says:

    Your generous heart and friendship was overwhelming and you would never leave anyone behind. What a legacy you have left. Oh how you will be missed! Alofa atu dearest Ofa x

  • Hach Yasumura says:

    My condolences and prayers to the family of Ofa’. We will miss her community advocacy, especially for the Pacific Islanders –
    Tongan communities. It was a pleasure networking with Ofa’
    while she was with the Asian Pacific Community Counseling and Northgate Turning Point. Ofa’ you will dearly be missed by many.

  • Anna Hettig says:

    We are grateful to all of you and love you very much Mann family. Ofa will be forever in our hearts. She always shared unconditional love with our family and we will never forget her beautiful smile and wonderful spirit. Ofa lahi atu, Dion and Anna Hettig

  • Luisa Tuiileila says:

    R.I.L. Ofa Mann! My thoughts and prayers are with all the Mann and Hansen families. Ofa lahi atu all!😭🙏😍❤️

  • Rich Mize says:

    Our condolences to the Mann family. The celebration of life if a fitting description of this time. Sis. Ofa Mann is receiving her paradisiacal reception and she leaves such a legacy of faith in her family. God bless.

  • Deann says:

    Hi Aunty Ofa, this morning on the way to work, I remembered all the times you would pull up to the house, just yelling names. You knew we were home, and knew you did not have to knock on the door – that our home was yours. There were many times you sat and we just chatted for hours (sorry family!). But I felt like you were resting. You´d kick up your feet, and relax and we would talk story. The funny thing – is all these things you made me feel: comfortable, confident, special, encouraged, relaxed…and more, I thought you just did that for me.

    In reality, you were consistently doing this for every person you met. I am grateful for your amazing husband, children and grandchildren who took pride in your amazing beauty, love and leadership. Cousin Lisa and Fiona, I think really said it best, that Baby Christopher needed you to say and that you are continuing your work and ministry on the other side. I believe that is why so many are seeing you, even after you passed.

    Thank you for the amazing connection to my grandfather, the wonderful leadership and love you demonstrated and the reminder that God is first. I wish I could say and do more in your honor, and I hope to be more present than I have been and to live and love deep and wide like you did. Ofa lahi atu!

  • Diana White says:

    I feel so lucky to have known and worked with Ofa. She was warm, compassionate and accepting. She touched many lives helping those who were struggling. She made the world better for so many and I will miss her greatly.

  • Ceecee Hansen Koloamatangi says:

    I will always remember how beautiful you were Aunty ‘Ofa. You were truly a role model for many in our family & the community. You will be missed, I love you always.

    Rest In Love,

    Ceecee Hansen Koloamatangi .

  • Cecilie B. King says:

    “Brothers and Sisters, let me tell you how much I love my Savior.”

    Fast and testimony meetings here on earth will not be the same without you, Ofa, but Heaven just got a lot more lively.

    LOVE YOU

  • Lolohea Moala says:

    Rest in God’s love Catherine ‘Ofa Hansen Mann! Condolences to the Mann and Hansen families. With love and respect from Sela Hansen’s nieces and sister, Tiani Mununggurritj, Ana Wanambi and Lolohea Moala from Brisbane, Australia.

  • Tolu Lavulo (Tre) says:

    Love you Aunty Ofa. Thank you for always helping us in our times of trials. For being there for us for every funeral, court, and supporting family function. Thank you for trusting all your boys, (Liz, Lisa, Tom, &Alf) to come around us when I was up to no good and getting me to leave and come with them. We love you, please let all the loved ones up there know we miss and love them.

  • Angelo Lynch Family says:

    Thank you sister Mann for loving and caring attitude. I always felt as if I were among friends with you and your family. I was thankful for your caring comments about my children. My father who came to visit a few times was immediately drawn to you and your family. We will miss you. Blessings upon your family.

  • Darren Suen says:

    Rest In Peace ‘Ofa. Your sweet soul and kind heart will be sorely missed.

  • jesikah maria ross says:

    ’Ofa was one of the most amazing people I’ve ever connected with (and learned from). She was always energized, dedicated, curious, creative and outright fun! We worked together on CapRadio’s documentary podcast “Making Meadowview” and since I heard she passed I’ve gone back to hear her voice and story (https://www.capradio.org/news/the-view-from-here/making-meadowview/2019/10/10/the-newcomers/). I am reminded how she changed the game for Islander youth and families in South Sacramento, and helped make Sacramento a better place for all.

    She will be missed. She is honored.

    Rest in Power ’Ofa.

  • Kathy Gibbs says:

    How fortunate and blessed I feel to have known this wonderful woman and she will be in my heart until the day we meet again. Love for all the Mann family.

  • Sarah Vea says:

    Rest in love Ofa ❤️ my thoughts and prayers are with all the family. Love you all 💕💕

  • Paul says:

    We love you Aunty Ofa. We are grateful for all the wonderful memories we have with you. I’m so grateful for all you have done for me and my family. We will miss you but know that we will see you again.

    Love Paul, Ani, Kaue and Yara

  • Linda Hale says:

    I am grateful to have known Ofa. I got to be with Sister Mann in Young Women. She loved the leaders as well as the girls. She was a great inspiration. I will treasure her memory and hope to see her in the life to come. She has left a great family.

  • Adele Purcell says:

    Rest in piece my dearest sister till we meet again.

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