Ata’ata was a resident of Stockton, Ca. but a native of VaVau Tonga from the Makave group.
Ata’ata was 1of 10 famous carvers by trade and a devout Catholic. He was preceded by his parents, Setefano Paengalau Pome’e and Anna Latu Pome’e.
Funeral services will be begin on Friday, June 14 with the burial on Saturday, June 15. On Friday there will be viewing and a mass from 6 pm to 12 am at St. Joseph’s church at 877 N. Campus Ave, Upland, Ca.91876.
On Saturday there will be a mass at St. Joseph’s church at 9:30am before the burial services at 11am at Bellevue Memorial Park, 1240 W. G St., Ontario, Ca. 91762.
Survivors are his wife, Mary Paengalau, five sons, Siosiua Pome’e, Gary Sorrells Paengalau, Darrell Sorrells Paengalau and Neyo Pome’e. Ataata also is one of 12 children -- five brothers and six sisters. He also had 15 grandchildren, and one great grandchild.