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Masako Buffa

Masako Buffa Obituary

Masako Buffa, 83, an embodiment of courage, passed away at home in Wahiawa, with her loving family near her side on February 7, 2024. Born on November 16, 1940, in Okinawa, Japan, Masako's journey was marked by resilience and a warm, nurturing spirit that touched all who knew her. Masako was the cherished wife of Frank Buffa. She was a devoted mother to her son, Kenneth Buffa (Connie), and daughter, Katherine Cueva (Jason). Her love for her family was further magnified in her role as a grandmother to Kenny Buffa (Mariah), Erica Leasure-Lucas (Lono), Kristina Pascua, and Jacob Cueva, and as a great-grandmother to Bryson Macam, Boston Macam, Kynlee Leasure-Lucas, Lokahi Leasure-Lucas, and Lana Buffa. Masako's culinary skills were unparalleled, and she took great pride in her work as a cook at several different restaurants. Her ability to transform simple ingredients into a feast for the senses was a testament to her creativity and passion for cooking. She was known for her willingness to share her knowledge and her recipes, leaving a delicious legacy that will be cherished and passed down through generations. Masako's interests extended beyond her work; she was an avid bowler, often apart of several bowling leagues, where she enjoyed both the competition and the friendships she made along the way. In honoring her memory, we reflect on the countless meals shared, the strikes and spares at the bowling alley, and the wisdom imparted through her stories and experiences. Those who knew her will remember her as a courageous woman who faced life's challenges with a smile and a resolve that inspired everyone around her. Her loving nature was her signature, leaving a lasting impression on all who had the privilege of knowing her. Masako's generosity knew no bounds; she gave freely of herself, her time, and her talents, always putting the needs of others before her own. Masako's family will hold a private ceremony to honor her life and the immeasurable impact she had on those around her. Her memory will be cherished, her stories retold, and her spirit will live on in the hearts of her family, friends, and all who were touched by her extraordinary life. May she rest in peace.

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