Memorial Mass celebrated for Podensiana M. Massawe

Podensiana Makiria Massawe, 75, went to be with the Lord on March 12 at the home of her daughter in Tanzania following many years of illness.

Mrs. Massawe’s son, Father Emmanuel Massawe, who is associate pastor of St. Dominic Parish in Kingsport, celebrated a memorial Mass for Mrs. Massawe on March 22 at St. Dominic.

Mrs. Massawe was born in Moshi, Dakau village in Tanzania on Jan. 7, 1947. She lived in Kibosho Umbwe most of her life until she developed health complications caused by a stroke and a hip ailment.

She moved to Dar-es-Salaam to live with one of her daughters under medical attention. In 2019, she moved to another daughter’s home in Singida, Tanzania, until she died of a heart attack on March 12.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen Massawe, who died in 2020. Mrs. Massawe is survived by her six children: Elizabeth, Gudila, Father Emmanuel, Marystella, Leonard, and Alfred; and grandchildren Aloyce, Marietta, Germana, Nelson, Vanessa, Jaydan and Stephen Jr. Five of her children and her grandchildren live in Tanzania. A funeral Mass and the burial were in Tanzania. She was laid to rest on March 19 at her home village in Kibosho-Umbwe, Moshi.

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