Joshua Onosa'i Mageo

March 09, 1998 - January 12, 2023


Obituary For Joshua Onosa'i Mageo

Joshua Onosa’i Mageo, often referred to as Sa’i, passed away on Thursday, January 12, 2023 in Jacksonville, NC.

Sa’i was born on March 9, 1998 in Jacksonville, NC to his parents Iakopo and Theresa Apé. He was the second oldest of seven children. Sa’i grew up dancing in Nana’s Polynesian group, “Polynesian Dance Group,” and was raised in the Southwest area of Jacksonville. Sa’i took full advantage of his Coastal Carolina upbringing and would go fishing with his family and friends often. Despite not being good at it, he loved fishing! He attended Blue Creek Elementary, Southwest Middle, and graduated from Southwest High School in 2016. While at Southwest High School, Sa’i was active in football and recreational baseball. He was loved by both staff and students for his ease and dependability.

After High School, Sa’i moved to Portage, Michigan. While there, Sa’i worked and pursued a Nursing degree at Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Western University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. During his undergraduate years, he volunteered at a food pantry, joined a fraternity, played club rugby, began to study martial arts, and worked with disabled youth and adults. Shortly after meeting his girlfriend, Regina Wolf, he chose to pursue a different career and they moved back to NC with their dog, Athena.

Back in the care of a familiar community, Sa’i began to pour into his family. He aided his siblings as they worked through big and small life challenges, such as starting a family and doing middle school homework. He was always there when needed and provided an honest opinion. Sa’i cared for others when others could not care for themselves. Onosa’i’s life and impact on those around him was a true reflection of the meaning of his name, Patience.

Sa’i’s love and memories will remain in the hearts of his parents, Iakopo and Theresa Apé; siblings, Tavita Mageo, Joseph Apé, Josiephina Apé, Tu’iomatagi Apé, Fetuilelagi Apé, and Troy Apé; maternal grandmother, Eseta Mageo; paternal grandmother, Laulauga Apé; and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins, other relatives, and friends.

There will be a Visitation at Johnson Funeral Home of Jacksonville on Friday, January 20th at 11AM followed by a Funeral Service from 12PM-3PM. There will be a Committal Service at 3PM at Onslow Memorial Park. The family will receive friends afterwards at Northwoods United Methodist Church for a Repass.

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Johnson Funeral Home of Jacksonville is honored to serve the family of Joshua.


20 Jan


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Johnson Funeral Home - Jacksonville 2685 Henderson Drive Jacksonville, NC 28546 Get Directions »
20 Jan

Funeral Service

12:00 PM

Johnson Funeral Home - Jacksonville 2685 Henderson Drive Jacksonville, NC 28546 Get Directions »
20 Jan


03:00 PM

Onslow Memorial Park 3280 Richlands Hwy Jacksonville, NC 28540 Get Directions »
20 Jan


04:00 PM

Northwoods United Methodist Church 1528 Gum Branch Road Jacksonville, 28540 Get Directions »
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  • 02/12/2023

    I know that Josh had a lot of brothers and sisters. Growing up I never had a brother. I met Sa'i shortly after high school and he changed my life. He used to come over to my house to play the game when he lived with Uncle Jason in portage. After being friends for awhile we got our first apartment together and I'm not gonna lie it was a mess. It was our mess though. I remember making ribs for your aunt and uncle the first time and there wasn't enough. 😂 They got McDonalds on the way home. I couldn't have asked for a better roommate to get through Covid with. He helped me up when I was down. The struggles we went through together. I can't tell you how many times he was just a good friend. He was the guy that only had a good time if all of us were having a good time. He always looked out for me. He was the brother I always wanted but never had. I was blessed to become his friend, his coworker, and his roommate. I couldn't have asked for a better best friend. I love you sa'i rest peacefully brother.

  • 02/07/2023

    Dear family, My heart aches from the grief that you are suffering. Knowing of God's embracing love for you, continue looking to him when " He will wipe out all tears from our eyes, death, pain, and suffering will be no more. " - Revelation 21: 3,4 He says death is an " enemy that will be brought to nothing. " 1 - Corinthians 15:26 It comforts our hearts to know this pain will be a thing of the past and through Christ the resurrection of our loved ones. We " do not sorrow just as the rest do who have no hope! " 1 Thessalonians 4:13 love from a stranger,

  • 01/20/2023

    May The Spirit of God's Peace and Comfort fill your hearts for such a time as this. Keeping y'all In my Prayers. Much Love In Jesus Name.

  • 01/19/2023

    Josh...I don't even know what to say. I still can't accept this but I wanted you to know that you will always be in my heart. All those years ago, you saved me and I wish I could've done the same for you. You're a man that I always looked up to and admired. I Hope one day I can make you proud. I know through blood we weren't related but you were my brother and I would still go to hell and back for you. I'm going to miss you man and I know we had some future goals that we were working on so I promise to keep them alive and complete them for us.

  • 01/18/2023

    Our Prayers And Condolences are lifted up for you and your family during this time of sorrow Plant21 Sneads Ferry

  • 01/18/2023

    Sorry for your loss niece Theresa and family. May you be comforted by the grace of our heavenly Father knowing that Onosa'i is at peace. Alofa tele atu mo outou uma lava 💞 Auntie Nalo Opetaia

  • 01/18/2023

    You are always loved and never forgotten.May your soul Rest In Peace my dear nephew 🙏🕊💐💔We love you Onosa'i💜 ~Alofas from your Ape~Park Family in Alaska💜

  • 01/17/2023

    I worked with Josh back in Kalamazoo helping with the disabled youth and adults. Our 8-16hr shifts almost always flew by together. We always talked about music, girls, different animes, conspiracies all kinds of stuff haha. Can't believe he was taken so soon but I know he made his mark on all our lives. RIP <3

  • 01/17/2023

    I'm so sorry for your loss my Nephew Junior Iakopo Ape and Teresa Mageo son Sa' deepest sympathy and condolences to both families may RIP Sa'i we love you 💜🖤🕊️🕊️

  • 01/17/2023

    Josh was a friend of mine I worked with, spent time with and went to various events around the city with in Portage and Kalamazoo, MI, he's one of the kindest souls you'd ever meet and cared deeply about those around him. You will be missed Josh.

  • 01/17/2023

    I graduated with Joshua at Southwest high school. He was the sweetest person to be around, he enjoyed helping others, praying for the family 🙏🏽

  • 01/16/2023

    A great soul gone way too soon. Rest Easy my friend 🧡

  • 01/15/2023

    Fly high in love Sa'i. We love you. Aunty Sue


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    Living Spirit Dishgarden was sent for Joshua Onosa'i Mageo - January 18, 2023

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