December 10, 1954 ~ April 16, 2011
Upasana â€œGopuâ€ Saini (Dec 1954 â€“ April 2011)
Upasana was born and raised in India and was the only child of Shanta Kumari and Dindayal Saini. She was a very fun-loving, adventurous child and could do no wrong in the eyes of her father, who lovingly addressed her as â€œboyâ€. As a young child, she developed a sweet tooth that made her crave all types of desserts which her mother would diligently make for her. Her house then became the frequent â€œafter schoolâ€ stop for her friends.
Upasana attended college in New Delhi where her vibrant and engaging personality was enjoyed by her teachers and close circle of college friends. She was very social, but also studious, earning her undergraduate degree Biological Science. She even played sports and ran sprints for the track team. She also loved to travel and participated in all the college excursions.
After graduating college, she became a teacher for young elementary school children. She then got married and moved to the United States and gave birth to a son and daughter. She spent days raising them and nights working as an assembler/test technician. She then resided in India for a brief amount of time before returning back to the United States to be close to her children, spending her last years living in Los Angeles.
After a long, courageous battle with Huntingtonâ€™s Disease, Upasana passed away with her family by her side on April 16th, 2011. She will be fondly remembered and greatly missed for her wonderful sense of humor with a laugh that would brighten up a room. She loved to sing and dance, play games, hang out with friends and family, and of course loved eating sweets!
She is survived by her mother Shanta, son Ajay, daughter and son in law, Tarang and Robert; and the light of her life, her granddaughter Keilani.
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