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Rosa (Cavasinni) Leonardi

August 20, 1928 ~ September 6, 2019 (age 91)

ROSA LEONARDI: It is with sorrow that we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother and aunt on September 6, 2019 at TCU Hogarth Riverview.

Rosa was born in Celano Italy on August 20, 1928.  She immigrated to Canada in 1952, joining her husband Raffaele in Fort William. Her warm-hearted caring nature shone early as she frequently opened her home to new Italian immigrants helping them settle to the new life in Canada.  They would share stories from the old country and delicious Italian food.

Rosa was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and aunt, who always placed everyone's needs before her own.  Her family and home were her main interests.  She loved family gatherings ensuring everyone was well fed.  She was a passionate gardener.  Produce from her garden was shared with family, friends and neighbors. After raising her children, Rosa worked for a short time at the Royal Edward Hotel until its closure in the early 80's.

Rosa will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by son Ralph, daughters Linda (Tom) Garofalo, Gina (Tony) Sgambelluri, grandchildren Brittany Garofalo, Isabella, Gillian and Anthony Sgambelluri.  Numerous nieces and nephews survive throughout Canada and Italy.  Rosa was predeceased by her husband Raffaele, son Gabriel in infancy, brothers Augusto and Guerino, and sisters Assunta, Isolina and Concetta.

Funeral Mass for Rosa will be held on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 11:00 am in St. Dominic’s Church celebrated by Rev. Mike Mahoney. Interment will take place following the service at St. Patrick’s Cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm with Prayers at 7:00 pm at St. Dominic’s Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Alzheimer's Society or the Northern Cardiac Fund would be appreciated.

God made a wonderful mother,

A mother who never grows old;

He made her smile of the sunshine.

And he moulded her heart of pure gold;

In her eyes He placed bright shining stars,

In her cheeks fair roses you see;

God made a wonderful mother,

And He gave this dear mother to me.

Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand. See you later.

- Patrick O'Reilly



Rosa Leonardi will be remembered in the Blake Funeral Chapel Memorial Grove.  Annual dedication service Sunday, June 14, 2020.


Donations may be made to:

Canadian Diabetes Association
1400-522 University Avenue, Toronto ON M5G 2R5
Tel: 1-800-226-8464

Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Center - Cardiac Care Fund
980 Oliver Road, Thunder Bay ON P7B 6V4
Tel: 1-807-345-4673

Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay
180 Park Avenue, Suite 310, Thunder Bay ON P7B 6J4
Tel: 1-807-345-9556

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