elevated 4vhmF Filomena passed away peacefully and without pain, at home surrounded by her children, on April 26, 2021 at the youthful and spry age of 95, an age she made look easy and worth aspiring to. Up until illness and then cancer took over her body a few short months ago, she was very independent and able to care for herself. She walked without any assistance and climbed two flights of stairs daily. She was full of life. She made everyone feel welcome and she always had some of her homemade baked treats on hand. She loved to bake and had a reputation for her amazing baking skills. She loved to play scoba and in the past few months while her children spent time caring for her at home, many hours were spent playing scoba. Filomena was born in Santa Lucia, Italy on July 5, 1925 but as a young single woman she moved to Edinburgh, Scotland. Luigi followed and they were soon married. While living in Edinburgh, she developed a love for tea and learned to speak English. Searching for a better life, Luigi moved to Canada. Filomena exhibited her strength, courage and independence when she soon followed with two young daughters in tow. She worked at St. Joseph’s Convent and at St. Bernards Convalescent Hospital where she was loved by the nuns. She would speak so fondly of her time working there. In her later years, she loved going to Casino Rama and playing the penny slots. She was predeceased by her late husband, Luigi. She will be sadly missed by her daughters, Nora (Ralph), Franca (Richard) and son, Enzo (Tammy) and her grandchildren, Mark (Lisa), Daniel (Christina), Tony (Vanessa) , Katie (Steve) and Travis (Jaime) and her great grandchildren, Matteo, Olivia, Mia, Celine, Harper and Livy. Donations can be made to the Canadian cancer society.
elevated 4vhmF Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic the family will be having a private funeral mass Thursday, April 29, 2021 – 10:30 am. Click the link below to view the mass on our live stream broadcast. Thank you.
To Nora, Ralph, Mark, Lisa, Matteo, Olivia, Mia, Daniel, Christina, Celine, and the entire Rizzi family,
Our deepest condolences on the loss of your Mom and Nonna. She was such a kind, caring woman and definitely an amazing baker! We were fortunate enough to enjoy her delicious cioffe on many occasions 🙂
Sending you all love and strength during this time. May she rest in peace.
Mike and Emily Boffo and family
To Nora, Franca and Enzo, sincere condolences on the passing of your mother. She will certainly be missed. You will however find comfort in knowing that she not only lived to a ripe old age, but she also left you with many happy memories. She was “no Mena” not only to her grandchildren but our kids also called her “no Mena”. We will remember her as a strong independent woman, who lived life on her terms. She lived on her own almost until the end. She was also blessed with three children who stepped up during the last months of her life and took turns moving in with her and caring for her when she could no longer look after herself. You should find comfort in knowing that you were there when she needed you. Mike & Tina
So very sorry for your loss. Parents are such a part of our very essence that loosing their presence in our lives is unimaginable.
May you find comfort in your memories.
Our deepest condolences go out to all of the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We are so sorry for your loss.
Our deepest condolences to your family. May you cherish all the beautiful memories.
Antonella and Gerry Valente
My heartfelt condolences to the entire family on the loss of your beloved mom and nonna. God rest her beautiful and kind soul.
She will live forever in your hearts.
Our deepest condolences Nora, Franca and Enzo. Remembering the memories of all, the good times.
Dear Nora,Franca, Enzo,
Losing a parent is never easy, may you find comfort in the lovely memories you shared with your mom. She left us many ❤️
Our deepest condolences,
Dear Nora, Franca and Enzo,
Our deepest condolences to you and your family. It’s never easy losing a parent. They are forever in our hearts through our wonderful memories and the love we had for each other. May you find peace knowing that your parents are reunited and watch over you.
Dear Nora and family,
You have our deepest condolences for the loss of your loving mom.
You’re in our hearts and prayers.
May she Rest In Peace
My deepest and heartfelt condolences to all Filomena’s loved ones.
Your Mom/Nonna was amazing, full of life, happiness and her baking skills were astonishing. I have fond memories of Filomena that I will hold dear in my heart.
Mark, Lisa, Nora, Ralph, Matteo, Olivia, Mia, Daniel, And the entire Rizzi family.
We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Our deepest condolences to you all during this very difficult time. ♥️🙏🏻
To Filomena’s family – her legacy! Our condolences on her passing. May she rest in peace and be reunited with your dad. How fortunate we were to have moved 2 homes over from yours. We have been friends since the 1960’s and our parents were also friends. Your cherished mother is remembered as hardworking, devoted to her family, loved and enjoyed her friendships of which I was often privileged to watch the Ladies of Pleasant Avenue and their many years of playing cards together. They were sharp! Of course your mom’s baking skills have to be mentioned and she loved to share her amazing goodies with all. Sincerely, Al and Alba DiPlacido
When I was very young by luck I met this young man who happened to be Filomena’s nephew, Pierino. A short time later we fell in love and got married. Too young and not having a steady job Zia Filomena offered us to stay at their home with her family. We lived together for almost 3 years. We became part of the Rizzi family and remained part of the family ever since. Filomena became like a mother to us and we have been very close ever since. We are going to miss her dearly.
My deepest condolences to the Rizzi family. Zia Filomena was an amazing lady, full of strength and kindness. Someone so special will not be forgotten. She will be truly missed.
To Nora, Franca, Enzo and the entire Rizzi family we our so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. Zia Filomena was an incredible lady with such a zest for life. I have so many fond memories of her, she will live forever in my heart.
She will be deeply missed.
Our heartfelt condolences to the family, our prayers our with the family.
Giovanna Cappelli, long time acquaintance.
My deepest condolence to all the family members. Zia Filomena was kind and full of life. I always enjoyed her company when we were together. She will be Missed.
Dear Nora, Franca and Enzo…our deepest condolence to you and all your family. Your mother was special ,always helpful,caring and of course her cooking,and baking…As we know it’s difficult to lose a parent, but their memories live forever,never forgotten always with us everyday.It’s sad the book now closed of their many stories told…may you find peace your Mother now at rest….love Erminia and Robert Bilan [Matrundola]
Dear Nora, Franca and Enzo…our deepest condolence to you and all your family. Your mother was special ,always helpful,caring and of course her cooking,and baking…As we know it’s difficult to lose a parent, but their memories live forever,never forgotten always with us everyday.It’s sad the book now closed of their many stories told…may you find peace your Mother, now at rest….love Erminia and Robert Bilan [Matrundola] .