elevated QaM71 November 24, 1932 – June 13, 2022

elevated QaM71 Visitation
Sunday June 19, 2022, from 4:00 – 8:00 pm

elevated QaM71 Monday June 20, 2022 from 2:00-4:00 pm & 6:00-8:00 pm

elevated QaM71 Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home
211 Langstaff Road East, Thornhill, ON, L3T 3Z6

elevated QaM71 Funeral Mass
Tuesday June 21, 2022 at 10:30 am- Chapel of St. Joseph, Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home

elevated QaM71 Entombment   
Westminster Cemetery 5830 Bathurst St. North York

elevated QaM71 Obituary

elevated QaM71 Leo, Maria (née Tibaudo), It is with much sadness that I announce my dear and beautiful mother passed away on June 13, 2022 at Scarborough Health Network – Birchmount Hospital from complications from dementia at the age of 89 and is now reunited in heaven with her beloved spouse Vito (d. 1988).  Born in Vita, Trapani, Sicily, Italy on November 24, 1932.  The second of four children and the daughter of the late Andrea Tibaudo (d. 1983) and Sebastiana Abate (d. 1999). Predeceased by her son-in-law, Vito Renda (d. 2018), her sister Vita (d. 2015) and spouse Girolamo Corso (d. 2014) and sister-in-law Antonietta (d. 2015) and spouse Pietro Aguanno (d. 1974).  Survived by her only child and devoted daughter and caregiver Enza Maria Renda, loving grandchildren Salvatore, Vito and Nicolas (Cristina) and great-granddaughters Violet Marie and Sophie Rose.  Also survived by her sister Rosa (Pietro Di Stefano d. 1993) and brother Giuseppe and spouse Paola Tibaudo and sisters-in-law Caterina (Salvatore Accardo d. 2005), Maria (Giuseppe Leo d. 2017), and Maria (Giuseppe Accardi d. 2021). She was set to sail to Canada with her spouse but there was a setback because of a technicality in her immigration papers and was therefore forced to come to Canada at a later date on her own.  Sailing on the SS Conte Biancamano she arrived at Halifax’s Pier 21 on June 8, 1953 and boarded the train to Toronto and was reunited with her beloved Vito who was waiting for her at Union Station.  She would always say what a great country Canada is and how grateful she was to be given that opportunity to live here.

elevated QaM71 She was hard working and worked in the garment district for quite some time and when her eye health did not allow for that anymore, she worked as a cashier and deli clerk and then as a lunchroom supervisor at Briarhill Public School in Toronto.  She was a great gardener, cook, baker, knitter, seamstress, social butterfly and at times could be feisty. She was efficient, quick and could find humour.  Her soul would radiate high energy, spirit and kindness.  She will be dearly missed by her family, sister and brother, sisters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews in Italy and Canada.  Many thanks to CELHIN for their continued guidance and support and the PSWs from Spectrum for all their help which allowed me to keep and care for my mom at home. She also received excellent and dedicated nursing care from her nurse Nerissa.

elevated QaM71 If desired, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation

Family and friends are invited to view the Funeral Mass on Tuesday June 21, 2022 at 10:30 am please click the link below.

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