The Hamilton Spectator - - Classified -

On be­half of our fam­ily Carmela, Ralph, Adrian and I (Anna), we would like to thank each and ev­ery one of you who reached out to our fam­ily and gave us your over­whelm­ing sup­port and love through this dif­fi­cult time since our beau­ti­ful gem Rosina’s pass­ing. We would like to thank my dad Ar­mando, our ex­tended fam­i­lies, Mar­i­anne and Joe, and Ralph and Na­dia for rush­ing to as­sist us with Carmela when first re­spon­ders ar­rived. We don’t know what we would’ve done with­out you. I know Rosina would’ve been happy that her mom was be­ing taken care of since Carmela was Rosina’s Queen. Carmela was Rosina’s best friend and con­fi­dant her en­tire life. She never wanted her mom to have a hair out of place. She al­ways wanted her to be clean and dressed beau­ti­fully. There are no words to ex­press our grat­i­tude to my mom Yolanda and my dad Ar­mando who took Carmela, who is like a sis­ter to them, into their home with­out a thought and took care of her while we couldn’t. We would also like to thank Agata and Rosetta for be­ing by our side when we ini­tially ar­rived at the hos­pi­tal, and we knew as soon as we called our cousins, aunts and un­cles, friends and ex­tended fam­i­lies, you would be by our side when we needed you the most. We would not have been able to get through this with­out your sup­port and love at the hos­pi­tal, the vigil ev­ery night and be­ing there by Rosina’s bed­side in her fi­nal days. Rosina re­ally loved her fam­ily. Thank you to the Vitello fam­ily for scram­bling around and finding Fa­ther Mike to give Rosina her last rites and com­fort­ing us as we said good­bye. Thanks Fa­ther Mike for your bless­ings to all of us. Thank you Dr. Brenda Copps for your phone calls and com­pas­sion. We would like to thank ev­ery­one for your over­whelm­ing gen­eros­ity for pro­vid­ing us with food through­out the last few weeks and also to ev­ery­one who pro­vided us with piz­zas, cof­fee and desserts while we were at the hos­pi­tal. And to all of you who pro­vided us with your love and sup­port through phone calls, through texts, on­line con­do­lences and for stop­ping by my par­ents’ home to check on Carmela. We would also like to ex­tend our heart­felt thanks to the out­stand­ing staff at Friscolanti Fu­neral Home, es­pe­cially Adri­ano, for your com­pas­sion in as­sist­ing us with the fu­neral ar­range­ments. You helped us give Rosina the true hon­our that she truly de­served. Thank you Mary from St. An­thony’s parish for help­ing us with the fu­neral ar­range­ments. We would also like to thank the vo­cal­ists Tanya and Cristina for com­fort­ing us in song. Thank you Fa­ther Charles Galea for the heart­warm­ing and com­pas­sion­ate words dur­ing the beau­ti­ful fu­neral ser­vice for Rosina. And also to the teach­ing staff for the hon­our guard given to Rosina as we left the church. Beau­ti­ful! What a trib­ute and an honor to a beau­ti­ful soul. We would also like to thank Agata, Rosetta and Vir­ginia for go­ing out and mak­ing sure Rosina looked liked an an­gel. You took so much care in buy­ing an out­fit that you knew Rosina would have loved. Thank you so much to Ralph and Na­dia Olivieri for pro­vid­ing us with the food at the fu­neral home. There are no words to ex­press how we feel about you. We love you all. Thank you so much to Cindy and her co­work­ers at Life­touch for go­ing above and be­yond to re­trieve the beau­ti­ful pic­ture of Rosina. Carmela loves it! We would also like to thank the Hamilton Went­worth Catholic school board staff, es­pe­cially Prin­ci­pal Flora Nord­off, Rosina’s co­work­ers/ col­leagues from both schools she taught at (Saint Ber­nadettes and Saint Matthews) for what you have done to honor this lovely gem Rosina. Spe­cial thanks goes out to you both, Sab­rina and Pam, Rosina’s “partners in crime”, there are no words to say what it meant to us what you both have done to give Rosina the honor that she truly de­served by pro­vid­ing us with all the cards from the chil­dren and the beau­ti­ful trib­utes at the school front lobby and also at the fu­neral home. Ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful! We sent all the beau­ti­ful cards to heaven with Rosina so she can read them ev­ery­day to re­mind her of all the love that sur­rounded her. Rosina was a ded­i­cated teacher for many years. She was self­less, beau­ti­ful, com­pas­sion­ate, pa­tient, a ded­i­cated ed­u­ca­tor, gen­tle, kind hearted, lov­ing, cher­ished, gifted, ten­der, friendly, al­ways a smile and a hello - these are the words taken from on­line con­do­lences from her co­work­ers, stu­dents and par­ents of the stu­dents, and friends and fam­ily. To all of the chil­dren she has taught for all these years she has been a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence in their lives and they feel they were lucky and grate­ful to have had her as their in­cred­i­ble teacher. Her stu­dents ab­so­lutely adored her just as she adored them and she will be greatly missed by all. Thank you to the over­whelm­ing num­ber of friends and fam­ily, par­ents and chil­dren who paid their re­spects at the vis­i­ta­tion and fu­neral. Truly touch­ing! For those that have given us cards of sym­pa­thy, do­na­tions made in mem­ory of Rosina, Mass cards, the beau­ti­ful flow­ers and per­sonal gifts, your thought­ful­ness was much ap­pre­ci­ated and heart­warm­ing. She has left a ma­jor hole in our hearts. Gone too soon, but we are so thank­ful that we had the chance to have had her in our lives. What we’ve learned is life is so frag­ile and all it takes is a sin­gle mo­ment to change ev­ery­thing you take for granted. We need to fo­cus on what’s im­por­tant and be grate­ful. We need to fo­cus on the sim­ple bless­ings that sur­round us each and ev­ery day, and give a hug to some­one who re­ally needs it. Rest In Peace our beau­ti­ful an­gel Rosina. We know you are in the arms of your dad, your grand­par­ents, cousins, aunts and un­cles since now you have been reunited with them and your dog Teddy. You will never be alone!! And rest as­sured we will con­tinue to take the best care of mom, Queen Carmela, just as you did self­lessly. Rest In Peace our sis­ter and adored aunt and daugh­ter, Rosina.

Love Mom Carmela, brother Ralph, sis­ter-in-law “sis­ter” Anna and adored nephew Adrian Leo.

If tears could build a stair­way, and mem­ory a lane, I’d walk right up to

Heaven and bring you home again.

A me­mo­rial mass will be held on Satur­day, Jan­uary 12, 2019 at 3 o’clock in the af­ter­noon at St. An­thony’s Parish.

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