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855 Albion Road
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Antonina Pinzone

Antonina Pinzone

March 11, 1922 - March 25, 2020
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Antonina is predeceased by her loving husband of 55 years, Antonio Pinzone. Antonina is survived by her four children, Rosemary (Angelo), Nancy (Frank), Anthony (Maryanne), Joanne (Enrico). Loving grandmother of seven grandchildren, Nancy, Frank (Cristina), David (Laura), Daniel (Rimma), Matthew (Katelin), Amanda (Gleb), and Adam. Cherished by her four great-grandchildren, Sienna, Nathan, Malia, and Luke

It is with profound sorrow, we mourn the passing of our beloved Mrs. Antonina Pinzone on March 25, 2020. With very heavy hearts our family has made the difficult decision to hold a private funeral with our immediate family, in honor of Mrs. Antonina Pinzone. Due to the evolving status of COVID-19, we are taking caution to protect the safety of our friends, family and community especially those who may be most at risk. We appreciate your love and support at this time, and we welcome your messages of condolence above on the (Memory Wall above ) .We would like to extend our sincere gratitude during this difficult time.
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    March 27, 2020 |
    March 27, 2020
    Bernardo Funeral Homes: Albion Chapel
    855 Albion Road
    Toronto, Ontario M9V 1A3
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  • Interment

    March 27, 2020 |
    March 27, 2020
    Queen Of Heaven Catholic Cemetery
    7300 Hwy #27
    Woodbridge, Ontario L4L 1A5
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Private Condolence

John Osauskas

Posted at 09:14am
May the memories of your loved one and the love of family surround you and give you strength in the long days ahead..
My Heartfelt Sympathy to all the family

John Osauskas

Adam Pinzone LaGrotta

Posted at 11:14am
My name is Adam and I am Antonina Pinzone’s youngest of 7 grandchildren.

I’d like to share a poem written by David Harkins titled “She is Gone”.

You can shed tears that she is gone

or you can smile because she has lived.

You can close your eyes and pray that she’ll come back

or you can open your eyes and see all she’s left.

Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her

or you can be full of the love you shared.

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday

or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

You can remember her and only that she’s gone

or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.

You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back

or you can do what she’d want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

Amanda Lagrotta

Posted at 11:04am
My name is Amanda and I am Antonina Pinzone’s second youngest of 7 grandchildren. The first granddaughter is Nancy, followed by all grandsons, Frank, David, Daniel, Mathew and Adam. She also left behind four great grandchildren, Sienna, Nathan, Malia and Luke.

Nonna touched my heart in a special way because of the person she was and the love that she radiated. She was special to me. She played an important role in the beginning of my life and raised me until the age of two. It is not hard to believe that I was a chubby baby during that time.

It is difficult to put into words how much my nonna meant to me. She was an intelligent woman. She passed a lot of wisdom down to her children who I am happy to say passed it on to me. My nonna was a very strong independent woman and she always got her way. Maybe that’s one quality I got from her.

I particularly remember that she always made sure to send us her notes of love. At every birthday and every Christmas Nonna made sure we received a note of her love.

When I think about my nonna the following words come to mind: patience, courage, family and cooking. My nonna was an amazing hostess and an incredible cook and baker. Our family always loved going to her house for dinner because she had the best food. We always ate so much that it was hard to walk after. But even though we were full, we had to have a slice of her homemade lemon cake or apple pie made from our very own apple tree.

I smile at the memories of the Christmas and Easter dinners she and my nonno executed perfectly year after year. There was always a full house and an abundance of cars in the driveway.   There was never a chance of hearing much of anything beyond the clanging and shouting at the dinner table. 

One of nonna’s favourite words was “mangia” (which translate to eat). If you were not hungry, she would ignore you and say “mangia”. If you were too full to eat anymore she would say “come on mangia”. If I would call or even visit, the first thing she would say “hai mangiato” (which translates into “did you eat”). If she didn’t feed you than she assumed you would starve.

Nonna loved her soap operas and the cooking channel. I learned not to call when her soaps were on. If you were present, she would make sure to tell you about every character. By the end of your visit you would be all caught up on the drama and there was no need to watch the program. Thank you nonna!

So many things will continue to remind me of nonna long after today. Every time I drive by her house, I will remember growing up there, surrounded by her tough but gentle love.

It is said that our parents give us life and…….
Our grandparents give us a sense of who we are and where we came from. 

I love you nonna, you will be missed.

Joanne Lagrotta

Posted at 10:58am
My name is Joanne and I am Antonina Pinzone’s youngest of four children. My siblings were born just 1 year apart from each other. Rosemary being the first born, followed by Nancy and then my brother Anthony. It is an honour to share my precious memories of my mother.

I realized as I set about this task, that a daughter sees her mother in a different context than those of you who are lifelong friends and family.

My mother, Antonina, was a compassionate and vibrant woman who always went out of her way to help others. She was a proud and dignified woman. Her heart and her generosity knew no bounds. Her door was always open – literally.

Mum was born in 1922. She grew up in a small town in Sicily, Termini Imerese with her mother, and two sisters – having lost her father at a very young age. Being the eldest, mom helped her mother raise her two siblings. It was a difficult time, but they were all strong individuals and managed wonderfully.

Mum was brought up with traditional values and learnt the skills that a woman of her era did – cooking and sewing. These skills helped put food on the table.

My parents met in Sicily and both had the same passion for music and dancing. On the dance floor, they were like Ginger Rodgers and Fred Astaire sharing their skills with the locals.

In 1952 they eventually migrated to Canada in search of work and to start a better life. Like so many others, they knew there would be some sacrifice leaving behind family and friends. It took a great deal of courage & confidence to step out from what they were familiar with into the unknown.

Mom loved the Italian oldies music. Growing up I remember her always singing. She sang beautifully filling in forgotten words with la la la. Dancing was my dad’s passion and with mum’s voice, they made beautiful music together.

Another fond memory was taking long walks with mum to Honest Eds. I remember looking up at her and thinking how incredibly beautiful she was with her tight dress and killer pointed high heels.

Saturday mornings mum would allow me and my siblings to sit in the living room watching cartoons while she prepared a gourmet breakfast for us to feast on.

Who could forget the traditional Sunday luncheons at mom’s house? The finest tomato sauce and the finest meatballs. NO JOKE – THE BEST!

I will always remember our Christmases together –all the chaos in the kitchen as Mum and dad prepared for Christmas dinner, and the wonderful feeling of us all being together. Both mom and dad felt whole when surrounded by family.

Mom taught us many things as young kids that hold us in good place today– good manners, respect and sound moral values. These values have made me who I am and I thank her so very, very much. One of mum’s greatest achievements was watching her children become well-adjusted individuals.

Mum was always the strong serious one while dad was the loving fun one with his witty sense of humour. My greatest memories of mum and dad are how hard working they were and their love for their family. As the family grew, they loved spending time with their grandchildren.

I learned a lot from mom and dad. I learned how important family is and enjoyed spending time with them. I learned how important a strong work ethic is and how remaining positive can help us get through life’s biggest challenges.

Mom was a straightforward woman who demanded little from those around her, and expected only the best from her children. Provided she heard from us regularly – and saw us whenever possible – she was content.

Now some of you would say that mom was strong. Others might refer to her as determined. Some may even go as far as “Stubborn”. If she had a viewpoint and a perspective on any given topic, nothing you could do or say would alter that. She might eventually budge, but only when she was good and ready, and on her terms.

This story wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t pay homage to moms incredible cooking. It seemed anything she made was delicious. Though, she could never give you a full recipe if you asked, as time had gifted her with precision. She never had any formal training, but she could have written a cookbook. All of our friends and family loved to dine at our house. My mom loved to entertain so it was win-win for everyone

It’s strange to think that I can’t just give her a call or pop around the corner to visit.

Mum has always been my support, strength and comfort when times have been tough. I don’t know how I will cope without her – it leaves a massive hole in my life. But I will draw strength from the things she taught me: “To accept the things you cannot change and change the things you can”.

She will be missed by all, but her memory will live on in us forever.

 I love you so much Mum, and will miss you more than words can say. I will cherish all of the great memories we had and will carry your values with me.

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