It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of Rosa Licata at 94 years of age. Surrounded by her loving family, Rosa passed away peacefully on February 3, 2017 and is now reunited with her true love Francesco Licata (1988). She was the much-loved mother of Vita Valentinis (Fulvio), Rino Licata (Mary), and John Licata. Devoted and very proud Nonna to Alissia Valentinis (Hassan), Giulia Boogerman (Jason), Nadia English (Justin), Roberto Licata (Deanna), Sergio Licata (Colleen), Adriana Cooper (Gordon), Stephen Licata and Daniel Licata. Rosa was also overjoyed to be the great-grandmother to Darius and Ariana Pirnia, Jenna and Isla Boogerman, Carter and Chiara English, Aleksander and Lukas Licata, Owen and Caden Licata, and Gordon Frank Cooper. Dear sister of Jack Moceri (Jean) and sister-in-law Sandina and the late Francesco Moceri, Giovanna Gentile and Pina Messina.
Rosa, first daughter to the late Giovanni and Vita Moceri, was born in Campobello di Mazara, Sicily in 1922. After living through the war, she married Francesco Licata and they made the courageous decision to start a new life in Canada.
An extremely talented woman, her hands worked magic whether it was painting a landscape, sewing a wedding dress, crocheting a blanket for her grandchildren or making her famous biscotti that she loved to share with family and friends. Rosa was a proud member of the Giovanni Caboto Women’s Auxiliary, the Catholic Women’s League of St. Angela Church and the Madonna del Rosario Association.
Above all, she was a wonderful woman who will be greatly missed by all her family and friends.
The family would like to extend heart felt gratitude to her long time family physician Dr. Dave Scarfone, to the caring and compassionate physicians and nurses at Hotel Dieu Hospital, to Franca and Tony and their amazing staff at Dolce Vita Retirement residence where Rosa thoroughly enjoyed spending her last few weeks, as well as to the caregivers at CCAC (Paramed and Saint Elizabeth) who cared for her over the years.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or the charity In Honour of the Ones We Love.
Visitation will be Monday February 6, 2017 from 2-5pm and 7-9pm. Parish prayers at 4:30pm at Families First 3260 Dougall Avenue, South Windsor 519-969-5841. On Tuesday February 7, 2017, family and friends are invited to meet directly at St. Angela Merici Church (980 Louis Ave., Windsor) for Funeral Mass at 9:30am. Entombment to follow at Heavenly Rest Cemetery. Share memories, photos or make a donation online at www.FamiliesFirst.ca
“Though her smile is gone forever and her hand we cannot touch, we shall never lose sweet memories of the one we loved so much. Sempre nei nostri cuori.”
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