Obituary

It’s with heavy hearts we announce that our mother, Maria Rosa Pitaro, after a courageous battle with multiple health complications at the age of 83, God called her to heaven peacefully on the evening of September 18, 2022 with her loving family by her side. Maria Rosa was born on September 25, 1938 in Simbario, Italy. Maria Rosa raised three children alone in Italy for almost 10 years, before moving to Canada, with our father, Antonio, where Chiara her youngest was born. Maria Rosa worked two jobs to support her family and suffered terribly with multiple painful conditions until she passed away. She enjoyed being a grandmother the most, to her nine grandchildren. And was ecstatic about having 5 (and one the way) great grandchildren. Forever spoiling them and taking care of them. She enjoyed cooking, the company of friends and family, and practicing her faith. Maria Rosa will be dearly missed by her children Salvatore (Santa), Fortunato (Sonia), Pina (George), Chiara (Joe). By her grandchildren Anthony (Christina), Maria Rosa, Francesco, Meagan (Harvey), Robert, Michael (Felicia), River, Brandyn, and Evan. Her great grandchildren, Jackson, Noah, Tatum, Ben and Alex. She will greatly be missed by her wonderful brothers and sister, Domenico (Vincenzina), Francesco (Giovanna) and Angelina (Antonio). And her countless of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Her laughter and feisty ways will never be forgotten. And always cherished. Lastly, she leaves a gapping hole in Gracie the dog’s life as she would give her so much attention. Alice the cat does not know what to do with herself without Nonna. We would like to thank the staff at Toronto General Hospital for all their care, especially the JDMI staff (Chiara’s coworkers) for always giving our mother what ever she needed. We would like to thank the Toronto Grace Salvation Army Rehab Centre. A special thank you to VHA homecare PSWs for the many hours of service you provided to my mom and helping Chiara to provide care to her mother. Riposa in Pace cara Mamma…

Visitation

Date
September 23, 2022
Location
Cardinal Funeral Homes, Bathurst Street Chapel, Toronto, Ontario
Time
02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Date
September 23, 2022
Location
Cardinal Funeral Homes, Bathurst Street Chapel, Toronto, Ontario
Time
05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Memo

There will be a prayer vigil during the evening hours.

Service

Date
September 24, 2022
Location
St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church
Time
10:30 AM

Entombment

Date
September 24, 2022
Location
Prospect Cemetery - Last Supper Mausoleum
Time
 

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September 23, 2022
Georges Guyenot
Today I sat with you and your mother. I saw her picture next to her when she was young, so beautiful. But as I looked, I felt that the beauty was from within, a spirit for truth, a confidence in faith, a strength to conquer, a future so grand. I was sadden because I new of her struggles her losses and pain, too much that no justice could ever mend, as though the world was set to defeat her soul. Then I saw the pictures of her life, her family, her love and saw that the beauty I saw her so young, never broke, never was lost. Such strength in her spirit can only come from heaven above. She followed His passion every step of the way, never shaken, and finally rewarded today.
September 23, 2022
Pina Guyenot
I would like to honour my mom, Maria Rosa. Not for her education, although she taught the poor. And not for her position, for her post was so unfairly hard. And not for any land, she buried the dead. And not for any wealth, though she never was lacking. Her hands were fountains overflowing to all whom she loved. With this love in abundance that never ended, and still flows, she provided more than any wealth could ever buy. For her focus was her family and her never ending faith. To forgive and let go of the weeds that try to hold us down, to heal and make us all new. She kept us all close and held us in her heart, never forgetting anyone. Her word was better than gold. Some pay tribute to a queen who served a nation so well. But Maria Rosa serviced the Lords kingdom to even her last breath, worded to always love each other. I will miss you mom so much, your calls, your words, your voice to be heard no more.
September 23, 2022
Tugo Media
May the love which comes from the memories of the dearly departed comfort you now and in the days ahead. Sending warm thoughts and prayers to Maria's family.
September 23, 2022
John, Jen and your BMO Family
Maria Our hearts and sympathies go out to you and your family. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. John, Jen & your BMO TA Family
September 23, 2022
Mabel Ho
Dear Maria, George and Michael Sending you my deepest condolences for the loss of your mother. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this very difficult time.
September 23, 2022
Jessica, David, Bradley Ma
Dear Maria, George, and Michael… Our deepest condolences to you and your family for the loss of your beloved mom/grandma. Our hearts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
September 20, 2022
Rachel Griffiths
On behalf of Chiara’s coworkers at Insight Diagnostic Imaging, we send our sincerest condolences on the loss of your beloved mother.
September 20, 2022
Rita DeMontis
My heartfelt condolences over the loss of Maria Rosa, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. May the family's pain be diminished with the knowledge she will forever be in your hearts. - Rita DeMontis