September 13, 1927 – March 27, 2013
The Twenty-Third Psalm: … Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Lilia Tognazzini passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 27 at Bethany Care Center. She was born in Vico Pancellorum, Bagni di Lucca, Italy on September 13, 1927. Lilia married the love of her life Aldo Tognazzini, after her sister Elvia married Roberto, Aldo’s younger brother. In 1954, the two brothers and their father Eugenio immigrated to Canada and settled in Calgary. A year later, Lilia, Elvia, their mother Rosalba, and Elvia’s daughter Paola were able to join them, where they lived together in the same household in Bridgeland. A few years later, the family welcomed the addition of Roberto and Elvia’s son, Mario. By 1973, sadly, illness took the lives of Roberto, Eugenio, then Aldo, leaving Lilia and Elvia widowed. This brought the two sisters and their mother even closer to one another. Lilia and Elvia formed an indelible bond, which saw them through the rest of their lives together, including the passing of Rosalba in 1990.
Family was everything to Lilia, and she was like a second mother to Paula and Mario. Lilia loved her role as a great-aunt, and was an inspirational model to all members of the family.
She is survived by her sister, Elvia, her niece Paula, her nephew Mario, and her great-nieces Robin (son, Zachary), Liza, and Jamie, and her great-nephew Ryan.
Lilia was a shining light through all of her days, and was particularly remembered for her brilliant smile. She was a woman of tremendous faith, and we know that she is at home in the house of The Lord. We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to her many friends, and the staff of Bethany Care Centre (3S), volunteers, and caregivers that she met throughout the years.
Prayers will be held at Canadian Martyrs Church, 835 Northmount Drive NW on Monday, April 1, 2013 at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at Canadian Martyrs Church on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 11 a.m. Refreshments will be served in the parish hall following Mass, with interment to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
To Lilia: “We will always love you, and you will forever be in our hearts.”