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TOGNAZZINI, Lilia (nee Tolari)

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.”

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  1. Cathy Anderson :

    We will always remember your zest for life and the warmth of your smile.

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  2. Lilia you had a kind and loving heart. Your smile was warm and reassuring. I will carry warm memories of you in my heart always. I am blessed having known you. Thank you x

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  3. My Sympathy to Elvia, Paula, Mario, Liza , Jamie & the rest of the family.
    A Beautiful woman, that I had the privilege and pleasure to know for so many years…

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  4. Anna and Guido Urciuoli :

    Our condolances to you Paula, your dear mom, your brother Mario and all family. I will always remember her smiles and always being happy. She will always be remembered by every member of our family.

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  5. franca bruno :

    Carissima Lilia, che onore averti conosciuta, sei stata un angelo su terra. Un esempio per tutti, sempre con il sorriso. E da lassu’ in paradiso ti chiediamo ancora di aiutarci ad essere piu’ buoni. Grazie Lilia

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  6. Shelly Tognazzini :

    Lilia, you will always remain an angel on earth, your presence touched all who knew you. I am so grateful to have shared so many wonderful loving memories with you and the family. My love and support to you all.

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  7. Gerri and Denis Goulet :

    Our condolences to you Paula and your family. I always remember your Aunt, when we were growing up, as being a very happy woman and how she loved it when your friends dropped by and welcomed us all like we were family.
    You will always have wonderful memories of her.

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  8. Mario
    Sorry to hear about your awesome Aunt. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

    Anne Marie

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  9. Cathy Woiwod :

    Our condolences Mario (and family) on the passing of your dear Aunt Lilia. Peter has told me what a wonderful lady she was.
    Blessings, Cathy

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  10. Roberto Viani :

    We were sorry to hear of Lilia’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers, and those of so many others who knew her, are with you at this sad and difficult time.

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