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SPADAFORA, Rosa (nee Saccomanno)

July 22, 1943 – San Giovanni, Fiore Cosenza, Italy
September 12, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with profound sadness and sorrow that we announce the passing of Rosa Spadafora of Calgary, AB, on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at the age of 75 years. After a long and courageous battle with cancer she passed away peacefully with her soulmate, Salvatore by her side

Rosa was born on July 22, 1943 in San Giovanni in Fiore, Italy. In January 1963, Rosa embarked on the adventure of a lifetime, leaving her family and country to come to Canada to meet and marry her husband. Rosa and Salvatore started a family of their own by November of that same year. To be her friend was to be her family. She loved organizing dinner and dance parties for her and her friends. There are many memories shared at Rosa’s table surrounded by laughter, love, family, and celebration (and of course, lots of great homemade food).

Rosa is survived by her loving husband of fifty-five years, Salvatore; her children, and in-laws, Biagio and Monica, Enzo and Courtney, Gina and Ed; and her greatest treasures, her grandchildren, Jenna, Madeline, Luke, Chance, and Nicolas. Besides her loving family, Rosa is survived by her sisters, Assunta and Maria.

Rosa was predeceased by her parents, Vincenzo and Luigina, and siblings Luigi, Giuseppe, Isabella, and Giovanni.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Corpus Christi Catholic Church (404 Northmount Pl NW, Calgary, AB), on Monday, September 17, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Mausoleum. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers memorial tributes may be made directly to Wellspring Calgary 1404, Home Road N.W., Calgary, AB T3B 1G7 Telephone: (403) 521-5292 or to the Rosedale Hospice 1245 – 70 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 2X8 Telephone: (403) 284 – 5195.

The family would like to thank all of those who cared for Rosa: The medical staff at the Tom Baker Cancer Center and Foothills Primary Care Network, the Palliative Home Care team, and everyone at Rosedale Hospice.

In living memory of Rosa Spadafora, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY, AB, T2E 2V6, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Compari Sam, Biagio, Enzo and Gina

    I am so sorry for your loss of your beautiful Rosa, she was larger than life and I will miss her dearly. May God give you all the strength to get through this most difficult time and bring you peace.
    I have had the great fortune of knowing Rosa for many years and throughout her battle with her illness. I know that she has found the peace she so deserves and is now an angel who will be with us forever. I will treasure all the memories we have made together over the years and will hold onto those until we meet again.

    All my love always and forever
    Rest in Peace my dearest friend
    Giulia

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  2. Thinking of you all, sending heart full of love, prayers, strength and angels to comfort you in this time…. xo Suzan

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  3. Franca cristiano :

    With our deepest condolence to the Spadafora Famiglia sorry for your loss Franca Cristiano & Family

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  4. I met Rosa through my sister Maureen. Your mom was just like ‘a warm place to come home to’. She was welcoming with that big smile and made you feel like an addition to her family. We wonder why it seems God takes our best but he must have needed some help in heaven and decided there was more than enough room for one more angel.
    I wish you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to hold forever in your hearts .

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  5. To the Spadafora Family our condolences for your loss Rosa was a Very Special Lady.

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  6. Nicola & Rosa Corea :

    Our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your beautiful Rosa. She was a wonderful friend and we will cherish all the memories we had with her. May she rest in peace and may all the memories you have give you comfort during this difficult time.

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  7. Danielle Glasgow :

    Our condolences to all Rosa’s family. Rosa was a beautiful soul who brought such joy to her beloved family and friends. May all the good memories bring you peace and comfort during this difficult time.
    R.I.P. Dearest Rosa

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  8. Maria & Emilio Astorino :

    Our deepest condolences for your loss. Rosa was such a beautiful person inside and out. May she rest in peace, we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

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  9. Biagio and family, Andrea and I are heartbroken by the news but know that her spirit lives on in her entire family. What a legacy she left behind for her children/grandchildren to follow … only question I have … who’s hosting Sunday night dinner !!!
    Love always,
    Marc, Andrea, Lauren, July and Jonah

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  10. We are very sorry for your loss

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  11. Rosa , Luigi Oliverio and Family :

    We are deeply saddened by the passing of Rosa. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May the love of family and friends comfort you during these difficult days, our most heartfelt condolences.

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  12. It is with great sadness we learned of the passing of such a wonderful woman, who fought courageously for each day to be with Sam, her children, grand children family and friends. Rosa was a gift from GOD and He blessed us all by sharing her with us. She was truly “ANGEL ON EARTH”. She selflessly gave of herself and enriched the lives of her family, friends and all those who had the pleasure to meet her. You will always be remembered as a wonderful, loving wife, mother and friend. You will forever be in our thoughts BELLA!

    Our hearts go out to Sam, Biago, Enzo , Gina and all of the Spadafora family during this time of great sorrow. May God bless and keep Rosa close to His side and watch over all of you.

    With loving thoughts and prayers,

    Domenico and Geraldina Iandolo
    Tony, Angela Iandolo and Family

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  13. Keith Stappleton :

    Our sincere condolences on the passing of your dear mother Rosa. Our thoughts and prayers are with you

    Keith and Arlinda

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  14. Vic and Joan Stewart :

    Enzo and family. Sorry to hear of your loss. Love from Vic and Joan

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  15. Kirby Thibeault :

    Biag, Sam, and Family,

    Our deepest condolences in the loss of your mom. She was a great person. Very positive; generous; kind and friendly, and always so hospitable.

    She’s in a great place now and we will all catch up with her in time.

    Sincerely,

    Kirby and all the Thibeaults

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  16. Our deepest sympathies on the loss of a wonderful lady who always had a smile on her face and joy in her heart. Rosa will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Maria, Carmine, Patrick & Michaela

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  17. Antonio, Saveria Audia.

    We are so sorry for your loss. May she Rest In Peace.

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  18. James, Angela Darago
    We are so sorry tor your loss.

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  19. Frank & Phyllis Snider :

    Sam, Biagio, Gina, Enzo and the whole family

    Frank and I are saddened at the passing of our dear and beautiful friend Rosa. She was such a positive and loving person and if she were here, Rosa would tell us to smile and remember all the great memories we shared. She is in God’s care now and is flying with the Angels.

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  20. Tina Festa McKee :

    No matter how much pain you felt you always had a big hug to give. Will miss those hugs and words of encouragement. Sunday mass will not be the same without your smile.
    God bless you all and may you feel peace in knowing that Rosa has made a difference.

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  21. Rita pietrovito :

    Our deepest condolences for your loss. May Rosa rest in peace.
    Nanda Leva & Rita Durante Pietrovito

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  22. Enzo and family,
    My deepest condolences to all of you. You have lost your anchor but she will be watching over all of you.
    Rosa was a wonderful lady. Always made me feel like part of the family.

    Cyndy Smith

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  23. Paterson Family :

    Zio, Biagio, Enzo, Gina and families

    There are few words to express our sorrow for your loss. Rosa had strength beyond imagination, she had the biggest heart and her compassion was immeasurable. Our hearts hurt for this loss. We are grateful for having had Rosa in our lives, she will be missed but we take comfort in knowing that she has found peace after such a hard fought battle.

    May the memories of a life well lived bring you comfort during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    God bless you and heal you.
    Love
    Angela, Arthur, Vanessa and Brandon

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  24. Franco, Susan, Ethan and Sophia Audia :

    We are so honored and blessed to have had Rosa as part of our lives. Her laughter was contagious and the love she shared with those around her was always abundant and sincere. The joyful memories that she created for us will live in our hearts forever. Our hearts are heavy as we share our deepest sympathy with the entire Spadafora family.

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  25. Dearest Sam, Biagio, Enzo, Gina and families,

    We are so deeply saddened to hear of Rosa’s passing.

    She was truly an inspiration. She was a much loved and treasured friend. She was role model and will always be remembered for her beautiful heart, her generosity of spirit, her caring and warm soul. She was a beacon of love and light during her time here with us. And Oh! that smile, it would light up a room. She was a wondrous angel here on earth and will be missed dearly and never forgotten.

    May she rest peacefully now in the arms of God.

    Our heartfelt sympathies to you all.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow.

    Much Love,
    Roberto and Caterina Verardi
    Josie, Rosa, Battista Verardi and families

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  26. Marnie and Josh Regan :

    Biagio, Monica, Maddy and Luke,
    We are so sorry to hear about losing Rosa. I have memories of visiting her in your back yard and at sports. I will strive to be a little like her- kind and loving. Take care,
    Sincerely Marnie and Josh Regan

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  27. Dear Monica, Biagio and family,
    We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. Our deepest condolences.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.
    Teresa & Melina Cusano

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  28. Joe E Caterina Mancsuso :

    Sentite condolianze

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  29. Luisa Scarcelli :

    Salvatore, and family we are deeply saddened by the passing of your beautiful wife/mother our thoughts and prayers are with you all our sincer condolences Leo/Luisa Scarcelli

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  30. Tony and Mary Jo Iervella :

    ENZO AND FAMILY,
    Extending our deepest condolences on the loss of your dear Mother.
    God Bless your Family.

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  31. Mon amd Stan amd Gorski :

    We were saddened to hear this news. Rosa was a very loving person. Please accept our deepest condolences.

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  32. We are deeply sorry for your loss. We will always have fond memories of your mother Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.

    Barb, Isa & Lori Scigliano

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  33. Dear, Sam , Biagio, Enzo, Gina , extended family, my deepest condolences to you as your blesseded Wife, Mother , Nona, friend, has reached her journey to heaven . May you find comfort and peace as you keep your love and memories of a beautiful soul close to your heart . I shall cherish her loving, kind, and generous spirit, I will never forget all she taught me .. Prayers and strenghth , And may God hold you all in the palm of his hands Loving Kaja & Henriksen Family

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  34. Tony, Anna Perri & Family :

    Our condolences on the passing of Rosa, it is never easy to lose a loved one, knowing spiritually she will always be with you all.

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  35. Pat & Maria Gallo :

    Please accept our heartfelt sympathies on the loss of your loved one. Words can’t express how saddened we are to hear of your loss. Our sincere sympathies to you and your family. Pat & Maria Gallo

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  36. Biagio and family,
    Thinking of you at this difficult time. Although it’s been many years, please know my thoughts and prayers are with you. Jeff Hall

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  37. THE SCHLAMP FAMILY
    to biagio and family
    our deepest condolences for your loss, but the memories will last a life time
    love dean and jody

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  38. Elizabeth Dudar :

    So sorry to read about Rosa’s passing. We only knew Rosa from her shopping in the Jacques Vert department in the Bay at Market Mall. We found Rosa to be a beautiful and caring individual and enjoyed offering our services to her over the years. She will be sadly missed by us all.
    Linda, Elizabeth , Ajka and Umi (Jacques Vert dept Bay Market mall)

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  39. Jeff, Irene and Jon Jarvie :

    Dear Sam, Biagio, Enzo, Gina, and family. Our heartfelt sympathies to you all. We were truly blessed to have Rosa in our lives, she welcomed us like family. All the times we shared together we will forever cherish.
    Jeff, Irene and Jon

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  40. Dearest Sam and all of the Spadafora Family,
    Zia Rosa with truly be missed by our family. She was a beautiful, generous heart that meant so much to all of us, especially Christina who was blessed to spend many days with her growing up. We have one last piece of blueberry pie left in the freezer with strict instructions that it must not be touched. We will also never forget her kindness towards my parents. Shopping for them and visiting with them even when she wasn’t well. There was so much about her that radiated love and inspired a giving lifestyle.
    We will miss her dearly
    Lisa, Mike, Tyson and Christina Bett

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  41. Mario & Gianna De Capite :

    Condoleance from Mario and Gianna De Capite and family for the passing of your loved one.

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  42. Mario & Gianna De Capite :

    Condolences from Mario and Gianna De Capite and family for the loss of your loved one. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

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  43. Mario & Gianna De Capite :

    condolences from Mario and Gianna De Capite and family for the loss of your loved one. Ours prayers and thoughts are with you.

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  44. David, Linda & Hannah Zur :

    Biagio & Family,

    Our deepest heartfelt sympathies for your loss. May the incredible memories of Rosa bring lasting joy to all of you. Our thoughts are with you… sending strength & love. Dave, Linda & Hannah

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  45. Dear Gina
    Stephanie has told us of your mother’s passing. Although we did not know your mother, Peter and I want to extend our sympathy to you for your painful loss of a cherished parent. We hope that you will find peace and comfort in the memories of the life you shared. Adele and Peter Hay

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  46. The Burton Family :

    Our heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your beautiful mother, grandmother and wife. We hope that memories of all the joy filled and wonderful moments you shared will comfort you during this very sad time.
    Keeping you in our hearts and prayers,
    Adriana, Craig, Matthew and Olivia Burton

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  47. Michael Dyrgas and Family :

    Gina, Ed and family,
    Our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow. Please accept our sincerest condolences.

    Michael, Laurie & Clare Dyrgas

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  48. Tony, Sam and Joe Barile :

    Rosa was my mother’s dear friend when they both lived in San Giovanni in Fiore. Although distance separated them between Calgary and Windsor my mother would very often speak highly of Rosa. One of my mother’s lifetime joys occurred when she finally reunited with Rosa and her family in Calgary only years ago. They are now reunited in Heaven together and our condolences are conveyed to her entire family, especially her husband Salvatore. With love, from Windsor

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