Maria Cava

Maria Cava

Sunday, October 5th, 1919 Friday, July 19th, 2019

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Obituary for Maria Violanda Cava (Tarsitano) Mrs.

Maria Violanda Cava
October 5, 1919 – July 19, 2019

CAVA- Mrs. Maria Cava passed away peacefully surrounded by loving family at St. Joseph’s Care Group on Friday, July 19, 2019, less than three months before she would have celebrated her 100th birthday. Maria was born in Perito, Pedace, Cosenza, Italy on October 5, 1919, the daughter of Francesco and Angelina Tarsitano. In 1952 Maria came to Canada with her sons Paul, Tom, Etalo and Frank to join her husband Giovanni who had preceded them in 1950. After coming to Canada her family grew by two with the birth of daughter Virginia in 1953 and then the youngest of the family, George in 1960. Maria was devoted to her faith and was a member of the Catholic Women’s League of Canada and had just received Her 60th year pin. In keeping with Her Italian heritage, She was also a member of the Italian Women’s Society of Port Arthur. Maria enjoyed gardening but her greatest pleasure came during time spent with family and friends. The kitchen in Maria’s house was the center of her home, where she prepared meals for large family gatherings, something she loved very much to do. Even as she got older she was determined to maintain family traditions and host her large family for all special family events. A constant in Maria’s life was her niece Lina, whom she considered to be her second daughter. With the death of her husband Giovanni in 1970, she began working in the kitchen at the Italian Cultural Centre, where she took pride in preparing delicious meals and enjoying the camaraderie that she shared with the ladies that she worked alongside with. Maria will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed by her children: Paul (Irene), Tom (Donna), Frank (Linda), Virginia (Guy) Turcotte and George (Cathy); grandchildren: Michael (Heidi) Cava, Annabel (Barry) McKinlay, John (Marci) Cava, Michelle (Gary) Wojciechowski, Peter (Kristen), Paul (Ngan) and Chris (Carrie) Cava, Mellissa (Scott) Jackson, Maria (Todd) Kiviaho, Kathy Cava DaCosta, Louie Cava, Jean-Paul (Annick)Turcotte Sylvain (Emmanuelle) Turcotte and Martin (Ann) Turcotte, Jamie (Zora) and Michela Cava; 20 great grandchildren as well as by several other relatives and friends in both Canada and Italy. She was predeceased by her husband Giovanni, son Etalo, daughter-in-law Sandy, granddaughter Angela Cava and other Relatives in Canada and Italy . The Family is now comforted in knowing that Maria and Giovanni are now together forever and will spend the rest of eternity as one. The Family would like to express their gratitude to the dedicated and compassionate staff at 4 North Hospice ward, and a special thanks to Nurse Ruth who comforted our Mother and Family to The end . Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 25, 2019 when family and friends will gather in St. Anthony’s R.C. Church for the Funeral Mass beginning at 11:00 a.m. celebrated by Rev. Luigi Filippini and Deacon Pasquale Coccimiglio .Interment will follow in St. Andrew’s Cemetery. Visitation for friends will be held on Wednesday, July 24th from 5-7 p.m. with the Vigil Service beginning at 7 p.m. in the Sargent & Son Funeral Chapel, 21 N. Court Street. In lieu of flowers memorials to the St. Joseph’s Foundation-Hospice Unit or the charity of your choice would be appreciated. On-line condolences may be made at

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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Sargent & Son Funeral Chapel
    21 North Court Street
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    Wednesday, July 24th, 2019
    5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Prayer will begin at 7 p.m.
  • Service

    Thursday, July 25th, 2019 | 11:00am
    St. Anthony's R.C. Church
    123 Hilldale Road
    ThunderBay, ON
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    Thursday, July 25th, 2019
    Rev. Luigi Filippini
  • Interment

    Thursday, July 25th, 2019 | 12:30pm
    St. Andrew's Catholic Cemetery
    690 Oliver Road
    Thunder Bay, Ontario
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    Thursday, July 25th, 2019

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Angela Belair

George & Family,
We are truly sorry to hear about your Mother's /Nonna's passing. May all the wonderful memories keep you all strong during this difficult time. Take care Angela, John, Julie and Melissa Belair
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Cedo Jankovic

So very sorry for your loss our condolences to all the family.
Cedo Jankovic
Comment | Posted at 04:44pm via Condolence

frank niccoli

So terribly sorry for your loss. My prayers and sympathies go out to the entire Cava family. God Bless.
Comment | Posted at 11:33am via Condolence

Frank & Cathi Sprovieri

To the Cava family- so very sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. God bless her..... almost 100 years old. I have many fond memories of my times with your family on Algoma St growing up.
Cherish the memories.
Frank Sprovieri ( Calgary)
Comment | Posted at 10:07am via Condolence

Love Tim, Bev, Suzie and Summer Jackson

Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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