Peacefully passed away at the Mauno Kaihla Koti Finnish Rest Home on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at the age of 81.
Beloved wife of Angelo for 59 years. Loving mother of Louisa Brescacin (late Ron), Angela Cress (Terry), and Debbie Pucci (Rick) of Dallas Texas.
Cherished grandmother of Tiziana (Ahmed), Erica, Nicole, Jessica, Joey (Taylor), Jeffery, Maria, and Daniela. Great grandmother of Haley Pine.
Predeceased by her parents Orlando and Angela Cassavia (Abruzzese). Dear sister of the late Joe Cassavia (late Tomasina) of Hamilton, ON, late Maria Gaccione (late Natale), late Marcel Cassavia (late Tuula), Flora Reale (late Vince) of Italy, Lina Rodighieri (late Ricardo) of Italy, and the late Tita Zubaio (late Alberto) of Italy.
Dear sister-in-law of Flora Foggia (late Peter), Fernando Masci (Tonina) of Italy, Grace Tarsitano (Tony) of Montreal, Quebec, Jepino Masci, Rita Masci, and the late Maruzza Luzzi (late Biaggio) all of Italy. Gemma will be fondly remembered by her many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Gemma was a beautiful and kind soul with a deep faith. Her greatest gift in life was that of being a mother and grandmother, family meant the world to her. She loved nothing more than gathering together and making sure everyone was well fed. Gemma retired from the General Hospital after 15 years in housekeeping. She enjoyed spending time in her gardens and loved flowers. Her generous heart and bright smile will be cherished and dearly missed by all who knew her.
Due to the current pandemic regulations a private family funeral will be held. Details for a Memorial Mass will be announced at a later date, once it is safe to gather.
Special thank you to the staff at the Vandaele Nursing Home and the Ontario Finnish Resthome for the care and compassion shown to Gemma and our family.
Arrangements entrusted to Northwood Funeral Home Cremation and Reception Centre (942 Great Northern Rd, 705-945-7758).