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Antonietta Baldesarra

Antonietta Baldesarra (Venditti)

Wednesday, August 25th, 1937 - Tuesday, May 12th, 2020
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It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother Antonietta Baldesarra (nee Venditti). Peacefully after a long and arduous journey she has joined her loving husband in Heaven. She was born in Vinchiaturo Molise, Italy on August 25, 1937 and is the youngest of seven. She came to Canada at 18 years of age with her mother following all her siblings. After a few years in Canada she met our late father, (Italo) Roberto Baldesarra, and they married in 1963. She leaves behind her loving children Enza (Tony) DiBenedetto, and Sandra (Paul) Garibotti, and 5 cherished grandchildren, Marcanthony, Matthew, Sara, Madison and Erica.

Antonietta was loved by all, as her nature was sweet, kind and compassionate. Although she was always trying to manage her own pain and illness, she always had the ability to make people feel at ease and comforted. Anyone who ever met her immediately felt her gentleness and kind spirit and she has a special place in the hearts of those who knew her and held her dear. She nursed her husband back to health following a debilitating stroke, and then battled her own struggles after being diagnosed with MS in her mid-40’s . Although confined to a wheelchair for the past 33 years she fought valiantly during the course of her illness and even helped raise her grandchildren creating an incredible bond between them. She often told us, I haven’t been a good mom (her thoughts not ours), but I was a GREAT Nonna, and her grandchildren would absolutely agree, as do we all. She was so very proud of each and everyone of them and loved them fiercely.

Mom’s family was everything to her, including all her siblings. She was the youngest of seven. She was raised by a single mother and never knew her father who perished in WW2. Her three brothers, Michelangelo, Libero, and Franco were the father figures that modeled strength. Her sisters Christina, Maria and Carmela demonstrated patience and kindness. She had a special connection with all her siblings, but none as strong as the connection she had with her sister Carmela, who truly was her best friend and in some ways soul mate. Born only 14 months apart they had a bond that carried them through their lives. Carmela was mom’s protector, but also her inspiration. She was also had a special bond with her sister-in-law Filomena and especially in the last few weeks both were always present in mom’s mind, speaking to them everyday, telling them she loved them.

For the past 6 years she resided at Villa Colombo Vaughan and again found friendship and closeness with other residents and her caregivers. No matter what life brought, our mother was always able to keep her sense of humour, make all around her laugh and forget their troubles even for a moment. She took pride that even in her most challenging times her hair and lipstick always had to be perfect We are so very grateful that we were able to spend time with her and hold her hands as she left us. Grieving is always difficult, but we take comfort in knowing that her suffering is over and she is at peace. Her legacy is one of love, strength and beauty.

Given these challenging times a private funeral will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2020, however a true celebration of life will be held at a later date when we are able to be together to give mom the proper send off she so very much deserves.

If you so desire, donations can be sent to the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada or your own personal charity of choice. As my mom would always say as we would leave; “be good.”

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  • Service

    Location
    Ward Funeral Home, "Woodbridge Chapel"
    Address
    4671 Highway 7
    Vaughan, ON L4L 1S6
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    Please click 'Photos and Videos' to join the webinar: Session Number: 82939160334 Password: 895325
  • Interment

    Location
    Glendale Memorial Gardens
    Address
    1810 Albion Road
    TORONTO, ON
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Famiglia Gabriele Colucci

Posted at 03:39am
La distanza che ci separa è grande come l'affetto che ci unisce, ancora più forte in questi giorni . Nel ricordo di Zia Antonietta, ma anche di Zio Alberto e Zio Rinaldo, vi abbracciamo tutti. Gabriele Colucci, Pompea, Federico, Stefano.
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Orlandi Family

Posted at 10:02pm
We have been permanently plunged into a state of distress and anguish in the wake of the loss of this exceptional, exemplary, stellar, angelic member of our family clan. Zia Antonietta was everything sincere, gentle-hearted, mild, and good-natured that can possibly be infused into one being. She was an undaunted pillar of strength and unmatched personal endurance – a true testimony to the meaning and essence of repeatedly persevering in the face of hardship and relentlessly dedicating oneself to excellence and togetherness from a familial perspective. Her spirit was characterized by her benevolent, nurturing, and selfless instincts, and her innate tenderness permeated her every action. In conversation, Zia was demure, all-embracing, and tender beyond imagination, peppering her dialogue with her quaint sense of humour and her graceful, timeless brand of elegance. We offer our most intensely heartfelt condolences to her grief-stricken close family at this time – Zia will be remembered so positively, so warmly, and so fondly for all eternity.
All our love,
Roger, Charina, Alexander & Ashley Orlandi
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Gianni Venditti

Posted at 08:05pm
Enza/Sandra, it is with our sincere and heart felt sympathies that we extend our condolences to your families. Without any doubt Zia was an incredibly strong and beloved wife, mom and grandmother. For someone who endured so much in her life, unquestionably she was incredibly blessed with cherished sisters, loving brothers, and a multitude of love from her dearest grandchildren and daughters. She truly was a remarkable lady. Although her loss saddens me, it also brings peace to know she will be reunited with her brothers and sister and her beloved husband. Our hearts and prayers are with you guys. Lots of love

Gianni, Josie, Frank & Steven Venditti
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David Tonin

Posted at 05:43pm
What a beautiful obituary … Her legacy is one of love, strength and beauty....
Losing a cherished loved one is never easy, and made more difficult with these challenging times, but know you have many that love you and are thinking of you all during this sad time.
Our deepest condolences to your whole family. May you find great joy as you share fond memories.
with love and un grand abbriacione!
The Tonin Family
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Joanne Santilli

Posted at 01:45pm
Treasured Memories:
In the midst of the most turbulent time of her life, when our beloved Uncle Roberto was in dire condition after his stroke in 1979, our dear Zia Antonietta astonished and blessed us by attending my sister Chiarina's wedding. If there is any single act that encapsulates her character, values and love of family, it was that one for me. It meant so much to my family to have her there, especially since my own father Ninuccio, who adored her, had passed just ten months prior. She repeated that magnanimous act of love in 2016, when just having gone through the devastating experience of losing her leg, she attended the confirmation of my precious Teadora, which remains to date one of the most cherished memories of my life . Thank you for all of it and all the ways in which you loved us. It was pure pleasure and inspiration knowing you. We will cherish your memory and love you forever.
Joanne Santilli and Chiarina Orlandi
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