Assunta Da Pra

Assunta Da Pra

Wednesday, August 16th, 1933 - Friday, July 24th, 2020
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, July 25th, 2020 | 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Saturday, July 25th, 2020 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Ward Funeral Home, "Woodbridge Chapel"
    4671 Highway 7
    Vaughan, ON L4L 1S6
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    In accordance with the directives provided from the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, funeral services may be held within the funeral home with 30 % capacity of visitations rooms and the onsite chapel. Funeral Services may also be held at a place of worship with the same 30% capacity mandate. To allow your extended family and friends to offer their condolences, our spacious rooms and chapels continue to allow for social distancing requirements. Please RSVP at the link provided below. Wearing of masks, or face coverings, by everyone is mandatory as per the directives of the Bereavement Authority. This includes ALL staff and attendees. Masks will be provided to those guests who may not have their own.
  • Service

    Saturday, July 25th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, July 25th, 2020 1:00pm
    St. Augustine of Canterbury
    80 Shoreham Drive
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  • Interment

    Beechwood Cemetery
    7241 Jane Street
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Antoniette Giancola

Posted at 01:15pm
Rest in Peace to your beautiful mom. Condolences from Antoniette Giancola (westview days and Queen of Peace days)


Posted at 03:28pm
Rest In Peace, Nonna. Bernie and I will think of you every day. Thanks for touching my heart with your kindness the past 5 years that I had the privilege to know you and be a part of your life. You're the best Nonna anyone can have. I still remember when Bernie brought me over to your house the first time and referred to me as a friend, you told me "I like you, friend". I was surprised by your friendly demeanour that you didn't pass judgement despite me having dyed blue hair, which was pretty wild.
I will miss taking you to vaughan mills mall on a Saturday. You'd always be sitting at the front porch all ready to go before we pull up to your driveway.
We're heartbroken to see you go, but we hope that you're in a better place. I'm thankful that you were around to attend our wedding, which was a big deal since Bernie was your first grandchild.
Until we meet again in heaven, we love you forever.


Basile Montagnese

Posted at 08:44pm
Hello Everybody,

I want to thank you all for coming to celebrate the life of our beloved Nonna Assunta and I want to thank god for allowing me to be here today. It is never easy saying goodbye and I pray that I have the strength to do so here today. When I began writing this, I first took time to reflect on my life and the profound impact my Nonna Assunta has had on it, as she has had on all of ours. A few things became clear to me after some tears and many smiles and laughs. Firstly, I should probably keep this short and to the point, much like any phone call was with my nonna. In fact, she would have likely hung up by now or passed off the phone if this was a call. Secondly, when questioning why God decided to take her from us, I realized he did not simply make the decision alone, he made it with her. I have never met a more resilient (often to the point of stubbornness), strong, and independent person in my life. Nonna Assunta has overcome hardships that would break most people and from nothing has managed to build a beautiful family that lives to honor all she has done to get us here. Thus, as painful as it is for us, we must understand that Nonna Assunta left on her own terms because there is no doubt in my mind that she would have allowed it any other way. Thirdly, Nonna does not need to be here in flesh for her to live on. She lives on through all of us, in our thoughts, actions, hearts, and minds. She showed us what it means to work hard, what it means to love and care for your family, what it means bring joy to those around you, and most importantly what it looks like to have ridiculously good fashion because that was one stylish woman. So, let us tether her to this earth with the stories and memories we share, with our prayers that we say, and through the way we live our lives knowing that she is looking down on us from above. She will always be with us. Finally, before I share some of my memories I wanted to share one last reflection. Nonna Assunta brought us together as family, she reminded us to think of Nonno Bernie at our parties, and she did everything possible to make her grandchildren happy, full, and rich. With all the laughs, chuckles, and joy she has brought to each and every one of us, it is our privilege to be here with her as she journeys to heaven to join Nonno Bernie and her other family and friends.

Like many of us, when I think of memories with Nonna Assunta I often find myself laughing uncontrollably at her recurrently way too honest comments, her ability to remember anything negative a person has said to her in the past 50+ years, or her inability to believe often expressed as “wow, I cannot believe” which came after most things that I hoped were quite believable like – me getting accepted to university. My earlier memories begin with the many sleepovers my brother and I had as kids where she would let us stay up late to watch TV and then tell our parents we were asleep at 8 o’clock. It made me envy the relaxed and laid-back atmosphere that my mom grew up in. I remember telling her I wanted to be a vet and she said no be a doctor and now look Nonna I am only 10-20 years away. The memories continue on as I grew older and she stuffed me with her meat sauce and pasta, fixed all my broken socks, and countlessly shoved $50 bills into my pocket when leaving her house because I had a lot of bills to pay as a teenager. I remember her tirelessly pulling me aside to give me invaluable tips and advice, like don’t have kids after August, or have a shot of this bottle with no name before you go home, or my favourite don’t work to hard you dont need to not study as much. I learned so much from you Nonna and you really do inspire me and you really do motivate me to try to make something of myself. Ciao Nonna, Ti amo sempre e per sempre


Lynn Da Pra

Posted at 05:13pm
Hey Lady,

Today, (July 25), is my mom's favourite kind of day: sunny, warm and a Saturday - sure to bring a visitor or 20 to share a smile.

It also happens to be the day when she began her life as a mother. From our recollection, she enjoyed that job very much. Each and every one of our senses has a rich memory of that, whether a funny song, ice cream, a soft caress or a hard slap, (hehehe), her beautiful, blue yes and the taunting and flavourful scents luring you to the kitchen to ask incessantly, "When will dinner be ready?".

Perhaps it is this day of raw emotion, likely not, but it is hard to describe my mother. She was an international buffet. She was strong and tender, brilliant and zany, rebellious and compliant, elegant and a giant mess, fiercely disciplined yet free-spirited and juvenile. She would be surprised if someone imposed a label upon her... and then, of course, she would prove them wrong.

Born in the Great Depression, she was orphaned young and had lost her eldest brother, Romano, during World War II. Her surviving siblings, Emma, Adelina, Maria, Carolina and Reno split up. She had emigrated twice, to Argentina then Canada, thus had lived significant portions of her life in three continents. She studied, she worked, she married and had three children, Johnny, Lynn and Richard.
By the time she reached 80, she had already lived as a widow for over 20 years, had survived cancer twice, had 2 significant strokes, suffered a slew of conditions, and had 8 grandchildren whom she loved dearly. She continued to thrive in her independent ways, her gracious attitude never faltered. She was always love manifested.
As much as her life had tragic moments, it was equally full of little miracles, little blessings that encouraged her to soar above the seemingly impossible. Including today: Joanne,the funeral Director mentioned she had never, in 23 years, seen a funeral, mass and service be organized in less than 24 hours. That was definitely Assunta, my mom, sewing her miracles together by the thread of sheer will alone.
She never understood barriers, as though she never saw them. Whether it was an explicitly written sign, a general convention or even her handicap, she never felt it hurt to try. She lived life on her terms and was always content to rejoice another day. She lacked tact and had strong opinions yet she did not pass judgement. She understood that the human condition is riddled with pain and adversity. When asked how she dealt with this adversity, she replied, "I don't think about it. There are better things to think about, including God, or the sun shining".
Maybe it is that simple?
I mean, she made it this far, loved by anyone who met her and she wanted for nothing.
I would call that a success. I would proclaim that as a meaningful life.

We love you very much Woman, Neighbour, Co-Worker, Patient, Friend, Wife, Sister, pain in the behind, Nonna, and Mom.

Lynn Da Pra Posted at 05:17pm


Lynn Da Pra Posted at 05:17pm


Andy D'Angelo

Posted at 04:04pm

We are truly sorry to hear of your loss, please accept our condolences.
Andy/Debbie D’Angelo and Family.

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