Rose Vilona

Obituary of Rose Vilona

January 1, 1941– Simbario, Calabria, Italy

November 16, 2022 – Calgary, Alberta


It is with profound sadness, that we share the news of our mother’s passing. She was truly the heart of our family. She will be dearly missed by her husband of 62 years, Giuseppe; children, Lina (Brent) Holmes, Salvatore Vilona, Silvia (Ivano) Sgaggi; and her nine grandchildren, Jonah, Corinne, Lucas, Melissa, Christina, Joe, Victoria, Olivia, and Natalie.


She has been called home to be with Jesus, for a blessed reunion with Fortunato her son, whom she has missed deeply for 41 years. She is predeceased by her daughter-in-law Joanna; her parents Salvatore and Maria Angelina; her brother Vince; and sister Regina.


Rose was born in Simbario, Italy, where she grew up alongside her best friend Giuseppe. When she was 15, Rose moved with her family to Calgary, AB, Canada and in 1960 Giuseppe came to Canada and they were married. Rose was a wonderful mother to her four children and co-owned a paving business with her husband.


Rose was often caught in the greenhouse watering her tomatoes, sitting in her chair crocheting, or in the kitchen cooking for her family. Rose loved spending time with her grandchildren and had so much love in her heart for them.


A viewing prior to Mass will be held at Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Parish (1714 – 14th Avenue N.E., Calgary, AB) on Thursday, November 24, 2022, at 10:30 a.m.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Reception to follow in the Hospitality Centre at the church. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. Family and friends who are unable to attend in person are invited to join Mrs. Vilona’s service streamed live on the day of the service. Link to be posted soon. Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared and viewed here.


In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549,


In living memory of Rosaria (Rosina) Vilona, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area 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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