Obituary of Rosa Festa
March 16, 1935 - Petrosa Forino, Avellino, Italy
April 30, 2023 - Calgary, Alberta
Rosa Festa (nee Ruggiero) of Calgary, AB, passed away on Sunday, April 30, 2023, at the age of 88 years.
Rosa was born in Petrosa Forino, Avellino, Italy on March 16, 1935. Rosa married the love of her life, Gerardo Vittorio Festa, on April 29, 1956, in Forino, Avellino, Italy. She moved to Galloway, BC, in 1957 to join dad in their new journey in Canada together.
Rosa accomplished much through her life and was particularly proud of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
She had a passion for playing cards with anyone who was willing, cooking and baking for her family and friends, gardening and growing fresh vegetables, watching her favorite game shows or the Flames in action, but especially spending time visiting with her family, drinking a glass of wine, and topping it off with a cup of espresso with a generous splash of sambuca.
Rosa’s favourite sayings included “hello stranger”, “don’t be cheap, put a little more sambuca in it”, “do you have to go, or do you have time for a game?”, and “be good to each other”.
She will be most remembered for the amazing meals she prepared with love, and the unconditional love she gave to family and friends. Her hugs, kisses, and “I love you” will be missed but will forever be felt in our hearts.
Rosa is survived by her four children, Michael (Aurelia), Rob (Gemma), Nina, and Lisa (Michael); nine grandchildren, Gerardo (Holly), Giulia (Michael), Michael, Stephen, Joel, Daniel (Katina), Matthew, Tyson, and Christina; and four great-grandchildren, Giorgio, Roman, Gabriel, and Siena. Rosa is also survived by her sisters-in-law, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends both in Canada and Italy.
She was predeceased by her loving husband Gerardo in 2019, as well as her parents Immacolata and Giuseppe Ruggiero, her brothers and sisters, and several other relatives.
Rosa will be lovingly remembered for her outgoing spirit, social ability, her fashion and style, and beautiful radiant smile.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Corpus Christi Catholic Church (Corner of 4th Street & Northmount Drive N.W., Calgary, AB) on Friday, May 5, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Reception to follow in the Corpus Christi Hall. Condolences, memories, and photos can also be shared and viewed here.
In living memory of Rosa Festa, 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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