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Date of Passing: May 01, 2017

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FRANCESCA CECILIA LAO It is with great sadness and broken hearts that we announce the peaceful passing, on May 1, 2017, of our beloved Francesca, age 19, after a courageous battle with cancer at Children's Hospital, with family by her side. Left to cherish her memory is her loving parents, Corrado and Carmela, and brother Corrado. Also left to honour and cherish her deeply is her grandmother (Nona) Cecilia Costanzo, auntie Maria (John Owczar) and uncle Salvator, grandma Santina Lao, aunt Salvanna and cousin Cella, aunt Rita (Peter Breen), cousins Leah, Alana, Italia and Samuel, also numerous aunts, uncles and cousins in Winnipeg, Italy, Belgium and Australia, and many friends in Winnipeg. Francesca was predeceased by grandfathers (Nonos) Carmelo Costanzo and Francesco Lao. Francesca attended Margaret Park, Edmund Partridge and West Kildonan Collegiate. Frannie's love for dancing, singing, swimming and going to school was her passionate thing to do. Throughout her battle with cancer she continued on smiling and being strong, giving us the strength to carry on. It will be lonely here without you. We will miss you more each day. Our lives will not be the same since you have been called away. We would like to thank Francesca's primary doctor, Dr. R. Yanofsky (retired), also a special thank you to Dr. S. Israels and all the doctors, nurses and staff on 3rd Floor, Unit 5 at CancerCare and also at Children's Hospital CK5. Prayers will he held on Monday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m. at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main St. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, May 9 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church, 510 River Ave. with viewing starting at 9:30 a.m. Interment to follow at Assumption Cemetery. Pallbearers will be uncle Salvator Costanzo, cousin Salvator Costanzo, Shane Dilka, Ari Leivl, Robert and Eddie Sokolewsky. In lieu of flowers, donations in Francesca's memory may be made to CancerCare Manitoba or the Children's Hospital. This obituary may also be viewed at CROPO FUNERAL CHAPEL 204-586-8044

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 06, 2017

Condolences & Memories (11 entries)

  • I have been out of the country since January, and just recently heard of Frannie's passing. Carmela, I will never forget Frannie's beautiful eyes, showing all her emotions, be it excitement, anticipation, frustration, or disappointment. And those delicate hands and nails... I feel blessed to have met Frannie, as well as you, and your wonderful mother. Terri - Posted by: Terri Del Bigio (Clinic 5 staff) on: Sep 15, 2017

  • From the first time I meet Francesca I knew she was a very sweet girl, Frannie was a delightful girl, with a passion for dancing. She had a great smile and had a special twinkle in her eyes. Dale and I are going to miss you cutie pootie. Thi gas will never be the same without you - Posted by: Janet Sasaki and Dale (Friend) on: Jun 11, 2017

  • I am so very sorry to hear of Franny's passing. She was a joy to work with and will always have a special place in my heart. May God bless all of you during this difficult time. RIP Francesca 😇 - Posted by: Crystal Radocaj (Former EA of Franny ) on: Jun 08, 2017

  • I am deeply saddened by the news of your loss. I pray that God will grant you the strength. My most sincere condolences. Ling Chan - Posted by: Ling Chan (Friend) on: May 25, 2017

  • I am truly sorry to hear of Franny's passing. I worked with Franny and Corrado at Edmund Partridge, and remember them well from when they attended shepherd's daycare. My deepest condolences to the family. - Posted by: Dina Cantin (Worked with Franny at Edmund Partridge ) on: May 10, 2017

  • We are so sorry to hear of Francesca's passing. Kennedy was friends with Francesca since kindergarten. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Love The Huckerby's - Posted by: Cheryl Huckerby & family (Friend) on: May 10, 2017

  • I am so sorry about the loss of Franny. She was a sweet young lady who always made me smile. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you. Love Susan Grace and family - Posted by: Susan Grace (EA and respite worker) on: May 08, 2017

  • I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with the whole family. Bernice - Posted by: Bernice Goertzen (friend of Corrado) on: May 08, 2017

  • My deepest condolences to you and your family. - Posted by: josie castellano scarpino () on: May 07, 2017

  • Maria, I was so sorry to read of the passing of Francesca. I know you and your mom lovingly looked after her for many years. Please extend my heartfelt condolences to Carmela, Corrado, and your mom. I think of you often. Frances - Posted by: Franca McQuiggin (Friend, ex-co-worker) on: May 06, 2017

  • We have had the Honor and great pleasure of knowing Francesca since she and Cheyenne started kindergarten at Margaret Park School. Always a pleasure to see her, always that beautiful smile on her face. The kind of smile that lit up the whole room, as it will light the heavens above. The light, love, and laughter that will continue to fill our hearts every time we think of her. Please accept our deepest sympathies and sincere condolences on her passing. Gone but never forgotten. Forever in our hearts. - Posted by: RAYMOND, Darlene, Leigh, and Cheyenne Dilay (Family friends and school classmate) on: May 06, 2017

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