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Born: Sep 06, 1934

Date of Passing: May 08, 2020

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Our beautiful mother and Nonna, Josephine LaMantia (Battaglia), passed away peacefully on Friday, May 8, 2020.
She was predeceased by her husband Giuseppe LaMantia; parents, Maria and Francesco Battaglia; and brother Anthony.
Josephine is survived by her daughters, Franca Caligiuri (Pat) and Maria Erickson (Dave); grandchildren, Christina Stuart (Mark), Joseph Erickson, Joseph Caligiuri (Natasha), Lydia Caligiuri and Luke Erickson; great-grandchildren, Meadow and Sullivan. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Zina Battaglia and Maria LaMantia, and many nieces and nephews in Winnipeg and Sicily.
Mom was born on September 6, 1934 in Termini Imerese. As much as she loved her hometown, she came to Canada with her parents in 1952. In 1956, she married the love of her life, Giuseppe LaMantia. Together they raised a family instilling traditional family values. Her family brought her enormous joy and happiness. She enjoyed cooking and her many recipes will be enjoyed for generations to come. Childhood memories of freshly baked bread and a strong cup of coffee will never be forgotten. She was an expert seamstress and worked many years in management at Silpit Industries. She sewed many garments and faux fur slippers for family and friends.
Mom was widowed in 1991 at the age of 57. To her credit, she got her driver's license and remained independent. Spirituality and faith was of upmost importance to her. With her new car, she attended daily morning masses at various churches and she became a member of the Catholic Women's League. She continued her husband's passion of gardening by growing her own seedlings and sharing her bountiful harvest with many friends and family. Her generosity was endless. She was fiercely courageous until her move to Meadowood Manor in 2014.
Mom, you battled dementia for eight years. You remained strong and resilient fighting this disease. You will be greatly missed. We are forever grateful for your love and you will forever live in our hearts and prayers. Farewell sweet Mama and Nonna.
The family would like to thank the numerous health care workers, the recreational team, the cleaning and kitchen staff at Meadowood Manor for their care and compassion which will never be forgotten.
We would especially like to thank Pastor Dave Holland and his wife Darlene, for giving our mother a hug every day for the last six years, never missing a day. Their spiritual guidance and kind words were greatly appreciated.
In keeping with the health regulations that have been put in place to combat COVID-19, the family will be having a private service to celebrate her life.
As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to Holy Rosary Church.

E.J. Coutu & Co. Funeral Directors

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 13, 2020

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • Condolences to the family on the passing of our very good friend. I worked with Josie and knew her from Termini. Best wishes. - Posted by: Zina Brambilla (Friend) on: May 21, 2020

  • Remembering you with great LOVE and RESPECT. Always so very kind and happy. To the Family: Maria, Dave, Joseph and Luke. To Franca and Pat and family. I send my prayers and peace to you during this very sad time. Your mother a a truly BEAUTIFUL model of motherhood. Much Love, Caroline Cantafio - Posted by: Caroline Cantafio (Friend/teaching colleague) on: May 13, 2020

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