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Date of Passing: Feb 07, 2023

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With sadness, the family of Serafina Abiusi announce her passing on Tuesday, February 7, 2023, at 85 years of age.
Survived by her sister Fedora and brother-in-law Gino Ruga, in Amato, Italy and brother-in-law Mario Anastasio of Winnipeg. She is loving remembered by her children, Toni (Rob), Carmela (Ralph) and Jack (Maria); her grandchildren, David (Heather), Adam, Marc (Loren), Justin (Cait), Emilio (Emily), Francesca (Steven) and Jackson; great-grandchildren, Arianna, Giulia and Grace; along with many nieces and nephews in Winnipeg and in Italy.
Sera was predeceased by her husband Emilio, parents (Teresa and Saverio Loschiavo), brother Frank and sister-in-law Sara Loschiavo.
Serafina was born in the southern Italian village of Amato, Province of Catanzaro, Calabria, in a post-war era where life was difficult and food was scarce. However, her family was fortunate to operate the village store which allowed them the opportunity to provide for themselves. Sera's childhood was marked by the untimely death of her father when she was eight years old. As a result, life changed quickly. Her mother pulled her out of school to help the family by working in the family store. It was in this store that mom became the food and wine connoisseur that defined her in her later years. Despite the hardship, Mom never complained about her childhood. Her only sadness was not having a father. She always spoke fondly of his loving and friendly character and admired families lead by loving fathers.
Following the path of many Italians, Sera immigrated to Winnipeg in the 1950s at the age of 17. She married Emilio in 1957 and they settled in the West End of Winnipeg.
While Dad was the hard worker and excellent provider, Sera became the young mother of three, the financial planner, the homemaker and hostess to all. Our home became a meeting place for family and friends alike and mom became the generous hostess.
Mom was modest, generous and grateful for the life she had in Canada. She believed there was nothing better to aspire to in this life than to have your own family and to celebrate with good food and friends.
Mom's favourite saying in her later years was "people just have to love each other and everything will be OK".
Mom lived a full and meaningful life. Her love toward her children and grandchildren was totally unconditional. She found her greatest joy and purpose being a grandmother. Her grandchildren were blessed to have a Nanni that was unconditionally supportive of them.
Special thanks go to the home care workers and staff at Simkin Centre Personal Care Home for their care of mom.
A Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, February 18, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Harvest Manitoba, 1085 Winnipeg Avenue, (204) 982-3663.

"Dio Ti Benedica, Mamma"
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 15, 2023

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • Our deepest sympathies on the loss of your mama, nonna and bisnonna. Wishing you strength and comfort during this difficult time. - Posted by: Ida Petrilli and family (friend) on: Feb 22, 2023

  • Our deepest condolences to you Toni, Carmela & Jack and families. Thinking of you in this difficult time. May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead. May loving memories be forever in your hearts. Sincerely Laura Rossi and family. - Posted by: Laura Rossi (Cousin) on: Feb 18, 2023

  • Carmela, Ralph and family, We are very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. We wish you peace, comfort, courage and lots of love during this difficult time. Our heartfelt condolences go out to you all. Sincerely, Frank and Felice Rossi - Posted by: F.Rossi (cousin) on: Feb 17, 2023

  • In your time of sorrow, we would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to you Toni, Carmela and Jack and families. Your mother was truly one of a kind. She will never be forgotten by any of us who knew her. Rocco and Giovanna DeStefano and family - Posted by: Giovanna DeStefano (Cousin) on: Feb 16, 2023

  • OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO ALL THE MASI Family and your siblings and families on the loss of your beloved MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER, AND GREAT-GRANDMOTHER. KNOW THAT OTHERS ARE ALSO SAD FOR YOUR LOSS, AND YOUR PARENTS ARE NOW TOGETHER. Sending you a big hug from B.C. Your 'FOREVER" friend, Esther W. and Family. - Posted by: Esther Weinstein (LONG TIME FRIEND OF THE MASI FAMILY) on: Feb 15, 2023

  • I would like to extend my Condolences to the Abiusi Family. My Prayers are with You in these Difficult Times. Rest in Peace Serafina. Tony Guzzi (di Carlo) - Posted by: Tony Guzzi (Friend ) on: Feb 15, 2023

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