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PIA COLANTONIO (nee TANEL) Pia Colantonio-Tanel, born in Spormaggiore (Trento) on May 2, 1944, passed away peacefully on Wednesday March 12, 2014, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Her last weeks and hours were spent in the company of her loving family at home in Woodbridge, ON. Pia's life was a hymn of praise to Jesus and His Heavenly Mother. A model wife, a loving and responsible mother, an exemplary person, generous, modest and wise. She is survived by her best friend and devoted husband of 48 years Costanzo Joseph Colantonio. Devoted mother to Connie (Moreno Morelli), Nadia (Anthony Morielli), Lino (Mirella) and Daniel (Renata). Cherished grandmother (nonna) of eight grandchildren (Mikayla, Emily, Sara, Amanda, Lucas, Alicia, Matthew and Andrew). She will be dearly missed by her two sisters Maria Rosa (Joe Cattana) and Rina (late Gianni Manarin) and by her brother Renzo Tanel (Sophie). She will also be lovingly remembered by her brothers-in-law Antonio (Rosetta) and Mario (Giovanna) Colantonio, her sister-in-law Lina (Costanzo Di Iorio) and by her many nephews, nieces and friends, both in Montreal, where she lived for 33 years, and in Toronto. Pia will also be missed by the members of various choirs, in Montreal and in Toronto, in which she participated throughout her life, with her clear and melodious voice; by the Montorio nei Frentani (Molise) Associations, both in Montreal and in Toronto, and by all the couples who attended "Marriage Encounter" in Montreal, where she, along with her husband, coordinated the movement for 25 years. Friends and relatives will be received by the family at VESCIO FUNERAL HOME, 8101 Weston Road, Woodbridge, 905-850-3332 on Friday, March 14th from 2 to 5 and from 6 to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Clare of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, 150 St. Francis Ave., Woodbridge (Rutherford and Weston), on Saturday, March 15th at 9:30 a.m. Entombment to follow at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery (7300 Hwy. 27, south of Hwy. 7). In Pia's memory, donations may be made to The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. Online condolences at www.vesciofuneralhome.com

Published in the Toronto Star on Mar. 13, 2014