It is with heavy hearts the family of Teresa Longo announce her passing in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Monday, January 16, 2023. Predeceased by her loving husband, Joe.
She leaves behind her four children, Rose (Mike), Jenny (Robert), Anthony and Joseph (Christine); and was proud Nonna of Tessa, Lesaundra, James, Romina, Ella, Serena and Levi. Teresa was born on September 11, 1947, in Pachino, Sicily, Italy, to the late Corrado and Vincenzina DiPietro; and was the cherished youngest sibling to the late Antonio DiPietro (Giuseppina) of Australia, the late Giuseppe DiPietro of Venezuela, the late Salvatore DiPietro of Italy and Giuseppina Cammisuli of Toronto, Ontario.
Teresa was sister-in-law to the late Tommy Longo and the late Zina Longo, the late Zina and the late Joe Indovina, Mary and the late Joseph Battaglia, the late Sam Longo and Jill Longo, and Gus and Maryanne Longo. Teresa will be missed by numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends. Teresa immigrated to Canada in 1963 and settled in Toronto. Shortly after arriving, she met Joe and the rest is history. In 1966, Teresa and Joe were married after a brief courtship, and they eventually moved to Burlington to raise their growing family.
Teresa resided in Burlington and Oakville for the remainder of her life, with frequent stops in Florida along the way. Teresa was a driving force behind many charitable and community service initiatives. The highlight of her year was attending Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital during the Christmas holidays with Santa Claus and gifts for patients. She would go on to receive many awards and recognition for her charitable efforts, including the Paul Harris Fellowship Award and the City of Burlington’s Resident of the Year. Teresa’s home was always open to family and friends, and was the setting for many memorable gatherings during which Teresa cooked with love. Great food, Italian wine, deep conversations, music and laughter was the magic formula for these gatherings, and Teresa would always ensure that all of these elements were present. Teresa’s love for her grandchildren was unmatched and they will miss family dinners, sleepovers and movies at Nonna’s.
Teresa loved nothing more than to be surrounded by family and friends who all held a special place in her heart. Bold and strong-willed, she lived her life her way.
In lieu of flowers, Teresa’s family is requesting that charitable donations be made to the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation in her honour. Online condolences may be made to the family at: www.glenoaks.ca
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