(March 21st, 1922- August 3rd, 2022)
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the peaceful passing of our Mom, Frances (Filomena) Schiavo, at her residence, in the early morning hours of Wednesday August 3rd, 2022. She was 100 years young.
Mom was predeceased by her loving husband Albert J. Schiavo (July 2007), her son-in-law Kevin Sweeney (July 2022) and her great grandson Kaeden Sweeney (Dec. 2021). She was a devoted mother to Yvonne Jeffrey (Jon), Marilyn Schiavo (late Kevin Sweeney) and Lorraine Schiavo (Greg Letts) all of North Bay, Jim Schiavo (Shirley) of Ottawa and Albert Schiavo (Deb) of Bolton. She leaves behind her treasured grandchildren Jennifer Jeffrey (Rich Lodge), Chad Jeffrey (Jenn) both of North Bay, Vanessa Schiavo (Brett Dmitruk), Savanna Schiavo (Stephen Symons), Nicholas Schiavo all of Ottawa, Dominic Schiavo (Hazel) of Toronto, Gina Marie Letts (Adam Stoneburgh) of Pembroke, Mario Schiavo (April) and Sabrina Schiavo (Thomas) both of Bolton and Ryan Sweeney of Toronto.
She leaves behind her great-grandchildren, Dante Jeffrey (Rachelle), Sergio Jeffrey (Janie) and Emma Lodge (Hunter) all of North Bay and area, Benjamin and Jacob Dmitruk of Ottawa.
She was predeceased by her parents Salvatore (Sam) and Concetta Veltri (Cardamone), stepmother Annunciata (Grecco), her brothers Ernie (late Louise), Tony (late Alice), Gerry (late Marjorie) and Jack Veltri and by her loving sisters Rita Anello (late Angelo) of Philadelphia, Mary Costante (Albert) and Gloria Souliere (late Lawrence), all from North Bay. She is survived by one brother Rudy Veltri (Evelyn) of Toronto and one sister Josie (late Bill Troy) of Rockwood.
Mom and Dad owned and operated the Delmar Restaurant for 45 years before retiring in 1988. They were renown for their homemade food but mostly for their coconut cream pie, fries and gravy and the Jukeboxes on every table. Often our dad would be looking for mom in the restaurant and would find her sitting in a booth socializing instead of working because she loved to socialize. In post-retirement, when friends and family would visit them at home, whether day or night, they would be greeted by mom’s familiar words “Did you eat yet?” or “Are you hungry?” … then out came the spread, regardless of their response.
Mom was a devout catholic and believed fervently in the power of prayer and novenas. She believed in the powers of Padre Pio and often told stories of how he miraculously healed people.
As a single woman back in the 40’s, Mom aspired to become a nurse and was registered in the St. Joseph’s Hospital’s Nursing Program. Soon afterwards she met the love of her life, Albert (Ab) Schiavo. Prior to getting married and starting a family, she worked at Carlo’s Supermarket as head cashier.
Mom was interested in people and getting to know them and what better way than to become involved in sales, so, over the years, she sold Celebrity Jewellery, Fuller Brush, Avon and Tupperware. We swear she owned every item ever made by Tupperware.
In 2007, shortly after Dad’s passing, Mom began her battle with dementia where eventually she required more care if she was to remain in her own home. She would always tell us that she was going to live to 100. Mom would not have reached this milestone had it not been for the endless love, care, compassion and dedication provided to her by all her Guardian Angels (caregivers) who were by her side until the very end. Thank you to her PSW(S) from Cassellholme (LHIN) and to the most recent caregivers, Darlene, Carol, Lori, Catherine, Shiroon, Joanne, Scott, Betty Ann and to many more not mentioned, who were involved in mom’s care throughout the years.
Special thanks to Dr. Brian Shaw and Dr. Kathryn Shaw for all their advice, care, guidance, compassion and home visits.
Visitation will be held at HILLSIDE FUNERAL SERVICES, 362 Airport Rd on Saturday, August 6th, from 9am until 11:30am followed by a funeral mass at St. Peter the Apostle Church, 299 Airport Rd. In lieu of flowers, the family greatly would appreciate, donations to the Alzheimer Society of North Bay or the North Bay Regional Health Centre in Fanny Schiavo’s memory. Online condolences can be made at www.hillsidefuneral.ca