With heavy hearts and deep sorrow, we announce the passing of Filomena Della Rocca in her 94th year surrounded by family on September 8th, 2021.
Coincidentally, September 8th is also The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Her nativity is a cause for great joy as it is considered the" dawn of our salvation" and represents that the world had been in the darkness of sin and, with the arrival of Mary, was enveloped by a glimmer of light. That light which appears at Mary's holy birth preannounces the arrival of Christ, the Light of the World. Her birth is the beginning of a better world: "Origo mundi melioris."
Filomena was very religious and taught religion to young children in her hometown of Montorio Nei Frentani in Italy. She brought light into the lives of her family and made their world a brighter and better place. She dedicated her love and provided tender care to her adored nephew Gennaro over numerous years.
Predeceased by her parents Elvira and Gennaro, her loving sister Maria, and dear brothers Paolo, Pasquale, Antonino, Giuseppe, Oreste, and Alfredo. Beloved aunt to Nick (Andrewene) Paulozza, Anna (George) Boyko, and adored Gennaro Paulozza. Cherished great aunt to Victoria, James, Madison, Zackary, Lara, and Mackenzie and great great aunt to Elaine. Fondly remembered by her many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends in Canada and Italy.
A private Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church on Friday, September 17, 2021. Entombment to follow at Westminster Mausoleum.
Sia che viviamo
Sia che moriamo
Siamo proprietà del Signore.
A Lui torniamo.
She would always say, “Non si muore finché si é dimenticata.” Zia we will never forget you and we will love you always! You will live forever in our hearts!
Donations in Filomena’s memory may be made to the Diabetes Association or to the Parkinson’s Society.