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Rosa Coltellaro

Rosa Coltellaro

Tuesday, August 30th, 1949 Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

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Obituary for Rosa Coltellaro

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Rosa Coltellaro (Stilla) in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on February 23, 2019. Born in 1949 in Cosenza, Italy. She arrived by boat with her mother and brother to Halifax in November 1957 and traveled by train to reunite with her father in Port Arthur.

An above average and friendly student she attended Saint Joseph’s School, followed by Gron Morgan and Hammarskjold High Schools. Following her graduation, she worked at the Port Arthur Clinic where she made many life-long friends.

In 1972, she met the love of her life Amerigo at the Italian Hall in Port Arthur. They were married the following year on September 1, 1973. Five years later, in 1978 she was instrumental in the administration of Amerigo Construction and together they ran a successful and well respected contracting company for more than 35 years.

Throughout their 46-year marriage they enjoyed many wonderful trips, including many return visits to see family in Italy, a trip to Graceland, Elvis was a personal favourite, holidays in Florida, and since 1999 many weeks spent in Puerto Vallarta at Villa del Palmar, Mexico during the cold Thunder Bay winters where they were surrounded with many new and old friends and family.

An impressive gardener, skilled cook and avid baker. Rosa also regularly played bingo, and spent many days with young nieces, nephews and cousins whom she and Amerigo treated as their own. She had a welcoming spirit, an enormous heart and has created a lasting legacy across many families with her patient, enthusiastic and loving manner.

Her passing has left a tremendous void in everyone she knew. She is deeply mourned by her loving husband of 46 years Amerigo, brother Vince Stilla (Wanda) nephew John (Julianna), nieces Maria (Cliff) and Gennie; brother Frank Stilla; brother-in-law Pino (Virginia) and nieces Valentina (Kevin), Mariella, Rosamaria, and nephew Amerigo; cousin Dina Campbell (Andrew) and her bambolina Ella Grace. Zia Nilda; cousins Msgr. Pat Stilla, Vince Stilla (Ann), Albert Stilla (Casey), Pat Stilla (Peggy). As well as many other relatives in Australia, Canada, Italy and the United States.

She was predeceased by her older brother Armando in Italy, her father Rosablino in 1985, mother Maria in 2007, and cousin Paola in 2005.

A funeral mass celebrating Rosa’s life will be held on March 5, 2019 at 11AM at St. Patrick’s Cathedral at with Rev. Msgr. P.M. Stilla, V.G. presiding. Entombment to follow at St Andrew’s Catholic Cemetery followed by a reception at the Italian Cultural Centre. Visitation for friends and family will be held at Sargent and Son Funeral Home at 21 North Court Street on March 4 from 5-7 PM with prayers commencing at 7PM. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Make a Wish Foundation. Online condolences may be made at

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  • Visitation

    Monday, March 4th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Sargent & Son Funeral Chapel
    21 North Court Street
    Monday, March 4th, 2019
    5:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Service

    Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 | 11:00am
    St. Patricks's Cathedral
    211 Archibald St S
    Thunder Bay
    Tuesday, March 5th, 2019
    Msgr. P.M. Stilla V.G.
  • Interment

    St. Andrew's Catholic Cemetery
    690 Oliver Road
    Thunder Bay, Ontario

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Ken Boshcoff

Dear Amerigo and Family Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May many wonderful memories console you, Most sincerely, Ken Boshcoff
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Lisa Mirabelli

Dear Amerigo, We are very sorry for your loss. Rosa was a wonderful lady with a big heart...always so kind & gentle. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family today. Frank & Lisa Mirabelli & Children
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Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. Your cousin Franca & family
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Amerigo, Our most sincere condolences in the loss of your beloved wife Rosa. Cherish the Wonderful memories . Love Zio Emilio, Zia Gilda n family XO
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