John McNeill
B: 1928-04-29
D: 2019-10-06
View Details
McNeill, John
Joyce Grenier
B: 1926-08-19
D: 2019-10-05
View Details
Grenier, Joyce
Joseph MacIsaac
B: 1951-03-31
D: 2019-10-03
View Details
MacIsaac, Joseph
Kenneth Ponton
B: 1948-06-01
D: 2019-10-03
View Details
Ponton, Kenneth
Louise Vondrasek
B: 1946-12-09
D: 2019-10-02
View Details
Vondrasek, Louise
William Boquist
B: 1925-08-03
D: 2019-10-01
View Details
Boquist, William
Elvi Maijala
B: 1935-04-22
D: 2019-09-29
View Details
Maijala, Elvi
Laura Wright
B: 1931-07-24
D: 2019-09-29
View Details
Wright, Laura
Rhoda Kwandibens
B: 1963-04-10
D: 2019-09-27
View Details
Kwandibens, Rhoda
Alexander Smith
B: 1932-04-24
D: 2019-09-26
View Details
Smith, Alexander
Theresa Jefferson
B: 1940-10-03
D: 2019-09-26
View Details
Jefferson, Theresa
Pietro Marasco
B: 1931-06-27
D: 2019-09-26
View Details
Marasco, Pietro
Margaret Forbes
B: 1923-06-10
D: 2019-09-25
View Details
Forbes, Margaret
Leonard Olson
B: 1927-11-04
D: 2019-09-18
View Details
Olson, Leonard
Joan Pustina
B: 1933-11-07
D: 2019-09-13
View Details
Pustina, Joan
Marie Gavel
B: 1930-12-22
D: 2019-09-12
View Details
Gavel, Marie
Jose Sousa
B: 1932-05-22
D: 2019-09-11
View Details
Sousa, Jose
Kay McFarlane
B: 1928-10-21
D: 2019-09-06
View Details
McFarlane, Kay
Marilyn Mihalcin
B: 1944-05-09
D: 2019-09-01
View Details
Mihalcin, Marilyn
Dorothy Martin
B: 1919-03-02
D: 2019-09-01
View Details
Martin, Dorothy
Joan Ainsworth
B: 1943-03-20
D: 2019-09-01
View Details
Ainsworth, Joan


Use the form above to find your loved one. You can search using the name of your loved one, or any family name for current or past services entrusted to our firm.

Click here to view all obituaries
Search Obituaries
21 North Court Street
Thunder Bay, ON P7A 4T4
Phone: 807-345-5351
Fax: 807-345-2015
Maria Cava

Maria Cava

Sunday, October 5th, 1919 Friday, July 19th, 2019

Sign in to the Family Interactive Login

The Family Interactive feature enhances An Amazing Life. Authorized family members can securely access their loved one's memorial website settings at any time.

Share Book of Memories with a Friend

Please enter the name and email details so that we can send your friend a link to the online tribute. No names or addresses will be collected by using this service.

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

To share your memory on the wall of Maria Cava, sign in using one of the following options:

Sign in with Facebook


Or sign in with your email address

Your condolence has been submitted for approval. There may be a delay before posting.

Provide comfort for the family of Maria Cava with a meaningful gesture of sympathy.

No Thanks

Contact Funeral Home

Please enter your question / comment below:

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.


Obituary for Maria Violanda Cava (Tarsitano) Mrs.

Maria Violanda Cava
October 5, 1919 – July 19, 2019

CAVA- Mrs. Maria Cava passed away peacefully surrounded by loving family at St. Joseph’s Care Group on Friday, July 19, 2019, less than three months before she would have celebrated her 100th birthday. Maria was born in Perito, Pedace, Cosenza, Italy on October 5, 1919, the daughter of Francesco and Angelina Tarsitano. In 1952 Maria came to Canada with her sons Paul, Tom, Etalo and Frank to join her husband Giovanni who had preceded them in 1950. After coming to Canada her family grew by two with the birth of daughter Virginia in 1953 and then the youngest of the family, George in 1960. Maria was devoted to her faith and was a member of the Catholic Women’s League of Canada and had just received Her 60th year pin. In keeping with Her Italian heritage, She was also a member of the Italian Women’s Society of Port Arthur. Maria enjoyed gardening but her greatest pleasure came during time spent with family and friends. The kitchen in Maria’s house was the center of her home, where she prepared meals for large family gatherings, something she loved very much to do. Even as she got older she was determined to maintain family traditions and host her large family for all special family events. A constant in Maria’s life was her niece Lina, whom she considered to be her second daughter. With the death of her husband Giovanni in 1970, she began working in the kitchen at the Italian Cultural Centre, where she took pride in preparing delicious meals and enjoying the camaraderie that she shared with the ladies that she worked alongside with. Maria will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed by her children: Paul (Irene), Tom (Donna), Frank (Linda), Virginia (Guy) Turcotte and George (Cathy); grandchildren: Michael (Heidi) Cava, Annabel (Barry) McKinlay, John (Marci) Cava, Michelle (Gary) Wojciechowski, Peter (Kristen), Paul (Ngan) and Chris (Carrie) Cava, Mellissa (Scott) Jackson, Maria (Todd) Kiviaho, Kathy Cava DaCosta, Louie Cava, Jean-Paul (Annick)Turcotte Sylvain (Emmanuelle) Turcotte and Martin (Ann) Turcotte, Jamie (Zora) and Michela Cava; 20 great grandchildren as well as by several other relatives and friends in both Canada and Italy. She was predeceased by her husband Giovanni, son Etalo, daughter-in-law Sandy, granddaughter Angela Cava and other Relatives in Canada and Italy . The Family is now comforted in knowing that Maria and Giovanni are now together forever and will spend the rest of eternity as one. The Family would like to express their gratitude to the dedicated and compassionate staff at 4 North Hospice ward, and a special thanks to Nurse Ruth who comforted our Mother and Family to The end . Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 25, 2019 when family and friends will gather in St. Anthony’s R.C. Church for the Funeral Mass beginning at 11:00 a.m. celebrated by Rev. Luigi Filippini and Deacon Pasquale Coccimiglio .Interment will follow in St. Andrew’s Cemetery. Visitation for friends will be held on Wednesday, July 24th from 5-7 p.m. with the Vigil Service beginning at 7 p.m. in the Sargent & Son Funeral Chapel, 21 N. Court Street. In lieu of flowers memorials to the St. Joseph’s Foundation-Hospice Unit or the charity of your choice would be appreciated. On-line condolences may be made at

To send flowers to the family of Maria Violanda Cava (Tarsitano) Mrs., please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.
Read Less

Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Sargent & Son Funeral Chapel
    21 North Court Street
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Wednesday, July 24th, 2019
    5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Prayer will begin at 7 p.m.
  • Service

    Thursday, July 25th, 2019 | 11:00am
    St. Anthony's R.C. Church
    123 Hilldale Road
    ThunderBay, ON
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Thursday, July 25th, 2019
    Rev. Luigi Filippini
  • Interment

    Thursday, July 25th, 2019 | 12:30pm
    St. Andrew's Catholic Cemetery
    690 Oliver Road
    Thunder Bay, Ontario
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Thursday, July 25th, 2019

Photos & Videos

Photo Album


Donations are being accepted for: St. Joseph's Foundation- Hospice Unit.

Subscribe to Updates

We encourage you to share any memorable photos or stories about Maria. All tributes placed on and purchased through this memorial website will remain on in perpetuity for generations.

Tribute Wall

Private Condolence
Would you like to attach a photo to your condolence?
Love Tim, Bev, Suzie and Summer Jackson, Dean Anna and family, and others have sent flowers to the family of Maria Violanda Cava (Tarsitano) Mrs..
Hand delivered by a local florist
Love Tim, Bev, Suzie and Summer Jackson, Dean Anna and family, and others have sent flowers to the family of Maria Violanda Cava (Tarsitano) Mrs..
Hand delivered by a local florist

Angela Belair

George & Family,
We are truly sorry to hear about your Mother's /Nonna's passing. May all the wonderful memories keep you all strong during this difficult time. Take care Angela, John, Julie and Melissa Belair
Comment | Posted at 02:25pm via Condolence

Cedo Jankovic

So very sorry for your loss our condolences to all the family.
Cedo Jankovic
Comment | Posted at 04:44pm via Condolence

frank niccoli

So terribly sorry for your loss. My prayers and sympathies go out to the entire Cava family. God Bless.
Comment | Posted at 11:33am via Condolence

Frank & Cathi Sprovieri

To the Cava family- so very sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. God bless her..... almost 100 years old. I have many fond memories of my times with your family on Algoma St growing up.
Cherish the memories.
Frank Sprovieri ( Calgary)
Comment | Posted at 10:07am via Condolence

Love Tim, Bev, Suzie and Summer Jackson

Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Flower Image

Memorial Flowers Purchased

Love Tim, Bev, Suzie and Summer Jackson purchased flowers for the family of Maria Cava.
Comment | Posted at 04:12pm via Floral Arrangements

Benefits to Ordering Flowers Through Heartfelt Sympathies

Send Beautiful Flower Arrangements

Ordering through us helps ensure your order will be placed through a local flower shop with whom the funeral home has a personal and trusting relationship. Through this service, a card with a picture of your selection will be included so you are able to leave a longer message of support to the family with your thoughtful gesture. Also included is a photo of your arrangement and message which will remain in perpetuity within this memorial website.

The Heartfelt Sympathies Difference:
  • Your flower arrangement will be hand-delivered by a local florist.
  • Choose to send to the service, funeral home, or family's home.
  • Your selected arrangement will be archived in this memorial tribute website in perpetuity.

Why light a candle?

This is why you should light a candle..

Honoring A Life: A Thoughtful Gesture with Global Benefits

Memorial Trees by Honoring A Life

When you choose to have a memorial tree planted for your loved one, you are doing more than simply putting a plant in the ground. You are making a long-term commitment to the environment, and implanting the memories of your loved one in our planet for countless years to come. A memorial tree is a unique tribute that provides global benefits like no other gift could.

What You Receive:
  • A memorial tree planted in the area of greatest need, according to the planting schedule of the American Forests Organization and the Canadian Institute of Forestry.
  • A memorial card to be sent to your home or a person of your choosing which demonstrates the gift you have given.
  • Your name and message listed in this online memorial, and on the website. (See sample memorial)