Posted: July 14th, 2021


MRS. ROSA TAVERNINI, beloved widow of Livio Tavernini, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, July 12, 2021 at the age of 94 years.

She is the loving mother of Sandro of Calgary, Oscar (Rosemarie) of Lethbridge, George of Edmonton, Eric (Becky) of Lethbridge, John (Michele) of Edmonton and Laura (John) McNeil of Calgary. She is also survived by her sister Carla Morandi (Galas) of Arco, Italy as well as 15 grandchildren and 12 great- grandchildren; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents Enrico and Albina; one sister Maxima, who died in infancy; two brothers, Renzo (Antonietta) Morandi of Arco, Italy and Gino (Giulia) Morandi of Arco.

Rosa was born on December 29, 1926 in the cosmopolitan little hamlet of Vignole near Arco, Trento, Italy. She married her beloved husband Livio on February 16, 1952, following a five year courtship kicked off by the question, “Signorina, may I ride with you?” That “ride” lasted 51 years and included a ten day ship voyage across the Atlantic Ocean culminating in a train adventure across Canada with their first child, Sandro, who was just over three months old. Together, they had five more children, the first five being all boys before the arrival of their long awaited little girl.

Rosa’s gifts of patience, empathy, loving kindness and her lighthearted sense of humour, carried her through the challenging years of their new life in Canada.

Rosa had highly refined skills in knitting and crochet. She especially loved gardening, cooking, baking, playing cards and schmoozing with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her kindness, courage, dedication and love for everyone around her has left an indelible impression on those who had the good fortune to find themselves in her company. Nonna will live eternally in our hearts.

Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, July 16, 2021 from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 12:00 Noon with Father Kevin Tumback celebrating.

Following the Mass, Rosa will be laid to rest with her husband Livio in Mountain View Cemetery.


To send a condolence, please visit www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


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