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Markey-Dermody Funeral Home

1774 King Street East, Hamilton, ON

OBITUARY

Caterina Rotella

Passed away on 24 June, 2020
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It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Caterina Rotella on June 24th. Devoted wife, and married for 63 years to Francesco, together they embarked on their journey from Settingiano, Catanzaro, Italy in 1961 to Canada. With 2 children in tow, and very little resources they began their new life in Hamilton, Ontario. Their early years were a struggle, but they persevered and took on the challenges in their newly adopted country. Isolated from family and friends, they had each other and their growing family to lean on. Caterina became an adoring mother to 4 children, Maria Lahaie (Paul), Lori Devay (Paul), Josie Bruccoleri (Frank), Joe Rotella (Ana), and a loving nonna to Rosalee (Johnathan), Nicolina, Francesca, Joey, Rachel, and Cole, and bisnonna to Sofia and Nadette.

They travelled to Canada following in the footsteps of her 2 older brothers Antonio and Dominic, who she adored. Her brothers in turn would be all too happy to look after their little sister. Her relationship with her brothers (and sisters back in Italy) helped to form a legacy for her children, and their family’s continued bond. Family was always first to Caterina, sacrificing everything and anything for them.

Caterina was a natural homemaker. Cooking and baking for family was a priority, but her goodies often travelled far and wide, and her famous creations became legendary. Her hospitality welcomed all to her home, unconditionally. She would also routinely share her skills as a seamstress, knitting slippers that became a yearly treat for all at Christmas time. She enjoyed quality time with her family, especially during special events, and was a fierce competitor during the family’s tombola and dice games.

Caterina, surrounded by her loving family, spent her last days in the same home where they were raised. They take comfort and peace knowing she is no longer suffering, and joins those who have left before her. Caterina had such a warm and beautiful spirit, and although we have lost our brightest light, she will continue to shine in the stars, in her family’s hearts, and in all those who loved her. Caterina was courageous and resilient, repeatedly defying the odds against her with grace and dignity. She had a great sense of humour, but as a woman of respect and dignity, commanded the attention of all those around her when needed. She could offer her children sound advice and direction, while allowing them to be independent. She became their biggest fan, and in turn she was theirs. Her loving and energetic spirit, and incredible strength will live on through her family forever. Caterina’s simple approach to life was to love unconditionally and treat everyone with respect and kindness. She had passion for life and compassion for people. Her legacy lies in the numerous lessons she bestowed on to her family; to work hard and live life with integrity. A gifted seamstress, she was the thread that held our family together, and will be so deeply missed. She was a devoted member of the Catholic Women’s League (CWL) and was an integral part of the St. Anthony’s parish community. A special thank you to the staff at the Medical Day Care Unit at the General Hospital for their enduring and special attention to Mom’s care. Our family appreciated all the love and support of the Connaught Street neighbourhood. Their efforts did not go unnoticed. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the charity of your choice. In accordance with the regulations of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario due to COVID-19, all visitations, funerals and interments are restricted to a specified number of attendees. Friends and family are invited to the MARKEY-DERMODY FUNERAL HOME, 1774 King Street East (at Kenilworth) on Sunday June 28th from 4-8 p.m. Please follow the directions of the funeral home staff upon arrival. Service to be held at St. Anthony of Padua Parish, 165 Prospect St. N, Hamilton on Monday, June 29th, 2020 at 10am. Due to COVID-19, the maximum attendees at the church service is restricted to 125, and masks must be worn. Entombment will be for immediate family.

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, 28 June , 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, 29 June , 2020

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Angela and Rod Cameron

30 June 2020

Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your beautiful Mother. Our love and prayers to all of you at this time.
Angela and Rod Cameron
Alicia, Shane and Ava Ludgate
Ashley, Wes and Hudson Taylor

Gasper and Chris Lipari

28 June 2020

Lori and Paul & family, We are deeply saddened by the news of your mothers passing. May the love of family and friends comfort you during these difficult days. Our most heartfelt condolences to you and your family.
Gasper & Chris Lipari

Rose&Nick Restagno

28 June 2020

Our Deepest Sympathy to the family. She was a gracious and loving woman. May you find the strength you need to see you through this difficult time. Rest In Peace Caterina.

Mary Epifani

28 June 2020

Our deepest sympathy for your loss.
Caterina was a beautiful person.
May she rest in peace.
Mary & Frank Epifani

Carolyn Flis

28 June 2020

Dear Joe and Josie and family:

Please accept my condolences on the death of your dear mother.
I pray that your wonderful memories will help to comfort you during this time of grief.

Your client and friend,
Carolyn Flis

Marianna Cappola

27 June 2020

My fondest memories of my aunt Caterina, even thou her home was full of her own children, she always made room for more. Her hospitality, her warm smile, her hugs, and her kind and loving words of encouragement will forever be in my memories. We love you , and you will be missed, May you rest in eternal peace ❤️

Frank & Rhonda Esposto

27 June 2020

Josie & Frank - We are saddened to hear the loss of your mom. Our deepest condolences to you and your family during this difficult time. God bless.

Rhonda & Frank Esposto

Linda and Paolo Piotto

27 June 2020

Patricia Vergata

26 June 2020

My deepest condolences on the passing of your mother. My warmest memories are of us playing Tombola with your family at Christmas time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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