March 30, 1932 – August 27, 2020
Teresa Visca (née Bruni) was born on March 30, 1932, and raised in the small village of Colli, Frosinone, Italy. The entire Bruni family, headed by her parents Amedeo and Alessantrina, became a well recognized and respected family, both in Colli and abroad, where it extended, settled and expanded. Teresa was a part of that tremendous Bruni legacy.
Her twin brother Giuseppe was killed by a bomb in the village square when he and she were 12 years old. As part of an already large family, however, she continued to grow up with 9 other siblings, 3 sisters and 6 brothers. At the time of her death, only 1 brother, Antonio, remains of those 10 Bruni siblings.
As a young girl, Teresa suffered from poor health, and her parents sent her to France to live with her uncle Gaetano, hoping that the change in environment would improve her health. She lived in Lyon for almost 10 years, working as a nanny for a family, and became a recognized part of that family during those years.
Teresa was bright and quick, displaying an innate intelligence acquired by personal relationships and life experience, well beyond the limited formal grade 3 education she received. She became fluent in French, a skill that served her well when she eventually moved to Toronto where, unable to speak English for some time, she was able to effectively communicate with doctors and school teachers for her family in French.
At 26, she returned back to Colli and soon after met Carlo Visca. Their parents quickly negotiated a permanent personal and family union, with Teresa’s contribution to the arrangement being that she knew “how to kill a chicken when it’s time.” ;). They were married in 1959, and continued to live in Colli on the Visca compound (affectionately viewed as “Baccala”, i.e. salt cod) for several years. They had their first child, Antonio, there in 1961. She quickly became a respected and essential member of the Visca family. Indeed, many chickens, and other farm animals and produce for that matter, met their “time” while Teresa nourished hungry family farmers.
With 4 of her brothers and 2 of her sisters living in North America at the time, Teresa and Carlo decided to move to Toronto in 1963. They were part of that historic wave of hard-working immigrants, in search of a better life for their families. They traveled, along with Antonio, by ship from Naples to Halifax, and then onward by train to Toronto. Teresa’s brothers helped secure work for Carlo within a week, and they quickly settled into a new life in Canada.
At first, the family lived with Teresa’s sister Maria, and her husband Domenico. Within a year, their second child, Enrico (Rick) was born, and the family established its permanent presence in Toronto. The family eventually moved in with Teresa’s brother and Carlo’s sister, Fernando and Anna, and in 1968 bought their family home in Scarborough. Teresa and Carlo continued to live together in that home on Courton Drive for 52 years, right up until Teresa’s death.
For the first 15 years in Toronto, Teresa was a traditional “stay-at-home” mother. The family supplemented its modest income, in part, by Teresa offering babysitting services at their home. Teresa loved young children, and was a natural and wonderful caregiver, but especially to her own family, and later to her 4 grandchildren, Marc, Sebastian, Madeleine and Thomas, who were showered with her love and affection (and occasional “paccati pacs”👋...(undoubtedly deserved ;).
In her late 40s, Teresa entered the full time work force, at first in a textile factory, and later providing caretaking services at the Newnham campus of Seneca College. She spent many years developing the affection of young students in the cafeteria area at Seneca. She continued to work at Seneca right up until her retirement at age 65.
At under 5 feet tall, Teresa nonetheless commanded a powerful presence. She had a bubbly personality, and a genuine warmth and generosity. One always knew where she stood on issues, because she was direct and outspoken, and not afraid to tell you what she thought about things... whether or not you asked her opinion. ;)
She was an incredible rustic cook and baker . The only recipes she seemed to follow were all securely stored in her head (where most of them unfortunately remained), perfected over years of repetition. The kitchen was where you would generally find Teresa, as she prepared incredible everyday and holiday goodies for family and friends to enjoy.
It was obvious that Teresa selflessly lived life to serve, and it was reflected throughout her life - but she did it with pleasure, excitement, commitment and pride.
A series of strokes at the age of 84 unfortunately and permanently robbed us all of Teresa’s energetic presence and her continued warmth and contributions. For the last 4 years, her family and friends have missed terribly the sibling, friend, wife, mother, nonna and aunt they all knew and loved.
Teresa died peacefully on August 27, 2020, having reached the age of 88. Her spirit, love and friendship will be forever remembered and missed, but especially by those she cherished the most: her husband of 61 years, Carlo, her sons Antonio and Rick, her daughters in law Serafina and Jacqueline, her grandchildren Marc, Sebastian, Madeleine and Thomas, and her neice Caterina. Ciao Teresa, ciao mamma, ciao nonna, ciao Zia. You touched so many of us in your unique and loving way. May you be granted rewards in heaven that you deserved but never sought on earth.
Visitation for Teresa will be at the Paul O’Connor Funeral Home, 1939 Lawrence Avenue East, Scarborough on Monday, August 31st, 2020 from 2-4 PM and 6-9 PM. Covid 19 measures will be operating to limit entry to a maximum of 50 people at any one time and face coverings will be required.
The funeral will be held at Precious Blood Church, 1737 Lawrence Avenue East, Scarborough on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 10 AM. Internment will follow at Highlands Memory Gardens Cemetery.
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Dora Parente and family’s
September 1, 2020
dear aunt, our best regards for your peaceful peace and we hope that from heaven you will be able to smile at us as you always have. A hug to the whole family, from Raponi and Parente
August 31, 2020
I fondly remember a warm childhood and many festive celebrations which included zia Teresa, the Visca's, and the Marra family growing up. Not only did our zia keep us fueled on homemade sweets carefully crafted some time before, she entertained us with games of bingo (or tombola) as our folks called it, until the midnight hour came and the hope of Babbo Natale coming to visit our doorsteps.....
August 31, 2020
Rick, my deepest condolences to you and your family during this difficult time. What a beautiful tribute to your mom! May these memories always bring a smile to your face.
August 31, 2020
De Jacqueline Bruni pour sa cousine Teresa.
J'avais 10 ans lorsque TERESA est arrivée chez mon père, son oncle Gaetano de France et 20 ans lorsqu'elle est rentrée en Italie.
Pendant ces 10 ans j'ai beaucoup appris auprès de TERESA car c'est durant cette tranche d'âge que l'on se prépare pour affronter la vie.
J'avais trouvé en TERESA, le soutien d'une grande soeur en qui on peut se confier.
Ensemble nous avons vécu et partagé de bons moments remplis de joie et de bonheur mais aussi un moment très douloureux suite au décès de mon frère à l'âge de 18 ans et de 2 ans mon aîné.
Bien que TERESA ait été également très affectée par ce deuil, de par sa gentillesse, sa bienveillance et son dévouement, elle m'a beaucoup aidée pour surmonter ma peine.
La vie a suivi son cours et nous a éloignées par la distance mais jamais par nos coeurs. Regulierement nous échangions les nouvelles de toute la famille BRUNI.
Brusquement tout s'est arrêté de par sa maladie et j'ai ressenti un grand manque. Bien que préparée à l'annonce de sa fin de vie, son décès m'a beaucoup attristée.
J'ai une pensée toute particulière mais attristée pour Carlo son époux, ses enfants Antonio et Rick et tous les membres de sa famille.
Avec tout l'amour et la bonté que TERESA leur portait de son vivant, de la haut elle continuera à veiller sur eux.
TERESA, PAIX EN TON AME.
August 30, 2020
In these difficult times, we want to show you all our affection. We are sure that you will be comforted by the love of those around you. May our loving thoughts be with you in this ordeal. We will keep fond memories of Teresa. Rest in peace. RAMACI / BRUNI families I
August 28, 2020
Our deepest sympathy and prayers to all. Aunt Teresa will be deeply missed. She always cared and made sure to stay connected with all her extended family members in the States, Italy, Canada, and France. We will always remember her generous kind nature. She always had things for all of us whenever we visited. Rest in peace,
Maria Lincoln and family
August 28, 2020
Dearest Carlo & family,
I was saddened to hear that Teresa passed away.
Remembering Teresa and will miss our "over the fence " chats.
I will truly miss my neighbour of 39 years.
May you rest peacefully Teresa in God's garden.