June 14, 1925 - February 1, 2018


It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Giuseppa Cornacchia, who died peacefully surrounded by her family on February 1, 2018, at the age of 92.  Predeceased by her loving husband Pasquale, son Michele, granddaughter Patricia, sisters Incoronata, Antoinetta and brother Michele; Giuseppa is lovingly remembered by her sister Paulina, her children Antonio (Carmela), Nicola (Diane), Rocco (Michela), Giovanna (Carlos), Maria (Paul) and Donna (Rick), her grandchildren Pasquale (Tanya), Josie, Anna (Priya), Anthony (Anne), David (Melissa), Paul (Andrea), Christina, Michelle (Jack), Angela (Gord), Nicholas, Sarah, Elizabeth, Andrea, and Matthew,  and great grandchildren Luka, Joseph, Michael, Sebastian, Ryan, Tyler, Matteo, Ava, Braydon, Rocco, Max, and Leonardo.  She will be missed by her many nieces, nephews, friends and extended family.

Having survived the hardships of the war years, in 1955, Giuseppa left her birthplace  Monteleone, Italy, and after a long trans-Atlantic journey, arrived in Halifax. Giuseppa with her husband Pasquale, and their three young sons made their way to Toronto where they were received by relatives and friends. In Toronto, they established their home and raised their family for the next 65 years.  One of her most proud achievements was being awarded her Canadian citizenship in 1969. As much as she loved her birthplace, Giuseppa always reminded her children that they were fortunate to be citizens of such a prosperous and peaceful country.  However, amongst her many achievements, she was proudest of having established a large close-knit family. She instilled in her children the belief that education, along with hard work, perseverance, and owning your own home would result in a good life. Despite being a widow at a young age and left with seven children to raise, Giuseppa never looked back at the challenges put in front of her. Instead, she maintained a love of life, always ready to laugh, tell a good story and enjoy life to its fullest.

Giuseppa loved and protected her family fiercely. She may have been short in stature but she was tall in strength. A force to be reckoned with right to the end, she was generous with her many baci and embraces. And, she was just as generous with her food. Giuseppa will be forever missed by her family and friends; thinking she would be with them for many more years, they cannot imagine a life without her.

Heartfelt thanks to the staff at Meighen Retirement Residence, The Wexford Residence and Toronto East General Hospital for their dedication and compassionate care.

Visitations are on Sunday, February 4, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 5:00 to 9:00 pm at Paul O’Connor Funeral Home, 1939 Lawrence Avenue East (west of Warden Avenue).  A Catholic Funeral Mass to celebrate Giuseppa’s life will take place Monday, February 5, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Precious Blood Catholic Church, 1737 Lawrence Avenue East (east of Victoria Park) and Interment to follow at Highland Memory Gardens.  In memory of Giuseppa, please consider a donation to the Canadian Diabetes Association.

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10 thoughts on “CORNACCHIA, Giuseppa

  1. My deepest condolences on your loss. I know this is a very difficult time losing such a wonderful person. God see what you are going through and knows of your deep heartache and the many tears you shed and he wants to sustain you in the days ahead. In the Bible at 2 Corinthians 4:7 it says that God can give us, “… power beyond what is normal,” to go from one day to the next. This does not mean that we no longer cry or that we forget, but it means we recover. We can recover because of the hope he gives us. When Jesus was on earth he saw the grief that his friends Martha and Mary experienced at the death of their brother, Lazarus. His heart was pained by their great sadness that he cried (John 11:35). It moved him to resurrect Lazarus. Everyone was so joyful at having Lazarus back with them. This example is to hopefully give you assurance that he will also resurrect Giuseppa. Jesus Christ talked about our hope in John 5:28, “… all those in the memorial tomb will hear his voice and come out.” Jesus was referring to the resurrection as the hope that can anchor you. Just like an anchor stabilizes a ship, this hope can stabilizes you, and help keep from drowning in overwhelming sadness so you can have the power to go on. He promises to do away with death, pain, outcries and tears (Revelation 21:4). Please know he cares about you and wants to help by undoing what has happened to Giuseppa. When God soon brings the reality of his promised resurrection, he will turn all your tears of pain into tears of joy.

    —Marie Bahr, Maryland -
  2. Sincere sympathy in the passing of Nonna Josie. She was a strong lady devoted to her family. Thoughts and prayers in your time of sorrow.

    —Brenda Gillis-Curran, St. Peter’s , P.E. I. -
  3. God rest her soul! This is a beautifully written tribute to a kind and generous lady who raised a beautiful family and will always be loved across the generations!

    —Stephen McDonnell, Toronto -
  4. I am deeply sorry for your loss.I was fortunate to meet Nonna Josie a number of times and enjoyed her immensely,especially her bubbly personality.Life was not always easy but she knew how to love and take care of her family through it all. She was an amazing person,hard working and loving.You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    —Pat Gillis &family, Sept-Iles,Quebec -
  5. My deepest sympathy to both the Cornacchia and extended Cornacchia family. “Ma” was an extraordinary woman. Since the news of her passing I have reflected and smiled. There was never a dull moment with her in the room. Her antics, logic and humour drew you in and captivated us all! Not many people can survive so many family tragedies and still have such a zest of life and a deep faith in projecting that life is good. She may of been a devoted Mother and grandmother, but she had a way of making everyone who stepped over her threshold feel like they were family. Her warmth and love has touched so many; she has definitely left a beautiful imprint on my heart. Rest peacefully Ma Cornacchia, Love Diane and family x

    —Diane Masson, Pickering -
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    Deepest Sympathy on the death of this dear woman whose love and care have touched all of you. I will keep all of you in my prayers.

    —Anne Gillis, charlottetown PEI -
  7. Gina – I am truly sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family at this time. While reading your mother’s obituary I realize where you learned your intense love for family, your commitment to hard work and your ability to laugh at even the smallest of things. Your mother was an amazing woman. I wish I would have had the privilege to meet her. Sending prayers to you and your loved ones.

    —Pauline Robert, Toronto -