Elisa Tanzini

Elisa Tanzini (Gabrielli)

Tuesday, December 29th, 1925 - Friday, February 12th, 2021
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It is with great sadness that the family of Elisa (Lella) Tanzini (nee Gabrielli) announce her passing on Friday, February 12, 2021 at the age of 95. Beloved wife of Italo Tanzini (d. 1982). Loving mother to Marcello and wife Mildred, and Vince and wife Rosemary. Dear grandmother (Nonna) to Sarah (Colin), Matthew (Joanna), Elise (Dennis), and Ivana, and great-grandmother (Bisnonna) to Nicole, Adeline, and Archie.

She will be greatly missed by her siblings Eduardo (Maria), Letizia (Michele), Adele (Giuseppe), Mario (Laura), and Alda (Ernesto). She will also be greatly missed by her sisters-in-law Rosina, Iris (Pietro), and Paola (Franco), brother-in-law Antonio (Graziella), and her many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her brother Aldo and sister Agata (Ugo), and her sister-in-law Madalena and brothers-in-law Arnoldo (Agata) and Pietro.

Elisa was born in 1925 in Prossedi, Latina, Italy and immigrated to Toronto in 1951. Elisa worked as a seamstress in the Garment District for many years. She moved with her husband Italo to a farm in Nashville, Ontario during the early 1970s, where she enjoyed gardening. They subsequently moved back to Toronto to be close to family and friends. She was an expert crocheter, and loved cooking, card games, dancing, singing, and especially getting together with her brothers and sisters. Her greatest joy was taking care of her grandchildren.

A wonderful and dedicated mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, Elisa touched the lives of all who knew her. She was strong and fiercely independent right up until her last year. Extremely hardworking and generous with her time and energy, Elisa was proud to share her cooking, especially her famous pizza and cookies, with countless friends and neighbours. Elisa was a parishioner at St. Charles Borromeo Church for over 60 years and attended daily Mass until very recently.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Elisa’s funeral service will be privately held at St. Charles Borromeo Church on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. Relatives and friends are welcome to participate online via St. Charles Borromeo's YouTube page:

A memorial service to celebrate Elisa’s life will be held at a later time. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Elisa may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society.
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Service Details

  • Funeral Mass

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2021 | 1:00pm
    Tuesday, February 16th, 2021 1:00pm
    St. Charles Borromeo Church
    811 Lawrence Avenue West
    Toronto, Ontario M6A 1C3
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  • Interment

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2021 |
    Tuesday, February 16th, 2021
    Holy Cross Cemetery
    8361 Yonge Street
    Thornhill, Ontario L3T 1A8
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Nick, Peter, Stella Giorgj and families

Posted at 07:09pm
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Richard Craig

Posted at 03:41pm
Dear Vince and family,

My condolences for the loss of your beloved mother. It is always difficult to lose a mother. I will always remember your mother's amazing cooking and the best being her delicious pizza which you often kindly brought to us the staff at St. Monica. My prayers are with you during this sad and difficult time.

~ Richard (custodian St. Monica)

Sandra Palozzi

Posted at 07:36pm
Dear Vince & family,
We’re so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing and send our sincere condolences to all of you. May she Rest In Peace.
From Sandra & Bernie Palozzi

Dina Longo

Posted at 11:29am
Dear Marcello, Mildred, Vince and Rosemary,
Our deepest sympathy to all of you for the loss of your mother. Mrs Tanzini was an extraordinary women and she will be greatly missed.
Our prayers are with you all.
Love Joe and Dina Longo

Marilu Ugolini-Abreu

Posted at 09:11pm
Zia Lella was a kind woman who would always smile and show that she was happy to see you. As I got older, I realized how strong and feisty she was and it was pretty impressive :) I am glad that she is finally reunited with her husband again, but I am sad that this time has come. God bless you Zia Lella and I hope that you are dancing a tarantella with my Nonna Marietta. Actually; I bet you are. My condolences to her entire family. Love: Marilu (Ugolini), Frank and Xavier Abreu.

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