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ADELE IDA MARY LEONE (published on January 17, 2009)

ADELE IDA MARY LEONE (nee SHEERAN) Peacefully, on January 9, 2009, one day short of her 83rd birthday, Adele passed away at Riverview Health Centre. Remaining to forever cherish Adele's memory are her husband Nick of 58 years of marriage; her sons, Philip (Lesley) and Nicholas (Michelle); daughters, Niki (Richard), Colleen (Rob), Sheree (Bill); nine grandchildren, Richard, Philip, Kathryn, Melissa, Rachel, Benjamin, Abigail, Ryan and her butterfly Olivia. She was predeceased by her mother Beatrice Sheeran; her sister Audrey Willett; and her brother Bernie Sheeran; parents-in-law, Rosina and Filipo Leone. To most Adele was known as Mom, Nana or Mama Leone , and to all she was an angel. Mom was loved by all who met her, mostly because of her wonderful wit and ability to tell it like it is! She completely and unconditionally loved all of her children, even those who were outside the Leone Clan. She never turned away anyone in need, whether it be family, neighbour or complete stranger. Mom's door was always open, more importantly so was her heart. She gave endlessly to charities. Mom's inner strength and her membership in AA, allowed her to sponsor many and help them recapture their lives - without Mom many would not have made it. Sometimes she may have been tough but it was only because she cared and loved you. When Mom was not at home tending to her loved ones, she spent many years working with Dominion Stores and Safeway Canada. Hers was the cash register that everyone wanted to pass through, as she always had a smile and a friendly greeting. Many enjoyable summers were spent at West Hawk Lake and many lifelong friendships were made. Ask anyone what they remember about Mom and it was her yearly spaghetti and meatball dinner . People starved themselves for days waiting for that meal. Mom was also known for her ability to win everyone's money during any number of card games. Mom never forgot a birthday, anniversary or any other day that was special to anyone she loved. She always prepared the most wonderful meal and no gift was chosen without thought from her heart. She always gave but never asked for anything in return. Her weakness was chocolate or fudge, so she would always light up when you presented her with either; oh gagas she would respond in delight! Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Paul the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, 2400 Portage Avenue. The family would like to thank Father Mark of St. Paul the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, where Mom worshiped every Sunday for over 50 years, until her health prevented her from attending. Thanks also to Dr. Schellenberg and the staff at Westwood Clinic, Drake Medox, Riverview Health Centre, WRHA Home Care, especially Janice Youmans - a loving and devoted companion to both Mom and Dad and a tremendous support to the entire family. To love a Mom and then to part is the greatest trial to the human heart. Years of striving, little of play, loving, giving, the whole of the way. A cherished smile, a HEART OF GOLD, to the dearest Mother the world could hold. Happy memories, fond and true, from us who thought the world of you. Beautiful memories are treasured ever, of happy days when we were together. With aching hearts we whisper low, God Bless You Mom, we'll miss you so. Father in Heaven hear our prayer, guard our Mother with tender care. Be a Good Shepherd, don't leave her alone, love her as we loved her, when she was here at home. You can only have one Mother loving, kind and true, no other friend in the entire world will be so true to you. For all her love and kindness, she asked for nothing in return, if the entire world deserted us, to our Mother we could turn. To hear her voice, to see her smile, to sit and talk with her awhile, to be together in the same old way, would be our only wish today. We won't say good bye Mom, we will just say so long ......... God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference.

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