Teresa CASTELLI

Teresa CASTELLI

CASTELLI, Teresa (Bufo) 1931-2014. Passed away peacefully in the hospital at the age of 82 on January 13, 2014 following a brief illness. Predeceased by her husband, Alfonso, in 1992, it was her sincere wish to rejoin him after so many years apart. Born into a family of 9 brothers and sisters in Teramo, Italy, she immigrated to Canada in 1956 along with her husband and young son Mario, who misses her along with his wife Halina; grand-daughter Teresa, her husband Darren Toth and great-grand-children Colin and Katrina; grand-son Andrew Castelli, his wife Amy and great-grand-daughter Lola ; and grand-son Mark Castelli and his wife Lisa Marie. She will also be deeply missed by her son Ray Castelli, his wife Barbara Barry and grandson Barry; as well as her daughter Adriana, her husband Carter Haakenson; grandson Rino Falvo and his wife Jazmin; and grand-daughter Ashley Haakenson. The family initially settled in Prince Rupert, joining her brother-in-law Durante, sister-in-law Lucia and their children Patricia and Romano. She subsequently sponsored another brother-in-law Camillo and sister Carmela, who immigrated to this small coastal city along with their sons Camillo (Nello) and Gabriel, daughter Adolorato (Dolly) and her husband Guiseppe (Joe). Teresa will also be missed by her many nieces and nephews. The family prospered in Prince Rupert, working in the fishing and restaurant industries, driven in large part by the enterprising and hard working spirit of Teresa. She taught herself English, worked 3 jobs to support the family when her husband suffered a workplace injury, and rose from the ranks of dishwasher to become a well-regarded chef at the best restaurant (Crest) in northern British Columbia. Teresa was uniquely skilled in the kitchen. She did not just cook, she created great food – to the great delight of her customers and her family. After her husband passed away in 1992, Teresa moved to Langley and lived with her daughter Adriana and her family. She became active in the Langley seniors centre and made many new friends due to her gregarious personality and her kind and generous heart. She took cruises, traveled to Las Vegas, made arts and crafts, invented quilt patterns, knitted scarves and made pottery. The family would like to extend their thanks and appreciation to all of Teresa’s friends, and the staff at the Cedar Hill extended care facility and the many nurses and doctors at Langley Hospital. A celebration of Teresa’s life will be held on Saturday, January 18th at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 20676 Fraser Highway, Langley, BC at 10am, followed by a reception in the Parish Hall. The internment ceremony will be at 2pm on Saturday January 18th, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park at 3789 Royal Oak Avenue in Burnaby, BC. There will also be a prayer service and viewing at St. Joseph’s on Friday evening at 8pm.

Langley Times


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