Battiston, Leonida (née Santin)


It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our family Matriarch, Leonida Battiston, at the age of 91 on Monday, April 4, 2022 at Health Sciences North, Sudbury with her whole family by her side. She was born in Azzano Decimo, which is a small town in the province of Pordenone in the region of Friuli di Venezia, Italy. Loving daughter to Luigi and Guiseppina Santin (both predeceased) and sister to Alda Delbianco (predeceased), Clara Valeria (predeceased) and Anna Maria Marinelli (Italy). She immigrated to Canada in 1954 to meet up with her husband to be, Dino, who came to Canada in 1951 to find work at INCO. Leonida married Dino Battiston (predeceased) later that year in 1954 and began their family. They later had 3 boys, Sergio (predeceased) (wife Laura), Danny (wife Monica), and Eddy. A loving and proud Nonna to Lisa (Leigh), Nikki, Jacob, Cassandra (Christian), and Courtney as well as a Bisnonna to Ellie Mae, Jed and Hazel who she was so happy and fortunate to have the opportunity to visit with just prior to her passing. She will be missed by her nieces and nephews in Sudbury, Geraldton, Italy, and will also be missed by the many friends she made while living 68 years in Gatchell and the 35 years she worked at the Caruso Club as a server. Leonida was the glue that held our family together, she was the common denominator.  A very proud and hardworking woman, and a fantastic cook. The food at the family gatherings in Gatchell was “Ridiculous”. Find a spot on the couch and loosen your belt “Ridiculous”. She loved to play Bocce and the camaraderie that went along with it, going for walks, reading her romance novels, and pruning her flowers in her front yard. Leonida was a snazzy dresser and took great pride in looking and dressing good when she went out. If she had one fault, it was that she did not fully enjoy her life because she always put forth great effort and sacrifices making sure her 3 boys and their families were always taken care of. Small in stature with a huge heart, an Angel. Leonida was very witty and blessed with a great sense of humour. She would have everyone in stitches at our family gatherings and when playing Rummy 500, a game which she loved. I don’t think she knew how funny she was. Her passing has already left a hole in our hearts and will forever leave a void in our lives. There’s no one like her. We all love you!! Our family would like to thank all the Doctors, Nurses, PSW’s and staff at Health Sciences North for the great care and compassion shown during her time there. That did not go unnoticed. As per her wishes, there will be no visitation. A Private Service will be held for her family only. She was a very strong lady that would always find a way to keep it together and lead by example even after enduring many hardships along the way. She was a trooper for sure. In lieu of flowers, donations in Leonida’s memory can be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society or to Diabetes Canada would be greatly appreciated.

Ma, I hope you once again meet up with Pa, Sergio, Zia, Zio and all the family and friends that left you too early in your life.


11 Condolences

  1. Eddy and Danny

    My deepest sympathy on your loss. I will always remember the smile she had for me when we threw the ball around or played road hockey as kids outside your house.

    Dennis Isotti

    By: Dennis Isotti
    July 4, 2022
  2. Dan, Eddie and family. Please accept my deepest sympathies. You are all in my thoughts.

    By: Peter Falvo
    April 10, 2022
  3. To Eddie, Courtney and family, our sincere condolences on the passing of Leonida. Eddie, you spoke of your Mother often and she was a great woman, sure to be missed. We have you and your entire family in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

    By: Tim Whalen and Lina Guzzo Foliaro
    April 8, 2022
  4. Dear Eddy
    Our deepest condolences in the recent passing of your mother. I still remember you taking me to the Caruso Club for lunch on Thursdays, back in our Laurentian days. Your mom was great, just like the food, and I always appreciated she only ever charged us a dollar because we were poor students and needed our energy for hockey practise. God bless the woman, she’s in a good place now.

    Sincerely, Peter and Irene Kiernan

    By: Peter and Irene Kiernan
    April 8, 2022
  5. Eddie, Dan and Family, my sincerest condolences. Our Parent’s journey started with raising their Family instilling all the values and respect that we treasure and carry on. The world of Gatchell was a magical one made of Families that shared so many common history and it was all made possible by the sacrifices our Folks made. Your Mom always made me smile when I spoke to her and she raised some good boys that grew up to be be gentlemen….
    Antony Petrone

    By: Antony Petrone
    April 7, 2022
  6. Eddy, Courtney and family: Thinking of you all as you journey thru this most difficult time. ‘A rose has bloomed in Heaven”. Hold on to those special moments and memories that are yours alone-they will bring you comfort and peace. Also wishing you all good health & healing over the coming months.
    With heartfelt sympathy, Beatrice Pigozzo.

    By: Beatrice Pigozzo
    April 7, 2022
  7. Our sincere condolences to the Battiston family & friends. Leonida was always a pleasure to see with her warm smile & friendly greetings. She will be missed by everyone in the Gatchell community.

    By: Gerry & Linda McIntaggart
    April 6, 2022
  8. A lovely and strong lady. Her dry witt and enormous heart will remain with me always. Sincere Condolences to the Family.

    By: Diana Simeoni
    April 6, 2022
  9. My sincere condolences, what a beautiful tribute to your mother. She was remarkable and I always noticed how snazzy and beautifully put together she always was. I have fond memories of sitting on your couch as a child watching Fantasy Island and eating the snacks your mom would bring me as our parents would play some seriously loud games of cards! I am certain the Gatchell Angel crew is back in business and reunited, gone from this earth but forever in our hearts and souls.

    By: Liza Battaion/Gigliotti
    April 6, 2022
  10. Eddy, Courtney and family our sincere condolences on the passing of Leonida. Your are all so lucky to have had her in your lives for so long. Treasure the memories.
    Robert, Diane, Alec and Michela Bussolaro

    By: Diane Bussolaro
    April 6, 2022
  11. Zia, you will be so missed. I will always remember how seriously cute you played every game from Bocce to Cards with my Mom and all the other Ladies. You have a beautiful family, who know you will be
    watching from above with pride and joy.

    By: Maria Schroeder
    April 5, 2022

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