Modesto, Rosa Maria (Marisa) 


In loving memory of Rosa Maria Modesto (nee Sportelli), a remarkable woman, dear mother, sister, zia and nonna, who passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, February 14, 2024.  Beloved wife of Francesco (predeceased). Daughter of Cesario and Maria (nee Florio) both predeceased. Loving mother of Raffaella, Luciano (Cathy) and Marlene. Dear sister of Donato, Fedele (Tonia), Rosetta, Bruno, and Lidia (Michele) all of Italy. Cherished nonna to her grandchildren Francesco, Gabriella, Michaella and Serena. Dearly missed by nieces, nephews, and friends. An exceptionally wonderful and kind soul who cherished her family and adored her grandchildren. Her passions for cooking, sewing, gardening, and exploring the world left an indelible mark on our hearts.

Above all else, she loved spending time with her family; be it through her travels back to her roots in Italy each summer or gatherings in her always welcoming home. An excellent cook and baker, food was always in abundance whether preparing elaborate family meals, sending home care packages to freezers already bursting at the seams, or sharing her famous cookies, jams, and gardening tips with everyone she knew and cared for.

Marisa will be profoundly missed, but her love and legacy will forever live on in our cherished memories.

Final resting place will be next to her husband, the love of her life, at the Civic Cemetery.  There will be a gathering for family and friends at the Northbury Hotel, Hemlock Hall, 50 Brady Street, Sudbury on Wednesday, February 21, 2024 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Per Sempre Amato, Mai Dimenticato


7 Condolences

  1. My deepest condolences to the Modesto family! Your mother was a gem. Always welcomed me in her home with an abundance of deserts. Remember those fond memories of your Mom as those are the ones that will keep you strong! My thoughts prayers are with you all. ♥️

    By: Nicole Mercier
    February 21, 2024
  2. Our deepest sympathies to the Modesto family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
    Antonio and Nina Fragomeni

    By: Antonio and Nina Fragomeni
    February 21, 2024
  3. Dear Luc, Cathy, Francesco and Gabriella,
    We are so very sorry for the sudden loss of Nonna. We never had the privilege of spending time with Marisa, but we know how important she was in all of your lives. You are all a testament to how truly remarkable she was. She will live on through all of you. Cherish the memories, the laughs, the trips, the recipes, the advice, the kindness.
    Love Paula, Jim, Erin and Brendan xoxo

    By: Paula Mick
    February 19, 2024
  4. My deepest condolences to the Modesto family. Je pense à toi , Cathy.
    Is the celebration at the Northbury on Wednesday, Feb.24th from 2 until 6pm and not on the 21st?

    By: Margherita Derro
    February 17, 2024
  5. Our sincerest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Armando and Anna Urso
    Giorgio and Rachelle Urso
    Marcello and Eleni Urso
    Sabrina and John Cimino

    By: Anna and Armando Urso
    February 17, 2024
  6. It was such a privilege to have known Marisa and to have witnessed first hand her love of family, of travel, of feeding her loved one, of her two countries (Italy and Canada). To us, she was a joyous, generous soul, who so obviously adored her children and grand-children. We send deepest condolences to her entire extended family. She will be missed far and wide. Here is hoping that the memory of her joy and love will in time ease your deep sadness. All our love, Rayanne, Michel and Lili

    By: Rayanne Dupuis
    February 17, 2024
  7. Dearest Raffaella & family,
    We are deeply sorry for your great loss. 😢🙏🏻
    Heartfelt ♥️ Condolences, Pete & Linda Jackson

    By: Pete & Linda Jackson
    February 17, 2024

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