Felicita (Phyllis) Musa

Felicita (Phyllis) Musa

1919 – 2014

Felicita Musa passed away peacefully on March 21, 2014 with family by her side.

Felicita was born in Torrecuso, Italy on May 3, 1919 to Antonio and Maria Grazia Ocone. They lived in a small town and as a young woman she helped the family work the land where they had a vineyard and grew tobacco. Felicita’s experiences growing up in Italy at the time of economic turmoil and World War II shaped her character. She married Giuseppe (Joseph) Musa in 1946, and while Joe worked as a machinist, Felicita cared for their two young boys, Nick and Tony. Joe immigrated back to Canada to look for work, taking Nick with him. Felicita and Tony came the following year.

Felicita was strong and independent, and although she enjoyed her life in Canada, she always missed her homeland and the family she had left there. As a family they travelled back to Italy many times and it was always hard for Felicita when it was time to return home.

Felicita lived an active life and was always busy in the kitchen, the garden, or sewing dresses. The family took in boarders in the spare bedrooms, and after they built their new house, she was the one who dealt with the tenants in the old house. She enjoyed the outdoors and every weekend in the summer meant a trip to Kokanee Park to play bocce and have a dip in the lake.

Once the boys were gone from home, Felicita and Joe started travelling a bit closer to home. They went to Reno several times and often travelled on the bus tours to gamble in Washington State. Even once she was on her own, Felicita continued to travel and always seemed to bring home some winnings and took great joy in sharing with her children and grandchildren.

She loved when family came to visit, and took great joy in having her grandchildren nearby. Sunday and Wednesday family dinners was the routine for years; and Felicita always brought out the cookies and grapes to be enjoyed before starting the standard game of cards.

Although she lived on her own for 24 years after Joe died, she had many good friends with whom she shared coffee and good conversation, and she continued to garden and enjoy her family right up until her passing.

Felicita is survived by her two sons, Nick and Tony, daughter-in-law Leona; grandchildren, Felicia (Eric), Brett, Christina and Emily; brother-in-law Gino Rossi, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, her brother Nicola, and her husband of 44 years, Joseph.

The family of Felicita Musa wishes to thank Kootenay Lake Hospital and all the caring staff that worked with her in the last few months of her life.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, April 5th at 10:00 am from the Cathedral of Mary Immaculate with Father Conrado Beloso as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Nelson Memorial Park Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.

Online condolences may be expressed at

www.thompsonfs.ca

On Friday, March 21, 2014 Felicita (Phyllis) Musa of Nelson passed away peacefully at the age of 94 years in Kootenay Lake Hospital with her family at her side. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, April 5th, at 10:00 AM from the Cathedral of Mary Immaculate with Father Conrado Beloso as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Nelson Memorial Park Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.

Online condolence may be expressed at

www.thompsonfs.ca


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