Obituary of Antonina Cecilia Leo
At the age of 92, Antonina Leo peacefully passed on the morning of March 20, 2022. Born in Sciacca, Sicily, the fifth child of 9 children born to Rosa Barsalona and Gerlando Cardilicchia. She immigrated to America on the Andrea Doria ship that entered the New York Harbor through Ellis Island to live happily ever after with her true love, Calogero Antonio Leo, after they married in Sicily on October 31, 1954. In 1956, she became a mother for the first time to her son, Phillip. Followed by her first daughter, Rosanna, in 1958 and her second daughter and final child, RoseMary, in 1970. She raised her children with Italian and catholic values, sharing with them the essence of our culture. Of the many roles she had, a wife, a truly “Sicilian” mother, a master of needlework, her most cherished role was Nonna, to six grandchildren: Angelica, Alexander, Rebecca, Zachary, Krista, and Paul. From her first grandchild to her last, her enthusiasm and unconditional love for her grandchildren never wavered. By far the best Nonna, always a source of comfort, prayers, laughs, endless hugs, and, of course, desserts. That love of her grandchildren extended to her cherished sons-in-law who she referred to as her sons, Martin and Paul. Everyone was infected by the love of Nonna, she loved everyone. She always said, “I love you, I love everybody”. We know that even though she is no longer with us, her love will always be there. Nina will forever be in our hearts and we all collectively will miss her deeply. But we know that God has a special place in heaven where she can look over all of us now.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. in St. Lucy Church, Bronx, NY
In lieu of flowers, donations to Bergen New Bridge Medical Center Foundation, http://www.newbridgehealth.org/foundation would be greatly appreciated by the family