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Rita  McLennan

Rita Mary McLennan

Monday, September 11th, 1922 - Saturday, January 26th, 2019
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McLennan, Rita Mary (Hawkins)
September 11, 1922 -- January 26, 2019

At the age of 96, Rita was a most cherished and deeply loved Mother to Monica and her husband, Anthony Cozzolino.
Rita was predeceased by her loving husband Clifford, who always lived on in her memory.
Proud Grandmother of her Grandsons, Daniel and Andrew. She treasured and infinitely loved them and she equally received their special love and bond. Grandma lived with them throughout their life and thus became her life.
In recent years, Rita met and became deeply attached to Robyn Dewar, Andrews long time soulmate.
She also loved and valued being ‘Grandma’ to GianLuca and Larissa Nalli and treasured each time she was with them.
Rita sorely loved her nieces Sharon and Patricia Hawkins and Rita will always live on in their memory.
In her 96 years, Rita touched many lives with her unrelenting strength, stamina and particularly her immeasurable faith.
We wish to extend our sincerest appreciation to each one of our friends who always included Mom to any gathering or event that was taking place. She always enjoyed herself and felt blessed to be included with such special people.
A special Thank You to Carol and Philip coming from P.E.I. Mom is smiling and thanking God for gift of their presence.
Deep, heartfelt gratitude to Father Pawel and Deacon Joe. Rita could not be blessed with a greater release into God’s hands.
Rita will be resting at the MARSHALL FUNERAL HOME, 10366 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill on Wednesday from 6-9pm.
Her funeral mass in St. Mary Immaculate Catholic Church (10295 Yonge Street) at 10am Thursday. Interment Mount Hope Cemetery
In lieu of flowers, donations to Mackenzie Health Long Term Care, Fifth Floor, Attention Anica, would be appreciated.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Marshall Funeral Home
    10366 Yonge Street
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  • Service

    Thursday, January 31st, 2019 | 10:00am
    Thursday, January 31st, 2019 10:00am
    St. Mary Immaculate Catholic Church
    10295 Yonge Street
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  • Interment

    Mt. Hope Cemetery
    305 Erskine Avenue
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Private Condolence

Mark & Denise Holland

Posted at 04:19pm
Wishing you and your family true strength and peace. Be assured your mom/grandmother is in kind and loving hands. Much love to you all.
Mark, Denise, Tim and Kirsten

Carol Brown

Posted at 07:26pm
Monica, Tony, Daniel & Andrew,
No one misses Rita more than any of you but please know that I also miss her. When my own mother passed away at 44 yrs of age, and I was a very young 15 yrs, Rita was there, ever welcoming, ever patient. I am sure there were days when she wondered if I had a home of my own. She welcomed me when I spent many nights in her apartment, with my best pal, Monica. She made me feel welcome when I showed up at breakfast, showed up at supper, (she was a great cook). When I married and Monica came to visit, it was Rita we called to ask how to make gravy, to impress the fellas in our lives. When I went back to Ontario to visit, a delicious "Rita made" apple pie (with her trademark cinnamon hearts) always appeared. I always felt special and a part of the family.
A highlight for me was when Rita finally came to PEI, with Monica, to visit. She was 90 plus and full of spunk and life. That's who I wantto be when I am 90+, I thought, more than once.
Rita lived a long, wonderful life. She was strong, tough, loving, compassionate, tough ( that needs mentioning twice because she really was a strong woman), and holy. Her faithfulness was inspirational. I loved her and I know she loved me. I celebrate her life, her lessons and will mourn her loss for a very long time. Thank you Rita, for everything. ❤️

Nadya, Andrew, GianLuca and Larissa Nalli

Posted at 12:06am
Rita embodied the true goodness of soul. She trusted God unwaveringly in her life, even in challenging times. We were blessed to have known her.

Monica, Tony, Daniel and Andrew:
We stood with you in your sorrow while we also celebrated Rita's life. She was such a strong women and offered so much to not only her family but to friends as well. She was always ready to help, whether it was to treat us to her wonderful pies, to look after the kids or to provide guidance on life issues.
So big was her heart that she also extended her "Grandma" role to our children. And who could forget the many euchre games where her prowess was fully on display as she schooled the younger players on the proper way to play the game!

RIta was chagrined when advancing age slowly but relentlessly impacted her ability to care for her family. She worried and hoped for the best in your futures. Heartbreaking to know that she was aware of what lay ahead, yet trusted that it was God's chosen path for her.

It is said that your mother is the place you came from, your first home, and she's the map you follow with every step you take. Nothing on earth can separate you - not time, not space, not even death.

We honour Rita's memory by striving for the same faith and grace that she shared with us in her life.

Nadya, Andrew, GianLuca and Larissa



Posted at 11:09am
One of the definitions of "mother" in Oxford's Dictionary is "something or someone that gives rise to something or someone else." Rita, in the span of her 96 years gave endless and remarkable rise to not only her family but to everyone who was blessed to interact with her in this lifetime. Rita was selfless and tireless in her giving right to the very end. She was hardwired to be one of God's very special angels on earth, sharing ALL she did in service to God. There is a saying "go preach the gospel and if necessary use words." It was Rita's actions that vividly demonstrated to everyone, the stellar woman she was in all she endured. I consider myself beyond blessed to have been on the receiving end of her motherly love and in turn, to have so easily loved her as much in return. Rita, the inheritance you receive as you now step into God's loving care is going to be immeasurable and well deserved. Thank you for being the inspiring role model you were to your family and to so many including me. There was enormous generosity in the years God shared you with us. It is now time for us to give rise to you as we sadly surrender your beautiful mind, body, heart and soul to rest in peace in God's loving embrace.

Ann and Jay and family

Posted at 10:17am
Monica,Tony, Daniel and Andrew, we just heard the sad news. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. We had so many fun times with your Mom at your home during our baseball years together. May you find strength and comfort in all of the cherished memories you created together.

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