Lenna Eno (Squissato)
LENNA MARIE (nèe Squissato)
Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother and surrogate mother to dozens of children.
Lenna (Lee) was born on December 11, 1928 in Nakina, Ontario to Italian immigrant parents Virgilio and Pia Squissato, who hailed from a small Italian town near Venice. Her father worked for the railroad, while her mother managed the household looking after their growing family. Mom grew up in what was then, a true wilderness, and where she developed her life-long love of the outdoors and a preference for cold weather. In those days, it really was 40 degrees below zero in the winter; with 10 foot snowdrifts and wolves chasing kids to school.
Mom had a very hard life: bringing up two children on her own, working 12-hour days, 6 days per week, and holding our small family together against tough odds. Her love and devotion to her family, her dogged and resolute outlook on life, her strong morals, sense of honour and her absolute refusal to surrender, is what gave us and many other of the neighbourhood kids in Old Ottawa East, whom she took under her wing, a solid start in life. Even as a child growing up in the small railroad town of Nakina, her generous spirit was very much in evidence. To the chagrin of her mother, Mom, who came of age during the Great Depression, would take pity on passing hobos and invite them home for dinner. And our grandmother – an outstanding cook and equally-generous lady – would feed them; while at the same time, admonishing our mother about bringing strays home.
Mom was well-liked by all who met her. She was the consummate live wire; always ready for merriment, revelry and adventure. Like her mother, Mom was an outstanding cook and thus, our house was often a busy hub of friends and relatives who clamoured around our kitchen table to enjoy her Italian cuisine and entertaining banter. To this day we marvel at how Mom could – out of financial necessity -- take the cheapest cut of meat and turn it into a delicious meal worthy of the finest restaurants in the land. A voracious reader and a political junkie, you could always be assured of a conversation laced with her blunt views on politicians and their latest misdemeanours. Mom was, in her younger years, an avid football fan, cheering for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
In her twilight years, Mom lived in Arnprior where she loved to watch the deer and other wildlife, in a field next to her apartment. She loved nature and welcomed any opportunity to be surrounded by it. One of her favourite past-times was to go for long drives in the country to enjoy the beautiful Ottawa Valley landscape during the fall and winter seasons.
Mom is predeceased by her father, Virgilio Squissato and mother, Pia (nèe Venturini), originally from Piombino Dese, Italy; and brother Edmund Squissato, formerly of Pickering, Ontario. Survived by brother, Melvino Squissato of Ancaster, Ontario; sister Elda (Squissato) Hearrean and beloved brother-law Roy Hearrean of Panama City, Panama; daughter, Mary Lee Eno of Almonte, Ontario; son, Robert Eno of Yellowknife, NWT; grandaughter Ujaralaaq (Eno) Karetak and her husband, Panniuq of Rankin Inlet, Nunavut; grandsons Nolan and Brennan Eno and daughter-in-law Natalie Plato of Yellowknife, NWT; great grandsons Shea, Cael and Tanner of Rankin Inlet, Nunavut; and a huge extended Sicilian and Calabrian family who loved her and adopted her (and us) as their own.
A special thank you to Dr. Jennifer Rivington and to the nurses and staff at the Arnprior Regional Hospital for their outstanding and compassionate care during the last stages of her life; to those staff at the Island View Retirement Suites who enriched Mom’s life and made her feel comfortable and secure; and to Father Robert Ryan of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Braeside, for providing spiritual and emotional guidance to our family during this difficult time.
We love you Mom. No words nor deeds can ever do justice to the sacrifices you made for us and for the countless other people that you helped throughout your life. Your legacy lives on in all of us.
A memorial mass and a gathering of friends and family will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, 18 Dochart Street, Braeside, Ontario, on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 11 AM. Reception to follow until 3 PM.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the
C. R. GAMBLE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL Inc.
127 Church Street, Almonte, Ont. (613)256-3313
Condolences & tributes: www.crgamble.com