It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our little angel of 5 years, Olivia Marie Formosa, on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 following a courageous battle with brain cancer. Olivia was an old soul, loving, smiling and singing Frozen and Frozen 2 songs through her biggest battles. ‘Liv’ was the cherished daughter of Brooke Formosa and Zachary Mayer and adoring sister of Paisley. Precious granddaughter of Lino & Kari Formosa, Mary Mayer and Robert Cubrt and great granddaughter of Mary & the late Arthur Formosa, Donald & the late Patricia Moore, Phillip & the late Sue Mayer. Treasured niece of Sarah and Katie Formosa and Brandon Mayer. She was a feisty, unforgettable and magical beacon to her family, friends and community. A private family visiting will be held with a proper celebration of Olivia’s life to be announced at a later date. The HAYCOCK-CAVANAGH FUNERAL HOME, 409 Nelson Street in Wallaceburg has been entrusted with funeral arrangements. If desired, remembrances to Childcan, The Childhood Cancer Research Association may be left at the funeral home 519.627.3231. Online tributes may be left at www.CavanaghFuneralHome.ca The family would like to thank the community and especially the angels of the Children’s Hospital – London Health Sciences Centre, Sick Kids Toronto, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Holland Bloorview Rehab Centre and Ronald McDonald House for their outpouring of love and support.
Published on May 2, 2020
The community came together on Tuesday for a touching tribute and celebration for a brave local girl, who has received her angel wings.
Olivia Formosa passed away at her home in Wallaceburg on Tuesday, April 28, 2020.
She was five-years-old.
Olivia inspired many, was a fighter and showed tremendous courage during a three year battle with brain cancer.
Shortly after Olivia turned two years old, doctors found a mass that surrounded her cerebellum, her brain stem and down into her spinal cord.
Over the past few years, Olivia underwent multiple procedures.
She returned home from the hospital on Monday.
To honour Olivia and support her family, a special celebration of life cruise took place in Wallaceburg on Tuesday evening.
Over 450 vehicles packed the parking lot outside of the former Sobey’s building on McNaughton Avenue. Bicycles, ATV’s, cars, trucks and emergency service vehicles drove in a parade down Albert Street and by the Wallaceburg Christian School, where the Formosa family gathered.
Some of Olivia’s favourite characters, Princess Elsa, Anna and Cinderella were present and waving as the cruise drove by Olivia’s family.
Honking horns could be heard throughout the entire neighborhood as the parade participants tried to make the parade a fitting tribute to Olivia.
Wallaceburg resident Madison Bembridge, a friend of the Formosa family, told the Sydenham Current she has known Brooke Formosa, Olivia’s mother, for a few years, as her child Scarlett used to have play dates with Olivia, as they were only a few months apart in age.
“When I heard about Livie getting sick, I was heartbroken,” Bembridge said.
“I’ve followed her journey and prayed that she would fight this. After three long years of battling, God decided that it was time for Livie to gain her angel wings and go up to heaven.”
Bembridge added: “Olivia has touched many hearts and Brooke is a strong will-powered mom, who did the best she could through this hard battle. Livie is a warrior. She was a strong, beautiful little girl. She fought her battle till the very end. Fly high sweet angel.”
The Chatham-Kent Police Service traffic unit was supportive of the event, helping to organize the blockades and direct traffic during the celebration cruise.
Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services Station #3 Wallaceburg firefighters and Chatham-Kent EMS paramedics were also present to show their support.
Here’s a link to some recorded audio services at our Mother Church St James Wesminster. Thanks to the St James worship team; Rev Keith Nethery, Steve Holowitz, Paul Stevenson, Paul Grambo, Shen Jones, Victoria Piovesan, Gerry Adams, Hana Scorrar and Keith Nethery. Thanks also to our friend John who serves as recording engineer. Please sit back and enjoy some spiritual renewal time.
Our newly elected Bishop Todd Townshend visited Epiphany Sunday March 1st. The Bishop praised our congregation for the fine outreach we do for our local community. He also congratulated Rev Teresa for her 15 years of outstanding service at the Church of the Epiphany.
One of Bishop Townshend’s official duties was to bless and officially dedicate our new lectern given by Bob, Linda and Christine Aldington in memory of daughter/sister Lisa.
Peacefully at Victoria Hospital on Friday, February 21, 2020, Margarete Haussner of London in her 85th year.
Wife of the late Roland Haussner (2004). Loving mother of Birgit Price (late Randall) and Rainer Haussner. Cherished Oma of Wendy and Michael, great Oma of Zackery, Jade, Tristan, Taylar, Draven, Savannah, Kyra, Zander and Liley and great great Oma of Audrey. Predeceased by her brother Helmut.
A celebration of Margarete”s life will be held at Logan Funeral Home, 371 Dundas St., London, Ontario (between Colborne & Waterloo St.), on Friday, February 28, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation 1 hour prior.
Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Margarete are asked to consider the charity of your choice.
Peacefully on Thursday, December 5, 2019, at Middlesex Terrace, Monneen (nee Irving) Elliott in her 85th year. Beloved wife of the late Robert “Bob” Elliott (2016). Dear mother of dawna elliott of Alberta, Lorraine Elliott of St. Thomas, and Ted Elliott of London. Much loved grandmother of Rob (Stephanie) and Jon Cook. Loving GG of Morgan and Harry. Loving MOM-MO of Lindsay and Megan. Chosen son Michael Swift. Cremation has taken place. At Monneen’s request, there will be no visitation or funeral service. Her final resting place will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Simcoe, ON. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society London and Middlesex, 435 Windermere Road, London, ON N5X 2T1, Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario, 180-633 Colborne Street, London, ON N6B 2V3 or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted with A. MILLARD GEORGE FUNERAL HOME, 519-433-5184. Online condolences and memories shared at www.amgfh.com