Rina Paola Crisetig, age 93, of Stratford passed away peacefully at Cedarcroft Place on March 19, 2021. Beloved wife of the late Giuseppe (Joe) Crisetig who predeceased her in 2001. Loving mother of Susan Hindle (Greg) and Lucy Crisetig-Cosentino (Frank). Grandmother of Eric Hindle, Lisa Herman (Michael), Jessica Jowett (Gary), Adam Hindle (Laura), Erica Cosentino, Alexander Cosentino, and great grandmother of Jacob Jowett and Kaitlyn Herman. Predeceased by her parents Luigi and Luigia Tomasetig, brothers Giuseppe, Giovanni, Pietro, and sister-in-law Morina. Rina was born in the Friuli region of northern Italy, where she spent the early part of her life. Her experiences during and following the Second World War shaped her into the strong willed, determined and caring woman that she was. In 1956 at age 28, she embarked on a long journey by boat and train with her infant daughter Assunta (Susan), to join her husband in Stratford. They settled into their first home and welcomed their second daughter Lucy in 1961. Having been trained in Italy as a seamstress, she used this talent throughout her life to custom create clothing for herself and her family in her spare time, while working for many years for Canadian Fabricated Products sewing car seat covers and later led a team of sewers. Later in life, her creativity turned to freelance work on costumes for the Stratford Festival and restaurant uniforms and decor. She was a member of the Catholic Women’s League for a number of years. She enjoyed singing in the Immaculate Conception church choir and participated in many quilting and craft projects with the church. Rina lived a full life and touched the hearts of many people she encountered during her 93 years. Her family was always first and foremost in her thoughts and prayers. She enjoyed cooking for them and hosting family celebrations with her kids and grandkids. Gardening was another of her passions, using the old traditional ways of selecting seeds from the best of her tomato and bean crops. She loved her flower gardens, especially her roses. She passed on her skills and knowledge to her children and grandchildren. She will be greatly missed and the love she shared in everything she did will live on in all of us. Special thanks to the staff of Cedarcroft Place who cared for her with warmth and compassion during her final years. Visitation at the W. G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford on Tuesday, March 23 from 1 – 3 pm. Provincial regulations will be followed. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 50 Well Street, Stratford on Wednesday at 1 pm followed by Interment in Avondale Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society, or the charity of your choice, may be made through the funeral home 519.271.7411 www.wgyoungfuneralhome.com

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