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Philomena Morgia Canale

January 16, 2017

Philomena M. CanalePhilomena Morgia Canale, 90, passed peacefully on January 16, 2017 surrounded by her loving children. She was a strong woman who valiantly persevered through a long illness. Her most treasured moments were spent in the company of her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed spending time traveling with life long friends. She had a warm sense of humor and a generous heart and an ability to entertain both large and small groups with style and grace.

She was a graduate of Watertown High school. She married Richard Peter Canale on June 2, 1946 at St. Anthony's Church with Msgr. Claude Sechi officiating.

Philomena's work history included Herrs Fashion Shop and assisting with the operation of Canale's Restaurant. She was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church.

Her early years of marriage were spent at 115 Breen Avenue and upon the birth of her twins, she resided at 136 Flower Ave. East in Watertown, NY. Canale's Restaurant, having been in business for 52 years, was sold and she and her husband Richard retired and spent winters at their home in Largo FL.

She is survived by her brother, Dante Morgia, Watertown NY, daughter, Paula, and son-in-law, Daniel O'Donnell, Hernando, FL, son, Richard, and companion, Debra Thomas, Sarasota, FL, former daughter-in-law, Deborah Canale, St. John's, FL, daughter, Pamela Canale, Largo, FL, and daughter, Mary, and son-in-law, Robert Hughes, Watertown, NY. She is also survived by grandchildren, Daniel O'Donnell and wife Lynn, Andrea Phillips, Richard Canale, and Taylor and Nicholas Hughes, great grandchildren Jackson, Braden, and Addison, and many loving brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law in the Morgia and Canale families.

She is predeceased by parents, Gus and Teresa Morgia, husband, Richard Canale, brother, John Morgia, sister, Irma Pacific, and grandson, Richard O'Donnell.

A funeral mass later this year at St. Anthony's Church, Watertown will be announced. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown.

Donations may be made to St. Anthony's Church 850 Arsenal St. or the Sisters of the Precious Blood, 400 Pratt St., both in Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to her family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#18 Eloise Eckler 2017-07-19 17:57
It's so hard not to be with the Canale family .. To share our story's .. The Canale's and the Fioretto family made so many lasting memories .. You are all in my heart .. Sending comfort in every way .. Love Eloise and Orville Eckler .Bradenton Fl.
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#17 Cummings Funeral Service 2017-07-19 16:05
The funeral mass for Philomena C. Canale will be held at St. Anthony's Church on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at 11AM with Msgr. Robert Aucoin, pastor presiding and burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery. Her family will receive friends at the church from 10AM until the mass.
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#16 Nader Maroun 2017-01-29 12:15
Dear Paula

Just learned of moms passing. Please know my sincerest prayers and thoughts with you and your family! Much love always.


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#15 Cary Brick 2017-01-26 16:43
A wonderful friend of the Brick and Herr families. She was a lady of grace. The Morgia and Canale families are among the most respected and loved in Watertown. Both are a part of my growing up and extending into adulthood. May her family find comfort in memories of happier times.
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#14 Mike Brick 2017-01-26 13:00
My condolences. I do not know the family but remember her when she worked at the Herr Fashion Shop. My grandparents, the Herr's, started the store and my parents Emily and Arch Brick took over the store in later years. I remember growing up eating at Canale's and later on at Dante's. Great memories the the Canale and Morgia families.Fond memories of growing up in Watertown.
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#13 Victor ianno 2017-01-26 12:24
Just read your Mom's obituary on line.
Sending you both a hug and best wishes.
Take Care,
I always enjoyed and respected your friendship.hk11
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#12 David Iannotti 2017-01-21 11:28
Pam,Mary and the Canale family.. I am very sorry for your loss.My thoughts and prayers go out to all at this sad time. Peace be with you.
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#11 Ronald Young 2017-01-21 08:06
Fond memories of being with my cousin Patty at Fioretto's cottage and hanging out with the Canale's and Morgia's a lot of summers. Your Mom and Dad were great people. Condolences to your family.
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#10 Dora Bova 2017-01-21 06:37
Bob and Mary sorry to hear of your loss. May your memories of your mother stay in your hearts forever. My thoughts are with you and your family.sdy7
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#9 jill shepherd 2017-01-20 19:49
Pam, Mary and Canale family. Very sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts are with you all.

Mike and Jill (Storino) Shepherd
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