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BARBERIO – Maria (nee Cimino)

July 16, 1933 – November 29, 2009

It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts we announce the passing of an amazing woman, our loving and dear mother Maria Barberio (Nonna Maria) of Calgary. She quietly passed away on Sunday, November 29, 2009 at the age of 76 years.

Maria was born on July 16, 1933 in San Giovanni in Fiore, Italy. She immigrated with her husband Battista in 1959 in search of opportunity and prosperity for themselves, children and grandchildren. Maria was the type of person that we all strive to be and know. A hard life from beginning to end never took the fight out of this grand lady. She believed that hard work, honesty and optimism would never fail her. For example, at the age of fifty Maria learned to swim and go off the low diving board, and at the age of sixty she taught herself to read and write. Her passion was real estate, but her biggest regret in life was not learning to drive which she felt would have given her freedom and independence. Her ferocious love for her children was incomparable. She was like a mother bear, protective, nurturing and guiding. Maria’s strength was an example of how we should all lead our lives to the fullest and not fear the unknown. Facing death with such dignity and serenity was just Maria Barberio’s style. She was a pillar of strength to the end of her earthly life. Her faith and belief in God kept her at peace knowing that someday we will see each other again. Until that day comes mom we will never forget your beautiful smile, loving eyes that spoke without speaking and your warm gentle touch. Plus that voice with words of wisdom and guidance. Not to mention all the wonderful meals and the smell of your bread baking in the oven.

According to Maria she is survived by her greatest accomplishments HER CHILDREN: three respectful sons and two daughters-in-law, Gino and Gail Barberio, Dominic and Antonella Barberio, and Bruno Barberio; a loving daughter and son-in-law, Gemma and Robert Festa; seven adoring grandchildren, Michael, Stephen, Joel, Ryan, Amanda, Dominique, and Nico.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Friday, December 4, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Mausoleum. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to FTC Canada, Box 30 Guelph, ON N1H 6J6 Telepnone: 1-877-382-2262 feedthechildren.org.

In living memory of Maria Barberio, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. The Gallucci Family :

    Dear Dominic, Antonella and family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time on the loss of your mother. Our sincerest condolences.

    Tha Gallucci Family
    Calgary, Alberta

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  2. Donna & Peter Boyle :

    Our deepest condolences on the passing of your mom Dominic. Our throughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

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  3. Lynn & John Rust :

    Dear Gino & Gail, Dominic & Antonella, Gemma & Rob and Bruno,

    Our heartful condolences to you all at this difficult time.

    Love,
    Lynn & John

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  4. Josie, Gerry, Roslyn & Domenic Scalise :

    Gemma, Rob, Mike, Stephen & Joel:

    We are so very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother/grandmother. Please accept our deepest condolences and keep those memories close as nobody can take those away from you.

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  5. Angie Casoria :

    Gemmma, Rob and Family,
    My deepest condolences to all of you during this difficult time. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
    Take Care, God Bless
    Angie Casoria and Family

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  6. Dear Bruno,

    My sincerest condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Tony Posca

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  7. Gemma, Rob and family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May you find comfort in your memories.

    Rita and Tony Vetere

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  8. Mike Priolo & Family :

    Bruno and Family

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Deepest condolences to you and your family. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you to help find strength during this difficult time.

    Mike Priolo & Family

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  9. Luigi and cathy Barberio :

    May my Aunt Maria be in the arms of the Lord. For God has called upon her, he must need help in Heaven of someone so loving. May her children find strength and peace. I remember when I came to Calgary. She was an amazing cook, and made sure we all had enough to eat. That was my Aunt Maria. May you rest in peace Zia. Love Luigi and Cathy.

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  10. Ken & Debbie Withell :

    Gemma, Rob and Family,
    Our thoughts are with you.
    It is so hard to imagine our lives without our loved ones; but that special place in our heart will always
    hold the memories that we so treasure.
    take care

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  11. Filomena Pratt (LaMontagna) :

    Gemma, Rob & Family,

    I am so very sorry to hear of your mother’s death. I send you and your family prayers and love in this time of sorrow.

    Love Fil

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  12. Zehirr Saifeddine :

    Dear Gemma:

    The most precious of lifes’ moments are like dreams; they are at once lost to the transiency of time…and yet…through the veracity of our memories…are as real and necessary as the air that we breath. I hope that the memory of your mother and her love, will nourish your soul and reaffirm the goodness abundant in Gods will, and that with the passage of time…your sorrow will find peace in knowing that truly this is the final journey for which we are all destined. Take Care, Zee

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  13. Cheryl Brandsma :

    Dear Gail, Gino and family, Our deepest sympathy to you and your family on the passing of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Love Lou and Cheryl.

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  14. Joe & Karen Ciccarello :

    Dear Bruno and Family,

    We are saddened to hear the loss of your mother and we express profound sorrow and condolences for you and your family.

    Joe & Karen Ciccarello

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  15. Pina Spadafora & Family :

    Gemma and Family,

    I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time and may you find comfort in the memories you have shared together.

    Pina Spadafora & Family

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  16. Frank & Liz Barberio :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. We are very sorry for your loss. We hope that all of your wonderful memories with her will help with the tough times.

    Love Frank Jr. & Liz Barberio

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  17. Robert & Terri Daprocida :

    Dear Bruno & Family,

    We are so deeply sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are prayers are with you and your family in this time of sorrow.

    Robert & Terri Daprocida

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  18. Anthony Arcuri :

    I was deeply saddened to hear my Aunt Maria had passed away. Growing up so close I have nothing but fond memories. My thoughts and prayers have been with the whole family.
    Love
    Anthony

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  19. Maria Gemma Barberio :

    No one ever told me about the site you put up. Just beautiful. When my mom told me I was deeply saddened. What Zia didn’t know was that she was one of my FAVORITE AUNTS. She always made me feel like I was one of her kids. She always had a HUGE HUG & BACIS for me. I always loved the way she made me feel LOVED! When I hugged her it was like hugging my mom. She always made sure I was ok And JJ and I were always taken care of! BACIS MUCH LOVE
    Maria Gemma Barberio

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