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BIDINOT – Genoveffa (Bianca) (nee Facca)

May 3, 1920 – January 27, 2011

It is with great sadness and yet some joy that we announce the passing of Genoveffa (Bianca) Bidinot of Calgary, on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at the age of 90 years. The sadness is for us, as we have lost a much loved mother, Nonna, sister, aunt and friend. The joy is for her, as she is finally able to join her beloved husband Marino, who predeceased her in 1997. They shared a special bond rarely seen in couples and she never truly felt herself whole or complete without him.

Born in Chions, Pordenone, Italy on May 3, 1920, Bianca was one of six children born to Lucia and Giuseppe Facca. She left home at fourteen to work to help support her family. She grew up in Chions, as did Marino. In their younger years, Marino was not enamoured with Bianca as she was very much the tom boy. Bianca had dark brown hair but was outside so much of the time, the sun bleached her hair white, thus the nickname “Bianca”. When asked what happened to change Marino’s opinion, they would each respond “I grew up”. They married on February 16, 1949.

Marino immigrated to Canada in 1951 and Bianca followed him in 1952. In 1953, their son Hugo was born, followed by daughter Marina in 1957. They made their home in Fort William, ON, now called Thunder Bay. Bianca placed the utmost importance on family and a strong work ethic and worked hard to instil the same values in her children. Her husband, son and daughter were the focus of her life and no sacrifice was too great for any of them.

Her garden was legendary in Thunder Bay, and she happily provided apples and fresh produce to friends and neighbours. Her green thumb extended to indoor plants and many took advantage of her ability to “cure” plants, especially African Violets. She was a member of the Catholic Women’s League for over fifty years. In 2006, she moved from Thunder Bay to Calgary to live with her daughter and family.

Bianca is survived by her son Hugo Bidinot of St. Thomas, ON; daughter and son-in-law, Marina and Tony Franco of Calgary, AB; grandchildren, Olivia and Eve Bidinot and Cristy and Steve Franco; brothers Piero (Josette) Facca and Pino Facca of France; sister-in-law Caterina Santin of Italy; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Marino; parents Lucia and Giuseppe; brothers, Lino and Vico; sister Teresina, sisters-in-law, Irma, Foscarina and Maria; and brothers-in-law, Bruno, Guerino, Giovanni and Evaristo.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church (1600 Acadia Drive S.E.) on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. Graveside Service will be held at St. Andrew’s Cemetery, Thunder Bay, ON. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to The Alzheimer Society of Calgary, Suite 201, 222 – 58th Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 2S3, Telephone: (403)290-0110,

In living memory of Bianca Bidinot, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Elsie Gosparini-Berger :

    Hugo, Marina, Tony & Family I will always remember your mom for giving me a love for sweet/salty popcorn (now marketed as Kettle corn) Candy Dishes full so kids didn’t crave junk always available and the famous Birthday Rum Cake. Darren & I would pick her up for church Saturday night and she always had a handful of goodies for him he remembers. In the fall she would make sure she called me to get those sweet apples, she was and is an special angel in my life, Marina special thank you for sharing your mom with me. Love Always Elsie

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  2. Genoveffa (Bianca) Bidinot – To Zia Bianca’s family.
    Please accept our deepest and heartfelt condolences for the loss of such a very special person. She will always be in our hearts.
    Caterina Bidinot,
    Piero, Luigina and Paolo Zanetti,
    Renzo, Lorenzo, Maddalena and Violet Santin.

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  4. leo s. zorzes :

    Marina, Hugo and respective families:
    Please accept my sincerest condolences for the loss of your mother and grandmother. I will remember your mother/grandmother as an extremely kind person who always wished to share what she had with others. I feel honoured that you would consider me to be a pallbearer and assist in bringing such a fine person to her final resting place but I cannot fulfil your request due to work commitments. God Bless.

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  5. Sandy Blaxall and Terry Marshall :

    To Hugo and Family

    We wish to express our condolences to you and your family. Although we never met your Mother we know how special she was to you all. She was very fortunate to have such kind and loving children to take such good care of her. Our thoughts are with you all.

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  6. Leslie Kempton :

    Hugo, Marina and families

    I am sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. I have fond memories of spending time at her house on Mountdale Ave, and remember that her gardens were fantastic. Your mom and my mom always loved their gardens. They were always sharing ideas and plants. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Try to remember the good times, as I know those memories will help you get through these days.


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  7. Kuemper Family :

    Cristy and family

    We wish to express our condolences to you and your family. Although we never met Nona she is and always will be with you in your minds, memories and hearts as a very special, special lady. She will remain looking down on her little angels to help and guide you through lifes endeavors. Our prayers are with Nona, you, your family and friends.

    Kevin, Pat, Reagan and Jocelyn Kuemper

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  8. Lauri,Jennifer,Sarah and Carmen :

    Hugo, Olivia, Eve and family

    Although we can not be with you, know that our prayers and love are with you. Cherish your time with your family. I only met your mom a few times, but I could feel the love she had for the three of you. She will be holding hands with your dad, and they will be smiling down on all of you. Aloha

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  9. Marina and Family,

    My thoughts are with you and the rest of the family – sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. My condolences.


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  10. Linda Mastronardi :

    Dear Marina, Hugo and families,

    We are saddened to hear about the passing of your Mom and Nonna – Bianca. She will be missed by all who had the good fortune of knowing her. Her absence at the Sabelli family gatherings was a reminder to us all how precious family time is. We pray that time will heal your sorrow. Our thoughts are with each of you during this difficult time.
    Linda, Nina, Andy, Mike and Carmen.

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  11. Marian & Hugo, please accept my deepest sympathy and prayers for your loss as this loss is dear to my heart also. This was my Zia, my godmother, whom until recently unknown to m,e that upon their arrival to Canada, my Zia was my nanny when I was still a baby and as my parents had newly arrived to Canada and they both had to work to survive, Effa stepped in and lent a hand as all Italians did to help one another. My greatest memory is wanting to go to her house to eat some fresh fruit, delicious cookies and watching her manually grind her coffee beans to make a pot of aromatic coffee that to this day I still remember and when I smell that strong certain aroma today, thoughts of her in my life come to know that where she is today she has company, many family and friends who bonded together are by her side. Her smile and her always giving nature was always met with hugs and kisses and that coffee.

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