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BLASETTI – Ernestina “Esterina” (nee Grimaldi)

November 7, 1927 – April 7, 2011

It is with deep sadness that the family of Ernestina “Esterina” Blasetti announce the peaceful passing of our mother, grandmother, sister and friend, on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at the Foothills Medical Centre at age of 83 years, after a brief illness.

Mom was born to Carmine and Assunta Grimaldi in Mangone, Cosenza, Italy, the fourth of ten children. Mom came to Canada in 1954 to marry our father Giuseppe Blasetti. She had many friends that she kept in touch with her entire life. Mom was a beacon of hope, courageousness and had an infectious smile. She had tremendous empathy for others and animals, especially her little cat, Sage. Mom loved her family and nothing gave her greater joy than cooking fabulous meals.

Mom was predeceased by Dad in 1999; and brothers, Tomasso, Franchino and Vincenzo Grimaldi. Mom is survived by her children, Lilia, Gianna (Jim) and Frank (Barb); two grandsons, Carlo and Paul; two sisters, Theresina and Candida; and brother Nardo.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Monday, April 11, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Grace Italian and English Catholic Church (1714 – 14th Avenue N.E.) on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Mausoleum. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. The family wishes to thank the dedicated staff at the Peter Lougheed Centre and Foothill Medical Centre for the excellent care Mom received.

In living memory of Esterina Blasetti, 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. Your mom was a very special lady and will be truly missed by everyone who knew her. We’re all grateful that we were able to spend time with Zia during her last visit to Ontario. Of all the brothers and sisters your mom was by far our favorite. Her laugh and smile will always be remembered by us. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Love Angela, Mike, Julie and Jennifer.

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  2. Mary Belcher :

    Dear Carlo and Paul and all of the Blasetti’s
    It was always very clear to me, that Nonna loved each of you very, very much; from the minute each of you were born. Her dedication in remembering every one of your birthdays, and each of the holiday seasons with cards and money and her special care packages of her precious baking was a wonderful part of each of your lives.
    Carlo and Paul, you are so very blessed to have had the experience and memory of Nonna’s love and her Calabrian culture. I am so grateful for the love she showed you and the hospitality that she gave to me and my brothers and sisters who visited Calgary, in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.
    My deepest and heartfelt symapathy to you, your Dad, Frank, Aunties: Lilia and Gianna and the Blasetti family.
    Love, Mary and Warren, John and Michael Belcher in Penticton, BC.

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  3. Frank Gallucci :

    Dear Lilia. Gianna & Frank,

    Our families go back long ways and we are so sorry to hear of your moms passing. Our hearts & prayers are with you and your family.
    I am deeply saddened that I will not be able to attend your moms prayers or funeral celebration as I will be traveling.
    We will always have your mom as we do your father in our thoughts & prayers.

    With all our love,
    Frank & Tina Gallucci

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  4. Theresa Tavano :

    Dear Lilia, Gianna, Jim, Frank, Barb, Carlo and Paul,

    Our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to you all. We loved your mother (grandmother) very much. We will never forget our visit to Calgary and the hospitality we received. She was a very kind and generous person. She will be missed by all of us very much. She will forever hold a special place in our hearts. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you as you go through this difficult time.

    Love,
    Theresa, Sam, Jamie and Melissa

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  5. Betty and Glen Mertens :

    Betty and Glen wish to offer our deepest sympathy for your loss to Gianna and Jim. Please know that we are thinking of you both.

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  6. Gabriella Bottega :

    It was with sadness that I learned of your mom’s passing. She was such a warm caring person. My heart felt sympathy to the family. She will be missed by all who knew her.
    Gabriella

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  7. Guy& Terry Blasetti :

    Lillia, Gianna Jim& Frank, Barb;
    God Bless you all. I am shocked, she was so good when we saw her last month. Our hearts are heavy with sorrow. May the Good Lord Bless her & you all. She was the only one left I wanted more history from on the Blasetti & Poscente side. I got some but needed some refreshing. We loved Aunty dearly. She was greatly admired & loved by us all. We are in Cabo St. Lucas, Mexico as I read the obits I am shocked. Love you all, will miss the prayers & Mass but will definatly be praying for Aunty & you all.
    May the Good Lord Bless you and Aunty.
    CIAO LOVE yous
    GUY & TERRY and Family

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  8. Eda DeSantis :

    Lillia, Gianna & Jim, Frank & Barb

    I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. She was a great lady! Please accept my condolences. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time.
    Eda DeSantis

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  9. Cecilia and Virgilio Cupido :

    Lilia, Gianna and Franco

    We are so very sorry for the loss of your dear mother Ernestina. We will always remember her caring friendship to Mom and Dad and to us. We will miss her welcoming smile and positive attitude. Our prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time

    Cecilia, Virgilio, Adrian and Mark Cupido

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  10. Jack and Wanda Airdrie :

    Gianna and Jim; Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Big deep hugs to you both, our thoughts are with you both and your family.

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  11. Theresa Morcone :

    Dear Lila, Gianna & Jim, Frank & Barb, Carlo & Paul

    We are deeply sorry for your loss. You are in our hearts, our thoughts and our prayers are with you. You have our deepest sympathy. Zia Ernestina was truly a wonderful lady and will be dearly missed by all who’s hearts she touched. We will never forget all that she did for us and her words of wisdom. May all the wonderful memories Zia left behind guide you through this most difficult time.

    Please know that you are in our prayers, love you all.

    Theresa, John, Nicholas, Christopher & Vanessa

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  12. Emily Basso-Lanzillotta :

    To the Blasetti Family…
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. Your Mom was a very kind and loving person. I will always remember the words of encouragement she gave when my Mom passed away. May you find comfort in the memories that are yours to cherish always.

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  13. The Viani Family :

    To the Blasetti Family…

    Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer.

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  14. luisa.scacrelli :

    I was sadden to hear that your mother had passed away, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
    May God bless you
    Your Friend
    Luisa {Perri} Scarcelli

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