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DE PAOLI, Consorte “Pierina”(nee Roman)

June 29, 1916 – September 13, 2009

Pierina’s 93-year journey on Earth ended on Sunday, September 13, 2009 after a short, valiant struggle with cancer.  Pierina Roman was born on June 29, 1916 in Arzene, Pordenone, Italy.  She married Gino De Paoli on November 28, 1936 and resided in San Lorenzo, Pordenone for the next fifteen years.  In December 1951, she left Italy with her two sons and travelled to Calgary where she was reunited with her husband who had immigrated to Canada the previous year seeking a better life for his family.  Her pride and joy was her enormous garden which she tended daily until the age of 92, at which time her health began to fail.  Pierina was a loving and devoted wife, mother, nonna and bisnonna, and her memory will remain in our hearts forever.

She will be dearly missed by her family and friends, especially her sister Nives, and her life-long friend Pia Pittana, with whom she communicated almost daily.  Pierina will be lovingly remembered by her son and daughter–in-law, Lino and Patricia De Paoli; grandsons, Dean and Jim (Cindy) De Paoli; and great-grandsons, Roman and Mario De Paoli, all of Calgary.  She is also survived by her sister Nives (Dino) Nocent, and her family of Sault Ste. Marie, ON, as well as many relatives in Italy.  Pierina will be laid to eternal rest together with her beloved husband Gino who predeceased her on March 18, 2001, and her eldest son Mario who passed away from cancer at the age of 19 on April 6, 1958.  She was also predeceased by brothers, Gino and Ciso Roman; and sister Rosina Venier in Italy.  Our sincere thanks to Dr. Sosnowski and the staff of Forest Grove Care Centre where Pierina resided for the past year.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Grace Italian and English Catholic Church (1714 – 14th Avenue N.E.) on Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 11:00 a.m.   Graveside Service to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.  Forward condolences through   If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200 – 325 Manning Rd. N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 Telephone: (403) 205-3966, email or directly to the charity of the donor’s choice.In living memory of Pierina De Paoli, 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. Andrea De Paoli :

    Dear Lino, Tish, Jim, Dean, Cindy, Roman and Mario,

    I’m so sorry to hear about Pierina passing away. Unfortunately I will not be able to make it to the funeral as I will still be in Vancouver at that time. My thoughts will be with you on Saturday.

    Lots of love,


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  2. To the De Paoli Family,

    My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you during this difficult time. Take comfort in your memories and each other.


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  3. Rev Marcel Paul Carpenter :

    Lino- Please accept my sincerest condolences on the passing of your mother. You and your family will be in my prayers.

    Marcel Carpenter
    SAIT Polytechnic

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  4. Crystal- Forest Grove Care Centre :

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Mrs. De Paoli was always the highlight of my day, such a gentle, sweet, loving, lady; and a dear friend. I will always carry her in my heart. May you find comfort in your memories

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