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GAGLIARDI, Emilia (nee Spina)

March 10, 1923 – Malito, Cosenza, Italy
May 21, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

Emilia Gagliardi of Calgary passed away on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at the age of 91 years.

Emilia was born in Malito, Cosenza, Italy on March 10, 1923. She married Joe Gagliardi in 1948. She immigrated in Jasper, AB to join Joe in 1955. They moved to Edmonton in 1959 and then to Calgary in 1996. She and Joe loved to travel in their RV throughout North America. They later became “Snowbirds” and travelled to their condo in Mesa, AZ. Emilia loved to garden, cook, sing and listen to music while enjoying her sweets. She was the most gracious hostess to all that came to her home.

Emilia is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Anna and Keith Clyburn of Victoria, BC and Nella and Franco Benacchio of Calgary; her granddaughter Daniella who was the light of her life; her sister Maria Bossio, and family in Italy. She was predeceased by her husband of fifty-five years, Giuseppe (Joe) Gagliardi in 2004; her parents and her sister Rosa Anselmo. Special thanks to her angels here on earth at the Beverly Centre, especially Benito and Zenaida Hermogela for the care and compassion provided to Mama Emilia.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Monday, May 26, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Spirit Catholic Church (10827 – 24th Street S.W.) on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Graveside Services to follow at Queen’s Park Mausoleum. Condolences may be forwarded 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 Emilia Gagliardi, 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. Rob & Monique Miller :

    Nella, Franco & Daniella,

    We were very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Our thougts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Think of you.
    Rob, Monique, Sheridyn and Jesse

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  2. Luigi De Somma :

    Nella, Franco, Daniela and family.
    Our deepest sympathy and condolences at this difficult time. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
    Luigi, Joyce, Elisea, Maria-Giovanna De Somma

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  3. Silvia Casciaro :

    Nella, Franco, Daniela and Anna and Keith

    Our sincere condolences . You are in our prayers and thoughts at this sad time. Your mother will always be close in your memories and pictures of times shared.
    Love Silvia and Iolanda Casciaro

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    Vorremmo offrire le nostre condoglianze per la perdita di tua madre.

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