It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Virginia (Genie) Greco-Durante, beloved wife of John Durante on Tuesday, November 15, 2005 at the age of 39 years. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her doting family at the Foothills Medical Centre after a courageous six-year battle with cancer. Besides her loving husband, Genie leaves to mourn, her two children, her son Tom, age eleven, and her daughter Stephanie, age nine; her devoted parents, Maria and Pasquale Greco; four loving brothers and three sisters-in-law, Joe and Nina, Tony, Frank and Susie, and John and Ines; her adoring sister and brother-in-law Teresa and Lorenzo; her caring sister-in-law Diane (Nelson); her thoughtful mother and father-in-law, Vittoria and Tom Durante. She will always be remembered as a loving aunt by numerous nieces and nephews.
Genie’s life revolved around her children. She ensured that their lives were full of joy and happiness, by embarking on activities like travelling throughout Alberta, British Columbia, and California and making Christmas that extra special time. Her love for children extended to other children that she taught at various Early Childhood Development Programs throughout Calgary. Genie loved long walks in the wilderness, gardening, and reading. She was the hub of the family and was always organizing family events. Genie fought a courageous fight that lasted longer then most could have endured and yet she lived her life as if she knew everyday was her last. The memory of her warm, caring and loving personality, that touched everyone, will live on in our hearts forever and always.
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at St. Luke’s Catholic Church (Corner of Northmount Drive & Northland Drive N.W.) on Sunday, November 20, 2005 at 5:00 p.m.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Luke’s Catholic Church (Corner of Northmount Drive & Northland Drive N.W.) on Monday, November 21, 2005 at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Avinash Colaco, Presider. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Mausoleum. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 215 – 12 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 1A2 Telephone: (403) 205-3966 or a Trust Fund for her children set up at TD Canada Trust (Crowfoot Town Centre Branch, 260 Crowfoot Crescent N. W.) Telephone 299-3418. A special thanks to her home care nurse, Carol Boyer, Renata Kondel, Dr. C. Lundgren, Dr. Patterson, Dr. Michaud, Dr. Tremblay and Dr. Trotter, and all the staff on Unit 47 at the Foothills Medical Centre.
In living memory of Genie Greco-Durante, a tree will be planted by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W., CALGARY. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.Print This Obituary & Condolences