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MARTINO, Mariarosa Assunta

February 28, 1985 – Calgary, Alberta
May 8, 2014 – Edmonton, Alberta

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our Angel, Mariarosa Assunta Martino. Mariarosa passed away peacefully at the Mazankowksi Heart Institute, Edmonton on May 8, 2014 at the age of 29 years, after a brave lifetime struggle with Niemann-Pick Disease.

With a tremendous spirit and zest for life, Mariarosa loved the outdoors, travelling, dancing and Karaoke. She especially loved being surrounded by her family and friends.

Mariarosa is survived by her parents Giovanna and Giuseppe Martino; brother Donato Martino; and brother-in-law James Avery; sister and brother-in-law Sandra and Jesse Gallo; her beautiful niece Maria Giovanna Gallo; nephew Paride Romeo Gallo; and Nonna Maria Assunta Martino. Mariarosa also leaves behind an abundance of aunts, uncles and cousins. She was predeceased by her older brother Rino Martino, Nonno & Nonna Domenico & Rosa Ferrarelli. Mariarosa’s memory will be forever cherished by her many friends.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friend so desire, memorial tributes in Mariarosa’s name may be made directly to the Canadian Chapter of the National Niemann-Pick Foundation, c/o Tammy Vaughan, Chair, P.O. Box 302, Durham, ON N0G 1R0 or online at www.canadahelps.org and enter Canadian Chapter of the National Niemann-Pick Foundation.

In living memory of Mariarosa Martino, 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. Jennifer & Seth Rudolph :

    Our sincerest and heart felt sympathy for your incredible loss. Maria Rosa was a beautiful, strong , positive woman who was such an inspiration. Sending prayers and love to your family.

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  2. Marc and Monique Beyore :

    Dear Donato and Family
    Our love and thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
    Love Marc and Monique

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  3. Paride and Maria Gallo :

    To our dearest Martino family. Our heartfelt condolences over the loss of our beautiful Mariarosa. She put a smile on everyone’s heart. Mariarosa uplifted and cheered up everyone she came in contact with. She lived life to the fullest, showing all of us that nothing or anyone should stop you from accomplishing anything your heart desires.
    I know she would want everyone to celebrate and appreciate each other every single day.
    Mariarosa loved a good party, to quote Mariarosa herself ” the party is nothing unless you have the people you love celebrating with you”. So let’s remember Mariarosa and let us all celebrate.
    With all our love – Paride and Maria Gallo.

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  4. Andre Guzzardi :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Mariarosa was a very kind and genuine person and she will be missed by anyone who knew her.
    Sincerely,
    Andre & Angela Guzzardi (nee Stambene)

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  5. Gina Belcastro :

    With our deepest condolences, we are saddened to hear of Mariarosa’s passing. God has received another beautiful angel… you will be missed by all that knew you… you touched soooo many hearts. RIP Mariarosa.

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  6. Lisa (Cortese) Trotta :

    To Donato and Family,
    Deeply saddened to hear of your lovely sister’s passing. Take care of each other and remember the good times.

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  7. Saverio Montefresco :

    In questo momento di dolore Vi giungano le nostre più sentite condoglianze cugini Saverio Montefresco, Anna Gallo Montefresco insieme anche a mia suocera Angela Foglia ( Tijalla).

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  8. Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with you at this time.

    Dean Loria and Family

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  9. Angelo Stambene :

    Hi Joanna,
    We are very sad to here the loss of your sweet daughter. God help you and your family in this difficult time. Our prayers and love are with you.
    Love Angelo and family.

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  10. I was very sad to hear about Mariarosa’s passing. I remember her when she attended St. Hubert Elementary. What a beautiful girl, always respectful and very friendly. She will be missed, however she insured that everyone would share in an everlasting array of wonderful memories.
    My deepest condolences and prayers to all of you.

    Dina Mancini and family

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  11. Stephen Giustini :

    I’m sorry.

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  12. Jill Flinton :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you on the loss your dear daughter, sister, and friend. May her memories give you happiness in the days, weeks, and years to come.

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  13. Franca De Michele :

    To the entire Martino Family,
    We offer our deepest condolences to you during this difficult time. God now has a special angel in heaven that will be dearly missed by so many here.
    Franca & Angelo De Michele & Family

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  14. Rhonda and Connor Kehoe :

    To the entire Martino and Canadian NPD family, we are so very sorry for the death a very funny, lovely and enduring young lady. Mariarosa was present at every conference we have attended. She knew how to live life to the fullest in spite of her disease. She mentored others just by her actions, she was truly a fighter. It is still too hard to believe, yet we must. May her memories always stay within your hearts.

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  15. Giovanni Loria :

    Peppino and family,

    Our deepest condolences on the loss of your daughter MariaRosa. Our thoughts and prayers a with you and your family.

    God’s Blessings.

    Giovanni Loria and family.

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  16. Harvey Loria :

    We are very sorry to hear about your loss. Our prayers are with you all.
    Harvey Loria & family

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  17. Jami and Lisa Chavez :

    Mariarosa, you have imprinted our hearts and although they are sadden, your smile and kindness to all will live on in them forever. Much love to your family and friends

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  18. Joe and Cathy Arcuri :

    To Giuseppe, Giovana, Donato, Sandra (Jesse). Please accept our most sincere and heartfelt condolences for the loss of your beautiful daughter/sister/Auntie. Her smile and spirit was infectious to everyone she met. God bless Mariarosa and may your soul rest in peace.

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  19. Luigi & Maria Fabiano :

    Our deepest condolences to the Martino family.

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  20. Anna Stambene Greco :

    Giovanna, Pepino & Family,

    Our deepest condolences to you all. MariaRosa was a special girl who touched the hearts of many people. She will be sadly missed by us.

    Hugs & Kisses,

    Anna, Tony Greco
    Vanessa, Kevin Babiuk
    Andrena, Chris Garback
    Deanna, Ryan Cena

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  21. Andrea & Carol Bartolillo :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time. May the beautiful memories you hold in your heart ease your sadness and give you comfort.
    Our sincerest condolences.

    Andrea & Carol Bartolillo

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  22. Frank &Lucy Nicoletti :

    May your beautiful memories of Mariarosa, a sweet angel, bring some peace at this difficult time.

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  23. Rina & Tony Iannuzzi :

    To the Martino Family

    Our deepest condolences and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Mariarosa will be greatly missed.

    Rina & Tony Iannuzzi and family

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  24. Angie Arcuri :

    My Heart Felt Sympathy goes out to the Martino family. There are no words to express the sadness that is felt. Mariarosa may you dance the heavenly skies with your new found wings. God Bless

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  25. Alvin Hwang :

    All my thoughts and deepest condolences to the entire family. Words can’t express the sorrow I feel and all my love and positive energy goes out to the family in hopes of comfort and ease during this difficult time. I love all of you and Mariarosa will be deeply missed.

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  26. Carla Novello :

    Dear Giovanna, Peppino, Donato, Sandra & Family

    We are very saddened by the loss of Mariarosa. We will always remember Mariarosa for being so sweet and kind. May all of the wonderful memories you have bring you comfort during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Piero, Carla, Nadia & Vince Novello

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  27. Serafina Montefresco :

    My deepest sympathy and condolences to the Martino family. Mariarosa’s spirit will burn forever in our memories and hearts of all the good times spent together with our families growing up over the years. Her zest for life will keep her with us forever, cherished, and close. My prayers are with you all.

    Serafina, Serafina Jr., and Isabella Montefresco

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  28. Mario & Mary Girimonte :

    So che le parole sono poca cosa in momenti come questi, ma il nostro cuore e con voi.

    Condoglianze
    Mario & Mary Girimonte

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  29. Lucy & Luigi Falcone :

    To the Martino Family
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time.
    Mariarosa was a very special person who will be missed by so many.
    May all the memories of you have of Mariarosa give you comfort & know that you will always have an Angel watching over you.
    Luigi & Lucy Falcone

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  30. Sandy Cowie :

    My deepest sympathies to Mariarosa’s family. I had the pleasure to meet some of you in Toronto at the Nnpdf conference. Whenever I spoke with Mariarosa she would always tell me about her family. She was such a positive person despite the challenges life gave her. She will always have a place in my heart.

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  31. Frank & Lorene Puleo :

    We are so very, very sorry for the loss of your beloved Mariarosa. Please be comforted to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

    Frank & Lorene

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  32. Although we have not met I would like you to know that Mariarosa quickly became a wonderful friend of mine. My deepest condolences to the Martino family and my thoughts and prayers are with you at this incredibly difficult time.

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  33. Mariarosa was an inspiration, not only to the Niemann-Pick community, but to all whom met her. Who could have thought that God could have packed so much kindness, optimism, and passion for life into such a petite frame? May there be special blessings for the Martino family as the days pass, especially for her parents.

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  34. Franca Montefresco-Gentile :

    Dear Giovanna, Giuseppe, Donato, Sandra & Family
    Word’s cannot express the sadness we feel for Mariarosa’s family and friends. Our hearts are with you and my family extends to you our deepest sympathies. Mariarosa’s smile brought such a brightness to any room and she will be remembered for so many wonderful things especially how she inspired others to be courageous and was so genuinely kind to others all the days of her life. We pray for your family during this very difficult time.
    Sincerely,
    Franca Montefresco and family.

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  35. Robert & Rosa Verardi :

    To the Martino family
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  36. Jamie Kitto :

    Hi Donato and family, please know that our thoughts are with you.

    Jamie, Janet and Devon

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  37. Nadine Hill :

    Hello family of Mariarosa,
    I had the opportunity to meet many of you when the Canadian Chapter of the National Niemann-Pick Disease Foundation hosted the family conference of the foundation in Toronto. It was such a pleasure and honor to have met you all. It was so easy to see how you all so loved and adored Mariarosa and what a huge hole will be left in your lives and hearts with her passing. She was such a beautiful, inspirational and strong young woman ~ both inside and out! I KNOW that she will be greatly missed not only by her close family and friends ~ but by her Niemann-Pick Disease family as well. She has been a such a strong supporter for so many of our families who are or have a loved one diagnosed with Niemann-Pick Disease Type B. She will be truly missed. May the love and support of your family and friends provide you the comfort that you need to move forward without Mariarosa at your side in the days, weeks and months ahead. All my best, Nadine Hill; Executive Director National Niemann-Pick Disease Foundation ( http://www.nnpdf.org )

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  38. Davide & Graziella Gallo :

    To the Martino Family,
    We are sorry for the loss of Mariarosa. May you all find comfort in the many memories created and in the Lord’s embrace.

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  39. Trevor Crljenko :

    To Donato and Family,
    I was saddened to hear of your tremendous loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult time.

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  40. Anna and Maria Spadafora :

    It will be the little things
    that you will remember, the quiet moments, the smiles, the laughter. And although it may seem hard right now,it will be the memories of these little things that help to push away the pain and bring the smiles back again.
    Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

    Anna and Maria Spadafora

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  41. Matt and Tara Kirk :

    Our deepest sympathies to you and your entire family,
    Mariarosa was always so sweet and happy every time we saw her and her smile, always made you want to smile, she was an amazing woman and always full of love and life.
    She will be missed by all of us.

    Matt, Tara, Teresa, Marcellas & Samantha

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  42. Mazen and Milishia Chreif :

    Dear Martino Family,
    You are always in our thoughts and in our hearts . We share in your sadness of losing your angel. May the memories you had give some comfort during this difficult time. May God give you all strength.
    With love and respects,
    Mazen and Milishia Chreif

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  43. Leo and Nina Mafrica :

    Dear Giuseppe and Giovanna Martino and Family,
    We are so sorry for your great loss of beautiful Mariarosa. She will be missed but remembered for her endearing good nature.

    Leo and Nina Mafrica

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  44. You're God's Angel... :

    ♥You’re such an inspiration to many, an Angel looking above us now as we have become your students, you have taught me to over come any obstacle with a positive mind and most heart, no matter how difficult. A strong woman with a beautiful outlook on life. You were a gift to us. To the Beautiful Martino and Gallo Family, we are sending our Prayers, Hugs and Kisses to you all. May your tears of Sadness only Brighten your Spirits as it has mine…..

    ♥Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.

    Khalil Gibran

    Love, the Calabreses
    G + S + G + G
    xoxoxoxo

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