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PENZO, Giuseppina “Pina” (nee Pezzelato)

May 19, 1939 – December 9, 2011

It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of our beloved mother and nonna, Giuseppina (Pina) Penzo on Friday, December 9, 2011 at the age of 72 years.

Giuseppina was born in Cerealto, Valdagno, Vicenza, Italy and immigrated to Calgary on April 15, 1965 with her husband. Together they worked and made a life in Canada surrounded by their three children and many friends. After Gerry passed, she devoted her life to her grandchildren. She often called Tyler, her first born grandson, her life saviour who helped her get through the bad times without Gerry. She helped raise four grandchildren and took pleasure in volunteering at their pre-schools and schools where she became known as everyone’s Nonna among all the children; many still called her Nonna as they got older. Her family was her life and she enjoyed nothing better than to get together for family dinners and cook everyone’s favourite meals like gnocchi, polenta and chicken cacciatore. She loved listening to her Italian songs at the family gatherings and often danced to her favourite tunes. Pina was very active in her church, St. Albert the Great, and was a member of the CWL. She took great satisfaction in volunteering her time at mass services and church functions and always had a smile and kind word for everyone. She also volunteered at Heritage Park in recent months where she was proudly able to display her talents as a seamstress and clothes presser. Pina enjoyed ballroom dancing and was an active member and volunteer at the Minus One dance club where she would often meet with friends for a night of socializing, music and dancing. She had a big heart and was always ready to do anything for anyone.

She will be forever remembered and sadly missed by her daughter Paula Van Voorene (Warren); sons Robert Penzo (Sheila) and John Penzo (Lisa); and her six beloved grandchildren, Tyler, Krysta, Jordan, Emily, Michael and Nathan. She will also be missed by her “adopted” grandchildren Jenn and Jenna; sister Fiorinda; many nieces and nephews; and by so many friends and acquaintances. She was predeceased by Gerry, her husband and love of her life, on July 25, 1990, by her parents and one sister.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church (10 Prestwick Dr. S.E.) on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Giuseppina Penzo, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. De Giusti Family :

    From everyone in the De Giusti family, our deepest sympathies for your loss. We cherish the memories of Pina along with Gerry. Together, once again, their Angel wings will keep you safe.

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  2. Debbie & Russ Ironside :

    Pina was a wonderful person with a warm and loving heart our thoughts and prayers are with all of you in these time of grief.

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  3. I will miss Tina the bambina,as I sometimescalled her.
    May you rest in peace,wonderful Lady.

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  4. Paula,Robert and John;
    We were saddened to read about the loss of your mother and extend our deepest sympathies to you and your families.
    Pina was a wonderful caring person whom we had great times and pasta dishes with back in the Redwood days.
    She will be missed.
    Sincerely
    Ken & Gayle Penton

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  5. Janice, Harvey and Jesika Tebb :

    Paula, Warren, Tyler and Krysta.
    We wanted to let you know we are thinking of you at this very sad time. We are so sorry we can’t be there for you in person but know you are in our thoughts.

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  6. May God Bless the Penzo family during this difficult time. My deepest sympathies and condolences are with the whole family. May she rest in peace.

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  7. Marie and Chic Paolini :

    Pina, your warm and gentle smile remains fondly in our memory.
    We keep you and all your loved ones in our heart and in our prayers. May you rest in peace.

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  8. Kevin and Bonnie Skinner :

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss John, Lisa, Emily, and Nathan. May you find comfort in each other during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  9. Johanna Bates :

    To Paula, Robert and John—Matthew and I extend our heartfelt condolences and prayers for you in the loss of your beautiful mother whom we saw so often at the North Hill Coop. She was an incredible, warm and loving person and every time we saw her, our day was just that much brighter. God bless you all in this time of grief in the loss of your much beloved Nonna.

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