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POSCENTE – Maria (nee Tognarini)

August 15, 1918 – April 14, 2010

Maria Poscente, of Calgary, passed away on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at the age of 91 years.

Maria’s kind and caring nature made her a friend to all who crossed her path. The aroma of home cooking and her warm and enthusiastic smile always greeted those who entered her home. Her Italian cuisine will be missed forevermore. Family and friends gathering together was so very important to her. Maria was a hardworking, gentle person. She immigrated to Canada from Italy in 1954. She always put others ahead of herself to ensure that they were well looked after. Besides her loving family, Easter and Christmas traditions were of utmost importance to her. She encouraged her entire family and friends to try to be together with her for these joyous occasions.

Maria was employed by the Holy Cross Hospital for over twenty-seven years where she established many life long friendships.

Maria was predeceased by her husbands, Benedetto Poscente and Umberto Poscente; and her brothers, Geremia Tognarini and Serafino Tognarini. Maria is survived by her brother Gino (Lidia) Tognarini, sister Rosa Manni; and sister-in-law Caterina Tognarini, all of Italy.

Maria (Nonna) will be greatly missed by her children and their families; daughter, Rita Carloni (Walter Orechow), grandchildren, Corina (Ray), Murina (Leonard), Surina, and Lawrence; son, Loreto (Liz) Poscente, grandchildren, Lori (Randy), Paul (Sheri) and Jason (Stephanie); daughter, Tina (Tim) Juristy, grandchildren, Michael (Dawn) and Matthew; ten great grandchildren, Toni, Justine, Josh, Naomi, Ryan, Brianne, Kian, Arden, Ethan, and Reese; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends in Canada and Italy.

The family would like to acknowledge Barbara Jotic as she became a true friend and companion to Maria (Nonna), spending countless hours with her during her time of need.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Monday, April 19, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.

  Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Grace Italian and English Catholic Church (1714 – 14th Avenue N.E.) on Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 10:30 a.m.   Graveside Service to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Forward condolences through  In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes in Maria’s honour may be made directly to the charity of the donor’s choice.

In living memory of Maria Poscente, 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. Wilma & Norm Hagel :

    Rita, we wish we could be there with you to hug you & let you know you will be in our prayers, as you face these few difficult days. Your mom is at rest now & enjoying her new life.
    We will get in touch when we get home in about a week.
    Love to you & your family,
    Wilma & Norm

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  2. Paul Poscente :

    Please accept our deepest condolences on the passing of Maria. She always made us feel so welcome when we dropped in or visited at the family picnic. She had a wonderful smile and a great laugh. We will miss her. Sincerely, Paul, Krista, Michael, Dana and Sophia Poscente.

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  3. Send condolences, prayers & thoughts to all Maria’s family.

    Rita Salerno

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  4. Dear Poscente Family,

    My name is Cathy Bates. Maria worked for my Dad, Ken Bates, at the Holy Cross Hospital for many years.

    As a child, I remember with great fondness the many times she had our entire family over for her home cooked Italian food. I can still hear her saying, “eatah!! eatah!! EATUH!!!” and then, after all that, she sent us home with the leftovers.

    I remember her kind face and her warm personality when I visited my Dad at work, at her home and at the Italian family weddings to which we were invited. Hearing “Poscente” always put a smile on my face.

    I don’t live in Calgary anymore but have a trip planned for April 22. I am sad I will miss her funeral because I would have attended.

    Thoughts and prayers to the entire Poscente Family. “Poscente”, as we called her, touched our entire family and gave us life long, unforgettable memories.

    RIP Poscente.

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  5. Muriel Bates :

    Ken and I have many happy memories of time spent with Maria at her home, sharing a bowl of pasta, salad from her garden and a glass of Benedetto’s home-made wine. Maria’s warm personality and her wonderful sense of humor endeared her to all. Due to Ken’s failing health, we have been unable to keep in contact but our thoughts are with you at this sad time. Maria truly was a classy lady.

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  6. Lucy Poscente :

    Dear Larry and Liz,

    I’m so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I remember her joining us for many family events (reunions, weddings) and she was always so welcoming and kind. It was especially nice to know she was there as family for our son Paul and his family in Calgary. Maria will be missed by all who knew her.
    Much love,

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  7. Jim & Charlotte MAthews :

    Larry, Liz and family, please accept our sincerest condolences on the loss of your Mom. She will always be with you in your memories.
    Jim, Charlotte and family

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  8. Marilyn Owen :

    Dearest Larry,Tina,Rita & all your families. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you all at this sad time. Nonna was a really wonderful lady & will be missed.

    Marilyn, Geoff & family

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  9. Anita Poscente :

    All my very sincerest sympathies. I always remember visiting such a happy home – this is where I learned to make rice crispies squares. I’m sure you all have great memories of happy times together – my thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time


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  10. Dear Rita and Family
    I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to you and your family at this very sad time. God bless you!

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  11. To Larry, Liz and all the family
    I am so sorry to hear about Nonna’s passing, she was an amazing lady and I’ll remember her always. She was so kind, and great fun, and never let us leave without a good feed!
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Kate and the Savage family

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  12. Patricia Poscente :

    Zia Maria will always be more than a loving memory. She was an institution in her own generatrion. She was dear to each and every one of our children. Vince, Steven and Christa enjoyed her hospitality as much as Ernie and I did.
    No Italian banquet will ever compare to the meals we shared with our Auntie. One serving was never enough. Zia Maria would hand us the platter. She would Suggest strongly, “Mangia. I have to washa the plate>” And we would almost lick the platter clean, to try to show appreciation for her culinary talents. (even though we thought we could not eat another bite.) Maria was proud of her children and their children, and her extended family. I wlll always cherish how she would greet me (Petta) with kisses, hugs and generosity of mind and spirit. We always felt welcome. We believe Maria has been greeted in Heaven with the same warmth and sincerity that she showed to all of us, throughout her life. The world is a better place because our Zia Maria lived abundantly and walked in the ways of our Lord. Sincere condolences to all the family.. all who cherished Maria. Pat, Vince, Steven and Christa and families in Edmonton, Dallas and Las Vegas.

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  13. Dorothy Poscente :

    My sincerest condolences are sent to you and all your family. Maria was a very generous woman and was always so welcoming to my parents whenever she saw them in Calgary or Trail. Somewhere up in heaven the Poscente clan are having a great welcoming party for her.

    Dorothy Poscente
    Victoria, BC

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  14. Angie & Tony Lucrezi :

    On behalf of the Fabbi family….Our Sincere Condolences on your great loss.
    Your Mom will always be remembered for her warmth and hospitality. May the love and support from family and friends help you thru this most difficult time.

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