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TORO, Julianna (nee STER/GALL)

December 20, 1922 – Mateszalka, Hungary
April 18, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with deep sadness that the family of Julianna “Julie” Toro, announce her passing on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at the age of 94 years.

Julie was born on December 20, 1922 in Mateszalka, Hungary, and came to Calgary in 1929. She was deeply devoted to her family, who will always cherish Sunday dinners and family celebrations. Her warm, caring spirit endeared her to all who knew her.

She will always be remembered as a beloved mother of daughter Francesca “Frankie” (Larry) Rushford; son John (Frankie) Gall; dearly beloved Gran to Scott (Michelle) Rushford, Trevor Rushford (Tammy Shannon), John Gall, Carey Ann Zedel, Jarod Gall; Great-Gran to Tassia, Allegra and Ryerson Rushford, Liam and Matthew Rushford, Tyson, Summer and Brandon Schroeder, Austin and Addison Zedel; as well as remembered by all of her devoted nieces, nephews and their families, and treasured neighbours.

Julie was predeceased by husband George Toro and first husband John Gall; parents John and Terezia Ster; sisters Mary Virag, Helen Markus, Bertha Osz; and brother John Ster; as well as nieces and nephews.

Funeral Mass will be held at HOLY NAME CATHOLIC CHURCH (2223 34 Street SW, Calgary, AB) on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Julie Toro, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Dorothy Sessa (nee Ster) :

    A condolence from my heart, to my family, my cousins, brothers, sister and their families.

    Julianna Toro – safe in the arms of Jesus her Savior. She was truly blessed with SO many visits while living at Wentworth Manor. Blessed with special people that helped her with her needs, especially in her last week.

    Who you are made a BIG difference in Julianna’s life!

    Julianna, who I called Auntie Julie, made a BIG difference in my life. She was my well-chosen Godmother and lived up to her calling. I am uplifted with tears of JOY as I grieve the loss of my youthful, spunky, Auntie with Attitude. She is at home now, ‘One with the One’ in heaven forever.

    Until we meet her again, let us cry out to Jesus, who wipes away our tears.

    As I say good bye, for now, to Julianna the matriarch of our family I am reminded of my Hungarian Grandparents. The dream they envisioned in coming to Canada and the many challenges they faced in their new culture.

    Holding a shot of apricot brandy, I say, “Salute” to my Nagymama, and Nagypapa. To my Auntie Julie, I say, “Love Lives On.”

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  2. Randal Burdick :

    My heartfelt condolences to those who knew my Auntie Julie. That’s how we knew her, even though she was our Great Aunt. She was always so cheerful to us as little kids (and later as adults, too. It’s been years since I’ve seen her, yet I’ll still miss her. As, I’m sure, many of you reading this will too.

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