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TURCATO –Maria (nee Bergamin)

March 10, 1930 – November 19, 2010

Maria Turcato, beloved mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully in Calgary, on Friday, November 19, 2010, at the age of 80.

Maria was Born 1930, near Castelfranco Veneto, Italy. Maria was a doting mother, grandmother and a very talented and accomplished seamstress, cook and gardener. Maria came to Canada in 1954 and married her fiancé Bruno, also from Castelfranco. Maria and Bruno lived on a farm, near Taber, Alberta and in 1956, they moved to Lethbridge to raise their family. They lived in Lethbridge for 34 years.

Maria is survived by her children, Franco (MaryJane) Turcato, Oscar Turcato, and Cathy (Ken) Turcato-Woodword; grandchildren, Megan, Adrian, and Hailey Turcato, and December, Madison and Gina Turcato-Woodward; her brothers and sisters, Virginia Turcato, Giudita (Gino) Turcato, Guerrino (Elsa) Bergamin, Renata (Angelo) Bergamin, and Pietro (Gee) Bergamin; sister-in-law Antonietta; and many nieces and nephews in Italy and Canada. Maria was predeceased by her husband Bruno; her brother Umberto Bergamin; and her brother-in-law Primo Turcato.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Friday, November 26, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Luke’s Catholic Church (Corner of Northmount Drive & Northland Drive N.W.) on Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes in Maria’s honour may be made directly to The Alzheimer Society of Calgary, Suite 201, 222 – 58th Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 2S3, Telephone: (403)290-0110, or to the Bethany Care Foundation, #1001 – 17th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 2E5 Telephone: (403) 210-4600, email:

In living memory of Maria Turcato, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES.

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  1. Louis & Anne Turcato and family :

    Franco, Oscar, and Kathie and families, We were sorry to hear of your mother’s death. We won’t be able to come up for the service, but we will be thinking of you. The Taber Turcato’s

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  2. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, sincere condolence.
    John and Linda Mazzuca

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  3. Bergamin Virginia :

    vi siamo vicini con affetto Virginia e tutta la famiglia Turcato.

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  4. Maria Turcato Family:

    Please accept our condolences in the passing of your mom/grandmother, Maria. May you find comfort in memories and strength in each other’s love throughout this very difficult time. Sincerely George, Mary, GLenn & Cory Varzari, Lethbridge, AB.

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  5. Dear Frank, Oscar, Cathy & Families,

    It is with much sadness that we extend our condolences to you at this time of loss. Your mother was a dear friend. We will always cherish fond memories of her.
    Your friends,
    Maria, Norman, Norie, Mark & Patrick

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  6. Danille Lazzaretto-Green :

    Cathy, Oscar, Frank, and families,

    It was with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Maria. She was a former neighbour of my Nonna, and someone about whom I have cherished fond memories since I was young. To me she was, and always will be, “Zia Maria.” I think very fondly of the time I spent with her as a child. Nonna was also very sorry to hear the news, and expresses her condolences.

    Though I was unable to attend the funeral, have kept you all, and Zia Maria, too, in my thoughts and prayers.


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  7. Valeria Lazzaretto :

    Dear Frankie, Oscar and Cathy,
    Such saddness, to lose your mother, I can only hope you remember her with fondness. I have numerous memories of Maria, while she lived just two doors from Luigi and Teresa. She was a great friend in that neighbourhood and all three of my children, Danille, Marina and Adam, recall with much fondness the morning coffee sessions with your mom. It was a great adventure for them to walk to Maria’s ‘all by themselves’ to delive a message from Nonna. And Maria would wait for them at the gate, just in case they may get abducted walking two doors down. You mother is in many of the photos we now treasure, and we hope you also have many you can look upon to stir the loving memories.
    With my deepest considerations,
    Valeria Lazzaretto

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  8. maria turcato in brusini :

    condoglianze da parte degli zii Maria e Luigi è passato un po di tempo ma l’importante è essere vicini,un caro saluto a tutti voi,con affetto.

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