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VETERE – Rosa (nee Iaquinta)

May 21, 1930 – December 5, 2009

It is with great sadness that we announce Rosa Vetere (Grandma Joe), while surrounded by her family, passed away on Saturday, December 5, 2009.

Rosa was born in San Giovanni in Fiore, Italy on May 21, 1930. Rose and her daughter immigrated to Kimberly, BC in 1955 to join her husband Joe, who had come to Canada two years earlier, and began a new life.

After the birth of their two sons, they moved to Calgary in 1963. Rosa dedicated her life to her husband Joe and their three children. She will always be remembered for her love of family, passion for cooking and her generosity to all.

Rosa will be deeply missed by her children, Teresa (Don), Mario (Karen) and Tony (Rita); grandchildren, Jonpaul (Angie), Trena (Tim), Joe, Peter, and Michela; and her great grandsons, Parker Joe and Jaxon. She is also survived by her brother Tony (Fiorina) Iaquinta and her sister-in-law Rosa Ambrosio. Rosa was predeceased by her husband Joe.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church (4718 Worcester Drive S.W.) on Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church (4718 Worcester Drive S.W.) on Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Mausoleum. Forward condolences through A special thank you to members of the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, the Home Care team and the staff at the Southwood Hospice. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: (403) 521-3433.

In living memory of Rosa Vetere, a tree will be planted at Fletcher Park, Airdrie by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Michael Ciminelli :

    so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom… It has been a tough couple of years for you and your family. You are a shining testiment to your parents. I feel I know them through your stories and our shared heritage.

    Keep the faith,
    Mike -and all your friends at

  2. Franco/ Susan Falcone :

    Teresa, Mario, Tony and all your families.
    Sorry to hear about the loss of your mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
    I always enjoyed being in her company as did Susan and I know that my parents were very, very fond of both your Mom and Dad and enjoyed the many times spent together singing, dancing, eating and drinking.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of your families at this time.
    Franco and Susan Falcone and Family.

  3. Terri and Allan Jansen & Family :

    Teresa, Mario and Tony & families.
    We will be thinking of Zia often and she will be missed a lot. We have fond memories of being in her home with Zio Joe at a barbque or just sitting around the table enjoying each others’ company. Our prayers go out for Zia and for you at this time of sorrow.
    Hugs to everyone
    Terri, Allan and Family

  4. Biagio Spadafora :

    Dear Tony, Rita, and the rest of your family…our deepest condolences on the loss of your mother. May you find some comfort that she is once again soon to be re-united with your father. Sincerest Regards, Biagio/Monica Spadafora

  5. Carol & Andrea Bartolillo :

    Dear Teresa, Mario, Tony & Families,

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers. May the memories you hold in your heart give you comfort and peace. We will truly miss Zia deeply. Our sincerest condolences during this very difficult time.

    Andrea & Carol Bartolillo

  6. Shawn,Nicole and Deneca Duri :

    Words cannot express our sadness on the loss of our Zia, we offer our deepest condolences, and we are comforted in the thought that she is now with Zio at some function dancing up a storm. We will have you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    With all our love,
    Shawn, Nicole and Deneca

  7. Sam & Rose Marasco & Family & Antonia Veltri :

    Dearest Vetere Family,

    We were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of your dear mother. She was such a grand lady and she will be truly missed!

    May the love of those around you help you through your sadness.

    Sorry we could not be there to honor your mother and pay our respects to your family as we are out of the country. We send our sincerest condolences to you all.

    Peace, prayers and blessings.

    Love & Hugs,
    Sam & Rose Marasco & Family
    and Antonia Veltri

  8. Pat Peach and Pat Ukrainetz :

    Karen– We are so very sorry to learn of Rosa’s death, and wish to extend our condolences to you and your family at this sad time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, the Pats

  9. Shelley Phillip :


    My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. My deepest condolences.

  10. Shamila Kassam :


    Deepest condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. She is in a much, much better place.

  11. Gemma and Rob Festa :

    Tony, Rita and Family,
    No words can make this any easier for you right now …..only time and your memories will help the have to know that they are in a better place and watching over you with love and adoration…Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time……..She was a very NICE lady – you should be proud !!!!

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