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VIOLINI, Maria Dorotea (Dorothy) (nee Fantin)

August 15, 1914 – November 22, 2011

To all who knew and loved Mom, she was a most remarkable woman. Dorothy raised nine children and looked after and fed hundreds. Many in Calgary called her Mom. She never refused anyone who needed her help, was completely unselfish, and true to her faith.

Dorothy was predeceased by her husband Ferdinando, her son John, her sister Lina, her brother Leno, her son-in-law Bernie Coady and many in-laws and cousins. Dorothy is the last of her generation in a very large family in Canada.

Born to Maria and Luigi Fantin in Seebe, Alberta, she grew up homesteading with her family outside of Mayerthorpe. Her mother said at the age of eighteen, Dorothy could outwork three men. Her door was always open to anyone who needed a meal (and you got one even if you didn’t need one), and there was often a priest at the table. She was the cook at Camp Cadicasu for twenty years.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Theresa Coady, Cecilia Kubista (Fred), Rita Violini, Leo Violini (Kae), Maria MacIsaac (Rod), Louis Violini (Glynn), Michael Violini (Gail) and Jeanette Violini (David); daughter-in-law Eleanor Violini; twenty-two grandchildren; and thirty-five great-grand children.

Dorothy totally lacked pretence, loved to work hard, to cook, and always did what was right. After she left her home and neighbourhood at the age of 88, it was only her best qualities that were enhanced. Throughout 97 years her life force was one to be reckoned with, and now her spirit remains so.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Friday, November 25, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be concelebrated at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, (5340 – 4th Street S.W. Calgary, AB) on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. A Family Graveside Service will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Arthritis Society, #200, 1301 – 8 Street S.W., Calgary, AB T2R 1B7 Telephone: (403) 228-2571 or 1 (800) 321-1433,

In living memory of Dorothy Violini, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Frank de Bussac :

    My deepest sympathy on your loss, mothers are very special.

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  2. Ivan Vok & Mona Lavoie :

    I have many wonderful memories of your mom & may your memories of her help you celebrate and commemorate her life.
    With Sympathy,
    Ivan & Mona.

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  3. I will always remember Aunt Dorothy coming up the street to visit Mom on a daily basis. The day just wasn’t complete without a visit from her. She always helped out where-ever she could. Even if anyone in the family was mis-behaving….she would have no problem putting us in our place while Dad was at work. The weekend picnics in Radium or Banff were always good. Many other ventures were to follow. All of these activities made my brother, sister and I respect her like no other. She was a second mother to all 3 of us. I will always remember her as a tremendous woman. She will be sadly missed but fondly remembered. GOD Bless You Auntie Dorothy, for he blessed all of us with You. Ciao for now.

    Walter Guerra

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  4. Bruce and Marlene Patrick and family :

    Rita and family – we were saddened to read of the passing of your beautiful and strong mother. The love and pride you all held for her was inspiring in your heart-warming tribute to her.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    Marlene and Bruce Patrick

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  5. Sherry Habstritt :

    Maria and family

    Just wanted you to know we are thinking of you and send our sincere thoughts and prayers. Your Mom must have been so very special to all of you.

    Sherry Habstritt and
    Mary Hagel

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  6. Dear Jeanette

    My heartfelt sympathy at the passing of your mother. It’s 2:00 Saturday, and you’re probably headed to the gravesite – what a grand day for a memorial to a grand lady. A donation has been made to the Arthritis Society on behalf of Ad Infinitum (now my corporation). Hope to see you and David soon.


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  7. Sue (Steele) Browning :

    Dear Lou and Glynn,
    I recognized the Violini name, and send my condolences for your dear mom. Lou and Glynn. I have wonderful memories of you both from Camp Kananaskis when I was a teenager and counselor there. It seems like your family has beendedicated to helping others, and Dorothy was the lead for that.
    Kind regards during your time of loss.

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  8. Dear Theresa, Cecilia and Rita,
    It is truly the passing of an era of the old St John’s.
    Our sympathy goes out to you, remember the great times.
    Love and prayers Joan and joe

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  9. Condolenses to all of Dorothy’s family and friends: I remember this wise, sweet-spirited women that I got to know after awhile during visiting my dear father at Cedars Villa almost three years ago. She always had an upbeat, fun outlook and was gracious to all no matter what events had taken place. The words that describe her rich life are a inspirational. She was one of those who just never stopped giving of herself. She will be well remembered by this soul. Nameste

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