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 www.mcinnisandholloway.com. 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, www.arthritis.ca.
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)243-8200Print This Obituary & Condolences