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ALTIERI, Antonietta (nee Valerio)

August 25, 1924 – Sessano, Isernia, Italy
February 25, 2016 – Calgary, Alberta

Antonietta passed away peacefully early Thursday morning at the Brentwood Extended Care Centre, at the age of 91 years.

She aged with grace and dignity. A powerfully courageous, bright and kind woman, who exemplified what it means to be human. “No” never escaped from her lips. Morally and ethically she always knew what to do; not because she had to, but because it was right. Antonietta was loved by many.

At 29, she, along with two very young daughters, sailed from Naples to Halifax, then travelled west to reunite with her husband. Before moving to Calgary, she lived in Cowley and Lethbridge.

Her raison d’etre was her unwavering love for her family, often displayed in the form of food. Antonietta was most happy when she was having people over, for whom she could cook. By friends and family, we were often reminded of her exemplary culinary skills. She was a master chef and baker; a sous chef only to our father when they made cheese, sausages, wine and while nurturing the most amazing garden.

She initially taught herself English by reading cookbooks and later watching cooking shows. Growing up, we were regularly the recipients of her sartorial skills. Every event, including the first and last day of school, we had new outfits, either self-designed or copied from a catalogue. At a time when it was uncommon for women to work outside of the home, especially Italian women, Antonietta hoed sugar beets, worked at Broader’s Canning Factory before becoming the cook at the Devon Nursing Home in Lethbridge. For a period, she belonged to the Catholic Women’s League.

Loving remembered and forever in our hearts, Antonietta is survived by her daughters, Costanza Altieri of Vancouver, and Flora Altieri (Tony Bromhead) of Calgary; granddaughter Ramona Lisell of Red Deer; sister-in-law Antonietta Evangelista; and numerous nieces and nephews in Calgary, Italy, Switzerland, Argentina, and Brazil. She was predeceased by her husband Antimo in October of 2006; and her sister Cecilia Di Marra of Italy.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (640 – 19th Avenue N.W.) on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (640 – 19th Avenue N.W.) on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association, #204, 2323 – 32nd Avenue N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 6Z3 Telephone: (403) 266-0620, ext. 112, www.diabetes.ca. We would like to thank the staff at the Brentwood Extended Care Centre for their thoughtfulness and care. Thank you to Dr. P. Andersson for his many years of care and counsel.

In living memory of Antonietta Altieri, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Patricia Dippolito

    With heartfelt sympathy, know that your all in our hearts and prayers

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  2. From our family to yours, our thoughts are with you.

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  3. Please accept our deepest sympathies on the loss of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Sincerely,
    Nadia Altieri-Zacchigna, Lee Altieri-Roy, Rosy Altieri-McKanna and Antonietta Altieri

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  4. Cassandra Lefaive

    I am deeply saddened by the news of your loss. I pray you will find the strength needed to get through this time. From my heart to yours, my most sincere condolences.

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  5. My condolences on your mother’s passing.

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  6. Bonjour Flora,
    Never having had the pleasure to meet your mother, I have a real sense of her wonderful accomplishments as a young bride and mother arriving on the shores of a foreign country and creating a loving and productive home for her family. I know she will be missed but I am sure your heart will continue to be warmed by the countless memories of your life together.
    Thinking of you.
    Susan Lobell

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  7. Flora,

    My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Eman Arif,

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  8. Dear Connie, Flora and Tony,
    Sincere condolences to you all on the loss of such a wonderful woman and mother. She, as well your late father, will always have a special place in my heart.
    Nancy Burton

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  9. Connie, Flora & Family. We all felt a sense of great loss and sorrow upon hearing of the passing of Antonietta. Your Mom & Dad were very close to our parents and all us Mauro’s, so much so that we truly enjoyed & cherish the many many great moments we shared together at the Altieri home or Mauro home. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you; your parents hold a special place in our hearts. May God bless you & guide you all.

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