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March 19, 1920 – Cosenza, Italy

December 17, 2013 – Calgary, Alberta


Ida beloved wife of Angelo Amato of Calgary, AB, passed away on December 17, 2013 at the age of 93 years.

Ida immigrated to Canada from Cosenza, Italy in 1959. In 1962, she and Angelo bought their first home in Forest Lawn, Calgary – a duplex that they shared with her sister Raffalla  Leone and her family. In 1990, she moved with her husband to their current residence in Thornhill, where she loved to cook big Italian dinners. A meal didn’t go by that she didn’t say ‘mangia’ at least 100 times. She spent many hours in her garden, tending to her beautiful flowers and growing vegetables that were the envy of the neighborhood. She was also an amazing mother to her daughter Anna Lucia and had a significant influence in her grandchildren’s Paige and Travis lives.

Ida was very religious – a devout Catholic. She attended Sunday mass whenever she could at her church, Mother of the Redeemer Parish.

Her greatest joy was spending time with family and friends, raising her grandchildren, tending to her garden and her loving husband of 53 years, Angelo. She supported her grandchildren in school events, loved to watch her granddaughter Paige dance in recitals, and her grandson Travis play basketball. Ida was not only known for her constant love of her daughter and grandchildren but for her strong will, compassion, generosity and always making time for everyone.

Besides having both hips replaced in her eighties, she suffered a massive stroke in 2006, rendering her right side useless as well as impairing her speech with little hope for recovery. Through strong determination, stubbornness, hard work and the love and support of her family, she was able to recover enough to walk with the aid of her cane and walker. She found creative ways to cook, wash dishes, do laundry and enjoy her garden.

Ida loved red wine and chocolates. When she returned home from the hospital this final time, the first thing she wanted was a glass of Angelo’s homemade wine.

Besides her loving husband Angelo, Ida is also survived by her daughter Anna Lucia, her son in law Mickey Bodio, her precious grandchildren Travis and Paige Bodio, her sisters Raffalla Leone (Ernest Leone) and Anna Leone in Italy. She is also survived by countless nieces and nephews and their families in Canada, Italy and Argentina.

She was predeceased by her parents Luigi and Angela Bilotta, her brother Carmine Bilotta (Rosaria), her sisters Maria Greco (Alfredo) and Elvira Greco (Luigi).

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Thursday, December 19, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Funeral Services will be held at MARY, MOTHER OF THE REDEEMER PARISH (1714 – 14th Avenue NE) on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.  Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Mausoleum.  Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Ida Amato, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Lorella Amato and family

    Our deepest condolences are offered to my Uncle Angelo, Cousin Anna, Mickey, Travis and Paige.

    My Aunt Ida radiated kindness and love. She always had a very beautiful smile on her face and you could not help but smile while in her presence.

    For any person lucky enough to have crossed paths with her, she leaves a lasting memory, we are blessed to have known her.

    We have a new Angel in heaven looking down on upon us.

    Her niece,

    Lorella Amato

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  2. Anna Murray and family

    Dear Zio Angelo and cousins Anna, Mickey, Travis and Paige,
    Our deepest condolences, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this moment of sadness. Zia Ida was a very special and gentle woman, we will all miss her.
    With all our love,
    Anna, Thayne, Bruno and Thayney

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  3. Carissimo zio Angelo e cugina Anna Lucia e famiglia, siamo profondamente addolorati per la perdita della cara Zia Ida. In questo momento così triste siamo tutti stretti al vostro dolore, sicuri che da lassù la zia ci guarda con amore e gode della luce e della pace del Signore. Con affetto Franco , Angela, Alessandra e Stano.

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  4. Anna, Mick, Paige, Travis and Angelo – sharing my sympathy in the loss of your mother, grandmother and wife, she lifed a full and happy life, take care all, sending love – Shirley K

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  5. Anna, Mick, Paige, Tavis and Angelo – sharing my sympathy in the loss of your mother, grandmother, wife and friend – she lived a full and happy life, take care, sending love – Shirley K

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  6. Robert Amato and family

    Uncle Angelo and family,

    My deepest sympathies on the passing of Aunt Ida.

    It’s when someone passes that we reflect on the life they lived and the hearts that the touched along the way.

    My Aunt Ida will be sadly missed by everyone but the memories she created will FOREVER be in our hearts and will help us all during this difficult time.

    Distance may be between us but please know that our love and support is closer than you think. We are here for you always!

    Her Nephew,
    Robert Amato and family

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  7. Dear Amato family – you may not remember me but I was a caregiver for Ida a few years ago with We Care. I remember Ida and Angelo so well, very kind generous people who often fed me Italian goodies and espresso at 8:30 in the morning! I’m so sorry for your loss , the mother is the hub of the family. Sincerely, Wendy.

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  8. Giovanni & Mara Bruno

    Dear Amato Family,

    We send you our heartfelt condolences, thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    Giovanni & Mara Bruno

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