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GRECO, Caterina

September 23, 1941 – Calabria , Italy
March 25, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Caterina (Cathy) Greco, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away at the Foothills Medical Centre with her family at her side on Monday, March 25, 2019 at the age of 77 years.

Over the past several years, she bravely fought numerous ailments but never complained. She faced her many health conditions with courage often putting the well-being of others before her own comfort.

Cathy was a loving person with an open and warm heart for everyone. She was an amazing cook, always willing to share her love for food with anyone who wanted to learn.

She emigrated in 1959 joining her husband to be, Giuseppe. Together they then spent the next 54 years growing a loving home and raising a family of four. Cathy was skilled at sewing and she often made clothing for all of their children. Her number one priority was always making sure that regardless of who joined the family at the dinner table that no one walked away hungry.

Weekends would often find the Greco’s visiting a nearby fishing hole or hunting mushrooms; a passion of which she spoke of often with fond memories. Cathy worked for many years, cleaning offices or washing dishes; she never hesitated to go the extra mile and work past time if the job was not done.

She was always quick to make new friends and would do her best to help anyone, even if it meant going without herself. The door to the Greco home was always open to the many friends which would often find themselves around the dinner table.

Even in her retirement community she took others under her wing and was the one that got coffee for everyone. Her love of music and movies was something she held onto her whole life and would often sit and watch a good science fiction, horror, or a torrid love story.
Of Cathy’s many passions, she enjoyed her flowers and assortment of plants the most. She could often be found tending to the flower beds surrounding the family home.

Caterina is survived by her daughters and their spouses, Maria Teresa and Wayne, Serafina and Antonio, and Lucia and Mike ; her son and his wife Luigi and Elizabeth Jean; grandchildren Ashly Anne, Lisa Marie, Marc Antonio and Sebastian Joseph; great-grandchildren Shayden James, Abigail Catherine and Darwin Grant. She is also survived by sisters, Rosa and Mariutza of Italy; and brothers, Sam of West Virginia, Battista, and Matteo of Italy. Caterina was predeceased by her loving husband Giuseppe in 2013; and by her brothers Giovanni Antonio, Francesco and Salvatore.

The family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation and thanks to the staff at St. Teresa Place and Prince of Peace Manor; the retirement communities where Cathy spent the last 17 months of her life. In these communities, she made many friends with whom she continued to share her love and warmth.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Eastside, 5388 Memorial Drive NE, Calgary, AB) on Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.; prayers and tributes to follow.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Catholic Church (1525 – 45th Street S.E., Calgary, AB) on Friday, March 29, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Reception to follow in the Hospitality Centre at the Funeral Home. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Mausoleum. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the charity of the donor’s choice in memory of Caterina Greco.

In living memory of Caterina Greco, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Eastside, 5388 Memorial Drive N.E. Telephone 403-248-8585.

GRECO, Giuseppe

 

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  1. The Visca family in Toronto wish to express our deepest condolences to all of Caterina’s family members. The Greco family has become part of our extended family over the last 25 years. We will remember Caterina with fondness, and she will be missed.

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  2. Teresa and Saverio Scalise and Family

    Maria, Serafina, Lucia and Luigi, and families. Sending our love and condolences on the loss of your dear mother; may your memories keep you strong. Rest in peace, Caterina

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  3. Josie & Gerry Scalise

    Mary, Lui, Serafina and Lucy.

    We are so sad to hear of the passing of Caterina. Our deepest condolences for you all at this very difficult time. Cherish the memories of your mother as those can never be taken away.

    Josie and Gerry Scalise

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  4. We are so sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God bless you through this time of sorrow & May God bless his newest angel and may she watch over you all until you all meet again, Amen. Rosa, Ottavio, Rosa-Maria & Isabella Gentile.

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  5. To the Greco family,

    My sincere condolences on your loss. Take comfort in your memories of Caterina and may God send you all peace.

    Carla Minardi Campeau

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  6. Franca cristiano

    My Deepest condolence to the family for the loss… Franca, Eugene and family

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  7. Lui, to you, your sisters and your family, our heartfelt condolences on the passing of your mother. We have sweet memories of your mother and father, growing up in Bridgeland. Keep strong and may God bless you.
    Roberto, Susanna & Mara

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  8. Sharon L Bosomworth

    To Caterinas family, our very sincere sympathy . We were so shocked to learn of your Mothers passing. We have missed her here. Her laughter, sense of humour , her kindness and sharing with us. And no one coloured as many books or tended more flowers then she did. May God bring ease to your hearts in the happy memories of a loving mother. Blessings to all from St. Teresa Place , friends and staff.

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  9. My sincere condolances for the loss of your Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother. May God bring peace to you and your family at this difficult time.

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  10. Nicola Capparelli

    Lui and family, it’s with my out most sorrow I bid you our Condolences on your loss, I am sorry I couldn’t be there in person, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  11. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family Lui. You so lovingly cared for your Mom ensuring the best for her to the end. I can only imagine how proud she must have been to have a son like you.

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