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MIGLIARESE, Caterina

December 18, 1936 – San Giovanni in Fiore, Italy
February 9, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Caterina Migliarese sadly passed away on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the age of 82.

When she was only 19, she left San Giovanni in Fiore, Italy, with her mother, father, and brother to start a new life in Trail, BC. Her soon to be husband, Angelo, arrived one year later. Caterina was so happy when Angelo finally arrived.    They were married and the two lived, worked, loved, and laughed together for the rest of their lives. Angelo and Caterina raised seven children in Trail: six boys and one beautiful girl, Maria. With a minimal grasp of English, they began to build a new life, starting with the Trail Hotel Dining Room. The whole family worked together with mom and dad. The locals loved the food and the feeling of being part of the Migliarese family. In 1978 Caterina and Angelo moved to Calgary and opened up Giovanni’s Italian restaurant. Clients soon became friends and family. This is how Caterina treated people: with an open heart and a big plate of pasta. Caterina was an amazing mother and grandmother. She lived for her family every single day. Her joy in life was cooking and caring for others. Whether it was fresh gnocchi with ‘secret sauce’ or stuffed eggplant, you could taste the love in every bite. Caterina watched over all of us every day of her life. She made us laugh, she made us feel safe, and we always knew we were loved. We will deeply miss her warm hugs, her loving touch, and the deep connection we felt whenever we were with her.

Caterina is survived by six sons, Francesco (Rosa), John (Connie), Saverio, Daniel (Susan), Angelo Jr. (Miria), Antonio (Traci); her brothers, John, Tony; her sister Maria;  grandchildren, Angela (Matt), Daniela (Andre), Julia (Nathan), Caterina, Alessandra (Alessandro), Alexa, Mico, Rosa, Nicholas, Domenico, Lauren, and Kennedy; and great-granddaughters, Ella, Mia, and Olivia.

Caterina was predeceased by her mother, Costanza; father, Saverio; loving husband, Angelo; and daughter, Maria.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North Calgary, AB) on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church (835 Northmount Drive NW, Calgary, AB) on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Mausoleum. Reception to follow at the Calgary Italian Cultural Center (416 1 Ave NE, Calgary AB T2E 0B4). Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Caterina Migliarese, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY, AB, T2E 2V6, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Lynette Klemmensen

    All who knew your Mom will be left with a huge void in their lives and hearts. Cat was a very special Mom and friend. I will miss her so very much.

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  2. We are saddened by the passing of Caterina and hope that all her children, sister and families find the strength to be able to cope with her loss.
    Deepest condolences,
    Biagio and Josie Oliverio

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  3. Dear Migliarese Family,

    Sorry for your beloved mother. She was a beautiful and sweet lady. She will be forever missed and will be in our hearts forever.

    Love, Franca Eugenio & Family

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  4. Carmine, Maria, Mike and Nina Mattucci

    We are truly sorry for the loss of your mother. We will always remember Caterina for her sweet smile and beautiful nature. She was truly a very giving and loving woman. May God keep you all in his embrace at this difficult time. Please know that we share in your grief and extend our deepest sympathy to you all.

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  5. Anna Vespa Stambene

    Dear Migliarese Family,

    Our sincere condolences during this time of sorrow. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you

    Emma Vespa
    Anna Vespa Stambene

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  6. Tina & Doug Wilding

    Years ago in Trail B.C. I was served an endless bowl of salad and pasta lovingly prepared by this friendly Italian mom and served by her family. Who knew years later she would be my neighbor in Calgary. The door was always open and you were always offered something to eat and drink. Thank you for your hospitality and friendship.
    Our Condolences to Caterina’s family. If we can help in any way do not hesitate to call on us.

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  7. Jerry and Deanna Hebert

    Dear Franco, Rosa and Migliarese family,

    Our deepest sympathies as you grieve the great loss of your beloved Mother.
    We are thinking of you and send you our Love.
    Jerry and Deanna xo

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  8. To The Migliarese Family,

    Sara and I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to all the family. May the soul of your mother (Nonna) be at peace with our Heavenly Father.

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  9. Daniela Grossberndt

    Our deepest sympathy to all the family. A truly beautiful lady and an example of how we should live our lives. May the memories help you through this difficult time.
    Daniela and Gordon Grossberndt and
    Giuliana Bechelli

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  10. I am so sorry that you mother has passed away. I will always remember her with a smile on her face and a tray of pasta for us hungry people in the office. You have a huge void in your lives now.
    She will be missed by many, many people.

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  11. To The Migliarese Family;

    Our very deepest Sympathies to all the Family, in this time of Sorrow.

    Liz & Carlo Duri

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  12. Nardino and Annette Bitonti

    We are deeply saddened for the loss of your dear mother.
    Nardino and Annette Bitonti

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  13. Our deepest condolence to the Migliarese Family. We will always remember Caterina & her kindness. She fought a hard & long battle and has now entered a place of rest. Rest in peace Caterina. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Gianni, Doris, Vanessa and Tyler Barbieri

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  14. Joe and Kathleen Colucci

    Our deepest sympathies to the Miliarese family on the death of your dear mother and grandmother. May she rest in peace knowing she has left such a wonderful, caring family.
    God bless all of you.
    Joe and Kathleen Colucci

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  15. John Van Stekelenburg

    Dear Tony My Deepest Condolences to You and Your Family I am very sorry for your loss of your Mother .

    John Van Stekelenburg

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  16. Dear Tony, Traci and Migliarese Family,
    I was one of those very privileged people who had the opportunity to meet your mother and father and revel in their amazing love for everyone they met, their unending love for family and their special love for each other. I recall Mrs. M bustling around the kitchen table ensuring we all had too much home cooking to eat and Mr. M regaling us with story after story. When they would visit the office, their energy would fill the room and we’d hope Mrs. M was stopping by with something delicious from her kitchen. May their zest for life and their hopes and dreams for your family continue to live on in each of you. They have left a wonderful legacy for all of us to emulate.

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  17. The Migliarese Family,

    Tony, I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom.
    Please accept my heartfelt condolences and prayers for you all.

    The Mariani & Weltzin Families

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  18. Our deepest condolences from the Lopez (sheriff lobo) family. I had the awesome privilege of spending time with this wonderful lady (80-83) and ate a lot lot lot of food. Great memories

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  19. To the Migliarese Family
    So very sorry for your loss
    My deepest condolences

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  20. Sincere condolences for the loss of your special mama. She is forever in your hearts,
    Elda and Ivo Profeta (nee Mondin)

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  21. WE are Sorry for the Loss of your Mother. Our Deepest Sympathy to you Oll.Leo and Maria secreto

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  22. We are Sorry for the loss of your Mother Our deepest Sympathy to you oll.Leo and Maria Secreto

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  23. To the Migliarese Family

    We are so saddened for the loss of your beloved Caterina. We will always remember her warm smile and the kindness in her heart. Our deepest Sympathy. Frank and Lorene Puleo

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  24. To the Migliarese Family

    Your mother had the kindest spirit. I still remember the days in Giovanni’s restaurant when your mother, who did not really know me, would make me feel at home. She asked me my name and soon become a neighborhood friend. She always made me and my son feel special. She was a very special person who touched many lives and was a blessing, sometimes in ways she did not know, to people she met. May you find peace in her memories and the joy she brought to this world.

    My condolences. A Renfrew Neighbor.

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  25. I wish to extend my deepest condolences and sympathies to you all. I was deeply shaken by the loss of Caterin.
    Your mom was a true treasure. She had such a great sense of humor and could always make us laugh at her jokes, and her laughter would brighten the darkest rooms.
    Your mom always made me feel part of the family from way back in the ’60’s at the Trail Hotel Dining Room to Last-A-Chance Billiards and at home on 870 Rossland Avenue. She especially made my move from Trail to Calgary such a piece of cake by welcoming me to her home and restaurant with open arms.
    Please be strong my friends, as you can take great pride in such a great lady! I shall always cherish those wonderful memories that go back more than 50 years!
    Your Friend Kerry

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  26. From all the staff at the Peter Lougheed Hospital we just wanted to convey how much of a pleasure it was taking care of Caterina. She was a fighter! She was a sweetheart! The love she had for her sons and her family was amazing to behold. We know she is missed because we miss her too and we were only graced by her presence for a short while. But the impact she made on us is still being felt. She was lovely and I for one will not forget her. May she rest in peace.

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