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PROFETA, Gemma (nee DiNicolo)

October 2, 1934 – Penne S. Andrea, Teramo, Italy
November 21, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta

Gemma Profeta was born October 2, 1934 in Penne S. Andrea, Teramo, Italy. She passed away on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at the age of 81 years.

Gemma’s parents Pasquale and Elisabetta DiNicolo were farmers. With her four siblings, Elisa, Francesca, Corado and Aldo, Gemma helped work the land. This is where her love of gardening began.

In 1955, Gemma married Umberto and in one year their first daughter Maria was born. In 1957, Gemma and Umberto left Italy to join other relatives in Baden, Switzerland. They resided there for five years in which time Gemma enjoyed working at the hospital where she made many wonderful friends. In 1959, Gemma’s second daughter Lillian was born. In 1962, the family immigrated to Canada after almost a three week journey via ship and train. They settled in Calgary where they would spend the rest of their lives. They made many lifetime friends within the Italian community. Weekends were spent with friends and family going to parties and picnics. Gemma’s first job was at a coffee shop in the Cecil Hotel, followed by working at Paramount Cleaners. In 1968, their third daughter Rosanna was born. In 1975, Umberto and Gemma started their own company Profeta Investments which they had for twenty-five years. Gemma spent many years playing in her gardens both in Calgary and Osoyoos, BC. She thoroughly enjoyed cooking for her family, especially her grandchildren, Jeffery, Jennifer, Zachery, Jordan and Renato. Gemma’s will to live was very strong as she struggled with many health issues however she always remained positive that God would take care of her. Gemma will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered.

Gemma is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Maria and Don Spencer, Lillian and Giuseppe Niro, and Rosanna and Ron Hanania; five grandchildren, Jeff and Jennifer Spencer, Renato Niro, Zachery and Jordan Hanania. She is also survived by her four siblings and their families in Canada and Italy. Gemma was predeceased by her husband Umberto Profeta on January 22, 2000.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North) on Friday, November 27, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Corpus Christi Catholic Church (Corner of 4th Street and Northmount Drive N.W.) on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. 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 Alberta Lung Association, P.O. Box 4500, Station South, Edmonton, AB T6E 6K2 Telephone: 1 (888) 566 – 5864. www.ab.lung.ca or directly to the Epilepsy Association of Calgary, 4112 – 4th Street, N.W., Calgary, AB T2K 1A2 Telephone: (403) 230-2764, www.epilepsycalgary.com.

In living memory of Gemma Profeta, 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. Nick Polini and Family

    Our most sincere condolences to the entire family during this time. I Pray the Lord give You Strength and Bless All of You.
    Sincerely,
    The Polini Family

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  2. Lorraine Scott-Murphy

    Thinking of you Lil at this time of sorrow. I am so sorry to hear of your loss of your mother as she was such a fighter to the end. May cherished memories bring you comfort to you and your sisters.
    Lorraine & Jamie

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  3. My Dear Gemma,

    I’m so glad to have had you in my life, and I will always remember you as I take-on your saying… “What you gonna do?”
    Goodbye sweetheart, you are in a better place!
    -Kisses, Ruby Ghannoum
    Toronto, ON

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  4. Dear Maria, Rosanna and Lillian

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families at this time of sorrow.

    David, Monika, Cecilia, Kristin & Elfriede

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  5. Maria, Lil, Rosanna and Family,

    Our thought and prayers are with you all at this sad time. We will all Blessed to have your mom in our lives. We have so many wonderful family memories to cherish.

    Laura, Joe, Samantha, Christina Capone

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  6. Ersilia Roscioli Ward

    Dear Maria, Lillian, and Rosanna,
    May fond memories of your mother bring you comfort during this time of grief. We pray that God will bless you and bring you peace and serenity. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your families.
    Teresa Roscioli and Ersilia Roscioli Ward

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  7. Judy & Al Fortini

    Dear Rosanna , Ronnie and boys,
    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom. We hope you will find comfort in all the memories of your Mom in the tough days ahead. Also sending you big hugs too.

    Fortini Family

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  8. Merrilee and Ron Rains

    Our sympathies are with the families at this time.

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  9. Dear Maria, Lillian, Rosanna and Families,
    Please accept our deepest sympathies on passing your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. Gemma was great friend and a lovely & kind person to our family. We will always remember the great times and visits we had with your mom. We will miss her very much and may your memories of her bring you comfort. May God bless you and your families in this time of sorrow.
    Mrs.Antonia Coronetta, Anna Coronetta and John Coronetta

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  10. Sweet Maria, Don, Jeff, Jen and the rest of your family. I constantly think of the stories you told me about your life before you arrived in Canada. I feel I got to know your Mom well, even through I only met her once. My deepest condolences at your loss. I pray you find peace during this difficult time. God Bless you all. Love Bonnie, Warren, Zach and Cassandra Brown.

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  11. George and Helen Morcos

    Our deepest condolences to the whole family, we will pray continuously for her soul

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  12. Chrissy Braithwaite

    Your mom was a wonderful lady with a heartfelt smile for everyone. Lillian, Maria and Rosanna and to your families. My heart and prayers go out to you all at this time.
    She is in a better place now and with the angels.
    God Bless you all and hold you near at this time.
    Love and warmest hugs,
    Chrissy

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  13. Glad I was able to meet Gemma before she moved away from MacKenzie Towne Centre. I will miss her.

    – Bill Burns

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  14. Fernando DiGirolamo

    Maria, my mom and yours have each other since they came to Canada My condolence to your mom for all the years I’ve known her and your dad they were great friends better yet FAMILY I know how much you miss both of them as I miss both of mine I always stop by the mausoleum once in a while to say hi to everybody I will stop by to say hi to your mom as well If you need talk or say hi let me know we can get together for a coffee & talk about old times ,its been many years since we last saw each other. you and your family & sisters take care.

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  15. Lillian and family, sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. You are in my thoughts during this difficult time.

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