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SARACENI, Maria (nee Antenucci)

August 31,1940 – Cupello, Italy
May 2, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Maria Saraceni, beloved wife of Donato Saraceni, passed away on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at the age of 78 years.

Maria was a devoted wife, a loving and caring mother and mother-in-law, and an adoring Nonna. She was a woman who was very committed to her faith. She was an exceptional seamstress, she enjoyed knitting, crocheting, gardening, baking and cooking. It gave her great joy if you joined her for a meal, coffee, cookie, picnic, game of bocce, or scopa. As long as she had family and friends around her, she was delighted, her world was complete.

Maria will be missed by Donato, her husband of fifty eight years, her daughter, Teresa (Paul Gagne); son, Nick (Krista Poley); grandchildren, Aiden and Brooke, who filled her heart with joy and pride. She will be missed around the world by her brother, Pierino Antenucci of Australia; her sister, Adalgisa D’Ovidio (Gino) of Venezuela; and her half brother, Angelo Antenucci (Filomena) of Italy. She will also be missed by numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, their children and countless friends.

Maria was predeceased by her sister, Santina D’Ovidio (Carmine) of Venezuela; and her nephews, Nick Saraceni of Calgary and Sergio D’Ovidio of Venezuela.

Family and Friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North Calgary, AB) on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Services will be held at St. Luke’s Catholic Church (1566 Northmount Drive NW, Calgary, AB), on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Mausoleum. Reception to follow at the Church Hall. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Maria Saraceni, a tree will be planted September 14 or 15, 2019 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. Jackie Marchand

    My deepest sympathies to Teresa, Paul and all of the Saraceni family and friends. Teresa, I recall from our days working together at PanCanadian and getting to know you, what a positive and generous person your mother was, through the stories (and cookies) you shared, and through your own examples of generosity. She was clearly a nurturing and caring person, qualities that live on in her loved ones. Thinking of you during this difficult time.

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  2. Caterina Lerede

    Our sincerest condolences to your family during this difficult time. We are honoured and blessed to have known such a kind and generous woman. May you find peace and comfort through God and the love and care of those around you.
    -The Lerede Family-

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  3. Linelle Butler

    Our sincere condolences to the entire family. We have you in our thoughts and prayers. I know she will be dearly missed by each of you.

    Linelle, Chris, Grayson and Alexa Butler

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  4. Bettina Jenkins

    As childhood next door neighbours in Sydney, so many years ago, I have very many fond and happy memories of our time together, sitting at your dinner table, eating the amazing meals your mum prepared. My memories of a kind and generous lady, who quietly tended to her family and home, and sitting at her sewing machine in the room off the kitchen area, busily sewing and mending clothes. My memories are happy ones of your mum. Your memories will live in your heart forever. Cherish them dearly. My condolences to you all. With love,


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  5. Bruna and Joseph Audia

    Sincere condolences to the Saraceni family from Bruna and Joseph Audia.
    Maria was a wonderful, kind and caring person, who dedicated her life to her family and friends. She will be missed by all who knew her.

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  6. Anna Vespa Stambene

    Saraceni Family,
    Our sincere condolences during this difficult time. May her memories bring you strength and peace.
    Thoughts and prayers are with all of you
    Emma Vespa
    Anna Vespa Stambene

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  7. Dale Bennefield

    So sorry for your loss. She had many talents and I know they will be truly missed, especially the cooking and baking. Heartfelt condolences, it is never easy to lose the strength of the mother. My thoughts are with you.

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