Obituary for Maria Giannone
Giannone, Maria (nee Pichichero)
October 6. 1927- September 1, 2017
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our precious mother, Maria, who passed away peacefully surrounded by her six children on September 1, 2017, in Burnaby BC at the age of 89.
Born in Sannicandro di Bari, Italy, Maria immigrated to Canada in 1952 with the three eldest children to join her beloved Giuseppe who had come ahead in 1951 to prepare for his families future in Canada. Three more children were born in Canada and their family was complete.
Maria will be remembered as a happy, positive, hard working woman, both in the home and the workplace. She had a fierce love for her family.
She was predeceased by her loving husband of 63 years Giuseppe in 2010, and her only brother Lorenzo in 1964 (survived by his wife Teresa). She is survived by her children Teresa (Ottavio), Francesco (Teresa), Michele “Kelly”, Mary (Eric). John (Cathy) and Laura, 11 grandchildren Attilio (Yoon Jeong), Josie, Jennifer, Neal, Megan (Joel), Carlo, Sahara, Zarina, Bianca, Nicole and Mattew and by one great-grandchild Olivia. Also survived by her sister in law Giuseppina (Predeceased by husband Vito) and her brother in law Gino (Anita) in Belgium.
Maria will be missed and lovingly remembered by many cherished relatives in Canada, Italy, USA and Venezuela and her nieces and nephews and countless close friends.
Funeral Mass will be held at St. Helen’s Church, 3860 Triumph St. Burnaby BC at 1:00 PM on Friday September 8, 2017. She will be laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Creekside Mausoleum at 3:30 PM.
In lieu of flowers donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC would be appreciated.