Obituary for Maria Racchi
RACCHI, Maria Addolorata (Mastropietro)
April 7, 1927 - February 5, 2018
Maria Addolorata (Mastropietro) Racchi passed away peacefully February 5, 2018 at Lion’s Gate Hospital in North Vancouver surrounded by her loving family. Maria was born April 7, 1927 in the small town of Cercepiccola, Compobasso, Italy. Daughter of Angela and Angelo Mastropietro, the youngest of six siblings, she is survived by her older sister Vincenza (age 100) in Mirabella, Italy. Maria was a devoted wife to her best friend and soul mate of 60 years, Nicola Racchi, before his passing in 2009. Maria was a hard-working wife and mother raising her four children on a rural farm in Italy. She then immigrated to Canada with her children in July of 1968. Maria was very proud of her family and will be greatly missed by her children Angelo (Nadia), John (Jill), Joe (Martha) and Fila (Tony). Maria was a grandmother to eight; Miriana (Nelson), Joshua (Katie), Nicholas (Carole), Sarah Jane (David), Adam, Nick (Mercedes), Amanda and Lucas. Maria cherished spending time with her 10 great-grandchildren; Lexie, Ethan, Logan, Charity, Bella, Gianna, Oliver, Nicola, Owen and Amelia. Maria took great pride in her garden, growing anything and everything she could, to share with neighbours, friends, and family. When she wasn’t out in the garden, you could find her in the kitchen making her famous pizzas, pasta, and pastries to enjoy with her friends and family. With her strong will and devotion to her family, she taught us that when life gets hard you surround yourself with people you love and push through. We will cherish her forever and remember her life stories to pass on for generations to come. The family wishes to thank Dr. Mary Robertson, Dr. Lee, Dr. McLeod and the many nurses at Lions Gate Hospital Emergency Department, Coastal Health and Living Well. A viewing will be held from 6 pm to 8 pm on Sunday, February 11th at Bell & Burnaby Funeral Chapel, 4276 Hastings Street, Burnaby. Prayers will be offered at 7 pm on Monday, February 12th at St. Edmund’s Parish, 545 Mahon Avenue, North Vancouver, where Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 am on Tuesday, February 13th. Entombment to follow at Ocean View Burial Park, South Mausoleum, Burnaby. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Edmund’s Parish, BC Cancer Foundation or Kidney Foundation would be appreciated.