Giannotti, Maria Luisa

September 23, 1919 – January 24, 2014

Our dear Ma, and Noni to her grandchildren and great grandchildren, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by all her children. Born in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana (Lucca), Italy, she immigrated to Canada alone in December 1950. She was married in Italy by proxy and then celebrated her marriage to our Dad, January 4, 1951 in Kelowna. The family moved to “West Summerland” in 1952 and she had lived here ever since. She was an employee of both fruit packing houses until she retired at age 65. She officially became a Canadian Citizen on October 8, 1975. She continued to dedicate her life to raising her family after the passing of our Dad in 1972. She loved her Lord, her family, her church and her garden but most of all her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Livo Giannetto Giannotti, her brother, Americo Rocchiccioli and grandson, Jonathan Nahorniak, Maria is survived by her sister, Giuseppa Rossi, her children; Elisabeth (Wayne) Nahorniak, Gabriella (Larry) Gutek, Giorgio (Susan) Giannotti, Lidia Cleveland, Leri (Angela) Giannotti and Lauretta Mirhosseini, nephew, Victor Rossi, 14 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren as well as great nieces and nephews. Maria was an example of faith, love and kindness to all who knew her. She enjoyed being surrounded by her family and especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren, baking and feeding them as much as she could, her favorite saying being “Mangia, Mangia.” Her entire family will miss her homemade bread which she kept making up until she got ill. Prayer services will be held Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 7:00 pm. A celebration of her life will take place on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 10:00 am at Holy Child Catholic Church, 14010 Rosedale Avenue, Summerland, BC. Thank you with deep gratitude to Dr. LeBel, Nurses and Home Care Staff. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ladies Auxilary, Church of the Holy Child, 14010 Rosedale Avenue, Summerland, British Columbia, V0H 1Z5.

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