June 9, 2022
In Loving Memory ~
Maria passed away in Port Alberni on Thursday, June 9, 2022 at the age of 63.
Predeceased by parents Egidio and Erminia.
Survived by daughter Alisha (Deigh); grandchildren Christopher, Quinn and Paisley; siblings Giampaolo (Chris), Rosalba (Dan) and Milvia; as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family.
Born and raised in the Alberni Valley, Maria went to Vancouver to complete RN training and worked in Vancouver and Campbell River as a nurse before embarking on missionary work with the Scarboro Foreign Mission Society.
She received her missionary training in Toronto before traveling to Mexico to learn Spanish, then was stationed in Peru.
In the mid-80s she returned to Canada where she was diagnosed with MS. She spent over 30 years in Victoria where she was part of groups such as Faith and Sharing and the MS Society. She made many friends along the way.
Maria returned to Port Alberni in 2017. Her zest for life was always in the forefront. Always smiling and positive, she believed in service to her fellow human being.
Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, July 16, 2022 at Holy Family Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church, 4731 Burke Road, Port Alberni with Father Michael Tran officiating.
We encourage everyone to come and share your memories of Maria.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Maria’s memory may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or a charity of your choice.
A special thanks to Echo Village staff for their exceptional care as well as Drs Johnsen and Dewitt.
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