MELCHIONNA, Maria Rosaria

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With heavy hearts we announce the passing of our beloved mother on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at the Sault Area Hospital.

Maria was born in Sturno, Avellino, Italy on April 3, 1933. She leaves behind her husband of 60 years, Rocco Luigi. Beloved mother of Lena Cipriano (Mike), Angela Alagia (Piero), Connie Pilot (Anthony) and Ida Ceresoli (Matteo). Much loved grandmother of Rita Tridico (Frank), Stella Savino (Mike), Rocco (Amanda), Santina, Joseph, Alex, Francesca and Olivia. Great grandmother of 5, with another on the way.

Daughter of the late Angelina and Giuseppe. Sister to the late Rocco (Antonia), Alfonso (Carmina), Antonio (Clelia) and, Michele (late Verina). Daughter-in-law of the late Angelo Michele and Maria Carolina. Sister-in-law to Carmine and Melinda Melchionna of Sault Ste. Marie, Salvatore (Clelia), late Angelina, late Michele Davino of Italy.

Special Aunt to Marie Bruno (Tony) and Melinda and many nieces and nephews in Italy.

Mom’s greatest joy was having her family gathered around the table for large family dinners. She was a natural born story teller, who was at her happiest when she was cooking and sharing food and laughter with her family by her side.

Friends and family are invited to visit at Northwood Funeral Home Cremation and Reception Centre (942 Great Northern Road 705-945-7758) on Friday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral service in the Chapel on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. with Father Alex Saurianthadathil officiating.  Entombment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery Mausoleum.

Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society or Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

Special thanks to Dr. Patterson, Dr. Jenkins and the staff of SAH 3B. www.northwoodfuneral.com