Maria Giulia Giuriato

Maria Giulia Giuriato

1935 – 2016

After a long, courageous battle with cancer, and with her daughters by her side, Maria Giulia Giuriato was peacefully reunited with her beloved husband Cirillo, and her deeply-missed oldest daughter Eda on January 18, 2016, at the age of 80 years old. Predeceased by her soul-mate Cirillo only just 18 months ago, we take comfort in knowing that they are together again.

Maria was born on June 20, 1935 in San Leonardo, Ortona, Italy and immigrated to Canada in 1954, where she met the love of her life Cirillo. Together they eventually settled and built a life in Cranbrook, BC where they raised their 3 beautiful daughters Eda, Silvana and Dina.

While Maria was proud to be Italian, she was extremely proud to be Canadian and worked very hard to adapt to the Canadian way of life. She is still remembered by many at the East Kootenay Regional Hospital as a tireless worker whose dedication to her final position in Housekeeping was always exemplary. In fact, it was only a few years ago when her name was mentioned at a doctor’s retirement banquet that the crowd shouted “Maria!” Everyone recognized that she was an amazing cook and loved to entertain friends and family, whether it was in her kitchen or around the campfire at Moyie. Maria was very close to her four siblings in Calgary and was always grateful for how close they all were in spite of the miles that separated them. She loved dancing, listening to ABBA, watching old movies, and of course gardening; but the true love of her life were her grandchildren. No one coloured Easter Eggs like Nonna. A loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend she will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered.

Maria leaves behind her daughters, Silvana (Jon) Dick; and Dina Detta; grandchildren, Candice, Kyle (Emily), Morgan, Austin, Jason, Eric (Krystal), Ashley, Darian and Danika. Maria also leaves behind her four siblings Domenico (Ellen) Rossi, Ada (Armando) Angelozzi, Terry (Heather) Rossi, and Giselda (Reg) Gerlitz.; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends in various corners of British Columbia, Calgary, Canada and Italy. She was predeceased by her husband Cirillo in 2014; her beautiful daughter Eda in 1978 and her parents Antonio (2004) and Luisa (2007) Rossi.

Maria’s funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Catholic Church (39 – 10th Avenue South) on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 1:00 pm. Her Interment will follow in Westlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes in Maria’s honour may be made directly the Cranbrook Kimberley Hospice Society, 20 – 23rd Avenue South, Cranbrook, BC, V1C 5V1, by phone at: 250-417-2019 or by e-mail at:

A note of appreciation to Dr. Sara Chesney; as well as the wonderful nursing staff at the East Kootenay Regional Hospital. And a very special thank you to family and friends for all their kindness and generosity while assisting Maria through her illness.

Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service.

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